Originally Posted by naustin
IMHO, no. Software updates are designed to fix issues and/or add enhancements that may or may not be important to you. If your Premier+ works fine and you don't want the new Spotify App, 8.2 is fine. Also be aware new Models aren't necessarily better. The 2016 Ultra "box" has better features/specs than the 2017 and 2018. The new differences relate to the voice remote & 2018 JBL earplugs.
My point is you always want the latest firmware offered if you have issues, otherwise don't worry be happy
I'm happy with the performance, I was just curious if it was better to upgrade both software / hardware every couple years. As far as the 2016 vs 2017 / 2018 Ultra units. The 2017 is much better in my setup because it doesn't contain the transociding hardware which caused conflicts because my TV also has that ability so the ROKU and TV would conflict and cause audio issues. The Roku had no way to turn this off, so with only one device handling this, makes my 4k setup much more reliable.
As far as the point I was making about the software updates, Sony, and Apple provide the software for the designated models and give the user, the choice to upgrade now, or later, or never. With Roku, it's not that easy, because in this case, I have a unit with the new software, I find it stable, and find some performance improvements that would be nice to have on both units. However, I can't upgrade when I'm ready, or if I didn't want the upgrade, I couldn't stop it anyway. I just would like to see different options for managing Roku updates then currently exist. As far as the question about upgrading, it just seems the newer models get upgraded faster, then the older ones.
By the way, I do appreciate older software / hardware in some circumstances, over the newest available. One personal example here would be my black Roku streaming stick model 3600R from 2016. It's the only Roku I have left that handles DTS passthrough correctly on multiple sources. The newer units all have the same flaws that have come up with recent software updates. The downside is this particular product is 1080p max.