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Direct Sound EX-29

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By stompboxjon, 18/10/2012
The Direct Sound EX-29 have been in my studio since December. I do not use them to mix music with because I gave them a shot at that and it gave me a headache and a horrible mix. The frequency response was not very good and the highs where just too much for me. I did however use them to listen in while I was doing some video editing work and also used them for basic music listening. I would say the EX-29 are semi comfortable because the pads on the ear cups are very comfortable and soft but I don’t like the way the whole thing feels on your ear. It really doesn’t fit the shape of my ears and it just kind of is just sitting there. They don’t feel closed in, and external noise does become a factor when using these, that is why I have stayed away from mixing with them.

I am also not a big fan of the design of the EX -29, they seem more of an older style of headphones and don’t have a sleek design. They have held up very good though, and I have dropped them and had them in the bottom of a backpack before with a bunch of other gear on top of them and they still didn’t break or crack and work perfectly.

They come with a 9 foot cord which is a plus when you need to have them plugged in to gear that is farther away, and they have a gold plated adapter ¼. I would say that these headphones are more designed for singers in the studio or for drummers. They don’t bleed into the microphone much and most other people that have used mine say they are comfortable enough to keep on for a while. I just don’t think its possible to use them for mixing. They are inexpensive, at one point I had a few pair of these in my studio but ended up selling some of them. I would not purchase these again, and don’t recommend anyone else purchasing them. Even if your budget is small you can still do better.
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Disappointed ...

By Simon60, 10/02/2012
I received it at 11am and was broken into 2 parts in 23h!
Everything else is perfect, guitarist, I wanted to use my home when I play at night ... Isolation more than adequate!

But one size fits all, except the legs of the ears that can go up or down, I have a broad head, and although he was crushing the head completely, plastic legs I returned in the skull ...

1:30 of use, and removing it, discarding slightly ears, one of the legs has snapped!

It is past the warranty ... I received a second ... Tuesdays at 10am, and was broken on Wednesday evening! In one place!
Too stiff plastic, molded to a size too small.

At 80 euros a headphone, you should have a choice of size, or the header is to be adjustable at least! Materials used far too fragile, yet I used a Grado headphone made entirely by hand for 1 year, and very fragile, never had a break!
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nickname009's review

By nickname009, 03/06/2011
I've come to realize that there are no perfect set of cans for every situation. At least not yet. These are decent for what they are and it seems the main purpose is isolation and not for monitoring or listening to music on a casual basis.

The design is probably the best part, the muffs are huge and fit over the ear, which is great for comfort. Everything, literally every part of the headphones are replaceable also which is great! The ear muff cushion is also very nice, it's not just leather it's something else but the overall construction and design allows for a very high amount of isolation. You can feel the isolation as soon as you put them on, it sort of closes the gaps between your ears and head and thus allowing a lot more bass back in what you hear, which is good and bad.

For me, I find it not completely accurate sounding. I just feel that it's too bass heavy and most of what I'm listening to becomes quite muddy. Could this be because of the extreme isolation? It's so isolated that so much of the bass that usually bleeds through from other headphones are restored? Or is it just plain ol, good isolation but the speakers aren't very neutral sounding? It's hard to tell, but when compared to other headphones it's definitely muddy sounding and definitely not neutral sounding to me.

I can see that this would be a good set of headphones for drummers, guitarists or engineers who are in very loud environments and need the complete isolation to properly hear the signal through the cans. I know Paul Gilbert has been using the non-pluggable version for his live shows to protect his hearing. Great choice.

Overall, it's a decent set of headphones for monitoring or protecting your hearing. Though I wouldn't say they are good for mixing or trying to hear music etc clearly and in a more accurate and neutral state.
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tibtibebop's review

By tibtibebop, 26/03/2010
Hello I just acquire the EXTREME ISOLATION HEADPHONES 29;;; I am a drummer and I dreamed of having in my possession a headphone that would play on the compounds that I and my group during our repeated record and play some rock jazzy atmosphere and electro was from my computer.
My first impression when I unpacked lai .... very very septic tank Im hearing all ... my radio people around etc. ...
disappointed with my purchase I connect directly to my computer and launch qelqe zik and surprise jy've played for nearly 2:30 m not very well stop Im hearing my snare drum and cymbals with other probe to say how very headphone enough that s not a criticism but rather a large quality ...
I had many mattendais probe attenuation working from the beginning with a noise reduction headphones javais taken the habit of several decibels less ...
But eventually the probe headphone is more than enough for such use her pretty well covers the decibels of my battery, c is not necessary to hit like a mad thing ... I am supporter from the beginning that battery started jai ..
But it teaches you to have a shot less strong and this I think is very good for c evolve.
HERE I THINK THAT THIS PURCHASE IS NOT BAD AT ALL I CAN FIND A LITTLE EXPENSIVE BECAUSE IT STILL LACKS A LITTLE MORE OF MITIGATION O NIVO DECIBELS ... For metals WILL NOT IMPOSE LESS IS USED TO FORT CA NOTHING TO BUY ME ... MY GROUP S INSPIRE SO MANY OF DEFTONES CA COGNE YES BUT YOU HAVE TO DO WITH HIS GAFF headphone HIT AND HE MAKES ME THINK OF THE LONG ADVANCE THE ABOVE ..
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A DECISION ON PURCHASE OF EXTREME ISOLATION HEADPHONES 29
THAT'S GOOD DAY ..
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Direct Sound EX-29 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Direct Sound
  • Model:EX-29
  • Category:Studio headphones
  • Added in our database on: 08/19/2008

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