Originally Posted by BigDave
Be interesting to hear your thoughts on them, gelocks. So you have not heard them yet? Which of the aiaiai range have you heard? I was contemplating the tma-1 normal range but did not find them as comfortable. Big factor for me now, comfort. I have had too many cans that sounded great but were a pain in terms of their comfort and/or everyday use. Initially really liked my grado's but they are not as user friendly as these young guru's. That said, I bought the brainwavz hm5's for their soft, pillowy pads and yet I also find them a little....boring. They do also have a bit of a vice-like grip which doesn't help. I don't know....this headphone is as everyone has said before - making me broke.
Have not heard any AIAIAI yet. I know that their initial releases were pretty bassy and just by their looks I knew they were not going to be comfortable to me either!
But these seem to have more potential so I ordered them and... they arrived... ;-)
Right now actually testing the Sennheiser Momentum on-ears... they sound quite good and comfort agrees with me (and way better than their "over-ear" counterpart!)
Things I have noticed of the AIAIAI's though:
1) Very good construction, though I don't like exposed cables... pet-peeve I guess
2) Pads and overall feel is very comfortable
3) Don't know why, but had a hard time getting the cable on the headphone! LOL
4) Like the red-coiled cable that came with it
5) Don't like the cheapo string bag that came with the headphone. At this price point I expect something better.
Of the few tracks I listened to with the AIAIAIs I can say:
1) They are indeed dark (not warm, but dark) and bass is definitely a bit boomy to me.
2) Talking about bass... damn, nice impact (even though they are a bit boomy). Listening to Jamiroquai - Radio, wow...
3) Definitely recessed mids and lacking some detail (comparing directly to the Momentums since I have them both at hand... and BTW, the Momentums are recessed as well but not as much as these).
4) More mid-bass than sub-bass, though they do go down to 20-25Hz just lack a bit of ooommphhh (compared to other bass-head cans).
5) Listening to Fire in Your New Shoes by Kaskade == very good. Somehow the vocals sound very forward so there might be a bit of a bump in the upper-mids somewhere (i.e. I don't doubt any women sung track or instruments in that area, trumpets in merengue tracks/guitars probably, will "pop".)
6) Listening to Paramore - Still into You (love Paramore and love this freaking track!)... still the "dark" quality with regard to detail and overall sound signature permeates. But as mentioned, guitars seem forward enough, good attack and Hayley's voice as well. Headphones are not "syrupy" sounding even though they are dark... they seem to respond well to faster tracks.
And that's all I got for now...
As usual, I stick with headphones for a few weeks as I do believe in "brain burn-in" and get used to sound signatures rather quick... so further testing will let me know if I will add them to my collection or let them go! ;-)
P.S. I was listening to these just straight out of the PC... During the week I'll test with my usual work set-up (Cowon C2 --> Schiit Magni) and home set-up (Nuforce Icon HDP DAC --> Lehman BCL amp).
Edited by gelocks - 9/30/13 at 9:21pm