AIAIAI’s headsets let you get rid of cables, not quality | Digital Trends

2021-12-16 07:56:39 By : Mr. Thomas Zhang

When it comes to wireless headphones, there is usually a trade-off: lower quality audio to facilitate wireless. But the latest headphones from the Danish audio company AIAIAI (pronounced "eye-eye-eye"), the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ for $350, tries to provide people-especially musicians and other audio creators-with the best of both worlds. Experience. This wireless headset is equipped with a dedicated wireless transmitter, designed to provide low-latency, lossless CD-quality sound for users who need better than Bluetooth wireless signals.

Even better, when you need to listen to the source immediately without additional processing, the wireless handset still has a fully wired option. Switching between modes is simple-the head has a switch that allows you to instantly switch between standard Bluetooth mode and AIAIAI's Wireless+ mode.

Ingeniously, AIAIAI found a way to do this while maintaining the iconic features of TMA-2-its modular and sustainable design, leaving the headband and each earmuff as a separate replaceable part. In fact, if you have an existing set of wired or wireless TMA-2 earphones, you can turn them into a set of TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ by purchasing a new headband and Wireless+ transmitter-your existing earmuffs can Normal work, according to AIAIAI.

The company has made some major announcements about its Wireless+ technology: It reduces the latency to only 16 milliseconds (ms), which is much better than most versions of Bluetooth. Indeed, in theory, Bluetooth can be as low as 5 milliseconds, but to achieve this performance, both sending and receiving devices need to support Bluetooth LE audio. This standard has only just begun to receive attention.

But Wireless+ is not only fast, but also lossless, which is not guaranteed by the Bluetooth codec-even Sony's so-called wireless high-resolution audio is compatible with LDAC. To achieve this, Wireless+ uses a proprietary codec and dual antenna system to transmit on the 2.4Ghz frequency-the same wireless spectrum used by Wi-Fi. The transmitter has its own on-board rechargeable battery, making the entire system very portable. Another benefit of the Wireless+ system is that you can use it with the seatback entertainment system of the aircraft, as long as you have a dual plug-in aircraft headset adapter-this is not possible with ordinary Bluetooth headsets, unless you buy portable Bluetooth launcher.

The only two caveats here are that the Wireless+ transmitter is plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack, so you need to provide an analog output on the source device-which is lacking in most smartphones today. And you will not get all the quality that professional audio equipment can output. Even if you are working at a frequency of 24-bit/96kHz or better, Wireless+ will convert it to 16-bit/44.1kHz and then transfer it to TMA-2 Studio Wireless+. But if you need full resolution, the included coiled analog cable can meet your needs.

AIAIAI said that when running in Bluetooth mode, TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ can last up to 80 hours of impressive battery life-this huge service life exceeds the 20% that AIAIAI had previously on its H06 wireless headband. Hours of play time. When using Wireless+ mode, the number drops to 16 hours. The Wireless+ transmitter can last for 30 hours on a single charge.

You can pre-order the TMA-2 Studio Wireless+ from December 14th, and start shipping and in-store availability in January 2022.

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