Conclusion: It took me a couple years of wavering, contemplating, and second-guessing (and a price drop or two) to finally take the plunge and get a network media appliance. The audio purist in my still wants to keep my CD's around for those times when I want to kick back and enjoy the music, but there are so many times in my life these days when I don't have time to just sit and listen that having a convenient way to quickly and easily get access to my music library is very...
Conclusion: Roku adds a relatively affordable entry-level digital audio hub with an LCD. For music-only playback, it's close to flawless. But if you're in for $200, you may want to up the ante $50 for its near-twin, the SoundBridge M1000, with a vacuum fluorescent display.
Pros: Plays virtually all music formats (including protected WMA). Hassle-free operation. Stylish looks and uncluttered remote. Wired and wireless Ethernet, and optical, coaxial, and analog outputs.
Cons: No photo or video support. So-so display on unit, and no output to the TV display. Remote lacks dedicated buttons. High-end audio cables are hard to connect.