Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphones
The Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphones were invented by a studio session drummer for drummers, home studios, stage and studio musicians, and anyone who wants serious isolation!
The Direct Sound EX-29 Plus features the same great isolation and comfort that has become legendary, with a host of new professional features that further sets the EX-29's apart from other noise isolating headphones. A detachable premium cable results in greater mobility. Aircraft grade aluminum cable grommets provide superior stability and super-quiet operation. An 8 cable extension with 3.5 mm stereo plug and 6.3 mm screw-on type adapter expands the boundaries of connectivity. New High Precision Audio (HPA) drivers lead to improved fidelity and audio quality. A re-designed universal headband results in even greater comfort. The new Direct Sound EX-29 Plus continues its reign as the worlds best noise isolating headphone.
Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphones Features
- Red is Right E-Z channel identifier
- Universal padded, fully adjustable headband
- User-friendly repairability
- Foldable for storage
- Environmentally responsible natural passive isolation no batteries required
- Made in the USA
Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphones Specifications
- Type: Dynamic closed type headphones with closed back speakers
- Passive Attenuation: 36.7 Db
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
- Fidelity Response: High Precision Audio (HPA)
- Drivers: 40 mm, closed back
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 114 dB at 1 KHz 1 mW
- Cord: Premium detachable
- Rated Input Power: 1000 mW
- Weight: 11.5 oz
- Warranty: One year
Direct Sound EX-29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphones Include
- EX29 Plus Extreme Isolation Headphone
- Premium 96" cable extension with 3.5 mm plug
- 6.3 mm screw-on adapter
What We Think
The Direct Sound EX-29s are a must have for studios. I don't care if it is a home studio or a pro studio, there should be a pair of EX-29s around for drummers. 29dB of isolation is a very big deal. Being able to listen to the click and cue mix at a reasonable volume, that will not harm your hearing, and not have your drums over powering the playback, is great. And if anyone mishandles them and the headband needs replacing, just get a new one - you can swap that yourself, for minimal downtime! I have not tracked drums (even electronic drums) without them, ever since I got my pair - and I will not track drums without them again. It would be worth owning a couple pairs for practice, or writing sessions. Just get a good headphone amp, and you are set. I have tried a lot of Isolation headphones, and nothing performs as well. Direct sound simply knocked it out the park with this one.
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I've always struggled getting optimal mic placement on guitar cabs. With these headphones, dialing in on the speaker is so much easier. I've also had great success positioning acoustic guitars with a LDC mic to get nice balance between body and strings. I can't wait to try them on drums next !!
I record my own drums in my one room home studio and I use both an E kit and Acoustic drums, so getting drum sounds can be tricky when all you can hear either the pads from the E kit or the acoustic kit over the cue mix. The direct sound EX-29 extreme isolation Headphones got the job done, they also are very durable and serviceable being modular making them easy to repair if needed! Highly Recomend.
We had tried several methods to eliminate click bleed, not all were acceptable to the artists. Front End Audio alerted us to their exclusive sale of Direct Sound products so the EX-29's didn't cost us an arm and a leg. Both do an amazing job! Highly recommended.
These are the olny way to track drums in my opinion, the 29 db of isolation is so vital for me, it allows me to hear the quiter parts of my recordings, and really focus in on how I need to play. The speakers inside the phones are pretty great quality,they're clear,very low noise,and really accurate and full sounding for your mixes. Build quality is great,these are sturdy and comfortable at the same time,fully size adjustable,and nice foam cushions that allow for extended use when tracking all night. I'll be getting some new pairs of these soon,I suggest you do the same,they're a really great solution for hearing yourself much better!
I bought these with the intention of being able to accurately hear what I'm recording without the bleed of an amp or drums coming through. It does an excellent job of that along with keeping the click track from bleeding into the mic. I gave it 5 stars because it has done what I wanted it to do. Whether they are the most accurate... Well, I'm not sure. They seem a little bass heavy but I'm only using them for tracking so I don't care.
The tonal accuracy and depth allow for better tracking at decent volumes.
Compared with other headphones you really can say there is no bleed. They have comfort and clarity for understanding nuances of vocal and instrument execution. One only detail.... I would have love them to have a volume controller in the cable.
Of course, it would have made them prone to failure so.... no complains, just a wet dream.
Great headphones for the studio, flat response, get these if you worried about monitor bleed into your vocal microphones for singers and for drummers who need to only hear the mix in their headphones, I also like the fact that all the parts are replaceable through direct sound
These are some of the best isolation headphones for durmming that I've ever used, and while they lasted (about a year +) they were amazing. The only reason they didn't last longer is that I was clumsy and accidentally stepped on them. When stepped on, the flimsy little plastic hinge snapped off and they were no longer usable. Besides that, great stuff!
I bought these to help with mic placement in a small project studio. They work well for this purpose but I'm not convinced that they offer any dramatic increase in isolation over other decent closed ear headphones. Still it would be hard to do much better for the price and the sound quality is quite good.