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Nady PEM-500 In-Ear Personal Monitor System

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The Nady PEM-500 in-ear personal monitor system helps you experience more focused audio and freedom from the feedback and transport issues associated with floor monitors. The PEM-500 offers superior UHF performance, sixteen available UHF channels, and unprecedented affordability. System includes PEM-500T transmitter, a bodypack receiver, and a pair of in-ear speakers. Any number of additional receivers can be used with a single transmitter as long as they are tuned to the same channel. The Nady PEM-500 has a 300-foot range.

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Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCCs wireless microphone website at: www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.


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3.6

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Typical Nady Quality

Many professional audio engineers have this deep and abiding revulsion for several of the less expensive players in the audio field (Nady, Behringer, Art, etc) -- a revulsion which I simply do...Read complete review

Many professional audio engineers have this deep and abiding revulsion for several of the less expensive players in the audio field (Nady, Behringer, Art, etc) -- a revulsion which I simply do not understand.While is is true that the PEM-500 does not have quite the quality of the Shure of Sennheiser units, I am nonetheless consistantly impressed with its performance.The base unit, as with most nady products, is very nicely constructed, and feels very solid (more importantly, I have had two for over a year now, which have held up very well), with a cleanly laid out fron panel which includes both a LCD level meter and an LED channel indicator (nice, although not strictly neccessary) and an onboard 1/4" headphone jack (really nice, and beats the hell out of the Shure -400 which only has a 1/8" jack).It is important that you provide this unit with the correct input levels, AS WITH ANY PIECE OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT.My only real complaint about the unit, is that I like self-containted power supplies, instead of wall warts, but, any number of high priced pieces of audio gear have wall warts, so it compares well there as well.I think that the body pack is the real gem of this system though. It is sturdily constructed, despite some of the complaints. And while it does not sport the screen or molded antennas of the sennheiser and galaxy units, I have been consistantly impressed with both the durability and reception range of this unit.A note on the reception: it is rock solid. I frequently work in a building with both poor ground and a metal roof that is within half a mile of a large installation of FM radio transmitters. I have never once had trouble with FM pickup by these recievers (a statement which I cannot say about the shure -400 units, only the $1,000+ -600 units); and while these bodypack do have a slight pink noise hum, the quality of the radio reciever circuitry would be reason enough alone to purchase these for me.A word to the wise: these little guys are surprisingly power hungry. As with my mics, I would change the batteries between sound check and show.

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I purchased the Nady PEM-500 this last week. We will be using it as a monitor for sign language interpreters. That means we stand about 4 feet from the house cabinets, so...Read complete review

I purchased the Nady PEM-500 this last week. We will be using it as a monitor for sign language interpreters. That means we stand about 4 feet from the house cabinets, so we need something that can send a clean signal without being overly loud in the head. We did have to crank up the volume on the transmitter to ten, but our volunteers said that they worked great. The real problem was with the supplied earbud. One attempt to slide the earpads on and the frame around the speaker broke. Do yourself a favor when you unpack this item, just through the headphones (and the batteries) into the trash. I should have known when I opened the box and the packaging said "for replacement headphones contact Koss"I think for the dollars it's a good buy and most folks that just need a weekend warrior outfit this is the system you want.For more about how we use this stuff take a look at our non-prof. page at www.handsinmotion.org

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4.0

Works great! At last no complainers!

By TeleBlaster-Nyanl

from Scottsdale, AZ

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I bought this and extra receivers to use in a calssic rock cover band. We use a pair of Yamaha wedges for the front line and some Galaxy HotSpots (separate mix) for the drummer, bassist, and keyboard player. We are constantly arguing about the monitor mix and who is playing too loud. I am lead guitarist and own the PA system. After using these a few times, I am happy to report that the whining has stopped, even though I only have one transmitter and everyone is hearing the same mix. I've got to believe that your location on stage has a lot to do with what you are hearing. For exaple, the bassist always says I am too loud when he is standing right in front of my amp (duh). Putting these in your ears fixes all that. I was a little reluctant to try this inxepensive brand, but the alternatives are so much more expensive that it was worth a shot to test the concept. Here are my hints: 1) Spend the time to try out all 16 channels with a receiver and no transmitter. Walk around the stage area to see which channel is the quietest. 2) Use high quality earbuds, especially if you can get a good isolation seal. 3) There is some hiss that is not noticeable once you get the music rolling. 4) Be careful to adjust the input levels so as to avoid overdriving the signal. I use Aux 1 and Aux 2 sends on my mixer to provide the signal. You have to be careful not to overdrive it there, also. 5) Relocate the antenna to a higher point. Buy a BNC cable and a female-to-female adapter and hoist the antenna at head height or slightly higher. All in all, quite pleased. What would I change? It would be nice to have a combo input (XLR and 1/4") instead of just XLR. I would also like to have a full-wave antenna option instead of the 1/4-wave that it comes with. Also, some competitive units allow you to use this as a personal monitor by putting your instrument through here first, then sending the signal to the board/amp. I'm wondering if some day everyone will want their own individual mix like this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Typical Nady Quality

