I've been old school for decades by sticking to stage monitors but over the past 2 - 3 years I've had to go in ears on many gigs/tours. I bought a personal "wired setup" for rehearsals and small venues... while touring acts always provide wireless rigs for the bigger shows... just bring your own ear pieces. It took some getting used to, but I am now at a 50/50 point in my preference. I love the live feel of stage monitors, but get along really well with the "near studio quality" of in ears. I know the isolation of in-ears can bother many people, but I don't have any issues with that. I usually ask for "no ambient mic" in my ears. The other benefit (to me) of in ears is the ability to monitor at a much lower volume than stage monitors provide. What's your preference?