I have almost 50,000 miles on my 2006 NA Elise, so I obviously love it. I have done lots of mods to make it more track worthy, including one of the BH Raptor exhausts that are no longer available. It is not terribly loud, but still has a bit of a drone in the 3-4k range.
Bottom line is when I am on a multihundred mile trip, the tire noise, wind noise, off and on exhaust noise start to wear on me. There is enough background noise that I need to crank the stereo up to near dangerous levels to be able to listen.
Recently, I bought a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 20 noise cancelling earbuds and HALLELUJAH, what an incredible difference. They are about $250, so not cheap, but they REALLY work like magic.
I can plug them into my iPhone and listen to music from it at reasonable levels or just put them on while running the active noise suppression. Obviously, phone calls are much better, as well.
It has truly tranformed the car for long trips. I can't believe the difference. No tire or wind nose and exhaust is perceived to be quieter than stock.
Be careful if you are shopping for other systems and read the reviews carefully. Bose makes a similar set that seems to be terrible.
Yep, I know they may be illegal, so keep that in mind, but they do work!
2006 Elise, Graphite Grey/Red leather, Sport Elise Suspension, Cup airbox, ECU ref lash, MonoBalls, etc. etc.
1992 900SS Ducati Race Spec Built by Ferracci
2006 KTM 950 SuperMoto, a work in progress
Old stuff gone: Ferrari 275GTB/4, '69 1275 Cooper S. '72 500 Fiat, old Jags, etc. Never bought a boring car.