IEMs are custom moulded to the individual’s ear shape and are comprised of one, two or three drivers (speakers) to reproduce sound inside the ear canal.
IEMs are particularly helpful on stage as they can attenuate up to 26dB of surround noise yet internally provide crystal clear fold-back with recording studio clarity, enabling the individual to hear on stage with less risk of a noise-induced hearing loss.
These monitors are the industry standard in the United States, with bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and Santana all using them.
The system is comprised of two separate units; the first is the monitors themselves and the second is a wireless transmission system which sends the message from the P.A. to the wireless battery back and then to the ears – this system replaces the need to over-amplify the performance to the audience. The floor monitors are not needed, which results in lower on-stage noise levels, reduction in vocal fatigue, more precise hearing on stage and overall clearer fold-back for the performance.
The major benefit is that a musician can practice or play with less risk of permanently damaging their hearing. IEMs also enable a musician to play along with an iPod, as they come standard with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Musicians will enjoy rich, clear, undistorted sound without having to turn the volume up to compensate for background noise; and since they are custom moulded, they are far more comfortable to wear than standard noise-cancelling headphones.
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