Cyber Monday 2020 has wrapped up, but there's plenty of discounts still available, so keep checking it out.
While Black Friday has transformed from a single-day shopping spree into a much more prolonged period of sales, one thing remains the same – Cyber Monday 2020 in Australia will be an extravaganza of fresh deals and deeper discounts on AV and hi-fi gear.
Whether it's slashed prices on 4K OLED TVs and noise-cancelling headphones, dropped dollars on hi-fi speakers and amplifiers, or even discounts on Xbox and PlayStation games.
Initially, the Black Friday shopping event was very much a physical phenomenon but it's gradually shifted to online retail as the sector boomed, and now with Covid-19, we expect that to be more true than ever.
With that said, here at What Hi-Fi?, we've be scouring the web for all the best deals on AV and hi-fi kit in Australia so we can present it to you here in a digestible manner.
Cyber Monday 2020 deals in Australia
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 Cyber Monday 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 Cyber Monday 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
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$199 (was AU$249; save AU$50)
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. 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 Cyber Monday 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
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
LG CX 55-inch OLED (OLED55CXPTA) | AU$2,685 (save AU$610)
OLED is the pinnacle of TV tech right now, and this LG CX TV is one of the most affordable entries into this category. You can save yourself AU$610 on this 55-inch offering from Appliance Central, and get ready to dim the lights and immerse yourself in a world of cinema or gaming.View Deal
Samsung 75-inch Q800T QLED 8K smart TV | AU$4,795 at Bing Lee (save AU$2,000)
8K is certainly the future, but if you want the future to be now, then this AU$2,000 discount is as good as it's gonna get. Samsung's ridiculous 75-inch QLED 8K Smart TV has it all, but if that's not enough then have a think about the whopping 82" model, currently AU$6,495, which is $2,500 off. View Deal
Samsung The Sero 43-inch 4K smart TV | AU$1,495 at Bing Lee (save AU$500)
Remember that rotating TV that Samsung came up with? Now's your chance to get it all for yourself, and with a sweet AU$500 discount to boot. Watch all the vertical content your heart could desire and then flip it back around for everything else. Easy.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 TV | AU$1,095 (RRP AU$1,695; save AU$600)
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.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$59 (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 from 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:
The Last of Us Part 2 | AU$48 (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$59 (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 Cyber Monday offers, albeit two dollars more expensive.View Deal
Red Dead Redemption 2 | AU$39 (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
Smartphones and Tablets
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G 128GB | AU$1,395 (was AU$1,999; save AU$604)
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 (4G, 128GB) | AU$738 (RRP AU$999; save AU$261)
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. Check out this sweet score from Amazon.View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Wi-Fi 32GB | AU$298 at Amazon (was AU$379, save AU$81)
The Galaxy Tab A7 sports a solid 10.4-inch (2000x1200) display, a huge 7,040mAh battery, and quad Dolby Atmos speakers, so it's ideal for the media lover on the go. Taking an extra AU$81 off the asking price from Amazon certainly makes the package all that more enticing, so grab it while you can.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 Cyber Monday 2020?
Cyber Monday 2020 will be Monday 30th November.
As it's name may suggest, Cyber Monday takes place on the Monday after Black Friday, which itself is dictated by Thanksgiving in the US, falling on the Friday directly after.
While it's fair to expect plenty of bustle in the days leading up to the big shopping weekend, and a flurry of activity on the Friday itself, increasingly retailers have held back big deals for Cyber Monday - and even sometimes stretched out the sale into a "Cyber Week" of deals.
What is Cyber Monday?
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!
So, in may ways, Cyber Monday is the original online shopping extravaganza, and with more of us shopping online, this year more than ever, it looks likely to grow and grow.
How long will Cyber Monday last?
Well, as the title of both Black Friday and Cyber Monday suggests, each shopping perir 24 hours, but that's no longer the case. Similar to Amazon Prime Day, these events always have preliminary and aftermath offers.
There's certainly going to be deals landing on the weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but based on recent years, we fully expect the savings to spill out weeks either side as well.
Pre-Black Friday discounts will start rolling one, maybe even two weeks in the leadup to the day itself while Cyber Monday's savings will likely stretch a similar amount in the other direction, lasting at least a week.
We wouldn't put it past retailers like Amazon to run a week of deals following Cyber Monday.
Our experience also shows that there are often deals that carry all the way through from Black Friday into Cyber Monday. Perhaps not the very biggest and best deals to drop on Friday, but other offerings often hand around longer than retailers might have you believe.
Where to get the best Cyber Monday deals?
4K TVs, smart and Bluetooth speakers and wireless headphones will almost guaranteed be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer, and those looking to buy into, or build upon, an Alexa ecosystem will surely be able to save money on these Amazon devices from the online retail giant itself.
The dominant names in Australia such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and EB Games will always go big on games console bundles ahead of Christmas, though whether we will see PS5 and Xbox Series X deals remains to be seen. We might have to settle for offers on the Nintendo Switch, which was a huge seller last year.
We're confident the specialist AV retailers will deliver some hi-fi and home cinema bargains – last year's What Hi-Fi? Award-winners are a good place to start when it comes to finding a price reduction. The likes of Amazon and eBay will be competing to offer the lowest prices on audio and video too – which is only good news for the consumer.