Black Friday 2021: What you need to know

Black Friday sails on

by Andy Bassett - Updated:

Are you ready for some AV bargains as we move into the end-of-year Holiday Season? 2021 sees a date of 26th November for the annual Black Friday sale day, with Cyber Monday following on the 29th Nov.

Every year it looks like the famous saying about death and taxes ought to have a new element added to its examples of sure-fire constants in life - the Black Friday sales! And now, of course, the concept of two single days of bargains on the Friday and following Monday has been well and truly blown out of the water as the sales period gets longer and longer.

Even the second year of a global pandemic hasn’t unduly affected the Black Friday juggernaut - though there are some ripple effects that have affected supply chains, resulting in fluctuating prices in some sectors (particularly those related to electronics) as well as extended delivery schedules.

Many retailers are front loading the Black Friday weekend with offers running all the way from the beginning of November and it’s highly likely that some will be ongoing throughout the rest of the year too. This of course makes it harder to judge at which point during this lengthy sales period you commit to the bargain you’ve been keeping your eye on. Well, we’re here to help with some tips and guidance as well as keeping you up to date with the latest deals which will appear just below, while our guide to surviving the Black Friday Sales is towards the end of the article.


Updated: 29-Nov-2021

John Lewis

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Sonos Beam (Gen 2)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) compact soundbar (white only), includes two year guarantee

Save £50 (11%), was £449, now £399

Features: Contains five drivers; Dolby Atmos support (Dolby Atmos compatible TV required); Your choice of control with Sonos app, voice (Google Assistant and Alexa) or remote; Connect and access content using Apple AirPlay 2 and Wi-Fi; Create a multiroom system with other Sonos speakers.

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LG SP8YA Dolby Atmos Soundbar

LG SP8YA Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Meridian Technology, (Black) includes two year guarantee

Save £100 (14%), was £699, now £599

Features: Includes wireless sub; Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible; Includes eARC HDMI port and an HDMI 2.1 input with 4K Dolby Vision and HDR10 pass-through; Stream content using Bluetooth, Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2; Supports High Resolution Audio.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 headphone

Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise cancelling wireless headphones (2021 model, White and Silver only), includes two year guarantee

Save £81 (25%), was £330, now £249

Features: 40mm drivers with Liquid Crystal Polymer diaphragm; Noise cancellation courtesy of the QN1 processor; Adaptive Sound Control optimises the audio according to your activity and surroundings; Supports High Resolution Audio, Bluetooth with LDAC, and DSEE Extreme upscaling tech; 30 hour battery life; Gesture control; Hands-free calling; Interaction with your phone’s voice assistant.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 TWS earphones

Sony WF-1000XM3 TWS Earphone (Silver and Black), includes two year guarantee

Save £131 (57%), was £230, now £99

Features: Noise cancellation courtesy of the QN1e processor; Adaptive Sound Control optimises the audio according to your activity and surroundings; Bluetooth, NFC; Sony Headphones Connect app allows full control; There’s 8 hours of battery on a single charge without noise cancellation, or 6 hours with it on and three additional charges from the case and it takes 10 mins of charging for 90 mins of playback .

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Optoma UHD42 4K projector

Optoma UHD42 4K HDR 3D Projector includes two year guarantee

Save £200 (14%), was £1099, now £1299

Features: 2160p HDR 3D Projector; 3400 lumens; Conforms to the Rec.709 HDTV standard; Dedicated Game Mode ensures an optimised picture; Low latency and a 240Hz refresh rate; Integrated 10W speaker; Dual HDMI inputs; 1.3x zoom and vertical lens shift gives easy installation; 3D glasses are sold separately.

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Panasonic TX55JZ1000B TV

Panasonic JZ1000B 4K OLED Ultra HD Smart TV (2021 model), 6 year guarantee included

TX48JZ1000B Save £220 (17%), was £1,299, now £1,079 - Different stand from image (separate feet)
TX55JZ1000B Save £230 (17%), was £1,399, now £1,169
TX65JZ1000B Save £300 (15%), was £1,999, now £1,699


Features: HCX Pro AI processor detects content and auto optimises image; supports multi-format HDR, including Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG; also features HDR10+ Adaptive and Dolby Vision IQ, Filmmaker Mode and Netflix Calibrated Mode to deliver content as the creator intended; Dolby Atmos and Cinema Surround Pro audio; HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K/120Hz compatibility, HFR and VRR gaming features; HomeScreen 6.0 smart TV operating system and Freeview Play.

