We have a typical bar band that plays rock, country, pop. Our singer wants IEM's and I have no idea what to recommend. I assume Shure or Sennheiser would be the top dogs?
Any recommendations for under $1000?
The RF system you use is actually a fairly small part of the whole equation. That being said, the M2 is a good unit. But I'd still recommend a sennheiser G2 used or a G3 or PSM900.
That being said, you can't neglect the other parts of the system.
1. You're gonna need a dedicated stereo mix for the singer. He/she can't share a mix, and will not be happy with mono. Really, don't go mono. Just don't.
2. The singer needs to use both ears or they will ultimately damage their hearing.
3. As a result of the above, some kind of ambient mic system is essential.
4. IEM mixes are very tweaky since you can hear so well. That means that the tolerance for poor mixes is way lower. This combined with the typical lead singer temperament can make transitioning to IEMs difficult if the singer is not willing to work through the kinks.
5. The ear drivers you use are critical. At this point, I don't think anyone on stage should be using anything OTHER than customs. They are far auperior to universals, especially for singers. And There are options available now at very reasonable prices. I personally use Alclairs and absolutely love them. They've got options starting at 250 bucks...
That's enough to start with....