Best Black Friday Deals 2019

Lots of deals to choose from this year

The smell of turkey roasting in the oven can mean only one thing – the big Black Friday sales have arrived! Home Theater Forum has perused some of the top retailers’ best deals, including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Costco. Bear in mind that most retailers suspend any price-matching policies from Thursday, November 28 thru Monday, December 2, 2019. Also, many doorbusters are one-off manufacturing runs that can be exclusive to that particular retailer.

Best Buy and Target open their doors on Thursday, November 28 at 5:00pm.

Walmart’s Black Friday sale begins online on Wednesday, November 27 at 10:00pm ET, in-store on Thursday, November 28 at 6:00pm.

Costco opens on Friday, November 29 at 9:00am, although hours may vary by location.

Televisions

Many television manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio have made agreements with their retail partners to sell their products at the same price (within a few dollars), so it is up to you to choose which retailer you prefer (or has the item in stock). Here are some great deals on televisions that are available now and through the Black Friday weekend.

TCL makes what many consider the best bang for the buck televisions. Their 6 Series displays feature built-in Roku and Dolby Vision HDR. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and other TCL authorized retailers.

65” 6 Series (65R625): $799.99 (reg. $899.99)

The Q60 series from Samsung offers 2160p UHD resolution with HDR10+, utilizing QLED Quantum Dot technology. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, Costco and other Samsung authorized dealers.

55” QN55Q60RAFXZA: $699.99 (reg. $899.99)
65” QN65Q60RAFXZA: $999.99 (reg. $1199.99)
75” QN75Q60RAFXZA: $1499.99 (reg. $1999.99)

The Q70 series offers local dimming and deeper blacks than the Q60 series. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, and other Samsung authorized retailers.

65” QN65Q70RAFXZA: $1199.99 (reg. $1399.99)
75” QN75Q70RAFXZA: $1999.99 (reg. $2699.99)

Sony’s X800 series is a step up from their entry-level X700 series, featuring their 4K X-Reality PRO upscaling technology, Triluminous Display, Android TV, and HDR10 high dynamic range. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, and other Sony authorized retailers.

75” XBR75X800G: $1099.99 (reg. $1499.99)

Step up to their X900 series, which is “IMAX-Enhanced” and features Dolby Vision high dynamic range, while the X950 offers a slightly higher nit rating and lower input lag.

75” XBR75X900F: $1799.99 (reg. $2499.99)
75” XBR75X950G: $2499.99 (reg. $2999.99)
85” XBR85X900F: $2999.99 (reg. $3499.99)
85” XBR85X950G: $3999.99 (reg. $4499.99)

LG is Samsung’s fiercest competitor in the UHD marketplace, and the market leader in OLED technology. The company also makes one of the lowest-priced displays exceeding 80 inches that also includes Dolby Vision HDR. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, Costco and other LG authorized dealers.

82” UM8070PUA: $1599.99 (reg. $2199.99)
86” UM8070PUA: $1999.99 (reg. $2499.99)

55” B9 OLED (OLED55B9PUA): $1199.99 (reg. $1399.99)
65” B9 OLED (OLED65B9PUA): $1799.99 (reg. $2299.99)
65” C9 OLED (OLED65C9PUA): $2099.99 (reg. $2599.99)
77” C9 OLED (OLED77C9PUB): $4999.99 (reg. $5999.99)

Soundbars

If you are looking to add a soundbar to your new television purchase, there are some good deals to be had.

JBL has a 3.1 channel soundbar (Left-Center-Right) that boasts 450w of total power with a 10” wireless subwoofer for added bass. It includes a built-in 3-port HDMI switcher with one each analog audio, optical audio, and USB inputs and a wireless remote control. Available from Best Buy and Amazon.

Model JBLBAR31BLKAM: $299.99 (reg. $499.99)

Sony’s 7.1.2 channel Hi-Res Soundbar offers Dolby Atmos sound from a single speaker unit. The bar includes a wireless subwoofer, 3 HDMI inputs, an audio line in, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB port. Available from Best Buy (who is offering a free 90-day Tidal trial with purchase) and Amazon.


