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Product of the Day: Future Sonics Atrio Headphones

Posted on Monday, November 10 @ 19:20:55 Eastern by Blake_Morse
A few weeks ago we got a pair of the new Future Sonics Atrio earphones in the mail. Being the resident audiophile, I took one for the team and put it upon myself to test out these fancy, professional-grade buds. Oh, the sacrifices I make for my job.

As I removed the product from the box, I noticed there was more in there than just the headphones. They come with a set of sleeves in various shapes and sizes to best fit your ear canal. It’s a good thing too, as the set that came on the phones themselves is too large for my ears.

I must say I was more impressed with the sound quality than I thought I would be. Trebles are clear and crisp, and the bass hits deep without distortion. You can feel an airlock form around your ear canal as you groove along to tunes. Apparently, these things are powerful enough to handle some major sound jobs. I’ve been using them to edit the Inner Party and also as "my walking around town with my mp3 player" headphones, and I’ve definitely noticed a difference. From a technical standpoint, the frequency range is beyond that of normal human hearing (humans can hear sounds of about 20hz at the lowest and these start at about 18hz).

Another thing that these headphones have going for them is that they do a remarkably good job of blocking outside noises. As someone who takes the bus and train a lot, I can appreciate the aural solidtude offered by noise reduction. It’s a great feature for mixing and editing for sure, and it's not such a bad thing to have around when the hobo on the bus starts shouting crazy gibberish at everyone and urinating on the driver.

The only drawback is that they are super-professional grade and will cost you about $200 to get a pair. It’s times like these I feel extremely fortunate to be working in the industry that I do, where people send me fancy things to play with. If you are an audiophile who does some professional grade work or you’re tired of schlepping around giant ear warmers that get your head all sweaty, the Atrios are a good investment for sure, but it will set you back a pretty penny. So make sure to ask someone to get them for you for the holidays instead of forking out your own dough.



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