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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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

Amazon Echo Dot Review

  • Compact and unobtrusive
  • Connects to any audio system
  • Far-field voice recognition
  • Constantly evolving functionality
  • On-board sound is weak
Our Score 9

Roku Streaming Stick (2016) Review

  • Lightning quick
  • Wireless audio through smart phones
  • All the apps
  • Doesn’t favor any one streaming service
  • Best search around
  • No 4K support
  • No HDMI extension
Our Score 9

Roku 4 Streaming Media Player Review

  • Best-in-class operating system
  • Best-in-class content search
  • Extremely handy mobile app
  • Optical Digital Audio on-board
  • 4K Ultra HD support with HDCP 2.2
  • No HDR support
  • Some apps feel dated
Our Score 9

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
  • No out of home streaming at launch
Our Score 9

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

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

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