Aiaiai TMA-1 Professional DJ Monitoring review: Aiaiai TMA-1 Professional DJ Monitoring

The TMA-1s are closed-back headphones, so they won't leak sound to those around you if you're listening to music in a public place. Closed designs are also well-suited for mixing engineers and DJs who need the sound isolation to concentrate and compete with other loud noises surrounding the booth. The fit of the TMA-1s will vary from user to user, but the flexible headband and lightweight balance gave us very little ear fatigue. If anything, we found ourselves repositioning the headband from time to time, but it wasn't a big deal.

As mentioned earlier, the on-ear shape means you won't be as engulfed in sound as much as with circumaural (full-sized) headphones, but you won't likely notice the difference, thanks to the balanced sound signature that approaches audiophile-quality. Unlike many headphones we test, the TMA-1s sounded considerably forward right out of the box, with crisp detail and extra attention paid to bright vocals and thumping bass.

In particular, we also notice a natural, wide depth of sound while listening to music with natural music instruments like jazz and classical, and a realism that's tough for other cans to reproduce. That's not to say that electronic, hip-hop, and rock listeners are left out of the fun; The TMA-1s' rumbling low-end punch and precision balance are complimentary to any music genre, and the loud volume level gives us no reason to doubt their performance in a nightlife environment.

With an even helping of tight bass, level mids, and sharp high tones, the TMA-1s complimented every genre of music we pumped through them, so we won't limit our recommendation of them to DJs alone. The tough constructions and efficient sound isolation means that students, mixing engineers, commuters, and office jockeys will all enjoy their stand-out performance.

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