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Old 12-28-2010, 12:55 PM
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AIAIAI Tracks Review



AIAIAI's fantastic TMA-1 is becoming a favorite headphone around these parts. Before the TMA-1, AIAIAI made Tracks, a stylish ultra portable phone.


Technical Data
Driver Unit Size: 40 mm
Plug: 3.5 mm stereo plug
Speaker Impedance: 23 Ohm
Speaker Sensitivity: 112 +/- 3dB
Maximum Operating Voltage: 3-10 V


Packaging & Accessories

AIAIAI really knows how to appeal to a connoisseurs of packaging. The Tracks come in a simple laminated cardboard box printed with white and black symbols. The phones are neatly tucked inside with a very good assortment of accessories. A mesh lined drawstring carry sack, 4 extra “sliders”, 2 extra foam ear pads, and 9 colorful AIAIAI stickers come included with the tracks phones and headband.



Design
AIAIAI enlisted Kilo Design to create these interesting looking headphones. Inspired by old Sony Walkman headphones, the phones consist of a one piece metal headband and dual input ear-cups that attach to the band via plastic “sliders”. The backs of the small ear-cups are covered with the same matte rubberized material as the TMA-1s. The design is visually striking and gives the user a lot of adjustment of the ear-cups. Unfortunately this also means you can't fold them. I am also not a fan of the straight plug and the strange three-way cable splitter.

Sound
The sound of these phones is quite good for a small phone. They are certainty not as deep or encompassing as the TMA-1s but have a clear sound with good bass. They sit on ear and act like an open phone even though most of the ear-cups are closed. Very little isolation similar to the Sennheiser PX-100.
The bass is prominent with out overpowering the other frequencies. Very impressive for a small on-ear headphone.
Mid-range is good but not exceptional, about what you would expect from a good quality small phone.
Treble is more forward than on the TMA-1, which some people seem to prefer, but is never annoying or sibilant.
I can say the Tracks are clearer and have more/better bass than my PX-100.

Conclusion
Any one thinking of getting ultra portable headphones should consider the AIAIAI Tracks. They do not fold so can be bulky to transport but they are high on style and sound very good.


Pros
  • Good sound
  • Interesting/cool design
  • Very adjustable
  • Accessories & carry sack


Cons
  • Non-folding
  • Straight plug
  • Strange cable splitter

Where to buy:


AIAIAI or AMAZON

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Old 12-28-2010, 05:16 PM
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Thanks for the review I really like the new approach on the classic Sony mdr-1 phones.

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Old 12-28-2010, 09:03 PM
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+1 Very nice review Larch, you have a great review writing style. Nice pics and definitely throwback headphones!

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