Sorry to start a new thread, but I thought there might be a benefit in having a centralised place to discuss operating noise of DVD/HDD recorders, as this seems to be a recurring theme throughout this forum. To get things started: (i) Tosh RX32 HDD - my unit has obvious fan noise. Not in standby, but from the moment the unit starts up, until it is switched off. Noise does not increase or decrease throughout any operation. It is clearly audible from about 3m away, in the same way that a PC fan is, but not quite as loud. Clearly audible during quiet passages. I assumed that this was just general operating noise, but am now not so sure, given postings by other '32 owners. (ii) Panny E55 DVD - (which I replaced). I had two of these units. First had no real fan noise, except when finalising a DVD-R, when it was very noisy. Second has background fan noise when operating, but noise did not increase when finalising. To put things in perspective, my equipment is on an open, Soundstyle rack, so noise is not masked by cabinet doors or walls. I will be interested to note whether it is masked by low level hum from subwoofer, which I can't tell at the moment as my Mission AV speaker system is off for repair.