Today I have for review what I would say is THE most premium (read: expensive) accessory I have ever touched. They are the “Atrio M5 Professional Earphones” by Future Sonics and they cost a WHOPPING $199.99! *falls off chair*
The Atrio M5 earphones are premium in-ear headphones which come from Future Sonics, a company with a long history for making best-in-class earphones. The Atrio line has won numerous awards including being the winner of the “In-ear headphones face-off” by Sound & Vision and winning the Best of 2008 5-stars from iProng Magazine.
The Atrio M5 is an in-ear headphone which means the earphone sleeves are put deep into your ear for a secure and sound-proof fit. These headphones, when compared to the stock iPhone 3G headphones, completely block outside noise, which is great if you are an audiophile and want to hear every bit of sound. The headphones also provide an extremely deep and clear sound with fantastic bass, with no EQ’s on in the iPhone at all. Of the many music players I have had with various headphones, both stock and not, these are by far the best sounding and most comfortable.
When compared to the stock iPhone headphones, the Apple ones have no bass and sound very “empty” and have a very difficult time staying in my ear; I find myself constantly adjusting them to keep them in my ear. However the one downside to the Atrio M5 is that it does not come with a built-in microphone as the stock iPhone headphones do. So if you use the microphone feature on the Apple headphones, the Atrio’s may not be right for you.
The Atrio M5 comes with seven pairs of sleeves; four foam sleeves and three rubber sleeves. I like that they provide this many of various sizes because it allows the user to find the perfect fit and these headphones are the most comfortable I have ever tried, with both the rubber and foam tips. The foam sleeves are particularly amazing because when you put those on and into your ear, the foam expands and fills every little air pocket in your ear that could let in external sound, so that all you hear is the music!
Some of the specs of the Atrio M5 are:
Drivers: Future Sonics propietary MG5Pro™ Dynamic
Frequencies: 18 Hz – 20,000 Hz TrueTimbre™ response
Impedance: 32 ohm
Sensitivity: 112 dB at 30 HZ/1mW
Rejection: 26 dB +/- Ambient Noise Rejection ™ (A.N.R.)
Cable: 1.3m Quietcables™ II with reduced microphonics
Connector: Standard 3.5mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug (gold)