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Direct Sound EX29 Professional Headphones by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Direct Sound EX29 Professional Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 117 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 5.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Drum4.7   above average
Comfortable4.4   average
Noise4.3   above average
Sound4.3   average
Quality3.9   below average
Price3.3   below average
Plastic1.6   mediocre


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Looking forward to breaking the ex29 in and seeing if I notice much of an improvement in the sound....I'll try them next week on a flight as well, but these may become my swiss knife of headphones, great for the price....Minor complaints - could be just a bit more comfortable , a tad bit more of attenuation......however, overall, a great deal, and seem to be very well built....apparently they are 100% user serviceable, even the drivers can be user replaced...thats sweet....I was planning on getting a pair of Ultrasones, but I may put that off, at leaste for a while....I really wouldnt mix with cans , so I'll have to see if there is any point in getting another set...."
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"they are so comfortable and form perfectly to any head after they get broke in."
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"Comfort on the head and around the ears is very good as well."
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"I could have the mix at a very comfortable level and my drums sounded great (as they always do through headphones earplugs)."
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"As someone who's not an audiophile, and just wants headphones that block out as much sound as possible and being a comfortable fit they're perfect."
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"When I found the Direct Sound EX-29s I was very happy, they sound great, give great isolation, put up with punishment and they are very comfortable."
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"I purchased the headphones and have been extremely pleased with the sound, isolation and comfort."
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Drum

Drum:
"I had to turn up my music at damaging levels (within a few minutes) and not to mention my drums were still very loud."
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"For those that don't want to go through the expense of miking each drum, you can get half way decent results with just one overhead mic run through a small mixer along with the ipod (or whatever music source you prefer).I also plan to gig with these instead of using in ears, as I never could get comfortable with the in ears."
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"For me, as a drummer, I was seeking the sound isolation - they do isolate the sound very well, however, external bass drum sounds created a 'boom' resonance in the headphones that was unusable for me."
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"I use them to practice on my drum set, and they work very well."
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"I just needed an affordable good set of headphones for recording drums in the studio."
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"These headphones are perfect for electronic and acoustic drums."
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Music

Music:
"I had to turn up my music at damaging levels (within a few minutes) and not to mention my drums were still very loud."
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"I was pleasantly surprised by these cans....the sound quality was much better than some reviewers noted, noticeable better than the Senn 280 cans I usually use for video sound production....the 280 always struck me as brittle with a raspy hyped mid that was ok for monitoring dialog but not very good for using with music - live tracking was a bit of a problem as well, since they dont seal nearly as well as I had hoped when I purchased them ."
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"For years i've used the vic firth headphones and while they are great at blocking sound, I could barely here the music while jamming."
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"Perfect for practicing with music or a metronome (TimeGuru app)."
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"Background noise can still be easily heard, while listing to music."
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"can be used for casual music listening in the office with good performanceHow my EX29 are used:I am using these headphones to listen to Pandora at work via EiiO E7 USB DAC and AMP."
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"The music sounds pretty good through them."
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Noise

Noise:
"He has tried noise cancelling headphones in the past and they were not very effective."
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"Noise cancellation is weak to moderate."
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"For the kinds of noise in my office, these did not do as good a job at isolation as the Extreme Isolation did."
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"excellent sound and blocks out most of the outside noise."
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"Background noise can still be easily heard, while listing to music."
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"I wear them on airplanes to save my ears with the 29dB of noise reduction, and they are comfortable enough where I can keep them on for a long flight and forget I'm wearing them."
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"They are comfortable and do a pretty good job of blocking outside noise considering they have no active noise cancellation."
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"However, they do an excellent job of blocking background noise."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Everyone seems to complain about a weak plastic head piece, but I have the opposite experience."
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"It is made out of cheap hard plastic that feels uncomfortable and breaks easily."
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"The ear cushions themselves are are very thin, uncomfortable and the plastic material, they are made out of, causes perspiration."
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"I was using these in the recording studio last week and as I pulled the earpieces apart slightly to slip them over my head the plastic band broke in two places, where it terminates at each earpiece."
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"They are junk, made of cheap plastic that doesn't hold up for very long."
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"The ear cups are attached to the headband with plastic that looks thin and brittle - probably the weakest point."
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"It is made out of cheap hard plastic that feels uncomfortable and breaks easily."
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"The cushion ear pads are simply glued to the hard plastic and come of easily, after just a few times of wearing the headphones."
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"The hard plastic over head arch snaps easily, when you put on this headphone."
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"Although they were nice and roomy, and the soft plastic pads made a good seal, they just weren't that comfortable."
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"Upon close inspection I discovered they are constructed entirely of plastic and so I'm not surprised that they broke."
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Price

