AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio Wireless+: Master of all trades.

Design

The TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ embodies the Danish principles of thoughtful minimalism and discreteness (don’t forget sustainability). Save for a neon-green accent/strain relief on the left channel, these jet-black headphones fly under the radar and blend into any setting. It doesn’t draw attention to yourself: a plus point if you are fearful these headphones will get nicked.

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As discussed earlier, the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ prides itself on its end-to-end modularity. For DIYers or eco-conscious consumers, the entire driver assembly can be disassembled with a humble Philips Head 00 Screwdriver for self-instructed repairs.

Every key element can be swapped out for a replacement readily available in AIAIAI’s online store, from the headband to the headphone pads. The environmentally-conscious folks might feel a lingering cloud of guilt for ordering substitute parts instead of attempting to macgyver a temporary fix. Well, don’t.

All of AIAIAIA’s ABS plastic-made components are at least 30-50% recycled, and the energy consumed to process it is far less than its metal counterparts. Protein vegan leather or Alcantara (68% post-consumer recycled polyester) earpads are environmentally friendly substitutes for animal leather options.

Beneficially, the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+’s lifespan is greatly prolonged and reduces the unnecessary wastage of perfectly operational audio components. Why throw out a pair of perfectly functional headphones because one part ceases to function?

Comfort and Ergonomics

The TMA-2 Studio Wireless+’s Alcantara Earpads are breathable, plush and soft; ideal qualities suited to extensive listening sessions in all environments, whether hot and humid or cold and dry.

Unfortunately, the rounded over-ear design doesn’t make any concessions for the oval silhouette of the human ear. Consequently, the top of the driver assembly is pressed against the top of my outer earlobe, which can result in stabbing aches during 1-2 hour listening sessions. While exceptionally stiff, the headband’s silicon cushioning exerts too much downward pressure on the base of my skull.

The ABS plastic housing is incredibly light (at a measly 190g) and impervious to bending, retaining its original shape and structure. Accordingly, the Wireless+ is a tough headphone that operates brilliantly in rough-and-tumble situations. Even the most seasoned music veterans and DJs will be impressed by its featherlight and indestructible chassis.

However, the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ does not have collapsible hinges, lacking the ability to collapse into a smaller footprint. The TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ might be a cumbersome pair if bag space is an issue.

The single downside of the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+’s end-to-end modularity is the inevitable downgrade in its Bluetooth controls. For starters, there are no touch controls to be found. Instead, a physical 3-button layout is present. While the tactility of physical buttons is unsurpassed by the haptics of touch controls, the buttons require a fair bit of force to register a user’s input. In the defence of AIAIAI, there is no tangible way to offer both ‘haptics’ and ‘modularity’ – it is either the former or the latter. I think this is a fair trade-off.

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Kevin Goh

Raised in Southeast Asia’s largest portable-audio market, Kevin’s interest in high-end audio has grown alongside it as the industry flourishes. His pursuit of “perfect sound” began in the heydays of Jaben in Singapore at the age of just 10 years old. Kevin believes that we live in a golden age of readily accessible, quality audio.

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