AiAiAi TMA-1 Headphones Review

By Paul Riegler on 1 December 2010
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Named after the monolith in the 1968 sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the much smaller TMA-1 headphones are (appropriately enough) all-black and all business.

When I first opened the box, I was thinking Danish modern meets the headphone and I quickly realized that AiAiAi is a Danish company.  True to form, the TMA-1 is very comfortable to wear and seems to be quite durable.  In an age of  inexpensive earphones for MP3 players, many have forgotten the pleasure of listening to music at home with proper headphones.

The TMA-1’s interchangeable earpads ensure a good fit on a variety of heads and ears.

I tested the TMA-1 headphones, originally designed to enable DJs in night clubs to hear the music over the crowd, with a variety of music, ranging from classical to jazz to pop.  Sound quality was excellent.  The bass comes through quite clearly but it doesn’t overwhelm mid-range frequencies.   Presence was excellent and every note was crystal clear.  They are substantial but also very light; indeed I tended to forget I had them on even after an hour or more of listening to music.

$149 at

–Paul Riegler is Technology Editor of Executive Road Warrior.

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