It’s all about what the marketplace. I do think there’s a need for a reasonably priced, plug’n play endpoint. Maybe this will evolve into that very thing. For me, now that I’ve stuck my toe in the pond, the USBridge has been working really well. Granted, I haven’t upgraded one. I’ve heard some folks do it without issue, and others brick them. Since mine works and I get the resolution I want, I don’t know if I’d ever bother upgrading the OS. Would I recommend the USBridge to someone that wants toaster-like simplicity? No, but they are close.
Going up the price chain, the microRendu is super simple. But, they are more expensive. You can get three USBridge’s for the price of one microRendu. Is 3x the cost a reasonable point of entry into an appliance for a Roon endpoint? I think there’s an opportunity here for someone to fill this void. Maybe Roon will expand it’s h/w offerings.