A good pair of headphones means the difference between working, traveling or relaxing in peace or having to deal with loud and obnoxious co-workers, kids or girlfriend(s). Created for studio musicians and sound engineers, the Direct Sound EX29 ($99) features specially designed earmuffs for blocking ambient and unwanted sound and delivers professional, crystal clear audio. The EX29 is made with 40mm drivers, a 9-foot cord and a 3.5mm stereo plug with a 1/4 inch gold plated adapter.