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Black Friday 2022: start date, shopping tips, predicted tech deals and more

Black Friday 2022
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Black Friday 2022 is hurtling towards us as breakneck speed. The annual sales bonanza is set to take place on 25th November 2022, but you can expect plenty of Black Friday deals in the run-up to the big day.

Last year's Black Friday was the UK's biggest-ever sales day, with data from banks and card operators pointing to a total spend of £9.2 billion. And with money tighter than ever, we're expecting retailers to slash even more prices come Black Friday  2022.

That should be mean serious Black Friday bargains on everything from the best TVs and best wireless headphones, to the best Bluetooth speakers, best hi-fi systems and best gaming TVs. We could even see the first 'proper' PS5 deals. Fingers crossed.

Amazon (opens in new tab) will feature heavily, of course, but other major UK tech retailers such as Argos (opens in new tab), Currys (opens in new tab), John Lewis (opens in new tab), Richer Sounds (opens in new tab) and Sevenoaks Sound and Vision (opens in new tab) will be adding their own Black Friday deals to the pile.

Busting for a bargain? You came to the right place. Our Black Friday preview contains all the latest info, plus shopping tips and predicted deals. Folks, here's everything we know so far about Black Friday 2022...

When is Black Friday 2022?

Black Friday 2022: start date, shopping tips, predicted tech deals and more

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The Black Friday 2022 date is Friday 25th November. Cyber Monday 2022 will be Monday 28th November.

Black Friday always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which means this year it will fall on Friday 25th 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 will stretch out longer than just 24 hours – 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 on the other side of the Atlantic but in recent years has very much become a worldwide and UK 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. Cyber Monday is the online equivalent to Black Friday, and was created to give smaller websites a chance to compete with larger retailers.

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! It's always the Monday after Black Friday.

How long will Black Friday last?

Black Friday 2022: start date, shopping tips, predicted tech deals and more

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Well, Black Friday is 24 hours. And Cyber Monday is 24 hours. But like other big sales events, you 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 early Black Friday deals flooding onto the internet. 

Are Black Friday deals any good?

After the initial few years of excitement around Black Friday in the UK, 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. 

That's where we come in; we'll handpick all the the best TV, audio and AV deals across retailers to identify the genuine Black Friday 2022 deals. And don't forget: you can always refer back to our in-depth reviews to check up on a specific product's performance, features and value for money.

It's best to have a rough idea of what you want in mind – whether that be noise-cancelling wireless headphones under £200, a discounted 55-inch 4K OLED TV or a cheap 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.

What Black Friday deals can you expect?

Black Friday 2022: start date, shopping tips, predicted tech deals and more

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LG OLED TVs, JBL Bluetooth speakers, Sony wireless earbuds and Bose headphones, Alexa and Echo devices, Apple AirPods... you get the picture. Some of the most popular products of the year are almost guaranteed be on offer at pretty much every electronics retailer during Black Friday 2022.

Previous big-sellers over Black Friday also include the Sonos One and Beam, Sony WH-1000XM3, Amazon Echo and Fire products, Bose wireless earbuds and noise-cancelling headphones, UE speakers, Naim Mu-so products, Denon AV receivers, OLED TVs and plenty more.

Finding a PS5 restock is certainly easier than it was a couple of years ago, so we're hoping that retailers will be offering savings on some PS5 bundles. There are plenty of Xbox Series X and S consoles to go around, too, so we could Microsoft's next-gen console drop in price. The Nintendo Switch OLED is also set to be wildly popular come Black Friday 2022, so fingers crossed for a few discounts in that department.

Where to get the best Black Friday deals?

The dominant names on the high street, such as Argos, Currys and John Lewis, will no doubt want to go big on PS5 and Xbox Series X console bundles ahead of Christmas (assuming there's enough stock), while the Sony WF-1000XM4 and WH-1000XM5 are likely to be some of the biggest headphone sellers.

We won't forget the hi-fi and home cinema kit, so will be on the lookout for deals on B&W and KEF speakers, not to mention 4K and portable projectors, AVRs, turntables and more. 

We're confident the specialist AV retailers such as Richer Sounds and Sevenoaks 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, Argos, eBay, Currys and AO.com will be competing in the bun fight to offer the lowest prices on audio and video too – which is only good news for the consumer.

