I should qualify this choice by saying: They definitely are mega expensive. But Im really into my music, and the noise-cancelling on these are unbelievable. What takes them to the next level are the external controls, so on the left side, if you want to fast-forward, you just drag your ear across the outside of the headphones. And if someones speaking to you, rather than just take your headphones off, you just place your hand over the left side, and it cuts the noise-cancelling element, so you can hear what theyre saying. I just love them, and Im absolutely distraught if I forget to put them in my bag when Im going somewhere. Im no music snob, but the music I listen to is predominantly hip-hop, and you pick up different things in the production when youre listening on proper headphones.