The rise in popularity of consumer-oriented headphones doesn’t change the fact that professional musicians and those stuck working in other noisy environments are looking for a different kind of product. The Direct Sound EX-29 aims to please that market by focusing on primarily on noise isolation. And unlike so many consumer products which attempt to do so with white noise, this product is based entirely on acoustics.
The result is impressively straightforward in terms of just how well it buries outside noise. It’s not a surprise to learn that the EX-29 was invented by a drummer who was trying to keep unwanted artifacts from bleeding into the mix. Accordingly, these headphones are ideally suited toward musicians while working.
Consumers may be tempted to eye the EX-29 as well if they find themselves regularly in noisy environments. In that regard these are effectively $129 headphones with the overall audio quality of $99 headphones, which is to say they get the job done on a consumer level – but they’re clearly more oriented toward those who place noise isolation at a premium. Whether that’s worth an extra $30 to consumers is up to them.
But when it comes to the intended pro audience, the Direct Sound EX-29 is easily recommendable.