In order to make your comparison of media servers easier, we have provided convenient side-by-side comparison tables of the Top 3 Media Servers in each of our categories.
However, most other media servers we have reviewed are worthy of consideration and we encourage you to also check out our media server product gallery for a quick look at all media streamers reviewed so far.
Whilst the categories are essentially set around price (up to $200, from $200 to $400 and over $400) the old adage that you get what you pay for applies equally to media servers.
Certainly prices are coming down and the amount of features included in the devices is increasing, but generally the higher category of media server will have better networking options, a nicer user interface, more video and audio options (both in terms of the formats it will play and the output alternatives) and will look better when added to you existing home entertainment system.
However, they will all do the job of bringing multimedia content from the Internet or your local devices to the comfort of your lounge room.
We provide an overall rating star system for each media server, and within each comparison type we provide a tick or cross assessment to allow you to quickly determine where the respective strengths and weaknesses are.
The side-by-side comparisons can be found as follows: