Budget Prozor Switcher DAC for $11 [with headphone out]

On the budget and utilitarian side of things, if you want a DAC that’s also a switcher and you are interested in converting optical/TOSlink and coaxial audio inputs to RCA and 3.5mm headphone out, for a limited time, Amazon USA is offering for a limited time the new condition Prozor Switcher DAC for the very specific price of $10.83. You can buy as many as you like.

It has two optical and two coaxial inputs with an indicator light next to each input. A switch on the back of the device (where the inputs reside) switches optical to coaxial. The front has three audio outputs, 3.5mm headphone, RCA and optical output too. Power is a DC 5V/1A on the front of the device. Having said all that, “back” and “front” is a relative term for a device like this since there’s no volume knob or other setting that could need frequent adjustment 🙂

It averages 3.8 out of 5 based on 30 ratings and it has ten answered questions. This is the first time I’ve seen this while wondering around Amazonia for budget DAC/amps.

Tuesday: Razer Hammerhead IEMs for $40 to $60 [also lots of storage and memory]

A busy day in the Amazon Gold Box daily deals for Tuesday October 22 in the year of 2019, there’s a big PC Products and Accessories sale that has almost 30 different products. There are two in-ears in this sale, along with lots of storage options for your portable devices but also for your home network and storage!

+ Razer Hammerhead Duo wired in-ears for $40
+ Razer Hammerhead bluetooth sweatproof in-ears (double flange) for $60

+ HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset WITH HyperX Amp USB, together forever [or until you separate them yourself] for $60

+ 256GB Sandisk Extreme microSDXC for your DAPs and PADs for $40

+ various external hard drives from 1 to 5TB, along with two NAS options and a “My Cloud” NAS option

+ various computers, monitors and other tech accessories

+ limit two per customer

But WAIT, there’s more! There’s more microSD sales at the daily deals of a couple of other retailers:

+ 256GB Sandisk Ultra PLUS microSDXC for $45 at Best Buy

+ 128GB G-Skill microSDXC for $13 at NewEgg

UPDATE: and among the chaos of the Gold Box deals I forgot about this: one of the Tuesday Best Buy daily deals is the new condition MEE Audio BTR portable bluetooth audio receiver going for $25…

Monday: MEE Audio X10 truly wireless for $40

Good for Monday 10/21/19, one of the Best Buy deals of the day is the new condition MEE Audio X10 truly wireless set of earphones offered for $40 with free shipping and handling. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 15 customer reviews over there…

This averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 38 customer reviews at amazon.com where it has not been price-matched as of the time of writing.

On the topic of Monday daily deals, NewEgg is offering the “Feed the PADs and DAPs” Sandisk Ultra 200GB micro SDXC card for $28 with free shipping after entering promo code 93XPC72 in their shopping cart…

Sunday: B&W C5 Series 2 IEMs for $120

Good for Sunday October 20 in 2019, the Best Buy website, as one of their daily deals, is offering the new condition C5 Series 2 IEMs for $120 with free shipping in the USA or free store pickup where this is available and possible… The earphones average 4.3 out of 5 based on 120 customer reviews at Best Buy…

EU: Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd In-Ears for 25 euro

Not sure where Beyerdynamic gets their ideas for the names of their earphones, but their new condition “Beat Byrd” wired in-ears (no mic/remote) are currently on sale for around 25 euro at Amazon Germany, sold by the official Amazon store over there. They average 4.1 out of 5 based on 30 customer reviews.

Wedn (EU): Babiko Truly Wireless (BT 5.0) for 18 euro

To the land of Oktoberfest we go where among the Wednesday Amazon Germany deals of the day we have the new condition bluetooth 5.0 bakibo truly wireless earphones going for the very specific price of 17.59 euro with free shipping in Germany-Austria depending on Prime member status and order total.

Note that this may not ship in some countries because of that darned lithium-ion paranoid restriction. Limit up to four units per customer at the sale price. These average 3.9 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

V-Moda Crossfade Bluetooth Over-Ears down to $90

One price-check leads to another, and our previous V-Moda post yielded further discounting on the first generation V-Moda Crossfade Wireless (bluetooth closed-back over-ears), in new condition, down to $90 with free US shipping by Amazon actual and you can buy as many as you like. This is an organic price, not a lightning deal, so the price does not have a ticking clock.

