AIAIAI and Ninja Tune team up to launch headphones made from recycled records

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AIAIAI and Ninja Tune team up to launch headphones made from recycled records

Words by Will Brewster

A record-breaking collaboration?

Indie icons Ninja Tune have united with Danish audio dons AIAIAI to debut the TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition headphones, being the world’s first-ever set of cans to be created from recycled vinyl.

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Best known for harbouring acts like Bicep, Little Dragon, Floating Points and Sampa The Great, Ninja Tune – founded by sampling pioneers Coldcut – are no strangers to the world of audio gear.

They’ve previously teamed up with Latvian effects manufacturers Erica Synths for the dubby Zen Delay, whereas AIAIAI’s TMA-2 modular headphones are fast building a reputation for being some of the best cans available for producers and DJs today.

The AIAIAI TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition headphones represent a unified commitment from both parties towards ‘doing things better’ for the world’s environmental and cultural challenges, particularly in regards to environmental responsibility and sustainable design.

With recycled vinyl being used for the TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition’s speaker units, the headphones also feature a customised soundstage based on AIAIAI’s proprietary Bio-Cellulose S05 drivers, as well as vegan leather cushions to suit both on-ear and over-ear listening preferences.

The headphones can also be used in a wired or wireless capacity for listeners on the go, with 20 hours of charge time and Bluetooth 5.0 offering a comprehensive listening experience for the demanding audiophile.

“For Ninja Tune as a label, we are keen to not only celebrate the past but also mark our intentions going forward both sonically and ethically,” Ninja Tune’s Senior Designer Joe Durnan said of the collaborative cans.

“We are keenly aware of the need to explore more ecological and earth positive means of manufacturing. To continue to exist as an industry we need to place these topics at the forefront of discussions and decisions.

“This collaboration is not the final answer but more so an example of how working towards greener solutions can lead to innovative and exciting results. This project is an opportunity to continue to shine a light on an increasingly pressing global issue.”

The AIAIAI TMA-2 Ninja Tune Edition headphones are available to purchase online and in a range of stores around Australia today. For more details, head here.