Originally Posted by JimP
In any event, I still think the picture looks a bit cleaner with the Roamio outputting 1080p.
When I was using the TiVo HD, I output Native and let the Panasonic plasma do the scaling. With the Roamio I let it stay set at Automatic so that it negotiates with the plasma and upconverts accordingly. To me the PQ looks every bit as good as when the plasma did the scaling. The side benefit is that channel changing is appreciably faster.
And yes, comparison to an Oppo is futile. The Oppo has such good scaling circuitry it will beat any TV's scaler. I think you have to go to DVDO to match the Oppo.
Coming from the TiVo HD, I continue to be pleasantly impressed with the features of the Roamio. The latest one I noticed is the very low throughput lag. We have an LCD in the kitchen, directly connected to the antenna and within earshot of the family room TiVo. With the TiVo HD, when both were tuned to the same channel the audio delay through the HD created a long delay echo with the kitchen that was maddening. Each side would tend to play louder to drown out the other -- you can imagine the eventual family conflict that caused. With the Roamio, the audio delay is very small and reduces the echo to a light reverb which is completely tolerable.
The only aspect of the new interface I find useless is the 4-panel suggestion bar at the top of the menu screen. I haven't figured out what that will ever be good for in my setting. I tried to use the settings menu to configure what it is supposed to display, but it seems to have a mind of its own and displays whatever. It would have more appeal if they simply used it for advertising -- which shows you how little value I have for it in its present state.