By WhIteSidE

from North East

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Many professional audio engineers have this deep and abiding revulsion for several of the less expensive players in the audio field (Nady, Behringer, Art, etc) -- a revulsion which I simply do not understand.While is is true that the PEM-500 does not have quite the quality of the Shure of Sennheiser units, I am nonetheless consistantly impressed with its performance.The base unit, as with most nady products, is very nicely constructed, and feels very solid (more importantly, I have had two for over a year now, which have held up very well), with a cleanly laid out fron panel which includes both a LCD level meter and an LED channel indicator (nice, although not strictly neccessary) and an onboard 1/4" headphone jack (really nice, and beats the hell out of the Shure -400 which only has a 1/8" jack).It is important that you provide this unit with the correct input levels, AS WITH ANY PIECE OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT.My only real complaint about the unit, is that I like self-containted power supplies, instead of wall warts, but, any number of high priced pieces of audio gear have wall warts, so it compares well there as well.I think that the body pack is the real gem of this system though. It is sturdily constructed, despite some of the complaints. And while it does not sport the screen or molded antennas of the sennheiser and galaxy units, I have been consistantly impressed with both the durability and reception range of this unit.A note on the reception: it is rock solid. I frequently work in a building with both poor ground and a metal roof that is within half a mile of a large installation of FM radio transmitters. I have never once had trouble with FM pickup by these recievers (a statement which I cannot say about the shure -400 units, only the $1,000+ -600 units); and while these bodypack do have a slight pink noise hum, the quality of the radio reciever circuitry would be reason enough alone to purchase these for me.A word to the wise: these little guys are surprisingly power hungry. As with my mics, I would change the batteries between sound check and show.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

very good for the price

By tenlbham

from Houston, TX

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My band's bassist has a Shure P2T system, but I chose to take a chance and get the Nady since it was so much cheaper. Comparitively, the sound is about the same, which is good. I use Shure E3 earphones which are much better than the useless little buds that came with my Nady (some cheap Nady ones that don't go inside the ear, and some Koss earphones that are supposed to go inside the ear, but don't fit at all). The E3's are awesome, and using them to A/B'ing the P2T and the PEM-500, there was no recognizable sound difference.The transmitter box is where the big difference lies between the Nady and the Shure. The Nady is twice as big, 4 to 5 times heavier, and has the antenna and inputs on the back... very inconvenient if you want to rack it up. I got a BNC cable and bulkhead adapter, drilled a hole in the rack-mounting plate, and put the antenna on the front of it for uninterupted line-of-sight transmittion. I'm going to drill another hole and put an XLR adapter on it so I can plug into the front.And because of the size and weight of the transmitter, the mounting plates are a little too flimsy to keep it rock-steady. But if you have other components above and below, it'll be secure. If you're not a brand-name snob and don't want to spend $600 for the Shure, go with the Nady and some good quality earphones.

 
5.0

PEM 500T Does a good job for me!

By Skitter

from Kosciusko, Mississippi

I have had this unit for at least 12-15 years. I have never had any trouble with the unit. I have used Shure 400's and really can't tell that much difference. Really! The Shure was always giving me trouble and would loose me on stage. I went back to my Nady system and have never regretted it. Too, the Shure recv. was heavy and had a dang antenna. My Nady fits lightly in my front pocket.

I've played rock n roll 30 years in this band. Even before Nady came along. For the price it has paid for itself over and over. I will buy again.

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1.0

Junk! Do not buy it!

By Sweet Lenny

from Lafayette, La.

I am on my 4th. warranty return. This product is junk. Do not buy it.

 
5.0

Really happy!

By Studiosound3

from Birmingham, Al.

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Had 'em for a few months, (20 gigs). Bought extra rcvrs for all of band. Right out of box replaced supplied buds w/ Skull Candy Ink'd. Just bought Shures for mine. Will eventually buy more transmitters so all will have separate mix. If a cell phone rings close to stage you'll get a little deedle-leedle-dee, sort of like through your computer speakers. This, or any other interference, is never noticed while you're playing. Only between songs. It's funny, but not really annoying. I'm sold on in-ears now. Also have a Butt Kicker for my throne. Great combo. I have the transmitter in the rack w/ everything else. During set-up we pop new batteries in rcvrs and the monitor system is a no-brainer. Why move more speakers than you have to. Most of my PA is Peavey, Crown, etc. but for the price Nady got a hit with this one.

 
4.0

Good for the money

By JK RB 250

from Gwinn, MI

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The system gets the job done. Not the clearest reproduction of sound, but for the money, it's hard to beat.

