eaayoung: as soon as I've completed my final version of my fix to the fan noise, I will post pictures as to how, what, and why I did it. I know there a lot people in this thread that have come up with a number DIY fixes. Their results have been from not so good, to quite effective. As has been proven, Panasonic did not engineer or design it's rear panel and cooling fans as well as they could of. Of course, there are a lot of ZT owners that are 100% happy with theirs sets and have no noise issues. IMHO, Panasonic was trying a bit to hard to win the thinnest panel award or at least make an ultra thin panel. I've mentioned in previous posts that I also have a few Pioneer Elite Kuros, and they of course are a bit thicker. I'm curious as to this question..." If the ZT were 1-inch thicker but delivered superb picture quality, with zero problems, noise, buzzing, fans, etc., would you not have purchased it? Personally, it doesn't bother me if a HDTV is 1" or 2" thick. As to the fan noise, I am doing a 3 step process, that's not to difficult at all. 1. Panasonic's rep will install the fan kit and I'll watch carefully to make sure it's done properly. 2. The exterior acoustic panel fix I came up with, is basically a miniature acoustic panel with the same materials inside. The mini panel simply has a hole or cut out in the middle that is slightly larger than the Hole Pattern on the rear panel where the fans vent the hot air. This mini panel can be tuned a bit depending on your rooms acoustics, TV placement, and environmental conditions, so that it reduces or absorbs the fans noise & frequency levels. 3. (Only if 1. and or 2. isn't satisfactory). I will drill out venting holes in a careful and professional way across the top-rear portion of the back cover. IF, I do this, it will look like it came this way from factory. Having said all that, I hope the fan kit the Panny rep installs works enough for my ears. The Mini Acoustic Panels were highly effective and I may use them either way. The 3rd option may sound drastic, but if you look at the rear cover of previous Panasonic Panels, Pioneers rear Panels, and many others, you will see a lot more venting holes for proper venting & cooling of electrical components house inside. I also fully understand those who are reluctance to remove the rear cover. However, if done carefully, it shouldn't be any great problem. In conclusion, the PQ is excellent, and you do get accustomed to the fan noise...a bit...depending on your hearing. We shouldn't have to deal with such issues no matter how wide spread or how few are complaining. But since it is problem for many in this forum, I'm simply trying to come up with an effective, inexpensive and good looking solution for those that fan noise that's bothersome. I plan on posting pictures of Panasonic's work, my mini acoustic panels, and option 3 if it's necessary showing the rear cover with additional venting hole grids. If it proves helpful and works, then it should be a great help to those who have the fan noise. If I didn't think the Panasonic fix kit was a good idea, I'd go with just the acoustic panel, as it was quite effective to my ears...and I have excellent hearing. Once I post the pictures and final product, I'd appreciate any input or your results,...Positive or Negative thoughts...it doesn't matter. I'm just trying to help those with the problem. Thanks a lot.