Summary: We dug how the m8s were able to deliver each of the musician’s contributions on Betty Davis’s “Git in There” (from They Say I’m Different ). Davis’s predatorily nasty growl is the obvious focal point of this song, and it sounded fabulously seductive on the m8s, but these buds also did full justice to the backup band’s funky drum, guitar, keyboard, and bass work, too. These are some sweet buds.
Pros: Big bass that doesn't drown the mids and highs. Fantastic sound.
Conclusion: Without a doubt, the Future Sonics Atrios are my favorite in-ear monitors at the moment. No other IEMs I know of do so much right and so little wrong. They’re not the most "pedantic" phones out there, but they’re the most musical ones for my tastes. Almost like good full-sized headphones, they make the sound really enjoyable and they get my feet tapping no matter what style of music I’m listening to.
Pros: Great sound quality, clarity, and resolution across the whole frequency spectrum, Decent soundstage for an in-ear phone, Good audio quality even at low volume settings, Great isolation from outside noise, Very little microphonics and cable noise, Comfortable for a phone that goes quite deep into the ear canal
Cons: Somewhat difficult to insert and remove; sound quality depends a lot on getting a good seal in the ear canal, Sound signature might be too dark for some tastes – at least for people accustomed to very bright-sounding phones, No user-replaceable cable