True, they are not noise cancelling. I don't recommend noise cancelling. IMO the PM3 are better than anything I've heard under a grand. They are no where close to my Focal Utopia or Sennheiser H880S, nor would I expect for them to be considering the price. Not "twice the price", I suggested stretching the budget. Isn't that what we all do? Oops, my bad. They ARE twice the price. Ok, really stretch the budget!