Best Wireless In Ear Monitor System For Every Budget (2022)

  • By: Frank Edwards
  • Date: December 12, 2022
  • Time to read: 12 min.

Many churches today are using personal monitors for their worship musicians and in this article, I take look at some really good iems available, from the cheapest and most affordable, to more high end units.

Unlike the traditional stage speakers, iems come with a pair of earbuds used to muffle out any noises or sounds from anyone or anything surrounding the user. Musicians can have their own mix, and more able to fully concentrate on the sound of his or her instrument through their earpiece. This is especially important for live performance.

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There are many types of personal monitoring products in the market today. Not every piece of gear out there would, however, work well in a church setting. They come in different sizes, shapes and dimensions. The cost of a wireless iem system also depends on the make and the qualities. Below are some of the best in ear monitors for churches available today.

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My In Ear Monitor System Picks

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1. Audio 2000S AWM6304U ( * my value for money pick)

The Audio 2000S AWM63004U is among the top wireless in ear monitors for singers, drummers and for the whole band because it provides the following benefits

➢ It offers flexibility because you can add more receivers

➢ It is versatile as you can use it in many events. These could be on stage, in an exhibit, speech, and lecture or in a studio. You can choose from 100 frequencies which you can use simultaneously to even transmit different languages.

➢ You get to move freely on stage when using this unit and ideal for singing.

➢ Sound is consistent and of very high quality

➢ It is very compact and the quality is very good

➢ Very easy to operate, set up because you just plug it in and play

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Model Features

➢ UHF frequency band

➢ FM Stereo modulation mode

➢ 50-15000Hz frequency response

➢ Line level X2, XLR audio output and input of ¼ inches phone jacks

Customer Reviews

This in ear monitor system is highly rated by many buyers and is one of the top ones around.

Others said they couldn’t have been happier after buying this unit and that it was even better than expected.

Wireless in ear monitors are pretty expensive, but the Audio 2000S is a great balance between audio quality and price. The sound is consistently high quality and it’s flexible enough to allow you to add more receivers in the future without having to buy all new equipment again. This makes it perfect for musicians, presenters, audiophiles or anyone else who needs reliable wireless headphones with good sound quality on a budget!

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2. XTUGA Rocket Audio RW2080 with 4 Body Packs (* my budget pick)

The Rocket Audio RW2080 is another top quality wireless in ear monitor system that comes with 2 channels and 4 body packs. It is one fairly priced and one of the most popular models around. The things that make Rocket Audio unit stand out are;

➢ A LCD display that clearly shows the working status of the monitor

➢ Battery life indicator

➢ Very easy setup

➢ Frequency response 50Hz-15kHz

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Unit Features

➢ Dimensions of 22.4×3.7×13 inches

➢ Has a built-in circuitry limiter that eliminates any distortions when it is under input levels that are excessive.

➢ Has a ¼ inch front panel stereo headphone jack

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Customer Reviews

Users rated this model highly. The majority of those that bought the item hailed it for its good quality work and flawless audio.

Some users said that they didn’t regret purchasing this system and was the best they had used. One of the most popular low cost in ear monitors around.

3. Shure P3TRA215CL PSM300 Wireless System( * my top quality pick)

Over the years, Shure has been one of the big names in quality microphones and audio gear. The Shure custom in-ear monitoring system is used widely by many of the top musicians and bands. Musicians like the Shure PSM 300, because of its incredible noise and sound isolating earphones. You can choose from the entry level of the P3TRA215CL PSM-300 to the more advanced PSM 1000. However, this pro audio quality does come at a price and it is more expensive than many other similar products out there.

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Features

➢ The P3t iem system covers a transmission range of 90 metres and eliminates any unwanted sounds

➢ It easy to operate and set up

➢ One touch frequency scan

➢ Frequency response of 35Hz-15KHz

➢ High and low boost 2-band shelving EQ

➢ Detachable antenna

➢ ¼ inch TRS for balancing loop outputs and input

User Reviews

Overall most users were very happy with their purchase and some commented that they didn’t know how they managed before with personal monitoring. Professional musicians also seem to really like this model and is certainly one of the top quality iems available.

