Media Streamers

Roku 3
REVIEW

Roku 3 ( 2015)

Voice search makes the Roku 3 the best video streamer in its price class, but if you don't need it or the remote's headphone jack, save some money and get the Roku 2.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on April 10, 2015
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Sony STR-DN1050
REVIEW

Sony STR-DN1050

The Sony STR-DN1050 is a great deal that offers almost everything you could want in a midrange receiver.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 20, 2014
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Onkyo TX-NR636
REVIEW

Onkyo TX-NR636

The Onkyo TX-NR636 offers a compelling mix of features and performance with "future-proofing" that is unparalleled for the money.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 12, 2014
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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 LT
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
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 2
REVIEW

Roku 2 ( newer model available)

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
Sony STR-DN840
REVIEW

Sony STR-DN840

The Sony STR-DN840 is by far the best AV receiver value of the year, offering tons of wireless connectivity and six HDMI inputs for well under $500.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 2, 2013
3.5 stars User rating out of 3 votes
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
3.2 stars User rating out of 41 votes
Onkyo TX-NR525
REVIEW

Onkyo TX-NR525

Onkyo's TX-NR525 is a solid AV receiver value, especially considering its affordable accessories, but competitors offer integrated wireless features for not much more.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 19, 2013