Are these headphones as good as the ones that actually suction into your ear? I recently saw these, and I thought they were interesting looking.

By "Suction into your ear", I mean the ones that have the rubbery nubs that generally repel sounds.

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

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    These do not physically isolate noise (as you describe). the main goal here was to make a earbud that fits the majority of human ears and stays put, and pipes the sound into the ear canal instead of washing in the general area. It is a different philosphy in speaker design- an open air seal (and resonating chamber) can make mid and low frequency sounds sound warmer and more natural, more as if you were in the room with the musician. This, however, comes at the price of noise cancellation from an airtight seal. great while running, and in most places you wear headphones, but not much help on an airplane.