Others comment on the audio quality, the build quality and also how comfortable the headphones are to wear and the Shure pedigree ensures it is among the top iems for vocalists and musicians available. Some users commented that they really liked the one-touch automatic frequency scan.

When you buy Shure, you know you are getting the best quality. They aren’t cheap, but I can recommend this system very highly.

4. ANLEON S In-ear Monitor (great for tight budgets)

The Anleon S2 In-Ear Monitor System is very popular with those who have purchased them and seems to be really great value for money. This is a wireless monitoring system designed with 1 transmitter and 4 receivers. This means that 4 users can comfortably use one in-ear ANLEON system.

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Specifications and features

➢ Designed for broadcasting and stage performances, it has a good frequency range with a 10 MHz bandwidth and comes with 6 frequencies to choose from.

➢ It has PLL and UHF frequency bands which gives it stability

➢ It gives a playtime of 20 hours and has good battery life

➢ A single transmitter can operate multiple sets of receivers

➢ It has an operating transmission range of close to 100 meters

Customer Reviews

Many users praised ANLEON in-ear monitors and very few gave negative reviews.

A couple of people said that they had tried other makes but weren’t happy with them, but were very happy with the Anleon iems.

Others comment on the value for money. You get a lot of bang for your buck and is a quality system for the money.

This is another value for money device.

5. XTUGA IEM unit with 6 Body Packs

XTUGA and Rocket Audio are basically the same company, but the difference is that this model comes with 6 receivers. The XTUGA RW2080 in ear system is a wireless bodypack that comes with 2 channels. It is slightly more expensive than many of the other units. There is however a reason why XTUGA is more pricey. Below are the features and specifications that make it special and a worth buy.

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Spec & Features

➢ It comes in a metal case and is a UHF wireless system with a bandwidth of over 25MHz

➢ Comes with more than 100 pre-programmed frequencies which can have up to 10 receivers

➢ Has a built in circuitry limiter that eliminates distortion

➢ Has a 1U transmitter mounting which uses low power supply

User Review

Most buyers gave this unit a big thumbs up and said it was very good and generally pleased with their purchase and is a great monitor for the price.

I personally think this system is great value for money and highly recommend it.

6. Pyle Audio Personal IEM and Receiver

The Pyle wireless monitor system comes with 100 pre-set audio frequencies. It has a combination of ¼ inch audio input jack and XLR. This is a unit that will not fail any singer or musician because it is made up of high technology and user friendly controls that take sound experience to another level.

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Spec

➢ User friendly controls

➢ High quality audio

➢ Compact and no complex controls

➢ TNC antenna

➢ Includes a one-year warranty

Customer Reviews

The Pyle In Ear System has sold decent volume and many users thought it performed reasonably well.

Some said they thought this was an amazing piece of gear and among the most popular in ear headphones for musicians. Others commented on the benefits to their hearing, as they could now control the volume on stage. Others said that they preferred the ear buds to stage floor speakers. Other users recommended this system to anyone that was looking for great sound quality.

Others commented on the number of channels available and the value for money this product offers.

This is another great unit I can highly recommend.

7. Audio-Technica

 

 

Audio-Technica has been one of the big players in professional audio for many years now and is probably better known for their vocal and instrument microphones and wireless microphones. However, they certainly know what they are doing when it comes to wireless iem systems too. The Audio Technica unit is very popular with musicians and gets some great reviews. The unit is quite pricey, but not as expensive as the Shure system above. The things that make the A-T system special are;

 

Features

➢ It’s a clean articulate and high fidelity sound mix

➢ Comes with selectable UHF channels totalling 100

➢ Per frequency, this system gives you 10 simultaneous systems

➢ Comes with a line jack that connects to the microphone and click track

Customer Reviews

Many customers mentioned that the earphones help a great deal to reduce ringing in the ears caused by loud stage volume.

