88 best Black Friday UK deals 2022: OLED TVs, wireless earbuds, soundbars and more

Black Friday 2022
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Happy Black Friday! The big day of deals is finally here, even if it might feel like they've been around all week... Black Friday deals have been landing since Monday and we're keeping tabs on all the best deals to help you navigate the noise.

The good news is that we have seen the lowest-ever prices on a range of products that are genuinely worth your hard-earned cash, from five-star LG C2 OLED TVs (opens in new tab) to the award-winning Sony WF-1000XM4 (opens in new tab) true wireless earbuds and the latest Sony XM5 over-ear headphones (opens in new tab).

Elsewhere there are deals on cheap 4K TVs, Dolby Atmos soundbars, hi-fi and Bluetooth speakers, Fire TV Sticks, stereo amplifiers, and plenty more besides.

Remember, you don't have to buy anything. And you certainly don't need to spend big, maybe you just want some cheap batteries (opens in new tab)? Now is the time to buy them ahead of Christmas. But if you are busting for a bargain, you've come to the right place. Read on for our round-up of the best Black Friday deals...

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18 of the best Black Friday deals

Sony WF-1000XM4 was (opens in new tab)

Sony WF-1000XM4 was £250 now £159 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Put simply, the Sonys are the complete package – fantastic all-rounders that look great, sound great, and do everything you could ask of them. Battery life is eight hours per charge, they're nice to use and their noise-cancelling is one of the best in the business. Five Stars

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) was (opens in new tab)

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) was £40 now £17 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This Echo Dot is still a fantastic buy at this price. Sound quality is good considering the size of the device, plus it of course gives you the Alexa voice assistant. No wonder it's Amazon most popular smart speaker. Five stars

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Sony WF-C500 was £90 now £49 at Amazon (save £41) (opens in new tab)
Boasting impressive musicality and excellent levels of detail and insight, these comfortable, sporty earbuds are well worth even their non-discounted price. The WF-C500 feature 20 hours of battery life, IPX4 splash resistance and Bluetooth 5.0, and are available in black, white, orange and mint. 
What Hi-Fi? Award winner
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AudioQuest DragonFly Black  was £99 (opens in new tab)

AudioQuest DragonFly Black was £99 now £79 at Sevenoaks (save £20) (opens in new tab)
Better sound doesn't come smaller or cheaper than this. We love the way the logo lights up with different colours to show sample rate - a trait found on all DragonFly DACs. Use it instead of the headphone output on your computer for an immediate musical boost. It supports hi-res tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz, too. Now at lowest-ever price of £79. Five stars

Sennheiser HD 250BT was (opens in new tab)

Sennheiser HD 250BT was £60 now £39 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
We didn't think these superb budget wireless on-ears could get any cheaper – but here we are! Don't expect luxury flourishes, but they nail the basics. They sound great for the money and have Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX Low Latency support, a 25-hour battery life, plus app support that brings EQ customisation onboard. What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Sony WH-1000XM5 was (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-1000XM5 was £380 now £290 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The best pair of wireless noise-cancelling 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. Five stars

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) was (opens in new tab)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) was £449 now £349 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The latest offering from Sonos impressed us with its exceptional and immersive Dolby Atmos performance. Being a Sonos product, it also has wi-fi and network streaming onboard, plus compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Available in black or white.

LG OLED42C2 OLED TV  was (opens in new tab)

LG OLED42C2 OLED TV was £1399 now £749 at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab)
LG's first 42-inch OLED TV has only been available for five minutes but has already had a huge discount. This 2022 model is rightly a huge hit and delivers a great picture at an accessible screen size. Five stars

Sony WH-1000XM4: was (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-1000XM4: was £330 now £219 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
(opens in new tab)Sony’s last-gen 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

Samsung UE43AU7100 2021 43-inch TV was (opens in new tab)

Samsung UE43AU7100 2021 43-inch TV was £499 now £329 at John Lewis (opens in new tab)
One of the best 43-inch TVs we tested in 2021 - and it's down to a new low price, and still available, ahead of Black Friday 2022. It boasts a surprisingly mature performance and the full, excellent Samsung smart platform.

