Direct Sound EX-29 Isolating Headphones

Extreme Isolation, Closed-back Dynamic Headphones
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For When You Need Articulate and Comfortable Closed-backs!

The "sound" solution for monitoring in any environment! Direct Sound EX-29 extreme isolation closed-back headphones are a great find for serious musicians and engineers, effectively solving common problems in the studio. First, the EX-29's highly padded ear cushions provide the ultimate in comfort for long tracking sessions while creating an extreme isolation fortress against pesky bleeds into your live microphones. High-fidelity 500mW input speakers reproduce articulate sound from 20Hz-20kHz, while a gold-plated 1/8" jack with screw-on 1/4" adapter lets you easily take your EX-29s on the road with your MP3 player.

The EX-29 closed-back headphones were developed expressly to isolate sound. Their specially designed ear cushions are comfortable for the listener, yet act as a superb barrier between the headphone's speakers and your live microphones. And while other headphones sometimes measure their noise-reduction capabilities at one specific frequency, the EX-29 headphones give you an average of 29dB of noise reduction over a wide frequency range. With a passive isolation average of 29dB, you don't have to worry about bleed ruining that perfect take.

While the EX-29 headphones are great for musicians in the studio, they also deliver crisp sound for the engineer when it comes time to mix. Pull on your pair and hear everything neatly reproduced from 20Hz-20kHz. 40mm drivers with 500mW input speakers were carefully designed for high-fidelity performance.

While many headphones deliver great sound, the level of comfort they offer is often the tipping point in determining whether they're really worth your investment or not. Sure, they sound great, but if you can't comfortably wear them for long sessions when it really counts, what's the point? When you want closed-back headphones designed with wearability in mind, look to the EX-29s. 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-29's long 9' cable lets you get ready to perform and monitor virtually anywhere in the studio.

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. The EX-29s save that time in the studio with their innovative "Red is Right" feature: the inside ear panel of the right channel is covered with bright red fabric. Just tell the musicians "Red is Right," and you can be sure they're hearing exactly the mix you've dialed in for them.

Sometimes you need excellent, isolated sound outside the studio - maybe when you're listening to your mix on your MP3 player to see how it translates, or when you want to listen to music or get some mixing done on the airplane. With the EX-29s, you don't need a second set of headphones for your 1/8" MP3 player jack. They come with a gold-plated 1/4" jack that screws on over the 1/8" jack, so you always have headphones handy for every device.

Direct Sound EX-29 Extreme Isolation Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Dynamic, closed-back speakers within an isolation chamber
  • 20Hz-20kHz frequency response
  • 40mm drivers
  • 32-ohm impedance
  • 9' cord
  • 3.5mm stereo plug with gold-plated 1/4" adapter
  • 500mW input power
  • 29dB average sound attentuation
The Direct Sound EX-29 headphones provide articulate sound with a comfortable, closed-back design!

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 .72 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number EX-29

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Flat Sound Great Quality

The headphones were just as describe. They came quick. And there everything that I was expecting and most importantly needed. I bought them after disguising with my sales engineer James Shilliday what I needed in a studio headphone. I wanted a flat response witch was most important. To be able to replace the cans,cushions and wire. And they had to be as close to two hundred dollars if possible. He hit the nail on the head when he suggested the Direct Sound EX-29. They are more then what I expected for under two hundred. There sound is excellent They have sound isolation to like 38db and everything can be replaced. There clearly color coded on the headband and even the cloth on the right side is red for right. And if your visually impaired they'll even imprint an R on the right in brail.There most importantly a Flat response. I defiantly recommend them to anyone looking for a pair of headphones with the same specification. Thanks James Peace
Music background: Experiance
5/5

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK

First I want to start off by saying this is the first product I have been compelled to write a reveiw for. With that being said I don't understand all the negativity I see here about these headphones!? They are designed to function exactly as they do. Superb!Being a drummer for over 25 years, then moving into owning a medium to upscale home studio, I find these headphones to be not only extremely durable but also at a priice point anyone can afford.I purchased three sets of these for my studio and use them in conjuntion with a Presonus HP 60 headphone amp. The volume levels are whatever you want to throw at them. Most people have to consider that with any headphone, monitor, or PA, you get out what you put in. Much like recording. So if you are not setting up a mix right, ANY headphone at any proce point is going to sound bad. These headphones set up properly supply astounding bass response for drummers, great isolation in the vocal booth for singers, and the clarity to pull out all the instruments and nuances of any recording when the signal sent to them in set up properly!As far as bleed from a click track, I have NEVER heard them in my mixes. I use sensitive upscale BLUE brand microphones and have never heard any bleed over.Every player that has come to my studio and used these headphones have always commented on how great these things sound, so I will take that as a the best response on my wise purchase of these headphones!I anticipate buying three more sets to complete the package for my HP 60. Good luck on your purchase, and remember to take the opinion of naysayers with a grain of salt. Some people can't be pleased no matter what they buy! PROS: If you have ever been a drummer on stage and have those bass, and guitar players that just don't know how to keep their voulme knobs under "11" these are going to go miles above and beyond any type of small monitor you are going to try and hear the band through.They are completely modular and any part on them can be replaced. This point alone you will not find in ANY other headphone under $130.00Very comfortable and completely cover your ears for hours of recording pleasure. CONS: None
Music background: Drummer 27+ years, Live Sound, FOH, Sound Engineer.
5/5

Awesome Headphones

These are great. They feel nice and improve my mix very well. Best purchase I've made yet!
5/5

Direct Sound EX-29

Excellent value for the money. Great sounding headphones that does have excellent isolation. Once plugged into the Line 6 POD 500 , the sound was fantastic. Beyond excellent customer service from the company. Part broke on them , but sent out the replacement immediately. Hard to find this type of service now a days.
Music background: 46 years of guitar
5/5

Extreme Isolation

I'M LOVING MY NEW head phones. reduced the souns and offers some hearing protection when I'm practicing.. They don;t bleed into the mics,, I'm very happy
Music background: Drummer

Sweetwater Advice

Scott DeMarko

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the inventor of these headphones, and after giving them a very thorough run, I have to tell you the EX-29 Extreme Isolation headphones are incredibly comfortable, lightweight, and they do an amazing job at isolating sound so you get the maximum listening experience without the need to turn up volumes that might hurt your hearing. These would be absolutely perfect for studios, specifically vocalists who are close to mics, to prevent bleed over. They also would be very useful for times where you don't want to disturb your neighbor, such as on a plane. These headphones provide an incredible 29dB of sound attenuation which means they could also make the perfect set of headphones for your trip to the gun range for a little targe practice. Literally, there is not a situation these headphones won't rock! The EX-29 has to be on the list of must-have accessories for every band, studio, or musical lover.

Carson McClain

Great for isolation during tracking or tweaking, not the best for critical listening when selecting preamps or microphones.
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