Phenyx Pro PTM-22 Wireless IEM – Initial Review

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Bullitt5135, May 20, 2022.

  1. Bullitt5135


    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    Phenyx Pro PTM-22 UHF Mono Dual Wireless in Ear Monitor System with Rackmount Kit (900MHz band)


    I simply cannot afford Shure/Sennheiser for 8 people, so I was willing to take a chance on the Phenyx Pro PTM-22 and purchased 3 units. The reviews are good and the price was right. Customer service has been stellar. One unit arrived with a burned-out LED power light and another had a bad AC adapter. They promptly sent me a whole new unit and told me to keep the old one. So now I have 4 units/8 channels for the price of 3. Everything stays mounted and wired in an 8U rack along with my Soundcraft Ui24R mixer.

    First and foremost they are easy to set up, and they just plain work. Audio quality is good and clear, and momentary dropouts are very infrequent (or non-existent). In a couple of instances, a bad channel made the bass sound like a rat distortion. Another time, there was some sonic weirdness ("pssrrwwrsswwrr"). It's very easy to change to another channel if necessary, and the problem clears right up. The range is great. I walked across the street to my neighbor's yard 200+ feet away, and the signal was clear and solid coming from my living room.


    I use the IEMs for my own 5-piece rock cover band as well as for my soundman gig with a 9-piece Motown/R&B/Dance wedding & events band. The guitar players in my band aren't in love with the IEMs yet, mainly because they are fighting for sonic space with the mono mix. Everybody is controlling their own mix, so they'll figure it out eventually. In other words, user error, not a quality problem.

    A couple of the people in the wedding band control their own mix, but I have an extra bodypack so I can sync to each person's channel and fine-tune their mix for them. In a matter of seconds, they go from [​IMG] to [​IMG]! Everybody loves the fact that they can hear each other more clearly (especially on vocal harmonies). We've eliminated the need for 5 wedges, which makes load-in/out much lighter & easier and solved many stage volume and feedback issues. As insurance, I also run a backup wedge for the singers, as well as a wedge for the horn players.

    My only reservation is that the body packs are made of plastic. There have been a few drops to the floor without breaking, but I don't want to make a habit of it. I've purchased 2 spare body packs just in case. The included earbuds are junk, so I bought the band CCA C12 buds off [email protected] $50 each (I like them). I bought a pile of rechargeable Energizer batteries from far, battery life has been "all night, and then some." To be safe, I discharge the batteries and recharge them before each gig and carry extras for backup. They easily last through several 2-hour rehearsals without needing to recharge.

    So, yes, I'd call that an enthusiastic endorsement. I'm very happy with my purchase and how the system is performing. Time will tell if they are reliable long-term.
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  2. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    The good thing is - that for now - being in the 900Mhz band, they are free from FCC regulatory interference.
    But that may change in future!
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  3. bassmike2010


    May 28, 2010
    Considering the Phenyx Pro PTM-10 for my female front (plays elec/ acous).
    Rest of us are set up w kits. Low end initial investment 'till I know she's able
    to make the transition. General reviews are nominal. i was also considering
    the LD Systems (German, not Houston) LD Systems U300 In-Ear Monitoring
    System with Earphones 470Mhz-490Mhz. Next to no reviews (aside from LD)
    I can find. Any thoughts?
  4. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Kinda off-topic, but...

    Have you seen some information indicating that the 900mhz band is in danger of being co-opted from us, or are you referring to the in-general state of all wireless frequencies being in peril of confiscation by someone with way more money than the rest of us?....:D (but it is the case...)
  5. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Just general terms @Geri O .
    Given the FCC’s propensity to sell off frequencies for commercial use, it’s a wait-and-see thing.
    900 band is open.. but in 2yrs (or longer/shorter timeframe) they may sell it off..

    I have no inside track..
  6. Geri O

    Geri O Endorsing Artist, Mike Lull Guitars and Basses Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Ahh, okay. Yeah, it’s about time for them to take some more frequencies from us.
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  7. musicman7722


    Feb 12, 2007
    Hampton NH
    That's almost to cheap.
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  8. gphil


    Jul 9, 2016
    Sauk Centre, MN
    I have been using the Phenyx Pro PTM-10 System for my In-Ears for a little over 6 months now. When I am at church, I am using a stereo IEMs, but with my band we use mono.The system has performed flawlessly. I have had no drop outs and the sound quality has been wonderful.

    I also recently bought a PTG-11 Wireless Guitar System and so far that is also working perfectly. I am really liking these Phenyx Pro systems and I am thinking about getting one of the PTU-1U True Diversity Wireless Microphone Systems.
  9. I had a buddy sell his shure psm300 systems and move to these