UPDATE: Amazon has officially revealed the dates for its Amazon Prime Day 2022 sales in Australia, kicking off at 12am (AEST) 12 July and spanning 65 hours, the first 48 of which will be local sales.
Amazon's Prime Day 2022 is fast approaching, with the online retail giant officially announcing (opens in new tab) that its massive annual sales event will take place in July. While the dates themselves are yet to be confirmed, from the past few years of the event running in Australia, we're fully expecting it to run over the course of 65 hours.
From past experience, it's fair to say that we'll see plenty of excellent deals on hi-fi and AV gear land in the Aussie sale – particularly in the realm of headphones and soundbars.
With the Sony WH-1000XM5 only just being released, there's a chance we'll see a small discount on these five-star cans, but perhaps more appealing, it'll likely mean an even bigger drop in price on the previous WH-1000XM4 model, which are still some of the best headphones available and offer incredible value.
Both the Yamaha SR-B20A and SR-C20A soundbars saw solid discount in the past year, and we expect these super affordable units to get another run this year. Both offer incredible audio performance for their price, and are a great way to boost your TV's sound without the hefty price tag of more premium soundbars.
Some other commonly discounted items include Denon's range of AV receivers, noise-cancelling earbuds and over-ears from Bose, Ultimate Ears' Boom range of Bluetooth speakers, and gaming consoles like the Xbox Series S.
On this page, we'll be covering all the best deals in the hi-fi and AV categories during Amazon's big Prime Day event, so stay tuned to score the top bargains during the sales.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2022 in Australia?
Prime Day 2019 was a two-day sale of pretty much non-stop deals that started at midnight on 15th July, 2019. In Australia, it kicked off at local AEST time, but ended when the sales event finished in the US, making for a marathon 65-hour shopping event. Back in 2018, it was a 36-hour shopping spree that landed on 16th July.
The Prime Day 2020 sales were pushed back to October 13, kicking things off on midnight (local time) with sales extending via US sellers until 6PM on October 15, totalling an insane 66 hours.
In 2021, Prime Day ran from June 21 (12am AEST) and continue across June 22 and 23, making it a 65-hour marathon session, with the first two dates dedicated to Australian stockists and the last 17 hours carrying on the discounts via US and UK sellers.
The dates have now been announced by Amazon, and as we expected, the shopping event will last 65 hours, kicking off at 12am (AEST) July 12 and running till 5pm (AEST) July 14. The first 48 hours (ending midnight July 14) will be Australian sales, while in the remaining 16 hours, Aussie shoppers will still be able to grab a bargain from US and UK Amazon discounts.
What is Amazon Prime Day?
Starting out in the US, Amazon Prime Day quickly grew into a major online shopping event full of huge discounts and savings on the latest and greatest tech, and naturally there's a selection of hi-fi and AV gear amongst it.
It began as a single day (hence the name) but has swollen to a multi-day event now, with fresh bargains dropping across a two (and a bit) day period in Australia.
Prime Day is Amazon's take on Black Friday. While every online retailer gets involved in the now-annual Black Friday bargain bun fight, Prime Day is all about Amazon.
The special day of deals is a members-only affair, so you'll need to be a Prime member to take advantage of the offers. Thanks to Amazon's 30-day Prime free trial (opens in new tab), there is always the option to sign up, bag a few bargains, and then cancel your membership.
Prime members are also able to take advantage of time-limited 'Lightning deals', alongside those broader Prime Day deals available across the site.
Amazon Australia promises new deals every few minutes, with the deals dropping on the website and on the Amazon app (which gave members an early heads-up on the deals).
Last year, Prime Day ran in the UK, US, Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Singapore, Netherlands, Luxembourg, and, of course, Australia.
Best Australian Amazon Prime Day deals from 2021
Below is a few of the choice offers that were available in the 2021 Amazon Prime Day sales in Australia so you can get a better idea of what to expect this year. Please note that, while some discounts may still be available, the pricing listed below is likely to have changed since the Prime Day offers were live.
Sony's latest WH-1000XM4 headphones are the company's best when it comes to both ANC and audio, offering intelligent adaptive noise-cancelling and a pleasing, warm audio profile – the combo of which makes for a cosy audio blanket. This is the biggest discount we've seen on these cans, with the Black (opens in new tab) option currently going for just AU$330 and Silver (opens in new tab) for AU$319, so save yourself up to AU$180 at Amazon now.
Boses's premium and elegant flagship ANC cans are discounted by an awesome AU$220 on Amazon at the moment, in Black, Silver and Soapstone, all going for AU$377. Designed for comfort and style, these headphones provide the best ANC the company has to offer, solid call quality, and a well-balanced, clear audio.
Panasonic true wireless RZ-S500Ws are often available at far below their RRP, but this is easily the cheapest we've seen then, with 48% off on these five-star buds (opens in new tab). With excellent noise-cancelling, great touch controls, and a detailed sound, these buds offer a lot of bang for the buck, and that buck is a whole let cheaper right now.
Bose has taken its expertise in noise-cancelling to the true wireless format with the QuietComfort Earbuds, taking on the likes of Sony with its WF-1000XM3. Here at What Hi-Fi?, we gave them five stars (opens in new tab) for their superbly balanced and exciting sound, along with their impressive ANC capabilities. Available in Black (opens in new tab) or Soapstone (opens in new tab) for AU$299 at Amazon.
Yamaha's ever-so slightly more affordable and compact successor to the SR-B20A soundbar (discounted to AU$188) (opens in new tab) somehow manages to improve on this budget marvel. In our Australian review here at What Hi-Fi (opens in new tab) we were amazed with its clarity in dialogue, Bluetooth connectivity, and overall amazing sound for the size and price of the unit (even giving the Sonos Beam a run for its money).
Looking for a super affordable way to lift your TV's audio game? This SR-B20A soundbar from Yamaha is already dirt cheap, but knock an extra third off that price and you've got yourself a powerful bit of kit for next-to-nothing. In our Australian What Hi-Fi review (opens in new tab), we praised its impressive sound for the price, even without the need for a subwoofer, and the inclusion of Bluetooth streaming and app control.
The latest generation of consoles are still super fresh on the market (and very rarely in stock), so seeing AU$70 off the Xbox Series S is certainly worth a look. It's not quite as powerful as the Series X, but if you're looking for a more compact and casual entry into the current generation of gaming, you should probably pounce on this opportunity.
Hi-Fi & other
With this solid discount from Amazon, you can score Yamaha's RX-V385 for a low AU$363. This'll net you a 5.1-channel AV receiver with 70W power output, 4K/60 support, automatic sound optimisation, Bluetooth connectivity, bi-amp connection for front speakers, and plenty more.
While this isn't the biggest discount we've seen, there's a good reason that the UE Boom 3 is one of the most popular Bluetooth speakers in Australia. This is due largely to its rugged design, solid battery life and deceptively powerful sound for its size. You can currently find the Black (opens in new tab) and Blue (opens in new tab) options for just AU$148 at Amazon, the cheapest we've found on sale at the moment.