I'm considering marshalling an IEM system for the band I play in. I'm considering this move for basically one reason, which is to improve the sound to the audience in lively rooms.
During the 9 months or so of the year that's "indoor season" for gigs, it's common that the venue acoustics are awful or worse than awful (painful). We play a lot of "shop parties"... and it's common that the "shop" is a rented empty "shop" in a light industrial mall or similar, typically being one large room, bare walls and floor, typically a fairly high ceiling (20ft. is common). We prefer using wedge monitors because sometimes we share the stage with another band (and our band resists change unless there's a compelling reason to change)... but I believe I've come to the realization that wedge monitors are a contributing bane to bad sound in a lively room. I also believe it will be in the band's best interest to do what we can to deliver the best sound we can in acoustically awful rooms rather than attempt to insist that customers rent venues that have better acoustics.
I expect a decent IEM rig for the band will be some "real money". I currently have a Shure PSM-200 rig with custom buds... I probably have somewhere around $600 into my IEM rig... but I'm the only member of the band currently with an IEM rig. There's 5 members in our band... so I'm guessing somewhere around $3K - $4K will capitalize a decent IEM system. We run an X-32 board, and everyone (but me) has the smartphone monitor mix app happening... so going to IEM should be relatively simple for the band from a logistics standpoint.
Anyhoo: Does anyone here have direct first-hand experience with similar situations: real lively rooms and running wedge monitors vs. in-ear monitors and do the in-ear monitors make a noticeable (worthwhile) difference?