For an audiophile, there is that desire to look for high quality sound in the electronics we use. Match that with our economy, and it gets harder to look for something that isn’t too expensive.
What if I told you that there might be a solution for that? Let me introduce you to In-ear monitor earphones. These tiny yet powerful devices are revolutionizing the way we experience music. They surely revolutionized mine.
What are IEMs?
In-ear monitor earphones, often abbreviated as IEMs, is also something I just recently found out about. IEMs are a type of earphones specifically designed to deliver exceptionally precise and high-quality sound. Originally developed for musicians like Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Beyonce, and more, as well as sound engineers to monitor audio during live performances.
Musicians typically have custom-made IEMs by creating molds of their ear canals for a better fit. They use these IEMs to hear cues, back-up vocals, music, and even their own performance—things that the audience cannot hear.
Music producers can also use these as it offers a more detailed quality sound during sound mixing or recording.
Unlike traditional earphones, which often focus on enhancing bass and treble for a more “pleasing” sound, IEMs are engineered for a flat, neutral response. This means that you hear the music the closest to how it was when recorded. The result is crystal-clear audio that allows you to pick up on every nuance, from the subtlest details in a classical symphony to the powerful bassline of your favourite rock song.
Buying IEMs and Experience
Being able to purchase an IEM earphone is a game changer when it comes to casual gaming, binge watching films, and listening to my favourite music.
I’ve had my fair share of experience when it comes to branded earphones, headphones, and earbuds. But never in my life would I find a quality product that delivers beyond my expectations.
But before I was able to choose, I took my time to research what is best for beginners like me.
In the Lazada app, I was able to choose from a shop called “Tic Tech Toe“. They sell all kinds of IEMs ranging from 800 to 2000+ pesos. Compare that to Apple air pods priced to 8000+ pesos. I was able to buy “KZ ZS10 Pro Hybrid Driver Earphones with Mic” for only 1750 pesos.
When it arrived, I tested it by comparing how it sounds different from my old earphones. I listened to a song using my old earphones, then listened again, this time with the new IEMs. It sounded magnificent in my ears. I was able to hear other aspects of the song, which apparently were being muffled by the bass in my old earphones. It was like listening to a new version of my music all over again.
After a few months of using IEMs, here are some of the pros and cons I have observed during those months.
Amazing Sound Quality: They provide a neutral and unaltered audio experience, allowing you to hear music as it was intended by the artist or producer.
Noise Isolation – IEMs fit snugly in my ear canal, offering effective noise isolation. This means you can enjoy your music without outside noise.
Price – Being able to buy something that produces high quality sound for a fraction of the previous Bluetooth earbuds I bought before, speaks volumes.
Portability – IEMs are compact and portable, making them convenient for on-the-go use. Even if they’re wired, it’s easy to fix them up when tangled because you can just detach the buds themselves from the wire.
Durable – The manufacturers use a variety of materials to create the products. My IEMs consists of a combination of aluminium alloy and resin.
Learning – Not everyone is aware of IEMs, even me before I bought one. But learning about the difference of IEMs to basic earphones can be hard doing it on your own. I even had to watch a couple of videos explaining what to expect, and what to look for.
Comfort – First time wearing it, I had trouble with the wire making my ears sore a little bit. However, I already am used to it, even wearing it the whole day.
Price – 1000+ can still be expensive for others, even I became hesitant because of the price.
Selecting the perfect in-ear monitor earphones can be a daunting task, given the wide variety available and factors to consider. Whether you’re an experienced musician, or a simple music lover, you can’t pass up some good earphones. Say goodbye to compromise and embrace the precision and clarity that in-ear monitor earphones bring to your world of sound.
Ashly R. Marin is a young writer just starting out as an intern in the field. While he may be well-versed in writing news, opinion, and feature articles from being a journalism student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Ashly enjoys writing about and doing photography, film, music, theatre, and art.