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- rgreenberg2000 - 08-28-2006 09:59 PM

Hi, all, new to the forum....<P>I am in the market for an interim solution for wine storage. I drink 99% red wines, and am looking for storage in the 6 case range. I will probably store 2 cases of "drink now" wines (mostly cabs, some pinot, some zin), and about four cases of wine for aging (primarily CA Cabs and some bordeaux.)<P>Danby makes a 75-bottle cellar that is priced right, and seems to get decent reviews (with all the caveats of a unit that is more a fridge than a purpose-built wine storage unit.) My main question is about noise. Does anyone here have a Danby unit that can comment on how noisy it is? The location I'm planning on is in my home office (which already has some computer noise), and I want to be sure that I won't be putting in a unit that will drive me nuts as I'm on the phone quite a bit.<P>If anyone has comments on the noise issue, and any other comments about these units, I would be very appreciative.<P>Thanks in advance, and thanks for all the information that is shared here (been doing quite a bit of reading on this lazy Sunday.)<P>Cheers,<BR>Rich G.

- hotwine - 08-29-2006 06:50 AM

Welcome to the board, Rich.<P>I have no experience with the Danby brand, nor do I know anyone who owns one. I do own a EuroCave and a Haier, as well as a refrigerated cellar, and can comment on issues related to those that would also bear on the Danby.<P>First, all such units have a fan that runs continuously and thereby raises the ambient noise floor of space in which they're situated. The noise level increases when the compressor/condenser kicks in, on demand of the thermostat. Some brands are probably noisier than others, although I have no noise complaints regarding my EuroCave or Haier. The cellar is another matter.... I'm using an industrial chiller in there, of the type found in a supermarket's walk-in cold room, and it's both windy and noisy in there - and I don't care, because it's remote from the house and it does a good job of holding the cellar at 57F, as I've set it to do.<P>But other issues bear consideration in your plans, specifically heat generation and power consumption. A refrigeration unit generates heat, which must be expelled into the room (or vented to the outdoors) and when added to the heat from your PC could make a difference in your cooling needs for the home office. Would suggest a ceiling fan be installed, at the minimum. Also, the wine fridge will add to the power consumption in your office, and that could mean providing an alternate circuit for the fridge.<P>A Google search on the term Danby wine cooler turned up comments on from Danby users, and some of those were indeed complaints about noise.... although it's difficult from those to sort out what might be design defficiencies from operator errors.<P>In my case, the noise level of my desktop PC (an HP Pavilion) with its noisy power supply fan is greater than either the EuroCave or the Haier.<P>That's my 2 cents. Good luck.

- rgreenberg2000 - 08-31-2006 09:12 AM

Hotwine:<P>Thanks for the comments, and appreciate the welcome. After some negotiations with the CFO here at home, we bit the bullet and decided to make the investment in a Vinotheque 320QT. So, my problems with "interim" storage solutions are gone, replaced with the "problems" of filling the new cellar.... <IMG SRC=""><P>Rich

- hotwine - 08-31-2006 12:33 PM

A nice "problem" to have. Congrats on your new toy!

- winoweenie - 08-31-2006 04:07 PM

Welcome to the bored and may all of youse problems be solved so expediantly. WW