We're a garage band looking to become weekend warriors. So far, we don't play anything huge. Our big shows are opening for bands like Periphery, Texas in July and other metalcore stuff (200-400 attendance). We would love to go wireless but can't each afford Sennheisers (and a G90 for that matter), or justify them now - too much other sh#t to get the whole brand rolling.
We're getting the Behringer X32 rack in the next month. I know, I know, I said the B-word. This thing is supposed to be good since they bought up Midas, though. Basically, splitter snake into it so we have complete control of individual monitor mixes. You can check it here: Behringer: DIGITAL RACK MIXER X32 RACK
I see two options, a) something like a Shure Americas | P4HW Wired Bodypack Personal Monitor, or b) individual head phone amps. If we went with the body pack, we could make patch bays in our racks and plug the body pack XLRs into the front of the rack to keep the cable runs clean. If we went head phone amp, I'd want it rack mounted as well. Found this one, but was hoping for something cheaper: Sonifex RB-HD1 Stereo Headphone Amplifier Especially considering you see cheap name brands with 4 channels for around $150.
Any other ideas? Do you know of a single channel, stereo, head phone amp that's rack mount other than this one?
I would NEVER recommend IEM's for guys just starting out unless they've got someone who really, really knows their shit running sound for them. IEM's need a lot of skill to sound right and not leave the user feeling isolated and hating life.
In order to have a successful IEM rig you need put a mic on EVERYTHING on stage and ideally have a few ambient mics scattered around. You also never want to go budget on something that sits inside your ears. There is a huge potential for serious damage to your hearing if you don't know what you're doing.
I have older Shure PSM 200 series packs that can go wired or wireless. Wired is fine if you're a drummer or keyboard player but they suck HARD if you are moving around even a little. It's one more thing to go wrong in the middle of a gig.
If you are going to go wired at least go with the 200's so that you only need to purchase the transmitters later.