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I've used the S185, S390 and S590, and I think I know exactly what you're referring to. The cases are more cheaply built than some of the older Sonys, which were all metal. Unfortunately more plastic means potentially more vibration and more noise.
The problem is worst on the S185, because it's the most lightly built of the three players, and has the flimsiest cover. The S590 is a bit heavier, and less prone to vibration than the S185 and S390 (but certainly not completely immune).
The S390 is a little more sturdy than the S185... but not much, so you might look at some of the suggestions in the S185 thread on how to reduce the vibration. Maybe some of your discs are getting a little warped because they're stored too close to a heating vent in your home or something. That might be contributing to the issue.
As long as I use the S390 on a flat smooth surface that the rubber feet adhere to well, the noise level from the player doesn't really bug me.
Tightening a few screws is also an interesting suggestion. I might consider that on my player as well. If you're not that experienced with hardware though, then it might be best to leave well enough alone and not mess with it.
Most of the mfrs are going to cheaper materials btw, so this is not just a "Sony issue".
But, most importantly, my Sony 590 crushes the Denon with SD disc and streaming content. Personally, I would rather spend less on the case (and I absolutely HATE the new Sony case styling) and upgrade my playback hardware and software, every year, if the jump is as large as it was between the 580 and 590.
Just my $0.02...
Some interesting thoughts. Not sure how large the "jumps" will be next time, but your points are well-taken.
The continuously spinning discs are undoubtedly a contributing factor in the noise/vibration complaints on the Sony players. I haven't used other brands enough to really comment on how common that phenomena is, but I'm guessin Sony isn't alone on that issue either.
I suppose there could be some upsides to the continuous spinning as well, like better responsiveness. But the players would probably run alot quieter if they were able to buffer the entire contents of a disc into memory. (Maybe some more expensive players can do that?)
I'm interested to hear others thoughts on how to address the noise issues. I personally wouldn't advocate putting something on top of the player, because it might interfere with cooling/ventilation. That wouldn't work very well on the sloped covers of the S390 and S185 anyway (which is probably why they're designed that way). I'd concentrate more on the location (away from your listening area), and the surface the player is set on to keep the noise more manageable. The rubber feet will adhere better to a smooth flat surface, especially if you clean the dust off them. The less the player is able to move around, the quieter I think it will tend to run.
I liked the metal case on the S580 btw. Main reason I passed on that model was the fan. (My place is drafty enough as it is.)