Took a chance and bought this item for upcoming cross country flights. As soon as I turned on noise canceling, It was really amazing. Although jet engine and people noise was not 100% removed, it really did make for a pleasurable flight. I could concentrate on my movies without outside noises drowning the audio out. Don't really use the headset without noise canceling, so no comment. not sure why you'd want to not have it on. I wore it for a 3.5 hr flight and it was completely comfortable. The case it comes with is a plus. It helps protect them when not in use. pretty sturdy. As for the noise bleed... if the volume is cranked up, yes, others can hear it. on a plane, you won't bother the passenger next to you. My daughter uses it in the car when she doesn't want to listen to mom and dads music. She doesn't bother us with her music, we don't bother her with ours. My buddy bought one with me, and he's completely satisfied with the purchase too. Well worth the $$.
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