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Google Chromecast Audio

Google Chromecast

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Sonos One

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

Amazon Fire TV (2017)

Roku Streaming Stick (2017)

Yamaha YAS-207

Sony STR-DN1080

Vizio SB3621n-E8

JBL Playlist

ELAC Debut B6

Apple TV 4K

Sony UBP-X800

Denon AVR-S730H

Sonos Playbase

Nvidia Shield

Yamaha RX-V483

Emotiva Airmotiv T1

Roku Ultra (2017)

Roku Express

Roku Express Plus

Alongside the Chromecast, the $35 Chromecast Audio is one of the best value gifts in home theater. It offers easy operation and setup, and it sounds good for the money too. Add a Google Home Mini and you're ready for the future.

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One of the original mobile streamers and still one of the best. Plug this $35 gadget into your HDMI port and enjoy everything you'd normally watch on your phone via your flatscreen instead.

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Not a Google fan? This Fire TV Stick lets you pick the show you want to watch with the help of the Alexa voice assistant. And it's just $40.

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Why would anyone buy the terrible-sounding Google Home or Amazon Echo when they can get a Sonos One for $200? Voice control, excellent sound quality and the best multi-room app out there. Get one for yourself while you're at it.  

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With the ability to stream 4K and HDR, a remote that can control you TV and Roku's best-in-class app selection, this is the stick to beat. That extender you ask? It's designed to boost the Wi-Fi signal.

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With 4K resolution and high dynamic range in a relatively cheap dongle that hangs off the back of your TV, the new Fire TV is the Roku alternative for Amazon fans.

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This little guy improves on our favorite streamer from 2016 with a remote that can control your TV's volume and power. It's a great stick if you don't have a 4K TV. 

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The Yamaha YAS-207 offers excellent surround sound and easy setup in a relatively affordable package. Why spend more than $300 when you can get this?

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The Sony STR-DN1080 is a fully-featured 7.1-channel receiver which offers excellent sound quality as well as Chromecast built-in capability. Our favorite receiver of 2017.

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The $150 Vizio SB3621n-E8 sound bar system is pretty much the cheapest subwoofer and soundbar system you can get. It offers stupendous value and performance. Just buy one for everyone you know.

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If you're looking to buy into the Chromecast built-in universe the $150 JBL Playlist is the speaker we'd recommend. It offers sound quality that's elevated above most other speakers of this kind.

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The godfather of budget hi-fi, Andrew Jones, started the US division of ELAC with bang. The $260 B6 is a staggering achievement, and offers better sound than speakers available at twice the price.

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With competitively-priced 4K HDR downloads and the most polished streaming experience available today the relatively high $179 price isn't all that unreasonable. 

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Why pay for an expensive 4K player when the Sony can do most of the same things for a fraction of the price of an enthusiast model? The $300 Sony UBP-X800 offers quick loading times and even has apps, something Oppo no longer does. 

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The Denon AVR-S730H offers Dolby Atmos capability and multi-room music for under $500. If you can find a better deal we want to hear about it.

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Looking for a good sound bar? The first name that should come to mind is the Sonos Playbase. At $699 it costs more than most competitors, but it offers sound quality and elegance that few are capable of.

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The new Shield Android TV uses the Google Assistant to control your home and television. The Shield deserves a place in the upper echelon of streamers alongside the Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV though it costs more than each of these.

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Good old dependable Yamaha. The RX-V483 is everything you like about the company and even throws in multi-room and Alexa control while it's at it. If you don't want to pay for Dolby Atmos, this is the one to get.

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If your budget allows the $799 Emotiva Airmotiv T1 is the most "affordable" audiophile speaker on the market. It's tall, it looks like a fighter jet and it sounds amazing.

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The only proper "box" in Roku's 2017 lineup, this one comes with all of the company's fixin's: 4K and HDR (but no Dolby Vision) and a tricked-out remote with a headphone jack and remote finder.

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Roku's cheapest streamer is basically a stocking stuffer at this price, but it still delivers snappy performance and loads of apps. What's not to like?

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Just like the Express but it comes with an analog cable so it's easy to attach to older TVs. It's the perfect gift to usher a relative with a not-so-current television into the Netflix era.

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