Compact, extremely lightweight earmold in a superior ergonomic yet rugged design
Detachable, stage-proof cable with break-proof connection and reinforced ear hook
Silicone and memory foam ear tips in all sizes, individually adaptable to ear canal depth
1 extra-wideband transducer covering the entire frequency range
The IE 400 Pro features Sennheiser’s TrueResponse technology for truly accurate in-ear monitoring.
This technology offers the simplicity of a single, extra-wideband transducer that covers the entire frequency range, perfect phase linearity, precise stereo imaging, and virtually distortion-free sound that is also devoid of crossover effects.
The IE 400 Pro also features the SYS 7 driver. This driver is Sennheiser’s smallest (7 mm) and most powerful transducer as well as one of the most comfortable earphones on the market.
These in-ears are also distortion-free with only < 0.06% total harmonic distortion. Additionally, these fantastic Sennheiser in-ear monitors can withstand higher sound pressure levels.
They are also quite comfortable with an ultra-lightweight and compact design of the earmold.
The IE 400 ships with a 1.3 m cable with a 3.5 mm jack, hard case, set of silicone ear adapters (S, M, L), set of foam ear adapters (S, M, L), 1/4″ jack adapter, and a cleaning tool.
In short, they one of the most reliable, accurate, and comfortable in-ear monitors on the market today, at a great price point.
2. Shure SE215-CL Sound Isolating Earphones
Shure is one of the most respected companies in the audio world, and they produce several good models of in-ear monitors.
This is accomplished thanks to Shure’s innovative MicroDriver technology, an advanced miniature driver design that lets these headphones reproduce sound frequencies of 22 Hz – 17.5 kHz with a high level of accuracy. These earbuds also offer 20 ohms of impedance.
Another great feature of the Shure SE215-CL is that they are designed to fit any ear in a comfortable and non-fatiguing fashion.
These isolating earphones feature Kit Fit, which includes three different sized sleeves (small, medium, and large) to make sure they fit appropriately.
The SE215-CL was designed deliberately to block out noise for a fantastic listening experience.
Additionally, they come with a 2-year limited warranty as well as a soft carrying case for your convenience.
3. Etymotic Research ER4XR Extended Response Earphones
The original ER4 earphones are considered by many to be the original isolating in-ear monitors and the first to employ this technology.
As this legacy has continued, few in-ear monitors today can offer the isolation and accuracy featured on the updated ER4 series models.
This extra push on the bottom makes them a preferred option among drummers and bassists, especially for live performances.
The ER4XR in-ear monitors also feature 92 % accuracy, 45-ohm impedance, and up to 42 dB of isolation, making them a high-end choice for musicians that demand the best.
Another great feature of these in-ear monitors is that they ship with a series of useful items not commonly found in other models. These include a stylish zippered storage case for your in-ears and accessories.
Additionally, the ER4XR comes with a couple of pairs of Etymotic’s standard 3-flange ear tips, two pairs of large 3-flange ear tips, and two pairs of large black foam ear tips.
You also get replacement filters to keep your in-ear monitors clean as well as a performance certificate that indicates that your in-ears met and passed the standards Etymotic holds their products to.
These in-ear monitors also come with an impressive 25 dB of acoustic isolation to ensure that outside noise isn’t a factor.
Besides their high-performance EPIC cable, you also get an MFi cable, which includes an in-line 3-button remote and microphone for your iOS or Android device. This is our premium choice for this list due to its quality and features (and price tag!).
These in-ear monitors also feature Westone’s innovative balanced-armature drivers.
These compact and efficient transducers take up far less space than typical drivers, allowing Westone to pack more drivers into a smaller space than other manufacturers.
Coupled with a passive 3-way crossover, these multi-driver in-ear monitors achieve audiophile-grade precision and clarity across the entire frequency spectrum.
The W60 comes with a removable EPIC (Earphone Precision Interface Cable) cable made by Westone, which is easy to replace by hand.