Price:
"It is made out of cheap hard plastic that feels uncomfortable and breaks easily."
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"The engineer subsequently handed me a set of Audio Technica headphones which were more comfortable, more durable, sounded better and didn't look so well, cheap."
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"They are junk, made of cheap plastic that doesn't hold up for very long."
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"The sound quality is good, but not excellent (pretty much on par with its price point)."
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"Looking forward to breaking the ex29 in and seeing if I notice much of an improvement in the sound....I'll try them next week on a flight as well, but these may become my swiss knife of headphones, great for the price....Minor complaints - could be just a bit more comfortable , a tad bit more of attenuation......however, overall, a great deal, and seem to be very well built....apparently they are 100% user serviceable, even the drivers can be user replaced...thats sweet....I was planning on getting a pair of Ultrasones, but I may put that off, at leaste for a while....I really wouldnt mix with cans , so I'll have to see if there is any point in getting another set...."
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"But the arms are made of cheap plastic and can be broken easily."
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"I just needed an affordable good set of headphones for recording drums in the studio."
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"I like the price, comfort and sound quality."
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"I used to be a KLH 141 guy in the studio, loved the isolation, sound quality and durability, then the price went up and the quality went down."
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"Full spectrum response without any bleed to recording mics... Great deal for the price."
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"Basically the are very user repairable for a reasonable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The high frequency response simply isn't there, so they don't give you a great idea of the tonal quality of what you're monitoring."
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"That's NOT how good quality audio reproduction is supposed to sound, rather it's supposed to be crystal clear, even and transparent - a perfect balance of bass, mids and highs...NOT like a frikken Black-Eyed Peas concert with a giant sub woofer in the middle of the hall - that's not good sound, that's kid stuff."
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"They do not seal as well as advertised and the overall build quality is lacking - they feel cheap and insubstantial."
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"The sound quality is good, but not excellent (pretty much on par with its price point)."
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"Unacceptable quality."
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"I ordered two new pair, one to replace the broken set and one for me as I did and do like the sound quality."
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"The sound quality and tone is very good."
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"I like the price, comfort and sound quality."
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"Well, I was so surprised by the sound quality of these that I got a second set for my personal use at home."
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"I used to be a KLH 141 guy in the studio, loved the isolation, sound quality and durability, then the price went up and the quality went down."
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Sound

Sound:
"But there are 2 issues I have with the headphones already: 1) At medium to high volume settings in my radio....the head[phones have a nasty vibration or raspy sound, which is especially bad when listening to CW.."
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"The level of sound in the cage, wearing these, was unbearable."
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"That's NOT how good quality audio reproduction is supposed to sound, rather it's supposed to be crystal clear, even and transparent - a perfect balance of bass, mids and highs...NOT like a frikken Black-Eyed Peas concert with a giant sub woofer in the middle of the hall - that's not good sound, that's kid stuff."
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"The sound quality is good, but not excellent (pretty much on par with its price point)."
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"Below is the email I wrote them that describes the problem I was facing:Dear Direct Sound Folks,I purchased your Direct Sound EX29 Extreme Isolation Headphones (Black) via Amazon."
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"For years i've used the vic firth headphones and while they are great at blocking sound, I could barely here the music while jamming."
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"THESE DIRECT SOUND HEADPHONES WORK WONDERFULLY"
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"For me, as a drummer, I was seeking the sound isolation - they do isolate the sound very well, however, external bass drum sounds created a 'boom' resonance in the headphones that was unusable for me."
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"The sound quality and tone is very good."
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