These average 4.2 out of 5 with over 820 customer reviews at Amazon. It includes a matching “exoskeleton” case and a few small accessories. Note that the 2nd generation model is already out and there was a revised version of the 2nd generation model as the “Codex”. The one on sale here, the first generation, does not support apt-X. Of the 2nd generation, only the “Rose Gold” color scheme supports apt-X, along with the newer Codex model.

Friday: V-Moda LP2 Gaming Headset for $150

Good until Friday 10/11/19 at 11:59pm [or earlier if it sells out], the Best Buy website is offering, as one of their deals of the day, the new condition V-Moda Crossfade LP2 gaming headset for $150 with free shipping and/or free store pickup [where possible]. Lots of things are included with it, including a detachable BoomPro microphone…

EU fans: Grado Headphones are shipping from Amazon Germany itself

Grado fans in Europe, your time has come! You no longer have to plan a trip to the USA or beg friends and family to bring you one on their way back from the USA. Right now, Amazon Germany itself is offering the new condition Grado SR60e open-back headphones. This is sold and shipped by Amazon Germany ~ in addition to the other listings by marketplace sellers. Amazon’s own price oscillates frequently, their AI price-bots frequently price-match the 109 euro price of the marketplace sellers. Here’s a screenshot of the listing:

Just like the SR60 and 60i before it, the Grado SR60e is an old-school headphone, no microphone, no inline-remote, no bluetooth, no NFC, no nothing. Just a headphone with a cable (with a screw-on 1/4″ adapter) and nothing more, nothing less…

The PORG of course is NOT included. I am simply adding it to some of the blog pictures for entertainment and trolling purposes. Also makes them less appealing for unauthorized reuse 🙂

There is however a trans-atlantic price difference because the standard price at amazon.com is $79. So if you are in the EU, you may also want to look for used options from Amazon.de Warehouse Deals, as those can bring the price closer to the USA new condition price.

Wedn: JBL earphone charging case for $15 after coupon

Wednesday loves headphones it seems because the NewEgg daily deals [now with a more organized website that makes it easier to quickly skim and scan the daily offers] include one headphone item, it is the new condition JBL headphone charging case going for $15 with free US shipping after you enter coupon code 93XPC48 over there. Limit up to three per customer at the sale price.

This is sold and shipped by NewEgg actual. The charging case promises UP TO 16 hours of playtime, and UP TO one hour of playtime with 15 minutes of charge. This of course depends on the individual earphones and such. Picture #1 shows wireless earphones but I’m not sure if they are included or not. This is an earphone-sized case, not a full-size headphone case. You can guestimate the size by looking at the size of the charging cable.

This is the first time I’ve seen this, so I know nothing Jon “Audio” Snow 🙂

Wednesday: Marshall Major II closed wired on-ears for $50

The Wednesday Woot Electronics daily deals including a variety of consumer-electronics products and of headphone interest they have the new condition Marshall Major II closed-back on-ears for $50 with a 90-day Woot warranty. This is the black color scheme with up to ten units per customer. These are wired, no bluetooth, no ANC. Free shipping for Prime members, otherwise it’s $6 flat for whatever you pay during the Central time zone calendar day from Woot.

Per the listing, the only included items are the removable 3.5mm cable (with remote/mic) and a user manual. I haven’t seen or touched this model…

Refurbished Schiit Magni 3 head-amp for $95

If you are interested in the Schiit Audio headphone amps and want to pay less than full price, Schiit Audio’s Amazon store is offering it in certified renewed condition for $95 with free shipping. The order is fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get it for free. Products that are part of this “Amazon Renewed” program get a minimum of a 90-day warranty…

NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth in-ears for $28 w/FS

Good until Tuesday 10/1/19, B&H Photo is offering the new condition NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth in-ears for $28 with free US shipping in the gun-metal color-scheme. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price for these double-flanged necklace-style IEMs…