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Sony XR77A80J OLED

Sony BRAVIA A80J 4K OLED Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (2021 Model), 6 year guarantee included

XR77A80J Save £300 (9%): Was £3299, now £2999

Features: New Cognitive Processor XR delivers OLED XR Motion Clarity and 4K XR Smoothing, includes Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced, Calman Ready, Bravia CORE streaming service, Acoustic Surface Audio+ and XR Sound, HDMI 2.1 (ALLM and VRR due later in 2021) and Google TV (Freeview Play catch up not included).

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Sony XR83A90J OLED

Sony BRAVIA A90J 4K OLED Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (2021 Model), 6 year guarantee included

XR83A90J Save £300 (5%): Was £5,799, now £5,499

Features: New Cognitive Processor XR delivers OLED XR Motion Clarity and 4K XR Smoothing, includes Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced, Calman Ready, Bravia CORE streaming service, Netflix Calibrated Mode, Acoustic Surface Audio+ and XR Sound Positioning, HDMI 2.1 (ALLM and VRR due later in 2021) and Google TV (Freeview Play catch up not included).


Updated: 26-Nov-2021

Amazon

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 Wireless Speaker

Save £399 (17%), was 2,399, now £1,999.99

Features: 4th Gen wireless speaker with seven drivers; Active room compensation ensures high quality sound that suits your speaker placement;Floor-standing (or wall mounted with an optional mount accessory);includes AirPlay 2, Chromecast and Bluetooth as well as improved WiFi connectivity





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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 wireless speaker

Updated: 25-Nov-2021

Amazon

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JBL Quantum ONE Headphone

JBL Quantum ONE Headphone Over -Ear USB Wired Professional Gaming Headset

Save £100 (43%), was £229.99, now £129.99

Features: Head tracking enhanced QuantumSPHERE 360 Technology; Active Noise cancellation; Detachable boom microphone in black; RGB lighting; All day comfort with memory foam ear cushions; Compatible with PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR.

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JBL LIVE 300TWS Earphones

JBL 300TWS True Wireless Bluetooth Earphones

Save £83 (64%), was £129, now £49.99

Features: Ambient Aware and TalkThru features let you can stay tuned into the world around you; 6 hours of playtime plus 14 hours recharge from the case; Switch your music with a simple swipe; Voice assistant lets you take calls hands free with the built in microphone; Comfortable silicone 3 sizes of ear tips, 4 sizes of wingfin enhancers.


Updated: 24-Nov-2021

HiFiHeadphones

Audeze Penrose / Penrose X - Wireless Audiophile Gaming Headphones for PlayStation 4/5, Xbox, Xbox Series X, PC and Mac - see AVForums review

Audeze Penrose: Save £80 (26%), was £298.99, now £219

Audeze Penrose X: Save £80 (26%), was £298.99, now £219

Features: 100mm planar magnetic drivers; High performance broadcast quality microphone; 2.4GHz lossless low latency dual wireless connection; Audeze HQ mobile and desktop app with custom EQ

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Audeze Penrose Headphone

Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 True Wireless in Ear Isolating Earphones (2021 model). Here’s the AVForums review of the 2020 version

Save £30 (30%), was £99, now £69

Features: Exclusively tuned 6mm Graphene drivers; Advanced Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.2 with aptX and AAC (new for 2021); Support Wireless Charging and Fast Charge (new for 2021); Compatible with PureControl app for EQ and button layout customisation (new for 2021); Ambient Sound Mode (new for 2021); IPX7 waterproof, 70 hours battery life with up to 6 extra charges with charging case

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Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 IEM

Lypertek SoundFree S20 True Wireless in Ear Isolating Earphones
Here’s the AVForums review.

