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Hardware Wireless In-Ear Systems

George Petersen • Buyer's GuideJanuary 2022 • January 6, 2022

Few technologies have impacted the world of live sound as much as the development of wireless in-ear systems. Once used only by major artists, today’s IEM hardware is rock steady, easy to deploy and is suited to any application — from bar bands to praise bands; from mega-churches to mega-tours; and everything in between. We checked out some current rack-mountable offerings and uncovered a wide selection of systems to fit anyone’s budget or needs.

AKG IVM4500 IEM Reference Wireless

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 600-819 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: 100mW max

Receiver: SPR4500 IEM

Includes Earpieces: Yes

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 6-7 hours

Notes: Built-in dbx compressor and EQ

Street Price: $1,049

akg.com

 

CAD Audio GXLIEM

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 902-928 MHz

Channels: Single mono mix

Inputs: XLR-¼” combo

Output Power: 30mW

Receiver Model: GXLIEM

Includes Earpieces: Yes

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 10 hours

Notes: Battery life indicator on bodypack

Street Price: $170

cadaudio.com

Galaxy Audio AS-1100

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 470-494 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: Not stated

Receiver Model: AS-1100R

Includes Earpieces: Yes

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 5 Hours

Notes: Dual/Quad channel versions avail.

Street Price: $399

galaxyaudio.com

Hear Technologies Freedom Back

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 584-608/655-679 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: Not stated

Receiver Model: Freedom Back Transmitter

Includes Earpieces: No

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 4-5 Hours

Notes: Rack ears add front antenna mount

Street Price: $549

heartechnologies.com

 

LD Systems U500 IEM

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 430-865 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: 30 mW

Receiver Model: U500

Includes Earpieces: No

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 10 hours

Notes: Multiple units support different frequency bands

Street Price: $579

ld-systems.com

 

Lectrosonics M2 Duet System

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 470-608 MHz

Channels: Two stereo mixes

Inputs: (4) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: Up to 50 mW

Receiver Model: M2R

Includes Earpieces: No

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 4-7 hours

Notes: Dante optional

Street Price: $2,524 (M2T); $1,154 (M2R)

lectrosonics.com

 

Nady PEM-01

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 903-928 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) ¼” stereo; mono XLR

Output Power: Not stated

Receiver: PEM

Includes Earpieces: Yes

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 11 hours

Notes: Optional rack kit

Street Price: $249

nady.com

 

Peavey In Ear Monitor

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: 10 mW or 100 mW

Receiver Model: Peavey In-Ear Receiver

Includes Earpieces: Yes

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 8 hours

Notes: Optional rack kits

Street Price: $399

peavey.com

 

Sennheiser ew IEM G4

Format: Half-rack

Frequency Band: UHF 470-608 MHz

Channels: Single stereo mix

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: 10/30/50 mW

Receiver Model: EK IEM G4

Includes Earpieces: Yes, IE4

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 8 hours max

Notes: HDX compander

Street Price: $1,049

sennheiser.com

 

Shure PSM-1000

Format: 1U

Frequency Band: UHF 470-952 MHz

Channels: Two stereo mixes

Inputs: (4) Combo XLR/TRS

Output Power: 10/50/100 mW

Receiver Models: P10R, P10R+

Includes Earpieces: No

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 4-6 hours

Notes: Includes two receivers

Street Price: $5,015

shure.com

 

Wisycom MTK952

Format: 1RU

Frequency Band: UHF 470-800 MHz

Channels: Two stereo mixes

Inputs: (2) Combo XLR/TRS; (2) AES/EBU

Output Power: 10 to 200 mW

Receiver Model: MPR50-IEM

Includes Earpieces: No

Battery Type, Life: (2) AA; 4-6 hours

Notes: 2 watt output version optional

Street Price: Call for price

wisycomusa.com

 

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