Media Streamers

Sony STR-DN1070
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony STR-DN1070

The Sony STR-DN1060 appears to be an incremental update on last year's model with six HDMI inputs and a number of wireless options, including Google Cast.

Pricing not available

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.

Yamaha RX-V479
REVIEW

Yamaha RX-V479

The Yamaha RX-V479 delivers superb sound quality and a long list of must-have features, making it our favorite receiver in this price range.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on November 5, 2015
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
Apple TV 2015
REVIEW

Apple TV 2015 ( 64GB)

The new Apple TV's awesome remote and voice control make it one of the best entertainment devices, especially for anyone who already owns plenty of Apple gadgets.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 28, 2015
1 star User rating out of 5 votes
Roku 4
REVIEW

Roku 4

The Roku 4 is the best way to get the most 4K video today, but isn't worth the extra money for most buyers.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 24, 2015
2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
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
Google Chromecast 2015
REVIEW

Google Chromecast 2015 ( Black)

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
Denon AVR-S910W
REVIEW

Denon AVR-S910W

The Denon AVR S910W comes fully loaded with up-to-the-second features, and delivers highly transparent sound.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on September 20, 2015
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
Slingbox M2
EDITORS' TAKE

Slingbox M2

The Slingbox M2 looks identical to its predecessor, but a higher hardware price includes the option to use ad-supported free mobile apps instead of the $15 paid versions.

Sony STR-DN1060
REVIEW

Sony STR-DN1060

The Sony STR-DN1060 AV receiver offers great sound and is chock full of solid streaming audio features, but rivals are nipping at its heels.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2015
4.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Nvidia Shield
REVIEW

Nvidia Shield

While the Nvidia Shield's 4K video and solid gaming chops make it the most potent Android TV device yet, app shortfalls and a relatively high price limit its appeal.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 28, 2015
4.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
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
2.4 stars User rating out of 11 votes
Marantz NR1605
REVIEW

Marantz NR1605

The slim, compact Marantz NR1605 provides excellent sound quality and thoroughly up-to-date features, making it one of our favorites for the price.

4 stars Editors' rating on January 28, 2015
Razer Forge TV
EDITORS' TAKE

Razer Forge TV

After a false start, Razer's Android TV device is adding new games and a long-awaited couch-friendly keyboard and mouse.

Canon Connect Station CS100
EDITORS' TAKE

Canon Connect Station CS100

If you've ever wanted to connect a streaming and backup device to your TV that only works with Canon gear (and SD/CF cards), you're in luck.

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
3.7 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 3 votes

MSRP: $99.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Razer Android TV
EDITORS' TAKE

Razer Android TV

At Google I/O, the first hardware to run Google's new Android TV software was announced, including a gaming-centric "micro console" from Razer.

Pricing not available

Denon AVR-S700W
EDITORS' TAKE

Denon AVR-S700W

The three new S-Series receivers from Denon all pack built-in Bluetooth and HDMI 2.0, starting at a very competitive $250 entry-level price.

Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player

The FMP-X10 is Sony's second-generation 4K media player, equipped with a 1TB hard drive, access to hundreds of 4K movies and Netflix's 4K streaming service. Previously proprietary, a software update makes it usable by multiple brands of compatible 4K TV.

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
2.1 stars User rating out of 5 votes
Hisense Pulse Pro
EDITORS' TAKE

Hisense Pulse Pro

The Hisense Pulse Pro runs "Android TV" software and sports a refreshed user interface and an impressive remote.

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

Visit manufacturer site for details.

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
Vizio Co-Star LT
EDITORS' TAKE

Vizio Co-Star LT

Vizio's new Vizio Co-Star LT smart-TV box has an HDMI input for integrating cable and onboard apps.