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Direct Sound Extreme Isolation Headphones

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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!

FEATURES
  • Provides extreme isolation from acoustic sounds
  • Ideal for: drummers, live sound engineers, studio musicians, project studio owners

Save your ears for more important things, and get these headphones TODAY!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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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4.1

(based on 46 reviews)

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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1.0

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.

 
5.0

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.

 
5.0

Great piece of hardware

By Kjharn

from Bellevue, NE

This is a really neat little piece of hardware, it does exactly what it sais it does, and it does it well. No sound leakage for me, even with sensitive mics right next to me. Great sound, great volume. I even use this just walking around this house, listening to my MP3 player. Great deal, I would easily buy another one. Thanks for the great product.

 
5.0

Great isolation for tracking

By Bill-9yb6B

from Midwest

I recently picked up a several pairs to use for tracking and they work great. Virtually no bleed and the flat response is nice and clear. They perform as advertised and do it very well. If you want an effective tracking tool to use in the studio buy these. I have had no complaints from anyone who has used them and most everybody appreciates the isolation and ease of being able to hear themselves clearly while tracking without getting blasted.

 
5.0

the best

By drumminisbetterthanstrummin

from pa

I've been gigging with these phones for years, and they are the best of many I've tried. Tight fit no matter if your six or sixty. My son has used them as well, and they fit great on him, he is six. I can sit here at my pc and listen to loud music while my wife sleeps three feet away.the best thing about these are their simple design. The only thing that can go wrong is the cord, which is easily replaced. the sound is great as well.

 
2.0

Should not be called

By Germaine

from Undisclosed

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This is another entry in the many products which unnecessarily include the word "extreme" as a marketing tactic. The isolation is okay, but in no way should be termed "extreme." Considering the sound quality, construction, and features of this product, do not pay more. The speakers are adequate and the construction was merely average. I returned this product after one week.

 
4.0

I own 8 pair

By studiorat

from Gary, IN

I own 8 pairs of these headphones. The ones I bought a few years ago were thicker and seemed to be of better quality. I have had one of the new ones pop open, but they went back together fine. If you have a project studio where everyones in the same room, and they all run direct except for the drums, these work great. They will save your ears, and reduce fatigue of your customers.

 
3.0

Ok, kind of junk

By Ryan Formato

from Mastic, NY

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I got this set of headphones and the right ear blew with little amplification. They did fix it and sent it back to me. It just blew again recently and I am not putting much amplification through these headsets at all. They do isolate well but it seems they are very quiet, especially since you want to hear background noise while you drum.

 
5.0

Great for recording my drums in my home studio and

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

These headphones do as the company claims. No hype at all! Worth every dollar. The best headphones investment I have ever made, more comfortable than any other isolation headphone on the market. I've bought them all but these are the type I use.

 
2.0

I can't believe this...

By Toiletbrush

from California

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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!

 
4.0

Perfect for the small studio

By Phantom Element

from Arlington, VA

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I've been a drummer for 11 years now and I wish I knew of a product like these many years ago. They're really incredible. In our studio we have everything directly piped in to the mixing board except the drums (obviously). When we used to play with regular headphones there was a lot of sound leakage from the drums. Now I have perfect clarity of the studio mix and I can play the drums without having to struggle with having the headphone volume so loud that it's deafening and distorted.

 
5.0

It works.

By XIIV

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.

 
5.0

Best Isolation headphones around

By MCKEVROCK-28JXI

from springfield, IL

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These are not the most HIFI headphones out there, but they are FAR better sounding than VIC FIRTH ones, and they are the best sounding ISOLATION headphones out there - I have actually tried them ALL. If you are looking to isolate your live band from the mix your are recording, these are great. Like the one guys said, they are Howard Leight hearing protectors with drivers in them, so at least they are test already. As far as sturdiness goes, they have held up fine. I like the dual cord design (one cord on each cup) as you can run them BEHIND your back and free up your movement. Only drawback is relatively low output, so make sure you have a decent headphone amp (my behringer does great). Overall a heck of a lot cheaper than building an isolation booth in your home!!!

 
3.0

Pretty good

By Sloan-XBEtf

from Cleveland, TN

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There are great for tracking instruments while in the same room (ex: drums). They help you hear the recording/mix other than the instruments being played next to you.The sound quality is OK. They sound just like my Sony MDR-CD180 headphones that you can buy for cheap.The inside speaker cover is red on the right side so you know how to put them on correctly.I only wish they were cheaper.

 
4.0

Decent

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.

 
5.0

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.

 
5.0

Direct Sound Offers Superior Customer Service

By Chris Stolle

from Los Angeles, CA

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While the Direct Sound are by far the best drum isolation headphones I have used, I am really rough on my gear and I managed to break my pair. Not only did John fix the problem, but he completly refurbished my headphones and returned within a few days of recieving them. A plus customer service. Chris Stolle(drummer)

 
3.0

Looking for something betterh

By reshp1

from Novi, MI

I got these thinking I'd be able to record drums in the same room as my recorder, as advertised. Practically, this wasn't the case. The phones do deliver pretty good isolation, but nothing to write home about. The freq response, especially highs made it difficult to position mics (as promised by ads) because the sound you here in the phones is significantly different than what comes back through the monitors. Good practice phones for drummers, but I can't really think of anything else they would excel at.

 
2.0

Great for monitoring, but not mixing

By Whack Daddy

from La Crosse, WI

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I can echo a lot of the other reviews here by saying that these headphones sound quality is poor. The value of these is in the isolation. They're not the best you can buy, but fairly decent. I've used them live as a sound engineer and in the studio. They're great for saving your ears during a live performance, but useless for mixing as they are very inaccurate. I also use them in the studio for singers. I have a very sensitive studio condenser that picks up everything, including the click track from open-back headphones. These worked great to get around that problem. Again, if you need them for isolation, they do a decent job. They are too inaccurate for mixing or mic placement techniques.

 
5.0

True extreme isolation

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I'm a drumer and I've had this for about a month now. I was starting to have ear pains so I realized it was because my old headphones sucked so I got these and the pain is decreasing. There amazing. The isolation is really good and it has a great sound quality. There really comftorble. It has really great lows and mids. Overall I think you get your moneys worth.

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