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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!

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