When it comes to monitoring playback or mixing, it is important to have a high-fidelity pair of studio isolation headphones. Unfortunately, headphones are also some of the most difficult things to describe to people in review form, considering the fact that you can’t hear what the reviewer is hearing.
With that said, we’re going to do our very best to describe to you one of our all-time favorite pairs of studio headphones that we use for just about every project that calls for a pair of cans. With expert sound, undeniable usability, and crystal-clear tonality, they’re a no-brainer.
Without further ado, let’s dive into our Direct Sound EX29 Headphones review to see just what makes them sound so fantastic.
- Headphones Type: Dynamic Closed-Back Headphones
- Passive Attenuation: 36.7 dB
- Frequency Range: 20Hz-20kHz
- Drivers: 40mm
- Weight: 11.5 Oz
The EX29 Headphones come in both black and white, though we recommend white, as they are much easier to find in the studio. In terms of design, the closed-back construction is comfortable. The black rubberized replaceable ear cups are fairly large, helping to cover your ears entirely.
There are color-coded felt inserts that sit on the inside, indicating which earcup is which. There is a small red insert on the right earcup to give you the assurance that you’re wearing them correctly without having to search for a small “R” on the earcup. The outside is made with a plastic material, which may not be anything to write home about, though they feel durable in hand. Plus, they are very lightweight, allowing you to wear them for longer periods without feeling fatigued.
In terms of performance, these headphones are truly best for those who are in a loud musical environment. For those recording loud drums, brass, or any other instrument with high dB levels, they provide 36.7 dB of passive attenuation, allowing you to turn them up high to make sure whoever is recording can get levels. For singers, this means crystal-clear monitoring while singing. You’ll feel the weight of the instrumental and the clarity of your vocals all in one package.
Because they have a sturdy closed-back design, you’ll never have to worry about them bleeding into your recordings either!
Watch Robert Lunte perform with these headphones below!
Pros and Cons
- Closed-back design helps to prevent bleed
- Wide range for punch and clarity
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Unique white color
- The plastic feels a bit cheap when you consider the price
Should You Buy Them?
There is no doubt that the Direct Sound EX29 headphones are great studio cans. They are perfect for just about any studio environment, loud or soft, and allow you to have a proper mix without feeling affected by the sound around you.