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It's even better than the original Roku,
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This review is from: Roku 2 XD Streaming Player 1080p (Old Version) (Electronics)
I had some initial problems with the set-up that were solved by a new firmware release (this happens automatically), since then this little guy has done the job perfectly. The main reason I bought this was because I wanted 5.1 surround sound from Netflix which is only offered on the Roku 2 not the Roku 1. The Roku 2 also supports closed captioning on Netflix (again this was not possible on the Roku 1.) This one is even smaller than the original Roku (about half the size.) It's downright tiny, about the size of a hockey puck. This particular model does not come with an wired internet connection, USB, or an optical sound out connection, so if you really have to have those don't buy this one. I believe the top end model has a wired connection and USB, but still no optical out. In my case, the HDMI output and wireless connection are working perfectly. For Netflix 5.1 surround sound you must go into the audio and video options after selecting the movie and choose 5.1. Not all movies have this option. Also, your home theater receiver must support Dolby Digital PLUS (DD+). Some older receivers do not have DD+ only DD, so be careful. For Amazon movies you only need DD and that was supported even by the Roku 1.
I still need to warn everyone that the prices for streaming media are just about bound to increase as the content providers start to get their teeth into Netflix, Amazon and the other internet streaming companies. So, while this is great bargain now, and will probably pay for itself in 2 - 3 months vs. cable or satellite I wouldn't count on the party lasting for more than a couple more years.
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2011 2:36:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2011 2:36:57 PM PST
PHYLLIS R. PLAUT says:
This was the first comment I could find which dealt with the actual features of the Roku 2 XD. It contained the information I needed to convince me to up-grade from my current XD|S.
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