Future Sonics Atrio m5 headphones review

Founded in 1985, Future Sonics has been manufacturing headphones for music lovers, as well as sound professionals - sound engineers, performers, and so on.

An interesting point is that, unlike Westone, Shure, Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, well-known in narrow circles, Future Sonics does not recognize the so-called "reinforcing", and even more so "multi-reinforcing" designs. A broadband dynamic emitter of our own design is used. A peculiar slogan is The Power of One, that is, roughly speaking, “The Power of One”. Well, just like in advertising - "the power of three matrices", or something like that. But Future Sonics believe that one, but a very good emitter is enough.

I will note right away that I got the headphones without the wonderful kit listed at the beginning of the article, only with three-petal nozzles. Moreover, they have been in operation for two years, which is eloquently evidenced by a noticeably hardened wire. Thus, one can judge how well the Future Sonics Atrio m5 (hereinafter, perhaps, simply Atrio m5) withstand intensive use.

Let me, to clear my conscience, provide a photo of the kit found on the Web, I think the author of the picture will not mind. Unfortunately, on the manufacturer's website with photos, things are not very good, but this can hardly be considered a problem.

Appearance and usability

In general, Atrio m5 are available in four colors: black, beige, blue and brown. The one in question is blue and (in my opinion) the worst selection of headphone materials in this price range. I don’t know how the Atrio m5 of other colors look live, but at first glance at the blue headphones, you get the impression that the earplugs cost 500 rubles. Yes, since we are talking about the price, m5 cost about 200 US dollars. Well, it happens.

Other than the frankly cheap-looking plastic, everything else is very good. High-quality assembly, soft cambric that protects the wire, ergonomic shape of the body (it is possible to wear it both with the wire down and with the wire up).

Okay, let's try to insert the headphones into our ears - everything is fine (for a while), but after a while of wearing the skin of the auditory canal, I personally ask for mercy. Blame, obviously, three-lobed nozzles. Since, I repeat, I got headphones in a very modest configuration - I had to use the stock of nozzles from the "reinforcing" headphones (fortunately, the Atrio m5 sound guide is narrow, like most "reinforcements"). The situation with landing immediately changed for the better, sound insulation also improved. I suppose that with complete foam nozzles everything is also very good, but only they will quickly become worthless. So I recommend immediately buying spares, or looking for a replacement - in particular, single-lobe tips from Shure headphones came up to me.

Speaking of noise isolation - for dynamic headphones it is simply amazing, the case is designed just fine. Atrio m5 are suitable even for the subway. I don’t know how fair the characteristic of the noise reduction level “up to 30 dB” is, but the fact remains that in terms of noise isolation, these headphones leave behind many (if not all) “dynamic” colleagues in the shop. Only Monster Turbine with their wonderful SuperTips can compete with them.

It is not so easy to distinguish the left earpiece from the right one - you can, of course, remember the characteristic shape. However, the marking is carried out with letters embossed on the cambric, it looks, firstly, sloppy, and secondly, it turns out to be extremely non-contrasting. In my opinion, the black rings on the cases could well have been made multi-colored, this would have facilitated the identification of the headphones.

Now about the wire. Even if it is hardened (after two years of use, it is no wonder), and it does not fold very well and tangles perfectly into knots (again, we make allowances for the age of the headphones), but it is durable, and there is no microphone effect when the behind-the-ear fit. There is a slider for fixing on the back of the head or chin, an angled and miniature plug. So, I believe, a year (or even more) of trouble-free operation is provided to potential owners.

Well, let's move on to the most interesting part: the sound of the model with a unique transducer. Of course, a Hifiman HM-801 player with a Game Card amplifier installed was used for the initial testing. The selection used for testing is Prime Test CD1.

The first impression can be summed up in one word, even an interjection: "Wow!" Yes exactly. Deep, well-defined bass, almost no hum, a fairly wide stage, natural vocals, and so on. In general, there are not many shortcomings - a slight harshness at high frequencies, and a stereo panorama without a depth effect.

In my opinion, the sound of the Atrio m5 comes close enough to those "multi-driver armature" headphones, there is no ubiquitous warmth, but there is an analytical and accurate CAT Bachoe Loader 428B sound with a good low-frequency backing. In music, Atrio m5 reproduce everything, or almost everything, or at least I want to believe it.

