TMA-2by Aiaiai

  • TMA-2
  • TMA-2
  • TMA-2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
78%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Aiaiai provides an incredible range of customizable options to suit your individual wearing style and audio preferences.
  • The construction quality is terrific; plus, all the components are removable and interchangeable.
  • Audio quality across the TMA-2's various sound profile options is generally impressive.

CONS

  • The earcups do not fold down or swivel.
  • The miniature plugs can be tricky to lock.
  • The TMA-2 sports a minimalist design, which may not be to your liking.
If you're on a quest for bespoke headphones, then take a serious look at this modular unit from Copenhagen-based Aiaiai. The company breaks down the customizable components into four categories: speaker unit, headband, earpad and cable--and you're spoiled with choices, thanks to roughly 360 configurable options. For example, you can opt for on-ear or over-the-ear style, and cable selections include straight, coiled, and a 3-button inline remote for your iOS device. To get you going, the manufacturer offers four different preset combinations: All Around, DJ, Studio, and Young Guru. An extra $20 gets you a nylon carrying pouch.
NameTMA-2ATH-M50xCustom One Pro PlusCrossfade M-100Torque t402v
ManufacturerAiaiaiAudio-TechnicaBeyerdynamicV-MODATorque Audio
Techwalla Score
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List Price$145$239$199$270$400
96%

I had these on a 18 hour flight and they didn't hurt my ears at all, like some other headphones I've had in the past.

I had these on a 18 hour flight and they didn't hurt my ears at all, like some other headphones I've had in the past.

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90%

At this point, it’s worth noting that the TMA-2s don’t deliver their best performance straight out of the box. Pulling the components out of…

At this point, it’s worth noting that the TMA-2s don’t deliver their best performance straight out of the box. Pulling the components out of their individually sealed bags, there’s a note advising that the drivers should be broken in for 24 hours before use.

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83%

Excellent-sounding headphones that feature a unique modular approach. Once again the guys who dropped the minimalist look into headphone des…

Excellent-sounding headphones that feature a unique modular approach. Once again the guys who dropped the minimalist look into headphone design have delivered an interesting and cool way of joining the AIAIAI massive.

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80%

In general, I liked that the TMA-2 system got me away from compromise—rather than finding the best fit, I could actually look for the right …

In general, I liked that the TMA-2 system got me away from compromise—rather than finding the best fit, I could actually look for the right fit.

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80%

A modular system needs to be easy to assemble, and thankfully the TMA-2 is very user friendly. Apart from the fiddly process of attaching dr…

A modular system needs to be easy to assemble, and thankfully the TMA-2 is very user friendly. Apart from the fiddly process of attaching driver wires, it's a breeze. Once put together, the TMA-2 benefits from the same sturdy build quality of its predecessor.

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75%

The TMA-2 is a wonderful concept. The ability to configure your own headphones really brings out the fun of discovering the delicate nature …

The TMA-2 is a wonderful concept. The ability to configure your own headphones really brings out the fun of discovering the delicate nature of sound.

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45%

Unbranded, understated and unimposing, these are nonetheless a lovely headphone, made all the better from the fact that you can fine-tune th…

Unbranded, understated and unimposing, these are nonetheless a lovely headphone, made all the better from the fact that you can fine-tune them to your requirements. I'd have liked to have seen a genuine leather option for the earcups, rather than PU leather, but that's about the only minus in my book.

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Assembly is simple, cables twist and lock in, ear pads clip on, and cups and headband slide easily into place. Dare I say it, it's weirdly s…

Assembly is simple, cables twist and lock in, ear pads clip on, and cups and headband slide easily into place. Dare I say it, it's weirdly satisfying, like building flat pack furniture.

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With the TMA-2 you can choose between three headbands, five different ear pads, six kinds of cables, four speaker units, and a headphone sys…

With the TMA-2 you can choose between three headbands, five different ear pads, six kinds of cables, four speaker units, and a headphone system for a total of 360 combinations.

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No matter how much I tried to adjust the fit, I could not wear the on ear for more than an hour without discomfort. Aiaiai’s over ear is muc…

No matter how much I tried to adjust the fit, I could not wear the on ear for more than an hour without discomfort. Aiaiai’s over ear is much much more comfortable than their on ear, regardless of material.

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