Streaming Device | The Top 10 Streaming Device List 2023

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1.Roku Streambar 4K/HD/HDR Streaming Media Player & Premium Audio, All in One …

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The Streambar is a compact device, about 14″ wide and 4″ deep; combining a Roku streaming player with a 4 speaker soundbar. The Soundbar has two 1.9″ front facing speakers providing the main sound and two 1.9″ side facing speakers which provide fill and depth to the sound. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the sound is, it’s not home theater quality but provides clear sound with surprising depth and a big improvement on the stock TV speakers. The Streambar has an HDMI and an optical input. Newer TVs with HDMI ARC can use the HDMI port to feed the sound. My older Samsung did not have the Audio Return Channel and so I had to use the optical input. Setup was quick and easy, much like other Roku players. You will require a Roku account if you don’t already have one. When you log on, the device will automatically scan your subscribed channels and download them, For most of my subscription services, I was also automatically logged on to my account. The other element in the Streambar is the Roku streaming device. The Roku streamer would fall between the Express 4K+ and Streaming Stick 4K+ in capability, with more robust wifi, but lacking the Dolby Atmos that the Streaming Stick includes. The Streambar can be expanded by adding a wireless subwoofer and two satellite wireless speakers. As I am using the Streambar with my bedroom television, I am happy with the Streambar without peripherals. The installer immediately downloaded the Roku 11 operating system, which is a big improvement on previous versions and with the addition of curated recommendations, puts the device on a par with Google or android streaming devices. 

2.Restored Roku Ultra 4660X2 Media Streamer – Device Only (Refurbished), Black

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Roku Ultra 2022 is both a step forward and step backward for the Roku Ultra line as compared to their 2019 device. Roku Ultra 2022 (4802) versus the Roku Ultra 2019 (4670) All units were tested using original HDMI cables (when supplied) and 8k certified HDMI cables. PROs: Larger storage capacity means more channels can be stored without need for re-download. 2022 has a faster boot-up which is made even more noticeable if the 2019 is using an SD card to store more channels. After initial boot-up, the 2022 is more responsive – this advantage disappears once the 2019 completes some background processes. Dolby Vision is included in the 2022 version CONs: Intermittent HDCP errors plague the 2022 when used with a soundbar+TV or AV Receiver+TV, issue not experienced with the 2019. Random sound dropouts occur on the 2022 when used with a soundbar+TV or AV Receiver+TV, issue not experienced with the 2019. Rechargeable Remote – Listed under cons because it is not wireless recharge compatible, must be plugged in, easier to swap rechargeable AA batteries due to that missing functionality. No SD card slot for increased storage for additional channels beyond internal memory thus potentially requiring channel re-downloads. I own quite a number of Roku devices. Most purchased here on Amazon. I have purchased both new and open box Roku devices here on Amazon. I did not however purchase a brand new 2022 here on Amazon. I bought a brand new 2022 directly from Roku as they offered an upgrade deal on one of the 2019 units I already owned owned. The 2022 Roku Ultra is a solid performer capable of streaming from most services with high quality and all the bells and whistles you would expect. New for the 2022 is the rechargeable remote. I find this remote to be worse than prior remotes as the remote did not include wireless charging (so you can’t just set it down and have it charge). The remote must be plugged in to charge and acts funky sometimes if you try to use it while charging. The 2022 unit has issues when connected to an AV Receiver + TV or Soundbar + TV. The issues do not appear to be present when connected directly to TVs/Monitors. One issue for the 2022 units when connected to AV Receiver + TV or Soundbar + TV is that a very rare intermittent HDCP error will flash for a few moments. This will often go away on its own after a second or 2. Another issue for the 2022 units when connected to AV Receiver + TV or Soundbar + TV is intermittent sound dropouts. This may be related to the same issue as that causes the HDCP issue. The HDCP and Sound issues mentioned do not occur on the two 2019 units I own. The HDCP and sound issues occur on all three 2022 units I own. Thus I have to conclude the problem is with the 2022 Roku units (I doubt it is the Sony soundbar + Sonmy TV or the Yamaha AV + Samsung TV especially given they work 100% with the 2019 units at 4k HDR10 at 60FPS). Final Recommendation: If you will be connecting directly to the TV or your really insist on Dolby Vision, get the 2020-2022 model Roku Ultra units (2020 has a normal remove, 2022 rechargeable remote). If you want a higher degree of overall compatibility and smoother watching experience when using a Soundbar + TV or AV Receiver + TV and don’t need Dolby Vision, then I would recommend the 2019 Roku Ultra units. 

