As the world of online retail continues to grow to mountainous proportions, one peak still stands proudly among them all – Black Friday is now Australia's biggest shopping event and its online presence is far from small.
Everything from wireless headphones to 4K OLED TVs, smartphones and even smaller smart home appliances are discounted during Black Friday 2020.
While Black Friday spans a huge range of retailers all hoping to make the most of the keen shoppers, some online giants like eBay, JB Hi-Fi and Amazon are duking it out to offer up the best savings.
On this page, we're sorting through everything hi-fi and AV that the Aussie Black Friday sales season has to offer and pointing you to the best deals available, so keep coming back to score yourself that bit of kit you've been chasing on the cheap!
Apple AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case | AU$249 (was AU$399; save AU$150)
[UPDATE] First batch sold out, but check back on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 9am AEDT for more stock of the same deal.
As we're sure you'll be aware at this point, Apple products aren't too often discounted, let alone by scuh a decent amount as 37%, so this AirPods Pro deal is pretty special. Amazon is putting these bad boys with their wireless charging case up for a solid AU$150 discount as a Lightning Deal, so you'd better be quick.View Deal
Black Friday 2020 deals in Australia
Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones | AU$291 (was AU$399; save AU$108)
Even though the M4 iteration of Sony's flagship cans are now out, their predecessors still offer some of the best noise-cancelling in the industry thanks to a dedicated processor, as well as a pleasant warm sound signature and 30 hours of battery life. Use the code PRESS20 at checkout to get the full discount on eBay, available in Black or Silver.View Deal
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$419 (was AU$599, save AU$180)
The supremely stylish successor to the Bose QC35 II, Bose's aptly titled Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer comfort, class, and competent cancelling along with the clear audio that Bose is known for. Their noise-cancelling tech also help to filter out background audio coming through the mic, so they're fantastic for making calls with too. In this pre-Black Friday deal from Amazon, you can save AU$180 off the RRP.View Deal
Bose QuietComfort 35 II | AU$299 (RRP AU$499; save AU$200)
As part of Amazon's early Black Friday sales here in Australia, there's a solid AU$200 saving on these popular Bose headphones right now. Featuring very solid noise cancellation tech and a nice, balanced sound that should satisfy most listeners. Available in black , Blue, and Silver.View Deal
Marshall Monitor II ANC headphones | AU$349 (was AU$449; save AU$100)
The Monitor II ANC from Marshall offers up the rock 'n roll aesthetic and heritage of the amplifier behemoth with some of the more modern comforts brought about by recent noise-cancelling headphones. You can score a AU$100 discount from Amazon right now and nab yourself cans with a 30-hour battery life, comfortable design, solid sound, and of course, noise-cancelling.View Deal
Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling headphones | AU$349 (RRP AU$549; save AU$200)
[UPDATE: This specific WH-1000XM4 deal is over, but we're hunting for more BF sales for these popular cans.]
Although these industry-leading, five-star headphones have only been on the market for a month or two, you can already score an awesome discount on the Sony WH-1000XM4 at Amazon Australia. You'll be getting the best noise-cancelling capabilities in the industry and gorgeous, well-rounded audio in a stylish yet comfortable package.View Deal
Beats Solo Pro | AU$297 (RRP AU$429; save AU$132)
The Beats sound isn't for everyone, but if you are seeking some squashed audio with punchy bass, the Solo Pro will suit a good range of genres. They're also the first in the Beats lineup to offer noise cancellation, while still keeping with Beats’ excellent battery life. For Click Frenzy, Catch has discounted the Solo Pro headphones in a number of colours including black, grey, ivory, red and light blue. Available now with AU$100 slashed from the RRP.View Deal
Sennheiser PXC 550-II noise-cancelling headphones | AU$289 (was AU$549; save AU$260)
Those looking for a solid alternative to the Bose and Sony noise-cancelling headphones are in luck, Sennheiser's latest PXC-550 II cans are reduced by a very solid 46%. They feature up to 30 hours battery life, touch pad controls, smart pause when removing from your head, and (of course) the Sennheiser sound that the brand is known for.View Deal
LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 | AU$189 (was AU$249; save AU$60)
