I know that a lot of videographers are using IEMs for several applications. With that being said, we felt it would be great to have a review of the Alclair Versa. So here’s an article written by my good friend, Sam Jimney. Enjoy!
Alclair Versa is A Great Set of In-Ears
With the rise of inexpensive personal monitoring solutions, 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 is 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 Versa is a fantastic starting point.
The Versa is 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 Versa is 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 of course. 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 Versa. 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 Versa doesn’t allow the purchaser to select a longer cable upon purchase. But Alclair offers an option for $35 from their web store that you can purchase.
Alclair Versa: Sound
Of course, the most important aspect of any IEMs is the sound. In this area, the Alclair’s 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 Versa does 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 .They 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.
The Versa is 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 Versa is overall highly recommended for the price and are a great general use in-ear monitor for any musician or singer. You can find the Alclair Versa at the link below.