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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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

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

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

Sony Dash Review

  • Thousands of apps, thousands of features
  • Sharp, durable design
  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • Responsive touch screen
  • Slow
  • Light leaks from the edge of the bezel
  • Poor screen sharpness
Our Score 7.5

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

Bose Wave SoundLink Music System Review

  • Good sound quality, flexible design
  • Insane price, USB sticks out, only provides volume…
Our Score 7.5