Top 10 Best In Ear Monitors 2018

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Model
Features
MEE Audio M6 Pro



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  • Comes with 6 different ear pieces
  • The cables are detachable
  • Has a range of 20Hz to 20kHz
Fender DXA-1


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  • Has a range of 14Hz to 22kHz
  • Are made by Fender, which are a famous brand
  • Comes with a carry case
Yinyoo HiFi Headset


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  • Cheaper in price than most other in ear monitors
  • Simple and colourful
MEE Audio M6 Pro 2nd Generation

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  • 6 ear pieces
  • Has a range of 20Hz to 20kHz
MEE Audio M6 Pro Smoke


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  • Has a range of 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Comes with a carry case

Music is a pleasure for many of us, and whether we listen to it or play it ourselves, we like to make sure we have the best quality sound. As each of us hears slightly differently, this can be a problem, but in recent years the sheer quality of audio equipment has improved considerably. The advent of more efficient manufacturing techniques and continued simplifying has also helped keep costs down, so you can now buy top quality audio equipment for sensible prices.

For those on stage, rather than listening through a Hi-Fi or other equipment, the importance of being able to hear what is going on is paramount. This is why bands use monitors, individually placed speakers that sit at the front of the stage and deliver the sound of that person, to keep on top of how they sound individually. The only problem is that, for small venues, these can be cumbersome and take up valuable stage space.

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The problem is also present in studio settings, where musicians and singers want to be able to monitor their own performance, and this again is a limited space area. What is the answer? Quite simply, it’s in the ear monitors! Let’s have a look at what these are, why they work and why you need one, and then we’ll talk about the top 10 models you can buy right now.

Best In Ear Monitors

1: MEE Audio M6 Pro

As we mentioned above there are some brands who will get more than one mention in these reviews. You can be assured that MEE Audio is one of these, thanks to the excellent range of top quality audio items that they have to offer. This is a company that takes great pride in attention to detail, and the M6 Pro range of in ear monitors is one that comes highly recommended by professionals. This is, like most, a universal-fit design that comes with six sets of ear pieces so you can find the one that fits.

The clear design is just one of many that you can choose from with the MEE range, it is a finely tuned set with a range of 20Hz to 20kHz, so that covers the spectrum very well, and it is designed to provide clear, crisp sound and deep natural bass. The cables are detachable for storage – it comes with its own carry case – and you get a mic and volume controls, which makes it perfect for use with portable audio devices. All in all, a great starting place for us, and at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • Volume control
  • 6 ear pieces
  • Detachable cables
  • Bass resonance

2: Fender DXA-1


Here’s a name that every musician will be familiar with: Fender is famous for its legendary guitars and quality amps, but also produces a wide range of audio equipment, including these very impressive in ear monitors. Made to the usual high standards from the very best materials – miniature titanium drivers are a feature – this is a set that sets the bar very high, and sound quality is of the highest order. A low-profile shell means comfort and makes them less obtrusive, while they are also light enough to wear for long periods.

With a range covering 14Hz to 22kHz, and excellent sensitivity for distortion reduction, the sound is amazing, clear and with copious treble and more than adequate bass. You get a case for these, too, plus a cleaning tool, a detachable cable and specially designed secure-fitting ear tips. If you want Fender quality this is the set to go for, and we reckon that at the price they are certainly not expensive.

Key Features
  • Fender
  • Wide range
  • Sound quality
  • Carry case

3: Yinyoo HiFi Headset


This brightly coloured, cheap and cheerful set of in the ear phones will appeal to those who want something trendy to be seen on the street with, rather than professionals looking for top quality studio or stage sound monitors. That’s no bad thing, however, as there is plenty of room in the market for such a product, and this one is perfectly decent. Finished in a wild and bright blue and purple colour scheme, they do look the part.

Sound is decent, too, with a healthy balance between bass and treble. It’s not as finely tuned or capable as those above, but for walking around or the commute these will give a perfectly good return, plus the buds are comfortable enough. If you want a set of headphones on a budget – put it this way, you’ll get change from £20 with these – rather than full-on studio sound, these are a decent enough choice.

