Wedn (ebook): David Byrne’s How Music Works for $2

Good until Wednesday 12/4/19 at 11:59pm pacific, one of Amazon’s Kindle daily deals is David Byrne’s (yes, the Talking Head one) ebook “How Music Works” going for $2. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 260+ customer ratings. It is nearly 400 pages long…

Tuesday (Phones as DAPs): Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $649

Betrayed by Samsung, headphone jack fans can say goodbye to the Note 10, and can mayhaps hold on to the Galaxy Note 9 which is the most recent (and previous generation model) that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. And as fate would have it, the factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is on sale for $650 in the 128GB edition or $840 in the 512GB edition (FLAC fans unite and takeover) as one of the Amazon Deals of the day for Tuesday December 3 in 2019.

Up to three devices per customer at the sale price (ends 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out). Three is also the number of colors the phone is available in. Unlike the Note 10, there was just one Note 9. This is sold and shipped by Amazon actual, so no worries about the warranty…

Hifiman Edition XX Planars (Massdrop) for $500

The Massdrop action continues with the new condition Massdrop X Hifiman Edition< XX/a> planar magnetic headphones offered for a limited time for $500 with free US shipping and a 1-year manufacturer warranty with this being an “X” product…

For more action, check the other Massdrop Cyber Week offers

Tue: Sennheiser G4ME ONE PC Gaming Headset for $80

Good until Tuesday at 11:59pm central time, you can get the new condition Sennheiser G4ME ONE PC Gaming Headset for $80 with free shipping for Prime members (or $6 flat shipping for the calendar day) as one of the Woot deals of the day for Tuesday 12/3/19. Limit up to five per customer. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty…

Focal Elegia Closed Over-Ears for $598

FOCAL’s first attempt to enter the consumer headphone market was not greeted as a liberator but their subsequent entry into the open-back audiophile world generated a whole lot more excitement. And soon after that they also released closed-back headphones. One of them is the Elegia over-ears and they are currently on sale for $598 with free shipping by a trio of marketplace sellers (including World Wide Audio) through Amazon

Sennheiser HD 4.50 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $80

It’s a Game of Thrones but also a Game of Exclusives! Best Buy appears to be currently having an exclusive on the black/red color scheme of the new condition closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones for $80 with free shipping or store pickups. You also get free 90-day trials for Pandora and Sirius XM. Free trials for new subscribers only.

On the other hand if you want to optimize for lower price, the official Sennheiser Outlet is selling them for 15% off their $82.49 price (around $70) through Amazon

Speaking of which, a few more Sennheiser headphones have limited time 10% off coupons on them at the Sennheiser on Amazon Outlet store…

Koss ESP/95X “Massdrop” Electrostatic system for $400

Come on Koss, let’s have an electrostatic party! Massdrop is offering the new condition KOSS ESP/95X ELECTROSTATIC SYSTEM, part of their “Massdrop X” program on sale for $400 with free US shipping and returns as part of their Cyber 2019 offers. This took is an in-stock drop so it will ship one business day after your purchase. No long wait nightmares like some of those baby-long drops of the past 🙂

Jaybird Tarah bluetooth earphones for $50

If you are looking for name-brand exercise bluetooth earphones, the new condition Jaybird Tarah is also participating in the Cyber Black festivities, on sale for $50 per pair in new condition in different colors at B&H Photo and Amazon (Where the black/flash color scheme already sold out) and Best Buy

Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp for $399

If you can’t resist those adorable little round buttons, the Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp is currently on sale by various recognizable marketplace sellers for $399 with free shipping at amazon.com. Or you can go used with $349 over there.

PS: as usual, when buying audio gear from online marketplace that have multiple sellers like Amazon, eBay, Newegg, etc, make sure you check who the seller is and whether they are an authorized dealer…

Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee for $135

For a limited time only, Massdrop is having a sale on the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee going for $135 with free US shipping and returns, and a 2-year Sennheiser warranty. This is a limited time offer. It is an in-stock drop, so it will ship the next business day after purchase…

This is part of their Cyber Monday 2019 sales that include the Beyerdynamic DT 177X, Noble IEMs, Koss, and more…

Bose Soundsport Free (TW) for $139

Also part of the CM festivities, the space-age looking “Ultraviolet” color scheme of the truly wireless Bose Soundsport Free is on sale for $139 with free US shipping at amazon.com with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. The other three colors go for more. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 3880+ customer reviews and they are tagged as an “Amazon Choice” product…

UPDAtE: speaking of Cyber Monday, there is also a big sale on Edifier audio products, a mix of headphones and speakers of different kinds with headphones staying under $50 but speakers going up to $480…

AKG Cyber Monday sale: N90Q for $600, N5005 for $500, N40 for $145 and more

The official AKG online store is having its own Cyber Monday sale and among their offers they have:

+ AKG N90Q noise cancelling reference over-ears for $600

+ AKG N5005 Reference in-ears for $500

+ AKG N40 in-ears for $145

+ N20 NC (ANC) in-ears for $88

+ open-back K702 for $179, K712 PRO for $269

+ closed-back K553 Mark II for $89

+ good old semi-open K240 for $44, K240 II for $71

+ they also have headphone bundles with AKG microphones

Samsung Galaxy Buds (TW) for $100

Samsung continues to attack the earphone market with various options and one of them is their latest Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones, currently on sale as part of the Cyber Monday festivities for $100 at B&H Photo and also at amazon.com

Monday: AKG N700NC headphones with Galaxy Flagships starting at $699

The Union of Samsung with Harman Kardon (the parent company of (what was) AKG) is in full force at the Cyber Monday 2019 sales at the Amazon USA website. It’s a combo of Samsung flagship smartphones (choice of Note 10, Galaxy S10+ or S10) with the new condition AKG N700NC headphones (your choice of silver or black headphones). The prices start at $699 for the S10, $799 for the S10+ and $750 for the Note 10 and $950 for the Note 10+. The phones are factory unlocked.

A total of 30 (!!!) options are available…

These headphones are competing in the prestigious $300-ish price tier with Bose QC, Sony WH-1000X, Beats, Sennheiser and more.

Mon: Sennheiser CX2.00 In-Ears for $20

Good until Monday 12/2/19 until 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering as one of their deals du jour the new condition Sennheiser CX 2.00 earphones for $20 with free US shipping in your choice of iOS and Android in-cable remote buttons. They average 4 out of 5 based on just eight customer reviews…

And starting at 4pm ET, they are going to have a limited time (“flash deal”) running only for a few hours on the new condition Tascam TH-MX2 mixing headphones (closed-back over-ear of course). Their price before the sale is $33. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on 40+ customer reviews…

Speaking of B&H Photo, their various Cyber Monday 2019 offers are now live and waiting for your e-wallets 🙂

EU: Sennheiser Free Bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro

For EU shoppers (and beyond depending on taxes, customs and shipping fees), Amazon Germany is offering for a limited time the new condition Free bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro in the black/red color scheme with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for $90

Once upon a time going for $300+, now the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless closed-back over-ear first generation headphones are down to $90 in new condition in each of the four color schemes by Amazon actual and you can buy up to five pairs at the sale price. These however do not support apt-X. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 880+ customer reviews…

On the other hand, if you consider bluetooth a bug (not a feature) they have the wired new condition M100 closed over-ears going for $150 in the Shadow and Matte-Black color schemes with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 1880+ customer reviews…

Audio Technica M50x + Rode NT-USB microphone for $300

Perspective is relative with this offer, do you get a free headphone with the mic, or a free mic with the headphone? Regardless, as part of the Black Friday festivities, B&H Photo is offering a Rode + Audio Technica bundle for $300 with free US shipping. For that you get, in new condition of course:

+ Audio Technica M50X closed over-ears

+ Rode NT-USB (USB obvoiusly) microphone

+ Auray reflection filter and microphone stand

Rode and the headphone come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, while the small bundle items get a 1-year warranty. Auray is a B&H “house brand”…

Black Friday doorbuster: Sennheiser HD 6XX for $180

The sale that was promised is here! The new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones are on sale as a limited time Black Friday offer at Massdrop for $180 with free US shipping and returns. This being a collaboration between the two companies, it comes with a full two-year warranty, although optionally you can purchase a 3-year Massdrop extended warranty.

This being an in-stock drop, it will ship in about one business day after the purchase closes, in our case, as of the time of writing, the shipping estimate is December 2nd (and for those traumatized by previous long Massdrop waits, yes, it is in 2019) 😉

EU: AmazonBasics budget earphones for 3 euro

On the very budget side of things, Amazon Germany is offering for a limited time as part of their Black Friday festivities a sale on various of their housebrand Amazon Basics products and one of them is this little red budget earphone going for just 3 euro per pair with up to six pairs per customer. They have a 1-button remote and mic. Only the red color is on sale. They average 4.6 out of 5 based on six customer ratings…

UPDATE: speaking of Amazon Germany, they are having a Sony audio sale and that includes:

+ WH-XB700 “Extra Bass” bluetooth on-ears for 85 euro in two color options

+ MDR-ZX310 closed on-ears for 13 euro
+ from my experience, this and the ZX100 sound as if they were tuned in a modestly loud coffee shop; I would recommend them as a coffee shop headphone; not so good when it’s quiet

Big Massdrop BF sale (21 options; more coming): DT1770, PortaPro X, ATH-AD/A, HE-4XX, Liquid, Noble, Etc

Massdrop is having a Big Black Friday sale with 21 headphone-related products participating. More are coming later on Black Friday as they have teased a Sennheiser HD 6XX (price before sale $220) sale as well.

