The new Roku 3 has one more feature up its sleeve and it’s a neat one: private listening mode. Plug in a pair of headphones to the remote’s headphone jack and you can listen to whatever’s playing on your Roku. Plugging in the headphones also automatically mutes your TV, and headphone volume can be adjusted using the rocker on the right side of the remote. Another smart feature: the headphone volume leaves the TV volume unaffected, so cranking it up in private listening mode won’t blast the room when you pop out the headphones.
That’s a clever idea.
I’ve been a fan of the previous generation Roku. But honestly, I had mainly been using it because of the HBO Go integration. Now that you can AirPlay HBO Go from iOS devices (and it’s apparently coming to the Apple TV itself soon), the Roku gets a lot less use.