Key Features
  • Bright coloursh
  • Simple

4: MEE Audio M6 Pro 2nd Generation

Our second choice from MEE Audio is this one, and it’s the upgraded version of the in the ear monitor we listed first in our reviews. As such, it takes that very refined and able design, and improves it. This is a company that takes great pride in attention to detail, and the M6 Pro range of in ear monitors is one that comes highly recommended by professionals. This is, like most, a universal-fit design that comes with six sets of ear pieces so you can find the one that fits.

The clear design is just one of many that you can choose from with the MEE range, it is a finely tuned set with a range of 20Hz to 20kHz, so that covers the spectrum very well, and it is designed to provide clear, crisp sound and deep natural bass. The cables are detachable for storage – it comes with its own carry case – and you get a mic and volume controls, which makes it perfect for use with portable audio devices. Supplied with a spare cable and shirt clips, it’s a good choice at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • Volume control
  • 6 ear pieces
  • Spare cable
  • Bass resonance

5: MEE Audio M6 Pro Smoke


This is the ‘smoke’ model – as opposed to clear – of the MEE Audio M6 Pro in the ear monitor, so if you don’t want the clear one, maybe this will appeal! It’s the 2nd generation model, too, so you get all the attributes and improvements that come with that design, and it’s a very capable and popular choice with both professionals and casual users. This is, like most, a universal-fit design that comes with six sets of ear pieces so you can find the one that fits.

The clear design is just one of many that you can choose from with the MEE range, it is a finely tuned set with a range of 20Hz to 20kHz, so that covers the spectrum very well, and it is designed to provide clear, crisp sound and deep natural bass. The cables are detachable for storage – it comes with its own carry case – and you get a mic and volume controls, which makes it perfect for use with portable audio devices. Supplied with a spare cable and shirt clips, it’s a good choice at a sensible price.

Key Features
  • MEE Audio
  • Set of ear pieces
  • Full sound range
  • Smoke finish

6: Yinyoo KZ ZST earphones


We’ve already featured one set from the Yinyoo range, and this is another that offers decent enough performance at a cheap and affordable price. This is not exactly bargain basement, but not on the level of some of then professional-standard models we also have featured. This set is finished in a nice and rather trendy carbon effect, and they will look the part on the street, plus you get comfortable earbuds that enable long-term use with ease.

Sound is decent, too, with a healthy balance between bass and treble. It’s not as finely tuned or capable as those above, but for walking around or the commute these will give a perfectly good return, plus the buds are comfortable enough. If you want a set of headphones on a budget – put it this way, you’ll get change from £20 with these – rather than full-on studio sound, these are a decent enough choice.

Key Features
  • Carbon look finish
  • Comfortable
  • HDMI cable and spirit level
  • Tilt and swivel

7: Cowin HE16 Noise Cancelling


This high-quality set of in the ear phones comes from Cowin, a brand known for professional audio and studio equipment. Superbly made, and great to look at too, this is a cut above the norm, and offers superb standards. It is also developed to be used with Apple products, so is perfect for your iPod or tablet, and has a frequency equalizer you can adjust when you download the free app that allows you full interactive use.

WW like the metallic finish, the comfort levels are great, but perhaps what makes this one a stand-out is that it has noise-cancelling capability and it is adjustable by the wearer. This is a very important and impressive feature, and one that will certainly entice many a buyer. The claim is it can reduce external noise by as much as 26dB, which is a good deal, and it also has high quality microphones with similar capability. An excellent choice, then, but be aware it is among the most expensive on the list.

Key Features
  • Noise cancelling
  • Superb sound
  • Quality brand
  • Tilt and swivel

8: Yinyoo KZ ES4


The Yinyoo brand is popular with users who are looking for decent sound that is good for use when out and about, rather than those who want professional-level, studio quality results. We’ve already featured two of theirs, and here’s at third. This is the ES4, from the KZ range, and it offers very decent performance and sound at a sensible price. It’s also neatly finished and looks the part, so will certainly appeal to the younger user who wants to be trendy and in with the crowd!

Sound is decent, too, with a healthy balance between bass and treble. It’s not as finely tuned or capable as those above, but for walking around or the commute these will give a perfectly good return, plus the buds are comfortable enough. If you want a set of headphones on a budget rather than full-on studio sound, these are a decent enough choice, and the colours scheme of bright and breezy green will certainly set you apart from the rest.

