OR, just output stereo from the Roku instead of 5.1 audio. Don't know why anyone would want mixed 5.1 audio in two channels.
Why use a surge protector? A two-outlet box-in-the-wall is enough.
Why use a full HD screen on a laptop? 768p is legible.
Why get a tablet when you have a smartphone? They both do essentially the same thing.
You do realize that response is poorly thought.
The Dolby decoding makes a difference, hence the reason why some manufacturers pay for the license.
Attempting to downplay the opinion shared by those of us that want this feature hardly furthers the discussion.
If you disagree, state your reasons.
Notwithstanding your gratuitious "poorly thought" jibe, lol, here's why:
: If you see a sound bar touting its surround-sound capabilities, it’s likely simulated surround. Less-expensive speakers use psychoacoustic techniques designed to fool your brain into hearing things that aren’t actually present in the audio stream. Fire up Windows Media Player and turn on SRS Wow and TruBass to see what we mean. Faux surround can add a sense of stereo depth or spaciousness, but the quality varies between brands and don’t for a second think that it will sound like true surround. (http://www.techhive.com/article/2066037 ... ur-tv.html
My point is that you're depending upon (assuming we are talking about a 2-channel soundbar) the soundbar's circuitry to create a "virtual" surround mix. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that sub-$100 soundbars probably
don't do a great job in that regard, but I could be wrong. YMMV, of course. (Yes, I'm aware you said refurb $50 types.)
If it sounds good/acceptable to you, that's all that matters. My AVR has virtualized surround settings, and when i flip on that mode, I don't like the quality, but that's me.