Any thoughts on these models or should I just stick to the good old Antec P182.
If that's your starting point and what you want is more space then A71 is Lian Li you want to look.
I've myself had it for some time.
Should have done it earlier but I try to get something written about that project into User Reviews forum for weekend.
yes they can be silenced. Any case can be.
Depends entirely on definition of silencing:
If it's removing sources of noise then that's possible.
But in case of using that for ability of case to contain/muffle noises of components you can't silence those cases which leak noise.
Sound insulation/damping has good effect only in case which doesn't leak noise directly toward listener.
And A77 fails that. (copy of CM Stacker I've had)
PC80 lowers bar further by forcing PSU into hotter place.
TYR 500 has at least something in front of noise leaking hole but job wasn't fully completed and it's component housing capacity isn't that great.