Last year's best Black Friday deals

There were been no shortage of great Black Friday TV deals to take advantage of last year, including over £500 off the gaming-friendly LG OLED55C1 (opens in new tab) and £300 off Sony's Award-winning KD-65XH9005 (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, those looking for Black Friday headphones deals were treated to a considerable price drop for Sony's fantastic WH-1000XM4 (opens in new tab) noise-cancelling over-ears, plus a first-ever price drop for the firm's WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds (opens in new tab). And there was a new low price on the Apple AirPods Pro at Amazon (opens in new tab).

We also spotted some tasty Black Friday hi-fi and audio deals and home cinema savings. We've listed some of last year's best Black Friday deals below – many have expired but it gives you a good idea of what to expect.

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Last year's ultimate Black Friday deals

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Sony WH-1000XM4: £330 £249 at Amazon (save £81) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Sony’s premium XM4 deliver a sonic masterclass and nothing really lets that down – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Sony WF-1000XM3 £230 £108 at Amazon (save £122) (opens in new tab)
A previous What Hi-Fi? Award winner, the WF-1000XM3 combine effective active noise-cancelling with a real sense of musicality. A great pair of true wireless earbuds that ageing well. 

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AirPods Pro with noise cancelling £249 £185 at Amazon (save £64) (opens in new tab)
We called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". And they were available for a new low price just in time for Black Friday.

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LG OLED48A1 48in OLED TV £899 £765 at Amazon (save £134) (opens in new tab)
LG's entry-level OLED for 2021 dropped to its lowest-ever price. Not one we've tested but expect vibrant colours and deep blacks. There are no HDMI 2.1 sockets but it does still have eARC (opens in new tab) and ALLM (opens in new tab).

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Chromecast with Google TV £60 £45 at Currys (opens in new tab)
The best low-cost media streamer on the market, with 4K HDR access to just about every app you can imagine. The brilliant Google TV interface comes up with excellent suggestions for your next favourite series too.

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Nintendo Switch £300 £240 at eBay (save £60) (opens in new tab)
Unlike the PlayStation and Xbox, the Nintendo Switch doubles as a portable console. Slot the tablet-sized screen into the controller, and you can take Mario Kart, Donkey Kong and Animal Crossing wherever you go.

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Sony XR-65X90J 65-inch TV £1799 £1149 at John Lewis (save £650) (opens in new tab)
This classy LCD/LED TV was already great value at its original price, so it was a real steal with this Black Friday deal. The price on page was £1299, but My John Lewis members got a further £150 off. Non-members can simply sign-up for free.

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Samsung UE43AU7100 2021 43-inch TV £499 £379 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
One of the best 43-inch TVs we tested in 2021. It boasts a surprisingly mature and consistent picture performance and the full, excellent Samsung smart platform, which gives access to more or less every streaming service under the sun.

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds £250 £179 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Fantastic, five-star wireless earbuds combine brilliant noise-cancelling tech with natural, dynamic sound. They're a solid alternative to the Sony WF-1000XM3 even if the saving wasn't quite as sizeable.

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Apple HomePod Mini £99 £89 at John Lewis (opens in new tab) and Argos (opens in new tab) (save £10)
Sadly this deal only applied to the Space Grey and White finishes, not the more colourful options. Still, it made an excellent smart speaker even more tempting...

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LG OLED55C1 2021 OLED TV £1699 £1175 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The latest C-series OLED from LG is everything you'd expect – an all-round picture performer with every next-gen gaming feature you could hope for. It's got the catch-up apps that were missing from the CX, too. A brilliant TV, particularly at this price.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) 32GB £150 £80 (save £70) (opens in new tab) at Amazon
(opens in new tab)This five-star tablet offers lots of HD screen for the money and puts in a strong audio and video performance. The deal applies to the latest-model, ad-supported Fire HD 10 with 32GB of storage. 

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Panasonic RZ-S500W £150 £76 at Amazon (save £74) (opens in new tab)
Panasonic's noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds are the best you can buy at this new permanent price drop, offering features and sound quality that are very rare at this price. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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TCL 43RP620K 43-inch Roku TV £349 £269 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Another excellent-value Roku TV, this time from TCL. The superb smart platform is the attention-grabber, but it's the surprisingly solid picture performance that makes this such a great buy, particularly with this discount.

