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Audio Streamers

Amazon Fire TV Stick
REVIEW

Amazon Fire TV Stick

While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 19, 2014
4.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014)
REVIEW

Western Digital WD TV Media Player ( 2014)

While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 14, 2014
3.8 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Google Nexus Player
REVIEW

Google Nexus Player

Until it receives a major infusion of native apps and developer support, and better integrates non-Google services, the Nexus Player with Android TV offers no compelling upgrade over other streaming devices.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 3, 2014
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Simple.TV 2
REVIEW

Simple.TV 2

As a streaming-based DVR the Simple.TV offers a lot of functionality including a novel sharing feature, but if you just want to watch on your TV, instead of a tablet or phone, there are better alternatives.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 5, 2014
Amazon Fire TV
REVIEW

Amazon Fire TV

The Fire TV streaming-media box is an impressive living room debut for Amazon, with standout features like voice search, gaming, and superfast video streaming, but it falls short of being an elite streamer -- at least for now.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 3, 2014
2.9 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku Streaming Stick (2014)
REVIEW

Roku Streaming Stick ( 2014)

Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, making it the best streaming stick and an outstanding value.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 28, 2014
2.5 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku LT (2013)
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2013)

The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2013
Phorus PR1 Receiver
REVIEW

Phorus PR1 Receiver

While the Play-Fi standard offers plenty of potential, the Phorus PR1 is currently too limited in its scope and performance to warrant buying over a Sonos.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
PLAiR 2
REVIEW

PLAiR 2

Plair 2 is an interesting Chromecast alternative that offers access to the full suite of Android apps, but it's just not reliable enough to recommend.

2 stars Editors' rating on November 1, 2013

MSRP: $49.00

Roku 1
REVIEW

Roku 1

The Roku 1 offers the same excellent experience that's found on other Roku boxes at a new low price, but there aren't many reasons to choose it over the new Streaming Stick or step-up Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 10, 2014
Roku 2
REVIEW

Roku 2

The Roku 2 offers tons of content sources and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack for less, but the Roku 3 is still our favorite pick.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2013
PLAiR (passion)
REVIEW

PLAiR ( passion)

PLAiR is a neat-looking streaming device, but it's buggy, unreliable, and short on content.

2 stars Editors' rating on April 24, 2013

MSRP: $99.00

Western Digital TV Play
REVIEW

Western Digital TV Play

The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2013

MSRP: $69.99

Netgear NeoTV (NTV300)
REVIEW

Netgear NeoTV ( NTV300)

The Netgear Neo TV NTV300 is one of the cheapest streaming boxes on the market, but it doesn't offer any compelling distinguishing features compared with the Roku.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 4, 2013
2.4 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Roku Streaming Stick
REVIEW

Roku Streaming Stick

While the number of devices that support it will probably grow, the Roku Streaming Stick is still a niche item when compared with every other Roku device.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 20, 2012
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Roku LT (2012)
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2012)

The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2012
3.5 stars User rating out of 9 votes

Pricing not available

Vizio Co-Star
REVIEW

Vizio Co-Star

The Vizio Co-Star is an affordable way of getting the Google TV experience, but the software remains underwhelming and hampered by restrictions.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on September 13, 2012
1 star User rating out of 7 votes
Google Nexus Q
REVIEW

Google Nexus Q

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2012

MSRP: $299.00

Sony NSZ-GS7
REVIEW

Sony NSZ-GS7

The Sony NSZ-GS7 has sleek hardware and an innovative remote, but it's hampered by the still too-limited and frustrating Google TV software.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $199.99

Logitech Squeezebox Touch
REVIEW

Logitech Squeezebox Touch

The Logitech Squeezebox is an excellent digital-music device that offers good sound quality and a great variety of source options, but it's not for casual users.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 18, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Roku HD (2012)
REVIEW

Roku HD ( 2012)

With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 7, 2012
3.2 stars User rating out of 15 votes

Pricing not available

Elgato HD HomeRun
REVIEW

Elgato HD HomeRun

The Elgato HDHomeRun is a decent way to get over-the-air TV on your Mac, but its high bandwidth requirements mean you're better off opting for wired rather than Wi-Fi streaming.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 23, 2012

MSRP: $179.95

Netgear NeoTV (NTV200)
REVIEW

Netgear NeoTV ( NTV200)

While it's a capable streamer the lack of any expandable memory and its limited connectivity really limit its universal appeal. It's also priced too high compared to the most recent Roku offerings.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2011
2.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
Uebo M400
REVIEW

Uebo M400

While we recommend the Uebo M400 to the DIY streaming and content guru, the M400 is certainly not for novices. It's also desperately in need of some sort of QWERTY input remote.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 17, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Bigstream
REVIEW

Bigstream

While it sounds like a great device on paper, the Bigstream suffers from numerous performance issues that ultimately make for a below average experience.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on May 15, 2011

MSRP: $119.00

WD TV Live Hub (1TB)
REVIEW

WD TV Live Hub ( 1TB)

While it lacks integrated Wi-Fi and is more expensive than the Roku or Apple TV , the WD TV Live Hub's combination of snazzy interface and built-in 1TB hard drive will appeal to advanced users who have a lot of existing files they want to view on an HDTV or stream to other PCs on a network.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 13, 2010
2.6 stars User rating out of 5 votes

MSRP: $199.99

Roku XDS (2100X)
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Roku XDS ( 2100X)

Thanks to its wide range of content offerings--including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and Pandora--the Roku XDS is the best all-around streaming media box you can get for less than $100.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010

MSRP: $99.99

Sony SMP-N100
REVIEW

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $129.99

Logitech Revue (Google TV)
REVIEW

Logitech Revue ( Google TV)

The Logitech Revue with Google TV is loaded with potentially game-changing functionality, but its high price, numerous caveats, and current assortment of bugs make it best-suited to early adopters--at least until promised firmware fixes become available.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 27, 2010
1 star User rating out of 3 votes
Apple TV (fall 2010)
REVIEW

Apple TV ( fall 2010)

The Apple TV is an excellent streaming video box, especially for Apple fans who will use AirPlay and the upcoming iTunes Match service, but it's missing a few key apps like Hulu Plus and Pandora.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 30, 2010
1 star User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $99.00