Originally Posted by DaverJ
Have you tried it using analog audio from the Roku2 to your receiver? I believe the original Roku can only do 2.0 audio over optical, so you aren't loosing channels by going analog. And it's compressed streaming audio, so any sound loss shouldn't be noticeable.
I don't own a Roku so I don't speak from experience. I'm curious to hear what you or others think of this. I'm on the fence between a Roku2 XS and the Apple TV2, and the lack of optical jack on the Roku had me leaning toward the ATV2. Yet the Apple only does 720p, and I might want to use it on a 1080p TV.
To give you an idea,
I streamed Mad Men (1080p/5.1 DD+) from Netflix on Roku1, Roku2, ATV2 & Revue.
Roku2 HD @1080p, Supports adaptive streaming, video quality is very Dark in dark scenes. **
ATV2 HD @720p, No adaptive streaming, video quality is very good
Revue HD @720p (up-converted to 1080p), No adaptive streaming, video quality is Excellent. I may add the SD content (up-converted to 1080p), almost like HD @720p!!
Roku2 output 5.1 DD+ Over HDMI or 2PCM over HDMI & Analog out (simultaneously). NO optical out.
ATV2 output 5.1 DD Over HDMI & optical out or 2PCM over HDMI & optical out (simultaneously).
Revue output 7.1 PCM Over HDMI & 5.1 DD over optical out or 2PCM over HDMI & optical out (simultaneously).
The optical port can output 5.1 DD regardless of what the source is!
The HDMI will only output 7.1 if the source is 7.1, if the source is 5.1 DD+ then the output only come out from front L/R speakers as PCM @ 48 Khz.
**The adaptive streaming, start at a low and ramp up (takes about a minute) each time after FF/RW very annoying! Not sure I'm sold on the adaptive streaming, since I never had any issues with rebuffering to begin with. (w/any device).
None of them is perfect, yet.