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Atrio Earbuds by FutureSonics


Author:  Ian Garris
Date:  2009.02.25
Topic:  Audio
Provider:  Max Borges Agency
Manufacturer:  Atrio






 

Conclusion:

I opened up these headphones a skeptic - I considered myself spoiled by my big Sennheisers, and their big sound. After a couple months, I found myself relying exclusively on FutureSonics' excellent little Atrio for that big-headphone sound while I was out and about. At a suggested price of $200, these earphones are roughly comparable to the Shure SE210, but produce deeper bass. The only problem I ever noticed using these earphones is that the cable, rubbing against my shirt as I walked, would produce annoyingly loud interference. The solution was simple, however - I wrapped the cord around my ear and the weight of the cord was just enough to dampen the vibrations I heard. Don't let this get you down about the Atrio, though - this is endemic to in-ear monitors and canal phones, and is generally solved the same way no matter who made them.

I can think of no fair criticism to level at FutureSonics regarding these ear buds; they have truly created an excellent design and have not cut any corners. Anyone interested in inexpensive, high-quality in-ear monitors - whether for actual on-stage monitoring, or hi-fi portable music - would do well to consider the FutureSonics Atrio M8 in their search for great headphones at a great price. While not truly earth shattering, FutureSonics has an excellent product on their hands, for which they deserve to be TechwareLabs Approved.

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