Summary: I stand directly in front of, or sit on top of a stack of 30Hz bass bins at the office. These isolate well enough to cue music at the loudest volumes I can create with the foam cups. The leather cups do not seal to my head, however. I guess my ears are too big, but the cups just don't deflect enough internally, forcing one's ears to do the deflecting.
With a touch of EQ to lift the highs, I rather enjoy extended listening with them at home.
Pros: durability, isolation, style, response
Cons: headband comfort, leather cups aren't to my liking, foam cups have QC issues**, might've come with a case at this price
Summary: I bought these expecting that they would be fairly neutral headphones with the ability for extra bass because of their DJ background, but instead I found that they offered tons of bass right off the bat and gave a very lively, colored listening experience. When I say different, I don't mean like legos vs. megablocks - I mean like sharks vs. sharks with lasers on their heads. You should get the idea.
Pros: Punchy, precise and loud bass, comfort, isolation, crisp but relaxed highs
Summary: Today, I am reviewing my old partner at work, the Aiaiai TMA-1 "DJ" headphones and I am putting an emphasis on the word DJ. There have been many good reviews on this headphone, but none has actually pointed out to their true nature as DJ headphones.
Remember from day 1, these headphones are designed by DJs for DJs, not for producers, not for general consumers, not for audiophiles.
Pros: These are DJ headphones designed by DJs
Cons: None... unless you are using them as an Audiophile reference or a consumer headphone
Summary: As a quick overview for the reader who wants it over and done with in a sentence:
These made me love on-ear headphones again.
Firstly, they look really stylish in the fact that they're not tatted with "Aiaiai TMA-1" logos everywhere. The only branding on it is on the cable terminals, and the inside of the headband. I actually love how they look in the mirror, even with me and my big afro.
Pros: Just enough bass, stylish, easy to drive, removable cable
Summary: A very all-round headphone for me. Just the right one to take on the go or on holiday. Also as a DJ, nice noice isolation. Very durable so you don't have to wonder if it will break if you throw it in your backpack.
I'm very happy with it.
Pros: Nice design, matt black color, comfortable to wear, durable and a nice all-round sound
Summary: *Skip the first paragraph for the actual review*
*My tastes may be very different than yours*
Alright, quick history. Went from earbuds to mediocre IEMs to PortaPros/M50s. I loved the sound portability, and comfort of the PortaPros. However, they offered no isolation. Initially, I was under-impressed by the M50s. After some burn-in they slowly grew on me. And after a DT250 pad mod they became more comfortable (but still not the most comfortable with my glasses).
Summary: I got an incredible deal on the headphones and had to try them. I was looking for a pair of closed cans with a detachable cord that would be my goto cans for my commute to and from school.
Aiaiai's brand is among my circle of friends.
The story of dj's participating in the design process and the fact that the company is located in my home town and has a cool profile made my friends jump all over it.
Summary: ~some TMA-1 eye candy~
I am not a regular at headfi but I took the time to write this review. Before purchasing these headphones I had a very hard decision to make and that was between the Sennheiser HD25-1 ii, Audio-Technica ATH M50, and the TMA-1s. I like the fact that the HD25 are so roughed and every part is user replaceable.
Pros: Durability, Clear engaging sound, Good features, Comfortable, Nice looks
Cons: recessed highs, foam pads, coiled cable, not good on all genres.
Summary: Well engineered with love and care for great sound quality any audiophile will attest to. They are slightly tight on small ears but that is as it should be because these are meant for DJ's who might jostle them around a bit (they don't stay super tight after a week or so but don't loosen up either). I haven't tried any of the earpads that don't come in the (remarkably classy) box.
Pros: Amazing sound quality (tight bass and great spectrum), low fatigue, low impedance