Save £25 (35%), was £69.98, now £44.95

Features: Exclusively tuned high quality 6mm dynamic drivers; Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0 with AAC compatibility; 8+40 hours playtime and wireless charging; Ambient Sound Mode, IPX5 waterproof design

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Lypertek Soundfree S20 IEM

Lypertek PurePlay Z7 Triple Hybrid Drivers True Wireless in Ear Isolating Earphones (2021 model). Includes free Lypertek Super Slim Charging Pad

Save £51 (25%), was £199.99, now £149

Features: Triple hybrid driver configuration with two balanced armature drivers and one titanium coated dynamic driver (new for 2021); Qualcomm QCC3040 chipset with new Qualcomm True Wireless Mirroring technology & Adaptive aptX (new for 2021); 10 hours playtime and further 7 times with charging case extending playtime to 80 hours (new for 2021); LDX Audio mode with designated audio profile developed for Z7 (new for 2021, Ambient Sound Mode, IPX5 water-resistant design

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Lypertek PurePlay Z7 IEM

SoundMagic E11BT In Ear Isolating Wireless Earphones (2019 model)
Here’s the AVForums review

Save £31 (44%), was £70, now £39

Features: Bluetooth v5.0 with aptX provides advanced wireless capabilities; Machined full-aluminium housing with distinct black finish; Android/Apple compatible 3-button smart remote and mic, IPX4 rated water and sweatproof design

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SoundMagic E11BT Earphones

Campfire Audio Satsuma Single Balanced Armature Driver IEM Earphones with Detachable MMCX Cable

Save £40 (20%), was £199, now £159

Features: Single full range balanced armature driver; Compact ABS PA-757 body design; Sound isolation up to 26dB; 3D printed acoustic chamber shapes the frequency response curve to optimise performance; Smoky Lite Litz MMCX IEM cable with 3.5mm connection; Custom beryllium copper connectors for a durable connection; Includes hand made canvas zipper case and large selection of eartips

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Campfire Audio Satsuma IEM

Campfire Audio Honeydew Single Dynamic Driver IEM Earphones

Save £70 (28%), was £249, now £179

Features: Custom-built 10mm LCP diaphragm dynamic driver; Compact ABS PA-757 body design makes comfortable earbuds with sound isolation up to 26dB; 3D printed acoustic chamber shapes the frequency response curve to optimise performance; Smoky Lite Litz MMCX IEM cable with 3.5mm connection; Custom beryllium copper connectors for a durable connection; Includes hand made canvas zipper case and large selection of eartips

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Campfire Audio Honeydew IEM

Campfire Audio Solaris Quad Hybrid Driver IEM Earphones (2020 model)

Save £199 (13%), was £1,498, now £1,299

Features: Lifelike performance, superior layering and imaging; New Solid-Body internal acoustic chamber design; Single custom ported balanced armature driver; Specially tuned 10mm dynamic driver + polarity tuned chamber; Stainless steel spout and round beryllium/copper MMCX connector; Hand-made sustainably harvested cork zipper case

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Campfire Audio Solaris IEM

Cleer Audio Flow II Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

Save £100 (50%), was £199, now £99

Features: Ironless Audio Driver technology; High-excursion with optimised control and low distortion; Google Assistant Voice Interface; Best-in-class hybrid noise cancelling; Hi-Res Audio certified with supplied 3.5mm cable; Up to 20 hours playback with noise cancelling enabled

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Cleer Audio Flow II Headphones

Cleer Audio Cresecent Smart Speaker Wireless speaker
Here’s the AVForums review

Save £101 (14%), was £699.99, now £599

Features: Eight linear array full-range drivers plus two back firing woofers; Smart controls from your mobile devices and built in smart assistant; Supports popular streaming services and Hi-Res audio playback; Wide stereo soundstage; Surrounds the listener in three-dimensional, high definition audio regardless of location; Ultra-wide sweet spot that engages listeners equally in every corner of the room

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Cleer Audio Crescent Smart Speaker


Updated: 23-Nov-2021

BT Shop

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LG OLED48A1 TV

LG A1 OLED - 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2021 model)

OLED48A16LA Save £250 (28%), was £899, now £649

OLED55A16LA Save £286 (29%), was £985, now £699

Features: Entry level OLED TV with a7 Gen4 AI processor (same as B1 OLED); 4K / 60 Hz image; Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos support; low blue light and flicker free certification for less eye fatigue. Features eARC and ALLM but no HDMI 2.1 ports.

