I went through about 10 MBP 17" machines both CD and C2D before finally returning them for a full refund. The last C2D machine I had was a week 49 build. The biggest issue was the screen illumination issues and the on the latest C2D, the right speaker would distort when the standard OS X alert sound was played. I went to the Apple store and notice all laptops had the same issue include the MB and MBPs. My question is for those who have gotten machines lately is has the quality improved? Have they finally fixed the display illumination issue? I heard they had stopped production but I am not able to find details about whether this was rumor or a fact and whether anything was fixed as a result. Thanks in advance!