About this project
We are expanding our modular headphone system with a HD wireless solution.
H05 is the first major update for the TMA-2 Modular Headphone System: A smart, wireless headband with an integrated Bluetooth module.
The headband was inspired by suggestions from our users. The TMA-2 modular system enables us to listen and react to their feedback, so that our product can last, even as our customers’ tastes change and develop to include new technologies.
Importantly, this headband means any TMA-2 configuration can be wireless for new users, and existing users can upgrade to wireless while keeping their original sound preferences.
We hope that our friends, both old and new, will back this project to help us make the TMA-2 wireless into a reality.
TMA-2 is the world’s most extensive modular headphone system – with more than 1000 possible configurations. This modularity means you can create your own unique, personalized AIAIAI product that fits your specific needs, while enabling a quick and easy change of individual parts along the way.
For music professionals, this means the opportunity to adapt and tailor the system to a creative context; from studio production and audio editing to DJing or listening on the move.
For everyone else, it means the subtle dissolution of categories; a headphone that fits your own lifestyle and music taste. Life is rarely static, so TMA-2 is suitable for use whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go. The range of parts let you find the configuration that’s right for you, and alter that configuration easily when you feel like it.
We are now developing the first major upgrade to the TMA-2 Modular Headphone System – a smart headband that adds new functionalities. The first is an integrated Bluetooth module, meaning the headphones can go wireless.
By integrating the wireless functionality into the headband only, we enable any configuration of the TMA-2 to be wireless, and thereby retain full modularity in the system.
This gives new users the full freedom to choose, while allowing existing customers to take their TMA-2 headphones wireless simply by upgrading the headband.
Christian B. Lorentzen, Head of New Product Development, AIAIA:
"At first, we explored whether creating a new speaker unit could be a way to introduce wireless technology to the system. But that felt wrong somehow, as it would be limiting to have only a few wireless sound configurations. That’s why we came up with this idea of integrating the bluetooth module into the headband, to maintain that 100% modularity.”
The H05 headband works simply when you plug it into any TMA-2 speaker unit, enabling high quality Bluetooth audio transmission.
The headband has the following controls: Play, Pause, Skip, Volume, and Answer Call.
Any cable from the TMA-2 Modular Headphone System can be inserted into the speaker unit for cabled audio, bypassing the Bluetooth in the H05 headband when required - e.g. if battery is dead.
- Bluetooth 4.2, AptX-HD codec
- USB-C port
- 16h playback time
- 2h charging time
- Omnidirectional microphone, standard power: 2.0V, Frequency range 300~5KHz
- Durable EMS TR90 nylon material
- USB-C to USB charging/connecting cable
“The H05 smart headband is designed to bridge performance and aesthetics in a simple, integrated design language. On one hand, echoing the original DNA of the existing collection, and yet still introducing a new, individual and strong character to the TMA-2 family."
A central part of the system’s modularity is the enhanced opportunity for us to be continuously developing new parts.
This is especially important for us as a small company. It means we can make our development more specific, more incremental, and financially easier at the same time. Reacting to input and feedback from our customers at a completely different level and pace than with conventional headphone design. We have a fantastic network of professional partners and a very engaging user group, so our ability to interact and respond to them is invaluable to our development.
The modularity also means that users can buy into the system without having to displace and replace complete fully functional products. Obsolescence is wasteful: If our customers decide they want to try a different configuration, or if we release a new part, it’s easy to upgrade to the desired configuration without having to spend money on a whole new headphone. The result is less investment from the consumer, and much less waste for the environment.
The H05 headband is a great example of this in action. The modular system has made it possible for us to listen to our customers and go on to further develop the TMA-2 to reflect their input with a simple upgrade.
Frederik Jorgensen, Co-Founder, AIAIAI:
“The Modular system creates the ultimate flexibility for our business and our customers as well as a more creative way of interacting with our products. This adaptable, versatile approach to our headphones offers radical new opportunities for future product development, enabling us to expand the system to create better options for our users."
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AIAIAI is a Danish audio design company based in Copenhagen. We are dedicated to developing high quality audio products for our users, and we’re proud to contribute to Denmark’s worldwide reputation as a leader in acoustic and electro-acoustic design and engineering.
We have an expansive network of audio technicians and DJs as part of our unique and highly collaborative development process, but most importantly, we work closely with Danish design studio Kilo. Founded and headed by Lars Larsen, Kilo is an award-winning, idea-driven industrial design studio positioned among Scandinavia’s most influential design companies. Kilo has been our design partner since 2006, when we founded our companies in neighboring offices.
We might not share an office any more, but we still build upon a set of shared values, aesthetics and design thinking, making our ongoing relationship very intuitive. We know how to work together; the expertise of both entities, our joint and thorough ideation processes and our well-tested manufacturing know-how make us confident in our collaborations and their arrival at a great outcome
We are a small Danish company who want to stay independent. This project is more complex than what we're used to, and requires new skills from us. We acknowledge that Kickstarter hosts an important community of artists, innovators, designers and overall curiosity and we need you feedback and support.
Raising $45.000 will help us make this project a reality and minimize the time it takes to get the H05 on the market, we turned to Kickstarter to hopefully get the funding we need to realize our visions and develop the TMA-2 into the best possible headphone system for our users.
We offer free international shipping, but EU customers please note there is a “shipping charge” added. This is because we are a Danish company and are required to charge VAT by the EU VAT system. But as VAT will also be applied on the final EU retail price (resulting in a higher price level), EU customers are still getting the discount listed in the Rewards - the same discount for all backers worldwide.
Duty/VAT charges: Our headphones will be shipped from Denmark, so please note that you will be responsible for any applicable duty/VAT charges. Unfortunately we can't display all possible Duty/VAT terms for international shipping, so we recommend you check with your local customs to learn more about the procedure in your country. And we will of course try to help as much as we can.
Risks and challenges
We have been working with our manufactures for 10 years now which means we are confident we can run this project in timely manor and fully meet the timeline and quality set up in the campaign.
Having said that, manufacturing always involves an element of risk and uncertainty. We will keep you updated and should anything occur that might affect delivery you will be the first to know.
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