Of course, what I was most interested in was how the Atrio m5 would cope with "heavy" music, this is always a difficult test for "dynamic" headphones. Well, there were practically no problems here. Minimal "blurring" in difficult places does not spoil the overall picture.

Headphones are universal, for a couple of hundred dollars you get a kind of hybrid of "dynamic" and "reinforcing" sound. Let me remind you that there may be a problem with the nozzles, I could just be lucky with them.

Compatibility

When connecting the Atrio m5 to the iPhone 4, I honestly expected that there would be some problems with the sound. And my premonitions did not deceive me. Although the sound did not lose much in detail, it became much less analytical, there was an excessive “warmth” in the sound, the bass was smeared and began to noticeably “buzz”, the high frequencies became muffled. Tool positioning has deteriorated.

The problem also came from where it should not have been expected - with high sensitivity and relatively low resistance, the Atrio m5 has practically no volume margin when used with iPhone 4.

Thus, Atrio m5 are very source dependent, it makes sense to use them with regular players, but problems can arise.

Competitors

It seems to me that the Atrio m5 has few competitors in terms of a combination of factors. You can remember the "meat" (for "reinforcing" headphones, of course) Phonak Audeo, you can also look at the Monster Turbine Pro Gold (regular "turbines" are not so accurate).

The problem, as often happens, is the availability of headphones on the Russian market. It is quite possible to order Atrio m5 from abroad, 200-250 dollars - and in a couple of weeks you will have a box in your hands.

Output

Let's summarize without further ado.

  • Great sound if you have a quality player, good sound if you have a regular player
  • Comfortable fit and excellent noise isolation with the right choice of eartips
  • Long life wire
  • Source dependency
  • Strange complete nozzles
  • No less strange design
  • Inaccessibility in Russia

The Future Sonics Atrio m5 is definitely worth the money. I don’t often want to buy myself something “for the collection”, but this is just such a case. True, if I take it, then black - blue ones look somehow strange.

Future Sonics Atrio m5 headphones review

Founded in 1985, Future Sonics has been manufacturing headphones for music lovers, as well as sound professionals - sound engineers, performers, and so on.

An interesting point is that, unlike Westone, Shure, Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, well-known in narrow circles, Future Sonics does not recognize the so-called "reinforcing", and even more so "multi-reinforcing" designs. A broadband dynamic emitter of our own design is used. A peculiar slogan is The Power of One, that is, roughly speaking, “The Power of One”. Well, just like in advertising - "the power of three matrices", or something like that. But Future Sonics believe that one, but a very good emitter is enough.

I will note right away that I got the headphones without the wonderful kit listed at the beginning of the article, only with three-petal nozzles. Moreover, they have been in operation for two years, which is eloquently evidenced by a noticeably hardened wire. Thus, one can judge how well the Future Sonics Atrio m5 (hereinafter, perhaps, simply Atrio m5) withstand intensive use.

Let me, to clear my conscience, provide a photo of the kit found on the Web, I think the author of the picture will not mind. Unfortunately, on the manufacturer's website with photos, things are not very good, but this can hardly be considered a problem.

Appearance and usability

In general, Atrio m5 are available in four colors: black, beige, blue and brown. The one in question is blue and (in my opinion) the worst selection of headphone materials in this price range. I don’t know how the Atrio m5 of other colors look live, but at first glance at the blue headphones, you get the impression that the earplugs cost 500 rubles. Yes, since we are talking about the price, m5 cost about 200 US dollars. Well, it happens.

Other than the frankly cheap-looking plastic, everything else is very good. High-quality assembly, soft cambric that protects the wire, ergonomic shape of the body (it is possible to wear it both with the wire down and with the wire up).

Okay, let's try to put the headphones in our ears - everything is fine (for a while), but after a while of wearing the skin of the auditory canal, I personally ask for mercy. Blame, obviously, three-lobed nozzles. Since, I repeat, I got headphones in a very modest configuration - I had to use the stock of nozzles from the "reinforcing" headphones (fortunately, the Atrio m5 sound guide is narrow, like most "reinforcements"). The situation with landing immediately changed for the better, sound insulation also improved. I suppose with complete foam nozzles everything is also very good, but only they will quickly become worthless. So I recommend immediately buying spares, or looking for a replacement - in particular, single-lobe tips from Shure headphones came up to me.