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B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition £449 £359 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
Far from simply being rolled out to capitalise on an anniversary, the B&W 607 S2 are some of the very best standmounters you can buy for the money.

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Sony PS-HX500 £449 £299 at Sevenoaks (save £150) (opens in new tab)
If you want to archive your vinyl as hi-res digital audio files, this Sony turntable will allow you to do just that. Not only does it boast this useful tech, the PS-HX500 sounds sensational for the money. 

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Epson EH-TW7100 4K HDR projector £1699 £1530 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It may seem pricey for what is an entry level 4K product but this projector is a real gem. The black depth is very decent for this kind of money, the colours are bold and balanced, and the HDR production brings an excellent sense of immersion.

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Google Chromecast (3rd gen) £29 £18 (save £11) at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4, My5 and even Now's TV content can all be 'cast' to your TV with this five star little streamer. Google’s own apps are also castable, as are music apps such as Spotify, Tidal and TuneIn.

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Sony HT-ZF9 £650 £498 (save £152) (opens in new tab) at Amazon
This Sony 3.1-channel soundbar system boasts Dolby Atmos  virtual surround sound, DTS:X, voice control, Bluetooth and wi-fi for wireless music entertainment.

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ELAC Debut B5.2 £310 £209 at Peter Tyson (save £101) (opens in new tab)
Our very favourite budget speakers came with a very tidy Black Friday discount. These are some of the very best performers at this price, ideal for anyone's first hi-fi system. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Astell & Kern A&Norma SR25 £599 £499 at Amazon (save £100) (opens in new tab)
It may have a new successor in the pricier MKII version, but this is still the best music player we've tested at this price. If you're after a decent-sounding music player at this level, we'd take the £100 discount while you still can. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Marantz PM6007 £499 £449 at Richer Sounds (save £20) (opens in new tab)
The Marantz 6000 Series has allowed the company to have a firm grip on the budget hi-fi market over the past few years, and with the arrival of the PM6007, the amplifier line has been strengthened yet again. Also at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab).
What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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iFi Audio hip-dac £169 £125 at Richer Sounds (save £44) (opens in new tab)
If you’re looking for a high-quality portable DAC, this iFi is well worth a place on the shortlist. Its combination of battery power, fine build and easy-going sound quality makes it one of the front-runners at this level. Five stars

Last year's best Black Friday deals: TVs

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LG OLED48C1 48-inch OLED TV £1299 £999 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
The C1 is the performance-per-pound champ of LG's 2021 OLED TV range, and this 48-inch version is just as good as its larger siblings. It's a particularly strong choice for gamers, and more tempting than ever with a discount.

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Samsung QE50QN90A 2021 Neo QLED TV £1799 £949 at PRC Direct (opens in new tab)
Samsung's new, Mini LED-based Neo QLED TV is available as a relatively compact, 50-inch model – and it's seen massive discounts since launch. We've not tested it yet, but expect a very bright and punchy picture, plus lots of smart features and next-gen gaming specs.

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Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV £399 £349 at Argos (opens in new tab)
One of the best-value TVs available in the UK, this Hisense combines the excellent Roku smart platform with a surprisingly mature picture performance. A superb buy.

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Hisense 43A6GTUK 43-inch LCD TV £429 £309 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 43A6GTUK is another lesson from Hisense in how you can no longer judge a TV by its price point. It offers more features and delivers a much greater level of picture and sound consistency than should be possible at this price. 

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LG OLED55C1 2021 OLED TV £1699 £1175 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The latest C-series OLED from LG is everything you'd expect – an all-round picture performer with every next-gen gaming feature you could hope for. It's got the catch-up apps that were missing from the CX, too. A brilliant TV, particularly at this price.

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Sony XR-55A80J 2021 OLED TV £1899 £1299 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Sony's awesome A80J OLED TV launched at £1899, was down to £1699 when we reviewed it (and gave it 5 stars) and dropped to even less than that on Black Friday. An absolutely brilliant TV that majors on authenticity.

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TCL 43RP620K 43-inch Roku TV £349 £269 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Another excellent-value Roku TV, this time from TCL. The superb smart platform is the attention-grabber, but it's the surprisingly solid picture performance that makes this such a great buy, particularly with a discount.