Apple iPad Mini (2021) £569 (opens in new tab)

Apple iPad Mini (2021) £569 £459 at Amazon (save £110) (opens in new tab)
There's big money off Apple's diddy tablet too. A 19 per cent discount means a saving of £110, which is enough to buy a decent pair of cheap wireless earbuds to go with it.

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

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) 32GB was (opens in new tab)

Amazon Fire HD 10 (2021) 32GB was £150 now £80 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
(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. Still on sale for Black Friday 2022.

Panasonic RZ-S500W was (opens in new tab)

Panasonic RZ-S500W was £150 now £85 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Panasonic's noise-cancelling true wireless earbuds offer features and sound quality that are very rare at this price. And they are once again on offer for Black Friday 2022.
Five stars.

Chromecast with Google TV 4K was (opens in new tab)

Chromecast with Google TV 4K was £60 now £40 at Google (opens in new tab)
Google's Chromecast is a user-friendly, featured-packed media streamer with all the apps you already know and love. Whatever you want to watch, you can do with Chromecast. Plus, you'll get a great 4K HDR picture, and Dolby Vision and Atmos support.

Roku Streambar was (opens in new tab)

Roku Streambar was £130 now £99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Roku's one-box streamer/soundbar solution connects to your TV via HDMI and at this price is a great way to level up your TV's sound and add a wealth of streaming services at the same time. An absolute steal at £99.

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds was (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds was £250 now £134 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Bose's QuietComfort Earbuds are serious contenders for best-in-class at this discounted price. You'll find it hard to beat their noise cancelling... unless you can afford to spend extra for the new £279 QuietComfort Earbuds II (opens in new tab) sequels. Five stars

TCL 43RP620K Roku TV  was (opens in new tab)

TCL 43RP620K Roku TV was £349 now £249 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.

Sonos Arc soundbar was (opens in new tab)

Sonos Arc soundbar was £899 now £699 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab) This soundbar delivers five-star Dolby Atmos performance and WiFi connectivity for easy music streaming and integration with other Sonos products. Also available at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab).

ELAC Debut B5.2 was (opens in new tab)

ELAC Debut B5.2 was £310 now £229 at Peter Tyson (opens in new tab)
Once 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

Best Black Friday deals: TVs

LG OLED48C2 48-inch OLED TV was (opens in new tab)

LG OLED48C2 48-inch OLED TV was £1400 now £899 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The C2 is the performance-per-pound champ of LG's 2022 OLED TV range, and we think 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.

Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV  was (opens in new tab)

Hisense R50A7200GTUK Roku TV was £399 now £299 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.

TCL 43RP620K 43-inch Roku TV  was (opens in new tab)

TCL 43RP620K 43-inch Roku TV was £349 now £249 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.

Sony XR-42A90K 2022 OLED TV   (opens in new tab)

Sony XR-42A90K 2022 OLED TV was £1899 now £1295 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Sony's first 42-inch OLED is a high-end treat, particularly if picture authenticity is your priority. It sounds great by TV standards, too. The 42-inch LG C2 is still overall the better buy, given its much lower price, but there are many who will feel it's worth spending the extra on this Sony.

Samsung UE43AU8000 2021 TV  was (opens in new tab)

Samsung UE43AU8000 2021 TV was £549 now £349 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Compared with the AU7100 above, the AU8000 adds Dynamic Crystal Colour technology that should make for a more vibrant performance. We weren't actually very impressed when we reviewed the 50-inch version, and while this 43-incher could be better, we'd suggest that the AU7100 or Q60A deals look better.

