Yes, it's that time again. Black Friday 2022 is here and the official deals have been coming in for a few days now.
With money tighter than ever in the face of the global Cost of Living crisis, it's a great idea to take advantage of these discounts and upgrade your home entertainment system or get a new set of headphones. Heck, you could even pick up a Christmas gift for less for a special someone.
There's serious Black Friday bargains on everything from the best TVs and best wireless headphones, to the best Bluetooth speakers and best hi-fi systems. You can throw in plenty of What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022 winners in there too.
So, are you busting for a bargain? You have come to the right place. Our Black Friday deals round-up contains all the confirmed details of the sales event, plus shopping tips and predicted deals. So without further ado, here are the best Black Friday deals so far...
BLACK FRIDAY QUICK LINK DEALS
- Best Amazon deals (opens in new tab): save on Amazon devices, TVs, headphones & home audio
- Best JB HiFi deals (opens in new tab): check out the tech retailer's hottest deals of the week
- Best The Good Guys deals (opens in new tab): dive into TV, soundbar and home audio sales
- Best Bing Lee deals (opens in new tab): save $$$ on TVs from Samsung, Hisense & TCL
- Best PS5 deals: the internet's lowest console and accessory prices
- The best TV deals: curated by yours truly
- Best Donner Music deals (opens in new tab): offers on musical instruments
- Best Kogan deals (opens in new tab): save on audio gear, new and refurbished
Black Friday deals under AU$100
- Sony WF-C500 wireless earbuds
AU$150AU$98 at Amazon (save AU$52) (opens in new tab)
- 4K Blu-rays from AU$6.65 at JB HiFi (opens in new tab)
- Sony SRS-XB13 Bluetooth speaker
AU$89AU$68 at Amazon (save AU$31) (opens in new tab)
- Chromecast with Google TV streamer
AU$99AU$78 at Amazon (save $21) (opens in new tab)
- Amazon Echo (4th gen) speaker
AU$149AU$74 on Amazon (save AU$75) (opens in new tab)
- Amazon Echo Dot (5th gen) speaker
AU$79AU$49 on Amazon (save AU$30) (opens in new tab)
Black Friday headphone deals
AU$549 AU$438 at Amazon (save AU$111) (opens in new tab)
Sony's older wireless noise-cancelling over-ears are still a superb buy, especially at this reduced price. They're some of the best all-rounders money can buy, only bettered by the newer, pricier XM5 model (below). Try them and see why they've won multiple What Hi-Fi? Awards. Five stars
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
AU$429 AU$339 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (save AU$90)
The best in the business. We loved the originals, but these successors are smaller and sound a fair bit better too. A winner of a What Hi-Fi? 2022 Award, these are serious wireless earbuds if you can stretch the budget to them. Which should be slightly easier thanks to this Black Friday discount.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
AU$399 AU$279 at Kogan (save AU$120) (opens in new tab)
Loyal to Bose but can't afford the QC Earbuds II above? While Bose hit the nail on the head with the sequels, these older ones are pretty great too. They're definitely chunkier than most other true wireless buds on the market, but their ANC is pretty darn good. And at this price, it's not too bad at all, although we're hoping it drops below AU$249 (the previous low) over the Black Friday weekend.
Sennheiser HD 350BT
AU$199 AU$129 at Amazon (save AU$70) (opens in new tab)
Finding the right set of wireless headphones isn't always easy with all of the options to choose from. In-ear, on-ear, over-ear, it all comes down to preference. But if over-ear is yours, you could do a lot worse than these Sennheiser 350BT with a 35% discount.
AU$150 AU$98 at Amazon (save AU$52) (opens in new tab)
Newly decorated What Hi-Fi? Award winners and our favourite budget wireless earbuds, these Sonys boast impressive musicality and excellent levels of detail and insight, plus a comfortable, sport-friendly design, IPX4 water resistance and 20 hours of battery life.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
AU$599 AU$369 on Amazon (save AU$230) (opens in new tab)
Class-leading noise cancellation in a stylish form factor – that’s the Bose 700 headphones. These have dropped to AU$330 previously, so it's not the lowest price we have ever seen. Still, it's a good bargain for one of the best all-round wireless over-ears out there.
