The best Black Friday soundbar deals 2020

Black Friday has been and gone, but over this weekend there are still some terrific last-minute Black Friday deals available with big discounts to be had on all things tech. That includes home theater-related hardware, like must-have soundbars which are seeing huge discounts this year. But tracking down the best deal can be tough — in part due to there being such a big range of soundbar deals out there. Fortunately, Digital Trends is here to help. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best Black Friday soundbar deals still available and we’re going to share them with you here.

This means you can spend less time researching and more time enjoying your purchase. We’ve done our absolute best to track down the lowest prices, so it’s unlikely you’ll find any of the products below at cheaper prices anywhere else.

Apart from scoring a great soundbar, you might also want to get a TV that goes along with it. Make sure to check out these Black Friday TV deals still available to find your match.

Best Black Friday soundbar deals today

Some of the hottest sales today are a Bose soundbar 700 deal and a Vizio soundbar deal. See more discounts below:

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LG 2.1 Channel 160W Soundbar

$110 $177
Enjoy cinematic sound at an affordable price with this LG 2.1-channel soundbar, complete with wireless subwoofer, to give anything you watch the auditory boom it deserves.
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Samsung 2.0Ch Soundbar

$150 $180
This all-in-one soundbar is a quick and easy way to upgrade your TV sound, and it comes with a music mode to adjust the settings to suit the genre you're playing.
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Samsung HW-S40T 2.0 Soundbar

$150 $180
Elevate your casual music listening with the Samsung HW-S40T soundbar, designed with a dedicated music mode that optimizes output to any song's genre for a truly one-of-a-kind concert-for-one.
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VIZIO 5.1 Sound Bar with Slim Wireless Subwoofer

$250 $272
Vizio is the king of soundbar value and this 5.1 system is a great deal. With a subwoofer so thin you can hide it under your couch and support for DTS Virtual:X, this is the upgrade your TV deserves.
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Sony 2.0 Channel 120W Sound Bar

$100 $129
With support for both Bluetooth and wireless, plus a built-in tweeter, this compact bar fits easily into a slim space and is ideal for both TV and music playback.
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VIZIO 20" 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

$70
A simple soundbar with integrated bass and DTS Virtual:X, with support for Bluetooth. A quick and easy way to give your TV sound a boost.
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Polk Audio Signa S2 Ultra-Slim TV Sound Bar

$150 $200
This extremely slim soundbar can slip into even the tightest of spaces under a TV, and is unobtrusive if you want to preserve the clean lines of your setup. It has a wireless subwoofer too.
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Samsung - HW-T450 2.1ch Soundbar

$170 $200
This soundbar offers support for Dolby Atmos for an even better sound experience, and comes with a subwoofer for powerful base, plus a remote control for easy volume adjustment.
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LG 2.1 Ch 160W Sound Bar

$110 $177
With a separate wireless subwoofer, you can enjoy extra punchy bass, and the bar itself offers 2.1 channel 160 Watts, and is compatible with TV remotes.
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VIZIO M-Series 2.1 Channel Soundbar

$129 $150
A sleek, simple soundbar that has all the features you need, like support for DTS Virtual: X to fill the room with 3D sound, and a dialogue enhancement setting to make listening easier.
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Samsung 2.1 Ch Soundbar

$180 $200
A Bluetooth-compatible soundbar that allows you to hook up to your TV without ugly cables running down the back. It comes with a wireless subwoofer to offer a bass boost as well.
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Yamaha YAS-109 Soundbar

$180 $210
With built-in Alexa, subwoofers, and Bluetooth, the Yamaha YAS-109 soundbar has everything you need in one sleek and slim package, also equipped with DTS Virtual 3D surround sound.
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LG SN11RG 7.1.4 Soundbar System

$1,500 $1,700
Transform your home theater into an auditory haven with the 7.1.4-channel LG SN11RG soundbar system, with more next-level features than a hardcore audiophile would know what to do with.
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TCL Alto 6+ 2.1 Channel Sound Bar

$120 $130
This bar is specially designed to be ready for integration with Roku TV hardware, like TCL's Roku TV remote. It support Dolby Digital and has a wireless subwoofer for an extra bass hit.
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LG 2.1 Ch High Res Audio Sound Bar

$160 $199
With Bluetooth compatibility for wireless operation, you can connect your phone or computer to this bar as well as your TV to listen to music or podcasts.

