TiVo Community
TiVo Community
TiVo Community
Go Back   TiVo Community > Main TiVo Forums > TiVo Premiere DVRs
TiVo Community
Forum Jump
Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2012, 07:00 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2
4 vs XL4 difference? 5.1?

I'm currently deciding between a Tivo 4 and and a Tivo XL4. I was looking at the specifications page on the tivo website, and it says under THX®sound and video certification:

Premiere 4: Not THX® Certified
Premiere XL4: THX® Certified, Dolby 5.1

The way it looks on the actual chart is ambiguous. Does that mean that the XL4 is the only tivo that can output 5.1 surround sound? If so that's very surprising to me.

Also, as far as THX certification goes, has anyone directly compared the sound/picture quality of the XL4 vs. the regular 4? My guess is that the XL4 and 4 probably share the same hardware/software (other than hard drive) but that the XL4 is the only one to go through testing. Probably nobody outside of tivo knows for sure, but maybe some people have done a head to head comparison? if so, can you tell the difference?

P.S. I was a directivo user back in the day....finally had enough with my crappy comcast DVR. It feels good to know that i'll be "coming home."

fizikisto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 07:17 AM   #2
UHD Addict
aaronwt's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Northern VA(Woodbridge)
Posts: 18,847
Even the old TiVo boxes from 2001 with DirecTV output Dolby Digital 5.1. Dolby Digital is an old legacy audio format. All of the Premiere line can also output the newer Dolby Digital Plus format.

The Premiere 4 and the Premiere XL4 can output the same audio. They just did not pay to get the THX certification for the Premiere 4 model.

BOLT(4TB)x2/Roamio Pro (5TB Red)
TiVo Mini x4
Roamio Basic(1TB Red)
53TB unRAID2--41TB unRAID3--35TB unRAID1a
XBL/PSN: WormholeXtreme
aaronwt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 07:40 AM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,885
AFAIK the 2T hard drive and included Glo remote is the only real difference between the units.

I don't recall reading anything which suggests the THX certified units have anything different then the similar units which tivo decided not to pay for THX certification.

lew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 3,990
OP- you may want to revise your title.

It is misleading as you are asking about the 4 vs XL4 and not the XL vs XL4.

TiVo Owner
jrtroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Forum Jump

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


TiVo Community
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media

(C) 2016 DBNet - All Rights Reserved. No information may be posted elsewhere without written permission.
TiVo® is a registered trademark of TiVo Inc. This site is not owned or operated by TiVo Inc.
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45 PM.
Page generated in 0.12801194 seconds (50.14% PHP - 49.86% MySQL) with 18 queries