Bose QuietComfort 45
AU$499 AU$339 on Amazon (save AU$160) (opens in new tab)
The Bose QuietComfort 45 are a strong successor to the incredibly popular Bose QC 35 II, and they carry fantastic noise cancellation. As the name suggests, they’re comfortable to wear for long periods of time too. This deal gets you a very generous AU$160 off, making this the best-ever price on these cans.
AU$549 AU$459 at Dick Smith (save AU$100) (opens in new tab)
The best pair of wireless ANC headphones you can buy at this price. The Sony XM5 headphones might feel a little less premium than before, but the jump in sound quality from the previous generation is a big one. If you are looking for a new pair of wireless noise-cancelling headphones, your auditioning should start here. Take note, the black pair are $459, while the silver can be yours for $479.
AU$449 AU$259 at Dick Smith (save AU$190) (opens in new tab)
Sony's decision to completely overhaul what was already a winning pair of noise cancelling earbuds paid off in serious fashion, with the XM4s taking home another What Hi-Fi? Award in 2022. They're now down to their lowest price in a long time, making them an absolute steal.
Apple AirPods Pro
AU$399 AU$329 (save AU$70) (opens in new tab)
The original AirPods Pro can currently be picked up at a decent discount, so if you can't afford the recently released AirPods Pro 2 (although, they're also discounted for Black Friday), these are still decent options for Apple wireless earbuds that offer noise cancellation and multiple silicone tips. Know that they hit a low price of AU$279 during Amazon Prime Day, though.
AirPods Pro 2 (2022)
AU$399 AU$367.08 at JW.com.au
(save AU$31.92) (opens in new tab)
For not a lot more money than their predecessor, you can pick-up Apple's best AirPods with a decent saving for Black Friday. The improvements to the ANC capabilities and overall usability (volume control on the stalks, for example) make these a truly compelling option for Apple users.
AU$499 AU$379 at My Deal (save AU$120) (opens in new tab)
By now, most music fans will have some idea of what to expect from a set of Beats headphones: reliable bass, generous battery life, active noise-cancelling and that sleek fashion-forward look. Now with a saving of AU$120 attached. Not bad!
Black Friday TV deals
65-inch A80K OLED TV with PlayStation 5 Horizon Forbidden West Console Bundle
From AU$4,679 AU$3,699 at Sony Australia (save up to AU$1,234) (opens in new tab)
Could this be one of the best Black Friday TV deals? Potentially, yes, predominantly because it gives you the chance to get your hands on a PS5, along with a digital download of Horizon: Forbidden West. Sony Australia is essentially giving the PS5 away for free too (the A80K is worth AU$3,795 alone), making this a Black Friday deal that deserves your attention.
Samsung S95B 65-inch OLED TV
AU$4,495 AU$3,295 at JB Hi-Fi (save AU$1,200) (opens in new tab)
The Samsung S95B was a sight to behold when we got our hands on it, and it certainly makes a strong case for the future of QD-OLED technology. Offering deep blacks, super bright whites, support for all HDR formats and even offering a 4K/120Hz gaming mode, it's an absolute beast of a TV. A 65-inch screen too big? The 55-inch S95B (opens in new tab) is also available at a discount of AU$1,200 via JB Hi-Fi.
Philips 55PUT8215/79 55-inch TV
AU$1,295 AU$799 at Amazon (save AU$496) (opens in new tab)
A HDR10+ and Dolby Vision capable 4K 55-inch TV under AU$800 is worth a look regardless if you're on a budget or looking for a more affordable option to add to a spare room. The smart experience is powered by Android so the choice of apps is vast and complemented by Google Assistant voice control.
