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The Best In-Ear Monitors for Keyboardists

May 25, 2018

441K’s universal IEM recommendations for keyboard players.


The Shure SE215, Westone UM Pro 20, and Shure SE846 are our universal in-ear monitor recommendations for keyboard players. In modern musical settings, keyboardists often have to play a variety of sounds, so it’s important to have in-ear monitors that can reproduce the full frequency spectrum.

Shure SE215

The Shure SE215 is a great budget IEM for keyboardists. Despite only having one microdriver, the SE215 is capable of reproducing a full frequency range from 22Hz-17.5kHz. The Shure SE215 ships with detachable and durable Kevlar-reinforced cables. If you’re looking for an entry level model, the Shure SE215 in-ear monitors are the ones to get.

Key Features

  • Single microdriver featuring detailed sound and enhanced bass.
  • Over-the-ear configuration keeps cables out of the way.
  • Detachable and durable Kevlar™ reinforced cables with formable wire ensure secure placement.
  • Comfortable Sound Isolating sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise, whether onstage or on-the-go.

MSRP: $99
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Westone UM Pro 20

The Westone UM Pro 20 IEMs feature two balanced armature drivers giving you an amazingly clear and detailed sound. The UM Pro 20 IEMs ship with sound-isolating Star and True-Fit tips for a comfortable and customizable fit. Westone’s EPIC replaceable cable reduces microphonics and keeps the IEMs securely in place when moving around.

Key Features

  • Dual-driver in-ear monitors with passive crossover design.
  • Superior performance in a compact, lightweight package.
  • Balanced-armature drivers are smaller and more efficient than traditional dynamic drivers.
  • Sound-isolating Star and True-Fit tips in multiple sizes ensure a comfortable, personalized fit.
  • EPIC replaceable cable with up and over routing helps prevent microphonics and keeps ‘phones secure.

MSRP: $299
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Shure SE846

Shure’s SE846 is an incredible high end in-ear monitor for keyboardists. The flagship IEM features four high definition balanced armature microdrivers with a three-way crossover design. The SE846 has unparalleled sonic performance with a true subwoofer and an adjustable low pass filter design.

The SE846 features a rugged sweat-resistant housing and high quality removable Kevlar-reinforced cables. The SE846 offers 37dB of sound isolation, making it a great option for live keyboardists.

Key Features

  • Four custom-engineered, balanced armature drivers for extended high-end clarity and unparalleled low-end performance.
  • Adjustable sound signatures via changeable nozzle inserts and removable metal nozzle (balanced, warm, and bright options included).
  • Lightweight, low-profile shape with optimized nozzle angle designed to rest comfortably in the ear.
  • Over-the-ear configuration keeps cables out of the way.
  • Detachable and durable Kevlar™ reinforced cables with formable wire ensure secure placement.
  • Comfortable Sound Isolating sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise, whether onstage or on-the-go.
  • Two included cable lengths (46″ and 64″) for flexible wearing options.

MSRP: $999
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