However, chances are you won’t need to replace your EPIC cable, as they feature a durable braided outer layer and aramid fiber reinforcement that protects its flexible, ultra-low-resistance tinsel wire.
These in-ears ship with a full set of ear tips featuring every size of both True-fit foam tips and Star silicone tips.
Additionally, you can customize the look of your earpieces with three interchangeable faceplates. There’s also an included Wax Loop to keep your in-ears clean.
Ergonomically designed in-ear monitors for enhanced sound isolation and full-range frequency reproduction
Triple-driver design offers balanced frequency response with detail
Ergonomic design offers 40 dB of passive noise isolation
MMCX connectors allow the shielded, braided cable to be detached for easy storage or replacement
Three different types of ear tips in three different sizes
The Mackie MP-320 dynamic triple-driver in-ear monitors feature 40 dB of passive noise isolation, a frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, sensitivity of 100 dB SPL @ 1mW, and 15.5 ohms of impedance.
Additionally, the MP-320 comes with a durable cable that is shielded and braided, along with MMCX connectors that allow it to be detached for easy storage or replacement.
This set of in-ear monitors are also quite convenient for the road, as they include a molded hard case with a handy clip to attach to your gig bag.
The MP-320 dynamic triple-driver earphones ship with a clear MMCX cable (no controller), black MMCX cable (with controller), 3 x pairs of silicone tips (small/medium/large), 3 x pairs of silicone wide-bore tips (small/medium/large), 3 x pairs of memory foam tips (small/medium/large), 3 x pairs of silicone triple-flange tips (small/medium/large), a cleaning cloth, the aforementioned hard case and a 1/4-inch adapter.
This is AT’s flagship in-ear monitor model that delivers a triple driver earpiece, fits snugly in the outer ear, and comes with flexible ‘memory’ cables to hold them in place. A fantastic set of in-ears from Audio Technica.
Flexible memory cables loop over your ears for long-wearing comfort
Designed for maximum isolation
Durable detachable cable
Case and silicone ear tips are included
The ATH-E70 in-ear headphone is an impressive model with quality in build and sound for a range of monitoring needs, not only live performance but also studio use. These in-ears feature a better bass response than most models at this price point.
With the ATH-E70 you get a reliable and balanced sound. You can trust not only that they offer accurate monitoring, but also that they stay in place comfortably.
This is important for live performances, especially for musicians and singers that move about aggressively.
You can wear these in-ears for long periods of time without experiencing ear fatigue or discomfort, in large part thanks to their silicone tips which aid both sound and comfort.
These Audio Technica in-ears feature three balanced armature drivers (low/mid/high), 39 ohms of impedance, a frequency range of 20 Hz – 19 kHz, and a sensitivity of109 dB/mW.
In short, this is a great set of in-ears that are equally good for live performance and studio use.
7. Shure SE535
The Shure SE535 was designed to deliver spacious sound with a good separation of highs and lows to aid in all your monitoring needs, especially for live performances.
Each detachable cable’s formable wire lets you easily achieve the fit that is right for you. This is especially important for live performances where reliability and comfort are needed.
The SE535 in-ears employ Shure’s sound-isolating sleeves to block out noise with up to 37 dB of Passive Sound Isolation.
Additionally, these in-ear monitors feature an impedance of 36 ohms, a frequency range of 18 Hz – 19 kHz, a sensitivity of 119 dB SPL @ 1mW, and a hard case for easy transport, storage, and protection.
The Shure SE535 in-ear headphones ship with 1 – Bluetooth 5 earphone communication cable, 1 micro-USB charging cable, 1 universal 3.5 mm earphone communication cable, 1 soft flex sleeve (S, M, L), 1 foam sleeve (S, M, L), 1 yellow foam sleeves, 1 triple flange sleeves, 1 and a 1 – 1/4″ adapter. Overall, a solid in-ear set of monitors from Shure.