Sunday: Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundles (3 options, $499+)

If you enjoy “alternative headphone bundles”, good until 6/26/22 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) the headliner of the B&H Photo daily deals is another Manfrotto tripods x Ultrasone headphones sale.

This time around there are three options, with prices ranging from $499 to $$1699. Head on over there to see the details…

Sony LinkBuds S truly-wireless for $178

For a limited time, a Sony-initiated sale (manufacturer instant savings and such) has the new condition LinkBuds S truly-wireless on sale for $178 at various authorized Sony dealers such as B&H Photo and various at Amazon

Sony MDR-ZX110-AP Closed On-Ears for $10 w/FS

Good until 6/23/22 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier for anything that sells out) B&H Photo is having a MEGA DEAL ZONE sale. This is a collection of their daily deals that they’ve been running the last few months. As of the time of writing, there are over 1300 items on sale!

Headphone-related products can be found in the “PRO Audio” and “Mobile Entertainment” sub-categories or you can search for them by manufacturer or use the search-within-the-search at the bottom of the left hand sidebar of the page.

On a time-permitting basis I will go through them and point out all the headphone-related items, but for now we’ll start with a $10 with free US shipping offer, it’s the new condition wired closed-back on-ear Sony MDR-ZX110-AP headphones. This is in the black color scheme. As those of you who are fluent in Sony-speak have already guesses, this is the mic/remote option (the “AP” (Android phone?) in the model name). It is a single-button remote.

I didn’t have this model, but I had in the past the ZX100 and the ZX300. I believe these were tuned for coffee shop listening. At home or in quiet places they sound like their price, but inside a moderately busy Starbucks these are quite serviceable!

Friday: Aukey EP-N12 ANC/BT closed over-ears for $24 + S&H [or buy 2 for $39 + S&H]

The Meh daily deal for Friday June 17 in 2022 is a return to the land of headphones! You can either a single-pack or a two-pack of Aukey EP-N12 ANC/BT closed-back over-ear headphones. One pair is $24, two pairs is $39. Shipping is extra unless you are a paying Meh website member (their version of Prime). They come with a 90-day warranty.

Per the Meh forums specs, these charge via USB-C, promise up to 40 hours playtime, include a bag, a 3.5mm cable, and a charging cable. Specs are on the light side at the Meh website but also on the the Aukey website, so your favorite search engine is your friend for more details.

AUKEY even created a 60-second teaser video for them on the YouTubes:

2pk of Tascam TH-200X studio headphones for $40

Not one but two! The current Musician’s Friend daily deal running until Friday 6/17/22 at 8am eastern time is a 2-pack of closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-200X studio headphones going for $40 with free US shipping.

I think I had one of the CAD variants of one of these variants but I’m not 100% sure. From what I recall, they are as they look [now that’s a very descriptive summary LOL]

Thursday: Ultrasone GO headphones + Manfrotto Tripod for $350

If your interests intersect at headphones and photography, you have until 6/16/22 at 11:59pm ET to grab this Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundle for $350 at B&H Photo, one of their daily deals:

+ Ultrasone Go Closed-Back Foldable Headphones

+ Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag

Wedn: Polsen HPC-A30-MK2 Closed Over-Ear Studio for $15

TWO headphones are in the B&H Photo deals du jour that run through 6/15/22 at 11:59pm ET:

+ Polsen HPC-A30-MK2 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones for $15
+ only accessory is a 1/4″ adapter
+ 10-foot cable
+ earcups swivel and rotate 90 degrees
+ average 4.4 out of 5 based on 32 customer reviews over there

+ JBL Tour Pro+ Noise-Canceling True Wireless for $90

Skullcandy Vinyl truly-wireless for $10 [Prime ONLY]

In a limited-time sale for Amazon Prime members only, the Woot website is offering the new condition Skullcandy Vinyl truly-wireless for $10 with free US shipping (since the offer is restricted to Prime members, and they get free shipping at Woot as long as they link their Woot-Prime accounts, a one-time thing)…

Only one per customer at the sale price. It still gets a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Sale ends at the end of June 2022 or earlier if sold out…

Friday: Sennheiser RS 195 RF Over-Ears for $300

Best Buy has Friday Sennheiser on their mind! As one of their Friday 6/10/22 daily deals, they are offering the new condition over-ear closed-back RF wireless Sennheiser RS 195 RF headphones for $300 with free US shipping.

These are not bluetooth! They come with a charging/transmitted base, and the HDR 195 headphones/receiver. Cables and power adapters are included along with 2 AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries.

They no longer use Kleer technology in their RF-wireless headsets…

Wedn eBook: Nirvana (Come As You Are) for $2

And now some music e-reading! Good until Wednesday 6/8/22 at 11:59pm pacific time (ebooks don’t sell out in the modern era), Amazon is offering the Kindle e-book version of “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana” by Michael Azzerad for $2. This has 368 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 on 433 customer ratings. Published in 2013 under Crown.

