UPDATE: Cyber Monday 2020 has arrived, and you can find plenty of great hi-fi and AV deals on our dedicated page, so check it out and score a bargain.
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!
The 5 best Black Friday deals still live
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
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. The deal is now only available in White.View Deal
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 | AU$409 (was AU$599, save AU$190)
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 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
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
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.