2 The Sound Of... Background NoiseRhys01 | 19/11/2007 | See all Rhys01's reviews (1)I bought these as I was looking for headphones to provide good sound quality and help block out background noise so that I could listen at a slightly lower volume.Unfortunately although they do cut down the usual background noise very well, ironically they pick up other noise to an even worse degree. Firstly, if the cord brushes against anything it produces a very audible noise in the earpieces. This is particularly annoying if you are walking and the cord is swaying as it makes the noise almost constant. Secondly, if there is even so much as a strong breeze (actually, doesn't even have to be that strong!) it creates a dull whistling in your ears. Both of these "sound effects" are impossible to ignore even when I turned the volume up louder than with my previous headphones. All in all the pervasive noises with these headphones completely defeats the point of their main feature - i.e. ambient noise dampening.I will now be hunting for another new set of heaphones as I find these ones ruin the listening experience - unfortunately I assume I won't be able to get a refund as I had to open the packaging to find out the flaws, wish I'd seen a review like this first.In the spirit of fairness, the reason I gave 2 stars instead of just 1, is that if you use them indoors (no wind) and will be able to use them without the cord brushing against anything they do produce a good sound. Also they do provide a very good fit. Unfortunatley for me the upsides count for nothing since I got them for the walk to work.