A few years ago, almost three to be exact, I reviewed the Future Sonics Atrio M5 earphones and I found them to be an excellent product. To this day my opinion hasn’t changed of them, I still grab them first even though I’ve got many others to pick from. Future Sonics though isn’t he type of company to leave well enough alone and they just had to go an improve upon on one of the best sounding earphones on the market. Aesthetically they haven’t changed, the internal workings have been improved with a new version of their proprietary drivers that offer a wider range of frequencies and just all around better specs. The set or kit I have today is the special edition that is green, this kit features packaging made from recycled materials  and a carrying case made from used rubber inner tubes.


Well let’s start this off with an unboxing video:

The packaging is made from recycled materials.

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Inside you’ll find documentation, case, the Atrio M5s and a bag of accessories.

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Inside the bag is three more bags containing foam and silicone ear buds covers along with a cleaning tool.

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Here’s the bags unpacked for a better look. The foam covers are two colors and several different sizes. The earbuds come with one set of silicone baffle style buds installed, medium sized and then there are two more sizes in the bag. The cleaning tools is basically a plastic rod with as thin metal loop on the end that is used to clean the insides of the earphones of wax, dirt etc that can degrade sound performance.

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The Atrio earphones come with a nice long 51” cable, I can very much appreciate that as I hate it when cables are too short.

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The earphones I got for review are the special edition chocolate brown in color. Not my favorite color, but it’s better than pink that’s for sure. The earphones are oddly shaped, but they’re supposed to be and they’re much larger than others are. It’s the design to fit everything in there of course.

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To switch the covers you can just slide them off, they do offer a bit of resistance so they stay on.

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The case is black as you might expect from something made from recycled inner tubes. The great thing about how they’re made, besides recycling something, is that each one is unique, you won’t find another exactly like yours out there. The case feels thick and durable, it has two zippers and a clip or ring on the back.

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When you open it up you’ll find two mesh compartments to hold the headphones and additional earbud covers. The case should offer more than enough protection for the Atrio M5s that they hold inside.

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Specifications:

FUTURE SONICS: Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones

The Atrio Universal Fit Professional Earphones from Future Sonics are the result of extensive research & development with today’s top Musicians, Engineers, Producers & Audiophiles. The Atrios feature our mg7 proprietary miniature dynamic transducers, designed & manufactured by Future Sonics. Our 10mm mg7 speakers are multi-driver & crossover free; delivering warm, full range audio for use on Stage, in the Studio & with personal media players. The ergonomic design incorporated into each element of the Atrio allows them to be comfortable & effective for any age range, including kids; while our BIGGER SOUND at lower volume promise continues to deliver the best sonic performance possible.

FUTURE SONICS: Atrio Special Edition (ASE) Earphones features include:

-The Power of 1, Future Sonics’ proprietary dynamic drivers produce frequencies below 150Hz more effectively than multiple driver designs, delivering audio the way your own ears would naturally hear
-New MG7 transducer and TrueTimbre™ audio quality produces rich, dynamic and full sound
-Lightweight design with multiple in-ear sleeves creates a custom fit and seal with natural noise-isolation characteristics
-A 18Hz – 20,000Hz Response, Sensitivity level of 112dB @ 30Hz, +/- 26 dB Ambient Noise Rejection providing unparalleled clarity and audio range
-Eco-friendly packaging and zipper case made from post consumer paper & plastic, plant fibers and reclaimed inner tube truck tires
-Available in special edition chocolate color

Future Sonics’ Atrio Special Edition (ASE) Professional Earphones with eco-friendly packaging and case are currently available for $229.00.

Specifications:
-NEW MG7 Proprietary Dynamic Drivers
-18Hz-20,000Hz TrueTimbre Response
-32ohm Impedance
-Sensitivity 112db @ 30Hz/1mW
-Up to 30dB Ambient Noise Rejection (A.N.R.)
-51" (1.3m) QuietCables II
-Ultra-Lightweight Design
-Standard 1/8” (3.5mm) Gold Mini-Plug Connector
-100% Armature & Crossover Free Technology
-Multiple Fit Options


For testing I listened to music and even watched a couple blu-rays on my computer. I listened to music on my Zune HD. I like various types of music from classical to metal.

Before you can listen to your music with the Atrio M5s you’ll really need to follow the instructions included to make sure you get the right fit. Included are foam and silicone baffle style earbud covers, they do perform differently and they have different comfort levels, it all depends on your preferences really. I prefer the silicone baffle style myself, but I’ve tried the foam ones just because.

The cables are nice and long, you’ll be able to have your MP3 player anywhere on your person or in your bag and still have enough cable to reach. The cables do have a slight noise to them when you move, but it’s not overly annoying or interfering.

The sound from the Atrio M5s is just truly excellent, you’ll hear everything from your music. It’s almost as if you’ll be hearing it again for the first time, they truly allow you to experience your music in a new and improved way. Honestly they’re almost too good for regular mp3 files, you might want to upgrade to loseless, or at least upgrade the bitrates on your mp3 files.

Like the original Atrio M5s these are amazing sounding. I didn’t think they could improve upon them, but they did.


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Conclusion:
The new, improved Atrio M5 earphones are just as good as the original, only better.

If you’re looking for the best sound for the price then these are what you want.

The Atrio M5s are well made that’s for sure. Yes they are plastic, but they’re lightweight and very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The cables are nice and long, you’ll be able to have your media player anywhere on your person and have enough cable to get the job done.

I know there are people that might consider $200+ for a set of earphones expensive, but if you like your music then you need a good set of earphones. People buy media players to listen to the music they like but yet they still use the included earbuds that just don’t perform well and I have to wonder why. Why do people spend hundred of dollars on an MP3 player and then use the stock earbuds, it makes no sense to me.

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Pros:
+Excellent sound
+Nice long cable
+Good noise reduction
+Comfortable for long periods
+Very well made

Cons:
-Might be considered expensive

Grades:  
Overall score 10 10 thumb1 Review of FUTURE SONICS: Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones
Design score 10 10 thumb1 Review of FUTURE SONICS: Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones
Performance score 10 10 thumb1 Review of FUTURE SONICS: Atrio M5 Special Edition (ASE) Earphones

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