We were fortunate enough to get to sit down with Young Guru and get some of his thoughts directly on his new signature headphone for AIAIAI, but that has to be edited and cut and made pretty for your pleasure. Instead we’ll do a quick run down of these new headphones, the Young Guru Edition TMA-1.
I am a loyal Sennheiser HD-25-II user, and use them wherever I go. Over-ear headphones have always annoyed my ears, rarely stayed on correctly and never isolated well enough. The Sennheisers have given me what I’ve needed. However, the Young Guru Edition cans may pull me away. The foam around the cups are extremely comfortable, sit right around my ears, and are shockingly light. The material is great, and when worn around glasses frames it still sits comfortably.
The sound, obviously what you all care about, is very clear. We can’t be sure on the drivers yet, but they had a titanium 40mm driver in them for now. As you’ll see in the video, Young Guru is not sure if those are what they will stick with. The cable is a great material, feels durable, and the coiled cord gives it a very long reach, around 15 to 20 feet. The sound is much flatter than the other AIAIAI headphones, more directed toward the bedroom producer than anything else, but had a good enough isolation and response to work in a DJ booth.
The isolation was great. They had some mellow tunes running out of an iPad and, well, it was nice to close my eyes and disappear from the chaos of NAMM, especially when surrounded by aging rock stars demonstrating their super awesome skills on their new guitars. It’s going to retail for $250, and will be out in May, and I may just move over to them.
As a side note, the nicest thing about this sponsored headphone has been Young Guru’s direct involvement with the development and design. He mentions that he went to their home office and personally picked all of the features and materials, to create the headphones he would want to produce with.
Hopefully the nice people at AIAIAI will be generous enough to provide DJWORX a pair or two for review.