Can you hear me now? Why YES!
I've traditionally used floor wedges during live performances for the last 35 years of my music career... Only a few times have I used headphones with Aviom type (wired) mixers.
However, as our band is trying to reduce setup time and cut down our stage level while protecting our hearing, I began researching the options for in-ears.
My first concern was whether or not it was going to work for me, a bass player who wants to hear the full range of sound, including my low b string and the bass drum, all the way up to the highest frequencies.
That turns out to have very little to do with the wireless system and everything to do with the actual in-ear monitor you use.... So I turned my focus on first getting us wireless and checked out every Wireless in-ear system I could find specs on.
The Sennheiser EW 300 system stuck out for a multitude of reasons..
1. It came HIGHLY recommended by audio pros I know.
2. It is available in the 2 receiver kit with the rack mounting system.
3. The reviews are stellar.
4. I had no trouble finding out anything I wanted to know - white sheets, specs, all readily available.
5. Easy to have multiple system interconnected - quick setup.
6. Matching wireless mics are available to complete a full wireless setup in the future.
Sweetwaterc carries them and has the 3 easy payment plan and I could get them quickly, in time for a show (in stock and available in 2 days)
Once they came in, setup was quick, I had the rack unit assembled and secured in 10-15 minutes.
I set the frequency, and even named the body packs (shows the user name in the LCD display) in that time.
You'll notice these are very well made products. They are not budget systems, don't feel cheap, and the receivers could likely take a drop, though I don't want to find out.
The rack mount components are super....
I had tried a wired system with a headphone preamp, so I knew what to expect sound wise, but was actually surprised. There was less hiss than the wired system, almost none.
The volume level is great, right up there with the rolls preamp.
In use, the battery life is fine. We play a lot of bar/club shows, where we can generally get a full 4 hour show and and a 2 hour rehearsal out of a set of AA batteries (we have not gone rechargeable yet).
We purchased a second EW 300-2 shortly after the first to get all 4 of our front line musicians on in-ears.
We run the receivers in mono, so each transmitter gets two input channels, and each receiver is panned hard L or R for their mix.
Two transmitters - 4 receivers - 4 individual mono mixes.
To give us individual mixes, we are using the Mackie DL-32R rack mount mixer (also from Sweetwater), to provide us these 4 mixes which we can adjust using iPhone, iPod or iPads - no more telling the sound guy to turn something up for one player.
There are limiters on these systems to help protect our hearing should something go horribly wrong.
This has been one of the best recent purchases and decisions I have made! NO REGRETS HERE.
My new quest is to save money for the custom molded, in-ear monitors (the ear bud part). That will make the experience even better.