Many singers and musicians just starting out don’t want to fork over a hefty sum for a pair of IEM’s they’re not sure they’ll use for the long haul. Fortunately, there are options for people who want to “test” things out before they invest heavy money into their craft.
The in-ear monitor industry has low cost entry points to help people get started, with great sounding IEMs under $50, under $100, and now under $200. Don’t underestimate these choices either. You aren’t getting underserved at all, instead you’re getting value at a price that makes sense.
The Westone UM Pro 10 – Top Choice at Under $200
Introducing the Westone UM Pro 10, an entry-level model that can block out ambient noise (up to 25 db). Westone started out as a hearing aid company and has expanded to serve the military and heavy industry, so it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two about in-ear sound. If you’re still not convinced, then take a look at the UM line of Westone IEMs in general, and the UM Pro 10s in particular.
For starters, you’re getting a set of hand-made pieces all made in America by Westone’s premier artisans, making sure each individual set is tuned right to the levels you expect in a high-quality piece of technology. And it is high-tech; inside these hand-made shells, you’re getting an incredibly sensitive armature driver that, thanks to it’s design, can pick up on even small vibrations that dynamic drivers may just pass by.
Like most IEMs, you’re getting a solid set of ten different earbud tips in both foam and silicone, as well as an over-the-ear memory wire fit; you’ll have a complete seal of up to 25 db of ambient noise, and a comfortable fit no matter how long you’re playing with these pieces. Because a good IEM needs a good cable, you’re getting a replaceable ultra-low resistance wire from EPIC, so even the smallest signal can safely travel through the cord and right into your armature drivers without any loss in quality.
If your music leans a bit toward the high end, the treble quality on the Westone UM Pro 10s is absolutely outstanding for a single driver model. It’s a compact design that can find exactly where the frequency, is and give it to you with some seriously impressive quality.
We hope this has made searching for the right IEM a little bit easier for you guys. Even though at the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you (after all you’re the one who’s going to be using them), we just want to point you in the right direction to get the best possible pieces for the least money. Take time, do a little research, and find the right pieces for both your music and your budget.