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.

TiVo Bolt review

In a world where the digital content we want to watch is smeared across a jagged landscape, the TiVo Bolt does an outstanding job of putting everything you want to watch, and listen to, in one place. See Full Review »

Our Score 9
User Score 0
Our Score 9
User Score 6
Our Score 8.5
User Score 2

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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
User Score 6

TiVo Bolt Unified Entertainment System Review

  • Best-in-class user interface
  • Best content search on the market
  • SkipMode is a game changer
  • Refreshing design
  • No Amazon 4K UHD streaming at launch
  • QuickMode takes getting used to
  • Lean on apps
Our Score 9
User Score 0

TiVo Roamio Review

  • Beautiful, easy to use interface
  • Streams live and recorded media to mobile devices
  • Access to popular streaming apps and VOD
  • Universal search and recommendation
  • Cost of ownership may be high for some
  • Won’t access media stored on local network
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

Kaleidescape Cinema One Review

  • Phenomenal user interface manages movie and music…
  • 4TB storage holds 100 Blu-ray/600 DVD/6500 CDs
  • Download store offers true Blu-ray quality…
  • Near instantaneous access to movies and iconic…
  • Rock solid reliability and performance
  • Expensive
  • No RAID protection for storage
  • Ripped Blu-rays require disc-in-tray of use of…
  • Doesn’t support 3D titles
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

Amazon Fire TV (2015) Review

  • Fast, powerful hardware
  • Huge selection of top-quality apps
  • 4K Ultra HD capable
  • Advanced voice-assisted search
  • Fun games
  • Won’t work with all 4K Ultra HD TVs
  • Heavily favors Prime subscribers
Our Score 8
User Score 0

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
User Score 10

Google Chromecast (2015) Review

  • New design fits any port
  • Slightly faster load speeds
  • New app is a huge improvement
  • Cross-platform search at this price is impressive
  • Search could use a bit of work
  • Still can't control playback from main app
  • What's On could stand some more personalization
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Roku 2 XS Review

  • Brain-dead simple to set up
  • Broad range of apps and services
  • First Roku streamer to support games
  • No DLNA support, so you can't stream content you…
  • Supports a very limited collection of audio and…
  • Can't mount disc images
Our Score 8
User Score 7