3.Roku Express 3900r Network Audio/Video Player – Wireless LAN – Black

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I first bought a Roku stick back in 2015 but when Roku Express became available a year later, I snapped one up. It might be the best $30 I’ve ever spent. Almost six years (and a 6,000-mile move to Asia) later, my Express is still working fine, although the remote doesn’t interact as quickly with the box as it used to. My only gripe is that I can’t control the TV’s volume or turn it off (or on) with the remote, but I knew that when I bought it and what do you expect for thirty bucks anyway? I’ve more than received my money’s worth. What initially sold me was the fact that the Express box doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall outlet but is powered by the TV itself. Roku’s selection and ease of use speak for themselves. Would I recommend a Roku Express to a friend? Absolutely, although I suspect an Express 4K+ or Premiere is what I’LL upgrade to when the time comes and some friends might prefer something a little more high-end like the Ultra. All in all, Roku has been a Godsend. I cut the cord in 2016 and KNOW I’ve saved thousands of dollars since because I only use free channels. I wish I could watch Crackle, all Roku Channel programs and especially Pluto TV here in the Philippines, but that’s the way it goes. 

4.Roku Streaming Stick 4K Streaming Device 4K/HDR/Dolby Vision

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The old Roku 3 was outstanding and I used mine until the remote literally fell apart so I was excited to upgrade to this newer stick. I couldn’t be more disappointed.

The first stick I received immediately had issues with it crashing to the home screen multiple times a day on various apps. After a month of updates and resets, I contacted customer service for a replacement. The next device they sent me was fantastic… for almost 6 months and then it began doing the exact same crashes. No amount of firmware updates, hard resets, controller re-pairing or even factory resets would address the issue. The problem has steadily worsened to the point that I cannot watch a 30 minute show now without it crashing at least 3 times and attempting to use the forward or rewind button causes an immediate crash.

While Roku is quick to blame technical ignorance and system incompatibility for these types of issues, the reality is that they have a serious quality control problem. A quick online search will reveal thousands of users encountering similar issues with no solutions being offered. What is worse, Roku’s customer support has been moved completely offshore and it is clear based on product placement reviews and index order of online searches that they are pumping all of their money into marketing and image rather than addressing the very real technical issues and quality problems with their products.

Very sad to see this once great company completely drop off in quality. After a particularly nasty string of crashes tonight, I finally said enough. I ordered a Firestick to replace this dead Roku stick. It’s not my favorite interface but at least the Amazon products do what they are designed to. 

5.Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player with 4K UHD Streaming

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What a frustrating device this is. If your interest in just streaming video services, it might suit your needs. In that respect, however, this Fire TV Stick is no better than the Roku stick I’ve had for years. The reason I bought this product is to be able to stream Amazon HD Music and at that task this product performs poorly. It does not help that Amazon provides basically no support outside of an online forum where their customer service reps have very little knowledge. Here are my major issues: 1. Out of the box, this product is not set to deliver the highest quality audio. Not only does the consumer need to go into settings for the Fire Stick to tell it to play the best quality audio, but then you need to go into the settings in the Amazon Music app itself to tell it to play the highest quality audio available. 2. Even after making those settings, at best I might get 3 or 4 songs in a row playing at cd-level quality or higher. The next track would drop down to a lossy (compressed) version. It isn’t that the track wasn’t available in a higher resolution; it’s that either this product or the app would decide to downgrade the audio every 10-15 minutes, even though I was way more than enough bandwidth to stream HD video and audio. 3. It is *impossible* to listen to Atmos music on this product unless you believe that you are getting the Atmos experience out of headphones or a small, all-in-one speaker array. You cannot plug this into an AVR and listen to Atmos music via your home theater speakers; you can only get stereo if you listen that way. Even though this product is marketed as featuring Atmos capability, it really should say “for movies only.” I am a PC/Android guy through and through. I’ve never owned an Apple product in my entire life. I finally bought an Apple TV device and guess what? Apple Music automatically plays Atmos in surround on my home theater without me needing to go into any settings. It just works. I’m still not a fan of Apple for a variety of reasons, but at least in this case they made a device that does what it should unlike this poor product. Granted, the Apple stick costs about four times as much but I would have been happy to have stayed with Amazon, its hardware and music app if they worked properly. Paying a discounted price for something that doesn’t work properly isn’t a bargain but rather a waste of money. 

