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.