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LG OLED65C1 2021 OLED TV £2499 £1699 Amazon (opens in new tab)
The 2021 C-series OLED from LG is everything you'd expect – an all-round picture performer with every next-gen gaming feature you could hope for. It's got the catch-up apps that were missing from the 2020 CX, too.

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Sony XR-65X90J 65-inch TV £1799 £1149 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
If you can't stretch to an OLED, the Sony X90J is the next best thing, offering a brilliantly authentic and cinematic picture at a very tempting price.

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Samsung QE65QN95A 2021 QLED TV £2999 £1899 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Samsung's 2021 flagship 4K 'Neo QLED' TV had already dropped massively in price. This is a superb television with a super-punchy mini LED backlight and a One Connect box with four HDMI 2.1 sockets. An excellent buy.

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Sony Bravia KD-65XH9005 £1299 £999 at Amazon (save £300) (opens in new tab)
Sony's 2020 Award winner is a 65-inch behemoth with brilliant HDR handling, vibrant colours and the firm's trademark silky smooth motion processing tech. It's £1000 well spent.

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Headphones

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Sony WH-1000XM4: £330 £249 at Amazon (save £85) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Sony’s premium XM4 have been trumped by the XM5 but deliver a sonic masterclass. Nothing really lets that down – battery life, build, comfort and usability are all great for the money. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Shure Aonic 50: £380 £221 at Amazon (save £158) (opens in new tab)
A very solid first attempt at a pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones by Shure. They aren't quite as engaging as the Sony and Sennheiser class leaders, but they do offer outstanding levels of detail, a clear and clean delivery and solid bass. Four stars

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Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 £260 at Amazon (save £85) (opens in new tab)
A breakaway from the famous Bose QuietComfort range, the 2019-released 700 are more of a premium series with a concentration on noise-cancelling, which is best in class. Comfort and aesthetics are spot-on too and, sonically, they decent. Four stars

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Apple AirPods Max £549 £426 at Amazon (save £113) (opens in new tab)
Yes, even with a fantastic deal Apple's wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones are still quite expensive. But they are wonderful to use, boast spatial audio support and are one of the very best-sounding wireless headphones we've heard. Five stars

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AKG Y500 Wireless (opens in new tab)£129 £79 at Three (save £50) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Juggling good sound quality, clever features, durable build quality and attractive design in equal measure is no mean feat, but AKG pulls it off while making it look easy. A great pair of wireless on-ears, even at their original price. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Sony WH-CH710N £130 £69 at Amazon (save £61) (opens in new tab)
Can't afford the premium Sony XM4 or XM5 over-ears? We haven't tested the WH-CH710N, but they promise an upgrade over their predecessors, which we liked for their detailed, musical performance and great battery life.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 £330 £159 at Amazon (save £171)
(opens in new tab)These superb Sonys may now have two successors, but they're still excellent buys – especially at a much cheaper price. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless £349 £250 at Amazon (save £109) (opens in new tab) These superb-sounding wireless noise-cancelling headphones only serve to further enhance Sennheiser’s momentum in the headphone market. They're excellent all-rounder. Five stars

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AirPods Pro with noise cancelling £249 £185 at Amazon (save £64) (opens in new tab)
We called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-cancelling and balanced, easy-going sound". And they were available for a new low price just in time for Black Friday.

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Sony WF-1000XM3 (opens in new tab)£230 £108 at Amazon (save £122) (opens in new tab)
Now succeeded by the WF-1000XM4 but still excellent value for money thanks to frequent discounts. These Sonys combine effective active noise-cancelling with a real sense of musicality. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Earfun Air £60 £40 at Amazon (save £20) (opens in new tab)
The cheapest true wireless earbuds we can heartily recommend, these five-star Earfuns do the basics right – and were £20 off their RRP if you clicked the coupon code box at Amazon.

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Sony WF-XB700 £129 £69 at John Lewis (save £60) (opens in new tab)
Sony’s cheapest true wireless earbuds are reliable options for sporty types, pairing water resistance with an 18-hour battery life and decent audio quality. Four stars

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Beats Powerbeats Pro £220 £149 at Amazon (save £71) (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)We're fans of the sporty Powerbeats Pros for a number of reasons. Build quality is excellent, as is their fit and list of useful features. These true wireless earbuds come into their own for exercise, so a low price shouldn't be sniffed at.