Wedn: Anker Soundcore Life Note truly-wireless for $25 + S&H

And now off to something on the utilitarian front. The Meh.com daily deal running until 6/8/22 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if they sell out) is the new condition Anker Soundcore Life Note truly-wireless going for $25 plus shipping. Shipping is free if you are a paying member (sort of like their variant of Prime).

Per the specs over there, this is model A3908Z11-5, with IPX-7, promises up to 7 hours per charge, has apt-X (not bad when you consider triple-figure name-brand headphones don’t have it), bluetooth 5, USB-C charging, and a 1-year Anker warranty.

The 66-page user manual is linked-to from over there, look for the word-link “Manual” after following the customary “see more product specs” that takes you to the Meh forums where the product details live at.

Monoprice M1060 Open Over-Ear Planars for $230

A Dads-n-Grads sale at the Monoprice website also includes various audio-related products. Not just the obligatory electric guitars (because Grads and Dads), but there’s also a wired over-ear open-back planar magnetic headphone!

During the sale, the new condition Monoprice M1060 goes for $230 with free standard US shipping. Also available is store pickup for those in SoCAL.

Also part of the sale is the Liquid Spark by Cavalli headphone amp for $100…

PS: I do not know when this sale ends, but given the name of the sale, you can triangulate a general time frame 🙂

Tuesday: Shure SRH-840 Closed Over-Ears for $99

Once upon a time a darling in various price-tiered recommendation lists, Shure headphones have fallen off the hype train. But if you are interested in them, good until 6/6/22 at 11:59pm eastern, B&H Photo is offering as one of their daily deals the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Shure SRH-840 studio headphones for $99. Ships to USA only per the listing. It comes standard with extra earpads and extra cable, along with the obligatory 1/4″ adapter and the lovely Shure carrying pouch (model HPAC1, $5 stand-alone). I don’t remember if I wrote a blog post about it, but I love this drawstring pouch (if you don’t object to the Shure logo).

PS: per the listing, this is “the new packaging” edition ~ whatever that means 🙂

Monday: refurbished Philips Open-Backs: SHP-9500 for $45, X2-HR for $80, X3 for $105

If you are a fan of refurbished headphones and you want to try out some of the much-discussed wired Philips open-back over-ears, you have until Monday at 6/6/22 at 11:59pm central, or earlier if sold out, to grab them as part of this Woot Philips Audio sale:

+ refurbished SHP-9500 for $45

+ refurbished X2-HR for $80

+ refurbished X3 for $105

+ with a 1-year Philips warranty!

+ up to three per model per customer

WE HAVE HERE, a text and pictures unboxing from five years ago (!!! how time files) of the SHP-9500S. You can’t go wrong with this one for $45!

Ends Sun PM: Hifiman HE-X4 planars for $99

If you want to try planar-magnetic over-ears without breaking the bank or buying used, until Sunday 6/5/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-X4 planars (wired, open-back, over-ear) for $99 with free US returns. No mention of warranty in the listing.

The shipping estimate for this is mid-June 2022. It is not an in-stock drop, so it will ship in group-fashion at the designated date…

V-Moda XS Closed On-Ears for $60

Headphones return to the Musician’s Friend daily deal, this until Monday at 8am ET (or earlier if sold out), it is the new condition wired closed-back on-ear V-Moda XS foldable in the white-silver color-scheme going for $60 with free US shipping…

This is an older model, before ALMOST every single on-ear became bluetooth 😉

Sat: Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) for $104 AC

And they are baaaaack! Beyer Dees at the Newegg dailies, this running until 6/4/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, the new condition wired open-back over-ear DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) going for $104 after using limited time promo code SSBT427 over there. Sold and shipped by NewEgg. Crypto accepted!

As you can see, the new coupon price for these DT 770/880/990 has dropped to $104, in a time where everything else is going up. Shhhhhh, don’t tell them they forgot to increase prices 😉

Beats Buds PRO (Moon Gray) Truly-Wireless for $115

Trigger warning for select audiophiles. It’s a BEATS deal 🙂

The new “Moon Gray” color scheme of the “Beats Buds PRO” truly-wireless is currently on sale for $115 with free US shipping by Amazon actual with up to three sets per customer at the sale price…

Open-box Sennheiser HD 650 for $249 + S&H

If you are a fan of open-box headphones, Sennheiser’s good old wired open-back over-ear HD 650 is offered in open-box condition for $249 plus shipping (starts around $10) at ADorama’s website. Per the listing this only ships to US addresses…

Needless to say, plenty has been written about the HD 600, 650, 6XX, the 5-series, and the competitors from other manufacturers, so the search-engine is your friend if interested in various trade-offs and comparisons.

