I don't know if this has been covered here before so here we go. I think this is the right thread to post in,. It does have to do with sound amplification.. IEM Otherwise know as In-Ear-Monitors. *Is anyone using them? *What type or Brand have you used or are you using now? *And do you have any Pro or Negative experiences with certain companies or products. I started out a 7-8 years ago using a real inexpensive set of ear but with a band that was on IEMs. I never used them before that time and didnt want to spend money Just your typical Koss $15 ear buds.. I liked the idea but had a hard time adjusting at first. First they were very uncomfortable, had almost no isolation in my ears, and the bass sounded sterile since the signal i would hear was the Direct DI sound without any amplification involved. Within one week i stared to use my Bass Pod and then my F2B preamp to send the IEM signal to get a little character to my ears. it helped.. Then within a month dropped a whole 100 dollars on a cheap set of Shures.. They actually sounded pretty good considering, and i was getting used to hearing my bass that way and the mix of the other instruments coming through the ears.. I have found out over the years that even the $1000 ones dont block out everything, which is a good and bad thing at times.. In a short time i went to the Westone UM2s which i loved! Great universal IEMs at a reasonable cost.. Dual driver so you get better bass and tight clean top too.. I dont like those foam ear inserts since they take a minute or two to seal and they get dirty.. So i experimented and found that the Silicone mushroom shaped Shure inserts that fit the older Shure E3s will fit the Westone UM2 nozzles.. mmmmmm Westone UM2s were Very Comfy , good seal to block out gui****s, and i could get a great drum and bass mix with some vocals and keys to get a nice feel at a nice level,, and the westons are made in the USA too..... Then i went to a custom set of Ultimate Ears.... i hate to say it but the ones i got had WAYYY too much bass... never thought that i would say that... It was like a low rider in my head... Talked to allot of friends in the bizz and decided to go for the big boys toys a few years ago and got Sensaphonics... wooohaaa.. That is the way they are supposed to be... big $$ 750-ish... ouch but it was IEM heaven.... Then I Lost them... So that brings me to today.. I found a company through a friend called Live wires. they do have you get Custom moulds ,and they are reasonably priced at $250. Many reviews say that are very similar to the Sensaphonics in sound and tone.. Im now thinking Perhaps you get what you pay for, time will tell , they (Livewires) are not getting off to a great start as of yet.. I went o the audiologist in my town. And had moulds/ impressions done of my ears. They are told to go to the second bend in the canal. I could not believe in the year 2009 that the Audiologist only charged me $20.. I was told by a few that is about the going rate.. I have no idea how they make money doing that.. But they check your ears and then set a foam plug into your canal. Then pour some green silicone gook into the canal.. I had this done once before but this was a more pleasant experience. Then they let the stuff solidify.. It still remains playable though. You send the stuff off to the IEM guys and they make your custom fit monitors from the impressions that you had made.. So that is what im waiting for.. I hope they are as nice as the Sensaphonics. And so far the Livewires folks dont exactly have the best customer service.. But i will give them some time to perhaps return the phone call and emails regarding my questions on fit and color. I will post back here with a review whenever they do get here.. If anyone has IEM stories or product info.. There may some folks interested in the experience with purchase etc.