Alclair Versa In Ear Monitors Product Review

I Know that a lot of videographers are using IEM’s for several applications, and even editing, so here’s an article written by my good friend, Sam Jimney. Enjoy!

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Alclair Makes A Great Set of In-Ears

With the rise of inexpensive personal monitoring solutions such as Beringer’s P16 Personal Mixers and Avioms, the amount of churches utilizing personal mixers has grown exponentially. This means that each band member must purchase a set of quality in-ears to properly hear. While options such as the Shure SE 215 are a great starting point for those getting into in-ear monitoring, custom molded options offer far superior sound and isolation. If you’re looking to dive into this world of custom in-ears, the Alclair Versas are a fantastic starting point. 

The Versas are a dual driver, no-frills option that gives musicians the best of low pricing and fantastic sound. They feature one tweeter and one woofer and start at a price point of $250.  These monitors are a fantastic entry point for musicians and singers looking to get into custom monitoring. Alclair claims that the Versas will block up to 26 dB of sound, plenty for even the loudest stages. 

Appearance and Build Quality
The Versas are made of a tough, clear plastic. Due to their inexpensive nature, Alclair does not allow colors or custom graphics. They’re reasonably well built and should withstand years of heavy usage, provided that they’re treated with care. It should be noted that the shells do not feel as well made nor as sturdy as their most popular competitor, the 1964 Ears A2e. However, this comparable option costs around $150 more than the Versas. In my personal usage, I’ve experienced a hairline crack in the left shell of my personal Versas due to a few minor drops. 

The cable is braided and features a right angle plug. It seems to be fairly resistant to the inevitable wear that most cables face but as with the shells, the cable feels inferior to the one included with the 1964s. The cable also feels a bit short, always seeming to be just a few inches shy of what’s needed. Unfortunately, the Versas don’t allow the purchaser to select a longer cable upon purchase, but Alclair offers a 64” option for $35 from their web store.   

Sound
Of course, the most important aspect of any IEMs is the sound. In this area, the Alclairs shine. They feature a very flat sound profile with smooth bass, mids and highs. With a little coaxing from EQ, the low end can be made to stand out a little more which is ideal for drummers. However, the Versas do not have the low end response of the more expensive triple or quad driver IEMs that feature two low end drivers. For this reason, I would highly recommend that bass players and perhaps even drummers jump straight to the quad driver model. However, this level and unbiased sound profile is ideal for guitarists and vocalists who may not need the extended low end. Just be aware that these IEMs do not have that ear rattling bass

In my experience with this product, the separation of instruments in the mix is fantastic. Everything tends to be very clear and distinct, barring any bad mixing or poor source material. If you’re running a stereo mix, you’ll also appreciate the soundstage, which feels massive. Panning instruments feels great with these in-ears and will greatly help with the separation of the mix.

Conclusion
The Versas are a fantastic entry point into the world of custom in-ear monitoring, but it’s important to know what you’re getting before you make the leap. These in-ears sound fantastic and are far superior to the majority of non-custom options but do have limitations. Depending on what you need and want from your mix, it may be a safer option to just get a more expensive model from the beginning. However, the Versas are overall highly recommended for the price and are a great general use in-ear monitor for any musician or singer. You can find the Versas at the link below. 

https://alclair.com/monitorshop/versa/

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