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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!

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I always use my Bose noise cancelling earbuds on long trips in the Exige. If I don’t, I get out of the car with a Lotus hangover.
 

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I've had those earphones for a few years now, awesome for airplane travel. I haven't used them in the Elise, no long distance trips yet, only commuting to work.
 

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I picked up a set of ear plugs that allow normal volume sounds through and stop higher db sounds. They work great and around $25 a few years ago.
 

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are you using the bose with an iphone? using a s10plus. the bose says it is OS specific...
 

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no reply. so i got the sony wi-1000x.

doesn't work worth a damn in the house.

in the car, OMG, this is great!! cuts noise by about 90%
(currently have the BOE Featherweight Exhaust ST)
 

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I agree, just a few tweaks have made my car much more comfortable on long trips (compared to stock).

- Ohlins suspension set to pretty soft
- Custom seat risers with rake
- Lumbar pillow
- Bose noise-cancelling headphones

Last on the list is get the A/C working properly again.
 

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Nothing better than driving deaf....
 
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Nothing better than driving deaf....
sorry, i should have clarified. the engine noise goes almost all away. but you can still hear the stereo and stuff. its weird. it removes the droning repetitive sounds, but doesn't touch voice/stereo (much) nor sirens.

so it is different than driving deaf,...

of course if you mean you are deaf and you drive and don't need them, that is something different than what i assumed you were implying.


on another note, i've worn them out twice now. i can't tell when i hit 8,200 rpm (by sound). it feels more like i'm driving a honda civic engine noise wise (sounds like i'm in 3-4k rpm) . there is a push button that turns on and off the adaptive/reactive sounds.

it is a definite must for long road trips as stated above.
 

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Mack's earplugs are the best i've ever owned and i've tried a bunch. They sell at drug stores.

 

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i going to say you are joking and you actually know that noise canceling does something different than earplugs. but, maybe i am just assuming.

as for the driving deaf joke, I can't imagine what nascar (or any professional race) would be if the pit crews could not communicate with the drivers.
 

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i going to say you are joking and you actually know that noise canceling does something different than earplugs. but, maybe i am just assuming.

as for the driving deaf joke, I can't imagine what nascar (or any professional race) would be if the pit crews could not communicate with the drivers.
Yes, but these are cheaper and don’t use batteries. :)
 

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I WAS TRULY ASSUMING THE NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES LIKE THOSE YOU WOULD USE ON A PLANE, CANCELLED EVERYTHING. I had a Larini Sport SE on my 05 Elise...not sure where the excess sound is coming from. Used to play my stereo and drive 280 miles non stop to track events with no issues.
 

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I've used Etymotic ear plugs with some success for longer trips. They cut like 20db across the board so you still hear everything, but just at lower "volume".
I have these, too, and used them when I needed earplugs. But for most noise reduction, the Mack’s are great. I use at the office.
 
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I’ve been using the Bose NC headphones for years in my Elise and 911 and they are magic, so good for long trips! I also use them in my cabin on the superyacht i work in, it’s close to the engine room so it really helps keep the noise down
 
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