Friday: Philips SE-CL-502K Basic In-Ears for $7 w/FS

FRiday on your mind with a budget name-brand earphone. It’s the new condition Philips SE-CL-502/K basic earphone going for $7 with free US shipping by NewEgg actual with up to three per customer. This is in the black color scheme. Per the spartan description over there, this has a 1-button remote/mic upon its cable. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and you get the sale price…

Meanwhile at Woot they have the new condition Beats X bluetooth in-ears (neckband style) going for $70 with free shipping for Prime members in your choice of black or white color-schemes with up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price. They come with a 1-year Apple warranty…

Monday: B&W C5 S2 In-Ears for $120

The alternating parade of B&O and B&W headphones continues at the Best Buy website, and for Monday 9/23/19 they are offering the new condition Bower & Wilkins C5 Series 2 in-ears (no bluetooth) for $120 with free store pickup [when/where possible] or free shipping…. These earphones average 4.3 out of 5 based on 120 customer reviews at the Best Buy website…

UPDATE: speaking of Monday daily deals, a trio of Corsair gaming headset are on sale at Amazon GErmany with prices ranging from 36 to 88 euro…

And while we are visiting Amazon Germany, eight different color schemes of the Beats Solo 3 headphones (closed-back, on-ear, bluetooth, W1 technology) are on sale for 140 euro each…

Thursday: Logitech Gaming Sale (G633, ASTRO + MixAmp bundle)

Good until Thursday 9/19/19 at 11:59pm pacific, there is a Logitech sale at Amazon USA with a trio of gaming headset bundles along with the obligatory keyboards and a couple of speakers:

+ Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum for $50

+ ASTRO Gaming A40 TR headset with MixAmp PRO TR for $150 in your choice of XBox or Playstation

Beats Solo 3 Bluetooth Closed On-Ears for $130 [limit 3]

While perusing the best-selling over-ear headphone charts at Amazon USA I spotted another price drop on one of the most popular headphones, the new condition Beats Solo 3 on-ears (bluetooth with W1 technology (of interest to iOS device users)) in the “matte black” color scheme as part of the “Icon Collection” is on sale for $130 with free shipping, sold by Amazon actual, with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

This is not a lightning deal, so there is no ticking clock on the sale ending. At the same time, since it is an organic sale (or a price-match), the expiration time is unknown to us outsiders. Mayhaps even insiders as Amazon is mostly run by AI bots these days 🙂

Tribit X-Free ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $28

These well-reviewed ANC/bluetooth closed-back over-ear headphones will holding the line over $40 but as of the time of writing, the price has breached the $30 line [not that these are stock prices] and you can get the new condition black color scheme for $28 sold by “Tribit Direct” with the order fulfilled by Amazon. The red color scheme (more like some red in the coloring, it’s mostly black) goes for $30~. You can buy as many as you like.

This is not a lightning deal, so the price can change (or not change) at any time for any reason. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on over 1000 customer reviews and they have over 280 answered questions by almost anyone with internet access [and an Amazon account]…

If you have practical need for the bluetooth/ANC combo, these budget brands that are tearing up the top seller charts at Amazon (along with Cowin, Taotronics, MPow, etc) are a good way to avoid spending a lot of money on non-audiophile products but still solve a pesky real-world problem 😉

Blue Mo-Fi headphones + Blackout Yeti mic for $249

Are they really ninjas if they are wearing pyjamas? Such existential questions are beyond my understanding, but there is a price drop on one of the Blue Ninjas in Pyjamas bundles, it is the Mo-Fi headphones + Blackout Yeti microphone together forever (or not) for $249 and fulfilled by Amazon. The Mo-Fi is a powered (built-in amp) closed-back over-ear headphone but has no bluetooth and no ANC.

