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Shape's Avatar Shape 08:54 AM 02-25-2008
I put 4 little rubber feet under my 360 last week. I put them next to the existing rubber feet. Since I did that, the amount of noise from the DVD drive and fans has dropped by a ton! This should also increase the cooling ability by increasing the space between the 360 and the shelf it sits on.

I got the feet at Radio Shack. The mall stores don't carry them. But the ones in the plazas that sell more electronic stuff have them.

$1.99 for 12 of them.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

And since you don't open the box, there is no issue with the warranty.

Basically, the feet help to dampen the vibration of the 7000RPM DVD drive and fans, quieting the console a lot.

e_e_emarpea's Avatar e_e_emarpea 08:59 AM 02-25-2008
i had some felt things laying around. they were kinda thin so i used like 2 or 3 of them. lol. they work, but these things are way nicer.
cfmustang's Avatar cfmustang 09:01 AM 02-25-2008
I did the same thing the day I got my 360, except I did it for cooling purposes and I got mine at Home Depot. I never even considered doing it to help quiet down the noise.

Since I have never run it without the feet, I can't say if it made a difference or not.
Shape's Avatar Shape 09:06 AM 02-25-2008
Someone on another forum tried it and he didn't notice a difference. So if you try it, beware that you might not notice a difference. But hey, at least you are only out $1.99 if you try it, right?

My 360 sits on a glass shelf on a very open TV stand. So the vibration of the DVD drive isn't dampened at all by the shelf.
Replicant Nexus6's Avatar Replicant Nexus6 09:06 AM 02-25-2008
Good stuff. Thanks, Shape.

Ill try finding them via the local route seeing as how they are trying to charge 6 bucks to ship to RI
bassmonkeee's Avatar bassmonkeee 09:08 AM 02-25-2008
Heh. I thought you were going to say you taped over all of the air vents.
efjay's Avatar efjay 09:21 AM 02-25-2008
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Heh. I thought you were going to say you taped over all of the air vents.

Or maybe even throw it out completely, definitely no noise problem then!
Max Lomax's Avatar Max Lomax 09:37 AM 02-25-2008
If you have a Middle Atlantic rack system, get the shelf and faceplate for the 360 it comes with some rubber feet which helps a lot as well.
Shape's Avatar Shape 09:39 AM 02-25-2008
Radio Shacks that are in malls will probably not have these. They no longer stock parts in those stores.

But the ones in plazas do stock them.

You can also get something similar at Home Depot or Lowes, I'm sure. Any number of stores carry similar feet.
DaGamePimp's Avatar DaGamePimp 10:42 AM 02-25-2008
I have had the little rubber feet on the bottom of all my 360's since purchase , only I use some that are about 1/2 inch thick ( and as I recall they came from Target ) . This does help with cooling (more air flow under the console) but it certainly can help the noise level as well if you have vibration from the drive/fans .

-- Jason
maximuslcd's Avatar maximuslcd 11:30 AM 02-25-2008
I'm guessing since you only used 4 of them you have 8 left? sure I'll take em

I may try to pick some up for 2 bux you cant go wrong
ebackhus's Avatar ebackhus 01:56 PM 02-25-2008
What about those cork door stoppers? They're often used to keep cabinet door from slamming and also creates an air gap. They're available at most home centers for s few bucks.
kylebisme's Avatar kylebisme 02:27 PM 02-25-2008
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My 360 sits on a glass shelf on a very open TV stand. So the vibration of the DVD drive isn't dampened at all by the shelf.

I suppose I'll have to try this, my 360 sits on a glass shelf and the DVD drive often sounds like it is chewing rocks.
darklordjames's Avatar darklordjames 03:12 PM 02-25-2008
I've got fat rubber feet on all of my consoles to help reduce the vibration. It really does help with disc noise guys! The only one that I didn't add them to is the original Xbox. They got it right with that one as it already had fat rubber feet.
KoRn's Avatar KoRn 03:15 PM 02-25-2008
I got these from RadioShack instead.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=family

They work way better than the ones you posted. The ones you posted I had also tried them before. These bigger ones lift the system higher allowing even more air flow and it being more quieter.
perpetual's Avatar perpetual 04:30 PM 02-25-2008
You guys might want to check out Home Depot as well. They sell rubber feet like those as well, and they have a larger selection.
newfmp3's Avatar newfmp3 05:33 PM 02-25-2008
monoprice.com 30 foot component or hdmi cables...noise gone.
FIVE ONE SIX's Avatar FIVE ONE SIX 05:39 PM 02-25-2008
the RS ones work really well, i use them for other things too, like on the base and tops of speakers stands and base of speakers if i have to put them on a table, they work much better than the cheesy felt pads that are supposed to do the same thing...

