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Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones Black

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Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones are used by Terry Bozzio, Shawn Drover of Megadeth, and they're Blue Man group approved. The Direct Sound EX-29 headphones let drummers hear both mix and acou... Click To Read More About This Product

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Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones are used by Terry Bozzio, Shawn Drover of Megadeth, and they're Blue Man group approved. The Direct Sound EX-29 headphones let drummers hear both mix and acoustic drums clearly at ear-saving levels. Now drummers can record "live" drums right next to their mixers; Front-Of-House engineers can monitor comfortably during live performances; studio musicians can finally hear the cue mix over loud instruments; engineers can use them for mic placement, and DJ's can isolate one ear and hear both CD and loudspeakers clearly for beat mixing.

What makes Direct Sound EX-29 sound isolation headphones so extreme? Specially designed earmuffs passively attenuate surrounding sound by a comfortable average of 28 decibels throughout the sound spectrum. With custom-fitted speaker assembly, the speakers are designed to protect your eardrums from damage and improve your recording and performance experience.

A frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz and advanced an-isotropic magnet drivers offer superior fidelity and sensitivity. Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme headphones fold for easy storage. Convenient dual cords are worn behind the head, which prevents them from interfering with your hands or instruments.

Not just for drummers, Direct Extreme Isolation Headphones are great for project studios, stage and studio musicians, sound engineers or for solitude at home.

Features
  • Type: Dynamic closed back speaker within a Closed Back Isolation Chamber.
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 hz
  • Drivers: 40 mm super high fidelity
  • Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 114db at 1KHZ 1mW
  • Cord: 9 feet
  • Plug: stereo 3.5mm with screw-on type gold plated 1/4" adapter
  • Rated Input Power: 500mW
  • Maximum Input Power: max 1W
  • Weight: 11.5 oz.
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Direct SoundEX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones
 
4.2

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (14)
  • Good value (9)
  • Great sound (9)
  • Durable (6)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (8)
  • Music (8)
  • With my computer (4)
  • Portable devices (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (5), Audiophile (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

These are some of the best cans I've ever owned

I read the other reviews here and noticed a couple guys saying the quality of construction on these things isn't very good. Worse yet, someone said the customer service is bad! This couldn't...Read complete review

I read the other reviews here and noticed a couple guys saying the quality of construction on these things isn't very good. Worse yet, someone said the customer service is bad! This couldn't be further from the truth. I've owned my pair for about a year now and it's undergone a LOT of abuse in that time. I work in film and TV production and due to the nature of my work, my gear gets knocked around a lot. These cans have been dropped, stepped on, sat on, crushed under a heavy 2k light during transport, slammed in a car door, and been exposed to dust, dirt, rain and extreme heat (115 degrees in Arizona) and come through it all with only minor problems (a seam on the headband padding split, and the glue on the ear pads melted in extreme heat), both of which were dealt with by the company the same day or the next day from when I emailed them. Best yet, every time I've emailed the company, the OWNER himself has been the one to respond. These guys make an extremely durable, comfortable, quality product and clearly care very much about their customers. If you have any kind of problem with yours, remember that there is a manufacturer warranty of one year and go ahead and contact them to get your troubles resolved. I use EX-29 Extreme Isolation headphones on every shoot I work and have no problem recommending them to anyone, especially people in my same line of work. They're comfortable enough to wear for long days on set (I often wear them for 12 hours or more at a time with only short breaks to prevent listening fatigue), durable enough to survive being sat on by a 300 pond grip (although I wouldn't recommend doing that on purpose), and the isolation is invaluable to hear just what your mics are hearing, without any outside distractions. Add in stellar customer service and a great warranty, and you have one seriously fine product, especially for the price point.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very low quality connector/cable

These headphones are decent sounding, offer some isolation and have the lowest quality cables and connector I have ever seen. Expect zero support from the manufacturer. Expect to replace the mini-jack connector or...Read complete review

These headphones are decent sounding, offer some isolation and have the lowest quality cables and connector I have ever seen. Expect zero support from the manufacturer. Expect to replace the mini-jack connector or the entire wiring.

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5.0

As described!

By Wollabies

from Las Vegas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

After paying drums with them on, I was surprised to see how much a difference there was. Well done!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

I don't see that I could recommend this product.

