When you hear the name AIAIAI, the first thing which comes to mind is headphones for DJs & producers. However, the Danish brand which first came to market in 2010 has recently developed a new product line aimed at consumers who may not necessarily be in the creative industry, but still want a high-fidelity listening experience.
Enter, the TMA-2 Move XE Wireless. The slightly lower-priced lightweight model of the new product line aimed at casual listeners boasts Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility, a single-button joystick control, and 40 hours of battery life. Whilst their big brother; the TMA-2 Move Wireless offers all of the above plus vegan leather ear pads, a padded headband, enhanced bass and more detailed high-end.
Costing £160 and £200 respectively, these headphones mark a new chapter in the AIAIAI story, opening up the brand to a wider market and bringing studio-quality sound to “all music lovers”. We got our hands on the entry point XE model to see what all the fuss is about.
First impressions when unboxing the TMA-2 Move XE is that you’re holding a premium set of headphones, including the sleekly designed packaging. However, with a company ethos focused around responsible design, AIAIAI have developed the product using 30% recycled plastics and high-quality fibres from ocean-bound waste, while the packaging is 100% recycled.
Existing AIAIAI users will instantly feel familiarity with the Move XE, thanks to AIAIAI’s modular configuration which is seen across their entire suite of products. For those new to the brand, this is one of their key selling points and stand-out features enabling consumers to replace or upgrade each part of the headphones.
For example, this is particularly useful when part of the headphones has broken or is very worn – instead of buying a whole new headset, you can just purchase the particular part you need and replace it for a fraction of the price.
True to its specification, the Move XE feels very lightweight – made up of REPREVE eco-friendly on-ear ear pads, biodegradable bio-cellulose speaker diaphragms and a lightweight polycarbonate headband with foam padding – it’s perfect for use on the go.
Ease of use
Setting up the TMA-2 Move XE couldn’t be easier. Simple 3-step build instructions on the box along with a short and concise quick start guide will have the unit up and running in no time at all. For more detailed spec and info a QR code can also be scanned to bring up the full product manuals.
Control of the headphones is centred around a single-button joystick with ‘intuitive control’. The Move XE is one of the only products on the market to have this particular feature and its truly a breeze to use. Turning the headphones off/on is done by pressing in the joystick for 3 seconds, holding down for 6 seconds whilst off will pair with a device. A single press in will play/pause music, pushing up/down will change the volume, and left/right will skip between tracks.
With 40 hours of playback time, you’ll get plenty of listening before needing to charge which takes just two hours via a USB cable to get back up to full battery – another big thumbs up for use on the go. The headphones will instantly connect to the last paired device(s) when turned on with no connection issues experienced when using.
One really useful feature as part of the Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility is that you can connect to more than one device at the same time – enabling you to press pause on one device and then play on another without needing to disconnect/re-connect.
AIAIAI are all about top notch sounding headphones, whether you opt for their top of the range flagship designs, or the entry point products, the sound quality is never compromised. The TMA-2 Move Wireless range ‘incorporates a decade of studio-quality sound development into headphones designed for music lovers and creatives on the move’.
This fact remains true in the Move XE where despite the lower price, it still packs a punch and offers a highly detailed sound representation. Putting the speaker units to the test, we listened to a variety of genres to see how they fared. Percussion in 4×4 house sounded crisp and clear, whilst you could feel the warmth of synth pads in progressive house breakdowns, and the steadfast thump of techno kickdrums.
The true audiophiles among us may lean towards spending an extra £40 on the upgraded version for a more powerful bass and cleaner high-end but the XE certainly provides a well-rounded premium listening experience.
At £160 for the Move XE and £200 for the upgraded Move, these headphones sit at around the same market price for comparable rival products. However, with the ability to upgrade and replace parts of the Move Wireless range and sound quality trusted by industry-leading creatives around the world, this product should certainly be at the top end of your wish list.
Speaking about what prompted the move to expand their offering to more casual listeners with the TMA-2 Move XE Wireless, Frederik Jørgensen, co-founder of AIAIAI said exclusively to ratemyrave:
Music has always been at the core of what we do and what we are passionate about. Our aim is to collaborate with artists and inspire and empower music creators at every level to grow the community and opportunities available so more and more people can pursue their creative aspirations.
However, we don’t want to forget the people enjoying the music as that’s just as important. We wanted to make sure people listening to their favourite music can experience the same quality and technology as the pro’s – so we have taken everything we have learned and developed with the creators and built it into a Bluetooth version of our TMA-2.
For more info about the TMA-2 Move XE Wireless and to purchase your pair, click here.
Words: Ben Lovejoy