Model HTST5000: $1199.98 (reg. $1499.98)

Samsung’s 7.1.4 channel soundbar comes with two wireless rear surround speakers, a wireless subwoofer, and supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X spatial audio surround formats. Inputs include 2 HDMI, 1 optical audio, Bluetooth, and codec support for a variety of audio formats including WAV, AAC, FLAC, OGG, and ALAC. Available from Best Buy (who is offering a free 90-day Tidal trial with purchase) and Amazon.

Model HW-Q90R/ZA: $1399.98 (reg. $1699.98)

A/V Receivers

Many of Denon’s A/V receivers are on sale for Black Friday at authorized retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon, Crutchfield, etc.

The AVR-S540BT is a good entry-level 5.2 channel receiver, supporting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA, plus Bluetooth connectivity.. It features 5 HDMI inputs (3 that support HDCP 2.2), 4K 2160p HDR passthough (including Dolby Vision), 2 optical audio inputs, 1 coax audio input, and 1 USB port. It’s a steal at $199.99, reg. $279.99.


The AVR-S950H is an excellent 7.2 channel receiver that supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in a 5.1.2 configuration and also supports both Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X simulated surround technologies. With 8 HDMI, 1 phono, 2 optical audio, 1 coax audio, 4 analog audio, and 1 USB input, this receiver should meet most everyone’s needs. Currently on sale for $499.99, reg. $599.99.

Streaming, Disc, and DVR Devices

If you are looking to “cut the cord” from satellite or cable, Amazon’s Fire TV Recast DVR’s are a good choice for recording over-the-air broadcasts from an antenna with no additional programming fees. Amazon’s popular Fire TV sticks are also on sale this weekend, perfect as a stocking stuffer for anyone to access Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, etc. Available from Amazon and Best Buy at what could be their lowest prices ever.

Fire TV Recast 4-tuner 1TB storage: $179.99 (reg. 279.99)
Fire TV Recast 2-tuner 500GB storage: $129.99 (reg. $229.99)

Fire TV Stick (1080p): $19.99 (reg. $39.99)
Fire TV Stick 4K: $24.99 (reg. $49.99)

If you need more flexibility in your streaming options, such as access to Vudu or FandangoNow, you may want to consider a Roku Streaming Stick+, which supports 4K/HDR10 and both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wi-fi. They are currently on sale at most retailers.

Roku Streaming Stick+: $29.99 (reg. $49.99)

For physical media lovers, Sony has reduced the price on their latest disc UHD Blu-ray disc player, which supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision (which must be enabled manually).

Model UBP-X800M2: $199.99 (reg. $299.99)

Doorbuster Specials

What would Black Friday be without retailer-exclusive doorbuster specials? Interestingly, both Target and Walmart did not have any noteworthy televisions listed in their advertisement as doorbusters.

Best Buy, Target, and Walmart all appear to have a Limited Black Friday Edition of Nintendo Switch that comes bundled with Mario Kart 8. Quantities are limited at each retailer, priced at $299.99. According to an article in Forbes, though, Nintendo is clearing out inventory of older hardware.

Best Buy Doorbusters:

Televisions

If you are looking for a great deal on a UHD TV for the guest or rec room, Best Buy has their 58” Insignia Fire TV Edition on sale for $199.99 as a doorbuster starting Thursday at 5pm in-store. The TV normally sells for $479.99, and it looks like they are including a free Amazon Echo Dot with purchase.

