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It's not surprising that TVs are featured prominently in Best Buy's leaked Black Friday circular scans, which were posted on the Black Friday website BFAds.net. Although there are a smattering of secondary brands—including Best Buy's Insignia label—many of the sets are from major brands such as LG Electronics, Samsung, and Sharp.
Among the opening-page eye-catchers: a $500 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LED LCD TV from LG, and Samsung's even bigger 65-inch 120Hz 1080p LED LCD TV, priced at $1,000. Both sets are eligible for free delivery.
Like several of its competitors—including Walmart and Target—this year the electronics chain opens at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. (Sears opens at 8:00 p.m.) Best Buy says it will hand out tickets up to two hours before the stores open. But for night owls who prefer to shop later, Best Buy is promising some unannounced "mystery" midnight doorbusters.
Other prominently featured doorbuster TVs are two Insignia-brand 60Hz 1080p LED LCD TVs: an $80 24-inch set, and a $179 39-inch model.
As you can tell, Best Buy isn't making it easy to compare prices, as it didn't publish specific model numbers. As we get closer to Black Friday, we'll try to figure out the models the store is promoting.
Best Buy has a large assortment of TVs in all screen sizes. Those who are looking for a smaller TV or a second or third TV for an office or den may be interested in a 24-inch 60Hz 720p LED LCD TV from LG, priced at $150, or two 32-inch Samsung sets: a 720p model for $228 and a 1080p set for $278.
Several major brands, plus an Insignia set, make up Best Buy's midsized Black Friday TV assortment. Those sets include:
If you have a room that can accommodate an even larger-sized set, there are a few models from which to choose, including:
Of course, not everyone is shopping for a TV this year, and Best Buy has several specials deals across all product categories. Among the deals in the video category:
Those looking to pump up the sound this holiday can choose from two wireless speakers: a $99 Jawbone Jambox, or the Beats by Dr. Dre Pill, priced at $150. A Samsung 2.1-channel sound-bar speaker with a wireless subwoofer is $168.
Those looking for more private listening can get a set of Skullcandy Ink'd 2 earbuds, or Sony's over-ear ZX headphones, each priced at $10. Higher-priced models include a Motorola behind-the-neck Bluetooth earphones (they look like the S11 Flex HD) for $60, a $70 set of nabi volume-limiting headphones for kids, or the Beats by Dre Beats Solo HD on-ear headphones for $180.
As we've mentioned in other Black Friday posts, now that many major retailers have announced (or leaked) their Black Friday plans, we'll be going through all the circulars and online specials to ferret out the best deals on TVs and other audio-video gear. Keep checking back for updates.
—James K. Willcox