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Advice on whether to get Mini so Tivo isn't in cabinet

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bcfedee, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. bcfedee

    bcfedee New Member

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    Hey Guys.

    Gonna be picking up a Roamio. I have a cabinet the TV sits on. In the cabinet are all my components. It would save space and cut down on the HDD spinning noises of the Tivo if I had a Mini in the cabinet.

    Good idea? I'd keep the Tivo in another room by my router. The goal is just to have a small device in the cabinet (instead of the bigger Tivo) and to have nothing making any noise in the cabinet (Tivo HDD can be heard somewhat). Space is at a premium.

    Just wondering what you guys think, if the extra $250 (assuming lifetime subscript) is worth it or not. Or would all you guys save the money and just put up with having the Tivo in the cabinet below the TV? I would only be watching Tivo in the one room. There is no TV in the room with the router.
     
  2. HenryFarpolo

    HenryFarpolo New Member

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    Seems like a lot of money for little gain. The Roamio isn't noisy to begin with. Try it in the cabinet if you have the space.

    You may find an less expensive alternative by putting the Roamio in the other room and experimenting with some kind remote extender.
     
  3. worachj

    worachj Active Member

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  4. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    My old Time Warner DVR was very loud, but I have a Roamio Plus in my bedroom and it really doesn't make any noise. If you really do have a severe lack of space, the the mini could definitely save you there, but if you can fit the Roamio into the space I wouldn't bother getting a mini. Seems like an awful lot to pay for not very much gain.
     
  5. Finalrinse

    Finalrinse New Member

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    I have a Roamio Pro, Premier XL4 and Mini. The Mini works well and everything but it's just not the same as having a full blown Roamio as your main device for primary viewing. I would not give that up and have a Mini as my main device. Once you have both you will understand. Plus, I can't hear my Roamio, its very quiet, much more so than any other TiVo I have owned, and like others have mentioned you get the benefit of RF control for the cabinet placement.
     
  6. bcfedee

    bcfedee New Member

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    I should have mentioned in my OP, I use a universal remote that goes by RF. I don't use the Tivo remote because my universal works my whole system. In fact, my one complaint with the Tivo is that it does NOT come with an RF input port for such universal remote control setups.

    Having an active hard drive does introduce electromagnetic noise to the RF realm at times. I have a high-end remote so it's rarely an issue, but it's still good to limit the interference as much as possible (ie., not have Tivo in the cabinet).

    The room I would keep Tivo in is too far for me to run an HDMI cable to it, unfortuantely.

    Wow. This is some great feedback guys. I'm thinking twice about getting the mini now. Thanks guys. Appreciate all you comments. Welcome more if you have them :)
     
  7. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    The Mini is IR only. If you want to use RF with the Mini, you'd need some kind of RF USB adapter for it.
     
  8. bcfedee

    bcfedee New Member

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    I use an RF basestation that communicates with my remote. My remote can basically clone all the features of the Mini remote and communicate with the basestation over RF. It allows me to have an RF remote for every single component I use. The system is made easier if the component has a built-in IR input port. See, the universal remote will send an RF signal to the basestation and the base station will send an IR command thru a wire plugged into the port in the back of the component.
     

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