CR scored ride comfort the same for both tires at "very good". However, CR road noise tests scored the Defender T+H as the quieter of the two.So--after input from various people on Defenders vs Premier A/S (some conflicting) -- I'm wondering which tire gives a smoother, gentler ride and also quiet? Perhaps I"m mistaken, but I've been thinking that smooth ride and road nose would go hand-in-hand, but maybe they are different considerations? Right now my Forester has a very harsh ride and every tiny bump is felt and heard.
Have you considered that your harsh ride might be from a worn suspension. For example, Is your 2004 still running with the original factory struts?