Massdrop IEMs: Moondrop Stardust for $65, Etymotic ER2-SE for $70, Etc

A number of IEMs are currently on sale at the Massdrop website. You can find them among the other audiophile/phool products in this page, sorted by NEWEST. And by that they mean NEWEST as in most recently added to the Massdrop website. For example the HD 599 was recently added to Massdrop but it existed long before that.

Anyway, browsing through the listing we see sales on some IEMs including:

+ Moondrop Stardust for $65

+ Etymotic ER2-SE for $70

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PINNACLE PX for $59

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PLANAMIC for $69

+ 7Hz Timeless for $199
+ the hype train is indeed timeless, timeless as in devouring its children du jour 😉

+ Mangrid Tea for $260

+ Moondrop KXXX for $152

+ Etymotic ER3SE or ER3XR for $95 each
+ Etymotic ER4SR for $225

+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13

+ BLON BL-03 for $29

+ Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 for $699

+ and a few more

+ free standard US shipping on $100+ orders

On a more personal/blog note, I’ve finally moved on from the VE Monks hype train (LOL) and I’m trying the CCA CRA and KZ and Moondrop Chu and Final Audio budget IEMs. This is the point where I promise unboxing posts, and impressions and comparisons and then caveat it with a “time permitting basis” 😉

Tuesday: random audio sale with headphones

Good until literally the end of the month (5/31/22 at 11:59pm central time – or earlier if sold out) it is the return of the 19th variant of the Random Audio sale that features 13 audio products including these headphones:

+ Sony WH-1000X-M4 ANC/BT over-ears for $259

+ Philips on-ear ANC/BT closed-back for $55

+ 2pk of Sony basic earphones for $14

+ B&O BEOplay E8 truly-wireless for $250

+ KEF, Polk and JBL speakers
+ Samsung soundbar
+ Victrola suitcase vinyl player

Sunday: AUsounds for $25, BOSE 700 Soundbar for $569

Audio action at the Sunday May 29 (2022) B&H Photo daily deals running up until 11:59pm eastern time:

+ AUsounds AU-stream truly-wireless for $15

+ BOSE 700 Soundbar (black color scheme) for $569 after auto-activated in-cart coupon

H&A Studio Headphones + Korg Wavestate + JBL Studio Monitors for $750

Running as a limited time offer until Sunday 5/29/22 at 10am eastern {or before that if sold out), at Adorama, you can get this Korg bundle for $750 with free US shipping:

+ H&A Versa Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones

+ two JBL 305P MkII Powered 5″ Dual 41W Two-Way Studio Monitors

+ Korg Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer

FOCAL Elex Open Over-Ears for $599 [Massdrop X]

For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Massdrop X FOCAL Elex wired open-back over-ear dynamic driver headphones for $599 with free US shipping and a 2-year manufacturer warranty.

These are an “in-stock drop”, so they will ship in about two business days after purchase. Not like the other legendarily long Massdrop shipment waits 🙂

Per the listing over there, nearly 5000 units have been sold so far from Massdrop…

Akai Professional MPK mini mk3 Red Keyboard Controller and Musician’s Gear MG-900 Studio Headphones for $99

Good until Friday at 8am ET (or earlier if sold out), the current Musician’s Friend daily deal is a combo of the Musician’s Gear MG-900 studio headphones and the Akai Professional MPK mini mk3 Red Keyboard Controller, both of them together, with FREE US shipping for $99…

Thur: refurb Bose Sport truly-wireless earbuds with full warranty for $109 AC

Good until Thursday 5/19/22 at 11:59pm pacific time (or before if soldout), NewEgg actual (not iffy marketplace sellers) is offering the refurbished Bose Sport Earbuds, a truly-wireless model, for $109 after using promo code SSBSA929 in their shopping cart. Up to five per customer.

This comes with the same warranty as the new condition model. It also comes with 30-day hassle-free returns.

In comparison, the new condition goes for $179 at authorized Bose dealers such as those listing at Amazon

Thursday: 2x Sony MDR-ZX110-AP On-Ears w/mic-remote for $20

Not one, but two headphones! Good until 5/19/22 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out), New York’s B&H Photo is offering as a bundle TWO of the new condition wired closed-back on-ear Sony MDR-ZX110-AP headphones with 1-button mic/remote in the black color scheme for $20. That’s $10 per headphone!

I haven’t had this particular model, but I had the ZX-310 and the ZX-100, and the one thing I remember is that (mayhaps) these were tuned for coffee shops. In a quite room (eg at home) they sounded like $10 headphones, but in coffee shops they were very usable.

