07. 16. 2007
Believe your ears -- Atrio earphones
In another life, a loooog time ago, I used to manage rock n' roll bands, so I spent a great deal of time in recording studios (which are generally not the exciting place you see in the movies, but mind-numbingly boring after you listen to the vocal for the 100th time.)
These Atrio earphones from Future Sonics, known for their professional audio equipment, are the closest I've heard to playback on the monitors in a studio -- they're that good. Musicians, such as Justin Timberlake, reportedly swear by them, but what's more impressive are the testimonials from engineers. Invented by Marty Garcia, a renowned tour engineer and audio production consultant,they were designed just for professionals both onstage and in recording studios, but with the iPod and the demand for good earphones, they are making them available to the public for the first time.
With the mg5pro drivers, you're hearing an astoundingly clear low end, without having to crank the volume. On one of my favorite Aimee Mann songs,"You Could Make a Killing," you can hear her counting off the start of the songs and the rasp of her acoustic.
Utilizing something they call "full-fidelity proprietary sound," known as TrueTimbre, they claim that you hear what the musician intended, and it certainly sounds that way.
The universal fit Atrio Series includes three interchangeable pairs of Future Sonics designed EarFills, and dual-flange silicon sleeves (small, medium and large) that allow the earpiece to fit snugly in any size ear canal. I'm wearing the petite size, thanks very much.
Available in two models--the m5 edition in black, and the m8 edition in cobalt blue -- both models are priced at $199.00 and come in a nice looking protective carrying case.
While not cheap at $199, they're the only earphones you'll ever hear.