The Tone Free HBS-FN6 features LG's new UV Nano self cleaning technology, which kills 99.9% of bacteria on the earbud speaker mesh when left in the case (while plugged in) for ten minutes. That's pretty neat. They also feature IPX4 weather resistance, audio tuned by Meridian, and an ambient sound mode. If you're not so fussed on the germ-cleaning tech, the Tone Free HBS-FN4 are also discounted from Amazon – AU$139 down from AU$179.View Deal
Bose SoundSport Free true wireless earbuds | AU$175 (was AU$299; save AU$125)
Last year when Bose put out its SoundSport Free true wireless earbuds, we gave them full marks in our glowing review. Now they've been out a year there's a bit of competition on the market, but they're still a great choice thanks to their full-bodied and well-balanced audio and (of course) their substantial discount! Check them out at Amazon.View Deal
Jabra Elite 75t | AU$199 from Amazon (was AU$299, save AU$100)
We know, Jabra does have an 85t model out at this stage, but their predecessors are only a little over a year old and still one of the best true wireless sets on the market. They offer great battery life, customisable equalizer and even the ability to tune audio to your hearing profile. Score 33% off in this Amazon Black Friday deal.View Deal
Jabra Elite 65t | AU$129 at Kogan (save AU$70)
Jabra's Elite 65t were great true wireless in-ears when they first launched, and while there are definitely more recent models (see above), this is a great price on any truly wireless buds. They're supremely comfortable to wear (thanks in part to their multiple ear tip sizes) and boast good sound quality. And with a pretty good amount of passive noise cancellation, you can enjoy the music to your heart's content.View Deal
Panasonic RZ-S300W true wireless earbuds | AU$119 (was AU$249; save AU$130)
With Panasonic's recent range of wireless personal audio devices, the company unleashed a solid lineup of products with decent audio at a range of prices. Amazon Australia is knocking a substantial amount off its already affordable range, with the RZ-S300W true wireless buds being a particular highlight. You can also find their noise-cancelling sibling (RZ-S500W) available at a 43% discount for AU$199, or some 'Deep Bass' over ear cans (RB-M300) at a huge 57% discount and just AU$99. Check out the full range of Panasonic audio offers at Amazon Australia. View Deal
TicPods ANC | AU$97.29 at Mobvoi (save AU$40)
They're certainly not the best headphones out there, but even without a discount, Mobvoi's TicPods ANC are the most affordable AirPods Pro alternatives going. Getting yourself active noise cancellation at this price point is unheard of, yet you can save 30% on the RRP when shopping directly from the manufacturer.View Deal
Beats Powerbeats 3 | AU$114 at Kogan (save AU$145)
If you're fine with the punchy and bassy Beats sound profile, the Powerbeats 3 are a great way to get that into a portable sporty package. Kogan currently has one of the best prices on them at the moment, but note that these are imported and not Aussie stock.View Deal
TVs and Home Cinema
Sonos Beam soundbar | AU$440 (was AU$599; save AU$159)
Widely considered to be one of the best soundbars out there for the price at the moment, the Sonos Beam offers all the multi-room capabilities and wireless connectivity options that the brand is renowned for while also offering powerful and cinematic sound. You can score this compact soundbar for a substantial discount at the moment, so now's your chance to expand your TV's audio prowess while simultaneously setting your house up with a central smart speaker. Available in Black or White.View Deal
TCL 75C815 75-inch QLED 4K TV | AU$1,850 (save AU$1,145)
This insane 75-inch TCL QLED 4K TV is discounted by more than a grand right now from Appliance Central. It features solid picture quality and sound, and considering it runs Android, you've got apps from the Google Play Store right where you want them. A 75-inch QLED for less than two grand? Yeah, why not?View Deal
Hisense 70-inch S5 4K smart TV | AU$1,040 (RRP AU$1,695; save AU$655)
Looking for a big unit of a TV? This 70-incher from Hisense can be found at a very tidy price from The Good Guys' eBay store. It’s 4K, compatible with the major streaming apps, and you’ll also be getting Dolby Atmos support, so movies will sound as good as they look. Use the code PTGG5.View Deal
LG CX 55-inch OLED (OLED55CXPTA) | AU$2,660 (RRP AU$3,295; save AU$635)
The picture quality on LG's CX OLED TVs is stellar, so if you’re a movie buff who loves to dim the lights and truly immerse yourself in the media, it’s unlikely you’ll be disappointed here. Gaming features are pretty darn solid too. To get a solid AU$600 discount on one of our favourite OLED TVs, head to The Good Guys’ eBay store and enter the code PTGG5 at checkout.View Deal
The Nintendo Switch has been one of the best-selling sale items ever since it launched, and we don't expect it to be any different this Black Friday. This neat package from Amazon nets you the convertible console along with the awesome Mario Kart 8 Deluxe racing game and 3 months of free Nintendo Online. Check it out.View Deal
