Conclusion: The TMA-1 Studio Young Guru edition bring a flash of presence and clarity to the top end, and keeps all the goodness of the original headset’s silky bass and deep stereo image to create a great listening experience.
Pros: Clear upper register, Warm, powerful bass, Deep, well defined stereo image, Comfortable new padding
Cons: Lighter instruments sizzle, iOS inline mic is clunky
Summary: The AIAIAI (eye, eye, eye) TMA-1 was designed and marketed primarily as a DJ club headphone. I am not a DJ so I purchased the TMA-1 as a portable headphone, and this review is based on that function, not as a DJ headphone.
Pros: Price/value, compact, efficient, ballanced fun sound
Summary: *Previously posted in the Full-Sized Headphones forum. I only recently became aware of the review section of Head-Fi.*
This is largely intended to be a review of the AiAiAi TMA-1 with using the Audio Technica ATH-M50 as a point of reference.
Pros: Sound quality well exceeds the price of admission, responds well to EQ adjustments, scales very well with the proper equipment
Cons: Soundstage limited by closed-back design, EQ necessary to balance sound for non-DJ use
Conclusion: At $50 more than the old TMA-1 DJ headphones, they are nearly worth the buy for the slicker look and slightly, but not great, finer quality on the tracks, though for a DJ this can be overlooked with the expert bass it has.
Pros: Durable; good amount of bass; comfy
Cons: Don’t fold in half (not very portable); lacks detail on finer tracks
Excerpt: If you’re a DJ then these are for you, not for just the sound quality but because the TMA-1s were designed for DJs with the help of some big- name DJs. In fact, you’ll love them even if you have no pretensions towards DJ-ing.