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Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ £120 £90 at Amazon (save £30) (opens in new tab) This top pair of budget true wireless earbuds delivers the most detailed sound performance we’ve heard at this price point, combined with a 45-hour battery and decent app features. No noise-cancelling, however. Five stars, What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Apple AirPods 2 (2019) £159 £99 at Amazon (save £60)
(opens in new tab)The second-gen AirPods get a price cut ahead of the AirPods 3's arrival. If you arent bothered about spatial audio and those slightly longer stems, these veterans still offer unbeatable usability and decent sound quality for Apple users for a much lower price. Four stars

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JBL Reflect Flow £130 £60 at Amazon (save £70)
(opens in new tab)In our five-star review, we praised these sporty wireless earbuds' detail, musicality and strong bass depth. They also deliver a solid fit and long battery life, perfect for those evening runs. Five stars

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Soundbars

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Polk MagniFi 2 soundbar £499 £395 (save £104) at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Equipped with Voice Adjust Technology and Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding and streaming via the built-in Chromecast or Bluetooth, the Polk MagniFi 2 (opens in new tab) is packed with features and offers a modern design.

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Hisense HS214 all-in-one soundbar £129 £77 (save £52) at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Not a model we've tested but at this price Hisense's 65cm 'bar with multiple connections (line-in, USB, Bluetooth, optical, HDMI out ARC), three Audio Modes (movie, music and news) and a bundled universal remote presents awful lot to like...

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JVC TH-D227BA 2.0 Compact Sound Bar £100 £35 (save £65) (opens in new tab) at Currys
This JVC soundbar has Bluetooth for wireless streaming as well as wired connections, so you can easily connect the soundbar to your TV or existing audio. It has a compact design that's compatible with TVs from 17” and over. 

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Sony HT-S350 soundbar £299 £199 (save £100) (opens in new tab) at Currys
Last year's Black Friday brought us Sony's 2.1-channel, 320W soundbar and wireless subwoofer combo cut-price (a whopping £100 saving) at Currys. 

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Projectors

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Nebula Capsule projector £400 £190 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
When reviewed, we praised the Capsule's "neat design, solid sound and access to streaming services". Its resolution of 854 x 480 pixels is par for the course when it comes to miniature projectors. A brightness of 100 lumens means you'll need a dimly-lit room.

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Nebula Mars II Pro 720p portable £600 £400 at Very (opens in new tab)
This portable projector is fun, quick and enjoyable to use. Set-up requires minimum fuss, and thanks to its wi-fi and built-in apps, you can stream content directly through it. With this healthy discount, this lunchbox-sized projector is very tasty indeed.

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Optoma UHD30 4K projector £1099 £849 at PRC Direct (opens in new tab)
Not one we've tested but this is Optoma's current entry-level 4K projector. It supports HDR and includes the low lag and high frame rate gaming features of the UHD42 below.

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Epson EF-12 1080p portable projector £999 £879 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The EF-12 is one of the best portable projectors under £1000. It might not quite be able to beat similarly priced traditional home cinema projectors but it's not far off and comes with the bonus of a very decent 2 x 5W 'Sound by Yamaha' sound system plus Android TV OS and its suit of streaming apps – a very good all-in-one.

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Optoma UHD42 4K projector £1299 £1099 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
This is a very decent budget 4K projector with some good HDR pop and some of the best black depth you'll find in this price bracket and beyond. It features a powered USB socket and high frame rate HDMI certification for gamers to enjoy.

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Epson EH-TW7000 4K projector £1199 £999 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is one of the best projectors at around the thousand pound mark. Black depth is unsophisticated but contrast, colour and cinematic appeal are well beyond the competition. It's a great starter projector for a budget home cinema set-up.

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Epson EH-TW7100 4K HDR projector £1699 £1530 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It may seem pricey for what is an entry level 4K product but this projector is a real gem. The black depth is very decent for this kind of money, the colours are bold and balanced, and the HDR production brings an excellent sense of immersion.

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Epson EH-TW9400 4K projector £2549 £2499 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
This big, brassy projector is as good as you'll get before forking out for the beauty of native 4K projection. Colour accuracy, contrast control and HDR are all handled brilliantly and help make for a proper cinematic feel on a relatively modest budget.