Speaking of noise isolation - for dynamic headphones it is simply amazing, the case is designed just fine. Atrio m5 are suitable even for the subway. I don’t know how fair the characteristic of the noise reduction level “up to 30 dB” is, but the fact remains that in terms of noise isolation, these headphones leave behind many (if not all) “dynamic” colleagues in the shop. Only Monster Turbine with their wonderful SuperTips can compete with them.

The left earpiece is not so easy to distinguish from the right one - you can, of course, remember the characteristic shape. However, the marking is carried out with letters embossed on the cambric, it looks, firstly, sloppy, and secondly, it turns out to be extremely non-contrasting. In my opinion, the black rings on the cases could well have been made multi-colored, this would have facilitated the identification of the headphones.

Now about the wire. Even if it is hardened (after two years of use, it is no wonder), and it does not fold very well and tangles perfectly into knots (again, we make allowances for the age of the headphones), but it is durable, and there is no microphone effect when the behind-the-ear fit. There is a slider for fixing on the back of the head or chin, an angled and miniature plug. So, I believe, a year (or even more) of trouble-free operation is provided to potential owners.

Well, let's move on to the most interesting part: the sound of the model with a unique transducer. Of course, a Hifiman HM-801 player with a Game Card amplifier installed was used for the initial testing. The selection used for testing is Prime Test CD1.

The first impression can be summed up in one word, even an interjection: "Wow!" Yes exactly. Deep, well-defined bass, almost no hum, a fairly wide stage, natural vocals, and so on. In general, there are not many shortcomings - a slight harshness at high frequencies, and a stereo panorama without a depth effect.

In my opinion, the sound of the Atrio m5 comes close enough to those "multi-driver armature" headphones, there is no ubiquitous warmth, but there is an analytical and accurate CAT Bachoe Loader 428B sound with a good low-frequency backing. In music, Atrio m5 reproduce everything, or almost everything, or at least I want to believe it.

Of course, what I was most interested in was how the Atrio m5 would cope with "heavy" music, this is always a difficult test for "dynamic" headphones. Well, there were practically no problems here. Minimal "blurring" in difficult places does not spoil the overall picture.

Headphones are universal, for a couple of hundred dollars you get a kind of hybrid of "dynamic" and "reinforcing" sound. Let me remind you that there may be a problem with the nozzles, I could just be lucky with them.

Compatibility

When connecting the Atrio m5 to the iPhone 4, I honestly expected that there would be some problems with the sound. And my premonitions did not deceive me. Although the sound did not lose much in detail, it became much less analytical, there was an excessive “warmth” in the sound, the bass was smeared and began to noticeably “buzz”, the high frequencies became muffled. Tool positioning has deteriorated.

The problem also came from where it should not have been expected - with high sensitivity and relatively low resistance, the Atrio m5 has practically no volume margin when used with iPhone 4.

Thus, Atrio m5 are very source dependent, it makes sense to use them with regular players, but problems can arise.

Competitors

It seems to me that the Atrio m5 has few competitors in terms of a combination of factors. You can remember the "meat" (for "reinforcing" headphones, of course) Phonak Audeo, you can also look at the Monster Turbine Pro Gold (regular "turbines" are not so accurate).

The problem, as often happens, is the availability of headphones on the Russian market. It is quite possible to order Atrio m5 from abroad, 200-250 dollars - and in a couple of weeks you will have a box in your hands.

Output

Let's summarize without further ado.

  • Great sound if you have a quality player, good sound if you have a regular player
  • Comfortable fit and excellent noise isolation with the right choice of eartips
  • Long life wire
  • Source dependency
  • Strange complete nozzles
  • No less strange design
  • Inaccessibility in Russia

The Future Sonics Atrio m5 is definitely worth the money. I don’t often want to buy myself something “for the collection”, but this is just such a case. True, if I take it, then black - blue ones look somehow strange.

Future Sonics Atrio m5 headphones review

Founded in 1985, Future Sonics has been manufacturing headphones for music lovers, as well as sound professionals - sound engineers, performers, and so on.

