Media Streamers

Marantz NR1506
REVIEW

Marantz NR1506

The Marantz NR1506 AV receiver offers a winning combination of full-featured streaming audio and fine sound quality in a sleek, low-profile package.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 8, 2015
Western Digital WD TV Media Player
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
2.6 stars User rating out of 7 votes
Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B
REVIEW

Philips Blu-ray Surround Base HTB3525B

The Philips HTB3525B packs Blu-ray, Smart TV, and Bluetooth into an affordable sound bar, making it a great choice if you're looking for an all-in-one system.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2014
Roku Streaming Stick
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
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
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
Google Chromecast
REVIEW

Google Chromecast

Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013
3.1 stars User rating out of 42 votes
Onkyo TX-NR626
REVIEW

Onkyo TX-NR626

Onkyo's TX-NR626 is a value-packed AV receiver with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a turntable input, but it's just short of being our top pick.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 11, 2013
2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Netgear NeoTV
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