I think it's time you guys switch to "two distance" noise recording we talked earlier. Up close, the new raptor sounds horrible, so much high pitched noise.
The db numbers tell us one thing, but when I listen to noise recordings, there is no way I can perceive raptor as quieter than P80/P120.
I don't think you should do away with the current 3" recording distance either, but do two instead. 3" to hear all the details, the noise character and 0.5-0.75m one so that we could hear what the drive would sound in real life situation.
Maybe you have bad sample? When I bought my Raptor, I did a close comparison between with my P80 and my raptor, to me they both were really silent even from close distance. The raptor had a higher pitch, but nothing I would describe as horrible.
I was actually a bit suprised to see that the seek noises are so loud in the test. I guess it shows that case dampening helps to quieten down hard drives.
Bold part highlighted, I was referring to SPCR noise recordings.
I have to say, however, that the quality of your own PC sound playback system is extremely important; it probably affects what you hear from these recordings more than anything else. If you know you don't have a very good playback system, then I'd say improve it before you tell us our recordings are no good.
Where did I tell you that your recordings are no good? They are good, as we have discussed before in WD500 thread, they portray overal drive noise signature quite accurately, however they cannot be used to compare relative loudness of any two hard drives. And for the record I do have a decent system: E-MU 1212M > MisterX PPA w/steps and diamond buffers > HD-600. It's not a multi-thousand dollar system, but it's good bang for the buck and is more than plenty for SPCR noise samples evaluation purposes...