An interesting point is that, unlike Westone, Shure, Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, well-known in narrow circles, Future Sonics does not recognize the so-called "reinforcing", and even more so "multi-reinforcing" designs. A broadband dynamic emitter of our own design is used. A peculiar slogan is The Power of One, that is, roughly speaking, “The Power of One”. Well, just like in advertising - "the power of three matrices", or something like that. But Future Sonics believe that one, but a very good emitter is enough.

I will note right away that I got the headphones without the wonderful kit listed at the beginning of the article, only with three-petal nozzles. Moreover, they have been in operation for two years, which is eloquently evidenced by a noticeably hardened wire. Thus, one can judge how well the Future Sonics Atrio m5 (hereinafter, perhaps, simply Atrio m5) withstand intensive use.

Let me, to clear my conscience, provide a photo of the kit found on the Web, I think the author of the picture will not mind. Unfortunately, on the manufacturer's website with photos, things are not very good, but this can hardly be considered a problem.

Appearance and usability

In general, Atrio m5 are available in four colors: black, beige, blue and brown. The one in question is blue and (in my opinion) the worst selection of headphone materials in this price range. I don’t know how the Atrio m5 of other colors look live, but at first glance at the blue headphones, you get the impression that the earbuds cost 500 rubles. Yes, since we are talking about the price, m5 cost about 200 US dollars. Well, it happens.

Other than the frankly cheap-looking plastic, everything else is very good. High-quality assembly, soft cambric that protects the wire, ergonomic shape of the case (it is possible to wear both wire down and wire up).

Okay, let's try to insert the headphones into our ears - everything is fine (for a while), but after a while of wearing the skin of the auditory canal, I personally ask for mercy. Blame, obviously, three-lobed nozzles. Since, I repeat, I got headphones in a very modest configuration - I had to use the stock of nozzles from the "reinforcing" headphones (fortunately, the Atrio m5 sound guide is narrow, like most "reinforcements"). The situation with landing immediately changed for the better, sound insulation also improved. I suppose that with complete foam nozzles everything is also very good, but only they will quickly become worthless. So I recommend immediately buying spares, or looking for a replacement - in particular, single-lobe tips from Shure headphones came up to me.

Speaking of noise isolation - for dynamic headphones it is simply amazing, the case is designed just fine. Atrio m5 are suitable even for the subway. I don’t know how fair the characteristic of the noise reduction level “up to 30 dB” is, but the fact remains that in terms of noise isolation, these headphones leave behind many (if not all) “dynamic” colleagues in the shop. Only Monster Turbine with their wonderful SuperTips can compete with them.

The left earpiece is not so easy to distinguish from the right one - you can, of course, remember the characteristic shape. However, the marking is carried out with letters embossed on the cambric, it looks, firstly, sloppy, and secondly, it turns out to be extremely non-contrasting. In my opinion, the black rings on the cases could well have been made multi-colored, this would have facilitated the identification of the headphones.

Now about the wire. Even if it is hardened (after two years of use, it is no wonder), and it does not fold very well and tangles perfectly into knots (again, we make allowances for the age of the headphones), but it is durable, and there is no microphone effect when the behind-the-ear fit. There is a slider for fixing on the back of the head or chin, an angled and miniature plug. So, I believe, a year (or even more) of trouble-free operation is provided to potential owners.

Well, let's move on to the most interesting part: the sound of the model with a unique transducer. Of course, a Hifiman HM-801 player with a Game Card amplifier installed was used for the initial testing. The selection used for testing is Prime Test CD1.

The first impression can be summed up in one word, even an interjection: "Wow!" Yes exactly. Deep, well-defined bass, almost no hum, a fairly wide stage, natural vocals, and so on. In general, there are not many shortcomings - a slight harshness at high frequencies, and a stereo panorama without a depth effect.

In my opinion, the sound of the Atrio m5 comes close enough to those "multi-driver armature" headphones, there is no ubiquitous warmth, but there is an analytical and accurate CAT Bachoe Loader 428B sound with a good low-frequency backing. In music, Atrio m5 reproduce everything, or almost everything, or at least I want to believe it.

