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noise is directly related to the size of the vaccuum opening. therefore any Record Cleaner with a wide sweep vaccuum arm will sound to a large degree like a vaccuum cleaner.
the 'Keith Monks'....Loricraft...type record cleaners use a stylus vaccuum arm with a tiny vaccuum hole at the end of the stylus. a piece of thread is fed to the end of the same arm and the vaccuum point rests on the thread. every time you clean a record you advance the thread to use a new spot. in any case; this style of record cleaner is infinitly quieter since the vaccuum openning is much much smaller than the 'wide' arm type.
i have not compared different machines within this approach to say which is the quietist.
I have to add my 0.02. I have been using my own cleaning solution along with an Orbitrak2 and I have been very satified with the results. I, too, have been looking for a RCM but am satisfied with the Orbitrak results to date. This is not to say I won't get a RCM - May go for the KAB and use my own upright vac.
I think I'll live with the noise, given that the PRC4 is 5 times the cost of a HW-16.5-the difference will pay for a nice MC cartridge and a large stack of Classic Records reissues. Do what I do-use your headphones to listen while you are doing the cleaning. It doesn't help those nearby, but at least you can enjoy some music while you are doing your maintenance work.
I have a PRC 3 Loricraft and have had it since 2001. I heard it while stuck in London after 911. It is much less noisy than other record cleaners I have owned including the Keith Monks that I owned nearly 30 years ago. But the PRC 6 and the PRC 4 Deluxe are much quieter yet and have greater vacuum, which reduces the need to clean dirty records twice.