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Black Friday is the perfect time to upgrade your home entertainment sound — and maybe even finally get good sound from a TV again. Because frankly, as the picture quality on TVs has improved, audio quality has gone down. So we’ve been doing the heavy lifting and searching the deals highway to find the best soundbar sales available on Black Friday. And if you’re in the market for a TV…well, we have that covered for you as well.

Roku Streambar Pro ($169.94, originally $179.99; amazon.com)

roku streambar pro product card

There’s a reason why Roku has been our top choice for a soundbar through two straight generations, starting with Soundbar and now Streambar Pro. The Streambar Pro not only delivers a wider soundstage that lets you hear intricate details of an audio mix, but it also doubles as a 4K streaming box. So when you plug it into your TV via HDMI, it won’t just boost the audio; it’ll give you access to thousands of streaming services as well.

Roku Streambar ($79.98, originally $129.99; amazon.com)

Roku Streambar Above Angle underscored

The little sibling to the Streambar Pro is the Streambar. It’s the same formula — a soundbar, plus a Roku streaming player all in one — but this base Streambar is much more affordable at just $80 and works best with smaller TVs (think 55 inches and under).

Sony HT-S350 ($198, originally $279.99; amazon.com)

Sony HT-S350

Looking for a soundbar with plenty of bass? The Sony HT-S350 pairs a 2.1-channel soundbar with a separate wireless soundbar that can really pump out the lower end of a mix. Even when it’s plugged into your TV, the HT-S350 also works via Bluetooth as an easy way to cast audio from your phone. Right now for Black Friday, you can save $81.99 and score this two-piece setup for $198.

Samsung 3.1.2 Channel Soundbar ($329.99, originally $599.99; bestbuy.com)

Samsung 3.1.2 Channel Soundbar

This Samsung soundbar uses some neat tech to place audio around you. It’s a full 3.1.2 channel bar consisting of a 38-inch soundbar and a separate wireless subwoofer. Audio standards like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are supported, which means you’ll automatically hear an improved mix if you’re watching content with one of those codecs. Better yet, this model is currently $270 off for Black Friday, and it makes an excellent pairing with a Samsung TV.

Vizio 5.1 Surround Sound System ($169.99, originally $249.99; amazon.com)

Vizio 5.1 Surround Sound System

Vizio has long been known for audio that’s high quality yet affordable, and this 5.1 system is a prime example. This system consists of a 36-inch soundbar, two rear speakers and a subwoofer. It’s a setup that delivers a very powerful punch, which we can personally attest to from using the one in our living room. For under $200, you’ll get a full home theater setup, and if you don’t need the rears or a woofer, you can still use the soundbar by itself.

Sony Z9F Soundbar ($798, originally $899.99; amazon.com)

Sony Z9F Soundbar

On the higher end of Sony’s offerings is the Z9F soundbar and wireless woofer, which aims to spatially mix audio. There are three main speakers in the bar itself — left, right and center — that push out sound in a way that makes it seem like it’s flowing around you. Sony’s Z9F supports Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio and DTS:X, along with a number of smart interfaces such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Chromecast.

Vizio 5.1 Surround Sound System ($199.99, originally $249.99; amazon.com)

Vizio 5.1 Surround Sound System

People who live in smaller spaces should take a look at this Vizio surround sound system. It still comes with two rear speakers and a 36-inch soundbar, but the woofer is dramatically reduced in size, and rather than sitting tall vertically, it’s a flat rectangle that can be easily tucked underneath a piece of furniture or off to the side.

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) One SL Pair and Sub ($1,499, originally $1,596; bhphotovideo.com)

Sonos Beam (Gen 2) One SL Pair and Sub

Yes, this full Sonos system isn’t cheap, but we’re seeing a nearly $100 discount on it for Black Friday. The new Sonos Beam features rich audio and support for Dolby Atmos, two One SL speakers and a wireless sub. The latter can pack a serious amount of bass — we love it, but our neighbors aren’t fans. And while this is an excellent home theater setup, you’ll also be able to control it, along with your entire connected audio ecosystem, through the Sonos app (available for Android or iOS) to cast music, podcasts and even radio stations.