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Optoma UHZ65 4K laser projector £4999 £3299 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
We liked this laser projector but the price was a problem. Now down to a sensible point it's a great option. It offers the kind of big brightness and flexibility that makes it an excellent choice as a TV replacer for the living room. Just add a media streamer.

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Sony VPL-VW290ES 4K projector £5499 £4699 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is incredible discount offers a great opportunity to own a native 4K projector at a bargain price. Prepare for an incredibly immersive picture with a brilliant sense of depth and insight, and some of the smoothest action around.

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BenQ V6050 4K UST projector £3999 £2999 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
Ultra-short throw projectors are the fastest growing form factor. With sound, picture and smarts built-in, they're an obvious all-in-one projector solution. This huge discount made the V6050 one of the most tempting around.

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Sony VPL-VW590ES native 4K projector £6999 £6499 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This five-star native 4K projector was an absolute steal last year. With fantastic 4K detail, an exciting and vivid picture, and top-notch motion processing, you'll melt into a world of cinematic bliss.

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Bluetooth speakers

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JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker £120 £89 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Small, pocketable and perfect for your travels, the Flip 5 is a superb little Bluetooth speaker, with 12-hours of battery life, brilliant sound quality and a saving at Amazon. Now superseded by the Flip 6.

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JBL GO 3 (black) £35 £30 (save £5) (opens in new tab) at O2
Although it launched at £30, the popularity of JBL's cute little soap-on-a-rope beauty saw it go up to £35 – unless you head to O2, where some colourways received a slight discount. Hurrah! 

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Tribit Audio Stormbox Micro £50 £31 (save £19) (opens in new tab) at Amazon
This adorable yet sonically significant five-star budget Bluetooth speaker was reduced at Amazon for a limited time. We loved the Stormbox Micro at £50, and we definitely love it now. 

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2 (black) £89 £75 (save £14) (opens in new tab) at Amazon
The excellent Wonderboom sequel ups the ante with a 13-hour battery, waterproofing, stereo pairing and an outdoor mode. The recent arrival of the Wonderboom 3 could see prices drop even lower come Black Friday 2022.

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Hi-Fi speakers

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B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition £449 £359 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
Far from simply being rolled out to capitalise on an anniversary, the B&W 607 S2 are some of the very best standmounters you can buy for the money. 

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Triangle Borea BR08 £999 £889 at Electric Shop (save £110) (opens in new tab)
There’s no shortage of talented rivals at this size and price, yet having spent some time in the company of these Triangles, we feel they offer something special – not least for a discounted price. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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Triangle Borea BR03 £399 £364 at Amazon (save £35) (opens in new tab)
The equally impressive standmounters from the same Triangle Borea range as the BR08 above, the BR03 are truly excellent little performers, made better with a discount. Five stars

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ELAC Debut B5.2 £310 £209 at Peter Tyson (save £101) (opens in new tab)
Our very favourite budget speakers now come with a very tidy discount. These are simply the best performers at this price, ideal for anyone's first hi-fi system. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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B&W 606 S2 Anniversary Edition £599 £479 at Sevenoaks (save £120) (opens in new tab)
Save £120 on these five-star Bowers & Wilkins speakers, which combine great looks with class-leading sound. They're a great size and deliver an upbeat and entertaining sound. 

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Q Acoustics 3030i £330 £229 at Sevenoaks (save £101) (opens in new tab)
The 3030is are yet another excellent speaker from Q Acoustics. Want insightful speakers with a good dose of bass heft and authority? These deserve a place on the shortlist.(stands not included) Five stars

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Q Acoustics Concept 40 £999 £695 at Hifix (save £305) (opens in new tab)
Five-star speakers from a few years back but good sound doesn't get old. With £300 off the original price, these talented, easy-going speakers were an absolute steal. Five stars

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Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 £329 £299 at Richer Sounds (save £30)
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Q Acoustics Q Active 200 system £1499 £999 at Richer Sounds (save £500) (opens in new tab)
Looking for a stylish set of active, wi-fi enabled speakers that support all popular music streaming services? They can also operate as a UPnP media player, plus the Control Hub offers an HDMI ARC (opens in new tab) input, an optical digital input, an analogue input and a subwoofer output.

