Starts Tuesday 7:55am ET: Avantree Steel Headphone Stand

The number of items offered in the Amazon Gold Box is increasing as we get closer to the holidays, but the name-brand headphones have not began their “invasion” head, at least not in the scheduled offers. These are the ones I track below. Some lightning deals only appear when they go live, which makes it near impossible to catch up ahead of time (unless I happen to check within their 4-6 hour window). As usual, there are at least two dozen no-name bluetooth earbuds under the “Cell Phones & Accessories”, but I’m not listing those here.

+ starts 7:55am ET: Avantree Solid Steel Headphone Stand (price before sale $25; 4.4 out of 5 with 97 reviews)

+ starts 1pm ET: Music Business Handbook and Career Guide (February 2016, David Baskerville, Tim Baskerville; price before sale $77; paperback book)

+ starts 9:30pm ET: JBL LC1 3-Way, High Performance Dual 5 -1/4-Inch Center Channel Loudspeaker (price before sale $552)

Sennheiser IE 80 IEMs for $223 [MD]

The Sennheiser IE 80 IEMs are now fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop for $215 plus $8~ flat shipping, with eight days left in the offer, and a mid-November 2016 shipping estimate. Per the listing, these come with a 2-year Sennheiser warranty and will ship from Massdrop. Other well-known sellers have them for $250+ at the moment.

SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp for $35 [MD] or $40 now

Tiny USB DAC/amps continue to increase in popularity as more and more smartphones become the centerpiece of people’s digital lives. Or some market-research-mumbo-jumbo like that 🙂 Which brings us to the SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp, with a microUSB input and a 3.5mm output, going for $32 plus $3~ flat shipping at Massdrop with eight days left to go from today (= blog-posting date). It comes with both USB and an OTG cable and a 1-year warranty thru Massdrop. Shipping estimate is late November 2016.

If you don’t want to wait for that long, a marketplace seller has it for $40 at Amazon, and the order is fulfilled by Amazon, so if you are a Prime member you get it in about two days after you order.

In-Stock Now: Sony MDR-1000X (both colors)

If you had been waiting for hte new Sony MDR-1000X headphones (announced at IFA 2016) to be released, we have good news for you! Both the black color scheme and the brown color scheme are in-stock by Amazon actual. These ANC and Bluetooth combo headphones currently average 4.5 out of 5 based on 30+ customer reviews, and they already have 40+ answered-questions… For more updates on newly-released headphones, check the Headphone Tracker

October 23-25: $1 Vivitar Earbuds at B&M (YMMV)

UPDATE 10/23/16
Yes, the offer is live at Office Depot and Office Max stores! Evidence:


If you are looking for some earbuds to experiment on or leave in bags or the car as emergencies or hand them off to kids or friends or relatives to keep them from going after your favorites, the Office Depot and Office Max stores are having a 3-day doorbuster Sunday through Tuesday October 23-26 in 2016. They will offer Vivitar Earbuds for $1 per pair. The weekly ad teaser (screenshot below) shows black and white options but availability and options may vary by store and location. The ad does not mention any quantity limits per customer.


Klipsch AW-4i Earphones with $30 promo gift card for $59

In addition to the two Sony offers mentioned yesterday, Dell Home also has a promotional gift card offer on the Klipsch AW-4i Earphones. You pay $59 with free shipping, and 10-20 days after your order ships, you will receive via email a $30 promotional Dell gift card. The card has to be spent within 90 days of arrival. The offer ends on 10/27/16 at 7am central time.

Sony MDR-100AAP and $100 Promo Gift Card for $198

The closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-100AAP headphones, part of their “h.ear” line-up, go for $200 at authorized Sony USA dealers. That’s also the price at the Dell Home store, however, good until 10/27/2016 at 7am central time, you will receive a $100 Dell promotional gift card if you purchase them for $198.

The $100 promo gift card will be emailed to you 10-20 days after your order ships, and will have to be used within 90 days of delivery. That’s why it’s “promo gift card”, instead of a normal gift card. This is partially why they are able to offer this, it almost guarantees that you will place at least one more order from them. So it’s sort of like a customer acquisition type of an expense.

