26 Best Black Friday Soundbar Deals (2023): Samsung, LG, Vizio and More 26 Best Black Friday Soundbar Deals (2023): Samsung, LG, Vizio and More
One of the best additions you can make to your home entertainment system, besides the TV itself, is a dedicated soundbar. Some come with... 26 Best Black Friday Soundbar Deals (2023): Samsung, LG, Vizio and More

One of the best additions you can make to your home entertainment system, besides the TV itself, is a dedicated soundbar. Some come with satellite speakers for surround sound, others project room-filling audio with just a single bar. Whatever kind of sound system you need for your home, we’ve rounded up the best deals.

Before you buy, be sure to check out our guides to the Best TVs, Best Soundbars, and Best Streaming Devices, as well as our guide for How To Buy A Soundbar.

WIRED’s Top Deals

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Soundbar Deals

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The Polk Audio Signa 4 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is an ideal pick if you’re looking for a basic soundbar but don’t want to sacrifice on quality. It produces great bass, is simple to set up, and has an unobtrusive design that should look good in most living rooms.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 900 has historically been pretty expensive, but this deal brings it down to a more accessible price. It features a luxury design, Dolby Atmos, and an impressively immersive sound.

The Bose Smart Soundbar 600 offers clear and expansive sound despite its relatively small size. It uses upfiring drivers for immersive overhead effects and puts out some punchy bass, without all the complicated setup that many surround sound systems require.

There’s something to be said for a dead-simple and super-cheap solution, and this soundbar from Samsung proves that beautifully. The normal price for this soundbar is a bit too expensive, but on this sale, it offers a great upgrade over the speakers in your TV at a nearly impulse-buy cost.

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Another excellent baseline soundbar, Yamaha’s SR-C20A provides a solid alternative to built-in TV speakers. It supports Bluetooth streaming and it’s small enough that you can even move it from room to room if you want to.

Klipsch has set itself apart from other soundbar manufacturers by focusing primarily on audio quality without a ton of bells and whistles. The Cinema 600 is built from a speaker-like MDF cabinet and paired with a massive 10-inch subwoofer driver. It provides a clear, powerful sound that’s great for music, movies, and more.

Sony’s HT-A5000 is a pricey proposition at full cost, but it’s a killer deal at this price thanks to engulfing surround sound expansion and just about all the features you can pack into a bar this size. Extras include next-gen HDMI with VRR support for PS5 or Xbox Series X consoles, multiple ways to stream over Wi-Fi, support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, hi-res audio, and more.

Believe it or not, this is the lowest price we’ve seen on this luxury Sennheiser model that’s as much trapeze artist as it is soundbar thanks to its high-flying virtual surround sound and Dolby Atmos tricks. It’s a hefty unit and doesn’t include a separate subwoofer, but still manages to serve up punchy grooves, sweet and smooth musicality, and great convenience features like Wi-Fi streaming and an analog input, all at a price that has finally swung below the stratosphere.

Surround Sound System Deals

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Vizio is one of our favorite soundbar brands for their excellent value, and the M-Series 5.1.2 soundbar (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is a perfect example of why. This soundbar comes with a pair of wireless rear speakers and puts out highly immersive sound, particularly for its price.

It’s been a couple years since we first reviewed Vizio’s original Elevate soundbar (9/10 Wired Review) but it still delivers excellent sound. It is easy to set up and supports Dolby Atmos to provide room-filling audio, and its corner speakers are simple to position for the exact right placement in your living room.

The multi-piece JBL Bar 1300X (8/10 Wired Recommends) is unique among the soundbars we’ve tested. It has a pair of magnetic, detachable speakers that you can place behind you for immersive surround sound. They’re fully wireless, so they don’t even need power cables. However, they need to be regularly returned to the soundbar for recharging, so it’s a bit of a tradeoff.

This 5.1.2 soundbar from Samsung offers a powerful mix of features from a two-piece system. It uses upfiring Dolby Atmos speakers and side-firing drivers to blast audio that feels immersive throughout your room without having to futz about with separate speakers. The wireless subwoofer can be positioned independently and adds some hefty bass to your home theater.

Sonos Deals

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The Sonos Ray soundbar (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the easiest soundbars to setup, and it’s small enough to fit in smaller spaces. Like most Sonos speakers, it can be used alone or added to others to build a larger sound system, but this is a great starting point.

