Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in media streamers.

Roku Streaming Stick (2016) review

Compact, nimble, and powerful, the new Roku Streaming stick is the Porsche Boxster of streaming media players. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Sherwood R-904N NetBoxx Review

  • Excellent 7.1 surround sound
  • Wired and wireless networking
  • Entertainment from around the world
  • Support for second listening area
  • Front panel has many blinding blue LEDs
  • No love for Mac & Linux
  • $40 fee to stream video via PlayOn
  • Horrible image quality for Netflix, Hulu and other…
  • Possible quality control issues
  • No support for Pandora
Our Score 7

Panasonic BDT360 Review

  • Top notch audio and video rendering
  • Feature packed
  • Easy navigation via remote hotkeys
  • Speedy load times
  • Attractive design
  • App selection is limited
  • Interface a tad convoluted
  • Miracast and Youtube app clunky
Our Score 8

Olive 06HD Review

  • Supreme audio performance
  • Passively cooled (no fans whatsoever)
  • Beautiful design
  • Can’t be used as a native USB audio device for a…
  • No digital inputs
  • Limited to wireless network speeds of 54Mb/s
Our Score 9

Apple TV Review (2012) Review

  • Dead-simple user interface and setup
  • Attractive, unobtrusive design
  • AirPlay makes screen mirroring a snap
  • Remote lacks QWERTY keyboard, needs line of sight
  • Lacks major streaming services like Hulu Plus…
  • Sometimes sluggish browsing
  • Requires iTunes for network sharing
Our Score 6.5

Boxee Box Review

  • Near-perfect remote
  • Unique design
  • Sleek, intuitive interface
  • SD card reader and dual USB ports
  • Wide variety of online content
  • Plays almost any file
  • Design doesn’t fit standard home theater…
  • Mousing often required for Web content
  • Frequent crashes, glitches
  • No video outputs for older TVs
  • Still missing Amazon VOD, Hulu Plus
Our Score 7

HP Wireless Audio Review

  • Good bass
  • Excellent form factor and high-quality packaging
  • Multiple output options
  • Mediocre sound overall
  • Real-world range less than advertised
  • Setup requires software installation
  • USB transmitter only; no mobile device option
  • No RCA or other interconnects included
Our Score 6

Nuforce Air DAC Wireless System Review

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Sound quality as good as wired connection and…
  • No Wi-Fi or network setup required
  • Excellent bass and tonal balance
  • Can be used with up to four transmitters/receivers…
  • Can drop signal if placed near other wireless…
  • No RCA or other interconnects included
Our Score 8

Pioneer Elite N-50 Review

  • Excellent sound and build quality
  • Supports Apple AirPlay
  • USB Type A and B ports
  • FLAC support
  • No support for Apple Lossless or WMA Lossless
  • No headphone output
  • Doesn’t support subscription music services such…
Our Score 8