It is awesome time to upgrade your home theater thanks to some excellent Black Friday TV and soundbar deals. If you’ve yet to move to a modern 4K TV, or if you still listen to your favorite shows and movies through those tinny built-in TV 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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Check out our Best TVs guide for more recommendations. Our How to choose the right TV guide might also come in handy.
The U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best TVs for the money. It has Mini-LED backlighting 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 LED, which has brighter colors than the screen you probably have at home right now.
The TCL 6 series is one of my favorite TVs almost every year. It’s got a stunning picture for the money – this one even has Mini-LED backlighting – and it has one of the best interfaces, thanks to Google TV built-in. The only thing I don’t like is the wide legs, so make sure you wall mount this or buy a pedestal.
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 even brighter colors than before, and it’s the perfect size to use as a giant computer monitor when you’re not streaming your favorite shows. It does 120 frames per second at 4K, so it’s super smooth with the latest game consoles and PCs too. The 48-inch model also retails for $1,040 ($157 off).
This is a TV literally designed to hide in plain sight. It comes with a new matte finish that makes it look like the paintings it displays when not in use, making it suitable for even the most stylish of living rooms. Picture quality is solid, but you do pay a little extra for the party trick (not much extra today).
LG remains the only company producing large-scale OLED panels, meaning it has a huge advantage in offering buyers the cheapest option. This is the entry-level OLED, which has the same perfect black levels as others, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR. It only has a 60Hz refresh rate, making it less ideal than some other models for gaming.
Sony has the best image processing on the market, enhanced by the LG-supplied OLED panel in this display. If you’re looking for the best possible viewing experience for your money, look no further. The only disadvantage? It has legs on either side, which I hate. Just mount it on the wall or buy a pedestal with the money you saved here.
This is one of the best TVs I’ve ever seen (8/10, WIRED recommended) for bright spaces. The giant pedestal-mounted display gets so bright it almost hurts your eyes, and it has a super-wide viewing angle that makes it great in larger rooms. The backlight system is excellent too, making this a great TV to watch dark content on.
This isn’t quite as nice as the other 65-inch Samsung TV we’ve listed, but it’s also a lot cheaper. The pedestal mount means it’s still super easy to place on existing TV stands, and the quantum dot and ultra-angle coating means this TV is usable in bright, large rooms.
Sound bars and speakers
Read our Best Soundbars guide for more information. We also have a How to Buy a Soundbar guide to break down some of the terms and what to expect.
The Beam (Gen 2) is the Goldilocks 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’s incredibly sleek whether it’s on your shelf or mounted on the wall. Read our Sonos guide for 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 clear sound. In certain rooms, the sound can bounce off walls well enough to mimic a respectable surround sound system. This soundbar is the most expensive in the Sonos line, so it’s a great opportunity to upgrade and save some money in the process.
I’m not normally a big fan of such expensive bars that don’t come with a subwoofer, but the Bose Soundbar 300 has pretty robust bass, and built-in Alexa makes it easy to play Spotify and set timers when you’re in the living room.
The Roku Streambar is an excellent compact option if you want to upgrade a TV’s sound and the ability to play your favorite shows and movies. This little soundbar has a built-in Roku streaming interface, making it a good all-in-one solution for smaller spaces.
This is a great way to get immersive surround sound in smaller living rooms or 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 dialogue button, which makes it easier to hear what people are saying on screen.
JBL makes great soundbars, especially in the entry-level category. I like this 2.1 option, which has a cool-looking design that sets it apart from other cheap bars. With a total output of 300 watts, it also gets louder than more affordable options.
The Polk Signa 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) can easily fill an entire room with rich, Dolby Atmos powered sound. It comes with three different sound modes, including a night mode that limits your subwoofer so you don’t disturb the neighbors.
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. You don’t fill a large room with sound, but you can easily brighten up an apartment or smaller space.
If your goal is to disturb your neighbors on purpose, you can’t do better than this sound system. WIRED reviewer Jaina Gray spent more than a year with this beast, which packs two subwoofers and side and rear speakers so your whole room will shake with its earth-shattering sound. If you want, that is.
Streaming Device Deals
Read our Best Streaming Devices guide for other options.
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 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 playing 4K HDR footage.
Despite introducing the world to streaming sticks with the original Chromecast, Google took the time to finally ship 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’re a big fan of 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 best performing Fire TV Stick. However, if you don’t need the extra power, you can also buy the regular Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 ($25 off). And if you haven’t yet upgraded to 4K, you can save even more by opting for the Fire TV Stick Lite, in HD only, for $15 ($15 off).
Hulu has a pretty wide collection of shows and movies worth checking out, and right now you can get the ad-laden version of the service for $24 or $2 a month for a year. It normally costs $8 per month, or $96 for the whole year. Unfortunately, this deal is only available to new subscribers or returning subscribers who canceled more than a month ago. The discount doesn’t apply to the ad-free version either, which is pretty unfortunate.
Black Friday retail sales
Browse through the sale yourself? Here are a few of the top retailers taking part in Black Friday deals.