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Tivo Stream is relatively noisy

Discussion in 'TiVo Stream' started by cwiesner, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. DaveWhittle

    DaveWhittle New Member

    Jul 24, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    You can stream live TV if there's a tuner that's not recording anything.

    Although technically it's not "live", it's a buffered recording, but from the iOS end it acts like live TV.
  2. Davisadm

    Davisadm TiVo is awesome!!!!!

    Jan 18, 2008
    The stream DOES NOT do any wireless transmitting from the unit itself. It utilizes your existing wireless set-up (WAP).
  3. ducker

    ducker New Member

    Feb 21, 2006
    hm, mine is in my office and I don't notice any sound coming from it.
    If I'm downloading a show - and touch it it is warm to the touch, but other than that it's quiet.
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Mine has a whine when the fan is spinning, but the fan doesn't necessarily coincide with when it's working either. It just randomly fires up several times a day even when I'm not using it.

  5. OC7

    OC7 Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    Chandler, AZ
    Same for me. Mine's in my office and I don't hear it at all, but it does get a little warm to the touch.
  6. Fist of Death

    Fist of Death Bon Vivant

    Jan 4, 2002
    The Emerald...
    When setting mine up in my home office, I was surprised by how much fan noise this little thing made. Now that it's configured and living in my network equipment closet, I don't care. I would NOT put this thing in a media room or anywhere I wanted quiet.
  7. bananagrabbers

    bananagrabbers New Member

    May 26, 2011
    Count me among the stunned regarding how much noise this box produces. It's also warm to the touch at all times.

    I'd simply like to know why. I just installed it, and transferred one show (last night) and yet it still sounds and feels like it's doing a ton of work.

    I have it in my office, so I don't mind the light noise, but I do worry about how long this unit will possibly last. Sounds like an eight-year-old laptop.
  8. compnurd

    compnurd Active Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Mine is in my living room right near where i sit and I dont hear it at all
  9. metivo

    metivo New Member

    Dec 25, 2003
    I noticed my Stream being very noisy as soon as I powered it up a few weeks ago, and the whining noise is there whether I'm streaming or not. Noise Patrol on my iPhone 4S reports the noise at 23 dB with the iPhone microphone about .5 cm from the right side of the Stream (with both flat on a desk).

    I complained to TiVo, and they sent me a replacement Stream, which I got today. It is perhaps 1dB quieter, but that difference is in the margin of error (or should I say, in the noise...). Both the original and replacement are noticeably noisy.

    In addition to the fan noise, the box is resonating, acting to amplify the sound a bit, which of course makes it worse. It is sometimes less amplified while I'm holding it, though the fan is just as loud then. So this seems like an acoustic design error plus a slightly noisy fan.

    Standing it on an edge doesn't affect the loudness.

    Because of the noise, I first moved it out of my office into the TV room, but it was too noisy in there too. So I moved it into an unoccupied room that has a network connection. Anytime I walk in there I immediately notice the annoying whine.

    I was really hoping the replacement Stream would not have the noise issue, but I see here that most Streams have this problem. A poor design.

    The manufacturing dates on my two unit are something like Oct 8, 2012 (original one) and Oct 25, 2012 (replacement).

    If anyone has what they think is a very quiet Stream, please post the manufacturing date from the bottom of the unit. Thanks.
  10. compnurd

    compnurd Active Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Mine is from 10/12 and I dont hear it at all
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Mine's in my bedroom, and I hear my Tivos, but don't hear the stream at all.. and when I first read this thread, I listened to my friend's Stream up close and though -- wow that's loud.. but in real situations, I don't hear it.
  12. MacBrian

    MacBrian Member

    Feb 24, 2002
    Mine's in my laundry room with the Ethernet equipment so the noise isn't a distraction in my case, but yeah it would be annoying anywhere else!

    Wish they'd have worked harder on a fan-less solution. In my case I'm not as worried about noise as I am the damage that will happen to the Streams that are tucked away out of sight that will clog up with lint and then overheat and fail. Anything that's moving that much air through it for cooling through little tiny holes is bound to collect enough lint to eventually plug up and fail...:(...and because they're noisy, many will get tucked away and hidden in places where a lint build-up won't be observed and brushed away....
  13. metivo

    metivo New Member

    Dec 25, 2003
    If you're worried about *lint* clogging up Streams, isn't the laundry room the wrong place to put one? Or perhaps you simply plan to inspect it frequently for lint from the dryer. Admittedly the laundry room is probably a good place for masking the noise from a Stream.

    Do other people have Streams that *don't* seem to be making noise??
  14. ort

    ort Member

    Jan 5, 2004
    My stream is also loud as heck. Way way too loud. Sounds like something is wrong with it.

    It makes it hard to hear the TV. It's incredibly annoying.

    It's also totally random. It will be 100% quiet for days and then the fans spin up and it fills the whole room with an annoying whiny rattle of cheap electronics fan. And what's weird is that the fans spin up at completely random times. It will be silent for a week and then suddenly, for no reason whatsoever, spin up. Why if I haven't streamed anything in 2 days is it fairly warm to the touch and sounds like a toy car or something? Ridiculous.
  15. bradleys

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Why do you have it next to the TV? Is your router located in that location as well?

    If you have your router in an out of the way place, just put the Stream next to with with a short little pigtail connector.
  16. ort

    ort Member

    Jan 5, 2004
    It makes sense to have the router by the TV. Then you can hardwire all of your internet connected TV stuff right into it.

    That said, this is a semi-temporary TV setup. We've moved recently and I have yet to setup my real media center room.

    Plus, I'm going to get a Romeo at some point, and this little loud thing will go away.
  17. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Mine spins up randomly too, and it's loud, but it's not that loud. It's loud enough to hear in a quite room, but a TV a normal volume would easily drown it out. Sounds like something is wrong with the fan in yours. You may want to consider exchanging it if you still can as that could be a sign of imminent failure.

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