Do you love cinema, but hate the cost of tickets? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can replicate the immersive cinematic experience in your own home thanks to innovations in the world of soundbars.
With November 23 fast approaching, we should start to see some fantastic Black Friday soundbar deals beginning to appear, particularly from the likes of Amazon, which is already starting to post pre-Black Friday deals.
Even if you're a regular cinema goer, the quality of TV speakers has decreased due to the focus on creating thin panels, increasing the need to boost your entertainment system with a third party soundbar.
Ranging anywhere around from £100 to in excess of £1000, soundbars can be pretty expensive, and if you're looking for features like Dolby Atmos, 4K/HDR passthroughs, wireless audio streaming, and powerful drivers, you'll be looking at spending towards the upper end of that scale.
However, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, there should be plenty of great deals to be had come November 23 - here's everything you need to know so you can get the best value for your money.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday used to be a US-only phenomenon, a day of shopping on the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving, but now it's a truly global event.
This year, it falls on November 23.
However, some retailers extend the deals period a few days either side of this date, most notably Amazon, so it's well worth checking in with this article and our wider Black Friday and Cyber Monday page for real time updates in the lead up to the big day.
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
Cyber Monday will take place on the Monday immediately after Black Friday, meaning this year it falls on November 26.
There's not a huge difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday these days, but you may find further discounts on Black Friday deals from some retailers, and we're expecting to see site-wide discounts on small appliances this year.
Do I need a soundbar?
It really depends on your viewing habits - if you typically watch soap operas or news shows, probably not, but if you're a fan of big Hollywood blockbusters a soundbar could be the perfect addition to your home entertainment system.
The need for an external speaker to complement your TV largely arose from the trend for thinner TV panels - as screens improve, the internal speakers on TVs have decreased in quality, meaning that if you want a cinematic experience in your home, you will need to supplement your TV with another speaker setup.
If you're a true audiophile, you may prefer to go for a 5:1 speaker setup around your living room - however, this can prove pretty expensive, and takes up a fair bit of space if you're not able to wall mount due to renting restrictions.
One of the biggest benefits of getting a soundbar instead of multiple speakers is that soundbars are long and thin, designed to sit underneath your TV - although the audio probably won't fill a room like a separate speaker system, soundbars can pack a pretty powerful punch, and offer a far more immersive viewing experience than your TV's inbuilt speakers.
How to get the best soundbar deals on Black Friday
There are a few things you can do to prepare for Black Friday - firstly, we'd recommend signing up for an Amazon account if you don't already have one and create a wishlist of soundbars you have your eye on - that way, when the deals start being published, you'll be able to see them all in one place.
Make sure you do the same for the other big electronics retailers - we think Argos, for example is likely to make some hefty reductions across its speaker range, including soundbars.
If the retailers you're looking at have Black Friday and Cyber Monday mailing lists, it's a good idea to sign up so you can be the first to hear about new discounts. To make it easier to research all the different retailers, we've put together articles on each one ahead of Black Friday 2018 - here are some of the best places to find soundbars:
It's also worth doing your research on a few different soundbars and having some flexibility with which one you buy - look for features rather than serial numbers. For example, are you looking for a soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos? Does it need to have Bluetooth built in?
Black Friday is notoriously hectic, and it's pretty common for the popular sites to crash as everyone descends on them at the same time - if you're serious about getting a good deal, you may want to to get up early (or stay up late, depending on how you look at it), and do your shopping around 3 - 4 am.
Argos in particular has said that this is typically the quietest time in terms of traffic on Black Friday, so you'll have the best chance of bagging a good deal if you plan to shop at this time.
Also, make sure you put some money aside ahead of time - Black Friday falls at the end of the month, before most people collect their paychecks, so you don't want to be scrabbling for cash on the day.
The one to beat: last year's best soundbar deal
Last year AO.com knocked £120 off of its Samsung soundbars with subwoofers, meaning it's well worth keeping an eye on the site this year.
Today's best soundbar deals
If you can't wait for Black Friday there are still lots of deals to be had in the meantime - check out some of the best deals on soundbars we found today:
Designed for TVs 32 inches and above, this soundbar from Sony provides hi-res audio sound and is Bluetooth enabled for wireless connectivity. You can also connect it to external devices via a USB port.View Deal
Samsung Sound+ all-in-one sound bar
£699.99 £329 at Currys
This exceptional sound bar is less than half price in Currys' Why Wait sale. The Samsung Sound+ HW-MS650 has nine built-in speakers, and features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can stream audio without the clutter of wires.
Stay locked on TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
No one has time to be scouring the internet to find deals on Black Friday on Cyber Monday - that's where we come in. We'll be covering all the best deals in real time in the lead up and on the day on November 23, so make sure you check back with this article and our other Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals pages regularly.
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