Philips 48OLED806 2021 OLED TV  was (opens in new tab)

Philips 48OLED806 2021 OLED TV was £1299 now £899 at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)
Let's cut straight to the chase: this is our favourite TV of 2021. The OLED806 series is just brilliant, offering super-punchy and crisp images, solid sound, Ambilight and loads of next-gen gaming features, and at 48-inches it's compact enough for any lounge.

Samsung QE55S95B 2022 QD-OLED TV  was (opens in new tab)

Samsung QE55S95B 2022 QD-OLED TV was £2399 now £1149 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
You'd have thought that the first QD-OLED TV (which combines Quantum Dot and OLED technologies) would be obscenely expensive, but Samsung is already offering huge discounts on the S95B. This is one of the best TV deals you're ever going to find.

LG OLED55C2 2022 OLED TV was (opens in new tab)

LG OLED55C2 2022 OLED TV was £1899 now £1149 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
LG's new 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. And now it's available with a discount.

Sony XR-55A95K 2022 QD-OLED TV  was (opens in new tab)

Sony XR-55A95K 2022 QD-OLED TV was £2699 now £2195 at Box (opens in new tab)
Unlike Samsung's S95B, above, Sony's new QD-OLED TV is priced as you'd expect a premium, next-gen television to be. It's an undeniably expensive proposition, even with this discount, but if money's no object, this is the best TV you can currently buy.

Sony XR-55A80J 2021 OLED TV was (opens in new tab)

Sony XR-55A80J 2021 OLED TV was £1899 now £998 at Amazon (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 can now be bought for much less than that. An absolutely brilliant TV that majors on authenticity.

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LG OLED65C2 2022 OLED TV was £2699 now £1689 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
While the G2 is an even better performer, the C2 is still the 2022 LG OLED TV that most people should buy, thanks to its irresistible performance-per-pound credentials. It's got a flawless set of next-gen gaming features, too.

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Toshiba 65UK3163DB was £599 now £429 at Argos (opens in new tab)
This big Toshiba packs 4K picture quality along with HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats and Dolby Atmos audio. Alexa is built in, so you can speak to control it, and Toshiba's TRU Picture Engine improves movement, upscales content and adds in more picture detail. Yes please.

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Samsung QE65S9B was £2399 now £1549 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
There's a hefty 35 per cent off at Amazon UK, though if you take the discount off the TV's original £2999 launch price, it's actually closer to half price. Either way, it's a great deal with a huge saving.

LG OLED77C2 2022 OLED TV  was (opens in new tab)

LG OLED77C2 2022 OLED TV was £3699 now £2999 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you want the best performance-per-pound LG OLED of 2022 in a truly cinematic size, this 77-inch version of the C2 is what you're after. It's got all of the top-notch features of the smaller models but with an extra dose of epicness.

Best Black Friday deals: Headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4: £330 (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-1000XM4: £330 £219 at Amazon (save £111) (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

Shure Aonic 50: £380 (opens in new tab)

Shure Aonic 50: £380 £190 at Amazon (save £190) (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

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 (opens in new tab)

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 £350 £259 at Amazon (save £91) (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

Apple AirPods Max £549 (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods Max £549 £447 at Amazon (save £102) (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

Sony WH-CH710N £130 (opens in new tab)

Sony WH-CH710N £130 £84 at Amazon (save £46) (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.

JBL Reflect Flow Pro  £129 (opens in new tab)

JBL Reflect Flow Pro £129 £99 at AO.com (save £30) (opens in new tab)
With 30 hours of total battery life, noise-cancelling and a build that can withstand the great outdoors, these five-star earbuds are the perfect companion for summer walks and sports.

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless £349 (opens in new tab)

Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless £349 £230 at Amazon (save £119) (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

Earfun Air £60 (opens in new tab)

Earfun Air £60 £32 at Amazon (save £28) (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.

