There is a new resurgence of DAPs, but if you feel like going retro or re-discovering the past, eBay seller “Digital Outlet” (99.4%, ships from Northern California) is offering manufacturer-refurbished 16GB Microsoft Zune HD for $60 with free shipping and a 60-day warranty. Limit up to fifty units per customer.
More eBay action, the World Wide Stereo eBay store is offering two pink-gray Polk Audio UltraFit 500 Mid-Flange Earphones for $20 with free shipping, which comes out to $10 per earphone 🙂 Limit five two-packs per customer during this sale. They ship from PA.
The new condition Plantronics BackBeat PRO (bluetooth, active noise cancelling) is now down to $130 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration date is unknown. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on over 1160 customer reviews and have over 320 peer-answered questions. This is powered by a built-in battery, rechargeable via USB.
UPDATE 12/9/16: the price of the headphones dropped to $175.55 at Musician’s Friend, so with the 17% off coupon HOLIDAY they drop to $145.71. They are “temporarily out of stock” but you can still order them if you want to lock up the price. MF includes the BoomPro headset-mic for FREE!
Meanwhile Amazon’s own price dropped from $181 to $169 (limit 3). No free headset mic at Amazon.
ORIGINAL POST 12/7/16
The previously mentioned Musician’s Friends coupon HOLIDAY (17% off orders of $99+) yields a pretty good deal on the new condition V-Moda M100 Crossfade closed-back over-ears in the “Matte Black” color scheme. They are already on sale for $190, but the coupon drops them further down to $157.68. They also come with a FREE BoomPro Gaming, VoIP Headset Mic.
There is definitely discounting movement on the wired M100, the “Matte Black” is down to $181~ at Amazon by Amazon actual but no coupon discount and no free BoomPro mic.
PS: this sale/coupon is for the wired model. The wireless is neither couponized nor discounted.
NewEgg strikes again, this time with a closed-back on-ear model, the Philips Fidelio F1/27 goes for $25 plus $1 flat shipping, with a limit of up to 20 units per customer. This is sold and shipped by the NewEgg mothership, not marketplace sellers (they have their share of iffy/unauthorized marketplace sellers). Offer ends Sunday night (or earlier if sold out).
They are back on again, the semi-open over-ear AKG M220, a modernization of the K240, are unlocked at members-only (but free to join) Massdrop going for $50 plus $8 flat shipping. They will ship early January and the offer is running for the next eight days from blog-posting date.
PS: a marketplace seller on Amazon used to have them for close to that price (when you consider Prime shipping vs Massdrop shipping) but their supplies ran out.
One of the Gold Box deals du jour for Friday 12/9/16 is a sale on various 3M Industrial products that includes hearing protection earmuffs. Two over-ear models, the Peltor X-Series X5A (NRR 31 dB) for $17.49, and the X-Series X2A for $10.49 (NRR 24 dB). These are doing well review-wise with a 4.7 and 4.8 out of 5 respectively. The in-ear model is also on sale (for $30~) but it’s not doing well in reviews (3 out of 5, with an almost 1:1 “review intensity ratio” (five vs one stars). Limit up to twenty per item per customer. Offer ends by Saturday 3am ET.
Amazon-branded (not AmazonBasics) Premium magnetic earbuds (the two ear-shells cling together) are on sale for $7 with free shipping as one of the Friday deals of the day at All4Cellular, good until Friday 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if they happen to sell out).
Another manufacturer is running a promotion through their official eBay store, Beat-less Monster offers six different colorful color-schemes of their closed-back on-ear NCredible N-Tunes for $25 with free shipping. Limit up to 50 per customer. With six different colors, you can color-code them for multiple people in the same househould, eg kids, grand kids, dorms, room mates, etc 🙂
The new condition open-back over-ear Shure SRH 1440 go for $300 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used and lower condition ratings, there is a “Used – Acceptable” option going for $161~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals.
The open-back on-ear Grado SR80e go for $100 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you prefer used, these are as good of a bang-for-the-buck entry into the Grado line-up, going for $74~ in “Used – Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original
pizza box packaging) by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.
More eBay action from another manufacturer official store, Jabra’s company store there is offering the manufacturer refurbished with a 180-day (about six months) warranty on the Jabra Rox bluetooth earbuds for $24 with free shipping. Limit five units per customer during this sale.
