Thanksgiving is upon us—time to stuff our faces with turkey and all the trimmings. Then, as we loosen our belts, it’s time to stuff our homes with audio/video gear during the annual shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. I have scoured quite a few Black Friday offers, and I found some sweet deals on TVs and other goodies that are sure to please any AV geek on your list—including yourself!
Most of these deals are effective through Cyber Monday (11/27), so get ready to savor some of the best bargains of the year!
LG OLED TVs
LG is offering most of its lineup of 2017 OLED TVs at some serious discounts. They all use the same OLED panels and have the same basic feature set, which is extensive. The only real difference between the model lines is cosmetic. I’m especially excited to see the 55B7 at $1500, which brings OLED into the realm of affordability to many more TV shoppers. The 65C7 received the online-shashki Forum Top Choice award.
Vizio FALD-LCD TVs
Vizio has placed many of its high-value FALD-LCD TVs on sale for Black Friday. The D55-E0 sports UHD resolution, but no HDR, while the E Series supports HDR10 but not Dolby Vision. The M and P Series support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. My pick from this list is the P65-E1 for $1300, a savings of 35% for Vizio’s finest. The M65-E0 snagged an online-shashki Forum Recommended award.
|Walmart, Sam’s Club||D55-E0||$400||$570||$170||29.8%|
Improve the sound of your TV with one of these soundbars. The Vizio SV3651-E6 offers a wireless subwoofer and surround speakers for under $150, and the sound quality is surprisingly good. The Samsung HW-MS650 garnered an online-shashki Forum Top Choice award.
|Sam’s Club||Vizio SB3651-E6||$146||$250||$54||27.0%|
I found several good 7.2-channel AV receivers on sale for Black Friday. The only one that is already compatible with Dolby Vision is the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102, but I really like Denon AVRs, and the AVR-X2300W is almost 44% off at Newegg. All of these models are expecting a firmware update that will add Dolby Vision compatibility (except the VSX-LX102, which already has it).
|Best Buy||Onkyo TX-NR656||$250||$699||$449||64.2%|
|Best Buy||Pioneer Elite VSX-LX102||$350||$499||$149||29.9%|
Here are a few headphones I found in the Black Friday ads. I use the Bose QuietComfort 25 and PSB M4U 2 noise-canceling headphones for flying. The M4U 2 definitely sounds better, but the QC25 noise reduction is slightly better, and it’s lighter in weight. The HiFiMan planar-magnetic headphones sound exceptional, and the HE650 is a real steal at 44.5% off MSRP.
|Amazon||PSB M4U 2||$250||$299||$49||16.4%|
|Amazon||Sennheiser HD 650||$315||$500||$185||37.0%|
UHD Blu-ray Players
UHD Blu-ray players are quickly becoming a commodity item, just like Blu-ray players. Only the LG UP970 is expected to get a firmware update to add Dolby Vision, and that will only be for the onboard streaming apps.
|Best Buy||Samsung UBD-M7500||$118||$250||$132||52.8%|
Streamers are so inexpensive to begin with, a special sale hardly matters. But hey, saving money is never a bad thing! All of these models support UHD and HDR10, and the Chromecast Ultra supports Dolby Vision as well. The Roku Premiere+ is a discontinued model, but at 50% off, it’s a great deal.
|Walmart||Roku Streaming Stick+||$48||$70||$22||31.4%|
|Best Buy||Roku Premiere+||$50||$100||$50||50.0%|
|Best Buy||Chromecast Ultra||$54||$70||$16||22.9%|
Sony PlayStation 4
Sony has reduced the price for a PlayStation 4 game console and PlayStation VR bundle by 33% for Black Friday. The VR bundle includes a VR headset, tracking camera, and a game title, but it does not include the game console.
|Various||PlayStation VR bundle||$300||$450||$150||33.3%|
I’m sure there are many more great deals at this time of year; in fact, online-shashki Forum members are notorious for finding them. Check out the Great Found Deals forum for more, or let us know what you’ve found in the comments for this article.