Beats Powerbeats Pro £220 (opens in new tab)

Beats Powerbeats Pro £220 £169 at Amazon (save £51) (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.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ £120 (opens in new tab)

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1+ £120 £50 at Amazon (save £70) (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

Apple AirPods 2 (2019) (opens in new tab)

Apple AirPods 2 (2019) £159 £115 at John Lewis (save £44)
(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

Bose QuietComfort 45 (refurbished) £320 (opens in new tab)

Bose QuietComfort 45 (refurbished) £320 £210 at Bose (opens in new tab)
A refurbished pair of Bose's latest pair of wireless headphones, the QuietComfort 45, can now be picked up for just £210 at Bose – a £110 saving on the RRP and £20 less than the lowest price we have ever seen them at! Surely this price won't be beaten on Black Friday... will it?

Best Black Friday deals: Soundbars

Sonos Arc soundbar £899 (opens in new tab)

Sonos Arc soundbar £899 £699 at Richer Sounds (save £200) (opens in new tab) This soundbar delivers five-star Dolby Atmos performance and WiFi connectivity for easy music streaming and integration with other Sonos products. Also available at Sevenoaks (opens in new tab).

Sony HT-A7000 £1299 (opens in new tab)

Sony HT-A7000 £1299 £1099 at Richer Sounds (save £200) (opens in new tab)
This five-star, Award-winning soundbar delivers amazing Atmos and a bountiful feature set that culminates in a truly impressive soundbar. Equally as impressive are these savings, meaning you can get one for £200 the usual asking price right now.

Samsung HW-Q800A (opens in new tab)

Samsung Q800A Dolby Atmos soundbar £529 £359 at Amazon (save £170) (opens in new tab)
Very few soundbar subs perform as well as Samsung's 3.1.2 Q800A with a muscular, room-filling sound and gut-busting bass, all contained within a relatively small package. Not only does the Q800A offer Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, but it also has a broad feature set that includes two HDMI ports (one equipped with eARC), Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2, all of which can be controlled by the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant.

LG SP11RA £1499 (opens in new tab)

LG SP11RA £1499 £849 at Box (save £650) (opens in new tab)
This 2021 flagship soundbar is surprisingly agile, with a detailed top end and easy-going character. It’s not got the most robust low end but it does offer an even and immersive listening experience with a tech spec that is one of the most comprehensive and future-proofed available.

Polk MagniFi 2 soundbar (opens in new tab)

Polk MagniFi 2 soundbar £499 £380 (save £114) 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.

Hisense HS214 all-in-one soundbar £129 (opens in new tab)

Hisense HS214 all-in-one soundbar £129 £79 (save £50) 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...

JVC TH-D227BA 2.0 Compact Sound Bar £100 (opens in new tab)

JVC TH-D227BA 2.0 Compact Sound Bar £100 £40 (save £60) (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. 

Best Black Friday deals: Projectors

Optoma UHD35 4K HDR projector £949 (opens in new tab)

Optoma UHD35 4K HDR projector £949 £899 at Richer Sounds (save £50) (opens in new tab)
Not one we've tested but this price point is often something of a sweet spot for Optoma and its 4K projector range. It outputs a 3600 lumens picture at 33-300in in size and offers a response time as low as 6.7ms at 4K 60fps which gamers will enjoy.

BenQ W2700 4K HDR projector £1499 (opens in new tab)

BenQ W2700 4K HDR projector £1499 £1299 at Richer Sounds (save £200) (opens in new tab)
BenQ has a knack for serving up fun and compact 4K projectors that bring cinematic flair to your home cinema. This plucky projector looks to follow suit with the company's other sets, and at £200 off, it's even more tempting. 

Nebula Mars II Pro 720p portable £600 (opens in new tab)

Nebula Mars II Pro 720p portable £600 £430 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.

Epson EF-12 1080p portable projector £999 (opens in new tab)

Epson EF-12 1080p portable projector £999 £849 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.

Epson EH-TW7000 4K projector £1199 (opens in new tab)

Epson EH-TW7000 4K projector £1199 £1099 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.

Epson EH-TW7100 4K HDR projector £1699 (opens in new tab)

Epson EH-TW7100 4K HDR projector £1699 £1598 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.

