20 of the best Black Friday (2022) audio and TV deals: Samsung, Vizio, LG, and more

It is a nice It’s time to upgrade your home theater thanks to some excellent Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you still need to experience a modern 4K TV, or you’re still listening to your favorite shows and movies through your TV’s built-in speakers, there are huge reasons to upgrade. Modern home theater technology now has better backlighting, sharper resolution, and immersive surround sound for less money than ever before. Come on, turn your living room into a mini cinema.

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TV Shows

Check out our Best TVs guide for more recommendations. A guide on how to choose the right TV may also be useful.

Hisense U8H
Photo: Hisense

The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recruitment) is one of the best TVs for the money. It features a Mini-LED backlight for deeper blacks and an incredibly fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or PC. The only downside? A few slightly awkward feet mean you’ll need the right TV stand.

If you want a bigger screen but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars, Hisense is a good brand to check out. I like this quantum dot LED, which has much brighter colors than the screen you probably currently have at home.

The TCL 6-Series is one of my favorite TVs practically every year. It has an amazing picture for the money — this one even has a Mini-LED backlight — and it has one of the best interfaces, thanks to the built-in Google TV. The only thing I don’t like is the wide legs so make sure you either wall mount this or buy a base.

LG OLEDs have the best black levels on the market because each pixel on the screen acts as its own black light. This model has more vivid colors than before, and is the perfect size to use as a giant computer monitor when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It runs at 120fps in 4K, so it’s super smooth with the latest gaming consoles and PCs too. The 48-inch model is also on sale for $1,040 (US$157).

Samsung The Frame
Photo: Walmart

This is a TV that is literally designed to hide in plain sight. It comes in a new matte finish that makes it look like the paintings you display when not in use, allowing it to blend into even the fanciest of living rooms. Image quality is solid, but you’re paying a little extra for the party trick (not much extra today).

LG remains the only maker of large-scale OLED panels, which means it has a significant advantage in offering buyers the cheapest option. This is an entry-level OLED, which has the same perfect black levels as the others, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR. It only has a 60Hz refresh rate, which makes it less ideal than some other models for gaming.

Sony has the best image processing in the market, which is enhanced by the OLED panel provided by LG in this screen. If you are looking for the best possible movie watching experience for the money, then look no further. The only downside? It has legs on both sides, which I hate. Just mount it on the wall or buy a pedestal with the money you saved here.

Samsung QN90B
Image: Samsung

This is one of the best TVs I’ve ever seen (8/10, WIRED recommends) for bright spaces. Mounted on a plinth, the gigantic screen gets so bright it almost hurts your eyes, and it has an ultra-wide viewing angle that makes it great in larger rooms. The backlight system is also excellent, which makes this TV great for watching dark content.

It’s not quite as pretty as the other 65-inch Samsung TV we’ve listed, but it’s also much cheaper. The base stand still makes it easy to fit on existing TV stands, and the sleeve point and superior viewing angle coating make this TV usable in large, bright rooms.

Loudspeakers and amplifiers

Read our Best Soundbars guide for more details. We also have a guide on how to buy a Soundbar to break down some of the terms and what to expect.

Sonos Beam
Image: Sonos

The Beam (Gen 2) is the Goldilocks for Sonos speakers. It’s not the most powerful of the brand, but it’s the best balance of sound and volume for most living rooms. Beam supports Dolby Atmos and voice assistants (Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri); It processes faster than its predecessor; And it’s incredibly sleek, whether on your shelf or wall-mounted. 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 our upgrade pick. Our choice for home theater setups, the incredibly powerful arc delivers deep bass and crisp sound. In certain rooms, sound can bounce off the walls well enough to mimic a decent surround sound system. This speaker is the most expensive in the Sonos line, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save some cash in the process.

I’m usually not a huge fan of pricey bars that don’t come with a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 packs pretty solid bass, and the built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers when you’re in the living room.

Streambar General
Photo: Rocco

The Roku Streambar is an excellent compact option if you want to upgrade your TV’s sound and ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This small soundbar has a Roku streaming interface built in, which makes it a good all-in-one solution for smaller spaces.

This is a great way to get immersive surround sound inside living rooms or smaller apartments. Editor Julian Chokkattu loves that you can use the HEOS app to link it to other speakers for broadcasting, but his favorite feature is the dialogue button, which makes it easy to hear what people are saying on the screen.

JBL makes great speakers, especially in the entry-level category. I like this 2.1 option, which has a great looking design that sets it apart from other cheap straps. With a total of 300 watts of total power, it gets louder than more affordable options, too.

The Polk Signa 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommendations) can easily fill an entire room with rich sound powered by Dolby Atmos. It comes with three different sound modes, including a night mode that limits your subwoofer so you don’t end up disturbing the neighbors.

Vizio M-Series 5.1.2
Image: Vizio

These aren’t Vizio’s latest Dolby Atmos soundbar, but we like them (8/10, WIRED Records), and they’re a great option if you’re on a budget and want something with dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer. It won’t fill a huge room with sound, but it will easily brighten up an apartment or a smaller space.

If your goal is to intentionally annoy your neighbors, you can do no better than this sound system. WIRED reviewer Jaina Gray spent over a year with this beast, which includes two subwoofers, side and rear tweeters, and ensures your entire room is rocked by the devastating sound. If you want to, at least.

broadcast device offers

Read our guide to the best streaming devices for other options.

Ultra General
Photo: Rocco

Roku regularly makes our top picks for streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra is one of the most powerful devices out there. While it’s not the most ergonomic stick that plugs directly into your TV, this box has one of the most powerful processors in a streaming box, so you won’t see lag even when playing back 4K HDR footage.

Despite introducing the world to streaming sticks with the original Chromecast, Google took the sweet time to come up with a remote control. Right now, Chromecast With Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recruitment) is one of our favourites. If you’re using an older TV and don’t need 4K, you can also get the HD version for $20 ($10 off).

If you’re big on the Amazon ecosystem, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is your best pick. It has a faster processor than its siblings and supports Wi-Fi 6, which makes it the best Fire TV stick. However, if you don’t need the extra power, you can also get the regular Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off). And if you haven’t upgraded to 4K yet, you can save even more by using the high definition Fire TV Stick Lite for just $15 ($15 off).

Hulu has a very large selection of shows and movies worth watching, and now you can get a public version of the ad-laden service for $24 or $2 per month. It usually costs $8 per month, or $96 for the entire year. Unfortunately, this deal is only available to new subscribers, or returning subscribers who canceled more than a month ago. The discount also doesn’t apply to the ad-free version, which is a pretty big deal.


Black Friday retail sales

Want to browse sales for yourself? Here are a few of the major retailers participating in their Black Friday deals.

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