#9 – Entry to mid-level In-Ear Monitor Systems

for personal and group use.

I get asked a lot what systems I recommend, so I thought it was about time to post some that I own or have used.

An In-Ear Monitor (IEM) system is a type of personal monitoring system used by musicians and performers to hear themselves and the rest of the band or music mix during live performances, eliminating the need for floor monitors, or using the floor monitors to augment the in-ears.

The system consists of three main components:

  • In-Ear Monitors: These are earphones that fit snugly inside the ear canal and deliver the sound directly to the performer’s ears. In-ear monitors come in different shapes and sizes, and can be customized to fit the individual’s ear canal for maximum comfort and isolation.
  • Wireless Transmitter: The transmitter sends the audio signal from the mixing console or audio interface to the wireless receiver that is connected to the performer’s in-ear monitors. This allows the performer to move around freely on stage without being tethered to a cable.
  • Wireless Receiver: The receiver picks up the audio signal from the transmitter and sends it to the in-ear monitors. It usually clips onto the performer’s belt or clothing, and can be adjusted for volume and EQ settings.

The In-Ear Monitor system can also include additional components such as a mixing console or personal monitor mixer, which allows the performer to adjust the levels of each instrument or voice in their mix. This gives the performer more control over what they hear on stage and can help improve their performance.

Some I recommend

I actually own these

XTUGA IEM1100 UHF Single Channel in Ear Monitor System Selectable Frequency Wireless Professional in-Ear Monitor System Ideal for Stage, Studio, Exhibit, Lecture, Speech
4.14.1 out of 5 stars (81)

I use this particular system when I have a gig where I’m the only one using in-ears, or everyone else in the band has their own system.

XTUGA RW2080 Rocket Audio Whole Metal Wireless in Ear Monitor System 2 Channel 2 Bodypack Monitoring with in Earphone Wireless Type Used for Stage or Studio
3.93.9 out of 5 stars (126)

This is the system I use for whole bands. I have 4 of these dual racks with 8 body packs. It’s a 40 channel system, so everyone has their own channel. We can either have the sound crew feed us what we need in our ears OR with extra equipment and software, each band member can adjust their own mix. Doing the gig this way is fantastic BUT it’s a bit of a double edged sword. The convenience is fantastic, but when you start adding lots of electronics problems start to occur which (I know from personal experience) can cause the band to become un-glued… at least until they get used to using the system, and then the advantages tend to overshadow the problems (like drop-outs and disconnecting from the mixer randomly, making you have to re-start your personal mixer to try and log back in.

Galaxy Audio AS-950-2 Wireless in-Ear Monitor Twin Pack System – P2 Band,Black
5.05.0 out of 5 stars (2)

This was the very first in-ear system I used. It only has one channel… but it NEVER didn’t work. Very reliable and inexpensive.

I’ve used these

Shure PSM300 P3TR112TW Wireless in-Ear Personal Monitoring System with SE112 Earphones – Twinpack
4.84.8 out of 5 stars (55)

I know that Sennheiser makes some very popular units, but I have no personal experience with them.

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