Saturday: Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT for $130

Good until Saturday 9/14/19 at 11:59pm central time, you can get the new condition Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT closed-back over-ear bluetooth headphones for $130 with free shipping (for Prime members) and a 2-year warranty from Audio Technica itself. Limit up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price. This headphone, the root model, needs no introduction as its hype train is long 🙂

Also good for Saturday there are two headphones that are part of the daily deals at Best Buy:

+ Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears for $150

+ MEE Audio Matrix Cinema wireless over-ears for $70 as a clearance sale item

Friday: B&O Play H8i ANC/Bluetooth On-Ears for $300

It’s headphone breakfast at the Best Buy daily deals, where one of them is the new condition B&O Play H8i wireless/ANC on-ears going for $300 with free shipping and/or free store pickup in the black color scheme.

It seems that these two “fashion” brands, B&O and B&W are frequently “flyers” at the Best Buy daily deals. Higher profit margin, more flexibility for discounts mayhaps? 🙂

EU: Philips X2-HR Open Over-Ears for 139 euro

Amazon Germany has now leapfrogged Amazon USA in terms of the absolute number of the price for the new condition open-back over-ear Philips X2-HR headphones, going for a limited time for 139 euro at amazon.de while the lowest price at the amazon mothership is $150.

Speaking of the Amazon mothership, one marketplace seller has the older Philips X2 open over-ears for $108~ in “Used – Very Good” condition. The listing says this is new in open package. The marketplace seller averages 99% with 31K rankings. Note however that this ships directly from the seller [not fulfilled by Amazon] which increases the risk…

Monoprice Refurbished and Open-Box sale

Monoprice is running a refurbished & open-box sale with a variety of products on their website including headphones. The link above points to the headphone-related products. If other product categories interest you, you can use the options on the left side of the page over there.

Of headphone interest, a number of the over-ear headphones are available (planar and dynamic) starting at $99. Also part of the sale are their planar earphones (M300) going for $79, the giant Monolith tube head-amp for $299, the Monolith Cavalli Liquid Spark head-amp for $80, etc.

AS usual with Monoprice, price-check both the new condition and the refurb/open-box products as the sale prices may not be in-sync (eg you may be better off getting the new condition).

These inspected and tested refurbs and open-box products get a 90-day warranty along with 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so you are not left twisting in the wind in case of a lemon or a non-agreeable product.

Monoprice HR-3 triple driver IEMs for $35 w/FS

There’s a new sale at the Monoprice website, with free US shipping as of the time of writing, you can get their new condition HR-3 triple driver IEMs for the very specific price of $35.01 with up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price. These IEMs average 4.6 out of 5 based on a soccer team (= eleven) of customer reviews with about as many answered-questions.

Speaking of Monoprice, one of their classic headphones now with bluetooth is back on sale, the new condition 8323 with bluetooth closed-back over-ears go for $24 with free US shipping with up to twenty pairs per customer. I had the original non-bluetooth version and the price was definitely right, however, there is a warning for big heads – despite its over-ear status and despite the fact that the headband extends widely making you look like a 1950s scifi robot, it is not as roomy as it looks. I was able to just barely fit in and I don’t have the biggest of big heads.

MPOW Over-Ear Ear Muffs for $10 [or $15 for newer model]

If you are looking for hearing protection in the form of a full size headphone, or if you want to use it so people will leave you alone, the current best seller in earmuffs at Amazon is the new condition MPOW 035 safety earmuffs going for $10 with up to five per customer at the sale price.

OR if you prefer, they have a newer model, which promises up to SNR 36 dB (versus 28dB of the $10 model) for $15.

The $10 model averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 4000+ customer reviews, while the $15 model averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 790 customer reviews.

This is not a lightning deal, so the sale could continue anywhere between nanoseconds and eternity 🙂

PS: of trolling purposes, you can hand these to someone who wants to listen to music and watch them try to figure out how to get them to play music ^_^

Woot Garage sale: Anker, Skullcandy, $15 truly wireless

Good until September 17 (or earlier if they sell out ~ and they do sell out), Woot is having another Electronics Garage sale that has the following headphones in-stock as of the time of writing:

+ Anker SoundBuds Slim+ bluetooth (magnetic, water resistant, necklace style) earphones for $22

+ Skullcandy Hesh 2 closed over-ears for $23

+ refurbished Sound & Sonic SS-WBHC-WT-R truly wireless for $15

+ Jabra Storm Bluetooth Headset for $60

As of the time of writing, the following have already sold out and cannot be ordered:

+ Audio Technica M40x for $60
+ Sennheiser HD 25 for $95
+ Sennheiser RS185 wireless over-ears system for $200
+ iPod Touch (6th generation, 16GB) for $100
+ Sony WF1000X/BM1 True Wireless for $70
+ Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless for $90
+ Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers – Wooden Enclosure – 42 Watts RMS for $70

Meanwhile their Computer GArage sale has a couple of Logitech headsets, along with the Steelseries Siberia 800 gaming headset for $140.