Only the black color scheme is eligible for this. The offer is mentioned both on the product page and the shopping cart. Here’s a screenshot of how it looks on the product page:


Review-wise, so far, they average 4.4 out of 5 but only based on 29 customer reviews at where they actually have slightly more answered-questions than reviews. These are folding headphones by the way.

Sony MDR-AS600BT Bluetooth Earphones and $50 promo gift card for $98

The Sony MDR-AS600BT bluetooth earphones go for $100~ at authorized dealers. For a limited time, good until 10/27/2016 at 7am central, you can get them for that price but you will also receive in the future a $50 promotional gift card to be used in the future. This offer is at the Dell Home store.

The promotion is shown on the product page over there, and in the shopping cart when you add the earphone there. After you make the purchase, you will receive an email with the $50 promo code 10-20 days _after_ your order ships, and you have to use it within 90 days of that date. That’s why it’s a promotional gift card instead of a normal gift card.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with grey market earphones that do not get a Sony USA warranty, a marketplace seller has these in new condition for $45 at They are fulfilled by Amazon, so they are Prime-eligible, but that does not make authorized in the eyes of Sony. You would still have to buy them from an actual authorized dealer. Review-wise, they average 3.6 out of 5 based on 200+ customer reviews. You can find those at the normal listing at Amazon.

Two Apple Earpods with Cases for $17 w/free S&H

A4C featured daily deals are cyclical, and these are back again, this 2-Pack of Apple Earpods with Storage Cases going for $17 with free shipping. These are new condition. The A4C featured deals rotate every few days on their home page, so if you miss them today, they will likely return again at some point in the future.

Bluedio Turbine T2S Bluetooth Over/On-Ears for $18 w/free S&H

You don’t have to wait for Amazon lightning deals or sales to get these under $20, because the maker’s own eBay store offers them for under $20, in new condition, and with free shipping for all. “These” are the Bluedio Turbine T2S bluetooth over/on-ears (I can’t tell for certain whether they are over- or on-ear). They run Bluetooth 4.1 and have a built-in rechargeable battery. The ones on sale at the Bluedio eBay store are the red color scheme going for the very specific price of $17.20 with free shipping, and the blue color scheme going for the very specific price of $17.50 with free shipping. These ship from Southern California, offer 30-day returns, and have no quantity limit per customer.

These have nearly 3000 customer reviews at where they average 4 out of 5 and they have over 500 questions answered. They even fold ~ the headphones, not the reviews 😉

I haven’t listened to them, but the price is right for a utilitarian bluetooth set. If I didn’t already have a boatload of things to review I would have picked up a pair to review, but I’m only one and more of a single-threaded Celeron than a 256-threaded workstation 😉

AKG K181 DJ UE On-Ear DJ for $63 [MD]

Green Day may be trying to kill the DJ, but most headphone companies love DJs so much they make headphones for them 🙂 Which brings us to another offer that fully blossomed at Massdrop, it is the closed-back on-ear DJ-tagged AKG K181 DJ UE headphones going for $55 plus $8~ flat shipping. I round prices, that’s the “~”, because it’s easier to write and type $8 than $7.749583493234356 🙂 The offer is running for the next seven days and will ship shockingly-quickly by MD standards, early November 2016. They come with a 2-year AKG warranty service.

Shipping Now: Bowers & Wilkins P9 for $900

Bowers & Wilkins is a stylish brand, so it makes sense they’d go higher in premium models, and their new P9 Signature line headphones are now in-stock and ready to ship to your head for $900 with free shipping with a limit of ONE per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual… For more new headphone arrivals, check the Headphone Tracker

FiiO X5 2nd Gen Stacking Kit (HS16) for $6.69

Accessorize time for the second generation Fiio X5 DAP. It’s official Fiio HS16 stacking kit is on sale for $6.69 by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is Prime eligible. They either have 15 units available at this price, or the limit is 15 per customer. The former is more likely. The other sellers there have it for $15.

