Google Chromecast Audio
Alongside the Chromecast, the 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.
One of the original mobile streamers and still one of the best. Plug this gadget into your HDMI port and enjoy everything you'd normally watch on your phone via your flatscreen instead.
Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
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.
Why would anyone buy the terrible-sounding Google Home or Amazon Echo when they can get a Sonos One? Voice control, excellent sound quality and the best multi-room app out there. Get one for yourself while you're at it.
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
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.
Amazon Fire TV (2017)
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.
Roku Streaming Stick (2017)
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.
The Yamaha YAS-207 offers excellent surround sound and easy setup in a relatively affordable package. Why spend more when you can get this?
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.
The 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.
If you're looking to buy into the Chromecast built-in universe the JBL Playlist is the speaker we'd recommend. It offers sound quality that's elevated above most other speakers of this kind.
ELAC Debut B6
The godfather of budget hi-fi, Andrew Jones, started the US division of ELAC with bang. The B6 is a staggering achievement, and offers better sound than speakers available at twice the price.
Apple TV 4K
With competitively-priced 4K HDR downloads and the most polished streaming experience available today the relatively high price isn't all that unreasonable.
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 Sony UBP-X800 offers quick loading times and even has apps, something Oppo no longer does.
The Denon AVR-S730H offers Dolby Atmos capability and multi-room music. If you can find a better deal we want to hear about it.
Looking for a good sound bar? The first name that should come to mind is the Sonos Playbase. It costs more than most competitors, but it offers sound quality and elegance that few are capable of.
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.
Emotiva Airmotiv T1
If your budget allows it, the 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.
Roku Ultra (2017)
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.
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?
Roku Express Plus
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.