Originally Posted by avspace
I think you might be right, the thing that's throwing me off is that my Roku2 is still slowly loading the netflix movie pic icons when I first enter the UI, which I consider is "still loading" as it works to display the icons. Whereas the Sony has them all loaded as soon as I enter the UI.
Now and then some of the thumbs haven't loaded when the Roku 2 Netflix UI appears, but it's very infrequent for me (used to be a lot more frequent in the old version).
But there is one huge difference, once the Sony is wired, it seems to be able to sustain a better HD picture than the Roku. I am noticing on 5.1 HD streams, the Roku shifting between various quality levels, trying to sustain a good picture, but not remaining consistent. The best the Roku 2 XS can do on my connection with 5.1 HD streams is a soft HD PQ, while the Sony's best HD is sharp and definitely full HD quality, according the display button which shows the stream quality. My perception is that the Roku 2 simply doesn't have enough memory or processing power to properly handle things when HD and 5.1 streams come into play.
My (wired) Roku 2 climbs up to the 1080p encodings and stays there on my nominally 25 Mbps connection--the Netflix picture on the Sony is in no way superior.
I admit I'm definitely against keeping the Roku as I've read enough negative reviews on amazon and Roku's blog site to expect that the unit will fail just past its 90 day warranty. The Sony S590 is a winner in my book.
I've had my Roku 2 XS for 8 months without a single problem and I don't recall anyone in the AVS Forum Roku 2 thread
complaining about their unit quickly failing. It's an extremely low power, completely solid state device (drawing under two watts, less than some night lights)--in general if such a thing works for a month or two it should work nearly forever, barring being banged around violently or being fried by some power surge it wasn't protected against.
I had a few problems with the Roku 2 with early firmware releases, but at this point I'm fairly impressed with it. If it had a full-featured VUDU player, it'd be just about perfect. (I suspect that it would have to have Dolby decoding capability for VUDU, which I believe that they omit to save the cost of licensing).
In any case we have no idea how long the Sony BD players will last or whether they have some kind of quality control issue(s); only time will tell.
I'd actually like to find something that does everything that I need well and sell the Roku 2, but if I keep the S390 I'll keep the Roku until the S390's Amazon player should improve. The Roku 2's Amazon player is vastly superior to the S390's pretty much intolerable one (IMHO