LG C2 OLED TV (65-inch)
AU$4295 AU$3460 at Appliance Central (save AU$835) (opens in new tab)
Winner of not one but TWO What Hi-Fi? Awards, LG's C2 is the ideal TV for most people. It's brighter than any 2021 OLED, produces brilliantly punchy but natural images and boasts every next-gen gaming feature you could ask for. The best-value premium TV at this size – and now even better value.
Sony 55-inch A80J OLED TV
AU$2495 AU$1685 at Sony AU eBay (opens in new tab) (save AU$810 with code)
While not quite boasting the full array of performance attributes found in Sony's top-range OLED offerings, the A80J arguably offers even greater value when considering the features it does have at its asking price - and is a five-star TV because of that. The A80J lands a handy discount for Black Friday, bringing it down by AU$710 - with an additional AU$100 saving on offer via code SNSNOV on eBay.
Samsung 85-inch BU8000 4K Smart TV
AU$2995 AU$1769 at PowerlandAU eBay (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,226 with code)
The Samsung BU8000 has a spec sheet that just about elevates it above most other TVs in the same price range, primarily through the suite of picture technologies and streaming smarts available. And now you can save AU$1,226 on this 85-inch home screen when applying code SNSNOV at checkout with eBay.And now you can save AU$1,226 on this 85-inch home screen when applying code SNSNOV at checkout with eBay.
Discounts apply to most other screen sizes in the BU8000 range:
AU$899 AU$799 (opens in new tab) (save AU$50 with code)
AU$999 AU$859 (opens in new tab) (save AU$140 with code)
AU$1,199 AU$979 (opens in new tab) (save AU$220 with code)
AU$1,999 AU$1,799 (opens in new tab) (save AU$200 with code)
Black Friday soundbar deals
Bose Smart Soundbar 600
AU$799.95 AU$639 at Amazon (save AU$160.95) (opens in new tab)
The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 looks to be a very strong offering. With Dolby Atmos with up-firing speakers, the sound profile of the Bose 600 more closely resembles a fuller home theatre solution than a soundbar. And then you get wi-fi, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast built-in, plus voice control.
AU$2099 AU$1,225 at Appliance Central (save AU$874) (opens in new tab)
It's a little unfair to refer to this one as just a 'soundbar'. As you might expect at its price point, the Samsung HW-Q990B is a full home theatre solution with Dolby Atmos and separate subwoofer and rear speaker modules. And now it lands a Black Friday saving of over AU$800.
AU$599 AU$365 at Appliance Central (save AU$234) (opens in new tab)
Simple but effective. We found the soundbar and wireless sub combo to be a very serviceable soundbar solution which provides TV and movie sound to a notably high level of volume for its price, while maintaining clarity and, at its best, a wide and full presentation. If you're needing a flexible soundbar option but don't want to sacrifice too much in overall quality, this deal is for you.
AU$300 AU$242 at Amazon (save AU$58) (opens in new tab)
This is a big-sounding soundbar that makes full use of its size. It might be best suited to wall mounting, but it’s pretty difficult to make it sound bad. We really like its clean, detailed and hefty sound, and the way it decently spreads effect around the room.
Sonos Beam Gen 2
AU$699 AU$595 on The Good Guys (save AU$105) (opens in new tab)
The second-gen, five-star Sonos Beam soundbar comes with Dolby Atmos support, HDMI eARC compatibility and an updated design. This soundbar is compact, so it’s a good choice if you’re tight on space but still want a wide soundstage. This is our favourite soundbar at this price, so you know you're getting a goody here – especially with the discount on offer here.
AU$1499 AU$1,194 at JB Hi-Fi (save AU$305) (opens in new tab)
Sonos' Award-winning Dolby Atmos soundbar offers one of the most convincing Atmos presentations we've heard and is a must-consider if you have a larger TV (it's designed specifically to partner large screens). We already thought it was deserving of its price tag, but now it has an AU$300 discount, it presents as great value.
