"No digital audio?"1.5 starson by txj118
Pros: great networking features
Cons: dual tuner isn't, no digital audio
Summary: TiVo's corporate philosophy is nonsensical and frustrating. The Series2's networking features are cutting-edge, but the box is by no means a true dual tuner, as satellite subscribers will need 2 of these boxes to tape 2 shows at once. But to be fair, with rebates, multi-box discounts etc., this option isn't half bad b/c users can access either box and re-route recorded content via the local network, not to mention easily offload recorded content.
But the Series2 has a fatal flaw that surprisingly even CNET's editors neglect to mention:
No digital audio output.
That means *NO* Dolby 5.1 (or better) feed for home theater sound systems, only stereo surround sound fakery. How can any home theater enthusiast take this box seriously?
With true broadband networking, the TiVo Series2 is brain candy for the creative technophile. But that same customer is left shaking his or her head in disbelief at a 'dual-tuner' DVR with just one contemporary tuner, and the audio jacks of a cassette tape deck.