Once they sell out, they typically do not return in a particular sale like this but of course I cannot predict the future…

Wedn (EU): massive headphone sale at Amazon Germany: B&O, Yamaha EPH-100, Sony bundle, Philips X2HR, Libratones, Beats Solo 3, Etc

Amazon Germany is celebrating the end of summer with a sales week until the 16th of September, and for today (Wednesday September 11 in 2019) the Amazon.de Gold Box is featuring lots of sales that include a lot of headphones. Among them:

+ Yamaha EPH-100 in-ears for 79 euro under the Yamaha sale

+ Sony Xperia XZ2 smartphone with Sony WH-XB900N ANC/bluetooth Extra Bass over-ears for 519 in three different smartphone color schemes

+ Bang & Olufson H7 over-ears for 220, H8 ANC for 270

+ Philips X2HR/00 open-back over-ears for 172 euro under the Philips sale
+ Philips SHP/2500/10 closed over-ears for 21 euro
+ Philips Rounds earhook earbuds for 12
+ Shield 305BK Bass bluetooth earphones for 14
+ SHK-2000-PK/00 lightweight kids over/on-ears with volume control for 17
+ Philips SHB-2505-BK truly wireless for 83

+ Libratone Q Adapt bluetooth/ANC on-ears for 110 euro
+ Libratone neckband style bluetooth earphones for 125
+ Libratone Q Adapt ANC earphones (Lightning cable) for 90 euro

+ Beats Solo 3 in five colors for 149 euro

+ Panasonic HDE-10-E in-ears for 123 euro
+ Panasonic “Wings” BTS-35-E bluetooth earphones for 47 to 54

+ Corsair HS70 wireless 7.1 gaming headset for 78, HS50 for 55

+ various Taotronics ANC/bluetooth over-ears and necklace-style bluetooth earphones

+ various audio cables under the KabelDirekt sale (they do very well in customer reviews)

+ various other audio gear, speakers, receivers and such under the various sales mentioned above and elsewhere in the gold box ~ too many to list here individually

IMR Zenith R1 In-Ears for $250 [five filters included]

IMR, not to be confused with Ymir from Attack on Titan is offering their R1 Zenith in-ears for a limited time for $275 with free US shipping at the Massdrop website [yes, they changed their name to the more generic “Drop” but I still prefer “Massdrop” ~ it has more personality].

These are great for tinkerers because you get five audio filters included and each one has a different sound signature. They are described with a sentence each over there under the “Filter Sounds” segment. Trigger warning: the word “lush” is used often 🙂

Also included are seven pairs of eartips, a hard case, two cables for the earphones and the obligatory [although not every single headphones includes it these days] 6.5mm adapters.

Orders will ship in early October 2019 from Massdrop. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing, so assume there is none.

Fiio Q1 Mark II: Renewed for $80, Used for $85

The new condition Fiio Q1 Mark II DSD DAC/amp seems to be parked at the $100 price point, but if you want to save some and take on some risk, you can get it for $80 in “renewed” condition [another euphemism for refurbished] from a marketplace seller through Amazon. This is part of Amazon’s “Renewed” program which includes a 90-day “Amazon Renewed” warranty. In this case this is sold and shipped by the marketplace seller (i-Tech Mall) who averages 97% based on 1690 ratings in the last 12 months.

But if you prefer things shipped by Amazon, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition [minor cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging] for $85~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual

Grab Bag Returns: MEE Audio bluetooth earphones for $25 each

If you like the semi-surprise of “grab bag” style offerings, Massdrop is back with another variant of their MEE Audio “blue box” offering running for the next four days and change (from the time of writing of this post).

