I'm curious whether or not the people complaining about this have some kind of audio receiver or not, vs TV speakers. The receiver probably has better options, then the Roku feature, and it's probably just as easy, if not more so to use then Roku's implementation. I can understand if TV speakers are the only audio source here, but if you have an AVR / Sound bar with a night feature, does it really matter which device enables it?
I use a soundbar and no it doesn't have the ability for night listening mode(or anything like it), it can do a rather lousy fake surround sound or regular stereo. I'm curious at this particular moment if you work for Roku or not and why it feels like you are defending their removal of this feature. it isn't like they decided to remove from a next model. they removed from a model a feature they used to sell it in their feature list. not to mention that the 2016 model premiere, premiere+ and Ultra are superior devices to their next gen models, asking us to downgrade while the devices still function is absurd
I don't work for Roku, nor was I defending their decision to remove the feature. I just have some experience with home theater, and I also post on the AVS forum thread for the Roku, and many people there have high end AVR units with features like this. I personally have Vizio Sound bars that are true 5.1 and have the feature. So, in those setups, it really doesn't matter if the Roku has the feature directly or not, since the sound device does. My intention on asking the question was to find out how technical people are here, and if they had other options.
In my case the night mode for my sound bars turns off bass, so the subwoofer doesn't fire, and it reduces dynamic range so everything is more at an even volume.
Also understand, I usually deal with higher end products and companies such as Apple, and Google, Sony, to name a few. So, I don't have the same expectations from a company such Roku as I do the others.