The new version of the very very good TMA-1’s, amazingly called the TMA-2, has been released. It now comes as a truly modular headphone that can be configured in 360 ways, with various artists & labels doing designs for the various parts. Now thats great but what this actually means is that this product comes built from the ground up to have loads of spare parts always available ready to use. A la Sennheiser’s industry standard HD 25’s that you also can swap all the parts out of but you can NEVER get the parts anywhere and it costs a tenner to get it sent from Iceland or something. Just so long as AIAIAI have their distribution game on tip top form these could well be on the way to be the new default purchase for people who break their headphones a lot… like us deejay’s.
The Danish headphone manufacturers AIAIAI have teamed up once again with ultimate fashion powerhouse Carhartt WIP. This time they flipped the colourway to a more menacing deep and dark blue hue branding then ‘deep night’. Flip them over and there’s a stark contrast of bright orange in the headband. As usual the TMA-1s are top level sound quality and will look amazing just as much on display in your home as on your head in a sweaty basement club.
We were so excited to hear that the team at the Danish headphone manufacturers AIAIAI were bringing out a special pair of their stand out TMA-1 headphones in collaboration with clothing label Carhartt. Well we’re very happy to say that they are now out in the wild and retailing for 200 Euros directly from their website.
The original TMA-1s have been cleaning up in the DJ headphone market ever since they were revealed back in 2010 with their non-showy stylings, highly thought out design features and fantastic sound quality.
The new AIAIAI x Carhartt colab seems like a perfect match in my mind. The two brands have a similar understated aesthetic were the quality & design of the pieces they produce do all the talking. In line with Carhartt’s take on modern, heritage-influenced streetwear, the new headphones have been given a trademark urban military overhaul that stays true to the original framework of the AIAIAI universe while switching the looks and colours in a unflinching and quietly confident colourway.
The overall finish of the headphones has been given a matt gun metal grey finish while the wiring and cables have been switched out for a subtle army green. The headphones also come with a custom Carhartt x AIAIAI heavy duty olive green canvas carrying case. The end result is that they look and feel awesome without being in your face.
So lets get swiftly onto the sound quality shall we? I popped these on and used the new Dusky remix of Justin Martin’s Don’t Go as my initial testing track. The skippy garage hihats filled the cups with a nice crispness as I waited for the sum of parts to build into that huge drop which will be slaying dancefloors the world over. When that huge whomping bassline came in I couldn’t help but offer out a huge ‘WOAH!’ to the otherwise silent office. Heads were turned, tuts were given back and eye brows were raised but I didn’t care as I’d just discovered the best sounding pair of headphones I’d heard so far in my short life. The range of sound and the way that all the sections stand out is just awesome on the TMA-1s. Continue reading