By Bill

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

Firs of all II am a drummer concerned about protecting my hearing and use isolation headphones when I practice. I recently purchased the EX-29's becuase my other pair of isolation headphones went bad on me. The EX-29's cost 2 X's what I had paid for a set of KAT's. I thought I need to step up a level to a higher end headphone. It turned out to be a mistake and I sent them back. They did not give the same attenuation as the KAT's all thought they claim to give 29db. Nor did they sound as good when practicising with my iPod.

 
5.0

Great! Awsome sound, and isolation!

By Shafer Sound

from Shafer, MN USA

About Me Engineer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Music
    • Studio

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    Great for tracking in the studio, and with personal que...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Awsome! Way better than expected!

    By Shafer Sound

    from Minneapolis Metro, Minnesota, USA

    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer
      • Working

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      Near perfect!

      These headphones were ordered to try to tame the stage volume durring practice in 1000 sq foot room.

      But they are so good using them for tracking vocals, drums, etc... They sound great and the isolation is unbelievable!

      Since the first pair have ordered two more, and may get another six for studio.

      They sound as good as my sure srh440's and are perfect for tracking.

      Don't ever use headphones for mixing, not a wise choice with any headphone!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great product great price.

      By Jimmy T

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Gear Head, Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Bass
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

        great sound and durability. I bought them twice in five years. I'd definitely purchase them again.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        2.0

        SNAPPED

        By Willy

        from London

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

            Look great, comfortable, good sound. The head band is plastic and after 6 months of use it snapped. Sent them back and had to wait 2 months for an answer. Got our money back and brought an alternative.

            • Primary Use:
            • Listening to iPod
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Headphones for Isolation

            By gsquared

            from USA

            About Me Author, Producer, Recording Engineer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music
              • Traveling
              • Working

              Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

              I read all the older reviews from years ago - It seems that there was a manufacturing defect for a few months, but as soon as they realized it they offered a free replacement with a much sturdier headband. They will replace those broken headbands without question, for free, for anyone who was unfortunate to get one. I love my Extreme Isolation headphones, and I am happy to give my business to someone who stands behind their product.

              I used to be a KLH 141 guy in the studio, loved the isolation, sound quality and durability, then the price went up and the quality went down. I see a lot of engineers using Sonys in the studio, but they sound awful and fall apart so easily. When I found the Direct Sound EX-29s I was very happy, they sound great, give great isolation, put up with punishment and they are very comfortable.

              I wear them on airplanes to save my ears with the 29dB of noise reduction, and they are comfortable enough where I can keep them on for a long flight and forget I'm wearing them.

              I still have my original pair of EX-25s, the lighter pair, they are that durable, unlike the Sonys that might fall apart if you stare at them too long.

              Of course what really sold me on them was the exceptional sound quality. The quality holds up to headphones that are two or three times the price.

              I am also a "buy American" kind of guy when possible, and these are made by a couple of guys in Missouri who I always see at AES conventions. They go to other shows too, so you can meet them, chat with them. They are really nice guys and dedicated to producing a quality product.

              These headphones get my top rating, both for studio and personal use.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Purchase with caution

              By DrummerGirl

              from Alhambra, CA

              About Me Gear Head, Longtime Musician

              Pros

              • Good For Drum Practice

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction
              • Pricey But Cheap Quality
              • Snapped Apart Im Gentle

              Best Uses

              • Drum Practice
              • Music

              Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

              I've been playing drums for 10+ years and I'm fairly gentle with my equipment. The headset suddenly snapped in half and I'm very disappointed since it costed twice as much as the Vic Firth I was replacing.. I'm going back to Vic Firth - that headset lasted much longer.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bought a second pair

              By COV sound guy

              from San Ramon, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

                  I bought a pair for the sound booth to isolate noise while checking the mix levels on a camera feed. After one week the drummer took them over and loves them, wishes they had a volume control. I bought a second pair for the sound booth only. They work great.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Versatile High Quality Headphones

                  By Little Drummer Boy

                  from Missouri

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music

                    Comments about Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

                    I am a drummer of 20 years and these headphones have been a great addition to my full band rehearsals, recording, running sound and personal practicing. Normally I am using these headphones with a full mix of the whole band or personal practice with minus play along tracks. I also like that the cord is not a helix (coiled).

                    I have found that the "Samson C Que 8 Four Channel Headphone Amplifier" works very well with these headphones. To get a tight seal with these remember to remove any baseball cap or glasses, it will make a big difference for you.

                    These headphones have brought me many hours of quality use and continue to aid in my learning experience and I now have a pair for each member of the band.

                    Great product, great price and made in the United States of America!

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