Soundbars will be among the most popular Black Friday deals this year no question – lots of people have bought excellent TV deals in the last few years to give themselves great 4K quality on a budget… but the sound from TVs isn't always as great as the audio. But the Amazon Early Black Friday deals include some affordable soundbars to give you that upgrade.
• Yamaha BAR 400 soundbar with wireless subwoofer: was £669, now £299 at Amazon UK
• Sharp HT-SBW160 soundbar with wireless subwoofer: was £149, now £108 at Amazon UK
• Denon DHT-S216 soundbar: was £199, now £149 at Amazon UK
• Polk React soundbar with Alexa built-in: was £249, now £203 at Amazon UK
• Polk Magnifi MAX SR soundbar with rear speakers: was £549, now £509 at Amazon UK
Those are all good options, and you can choose how high-end you want to go based on your budget, really. They also all work over HDMI ARC, meaning you can control them just with your TV remote.
The Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 has the biggest discount, and is probably the biggest bargain. Yamaha's soundbars are great at adding depth and clarity to whatever you watch, and virtual 3D sound adds positional audio. You also get Wi-Fi streaming of music here, and an HDMI passthrough means that if you connect it to your TV using HDMI, you don't lose the use of the HDMI port! You can plug something else into the soundbar, and it'll pass the video on to your TV. Given that cheaper TVs tend to have fewer ports, this can be really valuable.
The Sharp HT-SBW160 comes with a slimline wireless subwoofer, which is a great addition – it's small enough to slip under furniture, including your sofa, which is a popular option. It's even reasonably good-looking if it isn't hidden.
The Denon DHT-S216 is a simpler solution – it's a single-box soundbar, with two downward-firing subwoofers built into the main unit, along with four other drivers. It's also fantastic for budget TVs, because it has an HDMI passthrough, which very few options that this kind of price do.
The Polk React is a one-box soundbar that's more than just a soundbar: it has an Alexa smart speaker built-in too. It's also expandable – you can just get the soundbar, or you can optionally add a wireless subwoofer, or even then throw in rear surround speakers. We rated the React really highly for the price in our full Polk Audio React review, so we only rate it higher when it's had a price cut!
And the Polk Magnifi MAX SR is a surround-sound system in a box. You get a very wide soundbar design to create a big, enveloping soundstage, plus a wireless subwoofer and rear speakers to create a true surround effect. Polk Audio is a specialist in bang-for-your-buck, and this will produce a lot of high-quality sound for a very affordable price considering there are four boxes.
Yamaha BAR 400 soundbar with wireless subwoofer: was £669, now £299 at Amazon UK
Save 55% on this excellent quality soundbar from one of the biggest audio brands. Not only does it create virtual 3D sound, it also has Wi-Fi streaming built in for music. HDMI passthrough is a really useful feature, and it's really easy to set up. Oh, and expect rich, detailed and big sound.
Sharp HT-SBW160 soundbar with wireless subwoofer: was £149, now £108 at Amazon UK
This soundbar connects over HDMI ARC or optical, and has a slimline wireless subwoofer that's easy to hide. It also includes Bluetooth for music playback. Save 28% at Amazon today!
Denon DHT-S216 soundbar: was £199, now £149 at Amazon UK
This soundbar his a subwoofer built-in, along with four more drivers from a hi-fi specialist company. It has specific tech for enhancing dialogue, and its HDMI passthrough is incredibly useful if you're running low on ports. This 25% saving makes it an even better deal overall.
Polk React soundbar with Alexa built-in: was £249, now £203 at Amazon UK
US audio company Polk provides really great-value audio gear, and this soundbar is no exception, especially since it's also a full-on Amazon Echo smart speaker. Use it with your TV, and ask Alexa for music (or anything else) the rest of the time. You can also expand it – on the Amazon page, you'll see the option to add a wireless subwoofer too. This 18% saving makes it just excellent value.
Polk Magnifi MAX SR soundbar with rear speakers: was £549, now £509 at Amazon UK
Get real 5.1 sound from a soundbar without breaking the bank – the wide soundbar handle the centre, left and right channels, while small twin rear speakers complete the effect, and a subwoofer adds bass. All speakers are wireless, so there's no hassle in the setup. This £40 saving makes the while thing even more tempting.