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Home Theater United Episode 40 - Black Friday Preview 2022 with Todd Erwin (1 Viewer)

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Sam sits down with HTF and HTU regular guest Todd Erwin to preview the deals and don'ts for Home Theater gear and media coming up this week for Black Friday 2022.

Reconnect:
Welcoming the new HTF Ownership
CES: Out but expect Covid to not be as big a concern this year fingers crossed


Main story: Black Friday

Many stores will now be closed on Thanksgiving Day (including many supermarket chains), opening early on traditional Black Friday with online deals going live earlier
**No Doorbusters??**
Walmart doors open at 5am, live deals start Monday 11/21
Best Buy doors open at 5am, live BF deals begin at 1am Thursday
Target doors open at 7am, online deals 11/20-11/26
Costco doors open at 9am, online deals live at 12am Thursday

New Devices
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Generation), now includes an eero wi-fi extender built-in, 1,000 ft range, up to 100 Mbps: $24.99
Cheap way to extend your eero mesh network in areas of your home where speed is not as important

Apple TV 4K (3rd Gen) – faster processor, double the storage, lower price (used to start at $179.99)
64Gb model (lacks ethernet port) - $129.99
128Gb model (w/ ethernet) - $149.99
older 32GB model on clearance, as low as $99.99 (Costco, Amazon, possible surprise flash deals at same or lower price at other retailers), 64Gb $119.99 (Amazon)

Streaming Device Deals
Apple TV 4K (2nd Gen) and Apple TV HD on clearance at most retailers
Roku Streaming Stick 4K 50% off: $24.99
Roku Ultra (4820R) – now comes with rechargeable voice remote: $69.99 (reg $99.99)
Amazon FireStick 4K: $24.99 (stay away from 4K Max model)

4K Blu-ray Player Deals
Sony UBP-X800M2: $249.99 (Best Buy, Amazon) – HDR10/DV requires menu toggle
Panasonic DP-UB150-K: $149.99 – HDR10/HDR10+, no audio outputs, no DV
Panasonic DP-UB420-K: $199.99 – HDR10/HDR10+, optical/coax audio, no DV

Best Buy
LG OLEDS (all come with 3 month trial of Apple TV+):
48” A2 $569.99
42” C2 $899.99
55” C2 $1299.99
65” C2 $1699.99
77” C2 $2499.99
83” C2 $3999.99
97” G2 $24,999.99
Samsung and Sony OLEDs are comparably priced within $100-200

Streaming Dealshttps://www.bestbuy.com/site/black-.../pcmcat1568908778894.c?id=pcmcat1568908778894
Chromecast w/ Google TV 4K: $39.99 (plus 3 months YouTube Premium and Apple TV+, 30 days FuboTV)
Free trials with most products, such as Apple TV+, Apple Music, FuboTV, etc.

Costco finds:
55” LG B2 OLED: $999.99 includes Costco gift card (starts on BF)
85” Sony X90CK Full-Array LED TV: $1999.99
86” LG UQ8000 Series TV: $999.99
43” Hisense A65H Series TV: $199.99
50” Hisense A65H Series TV: $229.99
Denon AVR-760H 7.2 8K Receiver: $399.99

Target (https://weeklyad.target.com/promotions?code=Target-20221120&page=1)
XBOX Series S - $249.99 plus $50 Target gift card
Nintendo Switch+ w/ MarioKart 8 Deluxe - $299.99
Sony PS5 God of War Bundle - $599.99 (good luck!)
Apple Watch Series 7 - $349.99
Apple Airpods (Gen 2) - $89.99
Apple Airpods Pro (Gen 2) - $199.99
Apple iPads (9th Gen) starting at $279.99
Apple iPad Minis (6th Gen) starting at $399.99
Apple Gift Cards – Free $15 Target Gift Card with purchase of $100 Apple Gift Card
Lots of TV deals (mostly entry-level or mid-range), but no delivery options on most models, many already sold out, example:
75” TCL 4-series Roku TV - $629.99 sold out

Miscellaneous
Great time to buy Dyson vacuums
Various small kitchen appliances (Keurig, Kitchen-Aid mixers, etc.)
Electric Toothbrushes (Philips, Oral-B)

GBU
Sam Ip Man
Todd Blind Fury
 

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$200 for a 55" 4K TV? That's tempting, but I have no place to put one these days, LOL.

