Product focus: in-ear monitors

Whether you’re based in the studio or in a live environment that requires high-end monitoring and reliable external noise cancellation, a trusty pair of in-ears can make the biggest difference when uncomprising clarity is key to your workflow…

Audio-Technica ATH-E70

According to Audio-Technica, its flagship E70 in-ear monitor headphones bring the sonic signature of the company’s M-Series headphone to an in-ear design. Designed for use by audio professionals and musicians in the studio, on stage or in the DJ booth, the E70s are compatible with Audio-Technica’s popular M3 in-ear monitor wireless systems – offering a comprehensive in-ear monitoring solution. The E70 features three balanced armature drivers to provide accurate and extended response across the entire frequency range, with a specially designed housing to provide maximum isolation.

Flare PRO

Flare Audio, the Brighton-based company founded by inventor Davies Roberts only launched its Flares PRO earphones last year, and it has not only won awards since then, but also high profile fans including classical pianist James Rhodes and David Bowie producer Tony Visconti who called them “the best earphones ever”. The product can be switched between wireless and a 3.5mm jack cable and the earpieces are made from Grade 5 titanium.

According to Flare, for the design of the earphones the company used “the science of how we hear and the subsequent development of three completely new technologies”. The company also claims that its mission is to “minimise all types of distortion” from its audio designs.

Shure SE846

Shure says that the SE846’s Quad High Definition MicroDrivers were “built for touring musicians, yet suitably nuanced for even the most discerning of audiophiles”. The manufacturer says that the SE846 earphones are particularly suited for live performance monitoring and deliver “extended high-end clarity” and “exceptional low-end performance”. Evolved from personal monitor technology road-tested by pro musicians and fine-tuned by Shure engineers, the SE846 features a patented design that includes a “groundbreaking” low-pass filter. The earphones also offer effective sound isolation – up to 37 dB of ambient noise.

Sennheiser G4 IEM 

Specifically for stage use, this wireless G4 IEM series monitoring system from Sennheiser has receivesd similar enhancements to user-friendliness as the 500 series including a contrast-rich black and white OLED display, a convenient jog wheel, automatic dimming, blue Sync LED, red warning LED and an Escape button for quick and easy navigation. The RF output power has been increased to 50 mW and the bodypacks come with protection from humidity and moisture – which are ideal for stage work. Individual units of the G4 are available, as are a single and a Twin IEM Set.