I’ve seen the AIAIAI headphones pop up on a musician’s YouTube channel a while ago. It happened to be the Ninja Tune edition of the TMA-2 HD headphones, which was made from recycled Ninja Tune vinyl.
As much as I’m a headphone nut, I can’t justify having a dozen different headphones lying around the house, it’s time to minimize and pick a single pair that I’m happy with. The AIAIAI TMA-2 HD is a modular headphone system that allows you to easily swap out, repair or upgrade any of its components so that you’ll have a longer lasting headphone that’s ultimately better for our planet.
What’s the TMA-2 HD ?
The TMA-2 HD is the flagship headphone model of AIAIAI, a company aiming to make high-quality, durable headphones aimed at musicians. Since 2010, AIAIAI is set out to increase the longevity of their headphones and making sure that their products are built from sustainable materials.
This pair of headphones is available in a wireless (Bluetooth) or wired option. It features cushions made from carbon neutral Alcantara that sit over your ear and has a 40mm bio-cellulose diaphragm that produces a detailed and flat sound, making it ideal to produce and mix music with.
The TMA-2 HD wireless headband contains memory foam, making it able to sit on your head comfortably for hours on end. It can be recharged using a USB-C cable and will run about 20 hours on a single charge.
Now, the modularity of the headphones is where it really stands out from your average Apple Beats, Sennheiser or Sony headphones.
The AIAIAI store allows you to order different headbands, speaker units, earpads or cables. This allows you to change the sound signature of your headphones (for more punchier bass for example), adjust the comfort, or to have a cable with a Lightning connector so that you can plug it straight into your iPhone.
What’s more is that AIAIAI is going out of their way to source recycled or sustainable parts for their components. Not only recycled Ninja Tune vinyl and Alcantara, but also recycled ocean plastic are materials used in these headphones.
Features / Specs
- Highly detailed sound with bio-diaphragm speaker units.
- Ultra soft over-ear Alcantara® cushions.
- Upgradeable modular headphones.
- Driver diameter: 40 mm
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- SPL: 113 dB
- Rated Power: 40mW
Who’s the AIAIAI TMA-2 HD for?
The TMA-2 HD is aimed at musicians that want a comfortable over-the-ear headphone, that produces a neutral sound signature so that you can accurately use it for mixing music or DJ-ing.
This is a high-end model so ideal if you’re looking for something between a 250 – 500 USD range in price. You can always downgrade some individual parts or get a different model altogether on the AIAIAI website if you have a smaller budget.
Finally, this is your best choice if you’re cutting down on using wasteful products and want a pair of headphones that you can use for years. The modular nature makes it so that you can easily swap or upgrade individual components of your AIAIAI headphones.
Where can I buy a TMA-2 HD?
I’m happy to say that the TMA-2 is a worthy replacement for the studio standard Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro.
The TMA-2 HD headphone can be bought on Amazon via the links below. Choose between the wired or wireless headband.
AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Headphones - High Definition Audio - Over-Ear Cushions with Alcantara and Memory Foam
AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Wireless Headphones - High Definition Audio - Bluetooth AptX HD - Over-Ear Cushions with Alcantara and Memory...
If you want to fully customize your TMA-2 HD, you can use the special builder on the official AIAIAI website, via the link below.