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Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones Black

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Headphones designed for anyone who needs extreme isolation.

Direct Sound EX-25 headphones are the only headphones on the planet that have dynamic closed-back speakers within a closed back isolation chamber. Maybe that's what gives EX-25's extreme isolation.

EX-25 extreme isolation headphones applications:
For sound engineers to monitor the mixer board during live performances while isolating their ears from main speakers.

For stage and studio drummers who want to hear how drums are being mixed without having headphones at high volume.

Allows studio musicians to hear only the studio mix during recording - eliminating costly return trips to the control room.

For stadium and dome events-listen to live broadcasts at medium volume and block out most stadium noise listening to the show or game.

FEATURES
The only headphones on the planet that have dynamic closed back speakers within a closed-back isolation chamber
Super high fidelity drivers
Passive isolation”no batteries required
SPECIFICATIONS
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Drivers: 40 mm super high fidelity
Impedance: 32 Ohms
Sensitivity: 107 dB at 1000 Hz
Cord: 9'
Plug: stereo 3.5mm with gold-plated 1/4" adapter
Input power: 500 mW
Sound attenuation average: 25 dB
Weight: 9.5 oz
Color: black with silver logo
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Direct SoundEX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones
 
4.0

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (7)
  • Good value (6)
  • Great sound (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Music (7)
  • Home audio (6)
  • With my computer (4)
  • Working (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (4), Audiophile (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Tremendous Value!

These headphones have a myriad of great features; they're lightweight, they have a very flat frequency response, they do not distort when driven, and they have very good isolation. I use these...Read complete review

These headphones have a myriad of great features; they're lightweight, they have a very flat frequency response, they do not distort when driven, and they have very good isolation. I use these in radio, where I need something that is comfortable, is not going to bleed sound into mic, and has a true tone. These headphones deliver everything that they promise to, and are a great value. The headband on the newest revision is very sturdy; it's just unfortunate that the company earned a bit of a bad name, from the earlier ones. However, you can retrofit your older pair with the new one, from what I understand. I would have purchased the EX-29 model, but I needed them quickly, and the store was out of that model. Although I have no complaints about the EX-25 model, I will be purchasing the EX-29, as the drivers are larger, and there is more isolation. In any case, they're very good I highly recommend them, if you need an isolation set, with good tone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for 3 MONTHS

This is a very hefty price to pay for something that will be shortlived.
The sound quality and comfort is great. Often times with isolation headphones the drivers/speakers are not normally...Read complete review

This is a very hefty price to pay for something that will be shortlived.
The sound quality and comfort is great. Often times with isolation headphones the drivers/speakers are not normally anything of quality but these surprised me especially with the amount of low end these headphones had. The whole thing is, is that it doesn't matter how great the sound is when the product breaks after regular use. I just broke my third pair and I won't be buying anymore.
The parts that connect to the ear muffs are made of plastic and CONSTANTLY BREAK. After my third pair I decided it wasn't worth the money to purchase another pair and I hope this review will save you from the same mistake I made in purchasing these headphones.
If you look at all their models they all have the same piece that connects the headband to the ear muff part and I'm telling you it BREAKS.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great for 3 MONTHS

By Lee Edwards

from Nashville/Atlanta

Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

This is a very hefty price to pay for something that will be shortlived.
The sound quality and comfort is great. Often times with isolation headphones the drivers/speakers are not normally anything of quality but these surprised me especially with the amount of low end these headphones had. The whole thing is, is that it doesn't matter how great the sound is when the product breaks after regular use. I just broke my third pair and I won't be buying anymore.
The parts that connect to the ear muffs are made of plastic and CONSTANTLY BREAK. After my third pair I decided it wasn't worth the money to purchase another pair and I hope this review will save you from the same mistake I made in purchasing these headphones.
If you look at all their models they all have the same piece that connects the headband to the ear muff part and I'm telling you it BREAKS.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Tremendous Value!

