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Media Streamers

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
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014)
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
3.7 stars User rating out of 3 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

MSRP: $99.00

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
4 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Slingbox M1
REVIEW

Slingbox M1

The $150 Slingbox M1 brings TV streaming to nearly any mobile device, PC, or Mac, now with the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 15, 2014
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
3.2 stars User rating out of 3 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
4.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Bose SoundTouch 20
REVIEW

Bose SoundTouch 20

The Bose SoundTouch 20 is a likeable streaming speaker with capable performance and great sound, but it needs to support more music services.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 25, 2014
4.3 stars User rating out of 2 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

Sonos Play:1 (black)
REVIEW

Sonos Play:1 ( black)

The Sonos Play:1 finally brings the company's wireless audio magic to the masses, in a fantastically designed compact speaker that's just $199/AU$299.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 14, 2013
4.5 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 40 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

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 LT (2012)
REVIEW

Roku LT ( 2012)

The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming content -- including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora -- for just $50.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 8, 2012
3.5 stars User rating out of 9 votes

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Sonos Connect
REVIEW

Sonos Connect

The Sonos Connect brings effortless wireless media streaming to existing hi-fi owners, but it's not the first Sonos system we'd recommend.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 28, 2012
Google Nexus Q
REVIEW

Google Nexus Q

The Nexus Q's striking, orblike hardware can't outweigh the extreme limitations of this Android-only, Google-only media streamer.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2012

MSRP: $299.00

Sony NSZ-GS7
REVIEW

Sony NSZ-GS7

The Sony NSZ-GS7 has sleek hardware and an innovative remote, but it's hampered by the still too-limited and frustrating Google TV software.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on June 24, 2012
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Logitech Squeezebox Touch
REVIEW

Logitech Squeezebox Touch

The Logitech Squeezebox is an excellent digital-music device that offers good sound quality and a great variety of source options, but it's not for casual users.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 18, 2012
2.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Roku HD (2012)
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Roku HD ( 2012)

With its ability to stream hundreds of audio and video channels (including Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and Hulu Plus), the $60 Roku HD would be our top pick for those seeking an ultra-affordable Internet media box -- if not for the fact that it's nearly identical to the slightly cheaper Roku LT.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 7, 2012
3.2 stars User rating out of 15 votes
Apple TV (2012)
REVIEW

Apple TV ( 2012)

The Apple TV is an indispensable living room companion for invested in iTunes content and Apple hardware, but for everyone else it's a step behind the Roku 3.

4 stars Editors' rating on March 16, 2012
3.6 stars User rating out of 39 votes
Pioneer N-30
REVIEW

Pioneer N-30

As the first "affordable" hi-fi streamer, the Pioneer N-30 puts on a good performance, but the controls could be so much easier to use.

3 stars Editors' rating on February 23, 2012
Netgear NeoTV (NTV200)
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Netgear NeoTV ( NTV200)

While it's a capable streamer the lack of any expandable memory and its limited connectivity really limit its universal appeal. It's also priced too high compared to the most recent Roku offerings.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 4, 2011
2.2 stars User rating out of 6 votes
WD TV Live (2011)
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WD TV Live ( 2011)

The WD TV Live (2011) offers a solid combination of must-have streaming services and excellent USB and network file support, making it one of the best devices of its kind available for under $100.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 6, 2011
3.2 stars User rating out of 18 votes
Sonos Play:3 (black)
REVIEW

Sonos Play:3 ( black)

While it doesn't sound quite as good as the larger Play:5, the Sonos Play:3 delivers a superior streaming-audio experience that you can control from any iOS device or Android smartphone.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 10, 2011
3.4 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Uebo M400
REVIEW

Uebo M400

While we recommend the Uebo M400 to the DIY streaming and content guru, the M400 is certainly not for novices. It's also desperately in need of some sort of QWERTY input remote.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 17, 2011
2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Bigstream
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Bigstream

While it sounds like a great device on paper, the Bigstream suffers from numerous performance issues that ultimately make for a below average experience.

2.5 stars Editors' rating on May 15, 2011
Roku XDS (2100X)
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Roku XDS ( 2100X)

Thanks to its wide range of content offerings--including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and Pandora--the Roku XDS is the best all-around streaming media box you can get for less than $100.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010

MSRP: $99.99

Sony SMP-N100
REVIEW

Sony SMP-N100

Sony's SMP-N100 streaming-video box isn't the easiest to use, but it offers an unparalleled feature set at its price.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2010
2.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes

MSRP: $129.99