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Discussion in 'TiVo Bolt DVR/Streamer' started by ilovedvrs, Oct 8, 2015.
According to that thread, the fan is 50mm x 14mm. If anyone tries any of the ones that Andrew_S suggested
I'd be interested to hear the results. My Bolt isn't unbearably loud but it is much more noticeable than the Premiere and the Roamio we have. It's more of a higher pitched (maybe whinier sound) than the lower pitched and quieter sounds of the previous models mentioned.
So I have had a Bolt for three weeks. The fan really bothers me, I am considering taking it back because of it. The Premiere I had was much quieter, and the reason I switched to Tivo was because the Time Warner DVRs were so loud in the first place.
Placing it in glass or putting a cloth under it isn't an acceptable solution, it needs to be more quite. It's almost as loud as my PS3. It's also loud in standby mode, I've tried that.
It's such a shame that they had to sacrifice overall quality due to having to make the until so much smaller. Why shave an inch off when they could have made it a bit larger and gone with a 50mm fan that's quiet? Ugh!
None of the five Bolts I have owned are loud like this. Even with a 4TB drive they aren't very loud. Of course any TiVo or DVR in a quiet room seems loud to me since I can easily hear them from fifteen feet away.
I'm STILL waiting on a cablecard from Frontier so I just have my bolt in a guest room doing nothing. It isn't the noise of a drive or even fan air it's literally a rattling buzz from the fan or its housing. I can squeeze the case in various places and change the noise considerably, but never in a manner that significantly quiets it. It's a very plasticy buzz.
I bought if off Amazon. Sort of wish I'd bought it at BB to make it easier to exchange or take back.
Amazon has a great return policy. It's quite painless.
I placed a fairly heavy glass ornament on the top of the unit and it does eliminate some of the buzz from the casing, but the overall fan noise is still bad.
Maybe I don't have any noises like that because I have taken all my Bolts apart and put them back together several times?
If I were keeping it I'd definitely try seeing if re-assembling it might help.
I tried making a sound file but the level is very low of the recording. The nature of the noise can more or less be heard.
I think returning it is the plan, in hopes that an exchange will be better.
I tried the GELID Silent5 fan. The pitch and volume of the fan noise is pretty much identical to the stock fan.
That torturous buzzing noise sounds just like the TiVo Stream I banished to the garage and went through the hassle of drilling a hole in the wall to run a 100' ethernet cable through the attic to reach the router upstairs. Why didnt TiVo learn from the negative feedback we voiced about the loud fan noise from the Stream? Don't they test their hardware in a quiet room?
I liked the solution someone posted in another thread - mounting a large Noctua fan on the outside of the case (presumably after either cutting out a circle or drilling lots of holes for air flow .
I was about to order the Scythe Mini Kaze and then saw this answer to a question about the sound:
Guess that one is out as well. Anyone know of an alternative candidate?
That is exactly what mine sounds like. Maybe not even the fan, just an annoying buzz. Definitely returning it. Bummer because I have a lot of shows recorded and these aren't the easiest things in the world to install.
NP: I am dealing with this now. Objectively of course it is pretty quiet, but I hone in on it and can hear it since it's by my bed. My question is - can any of you recommend a really simple looking breathable box I could put the Bolt in that would dampen the sound? I don't know anything about this kind of thing. What kind of keywords would I use to search of an enclosure for the bolt?
The single most effective solution is (unfortunately) to put it somewhere else and get a mini. The mini has no fan, and so, makes no noise (though the mini does have the brightest network port lights I've ever seen, which is a different problem in the bedroom).
Then there was the post on this board somewhere showing a bolt someone hacked by replacing the small fan with a large Noctua fan on the outside (with, I guess, lots of holes drilled in the case). Noctua fans are wonderfully quiet, but they don't make an exact size replacement for the fan in the bolt.
Has anyone compared fan noise bolt to bolt+?
Most probably they share the same fan.
I have two roamio pros on my media center, which barely make any sound ( I had to bend and put my ear 1 foot away from it to hear anything); so when I plugged in the bolt I was shocked at how loud the fan was. It's a deal breaker for me; it was purchased for a bedroom. There's no way can have that noisy thing running when I am trying to sleep. I had to return it. It's a shame too. I purchased one of the roamios because the bolt+ wasn't available at the time. So when the bolt+ came out, I was so sure it would be my next TiVo purchase. I can't believe how badly designed and cheap the housing is. At least when you hold an iPhone 7, it doesn't feel cheap. I don't know how many times they can miss the mark and correct their mistakes before they go out of business.