Future Sonics Atrio review: Future Sonics Atrio

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good The Future Sonics Atrio series delivers jaw-dropping bass at safer low-volume levels, all at a very competitive price.

The Bad The Atrio's tacky design and lack of high-frequency detail will disappoint fashion-conscious audiophiles.

The Bottom Line If you can somehow turn the Atrio's design into a fashion statement, you won't be disappointed with its full sound and startlingly deep bass.

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Future Sonics Atrio earphones

Future Sonics, like its competitor Shure, is a company that is largely focused on creating products for musicians. Future Sonics' line of custom-molded in-ear monitors are well-respected and run $600 a pair. The M5 and M8 Atrio earphones (identical except for color) are consumer-friendly earphones that bring Future Sonics' proprietary driver technology down to an affordable level ($199). The end result is one of the most full-range earphones we've heard. When it comes to the low-volume reproduction of lower frequencies found in drums, bass, keyboards, and guitar, the Atrio earphones surpassed the sound quality found in more expensive earphones such as the Shure SE310 and SE420. However, discriminating audiophiles may be disappointed with the Atrio's less-detailed high end.

The Atrio series will not win any beauty pageants. Future Sonic's single-minded slogan, "Sound is everything," might work in the musician world, but everyday consumers need a product that looks as good as it sounds. Quite frankly, the Atrio headphones look like they came from the dollar store sale bin. The plastic housing looks cheap, shiny, and bulky -- nearly twice the size of Shure's SE310 and three times the size of Etymotic's ER6i. The bulkiness may be the result of the unique earphone driver that the Atrio uses, but the trade-off is a larger-than-average, gaudy design.

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Future Sonics Atrio M5 Earphones

Part Number: M5
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  • Color onyx black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm