Church worship groups can often struggle to find the correct audio equipment they need, considering most churches work with a short budget and can’t really afford to spend much money on their worship music group. Even if money isn’t an issue, though, finding enough time to shop for proper equipment might prove to be extremely inconvenient.
We know just how troublesome it is to find proper equipment, so we’ve managed to pull together a list of the best in-ear monitor systems for churches in order to improve the worship group’s ability to produce awesome music. Our overall pick is the system by Shure PSM300 that we’ve reviewed in detail below but we’ve also given some more affordable options depending on your religious organization’s budget.
We already talked about this product in another our overview of best picks for budget In-Ear Monitor Systems, but we feel like it’s just too good of an option to not consider it again for churches. It’s also one of the most affordable quality in-ear sound systems out there, so be sure to check it out!
Sound Quality: Considering the AWM is one of the cheapest options out there, the sound quality is actually very good. Unlike other cheap sound systems, it’s highly likely that you won’t hear the annoying presence of hissing noises. This is especially ideal for church groups who require clear feedback from their audio equipment for the unique acoustics and high ceilings that you find in church, temple or synagogues.
Bass: Although we talked about the bass having certain issues with this product in our other review, it is actually ideal for church setting considering most of them don’t tend to play music with low frequencies or too high of a bass. It should work ideally for you, unless you’re planning on playing songs below 130Hz.
Build Quality/Design: The build of this product isn’t very sturdy, but it does a great job at presenting the product with the entirety of its features. Keep in mind that the product itself isn’t very resistant to falls or damage, so it needs to be properly cared for if you want it to have a long lifespan.
Fit/Comfort: We strongly suggest you to purchase better quality ear pieces if you intend to buy this system. The ones it comes with aren’t really that bad, but you could get so much more out of the product should you decide to purchase a better pair of in-ear headphones. We have an article on this website for those headphones as well, feel free to check it out!
Battery Life: This monitor should last for up to 6 hours with most types of AA batteries. Some brands might offer longer battery life, depending on how good they are. In any case, they should last more than enough for most church sessions.
- 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 have to purchase new ones.
Overall Best Pick:
Sound Quality: The PSM300’s sound quality is very, very good. In fact, they feedback you receive from the monitor should help you (as a singer) improve your vocals almost instantaneously. The quality of the audio is also dependent on a good mix – but that’s a musician’s responsibility!
Bass: The bass sound of these monitors really isn’t much of an issue for most church groups, but it’s still important to keep tabs on its quality. The PSM 300 offer a moderate bass sound, which can be immensely improved by using more sophisticated headphones; dual-drivers would do wonders with this system.
Build Quality/Design: This product’s design leaves nothing to be desired, not only when it comes to the way it looks, but also when inspecting the way it’s built. The product should last for a long time thanks to the sturdy material used to manufacture it.
Fit/Comfort: The product’s earbuds aren’t really very comfortable, so we suggest you take a look at other custom headphones which could be attached with a plug if you want to get the best put of your monitor system.
Battery Life: The product comes with AA batteries, although we do recommend getting some rechargeable ones in order to save up money in the long run. These receivers drain the batteries pretty quickly, so keep that in mind before purchasing!
- Great sound quality and feedback.
- Sturdy design helps the product feel like it will last for a long time.
- You might want to consider getting a better pair of earphones to go with this unit.
- Batteries run dry pretty quickly (around 4 hours on each receiver).
Sound Quality: This product’s sound quality is complimented by the fact that you receive basically no amount of radio frequency interference thanks to the Sennheiser design. The audio quality of the product is outstanding and makes it worth its price.
Bass: Any bass-heavy music or sounds should be heard crystal clear through these receivers, as the audio quality in general is very good. The volume is also very easy to control!
Build Quality/Design: The very high quality build of both the monitor system itself and the receivers is clearly reflected on the easy-to-use features and user friendly attributes present in this product. Setup is very straightforward, the build is extremely sturdy and the design allows owners to control the product easily.
Fit/Comfort: You could easily improve the quality of the audio even further if you get a couple of better in-ear headphones. If you’d like to stick with the same brand, we’ve reviewed Sennheiser headphones before – you might want to check them out!
Battery Life: The battery life of this product shouldn’t be an issue. The AA batteries should last long enough for you to finish any type of session or church gig. We do suggest you to purchase rechargeable batteries, though.
- Great sound quality and feedback makes this high end product a must have.
- The product is very well built and should last for a long time.
- Amazing design makes the receivers easy to control.
- Really hefty price could make this product unaffordable for some church budgets.
Whether your congregation gathers in a synagogue, temple or church, the acoustics and large setting often require a IEM system that is powerful enough to reach the whole audience. You also want a monitor system that is easy enough to set up and has a clean installation (as few wires and cables to avoid tangling and tripping hazards).
Sound quality is a high priority, especially for elderly people and those hard of hearing or any members of the church sitting in the back rows or last pews. As more church bands modernize their music style and add electric guitars and other instruments you want to be sure the quality of the bass does justice to the musician’s skills while still delivering clear voice clarity and volume for the preacher or priest giving the sermon during mass.
We hope that the overview we’ve given and the three top choices that we’ve narrowed down for you will help inform you while you shop for your church audio equipment.