Speaker tech has changed a surprising amount over the past few years, with improvements in batteries, Bluetooth, and the internet of things making speakers portable, wireless, and internet-connected almost by default now. All that means this Black Friday is a great time to think about an upgrade, which could net you a wealth of new functionality alongside improvements to actual audio.

Like most tech, audio gear is seeing some significant reductions for Black Friday, and we'll be doing our best to round up the top deals available on speakers, from soundbars and home cinema systems to portable Bluetooth speakers.

Best speaker deals right now

We still have a couple of days to wait for Black Friday itself to arrive on 24 November, though the first deals have actually kicked off already. We've gathered up the best speaker deals that are live right now - and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.

What to expect from Black Friday audio deals

What you should look out for this Black Friday depends a lot on what sort of speaker you're looking to buy, as pricing can vary hugely, even within each product category. Here's a quick breakdown.

Bluetooth speakers

Just about every major audio brand makes Bluetooth speakers these days, so there's no longer any need to connect your phone or other device to your speaker with a cable - you can just wirelessly beam the sound over.

Specs range hugely, as do budgets, so take a look at our rankings of the best Bluetooth speakers and the best cheap Bluetooth speakers to get a sense of the market at the moment.

It's also worth remembering that some wireless speakers - including the whole Sonos range - use Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth. This offers the potential for better audio quality, but at the cost of power efficiency - so Bluetooth is much more common in portable speakers.

Discounts will vary a lot by price range - at the lower end some speakers could be 50% off or more, while more expensive speakers might see lower percentage discounts - though they could be bigger sums. It also varies by brand - Sonos rarely drops its prices at all, so a discount of even £20 on a Sonos speaker is worth jumping at.

Soundbars

Soundbars are long, thin single speakers designed to sit just above or below a TV screen (ideally whichever is closer to your ear level) that do their best to replace multi-speaker systems and simplify a home cinema audio setup.

They've also been joined more recently by soundbases, which are deeper and intended for your TV to sit on top of, though they otherwise offer much the same functionality.

Look out for enough connections to link up to your various bits of hardware, along with some sort of wireless support so that you can use it to play music from your phone too when you want to. You'll also want to check if you can pair it with a subwoofer - you might want to in order to amp up the bass, which tends to be a bit thinner given the speakers themselves are so slim.

You should normally expect to pay £200-300 for a decent soundbar, so look for Black Friday discounts of £50-100 - and check our guide to the best soundbars for more info.

Home cinema systems

Multi-speaker home cinema systems are less popular than they used to be, as speakers have gotten better at spreading sound around, but there'll always be some people willing to invest money (and space) into proper 5.1 or 7.1 sound systems.

We'd recommend going for wired rather than wireless - if you're already accepting the inconvenience of having that many speakers, you might as well commit to cables for the sake of better audio quality - and check out our guide to setting up surround sound to find out how to make the most out of them.

Smart speakers

Finally, the speaker market is going through a major upheaval right now as tech companies like Amazon, Google and Apple move in with their new smart speakers, in turn prompting audio companies to introduce smart voice assistants into their own sound systems.

That means you can now buy speakers from various companies that come with Alexa or Google Assistant built in, so you can use your sound system as a hub for all of your smart home tech without having to compromise at all on sound quality.

Smart speakers are too complex to go into fully here, so take a look at our round-up of the best smart speakers for more. As far as deals go though, expect both Amazon and Google to offer discounts on their core smart speakers for Black Friday - Amazon has already cut prices on the Echo Dot and new Echo 2, while Google has even steeper discounts on the Home and Home Mini.

Where to find Black Friday speaker deals

Most major electronics retailers are doing big discounts for Black Friday, along with just about anywhere else that sells tech.

Amazon has some of the biggest bargains, but if you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.

Sign up for Prime now to be ready for the Black Friday action.

Beyond Amazon, here are a few of the best places to check for great Black Friday bargains:

Of course, it won't end with Black Friday. Deals are arriving throughout Black Friday week, and will continue over the weekend to Cyber Monday on 27 November - and in some cases through to the end of the month, or even beyond into the Christmas season.

Best Black Friday speaker deals

1. Amazon Echo Plus

From: Amazon

Was: £139.99

Now: £109.99  (£30 off)

Amazon's new Echo Plus smart speaker, which comes with a Philips Hue smart bulb, has £30 off for the first time at Amazon today.

2. Google Home

From: Currys PC World

Was: £129

Now: £77.50  (£51.50 off)

Get Google's smart speaker for more than £50 off. Read our review.

3. Sony XRS-XB30 Portable Wireless Speaker

From: Amazon

Was: £150

Now: £75  (50% off)

This portable Sony speaker has extra bass, water-resistance, and LED lighting - all at half-price.

4. UE Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

From: Amazon

Was: £169.99

Now: £94.99  (£75 off)

A durable waterproof and shockproof bluetooth speaker. See more great speaker options: best cheap Bluetooth speakers 2017

5. Amazon Echo 2

From: Amazon

Was: £89.99

Now: £69.99  (£20 off)

Amazon only launched its latest Echo a couple months ago, and it's already enjoying its first major deal. Read our Echo 2 review.

6. JBL Xtreme Wireless Speaker

From: Argos

Was: £249.99

Now: £199.99  (£50 off)

Get 20% off this seriously powerful wireless speaker from JBL.

7. Sonos Play:1 Wireless Smart Sound Multi-Room Speaker

From: Currys PC World

Was: £199

Now: £180  (£19 off)

The cheapest Sonos speaker just got a little bit cheaper - read more in our Sonos Play:1 review.

8. Samsung HW-K450 2.1 Wireless Sound Bar with Subwoofer

From: Currys PC World

Was: £299

Now: £149  (£150 off)

This Samsung soundbar and subwoofer combo is now less than half price for Black Friday.

9. Samsung R7 360° Wireless Smart Multi-Room Speaker

From: Currys PC World

Was: £329

Now: £249  (£80 off)

It may look a bit like an egg, but this promises 360° sound, smartphone controls, and the ability to connect to other Samsung speakers.

10. Logik 2.1 Sound Bar

From: Currys

Was: £99.99

Now: £49.99  (£50 off)

Get this budget-friendly sound bar for half-price, making it one of the cheapest sound bars around.