Other doorbuster TV specials, apparently available now (except where noted), include:

Samsung 70” NU6070, featuring HDR10+ for $549.99 (reg. $899.99)

Samsung 75” NU6900, featuring HDR10+ for $749.99 (reg. $1099.99)

LG 55” UK6090PUA, featuring HDR10 for $299.99 (reg. $399.99) – available 11/28

Hisense 65” H6500F, featuring Dolby Vision HDR for $299.99 (reg. $499.99) – available 11/28

Streaming and Disc Players

The following are available starting Thursday, while supplies last:

Roku Ultra 4K with JBL Earbuds – $49.99 (reg. $99.99)

Google Chromecast (1008p) – $25.00 (reg. $35.00)
Google Chromecast Ultra 4K – $49.99 (reg. $69.99)

Google Home Mini First Gen. (Assorted Colors) – $25.00 (reg. $35.00) – available now

Samsung UBD-M8500 UHD Blu-ray Player – $149.99 (reg. $299.99) – available now

Sony UBP-X700 UHD Blu-ray Player – $129.99 (reg. $249.99)

LG UBK-80 UHD Blu-ray Player – $99.99 (reg. $199.99)


LG BP350 Blu-ray Player – $49.99 (reg. 79.99)


LG BP175 Blu-ray Player – $49.99 (reg. $69.99) – available now

Gaming Consoles


Best Buy has Microsoft’s XBOX ONE X 1TB Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition console on sale and available now for $349.99, and to sweeten the deal, the retailer is including a free $30 Best Buy e-Gift Card and 3 months of XBOX Live Gold.

A/V Receivers

A Black Friday tradition at the retailer, Best Buy has a Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 7.2 channel receiver on sale for $379.98 (reg. $499.98), and is available now. Featuring Dolby Atmos (5.1.2), 6 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, 4K pass-through, and rated at 80 watts per channel, Best Buy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of free Tidal membership.


Another great deal is the Onkyo TX-NR686 7.2 channel receiver for $249.99 (reg. $399.99), also available now.

Sonos


Best Buy has two of Sonos’ most popular soundbars on sale, starting on Thursday. Sonos Beam is $319.99 (reg. $399.99) and comes with a free $20 Best Buy e-Gift Card.


Sonos Playbar is $559.99 (reg. $699.99), and comes with a $30 Best Buy e-Gift Card.

Headphones

Another Black Friday tradition at Best Buy is the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $279.99 (reg. $349.99), available on Thursday and only in black.


Also available on Thursday are the JBL FREE True Wireless In-Ear Headphones Gen 2 for $74.99 (reg. $149.99).

Cameras

Best Buy has some pretty cool deals, as always, on cameras.

GoPro Hero8 Black 4K Camera Bundle (includes Shorty extension pole/tripod, head strap, SanDisk 32GB micro-SD card, and spare battery) – $349.99 (reg. $499.99)


Nikon D3500 DSLR (includes 18-55mm lens, 70-300mm zoom lens,Sunpak tripod, and camera bag) – $399.99 (reg. $499.99)


Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR (includes EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens, EF 75-300mm III lens, EOS shoulder bag, camera cover, battery pack and charger) – $399.99 (reg. 499.99)


Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR (includes EF-S 18-55mm IS STM and 55-250mm IS II lenses, SanDisk 32GB SD card, battery and charger) – $699.99 (reg. $1199.99)


Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera (includes 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses) – $599.99 (reg. $999.99)


Sony Alpha a7 II Full-frame Mirrorless Camera with 28-70mm lens (Black) – $999.99 (reg. $1599.99)

Target Doorbusters:

In addition to the Nnitendo Switch listed above, Target has some smart streaming devices, game accessories, a DSLR, and vacuums available as their doorbuster specials.


Google Home – $49.00 (reg. $99.00)

Google Nest Hub – $79.00 (reg. $129.00)


Amazon Echo Show 5 – $49.99 (reg. $89.99)

Playstation VR Bundle – $199.99 (reg. $299.99)

Nikon D3500 DSLR (includes 18-55mm lens, 70-300mm zoom lens, and camera bag) – $399.99 (reg. $849.99) This appears to be the same bundle as Best Buy, minus the free tripod that normally sells for $499.99.

Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin – $179.99 (reg. $289.99)

Dyson Slim Ball Origin – $199.99 (reg. $349.99)

Dyson Ball Animal 2 – $299.99 (reg. $499.99)

Costco

The members-only warehouse store has a large booklet that was mailed out to their subscribers last week.


