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The Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones are ideal when you need to take yourself out of the acoustic mix. By dropping the ambient sound level b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Peace and quiet for your head!

The Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones are ideal when you need to take yourself out of the acoustic mix. By dropping the ambient sound level by as much as 28dB you'll be able to record and mix guitars, basses, and even drums in the same room - the perfect project studio solution! For stage and studio drummers, hear how your kit is being mixed without having headphones at high volume!

  • Provides extreme isolation from acoustic sounds

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Extreme Isolation Headphones

  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
    Drivers: 40mm super high fidelity
    Impedance: 64 ohms
    Sensitivity: 107 dB/mW
    Cord: 9'
    Plug: stereo 3.5mm with gold-plated 1/4" adapter
    lightweight 11-oz. design

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Most Liked Positive Review


manufacture response to my call

I called Direct Sound about the comments about the wire cable and the sound quality and the plastic parts before buying a set, this is what they said.Ex-29 are only isolation headphones on...Read complete review

I called Direct Sound about the comments about the wire cable and the sound quality and the plastic parts before buying a set, this is what they said.Ex-29 are only isolation headphones on the market that do not leak sound out of the earcup into live mics during recording which is very commom issue with the other choices available. They replace or repair any component and return the headphones within 3 to 4 days when contacted about a problem.Their speakers are a flat response with no hyped frequenies compared to other brands on the market so if you are used to using headphones with hyped highs or low end, you will not like EX-29 unless you stop using the others and get used to a realistic sound of what is being reproduced.They use twin wires to a Y- connection instead of a heavy, thick cable from one side of the head. Most musicians say that a thick haevy cord is like wearing a dog leash while playing and is very distracting.The headband is made of high impact plastic and will stretch to the shape for your head. Steel headbands are like a vice on your head and do not stretch. Because of that plastic headband EX=29 are the most comfortable passive isolation headphone available.Our earcups are not beautiful or sleek but they work well if you need good isolation.We can't please everyone but we have good customer service and will work with you on a personal level to meet your needs if customers take a moment to email us or call. We do return emails and calls ASAP.When I called I actually spoke to the session drummer that invented them and he was very helpful.I bought a set and they work very well for me in my home studio.


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I can't believe this...

I was looking for a set of headphones, and I stumbled across these, which looked strangely familiar. These are nothing more than a set of modified Howard Leight Thunder 29 model ear...Read complete review

I was looking for a set of headphones, and I stumbled across these, which looked strangely familiar. These are nothing more than a set of modified Howard Leight Thunder 29 model ear defenders... the same ones I wear on the job as an F-16 mechanic in the Air Force. These things are very cheaply made, and they virtually explode on contact with the ground if they happen to take a fall off your head. When they aren't broken, they do a very good job of reducing outside noise, which is why the gov't keeps buying them. As far as the wiring job goes on these modified ones, I dont know, but it sounds like it would be a lot cheaper and more cost-effective if you bought a good set of earbuds for the sound monitoring and put these over them for the isolation. Or buy the plain models and modify them yourself using an old set of studio phones!

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They work

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

What else can you say. I bought these headphones a year ago and I used them for 6 months of recording. Drums, vocals, and guitar. I didn't have any problem with them. They are comfortable enough for me to wear all day with only minor discomfort. They completely eliminated the "bleed" of click tracks and other artifacts. Recordings made with these on were clean and crisp. Not only that, but you also get a more clear picture of what is actually recording, since your ears are more isolated you don't hear what is in the room as much and what is "in the wires" is much more clear. Bottom line is, they work, they lasted long enough for me to get plenty of value out of them. I would recommend these to anyone who was attracted to them and found them in-budget.


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By Dr. Mumbo

from Wandering between NY & NC

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When I first got these headphones in January, I complained about how uncomfortable they were. Now that it's June, I can complain about how they no longer work. What a waste of money.


Good headphones, reasonable price

By zObTL1uLS

from Maryland, near DC

These are great headphones. Passive noise attenuation (not active) combined with really good speakers that draw almost no electricity from my little digital device make these perfect for piano class (18 students on keyboards and lots of noise) or car travel (while I practiced choral music along with a recording). I love 'em!


Do they actually make their own headphones now???

By Andrew-1g43x

from Milwaukee

I have one of their original models. They sounded pretty good at first. Isolation is great?29dB attenuation. I'd taken great care of them...But, The headband snapped after a couple years. The earcups wore out and started coming unglued. I recalled these were replaceable so I tried peeling the rest off. Instead the case also snapped apart. What do you know? The strain relief on the outside is a facade. The cord goes a little further to some average round, rest-on-top-of-ear headphones? complete with the plastic chassis.Don't buy these. You can make better ones yourself in the garage.


great quality-they do what they should

By agua de sed

from Tucson, AZ

These are great 'phones for what I need. I can't speak as a drummer, but for someone recording drummers - stick an extension cord on these and get a better idea of what your mics are hearing as you move them about the kit. The cord is a good length - better to use an ext cord when I need extra, than to deal with 20 feet of extra cord when I don't. They are solidly built and have experienced no component failure in 2.5 years. In addition to keeping room sound out, they also contain playback sound better than other 'phones I've used - you can put these on a vocalist without fear of leaking into the vocal mic, even at relatively high volume levels. Tonally, they are a bit darker and a little less "open sounding" than my Sennheisers - but for the purpose, that is a very small trade-off for me. At the same time, they sound much less brittle than other 'phones at this price or less. I would use something different for very critical listening (mix referencing, etc). But I use these for general purpose home listening as well with no qualms.


The ones to have

By TimmyP1955

from Indianapolis

I use these at FOH. The isolation is the best I have encountered, and they sound MUCH more natural than the ubiquitous Sony 7506. For home listening, they aren't as good as Grados, but they are quite listenable. Owing to an accident, they were blown (all my fault - sure glad they were not on my head), and the cost of repair was most reasonable.



By laelfrog

from St. Paul, MN

These Headphones worked well for 5 months before they broke. I used them 4 times a week when I was playing. I bought them specifically because I needed sound isolation from our drummer.They are decent isolation headphones except that they broke, and the pads got too hard and lifted off when I was not wearing them.


Best I have tried

By rude skalar

from Seattle, WA

Great Company, Great Customer Service. I work sound for local and national acts (Front of House, Monitors, Backline) in the studio and live concerts. I also play music professionally in bands for the last couple of years. Great isolation (all brands, only custom in ears beat it) for mixing near loud sources (drums, full stacks, bass amps, etc.) or just use in place of ear plugs. They sound great, perfect for critical listening or music and at lower levels of amplification than other headphones. Great for Eqing sounds for music. I've tried em all and these are the keepers, and this is word with all the engineers and musicians (national and local) have said. And they take more of a beating than the other brands (the others broke within a year of use) these are still ticking.


It works.


from Maxwell, CA

I used to have the Vic Firth Isolation Headphones, and those didn't give enough Isolation/headphone volume to play along with drums.These do, however. The cord's super-long, the headphones themselfs are more comfortable than the Vic Firth ones. Only problem is that the headband-thingy sorta digs into the side of your head (thus 9 stars quality), but that's really easy to fix.So yeah... I'd definately buy them again.


Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones

By Bobby

from Pennsylvania USA

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For my head fit, the Vic Firth isolation headphones have more isolation than these when I am playing drums.

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