Key Features
  • Green finish
  • Yinyoo brand

9: Daioolor EP187 White


We’ve talked of the Yinyoo models being cheap and cheerful; this one is too, and makes a great idea for a gift at not much more than a tenner. This is a simple, easy to use and capable set of in the ear buds, but we wouldn’t recommend them for professional use. If you’re listening to music on your phone or other hand-held device, then this could be the perfect choice for you at an excellent price. They are finished in a neutral white, too, although you can buy other colours if you prefer.

These phones are good for most Samsung devices and also for selected iPhones. You get a volume control and mic controls on the cable. You get three spare sets of silicon tips, which is great for cleanliness, plus they fit nicely and comfortably in the ear. A lengthy 4-foot cable is more than enough, they are surprisingly light and, once again in case you missed it, they are very, very cheap. If basic is what suits you, this could be the choice.

Key Features
  • Light
  • Simple
  • Neat design

10: GranVela R8


Our final choice is perhaps a ‘mid-range’ option; it is suitable for use with your hand-held devices, so great for listening to music when out and about, but it’s also suitable for basic use in the studio or on stage so doubles up there. At the price, we think this one is worth looking at again, so let’s see what you get. It’s a decent, basic type of in the ear monitor design with comfortable universal earpieces – you get four sets – and it fits nicely when in use.

Sound quality is perfectly decent with good, clear treble and deep bass capability, while a detachable cable means you can replace if you wish, so you get longer out of the item. It’s finished in a dark silver look, so is neutral but quite stylish, and in addition you get a neat little carrying and storage box, plus a shirt clip to keep the microphone in place. A good item to finish with as it represents decent all-round performance, this one is certainly worthy of a second look.

Key Features
  • bass and treble
  • shirt clip

That’s our selection of the top 10 best in ear monitors on the market right now, and we’re sure you’ll agree with given you a decent cross-section of what is available, so before we go on to give you our choices, let’s have a quick reminder of what you need to look for.

How It Works

Think of in the ear monitors as quality earphones and you have the right idea. Indeed, many people use these in conjunction with their MP3 player, iPhone or tablet to play music, as they are designed for use over long periods and are surprisingly comfortable. The monitor is designed to deliver quality sound that will be satisfactory for everyone from the casual listener to the professional recording artist. They are compact and easy to wear, and cover the full bass, mid and treble ranges.

You will find in our reviews that certain brands repeat; this is simply because there are some manufacturers who have a handle on making quality in the ear monitors, and they tend to be the ones that people look to for quality equipment. You’ll also find that many of the items featured are very similar, with minor differences only; this is because many people want certain audio quality and it can be quite defined, in terms of the range they want to hear.

All of the best in ear monitors we have featured below are affordable, quality items, and we have done our best to give you a good cross-section of the market and help you choose between the best options. So, let’s talk in detail about the top 10 best in ear monitors you can buy, and see if we can help you find the one that is best for your requirements.

Important Features to Consider

Usually we would give you a list of features that you need to look for, yet these items all have many similarities. For example, each comes with spare silicon buds, so you have comfort covered. Each has a microphone, so you don’t need to worry about that, and the only difference really lies in the standard that you need.

What we mean by that is are you looking for a set of in ear phones for when you are on the bus, walking around, at home and simply listening to music on your phone or iPod? Or are you in the market for a top quality, professional level set that can be used in the studio or on stage, or in any professional setting? If you can answer that question you are half-way there, and we have a recommendation for you in each class. So, without hanging around, lets wrap it up!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

Which is for you? Let’s find out, so we’ll start by looking at those that we reckon are suitable for use on the move and listening to music, and you have a choice of three. We recommend you check out the three on offer from the Yinyoo brand. They are decent quality – you could use them as a monitor if you are not looking for absolutely professional sound – and look good in a choice of colours, and they are very cheap indeed.

If you want the very best, professional best in ear monitors on the list, our choice would be the Cowin, number 7 on the list. Superb quality, stunning sound and all the features you could want, and they look great too. They may be the most expensive here – by quite a margin – but when it comes to audio equipment, there’s nothing to match quality

That’s our review for you, and we hope we’ve helped you find the in ear monitors that suit your requirements.