Hello, not really a live sound guy with tons of knowledge of monitor options; I'm back playing out live in a casual non-pro band and am curious about in-ears. We currently use powered wedges.
One reason I'm thinking of this concerns the space needed for my monitor (we are a six-piece) and it can be hard to place a monitor anywhere that my boards are not blocking it on our small stages we tend to play. Also, I'd love to be able to not have a wall of sound blasting me quite so loud all night long from amps and a drummer right next to me (assuming earbuds will reduce outside volume).
I mentioned I'm a keys player because I believe I could get away with non-wireless. My thought is this:
get a monitor feed (our new board has enough for everyone if so desired); run it into my small Rolls mixer (that I bought for a keyboard submixer but didn't end up needing) that can be velcro'ed to my stand; plug in phones! If this worked, the only thing I'm missing are decent earbuds.
If I did try this and got some earbuds, my bandmates suggested getting ones with multiple drivers and staying away from the ~$100 cheaper (relatively) consumer options. They mentioned they may not be able to handle live sound (much like home stereo speakers are not used for non-mastered studio work I guess) and that the bass definition would be poor.
I'm hesitant to buy expensive ones..there's the factor that I'm pretty much in the band for fun and a bit of extra $$, so I'm careful about expenses...but I'm more worried about losing/breaking something that is $300 or more and so small and fragile. Much as with keyboards though, I understand to get quality and robustness you often have to pay more.
I've heard some local musicians here mention they often play with one earbud partially out, and I thought that was a bad idea as far as potential ear damage. That said, if I were to do that perhaps I'd still be able to hear the bass without having it in my monitor mix.
I appreciate any info.