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+ review

With 4K, HDR, TV power and volume controls, plus a best-in-class search system and user interface … what’s not to love? Our Roku Streaming Stick+ review puts the streamer through its paces and shows it coming out on… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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WD TV Play Review

  • Very small
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Dedicated buttons for popular video services
  • Dull, washed-out video
  • Doesn’t support USB keyboards
  • Directory listings don’t display file types or…
Our Score 6

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

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

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

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