Oculus Rift S VR headset | AU$549 (was AU$649, save AU$100)
Due to it being a great entry into the VR world and the best value available in the format right now, the Oculus Rift S is very rarely discounted. So this AU$100 Amazon discount is worth checking out if you're at all interested in VR, although you will need a fairly competent PC to hook it up to.View Deal
DualShock 4 controller | AU$48 (usually AU$89.95)
Everyone needs one, which is probably why PlayStation's DualShock 4 controller is so rarey discounted by more than a few dollars. With that in mind, this deal from Amazon is a complete cracker. While the PS5 DualSense controller is a huge step up, these beauties won't die any time soon: you can use them on PS5 for PS4 backwards compatible games. Also available in red, white, green camo, midnight blue and gold.View Deal
HyperX Cloud Revolver S | AU$179 (usually AU$269)
For true immersion and comfort, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset features 7.1 Surround Sound, 50mm drivers, and (true to its 'Cloud' moniker) an incredibly comfortable, suspended headband that makes it feel like you're wearing nothing at all. Save AU$90 at Mwave right now.View Deal
Watch Dogs Legion | AU$55 (usually AU$99.95)
It's not been much more than a month since the latest entry in the Watch Dogs franchise released, so this almost half-price discount is definitely worth checking out. If you're in the market for an open-world game set in dystopian London and centred around hacking, there's not much in the way of competition. Keep in mind also, that if you've got a PS5 or are waiting for one, this PS4 version provides a free upgrade. Via Amazon and also available on Xbox.View Deal
PlayStation Hits for AU$11.90
Like above, the PlayStation Hits catalogue offers some truly exceptional titles for insanely low prices, and these classics are even further discounted, making for a great way to flesh out your library or fill some stockings. Amazon's AU$10.50 price applies to:
Nioh | Ratchet & Clank | The Last of Us Remastered | Infamous Second Son | LittleBigPlanet 3 | Uncharted 4: A Thief's End | Killzone: Shadow Fall | Bloodborne | Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection | Until Dawn
The Last of Us Part 2 | AU$35 (usually AU$99.95)
There's no doubt that The Last of Us Part 2 is one of the best titles titles released for the PlayStation to date, and there are many that believe its the pinnacle of gaming as a whole. This post-pandemic adventure cuts extremely close to the bone and certainly isn't for the faint of heart, but it's one of the most powerful videogames of the generation if you can stomach it.View Deal
Ghost of Tsushima | AU$49.97 (usually AU$99.95)
Admittedly, the above title overshadowed Ghost of Tsushima at launch, but don't let that diminish the excellent adventure on offer here. Set in the midst of the 1270s Mongolian invasion of Japan, this game offers incredible combat and beautiful exploration of its open world – and if you've got a PS5, there's a nice performance boost, too. View Deal
Ori and the Will of the Wisps | AU$18 (usually AU$39.95)
Off the back of the first title in the series, this gorgeous Metroidvania is one of the best Xbox exclusives available, and despite being a side-scrolling platformer, it's still one of the most graphically impressive games on the console. This deal for the physical version is via Amazon, but if you prefer digital, Ori and the Will of the Wisps is also on sale as part of Microsoft's Black Friday offers, albeit two dollars more expensive.View Deal
Red Dead Redemption 2 | AU$38 (usually AU$69.95)
Before The Last of Us Part 2 came along, many considered Red Dead Redemtpion 2 to be the high water mark of gaming. If you've yet to dive into Rockstar's cowboy epic, this is a very reasonable price. The game has been on sale a fair bit, but it's yet to drop below this price – and it probably won't for a while. This offer is found on Amazon, and is also available on PS4.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB | AU$1,411 (was AU$1,999; save AU$588)
If you're looking to grab the top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy S20 device, the Ultra is the pick of the bunch. It packs in an insane camera array (108MP main snapper with 100x zoom and a 40MP ultrawide selfie cam), 12GB of RAM, a 6.9-inch 1440x3200 AMOLED display, and 5G connectivity. You can knock a solid half-a-grand off this device at Amazon.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (5G, 128GB) | AU$845 (RRP AU$1,149; save AU$304)
