"DubTaylor" wrote: There is some type of shortcoming in the older Ultra unit. Perhaps native .ts container/MPEG-2/HEVC support...
My 4640 supports TS/M2TS containers, MPEG-2/H.262 and HEVC. No problems there. My only issue is it's connected to a 1080 plasma set, not 4K, and my UHD rips look pretty bad without an HDR display.
I recall some kind of drama associated with the older units and Plex (surprised?). Anyway, I remembered those threads of discontent when I purchased my 4660 (Refurb) that was 30 dollars cheaper than a brand new 4640.
I've owned just about all the Roku's and all the Ultra's, except the 2019 one. I bought a 4 this week on eBay in the original box and in like new condition. I remember pre-ordering the 4 directly from Roku in October of 2015, but I had issues, including no DD audio in my setup and returned it immediately. I currently had no Roku's and decided it would be fun to buy an older one. I considered the 3, but that's too far back. I found that people had all kinds of experiences with the fan, from silent to loud clattering. This one has its fan come on after a little use and it is audible from my chair if the house is quiet and listen for it.
The first night the fan ran over night and would not turn off until I power cycled it. I eventually found the setting to power down the Roku after 30 minutes of inactivity, which turns off the fan and made things much more tolerable. Frankly, I'm pretty thrilled with the performance of this player from 2015. I have DD audio now, great 4K video, and it's plenty fast and running the latest OS update. I could have just bought an Ultra and yes it would run perfectly, but I'm enjoying finding a device that exceeds expectation that I paid very little for.
It would be cool to know if anyone knows any tweaks to make the fan run less often or even quieter. The secret screen shows it runs at 24% all the time, once it warms up to about 67 C. Obviously, it's not normal for a fan in any device to run continuously hours after no activity.