You pay $25 (with free US shipping) and for that you are guaranteed to receive one (randomly chosen) earphone from this list:

  • MEE M6B (2019 model)
  • MEE M9B (2019 model)
  • MEE X6 (2018 model)
  • MEE X7 in red

As you may be able to tell from the model names, all four are necklace-style bluetooth earphones. The chances are evenly split in this grab bag, so there’s no statistical favorite. Limit up to ten “blue boxes” per customer.

Prizes “unlock” every few hundred units sold, and if you are one of the lucky few, you will receive the prizes (AKG K7XX, NuForce EDC) instead of the MEEs. Not sure what happens if you don’t want the price and instead you want the actual thing you paid for?

Per the Massdrop website, the selection happens in this fashion:

“Participants will have their order number swirled around in a random number generator that allocates IEMs accordingly”

EU: Bluedio Hi TWS truly-wireless for 12 euro after coupon

And now something for the Eurozone shoppers, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Bluedio Hi truly-wireless earphones for 14.44 euro but that’s not all. On the listing there’s also a 2 euro off voucher that you click and it gets added to your account, dropping the price to 12 euro and change. It supports bluetooth 5.0 and TWS and averages 4 out of 5 based however on just 14 customer reviews. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 1-year warranty. It is is a “fulfilled by Amazon” listing.

Sunday: B&W C5 S2 and Beats X In-Ears, 6-ch Marantz head-amp

A trio of headphone-related daily deals is happening on Sunday 9/8/19 as follows, ending at 11:59pm in the timezone of each retailer below (or earlier for any item that manages to run out ahead of its designated expiration time):

+ Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 wired in-ears for $120 at Best Buy

+ Marantz Professional RHA6 6-Channel Headphone Amplifier for $75
at B&H Photo

+ Beats X bluetooth earphones (new condition with 1-year Apple warranty) for $70 at Woot Electronics

The Sub-$100 Legend is Back, sold by Amazon Actual (SHP-9500)

The sub-$100 open-back legend is back sold by Amazon actual, not by marketplace sellers. Yes, it’s the Philips SHP-9500 currently going for $79~, sold and shipped by Amazon.

This headphone went as low as $50 before it had ran out a couple of years ago.

We have a text-and-pictures unboxing of the SHP-9500 purchased before it ran out, somewhere between 2016-2017. “L” is for Left, not for “Loser” 🙂

the earcups

Both this and the Philips X2HR are solidly back in production. The X2HR goes for $175~ by Amazon actual and $150 by a marketplace seller (fulfilled by Amazon, so the risk is reduced).

On the European side of things, it currently goes for $200 euro at Amazon Germany

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Closed Over-Ears returns to $100

It’s back on sale again, the new condition V-Moda closed-back over-ear Crossfade Wireless (bluetooth but not ANC) is down to $100 with free shipping in all four color schemes by Amazon actual. You can buy as many as you like. It averages 4.2 out of 5 with nearly 800 customer reviews and it has 250+ answered questions and a mutual admiration society at Headfi 🙂

Speaking of V-Moda, their newly released M100 Master over-ears (no bluetooth) is having its first sale at Amazon Germany, a modest drop to 236 euro… On the other side of the pond, there’s no sale, but you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition for $219~ at amazon.com warehouse deals

Meze x Massdrop Noir 99 Closed Over-Ears for $200

Massdrop strikes again with another “X” offering. Good for the next twenty days (from blog posting time) they are offering the new condition Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir closed-back over-ear headphones for $200 with free US shipping. This being an “X” product, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Orders will ship in late September 2019 from Massdrop.

The standard package includes a woven-nylon case and an extra set of earpads (the second set, the one not installed on the headphones, has additional damping foam over the driver).

I haven’t used or seen any Meze headphones, so I have nothing to do. But the internets have plenty to add, on the webs and in the forums and there are 115 customer reviews at Massdrop (4.5 out of 5, 83% recommend) and there’s a long discussion of it as well (750+ posts).