If you're not too fussed about the display on the mainline Galaxy S20 flagships, the Fan Edition (FE) offers much the same smartphone but with a slightly more modest screen – practically everything else about the S20 FE is on par. And this 5G-ready handset is down to just AU$845 a pop, making it a very competitive mid-ranger at this discounted price. The 4G version is also available at AU$738 (down from AU$999) if that's more your speed.View Deal
Smart Home and Bluetooth Speakers
Amazon Echo Show 5 | AU$49 on Amazon (save AU$80)
With a discount well over half price, this Amazon Echo Show 5 is a great stepping stone to setting up a smart home, or for a simple way to get a screen and speaker accessible in your life.You have a choice of the Charcoal version or the Sandstone colour, both at the same price.View Deal
Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) | AU$49 on Amazon (save AU$30)
Need a sphere? How do you feel about orbs? If you like 3D circles and speakers, then the latest Echo Dot from Amazon is for you. It's a great little smart speaker with Alexa on board (of course), and this is its first discount after its (very) recent launch. Available in Charcoal, a new Glacier White colour option, and a rather pleasing Twilight Blue.View Deal
Google Nest Hub | AU$79 (RRP AU$129; save AU$50)
Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Show 8 (the Nest Hub) is now really rather cheap at eBay. It sports a 7-inch touchscreen display, so it’s slightly smaller than Amazon’s competition, but it’s got a few perks over its rival as Google Assistant is compatible with more connected devices in Australia than Alexa. Pick it up from The Good Guys on eBay, and take your pick from chalk or charcoal.View Deal
Amazon Echo Show 8 | AU$109 (save AU$120)
For those thinking that the above 5-inch screen on the Echo Show 5 is a touch too small, you can opt instead for the Echo Show 8 and still be spending considerably less than the brand new Show 10. You'll get a bigger screen with a higher resolution and a speaker that boasts bigger sound too. Now's your time to pounce with the solid AU$120 saving on this Amazon smart device.View Deal
When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020?
The Black Friday 2020 date is Friday 27th November.
Cyber Monday 2020 will be Monday 30th November.
Black Friday always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US, which means this year it will fall on Friday 27th November. Most retailers will want to make the most of what will typically be the busiest 24 hours of the event, meaning we can expect deals going live at midnight and running until the end of the day.
Of course, you can rest assured that Black Friday won't be simply one day of deals – those days are long gone. Instead, expect at least a week of build-up, maybe longer, from many retailers. And of course, the Black Friday sales continue through to Cyber Monday, which is always the Monday after Black Friday.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday began in the US but in recent years has very much become a worldwide shopping phenomena. It's regarded (and backed up by stats) as the busiest shopping day of the year in the US, UK and Australia – both online and in-store.
Why is it called Black Friday? The date was traditionally the start of the Christmas shopping season, when retailers hoped to move out of the "red" (loss) and in to the "black" (profit), hence Black Friday.
What about Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday 2020 will be Monday 30th November.
The term 'Cyber Monday', meanwhile, was coined in the US by Scott Silverman and the National Retail Federation's Ellen Davis in a bid to encourage people to take their shopping online during the Black Friday event. That was back in 2005, when people needed such encouragement! It's always the Monday after Black Friday.
Where to get the best Black Friday deals?
4K TVs, smart and Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones will almost certainly be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer, and those looking to buy into, or build upon, an Amazon Alexa ecosystem will surely be able to save money on the Echo speaker range.
The likes of JB Hi-Fi and eBay will always go big on games console bundles ahead of the holiday season, and as OLED continues to be such a buzzword, some cheap OLED TV deals are as sure as night follows day.
We're confident the local specialist audio and home theatre retailers will deliver some hi-fi and AV bargains – last year's What Hi-Fi? Award-winners are a good place to start when it comes to which products you want to seek discounts on, as are our very own Sound+Image awards.
How long will Black Friday last?
Well, Black Friday is 24 hours. And Cyber Monday is 24 hours. But like Amazon Prime Day and the January sales, these events always have preliminary and aftermath offers.
For one, deals will run during the weekend sandwiched in the middle of the two days. And in the days and weeks building up to them, there will be plenty of 'pre-Black Friday' savings serenading the sites.