Amazon

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LG OLD65A1 TV

LG A1 OLED - 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2021 model)

OLED65A16LA Save £150 (11%), was £1399, now £1249

Features: Entry level OLED TV with a7 Gen4 AI processor (same as B1 OLED); 4K / 60 Hz image; Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos support; low blue light and flicker free certification for less eye fatigue. Features eARC and ALLM but no HDMI 2.1 ports.

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Philips PUS8546 'The One'

Philips The One TV - 4K UHD LED Smart TV ‘that has it all’ (2021 model)

43PUS8546/12 Save £100 (15%), was £649, now £549

50PUS8546/12 Save £170 (23%), was £749, now £579

58PUS8546/12 Save £220 (24%), was £899, now £679

65PUS8546/12 Save £200 (20%), was £999, now £79

Features: P5 image engine; supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision HDR formats and is Dolby Atmos compatible, has 3-sided Ambilight; Android TV with Google Assistant/Alexa voice assistants, DTS Play-Fi, Gaming Features with 4x HDMI (incl 2x HDMI 2.1) ports.

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Philips 70PUS8546 'The One'

Philips The One TV - 4K UHD LED Smart TV ‘that has it all’ (2021 model)

70PUS8546/12 Save £200 (18%), was £1099, now £899

Features: P5 image engine; supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision HDR formats and is Dolby Atmos compatible, has 3-sided Ambilight; Android TV with Google Assistant/Alexa voice assistants, DTS Play-Fi, Gaming Features with 4x HDMI (incl 2x HDMI 2.1) ports.


Updated: 22-Nov-2021

Amazon

Fire TV Cube - 4K Ultra HD streaming Media Player with full hands free Alexa voice control

Save £50 (45%), was £109.99, now £59.99

Features: 4K image resolution with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ HDR formats; experience Dolby Atmos surround sound; currently the most powerful Fire TV streaming media player featuring the ultra-powerful hexa-core processor; stream content from Netflix, Prime Video, NOW, Disney+ and more, with live TV and free TV; and enjoy complete hands free voice control with built-in Alexa speaker.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube

Fire TV Stick 4K Max - Supports Wi-Fi 6

Save £18 (33%), was £54.99, now £36.99

Features: 4K image resolution with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ HDR formats; experience Dolby Atmos surround sound; 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick 4K; stream content from Netflix, Prime Video, NOW, Disney+ and more with live TV and free TV; plus there’s millions of songs and voice control with Alexa voice remote.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Fire TV Stick 4K - just the thing to enjoy the newly launched IMDb TV with

Save £25 (50%), was £49.99, now £25.00

Features: 4K image resolution with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ HDR formats; experience Dolby Atmos surround sound; stream content from Netflix, Prime Video, NOW, Disney+ and more with live TV and free TV; plus there’s millions of songs; and voice control with Alexa voice remote.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Fire TV Stick - HD Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote (includes TV controls)

Save £20 (50%), was £39.99, now £19.99

Features: 50 percent more powerful than 2019 Fire TV Stick; Full HD image resolution; supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, stream content from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Now, Disney+, ITV, All 4, My5 and more; experience live TV (Eurosport, ITV Hub, Sky News) and Free TV (Pluto TV, YouTube); listen to music with Amazon Music, Spotify and others; and use your voice to control with Alexa Voice Remote.

Black Friday 2021: What you need to know
Amazon Fire TV Stick

Fire TV Stick Lite - Most affordable Fire TV Stick

Save £15 (50%), was £29.99, now £14.99

Features: Full HD image resolution; stream content from BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Now, Disney+, ITV, All 4, My5 and more; experience live TV (Eurosport, ITV Hub, Sky News) and Free TV (Pluto TV, YouTube); listen to music with Amazon Music, Spotify and others; and use your voice to control with Alexa Voice Remote Lite.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite

Echo (4th Gen - 2020) - Smart home hub with premium sound and Alexa

Save £35 (39%), was £89.99, now £54.99

Features: 3” woofer and dual 0.8” tweeters, 3.5mm line in/out and supports Dolby Audio and multi-room audio; pair your Echo with Fire TV; check on news, traffic and weather; try out thousands of Skills (apps); control your smart home and stay in contact with loved ones; supports lossless HD audio available on select streaming services such as Amazon Music HD; Echo smart speakers have a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You also have control over your voice recordings and can view, hear or delete them at any time.

