The 7 Questions to Ask before Buying In-Ear Monitors

If you can answer ALL of these 7 questions, then you'll have no regrets with your in-ear purchase.

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August 25, 2021

I've been involved with the selling and marketing of in-ear monitors for nearly 20 years so I know first hand just how complicated and complex the initial transition from floor wedges to in-ears can be. And when you can answer ALL of these questions with fluency, then you'll be very happy with your purchase and you won't be second guessing your choices.

In-ears are often purchased as a group — whether you're part of the praise and worship team at your church or whenever your band gets that first late-night TV appearance. No matter what the impetus is, whenever you're first making that leap, it will feel like there's an overwhelming amount of information and everyone will be telling you something slightly different. Sometimes it feels so overwhelming, that you end up not making a choice at all and simply stick with wedges.

So let's start here.

These questions help qualify your needs and will get you focused on what matters.

1) How many individuals will transition over and will you each be responsible for your own in-ear purchases?

2) Will you all need to be on the same in-ear brand or style?

3) What wireless system will you be using? As a drummer, keyboardist, or background vocalist — you can be hardwired but others will probably want to be wireless.

4) Is the sound engineer a volunteer and/ or do they have any experience mixing in-ears?  (Or is everyone leaning to the "dial-your-own mix" systems?

5) Are you leaning towards custom or universal in-ears?

6) Are there any brands that you are loyal to / and or want to consider? Any that you want to stay away from?

7) What’s the total budget? And what’s your individual budget?

Once you can answer each of the above questions, any good in-ear sales rep can help get you into exactly what you need.

If you still have questions, get in touch and we can help you drill down.


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