Soundbars have been a huge hit over among the best Black Friday deals this year, and there's a good reason for that – they instantly and and easily improve how clear speech sounds from your TV, and add extra oomph and scale to movies. And they can do it really cheaply too – loads of these offers are running right through to the best Cyber Monday deals, which we're also live blogging in our article Best Cyber Monday deals LIVE (opens in new tab) – check it out.
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You can browse all the Black Friday soundbar deals around above, but to make it easy we've picked out the top 3 models we think are especially worth buying for under £99 – and the fanciest soundbar we've chosen actually doubles as a 4K video streaming box, too!
Philips TAB5105/10 soundbar with Bluetooth: was £99, now £49 at AO.com (opens in new tab)
Save 50% on a stereo soundbar that delivers 30W of speaker power. It connects over HDMI ARC, which makes it super-easy to set up, and there's Bluetooth support for streaming from your phone.
Sony HT-SF150 soundbar with Bluetooth: was £145, now £89 at AO.com (opens in new tab)
Save £56 on this Sony bar, designed for TVs of 32 inches and up. You can connect over HDMI ARC or digital optical, so all TVs are covered. It also includes Bluetooth and USB input for music playback, including hi-res support. It has 30W of speaker power, and includes virtual surround tech, to help add width and height to effects in movie soundtracks.
Roku Streambar soundbar and 4K streamer: was £129, now £99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is designed to totally modernise a TV, adding much bigger and clearer sound, but also adding new smart TV streaming features at the same time. Connect over HDMI and it'll handle all TV sound functions through its four speakers (two forward for clarity, and two angle at the side for width), but also it provides Roku's streaming software, which is packed with all the latest and greatest ways to watch TV. It has a remote for controlling the smart features too. It's a total bargain in this regard – instead of buying two products and needing two cables, just add one! Easy.
All the models we've chosen connect over HDMI ARC, which is the simplest way to hook up a soundbar, but your TV will need to support it. One of the HDMI ports should be labelled as 'ARC' or 'HDMI ARC', and what it means is that the TV can output all of its audio to a soundbar that's connected to this port, bypassing the internal speakers entirely.
When a soundbar is connected over HDMI ARC, you can simply use the TV's remote control for the volume – you don't need a second remote for the soundbar, and you don't need to 'program' the remote. It just works.
If your TV doesn't any any HDMI ARC ports, then you can connect to many soundbars using an optical cable – the Sony model we've chosen is the best option in that case.