Yumbo! I Concur!
About the NOISE, that is. I have experience, but short of a hush box (which I
am not willing to design and build), I have no solution to the noise. The noise is the ONLY thing I object to about this projector (well, maybe the black level). And I have seen, as you are now seeing from other posters here, "What's the problem - mine has no problematic noise."
I have forgotten what Panasonic advertises, I think its something like 23 dB noise in low mode. Nobody on all these boards seemed to have anything but the Radio Shack Sound Level Meter to measure the noise - and that was all I had for years. And of course nothing showed up on the meter, because at a distance of six or seven feet from the projector, the noise was below 50 dB, the lower limit of the meter.
So I spent several hundred dollars on a laboratory, calibrated sound level meter, and measured the noise at head height, six feet from where my Panasonic was mounted, and sure enough, low fan speed, C Weighting, the
noise varied between 43 dB and 47 dB - so much for Panasonic's advertised!
And I sent the projector back to Panasonic for repair, regarding what I considered the high noise level - and they sent it back saying that "it checked out fine on the test bench, it passed". So I called them, and they said they turned it on, and the fan ran, and they "didn't notice too much noise."
So there it hangs on my ceiling, whirring away. We spend tens of thousands of dollars (well, I have) to purchase and install all of the wonderful speakers, receivers, and players, to have a noise floor 80 or 90 dB down, and then there is something like this, that "Passed".