PS: if the name rings a bell, a few months ago one of the hype YouTube reviewers “discovered” this headphone and tried to start a “discovery hype train” about it LOL

Sunday Bluetooths: M&D MW50+ for $130, BeyerD Amiron Copper LE for $500

Party-on audio fans! One of the Woot daily deals for Sunday 5/15/22 is another incarnation of the RAndom AUdio SAle which includes among others:

+ MASTER & DYNAMIC MW50+ Bluetooth Over/On-Ears, Black (MW50B1+) for $130
+ earpads “transform” them over-ears or on-ears

+ beyerdynamic Amiron bluetooths for $500
+ Copper, Touchpad, 30 Hour Battery, aptX HD, AAC, Limited Edition, Made in Germany

+ the above two are new condition with manufacturer warranty

+ there’s truly-wireless from Panasonic, JBL, Bang & Oluf, Beats, and Technics

+ Beats Solo PRO (refurbished Grade-A) on-ears for $125

+ the rest of the items are speakers and soundbars and subwoofers and such from KEF, Samsung, Monolith, Klipsch

+ there’s even a Victrola full size jukebox for $800

Sat: Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO (80 ohm) for $104 AC

Exciting new developments in the world of BeyerDee coupons at the NewEgg daily deals! A new low price thanks to a larger coupon discount!

Running until Saturday 5/14/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, limited time promo code SSBSA427 gets you the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO (80 ohm) for $104 after coupon, with free US S&H, sold and shipped by NewEgg itself…

Monolith USB DAC for $60, Liquid-Spark for $80, THX AAA Balanced for $250, Etc

Monoprice is having a Big Overstock sale and among the offerings there is some headphone related action, along with “Pro Audio” offerings!

+ Monolith USB DAC for $60
+ Monolith Liquid Spark head-amp by Cavalli for $80
+ Monolith THX AAA balanced head-amp for $250

+ Stage Right studio headphones for $22

+ Sonic Solace II ANC over-ears for $50

+ True Wireless Plus for $20
+ yep, that’s their name, easy and self-descriptive LOL

+ BA+Dynamic IEMs: Trio for $38, Quartet for $48, Quintet for $55

+ all kinds of cables and such

+ see them all at their Big Overstock sale

Tascam TH-300X studio headphones for $40 w/FS

Good until Monday 7/9/22 at 8am eastern time (or earlier if sold out), the Musician’s Friend daily deal is a recurring studio headphone, the closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-300X going for $40 with free US shipping.

Etymotic ER2-SE IEMs for $70

The Etymotic ER2-SE are riding high on the sub-$100 hype train, and if you want to join the ride, for a limited time, it is on sale for $70 at the Massdrop website with a 2-year manufacturer warranty included.

This is an “in-stock drop”, so it will be ship in a couple of business days. As of the time of writing, over 500 units have been shipped…

Thur: Direct Sound fstream X7 Bluetooth Receiver with Dual Headphone Outputs for $10

On the budget-gadget front, running until 5/5/22 at 11:59pm eastern, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Direct Sound fstream X7 Bluetooth Receiver with Dual 3.5mm Headphone Outputs & Microphone for $10 with free US shipping.

Note that this is bluetooth 4.1.

This has just four customer reviews with a 3.8 out of 5 as of the time of writing. One of them is a 1-star.

Monday: Samsung MX-T40 300W Bluetooth Speaker for $78 AC

We don’t normally post speaker deals here, but this is a whooping $220 off in-cart discount, so until 5/2/22 at 11:59pm eastern time (or before that if sold out), New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition Samsung MX-T40 300W Bluetooth Speaker for $78 with free US shipping. The discounting happens automatically in the shopping cart, you don’t have to enter a coupon code!

As of the time of writing this averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 66 customer reviews at B&H Photo, most of which are from product testers collected from Samsung and “The Insiders”…

Based on 568 ratings, it averages 4.5 out of 5 (together with two other models in the same series) at the Amazon website where it goes for $148 as of the time of writing…

PS: accepts USB audio…

Hifiman HE-560 V4 Premium open-back over-ear planars for $299

We are posting like the good old days, its our fifth post in a row today, and as fate would have it, it’s another Hifiman sale, the HE-560 V4 Premium (Adorama exclusive) for $300 at Adorama directly or you can buy it by Adorama thru Amazon for the same price…

I’m not familiar with the latest happenings in the world of Hifiman, so do check with your favorite forums, websites and video-sites for details and recommendations.

One name that keeps popping up that happens to be at the same price of $299 is the Sundara open-back over-ear planars (eg Amazon)…

PS: global correction, just in case, if you see “oven back” on this blog, it’s just a typo for “open back” 🙂

PS2: yes, I am working on a new website, “Cooking for Audiophiles” and that’s where the term “oven back” comes from 😉 #FakeNews