In-stock (2 left): brown Sony MDR-1000X for $398

Sony’s answer to the ANC + Bluetooth combo headphone that got revealed at IFA 2016 (loooong browser crashing post) is back in-stock in the brown color scheme, as of the time of writing, there are two units left of the Sony MDR-1000X for $398 by Video & Audio Center thru Amazon. This is not Prime eligible (it ships directly from VAC)… For the latest comings and goings of some of the latest headphones be sure to stay tuned and bookmark the Headphone Tracker that got launched earlier in the week…

Philips X2 back in-stock, going for $271 [was $247]

I am not keeping up with the latest updates on the Philips-Gibson Glue Gate Crisis 2016, but the headphones are back in-stock at Amazon by Amazon actual for $271 [was $247~] with a limit of five units per customer… I added them to the Headphone Tracker until their stock situation stabilizes…

Price updated in the post here on 10/22/16 PM.

Used Recertified Bowers & Wilkins P3 for $45 to $52 (depending on color scheme)

We mentioned earlier that the new condition Bowers and Wilkins P3 are going for $77 to $90, but if you want to get them and pay under $50, and you are willing to go double-used, then there are two options at Amazon Warehouse Deals. What I mean by “double used” is that these are used condition headphones of the recertified models. In other words, someone bought the recertified from Amazon, then returned them or traded them in, and now Amazon Warehouse Deals is selling the recertified models in used condition. Not as mind-bending as Looper, but getting there 😉

Two of the colors are available under $50 in “used recertified” condition at Amazon Warehouse Deals, the black color scheme goes for $45 in “Used – Good” and $48 in “Used – Very Good” or $51 in “Used – Like New”. They have multiple listings, so there is the possibility of price pressure bringing them further down.

Meanwhile the white color scheme is available in “Used – Good” condition for $45. The blue color scheme goes for $52 in “Used – Very Good” condition and they multiple listings, which could put more price pressure on them.

Philips SHP9500 (or SHP9500s) for $58

It’s back on sale again, but it’s a bit of a Schrodinger’s cat. The Philips SHP9500 open-back over-ear is on sale for $58 with free shipping at NewEgg by NewEgg actual until next Thursday 10/27/16 (or earlier if sold out)… However, some people online (and in the reviews over there) are mentioning that they are receiving the “SHP9500s” (the “s” is part of the model name, it is not plural), so keep that in mind, or check search engines and forums for more…

PS: that is why I keep insisting that a final “s” should never be the last character in a model name!

Bowers & Wilkins P3 for $90 (or $77 with Mobile Checkout)

The new condition closed-back on-ear Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones are on sale for $90 with free shipping and a limit of five per customer at NewEgg, sold by NewEgg action in the white color scheme or the red color scheme. The sale ends on Monday.

But wait, there’s more! If you are willing to use mobile checkout and enter coupon code MBLB1017 over there, you can get it for 15% off less. With the coupon, the price drops to $76.50. The coupon expires 10/23/16.

UPDATE: if you prefer to go “used”, there are options from $45 to $52 (depending on color option).

Velodyne vLeve On-Ears for $12 w/free S&H

When fashion headphones go out of fashion, their prices crash, which brings us to the Velodyne vLeve On-Ears going for $12 with free shipping at NeweggFlash, their flash sales service to rival Groupon and such. They even have a detachable cable and carrying pouch, so you could almost buy them for the accessories 🙂

24-bit FLAC: Joanne album (Deluxe, Lady Gaga) for $10

If you need some 24-bit music for testing purposes, the brand new Lady Gaga album “Joanne”, in the deluxe edition (14 tracks, 47 minutes) is on sale for a limited time in the 24-bit 44.1 kHz FLAC version for $10 at the US version of the 7digital store. This is half the price of HDTracks, except 7digital does not offer the WAV option.

The next best deal is for the mp3 version of the standard album (11 tracks) going for $4 for Friday only at