I have the last 80 gb PS3 model that also plays SACDs. It is my blu-ray player for the "man-cave" and it also gets (very) occasional use as a game machine for my kids (couple of hours per weekend and not every week). I very much enjoy my PS3 for its many features, speed of operation and PQ (have done so since summer 2008) but it does have one characteristic I find annoying. It can get quite loud (fan noise). In order to solve this problem, I have relied on the wonders of bluetooth, a long HDMI cable and a long optical cable. I placed the PS3 in the next room (the family play room) where I can't hear the fan noise and until this past June, that worked fine. I hooked up its analogue outputs to an SDTV that allows the kids to game in that room and when I want to watch a movie, I switch it through the setup to HDMI/optical audio (no HDMI receiver yet). Cumbersome, but inexpensive as a multi-room solution. Since June, I've experienced audio dropouts with movies in the "man-cave" (never with the analogue outputs--occasionally I put a kid's movie on in the playroom). I suspected the toslink cable was the culprit (I had a 25 foot one before that I put to another use and replaced it by a 30 foot one--each from Blue Jeans cable). At first, the dropouts were rare but they got progressively more frequent. I believe a kink that appears to have developed in the cable (it has to run under a door and seems to have been caught in the doorjam) is the reason the problem arose and got worse. To test my theory, I moved the PS3 into the "man-cave" and hooked it with a short (four foot) toslink cable and a short (six foot) HDMI cable to the switchbox I've been using for 3 years (DVR, HD-A2 and PS3 in, PJ and small LCD display out). I've run several movies and no more audio dropouts. Clearly I need to get a shorter cable for toslink (until I upgrade the receiver--can't switch out the other long toslink I have). While I solved my audio issue, I made another discovery that makes me curious. When the PS3 was in the next room and I sometimes forgot to close the man-cave door, the fan noise could be heard and, at times, it sounded like a small jet. However, since I have hooked up the PS3 with shorter cables (HDMI and toslink), I have watched several movies (the PS3 is about four feet in front of me, on the floor, at the moment--used to be eight feet away up on top of a entertainment unit--in each case, equal ventilation is available) and the noise has been barely perceptible. I will keep experimenting but I wonder if the shorter cable lengths somehow make the player run less hot? I'm not a technical person, so I don't know if it is coincidence or causally related. Any ideas?