i've got a set of nankang ns-1, just got them about a month back. i think they're $65 or so on discounttire.com, i looked around and found them as low as nearly $50 a piece (215/45/17 btw), but they were lesser known sites and didn't include shipping, so i submitted the match-price thingy on discount tire, they gave the me the tires for i think about $5 less than they're listed price, free shipping. they're extremely cheap, yes. they're a lesser known chinese brand, yes. though one reason for the low price is its an older model from a few years back. i found some good reviews for them, given the price range. strapped for cash, so i tried them. after a week or two, i've got them broken in nicely, handling isn't the same as the falkens i previously had, but that's a given. as for road noise, they're not bad at all. probably not the quietest, but far from the loudest. i think they've exceeded expectations so far.