Yes, no and depends. Yes: The Shield is one of the very few ways to play back full-fat HD audio tracks from Plex. Yes: You get a lot more than just streaming apps on the Shield, e.g. gaming if that's of interest Yes: The upscaling on the Shield Pro is nothing short of remarkable for 1080p (or lower) content. No: You probably don't have many files with HD audio tracks (e.g. Atmos, DTS-X) anyway. No: Even if you did, you may not particularly notice. Depends: There was a time that Dolby Vision was a bit bothersome to get working properly on the Shield - so as far as streaming services go, YMMV. Depends: Another remote, another device - pros and cons. Depends: A separate device means you're not relying on eARC, which is only mostly reliable these days For what its worth, I use a Shield for Plex and Plex alone, an ATV for streaming apps and don't use any onboard apps.