A basic annual membership is $60.00, with their Vizio 75” PX-Series UHD display with Dolby Vision (PX75-G1) making that membership cost worth it at a price saving $1599.99 (reg. $3299.99), $500 less than Best Buy for the same exact model.

Retailers will likely announce more specials and doorbusters as Black Friday approaches. Happy shopping, fellow HTFers!

Published by

Todd Erwin

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27 Comments

  1. Klipsch Reference line speakers are 50% off directly from Klipsch and from Amazon. I ordered 2 towers with dual 6 inch woofers for $200 each regularly $400 each. I already had the center and bookshelfs from the same line.

  2. More stuff is showing up on Amazon. I got Handmaid’s Tale S2 BR for $10. Passengers 4K for $13 (I think it’s an awesome movie) and Braveheart 4K for $13 and change, which isn’t an outrageous deal, but I haven’t seen it in years, and only ever on DVD.

  3. View attachment 65545

    Hulu Black Friday Deal: 12 months of as-supported Hulu for $1.99/month. New subscribers and eligible returning members only.

    Anyone who hasn’t had Hulu in the past can sign up for the Black Friday promo. If you’ve had Hulu before but your account has been canceled for 12+ months, you can sign up again and redeem this offer. Offer cannot be combined with other offers, such as Disney+ bundles or mobile phone plans.

  4. Wayne_j

    Klipsch Reference line speakers are 50% off directly from Klipsch and from Amazon. I ordered 2 towers with dual 6 inch woofers for $200 each regularly $400 each. I already had the center and bookshelfs from the same line.

    This sale has extended to Best Buy and other retailers, as well!

  5. Todd Erwin

    View attachment 65545

    Hulu Black Friday Deal: 12 months of as-supported Hulu for $1.99/month. New subscribers and eligible returning members only.

    Anyone who hasn’t had Hulu in the past can sign up for the Black Friday promo. If you’ve had Hulu before but your account has been canceled for 12+ months, you can sign up again and redeem this offer. Offer cannot be combined with other offers, such as Disney+ bundles or mobile phone plans.

    Offer ends December 2, 2019.

    I wish they had a similar deal for the non-ad version, I'd jump on that.

  6. JohnRice

    More stuff is showing up on Amazon. I got Handmaid’s Tale S2 BR for $10. Passengers 4K for $13 (I think it’s an awesome movie) and Braveheart 4K for $13 and change, which isn’t an outrageous deal, but I haven’t seen it in years, and only ever on DVD.

    Is there a quick way to find these deals. I haven't seen much on blu rays.

  7. Johnny Angell

    Is there a quick way to find these deals. I haven't seen much on blu rays.

    Not really. I started by looking at movies that I knew were on sale, generally price matched from BB, and then below them it kept linking to other stuff that's quietly on sale.

  8. Johnny Angell

    Is there a quick way to find these deals. I haven't seen much on blu rays.

    Each year, I go on the various retailers' sites at the appointed time, and the sale is usually its own category.

    For the ones that are sold out before I can buy them, I set price alerts for Amazon using camelcamelcamel. Once Amazon price matches, I get an email alert and buy them.

  9. Yesterday the only place I found the shining 4k for 12.99 was best buy and it was sold out.

    After reading your post I just checked Amazon and it was down to 12.99 but says it will ship in 1 to 2 months.

  10. Johnny Angell

    Is there a quick way to find these deals. I haven't seen much on blu rays.

    For most of the BD and 4K disc deals, I (and many others?) used the shared Google spreadsheet (for advertised deals) referenced at the following post:

    https://www.hometheaterforum.com/co…ay-and-uhd-blu-ray-deals.364378/#post-4800139

    And then, I periodically checked the following for Amazon (as I usually do):

    https://www.blu-ray.com/deals/?category=bluray

    They actually used to have an Amazon tracker that sent email alerts based on titles you want (at whatever price threshold you choose), but was scrapped over a year ago.