By Aaron Abeytia

from CA

About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Good Bass
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • With My Computer
    • Working

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    These headphones have a myriad of great features; they're lightweight, they have a very flat frequency response, they do not distort when driven, and they have very good isolation. I use these in radio, where I need something that is comfortable, is not going to bleed sound into mic, and has a true tone. These headphones deliver everything that they promise to, and are a great value. The headband on the newest revision is very sturdy; it's just unfortunate that the company earned a bit of a bad name, from the earlier ones. However, you can retrofit your older pair with the new one, from what I understand. I would have purchased the EX-29 model, but I needed them quickly, and the store was out of that model. Although I have no complaints about the EX-25 model, I will be purchasing the EX-29, as the drivers are larger, and there is more isolation. In any case, they're very good I highly recommend them, if you need an isolation set, with good tone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Recording

    By Jeremy-3IMjW

    from Wallingford PA

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    If you do any amateur recordings, these headphones are perfect for you. If you don't have a separate room for you recording equipment, these headphones will block out all other sounds. Excellent for drumming, or lat night guitar playing. These allow you to hear a song you want to drum to and allow you to hear yourself a little bit

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great when they don't break.

    By jay are

    from houston

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    DO NOT buy these. The plastic bands above the ear cups WILL break. It's not a question of if, but when.It only lasted about 5 months, but I had a warranty with musiciansfriend. The replacement pair broke in even less time, 3 months. Maybe because it was winter and the cold did something weird to the plastic, I don't know. I bought a replacement band at their website, sure enough it broke again. 3 times is way to many.These are not of professional quality and will not last. Get the Vic Firth SIH1, they are and will.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    I Recommend Vic Virth SIH1

    By 50 Pesos

    from Baytown, TX

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    Well, I first bought these for my studio and was pretty excited to get them. When i did, they seem to work fine. I had probably used them for about two to three months.Then as i was about to record a band, the singer was putting them on and one of the earphones broke off! Thinking that the singer was maybe being rough on them, i decided to buy the EX-29. Well, pretty much within a month those broke as well. This time i was using them for practice. The odd part was that it broke more or less in the same spot the EX-29s did.There is obviously a problem with the headbands. I had to order two more to replace them of their website. I also own the Vic Virth, Though their sound isn't as good, for monitoring during recording i recommend those

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great headphones

    By young smith

    from 785

    About Me Producer, Teenager

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unattractive Design

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • With My Computer
    • Working

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    my brother brought this home to me as a gift. at first i wasn't so sure because of the design,but the audio is great. i use these to produce music and films and listen to Hi-Fi music.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    get it !!

    By subin

    from edmond, OKC

    About Me College Student, Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • None Found Yet

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio

    Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

    its awesome for me, thats what i wanted

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product and Customer Service

    By ellis069

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      These guys have incredible customer service. My headpiece had broken and these guys responded quickly to my email and shot me out a replacement in a couple of days. Thanks guys.

      • Primary Use:
      • Traveling
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Light, Great Sound & NOT A FAD

      By CanFan

      from Washington DC

      About Me Audiophile

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Value

      Cons

      • Unattractive Design

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • Relaxing
      • Traveling
      • With My Computer
      • Working

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      I have heard a lot of negative things about these headphones and I couldn't disagree with them more. I know they aren't Dre's Beats or some celebrity named headphones which seem to get a lot of attention these days. But these are the real deal. They are essential for serious musicians and music enthusiasts alike. They have true sound tonal accuracy and do not bleed in the click track. Best part is, if they break, you can order replacement parts and they are easily repaired. No need to throw them out and start over. Five stars!

      • Primary Use:
      • Listening to iPod
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Re - EX-25 Customer Support

      By CasaZaza

      from Victoria BC Canada

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      I bought a pair of EX-25s last X-mas (8 months ago) and have been very satisfied with the sound and build quality of the phones. While putting them on yesterday, I had the earphone holder break off the headband - as reported by another reviewer here. Upon sending an email to the company, I received a quick response from the owner himself - who proceeded to arrange immediate shipping of a new replacement part to me at no cost. This is superlative customer support which only confirms my original choice in purchasing this fine product.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid Phones

      By Museman

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      These headphones do a great job of isolating, and they have some great sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ectreme Isolation Headphones

