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.
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.
The Q70 series offers local dimming and deeper blacks than the Q60 series. Available from Best Buy, Amazon, and other Samsung authorized retailers.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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:
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 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
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 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.
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.
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).
Best Buy has some pretty cool deals, as always, on cameras.
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)
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!