Meanwhile the offers that are live right now at Massdrop include:

+ Koss Porta PRO X edition for $25 [nom nom!!!]
+ Beyerdynamic DT1770 closed over-ears for $380
+ Hifiman HE-4XX planars for $130 ($160 for EU)
+ Mr Speakers Ether CX for $700

+ Audio Technica ATH series sale
+ AD-500X for $60
+ AD-1000X for $250
+ A-1000Z for $250
+ A-2000Z for $400
~ AD = open, A = closed

+ Noble X universal IEMs for $125
+ Noble Luxe iems for $50
+ Cardas EM=5813 IEMs for $100
+ NuForce EDC IEMs for $40, EDC3 for $80

+ MEE X10 truly wireless with bluetooth 5.0 for $40
+ Nuforce Stride bluetooth necklace style in-ears for $55

+ Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset for $90 ($130 for EU)
+ Koss GMR-54X-ISO for $40

+ Liquid Carbon X DAC/amp for $250 ($350 for EU)
+ Liquid Carbon X CAvalli for $200

Sennheiser HD 599 SE Open Over-Ears for $100

$100 has more options these days for open-back over-ear headphones from well-known manufacturers. In addition to the previously mentioned Philips options, as part of the Black Friday festivities, you can get the new condition Sennheiser HD 599 SE for $100 with free shipping from Amazon actual with up to five pairs per customer. This is marked as an Amazon Exclusive and it is the black color scheme of the model…

Philips X2HR Open Over-Ears down to $100

The popularity of the ANC/bluetooth combos mayhaps has a blessing in disguise benefits for fans of wired headphones ~ it “encourages” sellers and manufacturers to offer more competitive prices. Mayhaps this (and/or other reasons) has now dropped the price of the new condition open-back over-ear Philips X2HR to $100 with free shipping by Amazon actual

Fans in the EU can either tempt the trans-atlatic trip or get it for 119 euro from Amazon Germany (with up to five per customer). With the euro being stronger than the dollar, the difference is more than 19…

Philips SHP-9500 Open Over-Ears for $55

Don’t stop believing Philips SHP-9500 fans and hunters! As part of the Black Friday festivities, the price of the new condition model is now down to $55 with free shipping with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price by Amazon actual

I don’t have this model but I had the newer “S” model of which I posted a useful (IMHO) text and pictures unboxing about 2.5 years ago. At this price, it’s hard to argue against getting it ~ it is not an audiophile panacea but where else can you find comfortable, decent, open-back over-ears for $55?

PS: this sale price is currently “defeating” Ali Express who mayhaps has not yet caught wind of it…

Sennheiser PXC 550 ANC/bluetooth over-ears down to $200

Sennheiser goes on the attack in the very competitive prestige-brand ANC/bluetooth over-ear combos and they have brought down the price of their closed-back over-ear PXC 550 to $200 with free shipping by various at Amazon (including Amazon actual) along with B&H Photo and friends…

Note however that there is a second generation model now, which, however, goes for $350, so there’s a big price gap between the two…

PS: we have not turned into an ANC/bluetooth blog! I’m simply posting as many deals as I can find (and have time to post) and a lot of today’s options and deals are on the ANC/bluetooth combos…

AKG K240 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $44

An old classic headphone is on sale, the semi-open over-ear AKG K240 is now down to the very specific price of $44.10 at select authorized dealers such as B&H Photo and also at Amazon actual where it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on nearly 1,500 customer reviews…

At this point, it’s almost competing on price with the “homage versions” of it made under Superlux/Samson 🙂

Monoprice Triple Driver IEMs for $28 w/FS

In addition to the just posted Monolith sale, there is also a Monoprice non-Monolith headphone sale and the headliner of this lot is the new condition Triple Driver In-Ears with a 1-button remote and mic combo going for $28 with free standard US shipping, with up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price.

These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 102 customer reviews…

And that’s it for Monoprice deals for this week ~ unless something even better comes along of course 🙂

UPDATE: how could I forget? The bluetooth version of an all-time classic, the 8323 closed-back over-ears with apt-X is on sale for $20 with free US shipping with up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price. I had the non-bluetooth and it’s definitely worth the price ~ however it’s not as big as it looks (for those with really big heads) and fully extended, you look like one of those robots from the 50s scifi movies ~ at least they are not silver 🙂

Big Monoprice Monolith sale with new low prices (17 options, headphones, amps, etc)

Monoprice has launched a big Monolith audio sale featuring 17 different products, mostly of headphone interest!