 
5.0

Great value

By Elmer Esguerra

from Edinburg, TX

We are using this for our real-time translation during our Sunday service for our Spanish-speaking members. The translator loves it, because they don't have to stand in front of the congregation with the preacher. The users love it too because the sound is crisp and clear (as long as your mixer settings are right). We bought an extra receiver just so someone could monitor the actual feed to the receivers.

 
5.0

Another Great Product From NADY!

By Emotional Baggage

from Memphis, NE

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My band has had this for over a year. Other than the little pink noise that it has when there is no music comming through and the POS ear buds this is a great pick up. I got the E3 from Shure (even though the Koss ones were good also) and it makes all the differance. We are working now on getting custom made ear inserts. I would really recommend this.

 
4.0

good value

By RSParker

from Tennessee

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I am a worship leader in a loud church, the earbud that come with the system, put them in the garbage, buy some Shure E2, or equivalents, and get busy. there is a small bit of white noise when there is no music, but when you are playing, no problems. Im glad i bought this.

 
4.0

Dan

By Dan-nX2mD

from Hartsville, SC

I've used this unit for almost one year as a worship leader. Unless you want to spend huge $$$, this unit is more than adequate. Two things to remember: 1- quality earphones help, but are not the most important issue! I use E-3's because I like the isolation, but my wife uses her ipod earphones so she can have a sense of the room; to each his or her own; 2- put in a crappy signal you will get crappy sound! We switched from a Mackie board to a Yamaha M7CL and the quality of my mix and sound increased 500-fold. I have been pleased with this product.

 
4.0

Not bad at all.

By johnnypro

from Upstate NY

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I bought this system because my band went in-ear and I couldn't afford the Shure 600's like everybody else. I had problems with distortion like the reviewer below until I realized the 1/4" input is Mike only. I got an XLR to 1/4" adapter cable to use the XLR Line Inputs and the unit works fine. Also I bought the Koss "The Plug" earbuds (Nady recommended) and the unit sounded much better than with the cheap factory earbuds. This is the only low cost In Ear Monitor I know of that has a limiter, so buy this rather than the cheaper Nady.

 
5.0

Price is right

By jcostedpm

from PA

Nice system. Clear sound, good range, like switchable channels. A good value. More than enough monitor for the weekend warrior.

 
1.0

very poor

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

severe sound drop-outs constantly; ear pieces do not fit properly; overall a pile of junk.

 
1.0

Total crap

By RobDog

from NorCal

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Pro: Cheap. Cons: gruesome sound quality, constant hiss, mediocre radio coverage, flimsy belt pack construction, & transmitter inputs that overdrive at signal levels that are fine for any other gear. This thing was so bad that it was unusable. IMHO if you can't afford Shure or Sennheiser IEMs, you're better off with wedges.

 
3.0

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By Jeff-LeZ8D

from Lohrville, IA

I purchased the Nady PEM-500 this last week. We will be using it as a monitor for sign language interpreters. That means we stand about 4 feet from the house cabinets, so we need something that can send a clean signal without being overly loud in the head. We did have to crank up the volume on the transmitter to ten, but our volunteers said that they worked great. The real problem was with the supplied earbud. One attempt to slide the earpads on and the frame around the speaker broke. Do yourself a favor when you unpack this item, just through the headphones (and the batteries) into the trash. I should have known when I opened the box and the packaging said "for replacement headphones contact Koss"I think for the dollars it's a good buy and most folks that just need a weekend warrior outfit this is the system you want.For more about how we use this stuff take a look at our non-prof. page at www.handsinmotion.org

 
2.0

Sounds Horrible.. dont buy it!

By Luis Villezca

from myspace as /mantramty

One of the WORST Personal Monitor Systems. White noise and bad quality sound is what you get with this gear. This is what I got trying to save some money. I will buy a Sennheiser system next time.Oh... and the tech support is the worst too.

 
1.0

nady pem 500

By JOE-eJiaH

from OTTERTAIL MN

I strongly suggest don?t buy these I used a pr for less than one night, they sound terrible, there is a reason they are so cheap, why? They are junk Go wired or buy a Shure system.

 
2.0

Poor Sound Quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The "white noise" is bad. So bad that my ears would ring. I had to send it back. I used some shure E2 ear buds and I have learn very quickly that if you are going to use ear monitors. BUY THE GOOD STUFF. Don't waste any money on the inexpensive stuff. Buy Shure. I am buying some E5's and going hard wired until I can buy a good shure wirless.

 
5.0

Great Set low end price

By Music Man-w.UmF

from Nevada

Receivers have constant mild hiss but is usable under the music. The transmitter is awesome.... This system doesn't deserve the bad reviews. I've tried the lower end Shures and they hiss too. Maybe they are reviewing the single channel model that operates in the 70 mhz band. That one has all kinds of dropouts. I've tried it all over with no/none dropouts under 100'. Go figure. If it were stolen I would buy another in a heartbeat.

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