6.Roku Streaming Stick 4K

  • Roku Streaming Stick 4K

    Roku Streaming Stick 4K

    Reviews: 18050 comment | From:Best Buy | Delivery: Free delivery by Mar 30 & Free 15-day returns – Product ID: 16348301736400549707

    $49.99

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The old Roku 3 was outstanding and I used mine until the remote literally fell apart so I was excited to upgrade to this newer stick. I couldn’t be more disappointed.

The first stick I received immediately had issues with it crashing to the home screen multiple times a day on various apps. After a month of updates and resets, I contacted customer service for a replacement. The next device they sent me was fantastic… for almost 6 months and then it began doing the exact same crashes. No amount of firmware updates, hard resets, controller re-pairing or even factory resets would address the issue. The problem has steadily worsened to the point that I cannot watch a 30 minute show now without it crashing at least 3 times and attempting to use the forward or rewind button causes an immediate crash.

While Roku is quick to blame technical ignorance and system incompatibility for these types of issues, the reality is that they have a serious quality control problem. A quick online search will reveal thousands of users encountering similar issues with no solutions being offered. What is worse, Roku’s customer support has been moved completely offshore and it is clear based on product placement reviews and index order of online searches that they are pumping all of their money into marketing and image rather than addressing the very real technical issues and quality problems with their products.

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Very sad to see this once great company completely drop off in quality. After a particularly nasty string of crashes tonight, I finally said enough. I ordered a Firestick to replace this dead Roku stick. It’s not my favorite interface but at least the Amazon products do what they are designed to. 

7.Onn. Android TV 4K UHD Streaming Device with Voice Remote Control & HDMI Cable

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I was excited to see a new economically prices android tv box on the market. I’m still excited to see this device on the market, but it still needs some work. I’m late testing this one, and the price has significantly dropped since launch. I picked up this unit for $20 plus taxes. I was very impressed with the smoothness of the android tv responsiveness in such a low cost device. I was impressed with the recommendations that allowed my Emby next up and also my emby live tv on now and live tv guide. Actually, my live tv experience was excellent and playback was perfect. My VOD playback is where I started experiencing issues. About 30 minutes into a show, I started experiencing 2-5 second freezes. I touch the Onn box, which appeared to be extremely warm and close to saying hot. I’m not sure if the unit itself started overheating, or if other issues was causing the playback issues, but once they started, it was impossible to continue watching a show. Another factor could be the low storage space. Apps like Emby, sometimes need space to work. Other than the freezing issue, the picture quality is excellent, the UI is ATV, so it’s awesome, and moving through the menus and services were all excellent. I think Onn needs to continue working on this project, but put a little more money into the hardware, and charge the original price which was good for this low end box. If Onn doesn’t want to add more storage, that’s cool, as long as the cpu is good, ram is good and the system is able to properly function by adding extended storage. Everyone doesn’t understand how to enable storage using adb shell, and Onn needs to make storage P 

8.Apple TV 32 GB – 4K

  • Apple TV 32 GB - 4K

    Apple TV 32 GB – 4K

    Reviews: 6715 comment | From:Buyr.com | Delivery: Free delivery & Free 30-day returns – Product ID: 594836849901169870

