Homeowner here: My Cheetah has reduced my cutting time from 4 plus hours, down to 1 1/2 hours (3.5 acre cut). YES, I was surprised as well. SO... I'm seriously considering a pair of ear muffs to be placed over ear buds for the purpose of playing tunes through an I-pod. Will that work over the decibel level of the mower at 3600RPM...??? Does anyone do this....??? I would need to purchase good quality ear buds and noise isolating ear muffs. Am I wasting my money....???