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The best home cinema deals and AV discounts 2022

Taking the time to seek out the best home theater deals and AV discounts could save you a tiny fortune on upgrades. Whether you're looking to enhance your existing home cinema or starting off your first big screen and surround sound adventure, the bargains are out there hiding on the shelves. Our job is to bring you the map. 

We look for deals on our favourite What Hi-Fi? reviewed AV products and compile this list of the biggest and best discounts around, including those on 4K projectors, home theater speaker packages, AV receivers, soundbars and more.

Whether you want to add surround sound speakers to your system, go for a bigger picture with a 4K projector, or level up with a home cinema receiver for the proper surround sound experience, we're here to help you on your chosen path. Your home theater heaven is but a few clicks away.

Don't forget we have also found you the best deals on headphones, speakers, TVs, hi-fi and audio products, and have highlighted the very best retailers offers from Best Buy, Crutchfield, Walmart and World Wide Stereo.

Blu-ray player deals

Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player $118

Sony BDP-S3700 Blu-ray player $118 $78 at B&H (save $40)
This cheap as chips Blu-ray player might only be a Full HD model but it's also an excellent way to boost picture quality for a very small outlay.

Sony BDP-S6700 4K Blu-ray player $178

Sony BDP-S6700 4K Blu-ray player $178 $98 at Crutchfield (save $80)
The BDP-S6700 scored a coveted five-star rating in our tests. Budget by price but not by nature, the 4K upscaling performance belies its low price tag. Built-in Wi-Fi provides access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Spotify. Stunning value at $98.

LG UBK90 4K HDR Blu-ray player $300

LG UBK90 4K HDR Blu-ray player $300 $247 at Amazon (save $53)
This player does it all when it comes to discs, playing 4K Blu-rays and supporting many flavours of HDR, including Dolby Vision. Twin HDMI outputs allow you to split picture and sound. It also comes with smart apps for on-demand streaming.

Speaker package deals

Klipsch Reference R-10SWi subwoofer $449

Klipsch Reference R-10SWi subwoofer $449 $249 at Crutchfield (save $200)
If all you need is sub, then this Klipsch boom box could be just the ticket. Whether you want to turn your 5.1 into a 5.2 or add the bottom end beef to your Klipsch package sandwich, then this $200-off deal is the one for you.

Elac Debut 2.0 5.1 cinema pack $2180

Elac Debut 2.0 5.1 cinema pack $2180 $1594 at Amazon (save $586)
This five-star Elac Debut 2.0 speaker package is also available at a significant discount. It's a classic-looking and beautiful sounding system offering some genuine home cinema refinement.

Elac Debut 2.0 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos cinema pack $2470

Elac Debut 2.0 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos cinema pack $2470 $1801 at Amazon (save $669)
The same five-star home theater speaker package as above but  with a pair of Elac Dolby Atmos speaker modules to pop ontop of the floorstanders and add a new dimensions to your movie sound. Cracking deal.

AV receiver deals

Denon AVC-A110 AV Amplifier $5999

Denon AVC-A110 AV Amplifier $5999 $5099 at Safe and Sound HQ (save $999) This stylish silver graphite amp sits at the top of Denon's stellar AV amplifier line-up. With 13.2-channels and all the next-gen tech you'd expect with 8K/60Hz pass-through and upscaling, Dolby AtmosDTS:X, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D.  Gaming features like Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) are on board too, and if you decide to take a peek under the hood you'll find a chic all-black interior. No wonder the company has described it as "one of the most special AV amplifiers Denon has ever produced”.

Soundbar deals

LG SP8YA

LG SP8YA Dolby Atmos soundbar $800 $450 (save $350) at Best Buy
This Dolby Atmos soundbar with a wireless sub has many the connectivity and features of LG's higher-end models. There's eARC, plus another HDMI 2.1 input with 4K Dolby Vision and HDR10 pass-through as well as an optical input and a USB port. Streaming is well catered for too, alongside Bluetooth and wi-fi, there’s Chromecast and Apple Airplay 2. Sonically this 3.1.2 package punches above its weight with a broad, vibrant soundstage that can easily match the cinematic scale of larger screens. It can also be upgraded to 5.1.2 by the addition of the SPK8 2.0 surround kit Four stars.

Sony HT-SF150

Sony SF100 soundbar $128 $99 (save $29) at Target
If you're looking for a simple, constructive step up in sound from your TV's in-built speakers, Sony's SF150 offers a significant sonic enhancement for little outlay. Alongside HDMI ARC, it has an optical input supporting Dolby Digital, Dolby Dual mono and LPCM 2ch. There's also a USB port and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity for music playback from an external source too. To boost your cinema experience there's also Sony's S-Force Front Surround technology on-board, which applies processing to give the acoustic impression of a more encompassing sound stage. Four stars.

Samsung HW-Q800A

Samsung Q800A Dolby Atmos soundbar $900 $497 at Walmart (save $403)
Very few soundbar subs perform as well as Samsung's 3.1.2 Q800A with a muscular, room-filling sound and a 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. Alongside two HDMI ports (one equipped with eARC) and an optical input, there’s Bluetooth and, once connected to wi-fi, you can stream via Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2, all of which can be controlled by the built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Four stars.

JBL Bar 2.1

JBL Bar 2.1 Deep Bass $350 $300 (save $50) at Walmart

JBL's entry-level 'bars are popular because they provide a big improvement to your TV's sound on a budget. The Bar 2.1 Deep Bass adds a wireless subwoofer to boot. The sub's 6-1/2" down-firing woofer promises a low-end rumble worthy of its name and the bar is no slouch either, housing six drivers – four long-excursion racetrack-shaped drivers and two 1" dome tweeters. It's a lot for this price.

Projector deals

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BenQ TK850 4K HDR projector $1699 $1499 at Adorama (save $200)
Not one we've tested but BenQ's HDR-PRO projectors offer an affordable and effective way of getting a 4K picture without breaking the budget. The TK850 is one of the higher-specced HDR-PRO machines and should bring a decent piece of DLP home cinema action into your living room.

BenQ TK850i 4K projector $1799

BenQ TK850i 4K projector $1799 $1549 at Adorama (save $250)
This is the smart version of the BenQ TK850 projector above. It has wireless connectivity and access to the Google Play Store and it can also receive content casts from mobile devices through Chromecast and Apple AirPlay.

Optoma UHD50X 4K projector $1999

Optoma UHD50X 4K projector $1999 $1599 at Adorama (save $400)
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.

Epson Home Cinema 1080 HD projector $750

Epson Home Cinema 1080 HD projector $750 $649 at Crutchfield (save $101)
Not one we've tested, but the 1080 is an upgrade on the 1060. There's a boost to brightness and contrast, up to 3600 lumens from 3100, and now stated at 16,000:1 instead of 15,000:1. It sounds well worth the small extra spend to us.

Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre. Her mixing credits include productions at The National Theatre and in the West End, as well as original musicals composed by Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, Guy Chambers, Howard Goodall and Dan Gillespie Sells.