    $204.66

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I bought this Apple TV on a friend’s recommendation and because I own an IPhone and find it’s interface easy to use. For at least the last 5 years I have streamed using either my Roku or my TiVo. I have the TiVo as I primarily watch OTA programs. I recently bought a new tv with google tv as it’s smart tv platform. The TiVo noticeably loads and responds the slowest of these streaming devices. I have had the TiVo for the longest of the devices so probably strongly out of familiarity the interface is the easiest for me. The Roku I have owned nearly as long as the TiVo. I used it as my primary streaming device until recently purchasing the new tv and appletv. The Roku interface is my preference of all 4 devices and I found it’s remote simple and the the easiest learn. The google tv is my new tv’s operating system interface. I have only had this tv for about 2 weeks longer than the appletv. The google tv responds very quickly compared to the TiVo and Roku but the appletv seems to respond even much more quickly than the google tv. I haven’t used the google interface much as I still primarily watch ota using the TiVo. So I have not used the google tv interface and remote enough to have any opinion of use. The appletv seems to process so much faster than the other devices I have mentioned. When loading any of my streaming services they nearly instantly appear. I still haven’t owned this very long and as I said don’t stream alot. My impression so far of the interface is it is apple and having owned only iPhones very familiar and easy to navigate. The remote is simple physically a similar simple minimalist buttons as the Roku remote. I am experiencing a slow learning curve mastering the main combination cursor and/or mouse button. It’s used as the primary navigation for the interface and as the forward,reverse,pause,play and etc. for streaming. It takes some finesse to not get unintended responses. I haven’t spent more than 20 hours streaming and spent a couple hours playing and exploring. When streaming one feature the appletv does l know my Roku or TiVo won’t do is skip back or forward by 10 seconds like a dvr. The other major preference I am having is owning an iPhone gives options to share apps.music,etc. Overall the appletv 4K will be my go to streaming device. At this point as I haven’t owned it for long this is based on it’s impressive processing speed. As I don’t stream that much I don’t believe l needed this in any way but I so far it’s my preference and each time I use it I am finding that large button does something I hadn’t learned it could do. 

9.Elgato Stream Deck + Audio Mix

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I really like the Stream Deck +, It’s no doubt convenient for streaming, In terms of feel, it’s no doubt nice. The buttons may have a bit of wobble and sometimes it’s hard to feel if you pressed it down enough, even though the screen buttons will definitely confirm that for you. The dials are nice and clicky to turn, and the dials are even clicky themselves. They are actually selling different color knobs that you can swap out, which is nice for looks. Sure you might have to set it up your buttons and dials, but the software makes it really easy and if the included icons aren’t enough, the software has a free store for icons, and even plugins for other software besides OBS and other streaming software. I will admit, I did make a mistake for being somewhat a early adopter. However, things have gotten better, like adding OBS audio mixer support for the dials. You may ask why I don’t use Wave Link in place of that, since it’s a easy-to-use powerful audio mixer? My problem stems with how Wave Link works at the moment. The thing is that it has audio latency, and for certain type of games, especially any sort of rhythm game or audio work, can make it unbearable. Even the workarounds I looked for this doesn’t help. The other part is that it has only support for two audio formats, 48khz and 96khz, and nothing else. Not even 44.1khz. It doesn’t have support for 16bit audio as well. This means it might not work with some legacy apps that use these specific audio formats, and at best, you might just get some static noise, or the audio will sound a bit crunchy. If anything, Voicemeeter would be better if you wanted an audio mixer, since it would be way better in audio latency (as long as you can lower the buffer size to as low as it can go without getting said noise, and in fact, this is what Windows mentions in their documentation for low latency audio), and supports every sample rate you can think of, and would support 16, 24, or 32 bit audio. It would also support ASIO devices if you have any of those, which even with other Wave Link products like the Wave XLR don’t even support as far as I could look up. (Which might be important for those using something l If you really care about some of these, I recommend trying to find a audio mixer that has those solutions. (and maybe one with ASIO, since there is a plugin for OBS that supports ASIO mixers, and any DAW and a few rhythm games do have support for ASIO) I really can’t recommend the Wave Link software, and it kinda lowers the value of this product, which is sad because I kinda bought it for that reason. It sounded so good on paper, having that many audio channels would be useful for me. 

