Yes, quiter when new...
Though, if I believe what I read, some features put into the tire tread design can make them a little quieter.
If youre looking at say 2 tires made by the same manufacturer.... they will have ratings on traction, noise, etc.
I would choose the one that has the better rating for being quiet. (assuming the other specs are close or equal).
our 2007 Impala. 3.9L V6 with factory dual exhaust
When I replaced the tires, on the way home on the highway, I kept hearing what I thought was a vehicle/truck next to me in my blind spot, and I kept turning my head to look for the vehicle in the next lane. None.
Well it turns out, that what I was hearing was MY Impalas dual exhaust...............
The new tires where quieter. I heard my duals sound for the 1st time.
Even when the car was new and had the new factory tires, I had never heard the dual exhaust on the highway (windows up), like I did that day with the new tires.
2013 Equinox LT1 3.6L V6 FWD 88,000
2010 Traverse LT1 3.6L V6 FWD 153,000
2003 Trailblazer LS 4.2L I6 RWD 181,000