Rating: ★★★½☆


  • Crisp and clear sound
  • Massively deep lows especially for ear buds
  • Includes a carrying case and variety of ear buds sizes and styles for all


  • Expensive
  • Boring brown finish that looks cheap

Headphones are by far and away, much like speakers, a subjective experience. A number of factors can influence the way they sound. To one person they might exude a fair amount of bass while to others they’re bright and lack the lows.

The Future Sonic Special Edition Atrio M5 headphones are expensive, boast clear and crisp sound, and with the correct audio piped through the cord can be one of the most bass capable pair of ear buds I’ve  had the pleasure of laying ears on.  

However, the wide variety of ear bud options (foam or rubber) and sizes make it a game of trial and error when it comes to achieving the best audio quality and a comfortable fit.  After about 30 minutes of attaching all the ear buds – which can be achieved with relative ease thanks to their design – I determined that the medium sized rubber inserts were a match and produced the best audio quality.  While the foam inserts left little to be desired since they produced little to no bass and tended to pop out of my ears easily.

The design of the ear buds are shaped in such a way that they flow around the bottom portion of the ear, so it’s important that you insert them in each ear according to their L/R markings. The cord is plenty lengthy, but the finish of the ear buds looks cheap and don’t drip with a high end finish one would expect from a $200+ pair of buds.

Bottom line is that the Atrio Special Edition M5s are one pricey piece of kit that sound way better than they look, and despite them being one of the most sonically capable pair of buds I’ve tested, they still don’t warrant the $229 price tag.

Amazon sells a variety of Future Sonic Atrio headphones.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."