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DVD Recorder Noise Survey

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jonjonjon, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. jonjonjon

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    Ok, already posted a thread about this, but only got 2 replys (thanks to those 2 :thumbsup: ).

    Basically I need to know if all DVD recorders, HDD or disc, make a noise (pretty much like all PCs do).

    For every reply I get I'll donate 10p to charidee (so 100 replies = £10)

    What I need is this.

    Machine name - HDD + or Disc - noise rating (0 - 10) 0=no noise, 5=same as PC,10=harrier jump jet.

    So for me it's:

    Toshiba RDXS32 - HDD + Disc - 7
     
  2. iamthenewno2

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    Philips DVDR75 - Disk only - No noise while playing or recording (0)- absolute racket when turning on, checking type of disk (10).
     
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    This is a very difficult measurement as different PC's make differing amounts of noise and in any case the judgement is subjective. Is everyone going to be measuring at the same distance from the machine and will this be in "free space" or in a hi-fi/TV unit with or without doors closed?

    For this to be a useful survey means everyone taking part would measure in the same way with a fixed reference point. The only way for this to be truly accurate would be for measurements to be made with a proper noise-level meter.

    The problem is illustrated by the fact that I would rate my RDXS32 as "3".
     
  4. Barzo

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    I'd rate my Tosh as a '4' - not quite as noisy as my Tosh laptop fan, but constant. :thumbsup:
     
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    Sorry to post on this thread but i feel it's relevant, can you turn of the cooling fan on any of these machines when using the DVD only ? I can't remember who posted it yesterday but someone mentioned the RX32 can do this in the setup screen, but is this at all times thus risking overheating or in the method I mention above. I guess I would be happy with fan noise when using the HDD for either recording or playback, but when using the DVD only it would seem unecessary. :confused:

    Muzza1
     
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    Pioneer 420 was very noisy both from fan and HDD. They really don't have to be as noisy as this just bad build.
     
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    That was me, No the fan doesn't turn off, which is why i'm using a Fanmate.

    The hard disk can be set to shut off when not in use on the Toshiba RX32.
     
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    Philips DVDR80 - 0
     
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    I just got a Pioneer DVR-520, and have no complaints about the noise. Not 100% silent but it's definitely quiter than my player-only Pioneer DVD-535. And my PC is a vacuum cleaner by comparison.
    I rate it a solid "3".
     
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    Apologies for being off topic but I'd be interested in your opinion of the Pioneer 520.

    There is currently a Pioneer 520/720 thread and I'm sure any input would be welcome
     
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    Try reading a book in the living room when the 520 switched on or in record mode. It is too invasive a noise - yuk! Just the same as the 420.
     
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    Panasonic E85 is fairly quiet. Makes some noise when it's doing something intensive, but generally the noise level is low.
     
  13. Gary D

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    My panny E50 is as quite as the villa ground (i.e silent)



    Gary
     
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    Pioneer 510 with 80Gb Hard Drive.
    Very Quiet probably about a 2
    :hiya:
     
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    My Panny E85 was certainly a 7, but has been returned as I think it was faulty, so I hope I'll be able to report a lower noise level when I get the replacement machine
     
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    It seems a lottery whether you get a noisy one from any manufacturer.
     
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    Haven't even noticed the fan on my Tosh XS32.
     
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    WooHoo :thumbsup: ...So quiet Tosh's do exist.

    I was about to give up, and just a get non HDD unit, but maybe you can get a unit with acceptable background noise.

    I don't see the point of having the picture quality of DVD, yet having to put up with the constant sound of a mini vacum cleaner in the background.

    I'll send my exsiting unit back, and fingers crossed I'll get a good replacement.

    CLH

    Are you sure that the fan is working? ;)
     
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    Don't force me to listen or I'll never stop hearing it!

    Was lying about 4 foot away last night, TV quietish and really didn't notice at all :)
     
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    A subject dear to my heart as I should have received my 4th Toshiba yesterday but they had run out. The bad news - the first three have all been equally noisy. However the second was only 2 serial numbers from the first and had obviously been returned.
    There has been some discusson of this on the Tosh review thread and Goldfish (I think) said he had sensitive hearing and could not hear his Tosh. I have spoken to 4 different people at Toshiba about this and the advice is that there is bound to be some fan noise but it should be quieter than a computer (I did not think to ask why it should be quieter than a computer as it is basically doing the same job).
    The other problem is that computers presumably vary. My computer is a 5 year old Gateway and is definitely quieter thaqn the Tosh. I also wondered why the noise in one Tosh should differ from another, as they are presumably the same components? However, on the three I have had the noise from the HDD and the DVD drive has varied - the HDD spinning up and down on no 3 sounds like Concorde (slight exageration!). So, I am awaiting no 4 but if it is noisy I think I will learn to live with it as it is a great machine otherwise. May explore the fanmate route mentioned on here.
    By the way I even tried a Heath Robinson noise reduction system - cardboard tube (empty loo roll ideal) attached to hose (washing machine outlet) stuck over fan grill at rear - little appreciable difference.
    In case the noise is by "batch" it would help if people could post their serial nos - mine have been:-

    SLC 4400114
    SLC 4400116
    SLC 4500067
     
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    Alanji

    My SN is SLC 4500461, and was purchased from Unbeatable this Monday 12th. The box and packing looked as if it had already been opened, but maybe this was because it was Multi Region?

    Unbeatable have told me I'll have to wait approx 7-14 days for a replacement (none in stock).

    If the replacement is roughly the same, I think i'll send it back and wait (however long it takes) until new technology allows for quieter machines.

    I know it's an unfair compaisron but my IRiver HP120 with it's 20GB hard drive, less than the size of a pack of fags, is whisper quiet, so why is it so hard to apply the same technology to HDD DVD units.
     
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    Panasonic E50,can't hear a fan,can here "normal" cd servo noises but that's about it..........
     
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    jon,

    from the serial no looks like yours was a new one. My second was not - apart from the serial no it had batteries in the remote and some plastic bags had been opened.

    I wonder what happens to the returns? They are obviously going to be "recycled" - by the retailer or Toshiba? Interestingly, Toshiba said they would not send a replacement unit as they were too expensive but would "repair" it if there were a fault.
     
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    CLH

    If you have the TV sound off how far away can you hear it? Is it louder than your pc?

    Thanks
     
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    My PC's 2 years old now!!!!!!

    I'll have a check later and post back. Will be sitting about 7 foot away.
     
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    OK, only really audible when TV is inaudible!!
     
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    Just set up the unit again to test if it was multiregion.

    Well, it's not multiregion. So it seems that the latest batch of units from Unbeatable have been advertised as multiregion, but are only region 2.

    However, for some strange reason the buzzing sound has all but gone, and the noise has gone from a 7 down to a 4.

    mmmm, do I keep it (as nosie level is almost acceptable) , or send it back (as it's not multiregion).

    Jebus, why aren't these things ever simple.
     
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    My Panasonic HS2 is totally silent. Haven't heard the fan at all.
     
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    I've read a number of posts on the dmr85 having a noisy hdd. I own an 85 and apart from the occasional chug or whirr I've not noticed any excessive noise. I was recording a dvd-ram disc to the hdd yesterday while watching tv and the noise of either the dvd or hdd was barely audiable. I had to turn of the tv's sound in order to hjere it. I'm sure if the hdd was making excessive noise I would have noticed as little things like that bug me. :rolleyes: :)
     
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    panasonic EH085HEBS

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    why cant PC manufacturers make silent hard disks a standard. I am VERY impressed by the lack of noise on my panny
     

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