What I could really use is probably a <<$100, small (say <=20"?) display that's 4K-ready/compatible, not necessarily actually 4K, that I could use primarily for Apple Music streaming thru my HT's ATV4K connected via my prepro -- my prepro has 2 parallel HDMI outputs, and I don't wanna have to fire up the big PJ just to stream Apple Music in my HT system, but probably also need the other small display to not cause my ATV4K to reset its output from 4K to something else (unless the ATV4K can actually handle that automatically, which I'm not aware).

IF it costs around/over $100, I might as well just buy another ATV4K instead and just hook up any old monitor, haha -- actually, I do already have an extra, still-unopened ATV4K and may just do that since a <<$100, small, 4K-ready display doesn't seem likely to be(come) available, but then, I wonder if there will be a remote control confusion issue w/ 2 ATV4Ks located next to each other...

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Walmart is advertising a 65" TCL for $228. How is that even possible?
First off, it’s a TCL 4 series, so 60Hz and no local dimming. I looked up the model number, and it looks like it is only sold by Walmart, so it’s also likely that it was a special Black Friday build for them by TCL.
 

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Walmart is advertising a 65" TCL for $228. How is that even possible?

I have even less space for that, LOL, but definitely tempting -- maybe just throw it in storage for a "rainy day", LOL. Don't think I can even plop it on the floor under my 120" projection screen w/ just ~2ft clearance since it'd block my center speaker even if it otherwise fits (although I suppose I could place it behind the speakers and let the center block its upper-right corner instead, if I'm just using it for Apple Music streaming alone). Anyway, 65" display would actually be 32" tall just for the screen itself, so much too tall for that space, while 55" would still be 27" before considering the frame and whatever stand. I just took a quick measurement, and biggest I could likely fit (below my 120" screen and between the speakers) is something in the low-40s (even though 50" would be 24" tall just for the screen itself).

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I have even less space for that, LOL, but definitely tempting -- maybe just throw it in storage for a "rainy day", LOL. Don't think I can even plop it on the floor under my 120" projection screen w/ just ~2ft clearance since it'd block my center speaker even if it otherwise fits (although I suppose I could place it behind the speakers and let the center block its upper-right corner instead, if I'm just using it for Apple Music streaming alone). Anyway, 65" display would actually be 32" tall just for the screen itself, so much too tall for that space, while 55" would still be 27" before considering the frame and whatever stand. I just took a quick measurement, and biggest I could likely fit (below my 120" screen and between the speakers) is something in the low-40s (even though 50" would be 24" tall just for the screen itself).

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Perhaps the 43” Hisense A65H Series TV at Costco for $199.99?
 

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Walmart is advertising a 65" TCL for $228. How is that even possible?

Old fashioned loss leader - get people into the stores to buy a low margin item at or below cost, with the idea that they’ll spend more money on higher margin items that the retailer will profit more from.

The key is how many they’re actually selling at that price. I can’t imagine it’s an unlimited supply.

Todd noted it’s one of the lower lines too, so there’s also the possibility that the manufacturer gave a good price to the store so they can clear out parts and stock used in that series, in order to have less inventory to dispose of when they inevitably refresh the product lines with updated specs.
 

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Holy crap @Todd Erwin

Maybe I should just get another one just for streaming Apple Music, LOL -- certainly cheaper than buying another 4K-compatible display for that purpose alone (and then having to find space for it)... IF only I didn't already have an extra one (still) unused (so far), LOL... :lol::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Ideally, what I could really use is for the iPhone's (and iPad's?) ATV remote app to provide more complete UI so a separate display isn't needed for streaming music...

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