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Amazon Echo (4th Gen)

Echo Dot (4th Gen - 2020) - Smart speaker with clock and Alexa

Save £21 (35%), was £59.99, now £38.99

Features: 1.6" front-firing speaker, 3.5mm line out; check on news, traffic and weather; set time, alarms and timers; try out thousands of Skills (apps); control your smart home and stay in contact with loved ones; supports lossless HD audio available on select streaming services such as Amazon Music HD; Echo smart speakers have a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You also have control over your voice recordings and can view, hear or delete them at any time.

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Echo Dot (4th Gen) with Clock

Echo Dot (4th Generation-2020) For Kids - Designed for children with parental controls

Save £6 (43%), was £59.99, now £33.99

Features: 1.6" front-firing speaker, 3.5mm line out; includes one year of Amazon Kids+ to give access to thousands of hours of child-friendly Audible books, interactive games and educational skills. Amazon Kids+ also compatible with Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Kindle, Android and iOS devices. After 1 year, your subscription will automatically renew every month starting at just £1.99/month. Children can ask Alexa to play music, read stories and call approved friends and family. Echo smart speakers have a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You also have control over your voice recordings and can view, hear or delete them at any time.

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Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) for Kids

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa and charcoal fabric finish.

Save 21 (53%), was £39.99, now £18.99

Features: 1.6" speaker, 3.5mm line out; check on news, traffic and weather; try out thousands of Skills (apps); control your smart home and stay in contact with loved ones. Echo smart speakers have a Microphone Off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. You also have control over your voice recordings and can view, hear or delete them at any time.

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

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Philips 65PUS8555 LED TV

Philips PUS8555 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV incl 6 year guarantee

65PUS8555 Save £180 (28%), was £829, now £649

70PUS8555 Save £80 (10%), was £779, now £699

Features: P5 Perfect Picture Engine, supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, 3 sided Ambilight, Android TV and Freeview Play, voice control with built-in Google Assistant and world with Alexa. 65-inch model has central arch stand, 75-inch model has adjustable feet.

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Yamaha YAS109 Soundbar

Yamaha YAS109 soundbar

Save £50 (17%), was £299, now £249

Features: 120W power in total with 60W subwoofer built-in, supports DTS Virtual:X and 3D Surround built-in, Bluetooth, HDMI-ARC and optical ports and Alexa built-in. There’s more information here.


Updated: 19-Nov-2021

Amazon

Sony WF-1000XM4 (Black)True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones with Charging case.

Sony WF-1000XM4 (Silver)
True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones with Charging case.

Save £51 (20%), Was £250, now £199

Features: Integrated Processor V1 with new drivers, Hi-Res Audio wireless with LDAC, DSEE Extreme technology, Speak-to Chat function, 24 hour battery life and quick charging, IPX4 water resistance, Bluetooth 5.2. Optimised for Alexs and Google Assistant.

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Sony WF-1000XM4 TWS earphones

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Rotel A11, CD11 Tribute, Bowers and Wilkins 607 S2 Anniversary Edition

Rotel A11, CD11 Tribute, Bowers & Wilkins 607 S2 Anniversary Edition Speakers (Black): Includes 6 year speaker guarantee.

Save £148 (11%), was £1,347, now £1,199

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Rotel A11, CD11 Tribute (Silver), Bowers and Wilkins 603 S2 Anniversary Edition (White)


Rotel A11, CD11 Tribute (Silver), Bowers and Wilkins 603 S2 Anniversary Edition Speakers (White)
: Includes 6 year speaker guarantee.

Save £498 (20%), was £2,497, now £1,999

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Marantz PM7000N, Bowers and Wilkins 603 S2 Anniversary SPeakers (Black)


Marantz PM7000N, Bowers and Wilkins 603 S2 Anniversary Speakers (Black)
: Includes 6 year speaker guarantee.