Epson EH-TW9400 4K projector £2549 (opens in new tab)

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.

BenQ V6050 4K UST projector £3999 (opens in new tab)

BenQ V6050 4K UST projector £3999 £2499 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.

Sony VPL-VW590ES native 4K projector £6999 (opens in new tab)

Sony VPL-VW590ES native 4K projector £6999 £4999 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.

Best Black Friday deals: Bluetooth speakers

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker £120 (opens in new tab)

JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker £120 £75 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.

JBL GO 3 (black) £35 (opens in new tab)

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! 

Tribit Audio Stormbox Micro £50 (opens in new tab)

Tribit Audio Stormbox Micro £50 £42 (save £8) at Amazon (opens in new tab)
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. 

UE Wonderboom speaker £89 (opens in new tab)

UE Wonderboom speaker £89 £66 (save £23) (opens in new tab) at Amazon
Durable and fully waterproof – it even floats – the original, five-star Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker offers a 10-hour battery life, an impressively weighty sound for a small speaker and a pairing function to 'double up' with other Wonderbooms. 

Best Black Friday deals: Hi-Fi speakers

Triangle Borea BR08 £999 (opens in new tab)

Triangle Borea BR08 £999 £899 at Amazon (save £100) (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

Triangle Borea BR03 £399 (opens in new tab)

Triangle Borea BR03 £399 £307 at Amazon (save £92) (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

ELAC Debut B5.2 £310 (opens in new tab)

ELAC Debut B5.2 £310 £229 at Peter Tyson (save £81) (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

B&W 606 S2 Anniversary Edition £649 (opens in new tab)

B&W 606 S2 Anniversary Edition £649 £589 at Electric Shop (save £60) (opens in new tab)
Save £60 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. 

Wharfedale Evo 4.4 £1199 (opens in new tab)

Wharfedale Evo 4.4 £1199 £1099 at Sevenoaks (save £100) (opens in new tab)
This is a £100 discount on the best floorstanding speakers at this level. The Evo 4.4 are excellent speakers for the money – they pack in a lot of tech and use it to deliver a class-leading sound. What Hi-Fi? Award winners

Q Acoustics 3030i £330 (opens in new tab)

Q Acoustics 3030i £330 £269 at Sevenoaks (save £61) (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

Q Acoustics Concept 40 £999 (opens in new tab)

Q Acoustics Concept 40 £999 £679 at Hifix (save £320) (opens in new tab)
Five-star speakers from a few years back but good sound doesn't get old. With over £300 off the original price, these talented, easy-going speakers were an absolute steal. Five stars

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 £329 (opens in new tab)

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 £329 £299 at Richer Sounds (save £30)
(opens in new tab)Not the biggest of savings, but a deal is a deal after all. These excellent five-star bookshelf speakers from Elac could have been yours with £30 off at Richer Sounds (and Amazon (opens in new tab) and AV Online (opens in new tab)). Five stars

Best Black Friday deals: Turntables

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC £369 (opens in new tab)

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC £369 £299 at Amazon (save £70) (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.

Audio-Technica LP5x  £359 (opens in new tab)

Audio-Technica LP5x £359 £319 at Amazon (save £40) (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.

Pro-Ject Essential III £329 (opens in new tab)

Pro-Ject Essential III £329 £319 at Amazon (save £10) (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. 

