The 20 best Black Friday soundbar and TV deals (2022): Samsung, Vizio, LG and more

It is great Time to upgrade your home theater thanks to some excellent Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you haven’t made the jump to a modern 4K TV yet, or still hear your favorite shows and movies through those tinny built-in TV speakers, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade. Modern home theater technology now offers better backlighting, sharper resolution and immersive surround sound for less money than ever before. Go ahead, turn your living room into a mini cinema.

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TV deals

Check out our guide to the best TVs for more recommendations. Our guide to choosing the right TV might also help.

Hisense U8H

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The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best TVs for the money. It features a mini-LED backlight for deeper blacks and a super-fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or a PC. The only disadvantage? Some slightly awkward feet mean you 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 enabled LED that has brighter colors than the screen you probably have in your home right now.

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

LG OLEDs have the best black levels on the market as each pixel on the screen acts as its own black light. This model has even brighter colors than before and is the perfect size to use as a giant computer monitor when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It shoots 120 frames per second at 4K, so it’s super smooth even with the latest games consoles and PCs. The 48-inch model is also available for $1,040 ($157 off).

Samsung The Frame

Photo: Walmart

This is a TV that is literally designed to hide in plain sight. It features a new matte finish that makes it look like the paintings it displays when not in use, allowing it to blend into even the finest living rooms. Image quality is solid, but you pay a little more (not much more today) for the party trick.

LG remains the only company making large format OLED panels, meaning it has the huge advantage of offering buyers the most affordable option. This is the entry-level OLED that has the same perfect black levels as others and supports Dolby Vision HDR. It only has a 60Hz refresh rate, making it less ideal for gaming than some other models.

Sony has the best image processing on the market, which is further enhanced by the LG-supplied OLED panel in this display. If you’re looking for the best possible movie experience for your money, look no further. The only disadvantage? It has legs on both sides, which I hate. Just wall mount it or buy yourself a pedestal with the money you saved here.

Samsung QN90B

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This is one of the best TVs I’ve seen (8/10, WIRED recommends) for bright rooms. The huge pedestal-mounted screen gets so bright it’s almost eye-sore, and it has a super-wide viewing angle that makes it great in larger rooms. The backlight system is also excellent, making it a great TV for watching darker content.

This isn’t quite as pretty as the other 65-inch Samsung TVs we’ve listed, but it’s also a fair bit cheaper. The pedestal mount still makes it super easy to place on existing TV stands, and the quantum dot and ultra viewing angle coatings make this TV usable in bright, large rooms.

sound bars and speakers

Read our guide to the best soundbars for more details. We also have a guide to buying a soundbar to break down some of the terms and what to expect.

Sonos Beam

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The Beam (Gen 2) is the goldilocks of the Sonos soundbars. It’s not the most powerful of the brand, but it offers the best balance of sound and size for most living rooms. The Beam supports Dolby Atmos and voice assistants (Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri); it processes faster than its predecessor; and it’s incredibly elegant whether on your shelf or mounted on the wall. Check out our Sonos guide for more information.

If the Beam is the best Sonos soundbar for most people, the Arc (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the upgrade choice. Our choice for home theater setups, the incredibly powerful Arc delivers deep bass and clear sound. In certain rooms, sound can bounce off walls well enough to mimic a respectable surround sound system. This soundbar is the most expensive in the Sonos range, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save some money in the process.

I’m not usually a big fan of such expensive bars without a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 has pretty robust bass, and the built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers when you’re in the living room.

Roku stream bar

Photo: Roku

The Roku Streambar is an excellent compact option if you’re looking to improve a TV’s sound and ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This little soundbar comes with a built-in Roku streaming interface, making it a good all-in-one solution for smaller spaces.

This is a great way to create immersive surround sound in a smaller living room or apartment. Editor Julian Chokkattu likes that you can use the HEOS app to connect to other speakers for streaming, but his favorite feature is the dialog button, which makes it easier to hear what people are saying on screen.

JBL makes great soundbars, especially at the entry-level. I like this 2.1 option which has a cool looking design that sets it apart from other cheap bars. With a total of 300 watts of total power, it also gets louder than cheaper options.

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

Vizio M Series 5.1.2

Photo: Vizio

This isn’t Vizio’s latest Dolby Atmos soundbar, but we like it (8/10, WIRED Recommends) and it’s a great option if you’re on a budget and want something with dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer. They won’t fill a large room with sound, but they can easily liven up an apartment or smaller space.

If your goal is to intentionally disturb your neighbors, you couldn’t do better than this sound system. WIRED reviewer Jaina Gray spent over a year on this beast, which includes dual subwoofers and side and rear speakers, ensuring your entire room is rocked with earth-shattering sound. If you want it, at least.

Streaming Device Deals

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

Roku Ultra

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

Despite introducing the world to streaming sticks with the original Chromecast, Google has taken the time to finally deliver one with a remote control. Now the Chromecast with Google TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorites. If you’re using an older TV and don’t need 4K, you can also grab the HD version for $20 ($10 off).

If you are interested in the Amazon ecosystem, the Fire TV Stick 4K Max is our top pick for you. It has a faster processor than its siblings and supports Wi-Fi 6, making it the most powerful 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 already upgraded to 4K, you can save even more by getting the HD-only Fire TV Stick Lite for $15 ($15 off).

Hulu has a fairly large collection of shows and movies worth watching, and right now you can get the ad-laden version of the service for $24, or $2 a month, for a year. Usually it costs $8 per month or $96 for the whole year. Unfortunately, this offer 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 bummer.

Black Friday retail sales

Would you like to browse the offers yourself? Here are some top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.

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