Centrance action now, their HIFI-M8 Portable DAC Amp for USB and iDevices is on sale for $519 with free shipping at Adorama.com until 12/15/16 or earlier if sold out. It has various level of customization, including output-impedance, gain, and power.
The “Apple tax” is not high on this one, the SMSL Icon Lightning DAC/Amp for iOS is fully unlocked on Massdrop going for $55 plus $3~ flat shipping. It is estimated to ship early January 2017 and the offer is running for the next eight days.
This daily deal expired…
Speaking of Amazon, if you need extra power for your portable DAPs and DAC/amps and PADs ([phones as DAPs), the 10,000 compact Anker power bank is on sale for $18 until 3am ET on Friday. Up to thirty units per customer. This is smaller than typical power-banks of this capacity.
This daily deal expired…
The Avantree Solid Steel Headphone Stand is a lightning deal for $20 at Amazon actual until 3am ET on Friday. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 120+ customer reviews.
Bundle time of a different kind now. The Audeze LCD-4 open-back headphones are bundled with the iFi Retro Stereo 50Vacuum Tubed Stereo System Amp/Speaker Bundle, together going for $3995 with free shipping at authorized dealer Adorama.com until 12/15/16.
PS: if you are not familiar with the iFi Retro 50, this is their product page with more pictures and details. This is only for reference, to get the discount you buy the bundle in the link in the first paragraph above.
The black-chocolate color-scheme of the thinksound ts02 wood in-ears is currently on sale for $59.51 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three per customer… Meanwhile the Silver/Cherry in-ears go for $57 with a limit of three as well…
If you prefer them with a mic/remote, the silver/cherry color go for $60.54, also limit three per customer.
The new condition thinksound rain3 Wood In-ears are currently on sale for $72 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three units per customer.
This bundle has everything, including a mail-in rebate. You pay $65 with free shipping at Adorama.com and for that you receive the Samson SR-950 over-ear closed headphones, the Samson C01UCW USB Condenser Microphone and the SASP01 Shock Mount for said microphone. Then you can submit a $10 mail-in rebate (see PDF details) making it a $55 after $10 mail-in rebate. Offer ends 12/14/16.
Costco has a fairly limited selection of headphones, but Apple’s hypetrain has arrived at Costco, the “gloss black” Solo 3 Wireless is available for purchase. This is restricted to members-only. If not a member, you can’t buy it. Unfortunately they don’t show the price to non-members (even if you are a registered shopper with them), so YMMV on what the price might be.
Amazon’s own price on the Gloss Black is $220 while the other colors go for $250, so if I were to guess on the Costco price, is might be in the $220 ballpark (assuming Amazon’s price is a Costco price-match – which is only a guess).
If you prefer earphones for TV watching, the dedicated Sennheiser SET840-TV RF Stereo TV Listening System is currently on sale for $179 with free shipping at authorized dealer Adorama.com until 12/14/16 (or earlier if sold out).
This Thursday 4-hour lightning deal expired…
Good until 6pm ET tonight (or earlier if sold out), the new condition active noise-cancelling Noontec Hammo Go Active Noise Cancelling Over Ears is on sale for $80 with free shipping. The price before the sale was $100 last night.
This surprise Thursday lightning deal ended…
The new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 598 CS are on sale for $100 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual until 7pm eastern. As of 3:10pm ET, they are 60% claimed. This is the closed back version of the older open HD 598.
As of 12/9/16, the price is $300…
Here comes another daily deal, this one runs until Thursday at 11:59pm Eastern, the Astell & Kern AK Jr Portable High Definition Music Player and DAC is on sale for $269 with free shipping, in new condition, at B&H Photo.
This Thursday lightning deal expired after its four hours…
As of a 10:12pm ET recheck, this is sold out and dead as a door nail… It lasted less than two hours with a surprise half-off discount of Amazon’s own price…
These daily offers expired…
This lightning deal expired…
Hiding in the shadow of the now sold-out Fostex TH-500RP is the new condition semi-open on-ear Shure SRH144 offered for $23~ by Amazon actual until 2:44am ET on Thursday. This one is in no danger of selling out, it is 7% claimed as of 10:15pm ET.
If you haven’t placed an order at Woot before, you can use coupon code VALPAK2 to get 10% off your FIRST purchase. The coupon does not work for existing customers. The usual coupon restrictions apply. The coupon expires on 1/31/17. So you can make your own deal, particularly of interest if you find any headphones that are not frequently discounted or have uniform prices everywhere you look.