It’s great time to upgrade your home theater thanks to the best Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you haven’t started looking at a modern 4K TV, or you’re still listening to your favorite movies and TV shows through the TV’s built-in speakers, there are great reasons to switch. Modern home theater technology now has better lighting, better visuals, and surround sound that require less money than ever before. Go ahead, turn your living room into a mini cinema.
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The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best TVs for the money. It has Mini-LED lighting for deep blacks and fast refresh rate for games with the latest consoles or PC. The only downside? Some odd feet mean you have to have the right TV.
If you want a big screen but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, Hisense is a good brand to check out. I like dotted LEDs, which have brighter colors than the screen you probably have at home.
LG’s OLEDs have the best black levels on the market because each pixel on the screen has its own black light. This model has brighter colors than ever before, and it’s the perfect size to use as a large screen monitor when you’re not watching your favorite movies. It produces 120 frames per second at 4K, so it’s very smooth with the latest games and PCs. The 48-inch model is also on sale for $1,040 ($157 off).
This is a TV designed to hide in plain sight. It comes with a new matte finish that makes it look like the paintings it shows when not in use, which allows it to fit into the most luxurious rooms. The graphics are solid, but you pay a bit more for the party trick (not an extra today).
LG is still the only company that makes large OLED panels, which means it has a great opportunity to offer consumers a very affordable option. This is its entry-level OLED panel, which has the same black levels as the others, and supports Dolby Vision HDR. It has a 60-Hz refresh rate, which makes it slower than other gaming models.
Sony has the best display on the market, made good by the OLED panel provided by LG for this display. If you want to watch a great movie for the money, look no further. The only downside? It has legs on both sides, which I hate. Just hang it on the wall or buy a stool with the money you save here.
This is one of the best TVs I’ve ever seen (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for a bright spot. The large, foot-high screen is bright enough to hurt your eyes, and has a wide viewing angle that makes large rooms look great. The backlight system is very good, which makes this TV perfect for black viewing.
This isn’t as fancy as some of the other 65-inch Samsung TVs we’ve listed, but it’s also cheaper. The low height still makes it easy to install on existing TVs, and the wide range of dots and viewing angles make this TV suitable for use in bright, large rooms.
Soundbars and Speakers
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Beam (Gen 2) is the Goldilocks of Sonos soundbars. It’s not the most powerful of the brand, but it’s very clear and sounds great in most bedrooms. Beam supports Dolby Atmos and voice assistants (Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri); it works faster than it was installed; and they look great, whether on a shelf or mounted on a wall. Read our Sonos guide for more information.
If the Beam is the best Sonos speaker for most people, the Arc (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the better choice. Our choice for home theater setups, the powerful Arc delivers deep bass and clear sound. In some rooms, the sound can bounce off the walls to match the high-end speakers. This speaker is the most expensive in the Sonos line, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save money.
I’m not usually a fan of expensive soundbars that don’t come with a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 has pretty good bass, and the built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and put on shows while you’re in. in the living room.
The Roku Streambar is a great all-in-one option if you want to upgrade your TV sound and its ability to play your favorite movies and TV shows. This small soundbar has Roku’s flexible design, making it a great solution in small spaces.
This is a great way to get good sound quality inside small living rooms or bedrooms. Editor Julian Chokkattu likes that you can use the HEOS app to connect it to other speakers for portability, but his favorite feature is the chat button, which makes it easy to hear what people are saying on the screen.
JBL produces good sound quality, especially in the entry level range. I like this 2.1 channel, which has a nice design that sets it apart from other cheaper bars. With a total power of 300 watts, it is much higher than the cheaper options.
This isn’t the latest Dolby Atmos sound system from Vizio, but we like it (8/10, WIRED Recommends), and it’s a good option if you’re on a tight budget and want something with dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer. You can’t fill a large room with words, but you can decorate a house or a small place.
Scavenging Device Deals
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Roku consistently makes our top picks for streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra is one of the most powerful out there. Although it’s not a good stick that connects to your TV, this box has one of the most powerful processors in the search box, so you won’t notice any lag even if you’re playing a 4K HDR video.
Although it introduced the world to streaming sticks with the original Chromecast, Google took its sweet time finally offering one with a remote control. Now, Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorites. If you’re using an older TV and don’t want 4K, you can still get the HD version for $20 ($10 off).
If you’re big into the Amazon universe, then the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is our best choice for you. It has a faster processor than its siblings and supports Wi-Fi 6, making it the perfect Fire TV stick. However, if you don’t need the extra power, you can also pick up the standard Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off). And if you haven’t upgraded to 4K, you can save even more by going with the HD-only Fire TV Stick Lite for $15 ($15 off).
Black Friday Retailer Sales
Want to browse the sale yourself? Here are a few retailers participating in Black Friday sales.