Of course, what I was most interested in was how the Atrio m5 would cope with "heavy" music, this is always a difficult test for "dynamic" headphones. Well, there were practically no problems here. Minimal "blurring" in difficult places does not spoil the overall picture.

Headphones are universal, for a couple of hundred dollars you get a kind of hybrid of "dynamic" and "reinforcing" sound. Let me remind you that there may be a problem with the nozzles, I could just be lucky with them.

Compatibility

When connecting the Atrio m5 to the iPhone 4, I honestly expected that there would be some problems with the sound. And my premonitions did not deceive me. Although the sound did not lose much in detail, it became much less analytical, there was an excessive “warmth” in the sound, the bass was smeared and began to noticeably “buzz”, the high frequencies became muffled. Tool positioning has deteriorated.

The problem also came from where it should not have been expected - with high sensitivity and relatively low resistance, the Atrio m5 has practically no volume margin when used with iPhone 4.

Thus, Atrio m5 are very source dependent, it makes sense to use them with regular players, but problems can arise.

Competitors

It seems to me that the Atrio m5 has few competitors in terms of a combination of factors. You can remember the "meat" (for "reinforcing" headphones, of course) Phonak Audeo, you can also look at the Monster Turbine Pro Gold (regular "turbines" are not so accurate).

The problem, as often happens, is the availability of headphones on the Russian market. It is quite possible to order Atrio m5 from abroad, 200-250 dollars - and in a couple of weeks you will have a box in your hands.

Output

Let's summarize without further ado.

  • Great sound if you have a quality player, good sound if you have a regular player
  • Comfortable fit and excellent noise isolation with the right choice of eartips
  • Long life wire
  • Source dependency
  • Strange complete nozzles
  • No less strange design
  • Inaccessibility in Russia

The Future Sonics Atrio m5 is definitely worth the money. I don’t often want to buy myself something “for the collection”, but this is just such a case. True, if I take it, then black - blue ones look somehow strange.

Future Sonics Atrio m5 headphones review

Founded in 1985, Future Sonics has been manufacturing headphones for music lovers, as well as sound professionals - sound engineers, performers, and so on.

An interesting point is that, unlike Westone, Shure, Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, well-known in narrow circles, Future Sonics does not recognize the so-called "reinforcing", and even more so "multi-reinforcing" designs. A broadband dynamic emitter of our own design is used. A peculiar slogan is The Power of One, that is, roughly speaking, “The Power of One”. Well, just like in advertising - "the power of three matrices", or something like that. But Future Sonics believe that one, but a very good emitter is enough.

I will note right away that I got the headphones without the wonderful kit listed at the beginning of the article, only with three-petal nozzles. Moreover, they have been in operation for two years, which is eloquently evidenced by a noticeably hardened wire. Thus, one can judge how well the Future Sonics Atrio m5 (hereinafter, perhaps, simply Atrio m5) withstand intensive use.

Let me, to clear my conscience, provide a photo of the kit found on the Web, I think the author of the picture will not mind. Unfortunately, on the manufacturer's website with photos, things are not very good, but this can hardly be considered a problem.

Appearance and usability

In general, Atrio m5 are available in four colors: black, beige, blue and brown. The one in question is blue and (in my opinion) the worst selection of headphone materials in this price range. I don’t know how the Atrio m5 of other colors look live, but at first glance at the blue headphones, you get the impression that the earplugs cost 500 rubles. Yes, since we are talking about the price, m5 cost about 200 US dollars. Well, it happens.

Other than the frankly cheap-looking plastic, everything else is very good. High-quality assembly, soft cambric that protects the wire, ergonomic shape of the body (it is possible to wear it both with the wire down and with the wire up).

Okay, let's try to insert the headphones into our ears - everything is fine (for a while), but after a while of wearing the skin of the auditory canal, I personally ask for mercy. Blame, obviously, three-lobed nozzles. Since, I repeat, I got headphones in a very modest configuration - I had to use the stock of nozzles from the "reinforcing" headphones (fortunately, the Atrio m5 sound guide is narrow, like most "reinforcements"). The situation with landing immediately changed for the better, sound insulation also improved. I suppose that with complete foam nozzles everything is also very good, but only they will quickly become worthless. So I recommend immediately buying spares, or looking for a replacement - in particular, single-lobe tips from Shure headphones came up to me.

Speaking of noise isolation - for dynamic headphones it is simply amazing, the case is designed just fine. Atrio m5 are suitable even for the subway. I don’t know how fair the characteristic of the noise reduction level “up to 30 dB” is, but the fact remains that in terms of noise isolation, these headphones leave behind many (if not all) “dynamic” colleagues in the shop. Only Monster Turbine with their wonderful SuperTips can compete with them.

The left earpiece is not so easy to distinguish from the right one - you can, of course, remember the characteristic shape. However, the marking is carried out with letters embossed on the cambric, it looks, firstly, sloppy, and secondly, it turns out to be extremely non-contrasting. In my opinion, the black rings on the cases could well have been made multi-colored, this would have facilitated the identification of the headphones.

Now about the wire. Even if it is hardened (after two years of use, it is no wonder), and it does not fold very well and tangles perfectly into knots (again, we make allowances for the age of the headphones), but it is durable, and there is no microphone effect when the behind-the-ear fit. There is a slider for fixing on the back of the head or chin, an angled and miniature plug. So, I believe, a year (or even more) of trouble-free operation is provided to potential owners.

Well, let's move on to the most interesting part: the sound of the model with a unique transducer. Of course, a Hifiman HM-801 player with a Game Card amplifier installed was used for the initial testing. The selection used for testing is Prime Test CD1.

The first impression can be summed up in one word, even an interjection: "Wow!" Yes exactly. Deep, well-defined bass, almost no hum, a fairly wide stage, natural vocals, and so on. In general, there are not many shortcomings - a slight harshness at high frequencies, and a stereo panorama without a depth effect.

In my opinion, the sound of the Atrio m5 comes close enough to those “multi-driver armature” headphones, there is no ubiquitous warmth, but there is an analytical and accurate CAT Bachoe Loader 428B sound with a good low-frequency substrate. In music, Atrio m5 reproduce everything, or almost everything, or at least I want to believe it.

In my opinion, the sound of the Atrio m5 comes close enough to those “multi-driver rebar” headphones, there is no ubiquitous warmth, but there is an analytical and accurate CAT Bachoe Loader 428B CAT Bachoe Loader 428B sound with a good low-frequency substrate. In music, Atrio m5 reproduce everything, or almost everything, or at least I want to believe it.

Of course, what I was most interested in was how the Atrio m5 would cope with "heavy" music, this is always a difficult test for "dynamic" headphones. Well, there were practically no problems here. Minimal "blurring" in difficult places does not spoil the overall picture.

Headphones are universal, for a couple of hundred dollars you get a kind of hybrid of "dynamic" and "reinforcing" sound. Let me remind you that there may be a problem with the nozzles, I could just be lucky with them.

Compatibility

When connecting the Atrio m5 to the iPhone 4, I honestly expected that there would be some problems with the sound. And my premonitions did not deceive me. Although the sound did not lose much in detail, it became much less analytical, there was an excessive “warmth” in the sound, the bass was smeared and began to noticeably “buzz”, the high frequencies became muffled. Tool positioning has deteriorated.

The problem also came from where it should not have been expected - with high sensitivity and relatively low resistance, the Atrio m5 has practically no volume margin when used with iPhone 4.

Thus, Atrio m5 are very source dependent, it makes sense to use them with regular players, but problems can arise.

Competitors

It seems to me that the Atrio m5 has few competitors in terms of a combination of factors. You can remember the "meat" (for "reinforcing" headphones, of course) Phonak Audeo, you can also look at the Monster Turbine Pro Gold (regular "turbines" are not so accurate).

The problem, as often happens, is the availability of headphones on the Russian market. It is quite possible to order Atrio m5 from abroad, 200-250 dollars - and in a couple of weeks you will have a box in your hands.

Output

Let's summarize without further ado.

  • Great sound if you have a quality player, good sound if you have a regular player
  • Comfortable fit and excellent noise isolation with the right choice of eartips
  • Long life wire
  • Source dependency
  • Strange complete nozzles
  • No less strange design
  • Inaccessibility in Russia

The Future Sonics Atrio m5 is definitely worth the money. I don’t often want to buy myself something “for the collection”, but this is just such a case. True, if I take it, then black - blue ones look somehow strange.