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Lately, in-ear monitors (herein referred to as IEMs) have been a hot topic in the music world. As the technology becomes cheaper and consumer (and the ever loved/despised "prosumer") offerings become more prevalent in the market, everyone seems to be jonesing to make the jump.
Yes, there can be a number of benefits of moving to IEMs rather than a more traditional monitor wedge/loudspeaker setup. However, IEMs are not a magic-bullet, fix-all solution. Sure, they may give you a professional appearance, but there are a number of drawbacks and misconceptions that need to be managed and addressed when trying to enter into the IEM world, especially at a "budget" price point. Here are four of the most common ones.