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post #16 of 2359
Still on the fence between the SF5Pros and these

Anyone with both care to give a quick comparison?
post #17 of 2359
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post
I'm wondering if any of the other brands' bi-flanges fit the Atrio's, and would do a better job in fit. Also, do you find any advantage in wearing them over your ears, or hanging down? I seem to prefer down myself, but I am wondering if the seal will be affected when I'm travelling next and lean on a pillow to sleep.

Cheers...
The ear tube looks to be about the same size as Shure's E3+ line. I don't have anymore spares to try though. There are probably others that would fit.

I wear all of my canalphones and IEMs routing the wire over my ear. I've found this helps with microphonics and I tend to get a better seal. I would imagine you would want to wear the M5s this way when you travel. You'll probably still feel pressure if you lay the side of your head on a pillow but I would think it would be more comfortable than the stalk hitting against your earlobe.

One thing about wearing them with the wire over the ear - you have to shape the memory sleeve. I've been thinking of cutting mine off. Apparently, some do this with IEMs that come with such a sleeving. It gets in the way a bit when I fit mine in with the wire over the ear.

Something else I thought of: When you insert your M5, try reaching over your head with the opposite hand, grab the tip of your ear and pull it upwards and towards the back of your head. This will straighten your ear canal a bit and make insertion easier. I can literally feel and hear the first flange pop as it gets past my ear canal opening and tells me it is inserting relatively deep.
post #18 of 2359
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips. I played around with the foamies last night, and unfortunatley with how 'clinical' they look in flesh color, found that they provide a great seal, and improve the sound even a bit more. I may always keep a pair of those in the case for the flights I have coming up. But for work, it's the bi-flanges. It's funny how differently shaped peoples' ear canals are. With my Atrios & the bi-flanges I just lightly push them in to get a good seal. They almost feel like they're only halfway in, and if I push any further, the music gets totally blocked. The bend of my canal must be closer out to the opening of my outer ear, and I think the tips of the bi-flange touch and close off the sound. But nonetheless I'm still able to get a good seal if I tweak it a bit, and with these phones boy do you know when you get the seal!
post #19 of 2359
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post
... and with these phones boy do you know when you get the seal!
That's for sure. That's where, for me, the bi-flanges have been a bit inconsistent. I'll put them in and I'm wondering what happened? I put on the foamies and all of sudden THERE's the music! When you get that seal these things really do shine.
post #20 of 2359
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Originally Posted by warrior05 View Post
Yeah - they are quite nice, ay? I'm curious on what your experience is with the tips. I find I get a great seal and terrific sound with the bi-flanges but not always consistent. Sometimes it can be a matter of just moving my head. The foamies are terrific but I'm not a big fan of foamies since you really can't clean them and they make insertion a bit of a chore. I'm seriously considering ponying up for their custom tips. Good price, relatively speaking.
As for the foamies, I was looking around on Shure's site yesterday, and I noticed they offer more sculpted black foamies.... they may be the perfect thing with the Atrios. They state that they're washable too, and hold up better. Check it out.

http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/P...910_black_foam


-Cheers, keep enjoying them.
post #21 of 2359
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post
As for the foamies, I was looking around on Shure's site yesterday, and I noticed they offer more sculpted black foamies.... they may be the perfect thing with the Atrios. They state that they're washable too, and hold up better. Check it out.

http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/P...910_black_foam


-Cheers, keep enjoying them.
I had heard about those but forgot about them. I certainly would be willing to pay $15 for 5 pair but not sure if I should get medium or large. Guess I could get both and sell whichever doesn't fit.

I ordered a self custom fit kit mentioned in a recent thread. I'm going to see if I can make it work with the M5s. If not though, I'm definitely going to consider trying those new Shure foamies.

Thanks for this reminder! Much appreciated!
post #22 of 2359
Just make sure that the Shure stems are the same as the Atrio. That would be my only concern. If they fit on the same stems interchangably, it'd be interesting to know how they work for fit and sound.

-Packgrog
post #23 of 2359
The Atrio M5 stem fits the Shure tips, including the newer black foamies. I had a custom tip made from the DIY kit on earplugstore.com, sold the Shure before they actually arrived, and they fit the Atrio perfectly (and will also fit the Westone) as well.

I removed the memory wire on the Atrio M5, and it's much more comfortable, and I can wear them over the ear and straight down earbud style. Much better than with the wire.

Soundwise, the Atrio is dark and smooth. Rolled-off highs, some recession in the mid-range and an emphasis on bass (not overly so) make it an enjoyable listen than is very non-fatiguing. Good details across the spectrum, but you do have to pick them out more than say the Shure E500 (not a fair comparison between the two, just using it as a reference). Much better than the Vibes.
post #24 of 2359
Yeah, I've been considering removing that memory wire as well. Especially with foamie insertion, they just get in the way.

Good to hear comfirmation about the Shure tips.
post #25 of 2359
Thread Starter 
X2 for confirming Shure tips work perfectly. I'm ordering a set of black larges I think. They'll sure look awesome with the Atrio's!
post #26 of 2359
Can anyone compare these to the UM2, Vibes or JBL 220?
post #27 of 2359
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Originally Posted by vulc4n View Post
Can anyone compare these to the UM2, Vibes or JBL 220?
Can't say about the UM2s but the M5s are in a different class compared to the Vibes and 220s. Don't get me wrong, I still love my 220s but when talking pure SQ - M5s hands down.
post #28 of 2359
How about a comparison between your Atrio m5 and YUIN PK1? I know they're not the same type, but which of the two do you prefer in a quiet setting (quiet because frankly the PK1's openness requires it)?
post #29 of 2359
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Originally Posted by PeterDLai View Post
How about a comparison between your Atrio m5 and YUIN PK1? I know they're not the same type, but which of the two do you prefer in a quiet setting (quiet because frankly the PK1's openness requires it)?
Haven't listened to my PK1s for a little bit now. I'll get back to you on this one.
post #30 of 2359
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Haven't listened to my PK1s for a little bit now. I'll get back to you on this one.
Since we're on the subject of comparisons, I just noticed you have K81DJs. Could you compare the two please?
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