After playing with the PS3 for a few days now, its clear that the boast of near silent running is just that, a boast. Unless my machines buggered, but I doubt it (unless corrected). Yes, its very silent when it first turns on, but after about 15 minutes of power up time the fan starts to kick in, and it gets as noisy as any other console you care to mention. This, I believe, is normal operating noise level. You don't have to be playing games or doing anything to get the fan to kick in after about 10-15 minutes. The disc-drive though is very quiet What are your experiences?