Save £499 (19%), was £2,598, now £2,099


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Denon AVC-A110 and Sony PlayStation 5 FIFA22 bundle


Denon AVC-A110 and Sony PlayStation 5 FIFA22 bundle
:
Includes 6 year speaker guarantee.

Features: 13.2-channel AV amp which supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS:X Virtual, Auro-3D, 4K/120Hz and 8k/60Hz signals, Hi-Res audio, Audyssey MultiEQ XT 21 room correction, HEOS multi-room functionality, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 and built-in Wi-Fi.


Updated: 17-Nov-2021

TCL TVs

TCL C72 Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED TV (2021 Model) - AO

50C725K Save £100 (17%), was £599, now £499

Features: 4K Quantum Dot HDR Pro image with Motion Clarity. Supports Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG HDR, Android TV Operating System with Google Assistant built-in, Dolby Atmos compatible Onkyo speakers, Game Master Mode.

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TCL C725K QLED TV

TCL P620K Roku Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV - Currys PC World

43RP620K Save £81 (23%), was £350, now £269
50RP620K Save £101 (25%), was £400, now £299
55RP620K Save £101 (22%)
, was £450, now £349
65RP620K Save £81 (22%)
, was £550, now £469

Features: 4K HDR image with Dolby Vision, Roku TV Operating System, Freeview Play, works with Alexa, Hey Google and features Apple HomeKit and Apple AirPlay.

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TCL P620K Roku TV

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Sony BRAVIA XR A80J OLED TV

Sony BRAVIA A80J OLED TV (2021 Model)

XR55A80J Save £200 (13%): Was £1499, now £1299
XR65A80J Save £400 (18%):
Was £2199, now £1799
XR77A80J Save £300 (8%):
Was £3599, now £3299

Features: New Cognitive Processor XR delivers OLED XR Motion Clarity and 4K XR Smoothing, includes Dolby Vision, IMAX Enhanced, Calman Ready, Bravia CORE streaming service, Acoustic Surface Audio+ and XR Sound, HDMI 2.1 (ALLM and VRR due later in 2021) and Google TV (Freeview Play catch up not included)

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LG C1 OLED TV

LG CI OLED 4K OLED HDR Smart TV (2021 model)

48C1 Save £100 (9%): Was £1099, now £999
55C1 Save £100 (8%):
Was £1299, now £1199
65C1 Save £200 (10%): Was £1899, now £1699
77C1 Save £200 (6%): Was £3499, now £3299
83C1 Save £400 (7%): Was £5499, now £5099

Features: New Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor, Dolby Vision HDR, Filmmaker Mode, 4x HDMI 2.1 ports supporting HFR, VRR, ALLM, eARC plus G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium certified, Dolby Atmos compatible, WebOS 6 smart TV


Updated: 15-Nov-2021

OnBuy.com

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds - £100.96 - Hurry, limited stocks

Features: TWS Bluetooth earbuds, noise-cancelling technology, 8 hours of playback, charging case with three additional charges, 1.5 hours from 10 min boost.


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Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds


Updated: 12-Nov-2021

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Samsung The Premiere SP-LSP9T

Samsung The Premiere SP-LSP9T

Save £2,000 (29%): Was £6,999, now £4,999
Free Sapphire SALF221WSF screen worth £950 and other offers included

Features: 4K Ultra HD UST (Ultra Short Throw) projector, DLP technology, up to 130” image, 2800 nit brightness, supports HDR10, HLG and HDR10+, includes 4.2ch audio, eARC and smart features

See the AVForums review of The Premiere


Updated: 10-Nov-2021

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LG OLED C1 4K OLED HDR Smart TV (2021 model)

48C1 Save £400 (29%): Was £1399, now £999
55C1 Save £500 (30%):
Was £1699, now £1199
65C1 Save £800 (32%):
Was £2499, now £1699
77C1 Save £1200 (27%): Was £4499, now £3299

Features: Dolby Vision HDR, Filmmaker Mode, 4x HDMI 2.1 ports supporting HFR, VRR, ALLM, eARC plus G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium certified

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LG OLED C1

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED 4K HDR TV (2021 Model)

QE55QN90A Save £500 (28%): Was £1799, now £1299
QE65QN90A Save £1100 (39%):
Was £2799, now £1699

