It’s a great it’s time to upgrade your home theater with some great Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you haven’t yet taken the leap to a modern 4K TV, or if you’re still listening to your favorite shows and movies through those tiny built-in TV speakers, there are huge 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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Check out our guide to the best TVs for more recommendations. Our How to Choose the Right TV guide may also be helpful.
The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best TVs for the price. It features Mini-LED backlighting for deeper blacks and a super fast refresh rate for gaming with the latest consoles or a PC. The only downside? Some slightly awkward legs mean you’ll need to have 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 more vibrant colors than the screen you probably have at home right now.
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 Google TV built-in. The only thing not to like are the wide legs, so be sure to wall mount it or buy a pedestal.
LG’s OLEDs have the best black levels on the market because each pixel on the screen acts as its own black light. This model has even more vibrant colors than before, and it’s the perfect size to use as a giant computer screen when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It shoots 120fps at 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 ($157 off).
This is a TV that’s literally designed to hide in plain sight. It comes with a new matte finish that gives it the look of the paintings it displays when not in use, allowing it to blend into even the most stylish living rooms. Image quality is solid, but you’re paying a bit more for the party trick (not much more today).
LG remains the only company manufacturing OLED panels at scale, which means it has a huge advantage in giving buyers the cheapest option. This is its 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 on the market, enhanced by the OLED panel provided by LG in this display. If you’re looking for the best possible movie-watching experience for the money, look no further. The only downside? He has legs on each side, which I hate. Just mount it on the wall or buy yourself a pedestal with the money you saved here.
It’s one of the best TVs I’ve seen (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for bright spaces. The giant pedestal-mounted screen gets so bright it almost hurts your eyes, and it has a super-wide viewing angle that makes it ideal in large rooms. The backlight system is also excellent, making it a great TV for watching darker content.
It’s not as pretty as the other 65-inch Samsung TV we’ve listed, but it’s also a lot cheaper. The pedestal mount still makes it very easy to place on existing TV stands, and the quantum dot and ultra-viewing angle coating makes this TV usable in large, bright rooms.
Sound bars and speakers
Read our guide to the best soundbars for more details. We also have a How to Buy a Soundbar guide to break down some terms and what to expect.
The Beam (Gen 2) is the golden loop of Sonos soundbars. It’s not the most powerful of the brand, but it’s 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 looks stunningly stylish whether on your shelf or wall mounted. Read our Sonos guide to learn more.
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 crisp sound. In some rooms, sound can bounce off walls well enough to mimic a respectable surround sound system. This soundbar is the most expensive in the Sonos lineup, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save some cash in the process.
I’m not normally a big fan of bars this expensive that don’t have a subwoofer, but the Bose 300 soundbar has pretty solid bass, and built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers. when you are in the living room.
The Roku Streambar is a great compact option if you want to improve a TV’s sound and ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This small soundbar has a built-in Roku streaming interface, making it a good all-in-one solution for small spaces.
It’s a great way to get immersive surround sound in living rooms or smaller apartments. Editor Julian Chokkattu likes that you can use the HEOS app to link it to other speakers for streaming, but his favorite feature is the chat button, which makes it easier to hear what people are saying on the screen.
JBL makes some great soundbars, especially in the entry-level category. I love this 2.1 option, which has a cool design that sets it apart from other cheap bars. With a total of 300 watts of total power, it also gets louder than more affordable options.
The Polk Signa 4 (7/10, WIRED recommends) 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.
It’s not Vizio’s latest Dolby Atmos soundbar, but we love 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. You won’t fill a huge room with sound, but you can easily spice up an apartment or smaller space.
If your goal is to annoy your neighbors on purpose, you couldn’t do better than this PA system. WIRED reviewer Jaina Gray spent over a year with this beast, which features dual subwoofers and side and rear speakers, ensuring your whole room shakes with the earth-shattering sound. If you want it, at least.
Streaming Device Deals
Read our guide to the best streaming devices for other options.
Roku regularly makes our top picks for streaming devices, and the Roku Ultra is one of the most powerful around. While it’s not the handy 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 any lag even when streaming. playback of 4K HDR footage.
Despite introducing streaming sticks to the world with the original Chromecast, Google took its time shipping one with a remote. 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 get the HD version for $20 ($10 off).
If you’re big into the Amazon ecosystem, then 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 best performing 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 yet, you can save even more by picking up the Fire TV Stick Lite HD only for $15 ($15 off).
Hulu has a pretty large collection of shows and movies to watch, and right now you can get a year of the service’s ad-laden version for $24, or $2 a month. Normally this costs $8 per month, or $96 for the full year. Unfortunately, this offer is only available to new subscribers or old subscribers who canceled more than a month ago. The discount also does not apply to the ad-free version, which is rather a shame.
Black Friday Retail Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are some of the top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.
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