Best Isolation EX-29 Headphones

This is no time for compromises. To perform your best, you need to hear your best. That’s why we designed the EX-29 headphones with 29 dB of passive isolation. To help you keep the outside world out – and your music in, in all its purity. And to stand up to studio- and performance-level extremes. No batteries required.

EX-29 headphones are now available in limited-edition white.

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Price: from $129.95

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Type: Dynamic closed back headphones with closed back drivers
Passive Attenuation: 36.7 dB at 8,000 Hz, NRR 29 dB
Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
Fidelity Response: TruSound tonally accurate
Drivers: 40 mm, closed back
Impedance: 32 Ω
Sensitivity: 114 dB at 1 KHz 1 mW
Cord: 9 ft (2,750 mm) premium twin-lead cable
Plug: Straight stereo 1/8″ (3.5 mm) gold-plated with screw-on 1/4″ (6.3 mm) gold-plated adapter
Rated Input Power: 500 mW
Maximum Input Power: 1,000 mW
Weight: 11.5 oz (includes cable and plug)
Warranty: One year
Red is Right E-Z channel identification
IncrediFlex padded, fully adjustable headband
User-friendly repairability
Foldable for storage
Convenient jack adaptor keeper
Environmentally responsible natural passive isolation – no batteries required
Made in the USA

What’s in the box
EX-29 Extreme Isolation™ stereo headphone
1/4″ (6.3 mm) gold-plated screw-on adaptor with on-cord storage


“I have been using the headphones religiously and can say that they are my favorite way to play live hands-down. I am taking them on our second tour to Europe. They are truly amazing.”

Mike "Powder" Young, Drummer for The Saddle Tramps

“The first time I used Direct Sound Extreme Isolation headphones was on a session where my regular headphone cable was going bad. The studio had a pair of EX-25s so I gave them a try. I was so impressed that I have not used anything but EX-25s or EX-29s on a session since. I always bring an extra pair to sessions and lend them to any players that are near the drum kit while tracking. The isolation and clarity allows for relaxed playing for hours with no ear fatigue. I love these headphones.”

Travis McNabb, Drummer for Sugerland / Former Drummer for Better Than Ezra

“The Direct Sound EX-29s are simply fantastic. Everything sounds crystal-clear, and the superb isolation lets me record even close-miked acoustic guitars with no audio leakage. They’re possibly the best headphones I’ve used in 30 years.”

Kent Burnside, Guitarist / Composer