Media Streamers

Roku 2
REVIEW

Roku 2 ( 2015)

A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.

5 stars Editors' rating on April 17, 2015
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
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
Denon AVR-S500BT
REVIEW

Denon AVR-S500BT

While the AVR-S500BT is one of Denon's least expensive receivers, its features lineup is surprisingly generous, and movie and music sound quality is up to snuff for the price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 23, 2014
3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Sony STR-DN850
REVIEW

Sony STR-DN850

The Sony STR-DN850 has it all: bountiful Wi-Fi networking features, the brawn to provide maximum home theater fun, and the refinement to bring a string quartet recording to life.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2014
Marantz SR5009
REVIEW

Marantz SR5009

The Marantz SR5009 looks and feels more upscale than the competition's receivers, and follows through with stellar sound quality.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 23, 2014
Onkyo TX-NR535
REVIEW

Onkyo TX-NR535

Onkyo's TX-NR535 receiver offers decent home-theater performance and a useful number of streaming features, but it's not the last word on value.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 10, 2014
4.5 stars User rating out of 2 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 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
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 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 ( 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
Harman Kardon AVR 1610
REVIEW

Harman Kardon AVR 1610

The Harman Kardon AVR 1610 appears to have a great combination of features and looks, but doesn't quite live up to its promise.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 31, 2013
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
Marantz NR1403
REVIEW

Marantz NR1403

The Marantz NR1403 is a slim, handsome AV receiver with excellent sound and plenty of HDMI connectivity, although it lacks built-in networking.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 2, 2013
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Pioneer VSX-823-K
REVIEW

Pioneer VSX-823-K

The Pioneer VSX-823-K is a good deal for AirPlay fans looking for lots of HDMI connectivity, but it falls short on wireless features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 26, 2013
1 star User rating out of 2 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