Custom In-Ear Monitors (CIEMs), as the name implies, are customized earphones that provide improved sound quality, noise isolation, and comfort. They can be seen on TV in the ears of musicians, hosts, commentators, and more, and in our readers ears! The below interactive list covers reviews of many makes and models with features, ratings, performance, and sound signature. Filter it, sort it, and click on the product that is most appealing. We will be happy to answer questions to help you make the right selection for your needs.
- Recommendations summary: Custom in-ear monitors buyer’s guide
- Musician specific recommendations: Stage & Studio: Musician’s In-Ear Monitors Buyer’s Guide
- Not sure what sound signature you like and want to hear for yourself: Earphone buyer’s guide by sound signature
- Demo units evaluated, not in the list: Custom in-ear monitors demo unit evaluations
- Read before you get ear impressions: Ear self-impressions for custom in-ear monitors
- Already have CIEMs, but not sure you have a proper fit? Custom in-ear monitors fit guide
- Flagship CIEM reviews
- Additional CIEM reviews in the IEM Review List
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ABOUT CUSTOM IN-EAR MONITORS
Also known as ear monitors for musicians, in-ear monitor system, and molded in ear monitors to name a few, as the name implies, CIEMs are custom fitted to each individual’s ear size and tuned with each ear in mind. Due to the improved fit and precise tuning, the level of sound quality typically achieved is higher than that of a non-customized earphone. Add that most CIEMs use higher quality drivers, and the sound quality becomes much more impressive.
Isolation is also improved, typically adding a few dB to isolation numbers compared with universal fit in-ears, even with foam ear tips. Cables are typically worn over-the-ear and most CIEMs offer a detachable cable system, which is difficult to see on stage when clear or hidden in hair. Due to their custom fit, they are extremely comfortable for long-term use when a proper fit is achieved. See the Custom In-Ear Fit Guide for more information.
HOW TO USE THE LIST
This interactive list displays CIEMs based on features, ratings, performance, and sound signature, not review date. In the world of audio, new doesn’t necessarily mean better! Filter the results to find the best results for your situation. Reviews on THL include comparisons, often on subsequent pages of the review, to help you understand the sound and how it compares. We recommend buying based on sound signature (how the CIEM sounds), not the highest score in the price range. For more info as to why, please read The Best Headphone.
NOT SURE WHAT TO GET?
All of the information can be overwhelming. If you have questions, please ask, but we do ask that you at least read some of the reviews/articles. We are here to help!