On the headphone front, the open-back over-ear M1060 planars go for $200 while their closed counterpart (the M1060C) go for $250. On the dynamic front, the M600 open over-ears are down to $60, while the M650 are down to $80. A not-so-subtle name-homage to the world-famous Sennheiser HD6?? duo 🙂

Back to the planars, the M560C closed-back (as that “C” hints at) is down to $170, while the sole earphone (can’t really call them in-ears) of the lot, the M300 is down to $70.

Come on Barbie, let’s have an electrostatic party because their Electrostatic headphone with amp combo is down to $354~.

Find them all at the Monolith audio sale

Speaking of amps, the big old Tube amplifier is down to $190, while vinyl fans have the Monolith turntable at their disposal for $150.

On the balanced headphone amp front, the Cavalli Liquid Platinum is down to $700, while their portable THX AAA DAC/amp goes for $250.

The rest of the sale items are speakers of different kinds. For those, check our imaginary speakers blog 🙂

Thur: Feed the DAPs and PADs with microSD cards

A busy Gold Box day at the flagship Amazon for Thursday includes a sale of various Sandisk and WD storage products. In addition to the various flash drives and internal and external disks that can be filled up with music, there’s also a sale on microSD memory cards to fill up your favorite DAPs and PADs (phones as DAPs).

The bang for the buck of this lot is the 512GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC going for $64, while the Extreme version goes for $16 more. The Extreme is also offered in 1TB for $200, while down to 256GB they have the white-colored “High Endurance” Sandisk microSDXC card for $40…

The flash drives include the dual kind with two different connectors on each end, while the hard drives include not just plain internal and external but also various “personal cloud” type of WD devices…

Sales end on Friday at 3am eastern or earlier for anything that sells out ahead of time. Up to three units of each item during the sale…

Monoprice SonicSolance ANC/BT Over-Ears for $40 w/FS

Monoprice is running their variant of the Black Friday sale and among the items offered is the new condition Sonic Solace ANC/BT Over-Ears, their attempt at this popular and populous market segment of double-figure options. It goes for $40 with free standard US shipping with up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price.

The price you see is the price you pay, no coupons for this particular offer. Note that these come in bulk packaging so keep that in mind if you are buying it/them as gifts for others…

UPDATE: there’s a total of 30 different headphone-related consumer products on sale at Monoprice, too many to list here individually as it would become a Monoprice blog 🙂

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $250

If the rose-gold color-scheme is your favorite or at least one you don’t object to, the closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth Bose QC (as in Quiet Comfort) 35 Mark II headphones are on sale for $250 at Best Buy and by Amazon actual (up to five per customer at the sale price) and B&H Photo among others…

But fear not, if you prefer the more conventional colors, they are not that far off, their sale is $280, the sales price point where they and Sony’s 1000X are doing battle…

Used Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT for $50

IF you are looking for a name-brand ANC/bluetooth over-ear headphone, the Sony WH-CH700N is currently on sale for $88 in either color in new condition at Amazon.

But thanks to the previously mentioned 20% off in-cart used AWD promotion, you can get either color in USED condition (“Used – Very Good” or better) starting at $62~ minus 20% off = $50~ at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

So while $88 is not bad, paying $50 is even better 🙂

EU: Beats EP On-Ears for 49 euro

Conventional wisdom suggests that products have better prices closer to their home market, but that ain’t necessarily so as they say. For example, as of the time of writing, the Beats EP closed-back on-ear headphones are on sale, in new condition, for 49 euro at Amazon Germany by Amazon Germany actual. The sale price covers the black, blue and white color schemes with up to six pairs per color per customer at the sale price…

EU: Used Beyerdynamic DT770 (80 ohm) for 80 euro

We have our first good deal of the 20% off Warehouse Deals promotion at the Amazons. It is at Amazon Germany and you can get the closed-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT-770 (80 ohm version) dropping from 100~ to 80~ euro. Shipping is free in Germany-Austria-Etc but extra for everybody else…

NOTE that the discount works only on listings sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals (not marketplace sellers). This applies to all Amazons, USA, Germany, etc [they can’t (yet?) universally force marketplace sellers to take a 20% off hit on their sales] Here’s an example:

20% off Amazon Warehouse Deals (USA and Germany too)

One of the Black Friday traditions is the 20% off discount at Amazon Warehouse Deals. This happens automatically in the shopping cart when you put there products that are eligible for the promotion ~ it is also denoted in the detailed USED listings of such items.

There are currently 82 options in the Headphones category. I will be going through them on a time-permitting basis, but I’m posting it now because supplies are limited, so if you have the time to look for deals, you potentially won’t miss them out!

The same promotion is available at Amazon Germany where they have, as of the time of posting, 270 options in the Headphones sub-category

AS to whether to shop from Amazon USA or Germany, this depends (obviously) on your location and whether you’ll be paying customs, VAT, taxes and such…