Originally Posted by crxssi
It's digital. Either it is perfect or it is nothing or it is digitally breaking up. There really aren't any other inbetweens...
This is incorrect. DACs (digital audio converters) vary widely in quality. You will absolutely hear the difference between an audiophile-grade DAC and a cheap one.
I'm also having audio issues with my Roamio, the OP is correct, the sound is off. Coming from an Xbox One, music sounds slightly muffled and compressed, with a far narrower sound-stage. The Spotify service on the Roamio streams at 320kbs (roughly CD quality) whereas Xbox Music is only 190kbs (older MP3 quality)... So if the chipsets were comparable, the Roamio should have the edge. This points to lower-end audio hardware at work within the Roamio.
Frankly, it may be a deal-breaker for me. I like the all-in-one convenience of the Roamio, but I'm not going to tolerate bad sound when I've spent thousands on ultra high-end speakers and amplifier. Granted, I often listen to vinyl or HD CD's, but I enjoy streaming music services for quick listening and discovering new music.
I'm using a basic 4-tuner Roamio, perhaps the higher-end models utilize a better chipset for audio. I'll investigate... If the sound is the same, I'll unfortunately have to return the Tivo and continue using the Xbox One with my cable box as an all-in-one interface...