Ok.... My TLA#0000 drive was found defective. The static noise was a fault. I got back a brand new TLA#0103, December 2002, Made in Japan (it doesn't suffer vibration problem since it is >October 2002 make). I also had read errors with the TLA#0000 on data CD's, also I noticed that the static noise only existed in the right channel in CD-DA. Left channel appeared fine.
The new drive I received is perfect. Period. Absolutely excellent!
I'm not sure about all you other people's specific problems, they may or may not be related to mine, and may or may not be isolated. I say this because our review unit was a TLA#0000 and apparently doesn't suffer from this. I suggest you contact Plextor and/or your retailer.
You Get What You Pay For...