Roku has excellent sound quality. It has both optical digital out as well as HDMI - I can't say which yields the better sound quality - try both and you decide. Roku also has Pandora.
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Netflix does stream surround sound, limited to 5 channel currently. I use an Apple TV and the multi-channel indicators light up when surround sound is fed. I have talked to them about this on the phone, and not all movies are streamed with surround. It depends on whether the version they own rights to includes a multi-channel track.
The sound quality is OK. I still depend on Blu Ray and my B&W 6 series speakers for great movie sound. I've never watched a Netflix movie and thought, "man the sound really sucks." I typically turn off my critical ears for Netflix, tho.
I have a Sony Bravia that streamed Netflix with a dongle, and I could not get multi-channel out of the TV's optical port. Network stations coming in on the digital tunre put out DD+ just fine. I had to go to a separate component to get DD+ from Netflix. The Sony's internal board is not set up to output multi-channel from sources other than the tuner...so be careful of that!
I have ordered the Roku 2 HD, and looking at my TV manual it says to run an optical cable out of the TV for digital sound signal with the Roku coming in HDMI. I have the Sony XBR Bravia; my Blue-ray player doesn't do streaming video, and my hometheatre receiver is an older model without HDMI but does have an optical input. I was hoping for two channels plus adding a sub-woofer in the future. I am trying to keep this setup simple, but with decent sound quality, by avoiding the dacs in the TV and Roku I hope to get what I am looking for.
Does the Roku have an optical output, if so, run the audio through that into your receiver. cut the TV out of the signal path for audio if you can.
I looked at the Roku's back panel on the internet, I see an A/V outlet, but it doesn't look like an optical port...if it's not, and your solution doesn't work for some reason, the apple tv does have an optical port on the rear panel, if you want to switch up.
No optical for the new ROKU. If you want optical go with AppleTV. The AppleTV interface for Netflix is also better than the ROKU. I only use the ROKU for specific apps. Everything else, the AppleTV is a better overall experience. Even the remote on the mobile devices is a bit better with the AppleTV.
I have a Netflix box. Forgive me as I have had brain surgery. I have 2 HDMI cables going into my TV but I can't see any coming from the Netflix box but still am getting signal from it. Can't see well now but can get someone to hook it up. Spent 50 years in audio but am about helpless now. Is there a better box I can get? I ask for HD but the sound I am getting is much worse than that from my TV output jacks through my high quality 2 channel system.