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Roku Streaming Stick 2016
REVIEW

Roku Streaming Stick 2016

The new Roku Streaming Stick is the best value in streaming-video hardware, period.

5 stars Editors' rating on April 19, 2016
2.8 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Yamaha RX-V381
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Yamaha RX-V381

Yamaha has announced its first 2016 receiver, the RX-V381, which offers four HDMI inputs with 4K support and Bluetooth streaming.

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101
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Pioneer Elite VSX-LX101

​Pioneer has announced that its 2016 Elite receivers will include next-generation surround technologies Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in addition to Google Cast.

Onkyo TX-NR656
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Onkyo TX-NR656

Onkyo has announced its 2016 range of receivers, which include features such as Dolby Atmos, Google Cast and the company's first multiroom system.

Roku SE
EDITORS' TAKE

Roku SE

Roku's latest video streamer is basically just the Roku 1 with a different name, but you can buy it for less than the Chromecast.

TiVo Bolt
REVIEW

TiVo Bolt

The TiVo Bolt makes a strong claim to the throne as king of DVRs and streaming media, but those pesky TiVo service fees keep it short of perfection.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2015

Pricing not available

Amazon Fire TV
REVIEW

Amazon Fire TV (2015)

The Fire TV is a formidable streamer with 4K capability and oodles of features, but it tries too hard to serve up Amazon's own TV shows and movies.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 21, 2015
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Google Chromecast 2015
REVIEW

Google Chromecast 2015 (Lemonade)

The innovative Chromecast might be the ultimate living-room accessory for your phone or tablet, but more traditional streaming devices deliver a better streaming experience.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 3, 2015

Pricing not available

Nvidia Shield Pro
REVIEW

Nvidia Shield Pro

The Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops will appeal to geeks, and software updates have made it more stable, but app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2015
Roku 3
REVIEW

Roku 3 (2015)

Voice search makes the Roku 3 the best video streamer in its price class, but it's no longer as good a value as the Streaming Stick.

4 stars Editors' rating on April 10, 2015
2.3 stars User rating out of 12 votes