Others had mentioned that even though this system is quite expensive, the quality of sound is worth every penny and it’s probably the best one for musicians from Audio-Technica.

This system is high quality and comes with high recommendations from many people. To check price, click here.

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Conclusion

If you are in the market for an in-ear monitoring system for your church and want A1 music production, then do your research carefully and choose what is best for your needs and your price range. The above wireless iem systems are all very good, generally affordable and all do a very great job in blocking out noise from other instruments and from the crowd, and give great comfort to the ears. They are all great for their price points and some of them have more advanced features for better comfort and sound quality.

Please note: One little thing to watch out for is that some users didn’t seem to realise that with 1 transmitter and 4 receivers, they weren’t going to get 4 separate monitor mixes. A lot of people don’t realise that at the end of the day you aren’t going to get more monitor mixes than your sound desk can produce e.g. if your desk has 2 monitor outputs and you buy 2 receivers, then you will have 2 mixes. If you only have 1 receiver, you will only have 1 monitor mix. Also if you have 4 monitor outputs on your desk, if you want 4 mixes, you are going to need x4 in-ear transmitters.

Worship bands can now produce better quality music without any interruptions by using any of the above products, but what you decide upon will ultimately depend on your own needs and budget. The models we have selected in our view are among the best for musicians available at the moment.

Other notable wireless systems are the Sennheiser EW IEM G4 which is a good bit more expensive than the other models we have assessed in this article, but it is very high quality and if you have the budget. The Sennheiser is definitely worth considering if it’s within your price range.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are iems?

In ear monitors allow singers and musicians to hear each other through mix that is sent from a sound console to small amplifiers, usually clipped onto clothing. Earbuds connected to the system enable them to hear the monitor mix. Check out this other post asking the question, how do in ear monitors work.

What is a click track?

A click track is part of a monitor mix that contains a drum beat or click sound, usually on the first beat of each bar. It plays in sync with backing tracks that are used to help a band sound bigger. The click track is heard by a musician through their iem earbuds. To find out more, you should read my post on how to use a click track with in ear monitors.

Do iems protect hearing?

Your ears can be damaged permanently with any prolonged exposure to loud music. Musicians on stage are particularly vulnerable to this risk. However, iem headphones block out sound from outside and allow the musician to hear only what is coming through the mixer. There are lots of different ear tips, so you should be able to find some to suit every band member for maximum isolation from ambient noise. So yes, they do to a certain extent protect hearing. Do you need an amp for in ear monitors? Follow link to find out more.

 

Why do performers wear headphones?

Musicians and singers are more and more using in-ears, due to the many advantages they have over wedge speakers. They enable each performer to have their own personal mix right in the ear. Read more about why singers wear earpieces.

What do iem units cost?

This is not an easy question to answer because it really comes down to quality, the number of receivers, range etc I would recommend following my buyers guide above for that answer.

Do IEMs cause hearing loss and are they safe?

If used properly, no they don’t cause hearing loss. In fact, they may well protect against hearing loss as they limit the sound pressure coming into the inner ear. However, it is important to have proper fitting ear tips. If you find your headphones are really quiet at max volume, check that you have a proper fit in your ear, unless they have an electric fault. 

Are IEMs for bass players the same as any other type?

Yes, bass players can use the same type as guitarists and other musicians and singers

Are personal earbuds for a drummer any different?

Drummers can use universal iems, but one of the things to check is their noise-canceling ability.

What about rental?

This can be an option maybe for irregular large events. If you don’t have the cash to justify buying the leading iems out there, then you could rent from your local dealer.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3406203/

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q3/now-hear-this-study-highlights-the-importance-of-avoiding-noise-induced-hearing-loss.html