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B&W 603 S2 Anniversary Edition £1499 £1199 at Sevenoaks (save £300) (opens in new tab)
Last year's Black Friday lopped £300 off these supremely-talented Bowers & Wilkins floorstanders, which offer a spacious soundstage and plenty of drive. 

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Turntables

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Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC £369 £279 at Amazon (save £90) (opens in new tab)
A five-star turntable that has a similar level of longevity to the vinyl records themselves. Excellent sound, good build and easy to set up, plus it comes fitted with an Ortofon 2m Red cartridge.

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Audio-Technica LP5x £349 £329 at AV Online (save £20) (opens in new tab)
Audio-Technica’s original AT-LP5 turntable was a winner. This LP5x model now comes with an easier-to-fit cartridge, a built-in phono stage for both MC and MM and it even sounds a little cleaner than its predecessor. Winner.

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Pro-Ject Essential III £329 £299 at Amazon (save £30) (opens in new tab)
Blessed with an enjoyable and exciting sound, this is another top-class turntable from Pro-Ject and a great entry-level option for vinyl enthusiasts. 

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Systems, separates, portables

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Marantz PM6007 £499 £449 at Richer Sounds (save £20) (opens in new tab)
The Marantz 6000 Series has allowed the company to have a firm grip on the budget hi-fi market over the past few years, and with the arrival of the PM6007, the amplifier line has been strengthened yet again.
What Hi-Fi? Award winner

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iFi Audio Zen Can £189 £149 at Sevenoaks (save £40) (opens in new tab)
A resoundingly good upgrade on plugging your wired headphones directly into your laptop or other source. It’s a solid, talented and capable little performer. Five stars

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iFi Audio hip-dac £169 £125 at Richer Sounds (save £44) (opens in new tab)
If you’re looking for a high-quality portable DAC, this iFi is well worth a place on the shortlist. Its combination of battery power, fine build and easy-going sound quality makes it one of the front-runners at this level. Five stars

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Astell & Kern A&Norma SR25 £599 £499 at Amazon (save £100) (opens in new tab)
It may have a new successor in the pricier MKII version, but this is still the best music player we've tested at this price. If you're after a decent-sounding music player at this level, this is the one to have. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

Last year's best Black Friday deals: Home cinema

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Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 system £1446 £999 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab) The energy and exuberance of this package is infectious, without being fatiguing, and those qualities are complemented by a great deal of maturity and insight. If you were after a floor-standing speaker package to kick-start an entry-level AV system, this was the deal to snap up.

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Marantz SR7015 11.2ch 8K AVR £1649 £1579 at Sevenoaks (save £70) (opens in new tab)
Not one we've tested but this nine-channel amp looks like a good starting place for 3D audio and decent quality home cinema sound. It supports Dolby Atmos in up to a 5.2.4 configuration, DTS:X and Auro 3D surround sound formats.

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Denon AVC-X6700H AV receiver £2399 £2199 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)
This 2020 Award-winner is a superb upgrade on the AVR above. It boasts class-leading sound, improved detail and a new HDMI section which includes three HDMI 2.1 (opens in new tab)-certified outputs enabling full support for 8K at up to 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz. A belter and an excellent deal.

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Denon AVC-A110 AV Amplifier £5500 £4399 at Sevenoaks (save £1100) (opens in new tab)
This stylish silver graphite amp has 13.2-channels and all the next-gen tech you'd expect with 8K/60Hz pass-through and upscaling, Dolby Atmos (opens in new tab)DTS:X (opens in new tab), DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced (opens in new tab) and Auro-3D.

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Panasonic DP-UB150EB-K 4K BD Player £180 £140 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
A budget 4K disc spinner with HDR10+ format support is hard to find - but clearly not impossible! This Pana player is one of the most affordable ways to play back your 4K Blu-rays with the comfort of knowing that you're doing so in very decent quality.

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Panasonic DP-UB450EB 4K BD player £21 (opens in new tab)9 (opens in new tab) £189 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The performance is virtually identical to the five-star, 4K Panasonic player above but this one offers both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support.

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Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray player £249 £199 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)
This Award winner boasts virtually identical features to the Award-winning UBP-X800 but supports Dolby Vision HDR. It’ll take quite some rival to knock this superb 4K player off its five-star perch.

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