Features: Neo Quantum Processor 4K, Quantum Mini LED backlight with Quantum Matrix Technology, Quantum HDR 2000, HDR10+ HDR, Anti Reflection Screen, Object Tracking Sound Plus, FreeSync Premium Pro

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Samsung QN90A

Updated: 09-Nov-2021

Amazon: TCL

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TCL 50P610K

8th-18th Nov:
TCL P610K 4K Smart TV (2020 model)

43-inch: Save £70 (21%): Was £329, now £259
50-inch: Save £80 (21%): Was £379, now £299

Features: Freeview Play, Smart HDR, Dolby Audio, Wi-Fi, 3x HDMI, 2x USB

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TCL 50P615K

TCL P615K 4K Smart Android TV (2020 model)

43-inch: Save £80 (23%): Was £349, now £269
50-inch: Save £50 (13%): Was £399, now £349
55-inch: Save: £52 (12%): Was £449, now £397
65-inch: Save £71 (12%): Was £599, now £528

Features: Freeview Play, HDR10, Micro Dimming Pro, Prime Video, Netflix, Dolby Audio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3x HDMI, 2x USB

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TCL TS8111 Soundbar

8th-18th Nov:
TCL TS8111 Soundbar

Save £80 (40%): Was £199, now £119
Features: 2.1 Dolby Atmos compatible soundbar with built-in subwoofer, Bluetooth, 260W, HMDI ARC, three sound modes.

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TCL TS9030 Ray Danz soundbar

8th-18th Nov:
TCL TS9030 Ray Danz Soundbar

Save £120 (34%): Was £349, now £229
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What Is Black Friday

With Thanksgiving a longstanding national holiday in America, many workers took the following day off as annual leave (or phoned in sick!) to give themselves a long weekend.

This essentially increased the number of shoppers over the period and it wasn’t long before stores started to take advantage of the increased footfall. In the early 1950’s a more coordinated sales event on the Friday was created and it was this which eventually became tagged as Black Friday.

When Is Black Friday?

Traditionally, Black Friday is the Friday that immediately follows the U.S. Thanksgiving celebrations which take place on the fourth Thursday of November. Thus, Black Friday this year starts at midnight on 26th November. Cyber Monday will therefore officially be 29th November.

What’s Different this Year?

After 2020’s lockdown restrictions and general reluctance to be mixing unnecessarily, it’s fair to say that for some, getting back into the High Street routine has started to become easier and more acceptable. For many though, online is where the action is - it’s all from the comfort of your own home, you can browse at your leisure and you won’t be packed into a confined space with others. That’s not to say you won’t be affected by online crowds all clamouring for the same deals, but, hey, it’ll be safer.

Didn't Amazon Already Have a Big Sales Period Earlier this Year?

It did indeed. This year Amazon moved its 48-hour Prime Day sale from its traditional October slot to 21st June giving shoppers a longer breather between busy shopping sprees.

Still, always ready for more bargains, Amazon has launched its early Black Friday Deals and it’s worth noting that becoming an Amazon Prime member still brings some benefits even though this isn’t a Prime Day sale. So, for example, if you sign up for the Black Friday sales period, you’ll get a 30 day free trial where you’ll get free delivery on Prime items as well as early access to Lightning Deals and the Amazon Prime Video streaming service for free. Then, if after 30 days you don’t want to continue your membership, you can cancel before being charged the monthly £7.99.

The online shopping giant is offering discounts on its full range of products from Fashion and Beauty to Home, Pets and Personal Healthcare. Of course, it’s the home entertainment and tech offers we’ll be concentrating on and smart home products such as Google’s Chromecast and Home along with Amazon’s series of Echo smart speaker and Fire TV products are always popular as is the evergreen Kindle eReader range. We’ll present the latest and best bargains here, so keep checking back.

Who Else Is Offering Black Friday Deals?

Clearly, Amazon isn’t the only place to make your purchases and while it might be easy to just default to the world’s largest online store, there will be bargains that shoppers can take advantage of elsewhere - both online and now in person.

High street stores and online retailers that will run Black Friday events this year (or have started early sales) include:

Signing up to the store’s newsletters and notification services is a good first step so you’ll be informed of their Black Friday discounts well ahead of time,

Note, not all of the retailers have their Black Friday pages ready yet, so come back regularly to check for updated links.