Technics SL-1500C £899 (opens in new tab)

Technics SL-1500C £899 £839 at John Lewis (save £60) (opens in new tab)
A What Hi-Fi? Award winner. If you’re after a great sounding but fuss-free record player below a grand, the SL-1500C is a great buy – especially with this £60 discount. Five stars

Best Black Friday deals: Hi-Fi systems, separates, portables

AudioQuest DragonFly Black  was £99 (opens in new tab)

AudioQuest DragonFly Black was £99 now £79 at Sevenoaks (save £20) (opens in new tab)
Better sound doesn't come smaller or cheaper than this. We love the way the logo lights up with different colours to show sample rate - a trait found on all DragonFly DACs. Use it instead of the headphone output on your computer for an immediate musical boost. It supports hi-res tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz, too. Now at lowest-ever price of £79. Five stars

was £199 (opens in new tab)

AudioQuest DragonFly Red was £199 now £149 at Sevenoaks (save £50) (opens in new tab)
Don't be fooled: the Red's hi-res 24-bit/96kHz support may be the same as the much cheaper model (above), but it does have a higher voltage output (2.1v). This makes all the difference, as it's better suited to driving more demanding headphones. You'll notice improved weight and texture to your tunes, combined with a natural and subtle sound. Save £50 off the price in today's Black Friday deal. Five stars

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt  was £299 (opens in new tab)

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt was £299 now £219 at Sevenoaks (save £80) (opens in new tab)
At its lowest price yet, the Cobalt packs in an advanced DAC chip and more processing speed, taking performance to another level. It supports hi-res and MQA files, and offers even more impressive clarity and precision, improved timing and dynamics, and a wide-open soundstage. What Hi-Fi? Award winner
Same £219 price at Richer Sounds (opens in new tab)

Marantz PM6007 £499 (opens in new tab)

Marantz PM6007 £499 £399 at Amazon (save £100) (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

Audiolab 6000A £649 (opens in new tab)

Audiolab 6000A £649 £599 at AV Online (save £50) (opens in new tab)
The Audiolab 6000A is an excellent amplifier that takes the fight to any formidable class leader. This is the most affordable amp Audiolab has produced in recent years, and also one of its most capable, confident and competitive efforts. Five stars

iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2 £199 (opens in new tab)

iFi Audio ZEN DAC V2 £199 £159 at Futureshop (save £40) (opens in new tab)
Offering a significant upgrade over computer sound quality in an era where people need it most, the Zen DAC V2 is another feather in the cap for iFi’s budget Zen series. One of the very best ways to upgrade your desktop headphone system. What Hi-Fi? Award winner

iFi Audio Zen Can £189 (opens in new tab)

iFi Audio Zen Can £189 £99 at Petery Tyson (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

Audiolab M-DAC+ £749 (opens in new tab)

Audiolab M-DAC+ £749 £649 at Richer Sounds (save £100) (opens in new tab)
The Audiolab M-DAC+ gets an awful lot right – so much, in fact, it comfortably justifies its ‘+’ designation. Lavishly detailed, fastidiously organised and elegantly straight-edged in its sound, it absolutely demands an audition. It helps that it's one of the best connected, too. Five stars

Marantz PM7000N £1199 (opens in new tab)

Marantz PM7000N £1199 £799 at AV Online (£300) (opens in new tab)
A £300 saving on a 2020 & 2021 What Hi-Fi? Awards winner is not to be sniffed at, and this Marantz is a really special piece of kit. It's a practical, well-furnished just-add-speakers streaming system that really impressed us with its entertaining performance. Five stars

Best Black Friday deals: Home cinema

Q Acoustics 3050i 5.1 system £1446 (opens in new tab)

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.

Panasonic DP-UB450EB 4K BD player £21 (opens in new tab)

Panasonic DP-UB450EB 4K BD player £21 (opens in new tab)9 (opens in new tab) £179 at AV Online (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.

Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray player £249 (opens in new tab)

Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray player £249 £229 at Box.co.uk (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.

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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Black Friday vs Cyber Monday: what's the difference?

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.

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  • JamesCM1978
    Shame the Philips 65" has been out of stock at Currys (and everywhere else) for at least two weeks...
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  • JamesCM1978
    JamesCM1978 said:
    Shame the Philips 65" has been out of stock at Currys (and everywhere else) for at least two weeks...

    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?
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  • Markmaguire
    Headphomes?
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  • Friesiansam
    Clickbait articles about Black Friday, starting in August?

    This is ridiculous…
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