An idiotproof way to stream videos and music from a Mac to a variety of TVs, media players and speakers. Just drag and drop files, select a destination and start playing. It works with the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, as well as devices that support AirPlay and Google Cast.
Sony’s quirky personal speakers give you surround sound without taking up space or completely cutting off ambient noise. The SRS WS-1 has 2W drivers and vibration motors with three levels of strength. It comes with a wireless transmitter that can pair with two units at once.
Hisense’s new 4K TV is actually a home theater package built around an impressive short throw laser projector. It comes with a 100″ Black Diamond projection screen. The projector itself has Harman Kardon speakers with a separate subwoofer, a TV tuner and streaming apps.
The successor to the Play:1, the Sonos One is a great speaker and a great listener. It comes with Amazon’s Alexa, so you can use your voice to play music, search online, control smart appliances and more. It will soon be updated to have Google Assistant as well.
Oppo’s top of the line media player plays UHD Blu-ray discs as well as digital 4K video, and supports both HDR10 and the Dolby Vision HDR spec. It also has individual 7.1 channel analog out, audio-only HDMI out, one DAC each for stereo and 7.1, and a built-in headphone amp.
Roku overhauls its lineup of streaming media players. The Streaming Stick is still there, but its less portable siblings now come in five variants, from the $30 1080p-capable Roku Express to the $130 Roku Ultra, which supports 4K and HDR and has voice search.
Time to put your 4K TV to work. Samsung’s UBD-K8500 is the world’s first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, offering dramatically better image quality than streamed content. Over 100 movies will be available in the new format. The player can also upscale DVD and Blu-ray movies.
CAST is a supercharged version of Chromecast. It lets you share videos from streaming services (Netflix, NBA, YouTube etc.) with up to six other people so you can watch together even if they don’t have subscriptions to those services. They claim it’s legal, but caveat emptor.