The Sonos Sub Mini (8/10, WIRED Review) may be small, but it can deliver some powerful bass. It wirelessly connects to your sound system and uses the Sonos app for fine-tuning. If you already have a soundbar or surround sound speakers, this can be the last piece you need to make it really pop off.

The Arc (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is our favorite soundbar for big home theaters. It has three tweeters, eight mid-woofers, and full Dolby Atmos support, allowing it to deliver sound that bounces off your walls in a way that sounds similar to a full surround sound setup, without all the extra speakers. This is the same price we saw it at during Black Friday last year, but it’s still the lowest price we’ve seen.

The Sonos Beam (Gen 2) is our top Sonos soundbar for most people. It features a sleek design, support for Dolby Atmos, and a faster processor than the previous Beam, making it great for really high quality audio. It also includes support for Alexa, Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2, making it an essential part of any smarthome.

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We recommend the Sonos Sub (Gen 3) if your giftee wants to upgrade their bass. The third-gen model packs better processing power and more memory. It’s also meant to be paired with Sonos’ nonportable options—like soundbars, speakers, and amplifiers (it won’t pair with the Move, Roam, Port, or Connect). It’s expensive, but top-notch. This is also the lowest price we’ve tracked, so far.

The Amp is a great option for those looking for an amplifier to power their turntable, TV, outdoor speakers, and more at higher volumes. The front control panel is touch-sensitive, so you can either tap or swipe for things like pausing music and adjusting the volume. The Amp also connects via the Sonos app and comes with support for AirPlay 2. It doesn’t come with built-in mics, but you’ll have voice control if you pair it with another Sonos voice-enabled speaker like the Sonos One or Sonos Move.

While the Amp powers speakers, the Port streams to an amp that then sends a signal to the speakers. Unlike the Amp, it doesn’t come with a control panel, but you can use the Sonos app to adjust treble, bass, and volume. It also has support for AirPlay 2. As with the Amp, you can also pair it with other Sonos speakers for voice control.

The Era 100 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) holds the title of Best Overall Sonos Speaker in our guide for its improved sound and features over the Sonos One (Gen 2). It has large woofers and angled tweeters for real stereo sound, a punchier bass, and a crisp definition. With a faster processor, the speaker also receives software updates for longer. There’s also now a volume slider, a play-pause button (so you don’t have to take your phone out to control it), a USB-C input, and a switch on the back to manually disable the mic.

Headphone Deals

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We thought the Beats Studio Pro headphones (7/10, WIRED Review) were good, not great, but that was before they dropped to less than half their normal price. These headphones have excellent noise cancelling, solid sound quality, and a USB-C plug for high-resolution audio. They pair easily with Apple and Android devices, and even have head tracking for spatial audio.

The Apple AirPods Max (8/10, WIRED Recommends) have stood the test of time and, correspondingly, held onto their relatively high price point. This discount isn’t much but it’s still the lowest price we’ve seen for these headphones. They have exceptional build quality, pair and work seamlessly with iOS devices, and last up to 20 hours on a single charge.

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends) are a near-perfect companion to your Apple device(s) thanks to killer noise canceling, great sound, a comfy design, and a truckload of convenience features that make living the iOS life all the easier. While their price has been falling in recent months, this is as low as we’ve seen it, making now as good a time as any to pull the trigger.

Sony’s WH-1000XM4 headphones (9/10, WIRED Recommends) have been a stalwart pair of wireless headphones for years now, and there’s no secret to their success. Offering excellent noise canceling, warm and detailed sound, and a ton of modern features in a comfy design, they’re among the best travel headphones you can buy.

As Sony’s priciest wireless headphones, the WH-1000XM5 had a lot to live up to following the remarkably popular WH-1000XM4. Luckily they deliver the goods with upgraded noise canceling, a posh new design, and a more refined sound signature that adds up to a great package, especially on sale.

Bose’s aptly named QuietComfort Ultra (9/10, WIRED Recommends) arrived in October with only one notable problem: They’re very pricey. Thankfully they’ve already gotten a discount, which makes it easier to land their class-leading noise canceling, great sound, and luxuriously comfy design that’s loaded with modern features.

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