Media Streamers

Roku 2 (2015)
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
Roku 3 (2015)
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
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
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 (2014)
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 (2013)
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
Phorus PR1 Receiver
REVIEW

Phorus PR1 Receiver

While the Play-Fi standard offers plenty of potential, the Phorus PR1 is currently too limited in its scope and performance to warrant buying over a Sonos.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2013
5 stars User rating out of 2 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

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 (newer model available)
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
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
Sony STR-DN1040
REVIEW

Sony STR-DN1040

The Sony STR-DN1040 is a truly first-class AV receiver, boasting tons of wireless technology and a pretty user interface, at a premium price.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 14, 2013
2.8 stars User rating out of 6 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
PLAiR (passion)
REVIEW

PLAiR ( passion)

PLAiR is a neat-looking streaming device, but it's buggy, unreliable, and short on content.

2 stars Editors' rating on April 24, 2013

MSRP: $99.00

Yamaha RX-V675
REVIEW

Yamaha RX-V675

Yamaha's RX-V475 is a great-sounding 5.1 receiver and a good value, although competitors offer better features and design.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 22, 2013
Denon AVR-E400
REVIEW

Denon AVR-E400

Denon's AVR-E400 embodies some progress in simplifying the arduous AV receiver setup process, but it lacks convenient wireless features you'd expect at this price.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 12, 2013
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
TiVo Mini
REVIEW

TiVo Mini

The TiVo Mini is an easy way to give another TV in your home access to your TiVo DVR, live TV, and streaming services. But if you're not in a hurry, you may want to wait till more features and services arrive.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 19, 2013
Roku 3 (newer model available)
REVIEW

Roku 3 ( newer model available)

The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box yet, with tons of content sources, lightning-fast performance, and an innovative remote with built-in headphone jack.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on March 11, 2013
3.4 stars User rating out of 41 votes
Western Digital TV Play
REVIEW

Western Digital TV Play

The WD TV Play is the best alternative to Roku and Apple TV for viewers looking to access their personal media collection.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 12, 2013

MSRP: $69.99

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
Yamaha RX-V473
REVIEW

Yamaha RX-V473

The Yamaha RX-V473 is a serviceable 5.1 AV receiver, but given that it has only four HDMI inputs, competing models offer a better value.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2012
4.3 stars User rating out of 4 votes

MSRP: $449.95