I am sitting approx 1 foot either side of my NEC. I used to find the fan noise quite acceptable except during quiet scenes. I msut say that the fans aren't really that loud compared to some. In fact, a chap who bought a 9PG from me had a Davis DLP previously and he felt the NEC fans were quieter. I have now built a housing from MDF out of Homebase. This covers mine completely and acts a a great table for putting drinks on! Since this addition I don't find it at all imposing. You could try changing the fans to newer ones. Do not try to disable them though. They are attached to a protection circuit and the machine will switch off if you disconnect them. Not only that, they are there for a reason! I will contact my Runco spies and see if the fans were modified at all for the Runco versions. I'll also ask if it's possible to reduce the RPM of the fans as ,very often, it's the pitch of the noise that's annoying not it's volume. I'd also ask this over at AVscience forums. Do a search for fan replacement. All the best, Gordon ------------------ StereoStereo Intelligent Solutions for Intelligent Homes !