Musicians and audiophiles know how hard it is to find a great in-ear monitor system at a decent price, as this gear tends to be very expensive especially if you plan on buying multiple transmitters.
We’ve researched the options on the market and gathered together this short list of the best budget In-Ear monitor system for you to choose from if you are on a tight budget.
Although these are budget options, they actually offer great quality for the price and should fulfill your studio needs very comfortably. If you’re looking for a quick recommendation, we suggest you look at this In Ear Monitor and Receiver System by Pyle. This affordable system kicks out very decent sound considering it’s price tag and comes with a good quality earpiece.
Below, we’ve also provided some products recommendations that you can buy with additional receivers, but which also can be bought with a single receiver if that’s what suits your needs.
In any case, be sure to see our detailed product reviews if you’d like a complete set of details about each individual monitor system.
In Ear Monitor Systems:
Sound Quality: The sound quality of the AWM is actually very good for such an affordable monitor system. You’re probably not going to hear any type of hissing noises when using them as well, which is a great feature to have, considering how common this issue seems to be with most monitor systems.
Bass: The bass is a bit too high in some cases, but generally it sounds very good. It might not work as intended if your audio frequency is too low, so keep that in mind if you’re going to use this product with audio under 130hz.
Build Quality/Design: The build quality is nothing too fancy, but the product shouldn’t really break down easily. Be careful and try not to drop the receiver or you may cause unintended damage to it. It’s not very sturdy, but it definitely does what it’s supposed to do!
Fit/Comfort: This product’s earbuds are honestly nothing out of the ordinary. It comes with sets of generic headphones that simply do a job and aren’t very comfortable. We strongly suggest that you get a couple of better quality headphones if you intend to buy this system.
Battery Life: The batteries of this product do not come included. You have to buy a couple of AA’s in order to get them to work. With most regular battery brands, you should be getting at least 6 hours out of each receiver per each pair of batteries.
- Great audio quality with no hissing sound “on the back”.
- Affordable price considering that of other monitor systems on the market.
- They work well at home as well as at most music stages.
- The bass could be better at lower frequencies.
- The headphones that this product comes with aren’t really good and you might want to upgrade buy purchasing new ones.
This same model made it as our top budget pick for church IEM systems. If you sing or perform in a church setting, you may want to look at these top picks. Apart from this cheaper option we’ve selected some from a slightly higher price range.
Overall Best Pick:
Sound Quality: The sound quality is actually one of the things that surprise the most from this product. You’d think that buying one of the cheaper monitor systems wouldn’t guarantee a great sound, but in this case it does. The issue might surface when it comes to the bass, but the audio tones are right where you need them to be. It’s pretty well-balanced.
Bass: The bass of this product is generally very good, but during some low frequency bass tones you might notice a bit of a hissing sound. This could prove to be a bit annoying sometimes, but it’s not an ever-present issue.
Build Quality/Design: Although this item’s build is made almost entirely out of plastic, it’s far from being a low quality product. The build is solid all-around and the product functions just like the design intends it to.
Fit/Comfort: These headphones don’t come with any over-ear grip, but they fit well and you shouldn’t need to replace them with other earbuds anytime soon. They work as intended.
Battery Life: The batteries on this system seem to last longer than they do on the AWM model by Audio2000. A pair of AA batteries should last you at least 8 hours, but it might even get to 10, depending on the brand.
- Great audio quality. Not only for the price tag, but in general!
- Batteries last longer than they do in other similar products.
- You really don’t need to replace anything that this product comes with.
- The headphones are solid and the receivers work very well.
- As it happens with most low-end products, the bass could sound better.
- Setup might be a bit difficult at first.
RW2080 In Ear Monitor System by Xtuga and Transmitter
Sound Quality: Although the sound quality is very good, some hissing issues might present themselves at times. There’s also a built-in limiter which can’t be turned off, but if you intend to use it, then this product might be what you’re looking for!
Bass: The bass isn’t anything out of this world. It can be heard well but there are definitely other products that could sound better. In any case, we strongly suggest you to get some dual-driver earbuds. This will almost assuredly improve the quality of the sound!
Build Quality/Design: The product is very well built and could easily be the best-looking item out of the three products we’re reviewing today. It’s pretty sturdy and does what it’s supposed to.
Fit/Comfort: The headphones aren’t exactly comfortable, but they are well designed as in-ear earbuds and they work as intended. You could get a better set if you’d like – there are some cheap headphone options out there which could work very well with this monitor system.
Battery Life: Although the battery life is very solid, the other products we reviewed will last longer. A regular set of AA batteries should make this monitor system work for around 5 hours.
- Works as intended and shouldn’t cause you too much trouble when setting everything up.
- The system is very well built.
- Good sound quality which can be easily improved by getting some new headphones for the receivers.
- The receiver’s battery life isn’t as long as other products.
- You might need to purchase better headphones if you want to get the best out of this system.
If you are a budding musician or small band getting started, it’s understandable that you may be able to invest in a high end in-ear monitor system or maybe just can’t justify the price if you are not playing regular gigs. Hopefully our research and this brief overview along with our 3 picks for decent and affordable IEM systems will help you make your purchase decision.
While professional equipment can sell for thousands of dollars, you can still get good quality sound and stable connection out of these more reasonably priced systems. This price range is also a good stepping stone before upgrading to a higher priced IEM system. We’ve eliminated some of the very cheap options on the market since we didn’t feel the sound quality was up to par.
These systems we selected have a balance of price, comfort, sound quality and overall quality in a price range that we feel is affordable given the wide range of systems on the market.
You may be interested in this article about why IEMs sometimes fail, forcing singers to remove their earpieces mid-performance.