Black Friday streaming deals
Google Chromecast with Google TV (HD)
AU$59 AU$49 at the Google Store (save AU$10) (opens in new tab)
If you're missing any popular streaming apps on your TV, then grab the latest Chromecast – this particular one only streams in HD quality. It’s powered by Google TV, making it a smoother and more streamlined streaming experience on a not-so-smart telly. You’ll also get a voice-activated remote in the box.
Prefer to stream in 4K? The Chromecast with Google TV 4K is also discounted, now AU$78 (opens in new tab) from AU$99 at Amazon.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro
AU$349.95 AU$239 on Amazon (save AU$110.95) (opens in new tab)
Amazon previously discounted the rather excellent Nvidia Shield TV Pro (opens in new tab)during its October Big Smile event, but this Black Friday discount is even greater with AU$239 being the lowest we've ever seen it. If you're serious about 4K HDR streaming, the Shield TV Pro is tough to beat.
Black Friday Amazon Devices
Amazon Echo (2020; 4th gen)
AU$149 AU$74 on Amazon (save AU$75) (opens in new tab)
We were hoping the Echo speaker would be a little cheaper this time – AU$74 has been its lowest price previously. Still, back to its lowest price, this Alexa smart speaker is slightly bigger than the Echo Dots, so you get a bit more grunt when it comes to volume control. A decent smart speaker for those committed to the Alexa ecosystem. Available in three colours.
Amazon Echo Dot (2022; 5th gen)
AU$79 AU$49 on Amazon (save AU$30) (opens in new tab)
The fifth generation of the Echo Dot only arrived in October this year, so this is the first time they're getting discounted. These spherical smart speakers – available in three colours – will have Alexa at your beck and call to help control smart home devices, tell you about the weather and stream some music too. In fact, you can get a few of these little devices – one for each room – and pair them up to fill your entire home with your fave tunes.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
AU$99 AU$49 at Amazon (save AU$50) (opens in new tab)
Amazon's top-of-the-range Fire TV Stick Max has plenty of streaming smarts, bringing the Amazon content ecosystem to any TV and giving you access to all your favorite services in 4K and HDR where supported. It has more power, more memory and a quicker Wi-Fi 6 connection compared to the old Fire TV Stick 4K too.
Black Friday AV & audio
AU$319 AU$259 at The Good Guys (save AU$60) (opens in new tab)
A typically excellent Sonos speaker with voice control, the Sonos One is a stone-cold five-star wireless speaker – and now even better value thanks to a AU$60 Black Friday price cut over at The Good Guys.
Sonos One SL
AU$289 AU$225 at The Good Guys (save AU$64) (opens in new tab)
If you don't care about using a voice assistant with your Sonos One, then why not save yourself some extra money? The One SL has everything the standard One has, save for the built-in microphones that allow for voice commands. Now a decent AU$64 off for Black Friday 2022.
AU$299 AU$249 at Mobileciti (save AU$50) (opens in new tab)
This is the portable Sonos speaker many of us wanted. It's battery-powered and has all the usual Sonos streaming smarts, plus Bluetooth for on-the-fly tunes of course. There are better-sounding Bluetooth speakers out there, but this is uniquely Sonos.
Bose SoundLink Flex Bluetooth speaker
$250 $199.95 at Bose (save $50) (opens in new tab)
The Bose SoundLink Flex is a wonderfully easy-to-use, straightforward, portable Bluetooth speaker. The JBL Flip 6 for $107 (opens in new tab) is better, but while it might not lead the field, it gets the job done and we appreciate a fuss-free music experience.
Nintendo Switch console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Switch Online AU$397 at Amazon (save AU$70.95) (opens in new tab)
Back in stock at Amazon after a long absence, this is one of the most popular Nintendo Switch bundles and is extremely good value: You're getting a Nintendo Switch, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and three months of Nintendo Online, which lets you play games online but also gives you access to a library of retro Nintendo gems.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday began in the US but in recent years has very much become a worldwide shopping phenomenon. It's regarded (and backed up by stats) as the busiest shopping day of the year – both online and in-store – and officially kicks off the holiday season.
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 into the "black" (profit), hence Black Friday.
When is Black Friday?
