I have not had the earlier models, but what I can say is, it is fantastic for the price. It truly mutes all surroundings. For example I had to install AC in my window where I keep my mining rigs to keep things cool. These headphones literally blocked all noise from the ac. As it goes for cars, you cannot hear them. Plugs bleed very little outside noise, and that helps a great deal. I really love these things for the price!