How to choose a soundbar

Soundbars are essential to any good home theater setup and there are a ton of great options to choose from. Here are some features to keep in mind while shopping for the best soundbars available, from top-of-the-line options like the LG AN11RG to mid-range options like the Sony HT-G700 to some bargains too.

Subwoofers

Some high-quality soundbars come with their own dedicated subwoofer. What is a subwoofer you ask? Well, it’s a device that helps enhance low-frequency sounds to amplify bass — super important when watching an action-packed movie or TV show. For example, the JBL Bar 9.1 carries a pretty powerful subwoofer. If you decide to purchase a subwoofer separately, check out our guide to the best subwoofers out there. Just make sure your soundbar comes with a subwoofer output — not all of them do.

Connectivity

Most soundbars only require a single cable for connectivity — be it HDMI or optical.  HDMI supports more audio formats than an optical interface so you’re automatically guaranteed higher quality sound — just make sure to check that your TV supports HDMI ARC. If it does, you’ll also be able to control your entire home theater setup, often with a single remote. It’s not necessary for your soundbar to have this option but if you’re looking for a more streamlined interface, go with it.

Channels

When you’re shopping for a soundbar you’re going to come across numbers like 5.1 or 2.0. Simply put, the number before the period specifies the number of channels your device has — the more the better. The number after the period species if your soundbar comes with a subwoofer. So, 5.1 tells you that your device has five channels and one subwoofer so you’re in for a highly immersive sound experience.
If you haven’t heard a soundbar recently, you might be shocked by how immersive the sound can be on a product like LG’s SL9YG. Some soundbars have a third number involved, this usually refers to Dolby Atmos Surround Sound — the best surround sound technology currently out there, and we recommend that your next soundbar should have Dolby Atmos. Products like the Sonos Arc or the LG SN7Y are Atmos-capable. So if you see a soundbar with 7.1.2 sound, that’s the closest you’ll get to an in-theater sound experience. Keep in mind though, these soundbars are pricier, usually sporting a hefty $1,000 price tag — even with Black Friday sales.

Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and Chromecast

If your soundbar has Bluetooth connectivity you can easily hook it up to any of your devices use it solely for the purpose of playing music. Apple’s AirPlay 2 is a higher quality option for Apple devices, and Chromecast achieves the same thing for Android devices.

Smart soundbars

Want more from your soundbar? Some soundbars like the Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streambar, and TCL Alto 8+ come with inbuilt streaming software so you can use your device to stream TV as well as enhance your sound. This way you don’t have to worry about a larger complicated setup where you need to buy additional cable boxes — this is all in one. You can also find soundbars like the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 or Bose Soundbar 700 that work with Google Assistant or Alexa so you can control your listening experience with just your voice.
For more advice on making a selection, see our tips on how to buy a soundbar.

How much should you spend on a soundbar?

Soundbars are generally a more affordable alternative to fancy speaker systems. Still, there is a range of prices available depending on what features you want and how discerning you are when it comes to audio quality. For a cheap soundbar, for example, to use in a kitchen or to simply improve the sound from a TV you use occasionally, you can find plenty of options in the $100 to $200 range, with some available even cheaper than that. But if you want a fantastic audio experience for a home theater system, you could spend up to $500 or more for a high-end soundbar.

Are any soundbar deals too good to be true?

When you’re browsing online, you might be tempted to quickly grab the cheapest soundbar deal you can find. But you should be careful when shopping the Black Friday sales. You’ll want to do some research to ensure you’re buying a good quality product from a reputable retailer, in order to make sure you’ll be happy with your soundbar once it arrives.

That’s why we only recommend deals from well-known retailers who you can trust to send you a good quality product. Some retailers will try to rush you into a decision with techniques like ticking countdown clocks on their websites, but don’t let these gimmicks push you into making a decision before you’re ready. Take your time, check out your options, and feel good about the product you decide to buy.

Where to find the best soundbar sales

There are a lot of retailers out there with great Black Friday soundbar deals available. Here’s a breakdown of the three top retailers and the sales they’re seeing.  

  • Amazon Black Friday: Get tons of soundbars including smart soundbars for as much as $200 off. Check out the rest of Amazon’s holiday sales. 
  • Best Buy Black Friday: Save up to $400 on high-end soundbars and up to $100 on all other soundbars right now. 
  • Target Black Friday: You’ll find affordable soundbars for under $150 and savings of up to $200 off more expensive soundbars too.
  • Walmart Black Friday: Brands like Vizio are seeing up to $250 off select soundbars at Walmart.
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