10.Sonos Port – Streaming Component

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I was so excited for my 4 Sonos ports. Install and setup wasn’t very difficult. I was thrilled to see how many of my fav apps are compatible with the Sonos app. However, I was then very let down when I started connecting my fav apps (Google Music, Audible, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, etc…) and found that many functions (like searching for a song name) don’t seem to be available with these apps through the Sonos app. Crossing my fingers the developers double-check these and add more functionality or if things like searching for a song by name are already there, that they make them less hidden/more user-friendly…. I was also so excited to be able to listen to something in one room and tell the app to make the audio book or music follow me to the next room. This sort of works sometimes, but seems very glitchy and at times I found myself upstairs in the kitchen listening and then at random my downstaris gym would start playing on its own… (no one else home, but me). Seems like the Sonos app still has a ways to come as far as how userfriendly it is and how glitchy it is. My final thoughts are that I’ve heard that Sonos Ports bottle-neck my Hi-Fi music service, Tidal, from being able to play at maximum quality on my mega pricey speakers. Had I realized this before my Sonos purchase, I probably would have looked into another solution. Maybe Sonos will release a Hi-Fi version of the port later on… All-in-all the ports are a fantastic concept and I look forward to when their app software catches up to their physical hardware and also to when their physical hardware gets a bitrate upgrade to that will keep the Sonos ports relevant. For the cost and considering how long the ports and app have been released, I had very high expectations and although I still think these are pretty cool, I am honestly very let down that the actual operation still needs significant polishing. We were considering expanding our home audio with additional ports, but until the app gets better, we’ll be holding off and/or looking into alternate solutions. 

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The Best 10 Streaming Device List

Rank Product Price Rating
1 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max B08MQZXN1X $94.00 4.6
2 Roku Express (New, 2022) HD Streaming Device with High-Speed HDMI Cable, Simple … $39.99 4.6
3 Amazon Fire TV Cube Streaming Media Player, Black (B08XMDNVX6) $119.99 4.6
4 Roku Ultra LT Hd/4k/hdr Streaming Media Player $54.52 4.4
5 Sonos Port – Streaming Component $449.00 4.4
6 Steam Link $141.38 4.5
7 Roku Streambar | 4K/HD/HDR Streaming Media Player & Premium Audio $99.95 4.5
8 Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ (2021) Streaming Device 4K/HDR/Dolby Vision with Roku … $93.99 4.5
9 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote $49.99 4.7
10 Roku Premiere | 4k/hdr Streaming Media Player with Premium High Speed HDMI Cable … $85.97 4.5

Editor Pick’s 10 Streaming Device

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote
  • Roku Streaming Stick 4K, Streaming Device 4K/HDR/Dolby Vision
  • Google Chromecast Network Audio/Video Player – Wireless LAN – Charcoal
  • Roku Ultra 2020 | Streaming Media Player Hd/4k/hdr, Bluetooth Streaming, andRoku …
  • Tivo Stream 4K
  • Roku Ultra Streaming Player Black
  • Roku Express 3900r Network Audio/Video Player – Wireless LAN – Black
  • Steam Link
  • Roku – Streaming Stick+ 4K Streaming Device with Roku Voice Remote and TV …
  • Tivo Stream 4K Set of 2 Media Streamers w/ Voice Remotes

Streaming Device Related Questions

Question:Which device is best for streaming?

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Question:What does a streaming device do?

Answer: What is a streaming device? Streaming media devices connect your TV or home theater to the internet, allowing you to stream content (video, music, movies and sports) through a streaming TV service provider or app. Smart TVs are essentially a television with streaming apps built in.

Question:What is the best streaming device to add to a TV?

Answer: Chromecast with Google TV 4K Chromecast outdoes Roku by adding Dolby Vision compatibility, but its biggest smart device strength is Google Assistant voice search, which works well for finding stuff to watch. We also like the impressive integration with other Google services such as Google Photos and YouTube TV.

Question:What is best and easiest streaming device?

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