Direct Sound EX-25 Isolating Headphones

Extreme Isolation, Closed-back Dynamic Headphones
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Make Headphone Bleed a Thing of the Past!

No more headphone bleed! The EX-25 headphones from Direct Sound offer unbelievable isolation - you won't have the click track bleeding into your live microphones. Likewise, with the EX-25 extreme isolation headphones, drummers can actually hear the click track over the sound of their drums. These comfortable, closed-back headphones are a great choice for your project studio, but they're also great for just listening to your iPod or for blocking out background noise when you travel - passive isolation means there are no batteries to replace. And while other headphones sometimes measure their noise-reduction capabilities at one specific frequency, the EX-25 headphones give you an average of 25dB of noise reduction over a wide frequency range. EX-25s feature specially designed ear cushions, which are both comfortable and act as a superb barrier between the headphone's speakers and your live microphones. With the EX-25s, you don't have to worry about bleed ruining that perfect take.

Most professional headphones (EX-25s included) deliver great sound, so the level of comfort they offer is the real factor that determines whether they're really worth buying or not. After all, if you can't stand wearing them for long sessions, it doesn't matter how good they sound. When you want closed-back headphones designed with wearability in mind, look to the EX-25s. A padded and adjustable headband lets you position them in just the right place while heavily padded ear cushions cup over your ear, creating a closed-back chamber of sound. What's more, the EX-25's long 9' cable lets you get ready to perform and monitor virtually anywhere in the studio.

Here's another cool thing about EX-25s. We've all had that fumbling moment when we've picked up a pair of headphones and scrutinized each side of them for the little "L" and "R" markings before we've put them on - not a big deal, but it can be annoying in dark environments. The EX-25s make it even easier. The inside ear panel of the right ear cup is covered with bright red fabric, making it easily distinguishable from the left side in even the dimmest environments. As long as you remember "Red is Right," you'll never accidentally put on a pair of EX-25s backwards.

Direct Sound EX-25 Isolating Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Extreme isolation headphones
  • Dynamic, closed-back design
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • 40mm drivers
  • 32-ohm impedance
  • 9' cord
  • 1/8" stereo plug with gold-plated 1/4" adapter
  • 500mW maximum input power
Make headphone bleed a thing of the past with Direct Sound's amazing EX-25 isolating headphones!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 40mm
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Impedance 32 ohms
Cable Type Straight
Cable Length 9'
Plug Size 1/8" (1/4" Adapter Included)
Weight .6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number EX-25

Customer Reviews

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Excellent sound

I purchased these for use in the studio and primarily with my JamHub since my band lost our live practice space. The clarity is amazing and the isolation really helps block unnecessary noise. The fact that all the parts are replaceable really excites me incase the worst happens and I sit on them.
Music background: Working Musician


I absolutely love these headphones. They are comfortable, lightweight, and can easily fold for traveling. I was thinking of getting the Dr. Dre Beats headphones but I didnt want to pay that much. When I recieved these for Christmas, I couldn't keep them off of my head. I definitely recommend these headphones to anyone who wants a portable, isolating headphone. The only problem that I have with them is the cord length. I am constantly on the go so this cord often gets in the way. Other than that, they are perfect.
Music background: musician

Good, but EX-29 are better

I have 1 pair of EX-25 and 4 pair of EX-29. The EX-25 provide decent sound and decent isolation for under $100. But the EX-29 are really MUCH better: they are more comfortable (I wear them all day at work); they sound different (maybe better or more accurate?); and have much better isolation. If you are looking for a pair of iso headphones for your kid to wear on an airplane or cutting the grass, these are good. But if you want them for serious work (tracking, live mixing) I suggest waiting until you have another $30 in your pocket and buy the EX-29.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

They do what they say--mostly.

These are good iso headphones. The description given is accurate regarding performance, however... They are not comfortable by any means. The plastic headband is stiff and curved at a strange angle for most head shapes, including mine. I've had several singers wear them, and they've only seemed to fit one head so far. The quality of the build leads me to assume they will break soon, once again the hard plastic headband is the culprit, as well as the plastic that holds the ear cups in place. It seems too brittle to last through any real practical use. The cable is also a little flimsy, and I won't be surprised if it shorts out at some point. For the price, I was expecting a little bit better build quality, but they do the job well enough that I certainly don't regret buying them. They sound quality is decent, and cuts through well for drumming and loud guitar tracking. They are a useful tool for the studio, but I wouldn't buy a second pair.
Music background: Musician, Recording engineer
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