First up - the folks who are here every day and do indeed see the same/similar question being asked over and over - I get your point that it is tiresome to answer the same questions over and over (believe me, I do it for a living!
), but please try to realize that not everybody knows this forum inside and out and when you say, "do a search!!!!111!!" and then provide no answer, you just come off as being a bit of a jerk. I get where you're coming from, but if it bothers you, please, just ignore the question. Anybody asking would rather get no answer than a kurt response that still provides no actual help. If it really is only 5 minutes and so easy to do a search, then provide the link so the person knows exactly
what you are talking about. And from experience with the search, I know the reason people do not use it is because it will often spit out hundreds of results with zero guidance as to which one provides the actual answer the person is looking for. So basically, help...or don't. But there's no need to be kurt and if it honestly bothers you, then perhaps it'd be a very good idea to take a little break from visiting the forum so frequently
During loud passages, the fan noise of my 80gig PS3 is drowned out. But during quieter passages, I can easily hear the fan noise humming away. It's not like the end of the world or anything. I can most certainly live with it. But it's definitely plainly audible and I'd simply prefer
to have as close to dead silence as possible.
From what I can tell, the 40gig PS3 models were significantly quieter during movie playback than my 80gig. And from the reports I am reading, it seems as though the newest 80gig units out there are also just as quiet. By the same token, I know that the original 60gig units were even louder than my 80gig unit, so there seems to have been a steady progression to quieter and quieter PS3 units as time has gone along.
If you're just now considering a PS3 purchase, from what I know of the issue, it seems as though any unit you would buy now would be very quiet and no louder than any other disc player in your gear stack. I simply have an older unit - I got the 80gig MotorStorm bundle only a week or two after it came out.
As for use with a universal remote. I got the official Sony PS3 Bluetooth remote for free when I bought my PS3, so I just use that. I have my Harmony One remote for everything else and I just use the PS3 Bluetooth remote for the PS3. I don't consider it to be a big deal to have a grand total of 2 remotes and the major control buttons for playback on the PS3 Bluetooth remote are distinctive enough in shape, size and placement that I easily memorized them so that I can use the PS3 Bluetooth remote in the dark.
I wouldn't want to use the standard game controller as a remote. It works, but it isn't the most intuitive thing, so I wouldn't recommend it myself. I think the Bluetooth remote is just fine, but you can also use a IR to Bluetooth adapter, like the IR2BT
if you really really want just one universal remote for everything.
As for my own situation, I guess what it really boils down to is that I'd like a silent Blu-ray player for a clearly lower price than a PS3. Otherwise, I might as well just buy a new, second PS3!