and like someone else said, even if it doesn't make it noticably quieter, it still does help it ventilate much better for only a few bucks...
257Tony's Avatar 257Tony 07:13 PM 02-25-2008
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monoprice.com 30 foot component or hdmi cables...noise gone.

wut?
Chief Ediri's Avatar Chief Ediri 07:20 PM 02-25-2008
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Originally Posted by Shape View Post

I put 4 little rubber feet under my 360 last week. I put them next to the existing rubber feet. Since I did that, the amount of noise from the DVD drive and fans has dropped by a ton! This should also increase the cooling ability by increasing the space between the 360 and the shelf it sits on.

I got the feet at Radio Shack. The mall stores don't carry them. But the ones in the plazas that sell more electronic stuff have them.

$1.99 for 12 of them.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search

And since you don't open the box, there is no issue with the warranty.

Basically, the feet help to dampen the vibration of the 7000RPM DVD drive and fans, quieting the console a lot.

Maybe you went deaf in one ear, decreasing the sound?

I don't know, but I seriously rubber helps a system to be less noisy.
Shape's Avatar Shape 07:24 PM 02-25-2008
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Maybe you went deaf in one ear, decreasing the sound?

I don't know, but I seriously rubber helps a system to be less noisy.

Did you try it before criticizing it?

Tell you what, mount your car's exhaust to your car's unibody using metal brackets instead of the rubber isolators that are normally used. It isn't like rubber could help a system be less noisy.
Morkeleb's Avatar Morkeleb 07:34 PM 02-25-2008
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monoprice.com 30 foot component or hdmi cables...noise gone.

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wut?

Turn your 360 on the walk 30 feet. Plus it might be in a closet.... or downstairs even better.
newfmp3's Avatar newfmp3 07:34 PM 02-25-2008
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wut?

lol.

I solved my noise issue with my 360 by getting 30 foot cables, sticking the darn thing in another room downstairs, and with the wonderful wireless controllers, I game up stairs....noise free.
darklordjames's Avatar darklordjames 07:41 PM 02-25-2008
"I don't know, but I seriously rubber helps a system to be less noisy."

The 360's DVD drive spins rapidly, creating vibration. In the default configuration, that vibration is passed from the 360 to the surface that it sits on. Since most people use materials that are lighter than concrete or marble to place their components on, the surface amplifies the vibrationg noise of the 360. The rubber feet help to reduce the transfer of vibration to the resting surface, therefore reducing the amplification of the noise. The end result is less noise from the 360's drive.

Besides, you "seriously rubber"? What does that even mean?
Arcticfox400's Avatar Arcticfox400 07:57 PM 02-25-2008
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monoprice.com 30 foot component or hdmi cables...noise gone.

yeah then you can keep it in an deepfreeze in the basement, thats what i had to do when the fan in my obox died
kylebisme's Avatar kylebisme 08:25 PM 02-25-2008
So I got the little pads, still sounds like it is chewing rocks when it reads a disk, but it is quieter.
Chief Ediri's Avatar Chief Ediri 10:19 PM 02-25-2008
I will buy some this weekend then. I will be back with my results.

Also, I made a typing error. I meant to say that I don't think rubber will help it at all.
cap_167's Avatar cap_167 05:51 AM 02-26-2008
To the people who have purchased the rubber feet, do you guys have it set up vertically or horizontally and have you noticed any difference in noise because of the way it's sitting?
Replicant Nexus6's Avatar Replicant Nexus6 06:53 AM 02-26-2008
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So I got the little pads, still sounds like it is chewing rocks when it reads a disk, but it is quieter.

Pretty funny. I know what you mean by "chewing rocks". Thats actually the sound of a bad drive. Mine would make that noise whenever it would spin up, spin down.

Sad to say it completely stopped reading discs. Had to get a replacement.
Vincent Kennedy's Avatar Vincent Kennedy 07:28 AM 02-26-2008
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Originally Posted by Max Lomax View Post

If you have a Middle Atlantic rack system, get the shelf and faceplate for the 360 it comes with some rubber feet which helps a lot as well.

I would if they had a shelf/faceplate that would hold my HD DVD drive on top of the Xbox 360 like I have it now. I do not want to use 5U of space for my Xbox! (3 for Xbox, 2 for HD DVD Drive)
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