The (Wi-Fi Direct) headphone jack on the Roku 3 remote is a terrific idea – expect all kinds of products to copy that idea. A faster processor is always nice, but in today’s world, Roku 2 is plenty fast enough. Great, they have made Roku 3 receive dual-band wireless. Maybe Roku finally could have added a YouTube channel. Good grief, what’s the hold up/problem with adding YouTube? (No problem now, free Twonky Beam app solved that problem.)
All this does not make me want to replace my Roku 2 XS with a new 3, mainly because they removed a feature I use! The only audio output on the 3 is HDMI, and the analog A/V output is gone. Guess what Roku, some people actually use BOTH outputs. I use the analog audio of both my Roku and WDTV to input into the stereo, (via a switch box) so I can dial in an audio signal (e.g. TuneIn Radio, Slacker, music from my WDTV HDD, etc) to listen and be able to turn off the TV! Really, tell me why the TV needs to be on for this scenerio? Once I find what I want to play and get it going, off goes the TV.
Who knows, now that the 3 is out, the Roku 2 XS might be found for a terrific price and I can get a “spare”. It is not even for sale at the Roku site anymore. If someone wants a good deal on a top end Roku, get the XS model at a blow-out price.
Hmmm . . . .For example, here you go: $20 rebate (making it $20 less than the Roku 3) with free shipping/no tax from top-notch seller J&R: http://www.jr.com/roku/pe/ROK_3100R/ Hurry, sale ends soon!
Pretty much the same price as the new (and low-level) WDTV Play. a no brainer – get the Roku 2 XS; not the WDTV Play. Nor the next lower Roku “XD” model.
If interested, here is CNET’s review of the Roku 3:
Roku 3 Review - Watch CNET’s Video Review
The issue of Roku still not having YouTube is addressed in review, and the response is as vague as ever from Roku. Bet it has to do with MONEY! There was once a YouTube custom channel for Roku, but they took it down. Fortunately, they let us who had it installed keep it. It works fine; it’s 1080p, etc. – it’s not about the technology; it really must be about the money issue between Roku and YouTube.)