What Could be on Offer this Year?

The pandemic restrictions that limited in-person shopping and meant most consumers were looking to buy items for the home environment have largely relaxed, and travel is now far more commonplace, so it’s likely that retailers will try and stimulate sales in areas that support being out and about. So, while TVs are always a popular item for discounting, there could be a focus on portable AV such as headphones/TWS earbuds, laptops, smaller games consoles and smart phones/watches.

With the recent release of the iPhone 13, shoppers could expect the previous generation of iPhone 12s to be discounted and the release of Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 noise cancelling headphones means the older XM3 model could hit some very tempting prices. And the Bowers & Wilkins PX7 headphones could also see themselves back in the Black Friday offers for a second year too.

Both the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite could see a price drop and/or be part of several bundles but those hoping for easy access to Sony’s PS5 (and to a lesser extent Microsoft’s Xbox Series X) console - even without a discount - might find hunting one down remains frustrating.

On the 4K TV front, midrange OLED offerings from LG, Philips, Panasonic and Sony are starting to see sub £1,500 prices at a number of retailers such as Richer Sounds and Currys with LG’s C1 hitting around £1.2 - 1.3K for a 55-inch model - the offers don’t hang around though and you could find a £100 discount one day becomes a ‘Free delivery and £100 of accessories’ deal the next!

Don’t forget Black Friday encompasses more than just tech, so now might be a good time to treat your loved ones to fashion, jewellery and homeware bargains too.

How best to plan for Black Friday

It’s easy to get carried away with so many bargains available, so it’s important to maintain some guidelines and boundaries to avoid disappearing down a Black Friday rabbit hole (unless said rabbit hole is heavily discounted).

  • Know what you’re looking for beforehand - browsing will be more likely to lead to impulse purchases of items that you didn’t want in the first place and only grabbed in a fit of FOMO.
  • Set a budget and stick to it.
  • Be aware that some deals are merely the result of prearranged agreements between brands and retailers, so do some homework. Check if the item’s sales price is actually a new low offer or has it been on sale at that price previously?
  • Shopping ‘behind the curve’ for last year’s items can land you some very attractive deals as retailers and suppliers look to shift stock to make room for the very latest models (which mostly won’t be discounted). If you don’t mind missing out on the latest bells and whistles then a 12 month old piece of tech or AV is still likely to have all the latest technologies you’ll need onboard. Do be aware though that the older the item is, the more likely it is to have been discontinued and the customer support clock may well be ticking.
  • You’ll have to balance the risk of an item selling out against the chance that it might drop further in price later in the sale. When you jump in is down to you and what your research is telling you.
  • If you miss a bargain, don’t sweat it. There will always be another sale and another opportunity and you could end up with something even better in the next bargain hunt you go on. Remember, shopping is supposed to be therapeutic, not stressful.

What is AVForums doing to prepare for Black Friday?

As always, we’ll be providing our expert, in-depth reviews to give you all the details about the latest TVs, soundbars, AV receivers, Hi-Fi speakers and music streaming tech and more, so check AVForums’ reviews first if you’re unsure about which is the best hardware for you.

We’ll be keeping this Black Friday article up to date with the best bargains we can find. So check here regularly to find the latest offers.

Make sure you join our regular AVForums Podcast which streams live every Wednesday at 7:30pm GMT/BST where you can ask our team their advice, guidance and opinions on AV and Hi-Fi topics to help you get better equipped to make a purchase decision.

And finally, don’t forget to check out the forums themselves here at AVForums. We have thousands of well informed and experienced members who have some serious knowledge on offer about all sorts of AV, Hi-Fi and tech products. Members are always posting about offers, deals and discounts too. You can browse the forums as a guest but it’s easy to become a member and once you do you’ll be able to post and interact more fully with the forums and its members.

Both our previous and upcoming Editors Choice Awards will also give AV enthusiasts everywhere a great idea about the best products of the year to fill their Bat Caves with, so look out for these.

Good luck on your bargain hunt and be sure to pop back and let everyone know what bargain you managed to bag in the Black Friday bonanza.

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