      By Lee Casetta

      from Columbia, IL

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      Recieved these as a gift over 1 year ago... I believe due to a power surge, one of the speakers went out. Called the great folks at Extreme Isolation and dealt with friendly, knowledgable and very responsive staff. I was sent a replacement speaker kit ( 1 day response)!, with easy to follow instructions and it took all of 10 minutes to install. Quality, selection AND service - it's a rare thing nowadays. The headphones give great all around sound at a very reasonable price. You can pay a lot less for cheapies and end up disappointed, and you can also pay a lot more if you have some extra cash - but these headphones will provide most drummers with good clarity and are actually comfortable to wear. I use them every week and am quite happy and recommend these - and I have played drums/percussion in every musical genre and volume for 40+ years.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Save your money

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      These were great. until they broke, and i found out that the price to fix them + shipping costed the same price as the headphones themselves. Very disappointed.

       
      1.0

      These barely do what they're supposed to & sound awful.

      By Rich

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Gear Head

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

      • Cord Too Short
      • Flimsy Construction
      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Value

      Best Uses

      • Music

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      These are made for tracking in loud environments. At this, they barely function. They do keep out a decent amount of ambient noise, however the sound is so bad, especially the bass response, the intended benefits are negated. These headphones have zero useful bass response in moderately loud environments - like when drums are playing in the same room.

      They're built very cheaply. There is NO L/R earphone markings. Seriously? You can't spare the ink for that? The cord is a nasty hard vinyl and too short for the purpose of tracking in a studio

      I'm afraid the wires will pull out of the ear cups, and I can understand the complaints about the headband.

      If it weren't for them sealing out ambient noise, these headphones would have absolutely no redeeming value. IMHO, they are way overpriced for what they are.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Comfortable and sound great too.

      By 2bsticks

      from Waltham Ma

      About Me Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Cord Too Short

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      I play drums and was using Vic Firth headphones, they sounded good but hurt my head and also one of the ear pieces started cutting out. These fit real good and sound great too, at least to my ears.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      The headphones for recording drummers

      By Seril

      from Huntsville, AL.

      About Me Drummer since 1976

      See all my reviews

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not great on a salad.

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • Recording

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      I replaced my first set of 14 years. They still worked but I thought maybe about time to replace. The new ones are lighter, and sound just as awesome as the old ones when they were new. I am glad I got them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      EX-50 Headphones Review

      By Tyler-ighBj

      from Bluffton SC

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      To begin, I'll discuss the level of Isolation:Overall, the phrase I would use to describe these phones is "pretty good". For recording guitar and bass, I would recommend these to those on a budget. Drums, however, I would advise maybe a little higher end set of headphones. While the isolation is sufficient, I personally still have to turn the volume of whatever I'm playing/recording to to an uncomfortable level. Comfort: These are mostly comfortable. As long as they're adjusted properly, you'll be fine. Sound Quality: To listen to music or record guitars to, these are nice. Not audiophile quality, but, if you will, 50$ headphone quality. A problem however is that ambient noise and sound coming from amps/drums etc. is totally bassed out. Using these for drumming is almost annoying. Overall, for drummers these are good simply to protect your hearing. Still, they are useful for other recording applications and simply listening to music.

       
      4.0

      Good Value - Great Customer Service

      By Jeepnbassman

      from Rocky Mountains

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      Have had these headphones for a little over a year. Sound good, isolation very good. In live situation, I often move one earphone (the one away from the drums next to me) off of the ear a bit. Had a problem with the headband, but a new one was promptly shipped.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Disappointed

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      I have a pair of Hearos earplugs and they quiet the drums yet you can hear the toms, cymbals, bass, and snare very clearly. The only complain I have is that you have to stick them inside your ears. I decided to give these Extreme headphones a shot. These things are great to listen to music because quiet everything down but they SUCK when you are trying to play along with music. They muffle everything and all the sounds from your drums just turn into a big mess. It is similar to using the regular machine shop earplugs.

       
      4.0

      They work just fine

      By Bruce Wayne-8yPi4

      from Houston

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Direct Sound EX-25 Extreme Isolation Headphones:

      Please realize I have little experience with closed earphones. After a some research, I bought these, really not expecting much attenuation of external noise or fidelity. I do believe the attenuation may be a bit exaggerated, but completely adequate for noises around the home and city and the sound is just fine to my ears. But the price is great.

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