No noise of any kind out of mine. Just make sure you have a good quality USB power supply and USB cable. I've had mine playing while charging for at least 3 hrs and while it does get warm to the touch it has not tripped out, but I would imagine that can vary based on where you live and its not summer here in UK. Somewhere like Greece in summer when it gets to 47C will likely be having issues as ambient is critical for the heat dissipation through the Aluminium case. I use JRiver MC21 and works perfectly with the Chord driver on a Windows 10 machine.