    I also typically leave a bunch of interested titles in my Amazon shopping cart for Amazon alerts (upon checking cart), but seemed Amazon may have disabled(?) alerting for BD/4K titles during the BF period — not sure if alerting still functioned for all other item categories, but it was definitely not for BD/4K titles (for me anyway). Seemed a tad sneaky of them…

    Anyway, Amazon did lag quite a bit w/ its PM of Best Buy, Walmart, Target, et al though I did end up ordering mostly from them w/ a little strategic patience (to take advantage of an Amex 20% extra discount offer plus the usual no-rush digital deal for Prime users)…

    _Man_

  11. During the holiday sales, I picked up a pair of Tozo T6 true wireless earbuds for about $60. They sound excellent, and the case can also be charged wirelessly. These were about $40 cheaper than the Samsung earbuds, $130 cheaper than the Jabra 75t's (the 65t's were on sale for $100, but cannot be charged wirelesslyt), and $180 cheaper than the new Apple buds.

  12. Not sure where to put this, but Cybermonday deals from Amazon actually seem to be real deals for a change and not just random price matches of other sites.

    Mission Impossible 4K 6 movie is back to 37.99 — I know a lot of people missed this when it up for a short period earlier.
    Jack Ryan 4K 5 film is $31+ which is several dollars lower than it was a few days ago.

    Also a couple Lightning Deals on Cohen BD that were never in stock at the same time (or V2 never ) in B&N recent 50% off month long sale/
    Buster Keaton V1, V2 were/are 12.99 each and V3 is upcoming later. V1 is in the last minutes of the sale.

  13. I'm having a hard time passing up 4k titles, even the older titles, if they are under $12. I vacillated on the Jack Ryan 5-movie 4k box, but succumbed to the $32 sale price. I really need Cyber Monday to be over, so I can just close it out for spending this year. 😀 😀 😀

  14. David Norman

    Also a couple Lightning Deals on Cohen BD that were never in stock at the same time (or V2 never ) in B&N recent 50% off month long sale/
    Buster Keaton V1, V2 were/are 12.99 each and V3 is upcoming later. V1 is in the last minutes of the sale.

    Volume 3 is about to go on sale… Too bad this one doesn't seem to be a meaningful upgrade over the old Kino Lorber releases though…

    _Man_

  15. FWIW, the 6 movie Mission Impossible 4K for $38 is suddenly back again. I was weak and grabbed it the first time through, and already received it today.

    I also broke down on the Bourne 5 movie 4K lightning for $40 earlier. Like Patrick, I've had trouble resisting 4K titles, and have upgraded BRs in some cases, especially action/sci-fi stuff that will benefit from the soundtrack and HDR.

  16. JohnRice

    I also broke down on the Bourne 5 movie 4K lightning for $40 earlier. Like Patrick, I've had trouble resisting 4K titles, and have upgraded BRs in some cases, especially action/sci-fi stuff that will benefit from the soundtrack and HDR.

    Yeah, those kinds can be hard to resist, especially if one wants the atmos tracks, though I seem to recall the Bourne 4K titles to be not worth upgrading (at least video-wise) when I was tempted last year…

    _Man_

  17. ManW_TheUncool

    Yeah, those kinds can be hard to resist, especially if one wants the atmos tracks, though I seem to recall the Bourne 4K titles to be not worth upgrading (at least video-wise) when I was tempted last year…

    _Man_

    Well, now that I double check, it does appear the first one in particular was completely screwed up.

  18. Patrick Sun

    I'm having a hard time passing up 4k titles, even the older titles, if they are under $12.

    You and me both brother…

    I said I would NOT upgrade Blus to 4k…but then have started doing it. Mostly because I've gone Atmos.

  19. When I see a lot of the prices of 4K titles go back up to the $22-$30 range now, I don't feel as bad as splurging on them during black Friday and cyber Monday ($8-$13 a pop). I remember this being the case last year too, and vowed to be a bit more aggressive with the purchases this year.

  20. Mike Frezon

    I said I would NOT upgrade Blus to 4k…but then have started doing it. Mostly because I've gone Atmos.

    Once you go to a 4K display, I think this trend will accelerate. Even the 2K upconverts are like night and day compared to a regular Blu-Ray. It turns out that color and contrast matter more than number of pixels.

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