The Black Friday 2022 date is Friday 25th November.
Black Friday always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means this year it will fall on Friday 25th November.
While this 24-hour window will no doubt host a wide array of sales across retailers, we fully expect there to be plenty of offers available in the weeks leading up to Friday as well, not to mention over the weekend and into the almost-as-famous Cyber Monday sales event...
When is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday 2022 will be Monday 28th November.
The term 'Cyber Monday', meanwhile, was coined 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!
Cyber Monday is always the Monday after Black Friday, and while much of the Black Friday deals focus is now online as well as in stores, plenty of websites still throw up some fresh deals to mark the occasion.
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Where to get the best Black Friday deals?
A good number of 4K TVs, smart and Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones will almost certainly be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer, while soundbars and hi-fi components are also likely to make an appearance in sales across the board (albeit perhaps in lesser quantities).
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 its dominance in the premium TV market, some cheap OLED TV deals are likely on the cards too.
Even though Amazon Australia has its fun with Prime Day and various other smaller events throughout the year, we don't see the online retail giant missing out on the Black Friday sales. In fact, to compete with all the other retailers, it is often a go-to destination for choice deals and lowest prices during Black Friday. Those looking to buy into or build upon an Amazon Alexa ecosystem will be able to save money on the Echo speaker range, as pretty much every Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablet device get generously discounted that weekend.
Retailers such as Sony and LG will also likely host Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts on their own websites, too, so they could undercut third-party retailers prices for OLED TVs and soundbars.
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. Indeed, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period pretty much nears a week (although for us it feels much longer!)
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. We usually do find the absolute best deals are saved for the actual days, though, with the most exceptional deals tending to sell out and therefore not spilling into the following days. That's when getting in there first can pay off, though on occasion the best deals can pop up later into the sales event. It is difficult to know for sure, which is naturally what makes it all so exciting... right?
What Black Friday deals can you expect?
LG OLED and Samsung QLED TVs, JBL Bluetooth speakers, Sony and Bose wireless headphones and earbuds, Amazon Echo devices, Apple AirPods... you get the drill. Some of the most popular products in the consumer electronics space are almost guaranteed to be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer during the Black Friday sales, from Amazon to JB Hi-Fi to The Good Guys.
Previous big sellers over Black Friday also include the Sonos One and Beam, Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speakers, Denon AV receivers and Roku TVs.
We fully expect the latest flagship noise-cancelling headphones from Sony – the WH-1000XM5 over-ears and WF-1000XM4 earbuds – to be on the end of discounts this Black Friday, as they are typically among the electronics category's biggest sellers over the sales period. But it isn't just premium audio kit that gets the Black Friday treatment; there are often handfuls of decent gear from big brands available for under AU$100 too.
Are 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 isn't unusual to see products rise in price in the summer months ahead of a "price cut" come Black Friday, making it seem like the discount is bigger over the usual price than it really is. Naturally, this means you're essentially just getting the original discounted price from earlier in the year. That said, there are always genuine deals and often unprecedented "lowest ever" prices to be bagged – it's just finding them amongst the onslaught of offers.
That's where we come in; we will handpick all the best audio and AV deals across Australian retailers to identify genuine Black Friday 2022 deals. And don't forget: you can always refer to our in-depth reviews to check up on a specific product's performance, features and value for money. We test hundreds of products every year, so it's likely we will have put discounted products through their paces.
It is best to have a rough idea of what you want and what your budget is, mind, whether that be noise-cancelling wireless headphones, a 55-inch 4K OLED TV or a record player. But restricting yourself only to specific models will reduce your chance of being lucky in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Pick the features you fancy, then see what ticks your boxes and has the best Black Friday discount.
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Better yet, from Currys this morning via email:
"...the item you asked us to email you about, 65OLED806/12 65" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR OLED TV with Google Assistant, won’t be coming back in stock "
I didn't really want to give those muppets my money anyway, but does anyone know when or where I can get one of these? And can WHF update its 'deal' info?
This is ridiculous…