Update: The Black Friday week is upon us and the deals have well and truly landed ahead of the day itself. See below for the latest and greatest savings on hi-fi and AV kit.
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.
Black Friday 2020 should offer ample opportunities for Aussies to grab the hi-fi or audio-visual tech they've been hanging out for at a reduced cost, scoring discounts on high-end items and seeing the lowest prices the year has to offer all at once.
Everything from wireless headphones to 4K OLED TVs, projectors to hi-fi speakers, and even smaller smart home appliances see discounts in the sales event.
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.
Plenty of Australia's more local and specialist vendors will be hoping to make the most of Black Friday as well this year, particularly given the pandemic's effect on foot traffic to brick-and-mortar stores.
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 stay tuned to score yourself that bit of kit you've been chasing on the cheap!
Early Black Friday 2020 deals in Australia
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 Major III headphones | AU$107 (was AU$229; save AU$122)
These wireless on-ears from rock n' roll royalty Marshall offer decent sound in a compact and striking aesthetic. Adorned in much the same way as the brand's iconic amplifiers, these stylish cans offer an impressive 30-hour battery life, a singular tidy control knob, and fold down to virtually nothing. You can save almost AU$100 from Amazon US right now, and you get free shipping if you're a Prime member.View Deal
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 noise-cancelling headphones | AU$373 (retails for AU$599; save AU$227)
Bowers & Wilkins' PX7 is the brand's answer to the Sony and Bose dominance in the world of wireless ANC cans. They offer 30 hours of battery life, 43mm drivers tuned by famed B&W engineers, auto-pausing music, and a striking, sleek design that stands out from the crowd. You can score a pair in Space Grey from Amazon UK for just AU$373 at the moment, which is well under what they retail for locally, and have them delivered in time for Christmas.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)
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$329 (RRP AU$429.95; save AU$100.95)
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
Bose SoundSport Free true wireless earbuds | AU$196 (was aU$299; save AU$103)
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$149 (was AU$249; save AU$100)
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 30% discount, or some 'Deep Bass' over ear cans (RB-M300) at a huge 57% discount. Check out the full range of Panasonic audio offers at Amazon Australia. View Deal
Bowers & Wilkins PI4 noise-cancelling headphones | AU$170 (was AU$330; save AU$160)
While Amazon UK's original listed price on these ANC in-ears is a good deal higher than their actual local cost, thanks to an insane discount, you can still save over AU$150 on what you'd otherwise pay in Australia for them. Featuring all-day 12-hour battery, impressive 14mm drivers, and (of course) noise-cancelling, these are a great compact companion while you're out and about. Available from Amazon UK in Black, Silver or Gold.View Deal
Apple AirPods Pro | AU$345 (was AU$399, save AU$54)
There's two great offers on the AirPods Pro from Apple at the moment. While Amazon has it for just under AU$340, Catch.com.au, is also offering them for just AU$325. If you're a Prime member you'll score free shipping from Amazon, making this is a pretty good deal if you choose to go with the online retail giant. While this may drop further come Black Friday, they're also quite likely to be an item that sells out quite rapidly if previous years' deals are anything to go by.View Deal
TicPods ANC | AU$107.99 at Mobvoi (save AU$31)
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 22% 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$1,920 (save AU$1,075)
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
Sonos One | AU$220 (RRP AU$299; save AU$79)
Keen to get among the Sonos music ecosystem? This is the perfect chance to start. On the Sonos One, music sounds full-bodied and rich whether it’s used as a standalone or stereo speaker, and it works well in a multi-room setup. You’ll also have the choice between Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice smarts. Amazon has cut the price down to AU$220, saving you AU$79.View Deal
Hisense 70-inch S5 4K smart TV | AU$1,040.25 (RRP AU$1,695; save AU$654.75)
Looking for a big unit of a TV? This 70-incher from Hisense can be found at an awesome price from The Good Guys' eBay store (use the code PTGG5). 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.View Deal
LG CX 55-inch OLED (OLED55CXPTA) | AU$2,695 (RRP AU$3,295; save AU$600)
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
Samsung HW-T650 3.1ch Soundbar and Subwoofer | AU$399 (was AU$599; save AU$200)
Samsung's soundbar prowess is certainly present in this affordable package – a 3.1 setup featuring an integrated centre speaker for clear dialogue and presence as well as an external 6.5-inch subwoofer to beef up that low end. At JB Hi-Fi, this package is discounted by a solid AU$200, so it's even more enticing.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB | AU$1,431 (was AU$1,999; save AU$568)
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+ | AU$1,195 (RRP AU$1,499; save AU$304)
This is a great deal on the larger version of Samsung's Galaxy S20 handset, and the regular Galaxy S20 is discounted by a decent amount right now too, down from AU$1,349 to AU$1,095. But if you're after the bigger display, the awesome S20 Plus is available at just AU$1,195 in three different colour options from Amazon Australia.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (5G, 128GB) | AU$849 (RRP AU$1,149; save AU$300)
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$849 a pop, making it a very competitive mid-ranger at this discounted price.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy A51 | AU$514 (RRP AU$599; save AU$85)
For the more budget conscous among us, the Galaxy A51 from Samsung manages to do quite a bit for its midrange price – and now it's even cheaper. You get a quad-camera array on the rear, a very decent 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities and 128GB of onboard storage. Oh, and let's not forget the saving as well, making the A51 in blue and black colour options a very affordable phone indeed.View Deal
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
Lenovo Smart Display (7-inch) | AU$78 (save AU$51)
Lenovo's 7-inch Smart Display is one of the most affordable entries into the world of Google Assistant-enabled smart displays. It's been updated with all the new Google Home Hub features – like multi-room audio, Home View, Nest Hello Doorbell, and Live Albums – so grab this offer before it ends as chances are high it won't get any better during Black Friday.View Deal
Google Nest Hub | AU$75 (RRP AU$129; save AU$54)
Google's answer to Amazon's Echo Show 8 (the Nest Hub) is now really rather cheap at eBay (just be sure to use the code PTGG5 at checkout). 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$159 (save AU$70)
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$70 saving on this Amazon smart device.View Deal
When is Black Friday 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.
Are the Black Friday deals any good?
After the initial few years of excitement around Black Friday, we naturally moved to the apathy stage, as people began to question whether the offers were genuinely good deals. And it remains up for debate.
For example, it's not unusual to see discounted products rise in price in the summer months ahead of a "price cut" come Black Friday; naturally this means you're essentially just getting the original discounted price from earlier in the year. That said, there are always genuine deals to be had – it's just finding them amongst the onslaught of offers.
Luckily that's where we come in; we'll handpick the best TV, audio and AV deals across retailers to find the ones that are really worth your hard-earned cash.
What Black Friday deals can you expect?
Big-selling products over Black Friday 2019 included the Apple AirPods, Sonos One, Sony WH-1000XM3, Amazon Echo and Fire products, Bose wireless earbuds and noise-cancelling headphones, UE speakers, Sony and Samsung soundbars, Denon AV receivers, OLED TVs and plenty more.
We're almost positive we'll see a discount on the brand new Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones, but maybe not a huge one given how fresh and popular they are. The same is true for the latest Sonos soundbar, the Sonos Arc.