Direct Sound EX-29

Direct Sound EX-29

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EX-29, Studio headphone from Direct Sound.

4 user reviews
Prices starting at $140 average price: $140

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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Direct Sound EX-29 user reviews


stompboxjon's review"you can do better.."

Direct Sound EX-29
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.

nickname009's review

Direct Sound EX-29
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.
High Mu11/07/2006

High Mu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Direct Sound EX-29
Impedance: 32ohm, Sensitivity: 103dB @ 1000Hz, mini-jack connector adapter mini-jack/jack more.

It is a closed headphone, with a 29dB attenuation important.

It seems to be specifically designed for drummers, mitigation when I play drums with these headphones, just me parrait ideal. Also the sound is attenuated much better with earplugs or a headphone.

The sound of the HP is not the most faithful media loaded in the bottom, Planer on top of the spectrum, and a little soft.
Again, this seems suited for drummers, who can hear the sound of what they are currently recording (!), Without acute or tiring, and with a max of sensations through the medium well below this .
The EIH is not suitable for mixing, but who wants to mix with headphones closed?

And if he does not fatigue the ear, it is relatively heavy and sweating is a maximum in the long run if we play a little physical. It is the reverse of the insulation ...
However the rubber edge is very nice.

Another possible use of this headset is to find the "sweet-spot" with the microphone in the ear and microphone in hand, while the musician plays!
The attenuation allows in many cases, and if the sound was more faithful, the EIH would be formidable in this application. It can nevertheless good roughing work, and sometimes saves valuable time.
It is also very useful to solve problems quickly phase on face several mics on the same source.
Since I have, I try to open investment against nature, so it becomes easy.

When recording, the repisse headset into the microphone is non-existent (thank you 29dB of attenuation over the upper back).

I use it for 10 months.
I am relatively happy.
I paid only 69 dollars US, at a time when the dollar was very low.
I took advantage of a more larger order to buy the headphone because the order alone would not really benefit the port.
Considering it is difficult in France, and prohibitive tariffs (150 euros in Audioland), it is better perhaps to fall back on another headphone closed ...

burebista's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Direct Sound EX-29
I used to listen to music on the computer. I bought because our dogs bark when the door is someone that is unbearable. This headphone does not help, I still rely on the headphone shell. The ears are not Completely in the "pillows" (I would also say that my ears are <span class="arial-24-gris-b">Plutt small or average),</span> plus one of the pillows was good but debonding c ' is not dificil of OPG. Other construction seems good but not great. <span class="conjuguaison">The sound is good but not remarkable. If there's no sound in the EX-29 you can almost hear everything, but it is less strong, but when you're</span> cost <span class="conjuguaison">music and someone speaks in a normal voice is heard more dificil. I use</span> around 8 months. My worry is that this headset n'touff <span class="conjuguaison">e not sound well in the outdoors, plus it's not very comfortable, but hey it there are plenty of</span> <span class="arial-24-gris-b">models</span> <span class="conjuguaison">LOTS worse. In comparison with the Sennheiser HD-200, insulation and construction of Direct Sound are a little better, but it's less comfortable.</span> <span class="conjuguaison"> </span> <span class="conjuguaison">I pay 76 Euro nine, The report is not very good qualitprix.</span>

(D: I made a comparison with Vic Firth. If the Vic Firth has really isolation of 24 dB, I doubt that the EX has more than 29 dB from 9-15 per ear is impossible to have 29 dB for the EX in the same conditions, rang like 3 times less insulation with the EX. Well, the Vic Firth is less comfortable, but there's a real insulation) .

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