Originally Posted by Charles R
I A/Bed WMC and Roamio and saw virtually zero difference. Long story short I wouldn't base a decision on image (differences). Actually, you can make a case for the HTPC using less power. From a NUC using next to none at full power to a typical PC hibernating when nothing is going on (less than 2 watts) where the TiVo runs 24/7...
If I recall, the Ceton cards that hold the M-cards for cable require some power. Also playback would require some sort of decent video/audio which too would take up some power. Correct me if I am wrong here.
While the TiVo normally runs 24/7, it also can be set to standby (though this is silly that they, at least on the HD and 3 models makes you dig through menus and do it manually each time). My concern is getting decent cable recordings and especially considering that the original signal at times (whether recorded or directly watching via TiVo) at times to freeze up for a second or get a lil macro blocking. I don't know if the latter is due to the TiVo itself or the actual signal. Would you know if the TiVo Roamio has a different chipset than the other previous models? I rarely watch "live" TV and depend on recording and thus getting at least 3 shows to record at same time is worthwhile for me (nice that TiVo can do 4 or 6 shows now).
Thanks much again for your response and if you know where I can find more info on the HTPC side of things for "low power" but excellent system I would appreciate it. I am moderately familiar with the NUC given that I also like to play with XBMC. (I have an older Mac Mini with Ubuntu doing XBMC and works somewhat decent. I chose Linux over OSX as OSX doesn't support HD audio at any level).