In the past, wireless headphones didn’t successful among music creators due to the lack of audio quality. But AIAIAI has recently launched their first wireless headphone “especially for music creators”.
That says it’s a truly wireless headphone that transfers the signals without any loss in audio.
Well, what are the facts, we will see in this AIAIAI Studio+ Wireless Headphone review?
AIAIAI has proved itself in the music production world with its dominant presence for the last 15 years. It has several different headphone models available for all types of creators.
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Now AIAIAI has launched their Studio+ Wireless Headphones “especially for music creators”. Let’s have a look into its features and evaluate it as per our needs as music creators.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Features
As company says, AIAIAI Studio+ Wireless Headphone is the world’s first wireless headphone for music creation which is the extension of their modular TMA-2 headphone system.
Ultra-Low Latency From W+ Link Technology – They have developed w+ link technology to transfer high-quality wireless audio up to minimum of 16ms latency.
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They worked for three years on the development of W+ technology with co-developers, Richie Hawtin and a global network of other professional artists to get the required quality.
Uncompressed and lossless audio – The connection operates in 16bit and larger frequency. The dual antenna powers up both the drivers to serve high-quality wireless audio.
Bluetooth 5.0 – TMA Wireless Studio+ headphone works on the latest Bluetooth 5.0 which is the latest version of Bluetooth. The data transfer speed in Bluetooth 5.0 is up to 2 Mbps (refer howtogeek). But, really Bluetooth 5.0 sufficient to transfer lossless audio? keep reading, we’ll get to know in the below sections.
Battery Life – Company says this headphone gives 80 hours of battery life.
AUX cable connection – You can also connect a coiled hi-fi cable for the traditional setup
Drivers – AS company says, it’s the upgrade of TMA-2 wired Studio Headphones, obviously, the driver is same Detailed sounding Bio-diaphragm to provide flat frequency response.
Foam and padding – The foam and padding are built with high-quality foam and microfibers that allow you to work for a long time.
Pros and Cons
Let take a look at the pros and cons of TMA Wireless Studio+ headphones.
- Drivers are made of NAC Audio bio-cellulose which makes it stiffer, lighter and stronger than regular PET speaker units.
- Ear cushions are soft and confortable that allows you to work for long time.
- W+ LINK backed by Bluetooth 5.0 provides robust 16ms latency on wireless.
- AUX output is avaiable for wired operation.
- Upto 80 hours battery life
- Three control buttons are available for easy controls.
- Company claims that this headphone provides uncompressed and lossless audio, but Bluetooth 5.0 provides only upto 2MBPS transfer rate which is just half to handle an uncompressed 8 stereo track project.
- High price compared to any tradtional headphone.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones: In Details
In this section, we’ll get to know TMA Wireless Studio+ headphone’s features in detail.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones give Lossless Audio??
The hype of Bluetooth 5.0 – As company says the headphone is using Bluetooth 5.0 for data transfer so it is capable of providing lossless audio quality.
Now let’s get into some calculations.
A Bluetooth 5.0 device provides up to 2MBPS data transfer speed.
Now let us suppose you are monitoring your DAW in 96Hz/24Bit audio format and 8 tracks.
According to calculators available on the web, the file size for 16 channels (8 stereo tracks) audio for “1 second” will create in this sample rate is “4.608MB”.
So, even if your headphone is equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 it can’t process the real audio above 4 simultaneous stereo tracks.
But it does not mean you don’t get good quality audio. You will, but it’s not as prominent as in the cable headphones.
You can easily monitor a 4 stereo track audio with this headphone. But if you go beyond it, you will not get the true monitoring sound.
I have yet not tested this headphone personally and all the things I have given here are purely on a theoretical basis. So, let me check it in the future and I will update this article with genuine information.
It’s the upgrade of TMA 2 Studio headphones so you will get the same performance as TMA 2 Studio.
The only difference in this upgrade is you will get the wireless option. I don’t know if it’s going to be successful or not but AIAIAI is claiming that this Wireless headphone is specially built for recording studios.
If we talk about the transfer rate then it’s up to 1500 KBPS as shown in the image below.
There is no change in drivers from the earlier version. So you will get 40mm drivers made of Bio-diaphragm consisting of bio-cellulose. Obviously, the clarity of sound will not be compromised.
You will get robust high-quality audio and easily mix and monitor your songs with these headphones.
This headphone provides a whole spectrum of sound from 80Hz to 18kHz.
The below image says itself how prominent this headphone is at low and mid frequencies.
AIAIAI headphones are built with composite plastic so they are quite durable and long-lasting for years.
Apart from the case, it has ultra-soft over-ear foam cushions which are covered with Alcantara®, an aesthetic, functional, and CO2 neutral material.
The magnet is made of High-grade Neodymium material which makes it seamlessly work for years.
The wire provided with this headphone for traditional use is also of high quality made of coiled hi-fi cable.
There is no visible antenna in headphone and transmitter which is actually great when it comes to “on-the-go” use.
Visible Antennas not only disturb your work but are not suitable for mobile uses. That’s where this headphone fits well.
TMA 2 Studio+ headphone has highly durable and highly sensitive control buttons that last for years.
All the parts of this headphone can be separated so when not in use, you can store them separately.
This arrangement makes it great to carry on the go.
There are two types of connection provided in AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone.
- Wireless connection via Bluetooth 5.0
- Traditional connection via 1/8″-1/4″ phono coild cable.
The Bluetooth wireless connection transfers data up to 1.5MBPS which is quite enough to handle HD quality 4 stereo tracks.
A receiver is provided along with the headphone to connect it wirelessly with your audio device. You have to connect that receiver to your connection port and you are ready to listen to your tracks on headphones.
Also, if you want to connect it manually then you can use the cable given to start with a traditional setup.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone comes with 3 button controls to do various tasks such a connecting with the receiver, gain control, etc.
These buttons are built with high-quality components so you get seamless operation with durability.
As I have toll above, the cushions are made of Alcantara®, a high-grade cushion component that makes it more comfortable to work for a long time.
As I have discussed above, company claims this headphone provides lossless audio over its Bluetooth 5.0 connection. But my research shows that if we record a project in 96kHz/24Bit and there are more than 4 stereo tracks which is obvious, then this headphone cannot transfer the full quality audio.
An 8 track 96kHz/24Bit project transfers 4MBPS data but Bluetooth 5.0 is only capable of transferring upto 2 MBPS data.
However, I haven’t tested it in my studio so I can’t say about the real quality of these headphones.
Let us see the results after it comes in the market for regular sale.
Is AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone is good for mastering?
It is new to the market. Let it come to the market for regular sale then we can decide about this question.
What is the data transfer rate of AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone?
Company claims it can transfer data up to 1.5MBPS.
What’s new in AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone?
AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio+ Wireless Headphone is the upgrade of AIAIAI TMA-2 Studio so you will get all the features same as the earlier version except the wireless connectivity.
Can I use it with a traditional connection?
Yes, a traditional port and cable are given with this headphone to connect it via manual cable.
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