I have been experiencing a lot of problems with noise lately that has started to really ware on me as it is pretty constant. There is a lot of construction going on where I am so the goal is to minimize as much of the nose that could get in my ears as possible, while still achieving high quality sound production. I would really appreciate suggestions with links. Also, the ability for the cord to retract so that there is no hanging extra cord would be a great added bonus, but is not essential. I have mixed feelings about Shure, but am open to suggestions. I also just came across v-moda, but have never talked with anyone who actually owns a pair so if you do that would be great to hear about as well.