Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears for $58 [and other Lightning Deals in progress]

The white color scheme of the Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears is on sale for $57.60 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual. Sale ends at 2:09am ET on Wednesday. The price before the sale was $78 when I posted the Lightning Deal schedule.

These are the On-Ears, not to be confused with the more well-known Studio/PRO Custom over-ears. We have some action on these here, review diary and text and pictures unboxing.

A few other lightning deals running in parallel:

+ ends Wedn 2:14am ET: Yurbuds Inspire Sport Earphones – Women’s (purple) for $16
+ (price before sale $20)

+ ends Wedn 2:19am ET: Symphonized MTL Dual Driver Heavy Bass in-ears for $20
+ (price before sale $30)

+ ends Wedn 2:19am ET: Skullcandy S2WUHW-477 XTfree Sport Bluetooth earphones for $67
+ (price before sale $74)

+ ends Wedn 2:19am ET: Razer BlackWidow X Ultimate – Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Military Grade Metal Construction for $83
+ (price before sale $92)

+ ends Wedn 2:24am ET: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Portable NFC Bluetooth Speaker with aptX/AAC for $119
+ (price before sale $170)

Bose Soundsport In-Ears: Wired for $80, Bluetooth for $120

To the Groupon we go now, where they are offering the new condition Bose Soundsport In-Ears for $80 with free shipping (wired; no BT) in the charcoal color scheme… They also offer the Wireless (Bluetooth) version for $120 with free shipping… Groupon offers free returns…

Tuesday’s Offers: Beyerdynamic Street On-Ears, Parrot Zik 2.0, Yurbuds, Etc

I am only posting the Amazon Gold Box schedule posts here on days where there is some pre-scheduled action from recognizable audio brands. That’s why you see them here some days, but not every day…

Before we get to the schedule, if you are interested in music CDs or Vinyl records, over 200 of them are scheduled to cycle through the Music Lightning Deals on Tuesday…

+ starts 9am ET: SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earphones (price before sale $30)

+ starts 9:04am ET: Parrot Zik 2.0 Bluetooth ANC Over/On-Ear headphones with Touch Controls (price before sale $332 for the mocha color-scheme which is the one featured in the Gold Box; the other colors go for significantly less by marketplace sellers over there, so be sure to price-check after the lightning deal goes live)

AFTERNOON EDITION

+ starts 3:49pm ET: Crosley CR6023A-NA Switch Turntable with AM/FM Radio and Bluetooth Input (price before sale $70)

+ starts 8pm ET: Pyle Home PCAU44 Mini 2×120 Watt Stereo Power Amplifier with USB & CD Input (price before sale $56; this is not a dedicated headphone amp)

+ starts 8:09pm ET: Beyerdynamic Custom Street On-Ears (white) (price before sale $78; their typical sale/lightning deal price is around $60)
+ these are the On-Ears, not to be confused with the more well-known Studio/PRO Custom over-ears
+ we have some action on these here, review diary and text and pictures unboxing

+ starts 8:14pm ET: Yurbuds Inspire Sport Earphones – Women’s (purple) (price before sale $20)

+ starts 8:19pm ET: Symphonized MTL Dual Driver Heavy Bass in-ears (price before sale $30)
+ this is one of the regular models that cycle through the lightning deals

+ starts 8:19pm ET: Skullcandy S2WUHW-477 XTfree Sport Bluetooth earphones (price before sale $74)

+ starts 8:19pm ET: Razer BlackWidow X Ultimate – Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Military Grade Metal Construction (price before sale $92)
+ I blame Massdrop for this 😉

+ starts 8:24pm ET: Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 Portable NFC Bluetooth Speaker with aptX/AAC (price before sale $170)

Sony MDR-100ABN BT/ANC Over-Ears for $199

Off to the eBay Daily Deals (most of which actually last more than a day, but new offers are loaded there daily), where BuyDig is offering the new condition black color scheme of the Sony MDR-100ABN headphones with Bluetooth and ANC and NFC for $199 with free shipping. Limit up to five per customer. To see the $199 price, you have to add it to the shopping cart and be logged on to your eBay account.

This is half the price of the newer Sony MDR-1000X which has been getting some good reviews and has a $400 regular price.

NOTE that Amazon actual has now began carrying imported versions of some headphones, so pay closer attention to the listings. For example, this is Amazon’s own imported version listing. And there’s also a separate certified refurbished listing.

AKG K550 II Closed Over-Ears for $90 (ships April)

In addition to the AKG K553 going for $120 at Massdrop, there’s another sale in this series, the closed-back over-ear AKG K550 Mark II is offered for $90 with free shipping at the official Harman Audio store. I don’t recall what the difference is between the Mark II versus the original. NOTE however that the shipping estimate for this is April 2017, so don’t buy it if you want/need it to get there quickly.

Yamaha EPH-C200 earphones for $8 with free S&H

On the single figures front, good until Monday 2/27/17, NewEgg is offering the new condition Yamaha EPH-C200 earphones in black or blue color-schemes, for $8 with free shipping. Limit up to 20 per color per customer… UPDATE sale extended and price dropped by $2 more…

Fry’s Weekly Promo Code: Fiio X3 II for $147, Blue MoFi for $190, AT ANC27X for $30

Fry’s is now doing most of their discounts through unique coupon codes each email subscriber receives when they sign-up (for free) for their emailing list. The promo code for this shopping week (February 19-25 in 2017) gets you the following items:

+ Audio Technica ATH-ANC27X ANC headphones for $30 (limit 2)
+ Fiio X3 II digital audio player for $147 (limit 1)
+ Blue Microphones Mo-Fi Powered Over-Ears for $190 (limit 1)
+ the above three offers are good either in-store or online

AKG K553 PRO Closed Over-Ear for $120 [MD]

It’s back on again, the closed over-ear AKG K553 Pro is unlocked at Massdrop (MD) for $120 with free shipping. This runs for the next seven days (the offer, not the headphone!), with a 2-year warranty from Samsung AKG. They are estimated to ship (from MD, not a vendor) in early March 2017.

[DEAD] Monday: MF Deal of the Hour

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[DEAD] Refurbished JBL E50 Synchros Bluetooth Over/On-Ears for $75

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[DEAD] Monday: LG V20 for $500; AT LP60 USB for $80

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[DEAD] Sunday: Monoprice Triple Driver IEMs for $45 shipped

This 1-day coupon expired… The Monoprice XXX Triple Driver In-Ears drop from $50 to $42.50 when you enter Sunday coupon FUNDAY (15% off purchase). The slowest shippping option appears to be $2.50 regardless of zipcode. Coupon ends Sunday night.

New Blog Series: “This Week in Headphoolia” (weekly round-up)

A brand new website feature has just gone live! A weekly round-up of potentially interesting things happening in the world of headphones, with an underlying (attempt of a) humor layer where relevant. It is “This Week in Headphoolia”. The segments are: News, Influential Reviews, fun Forum Threads, and YouTube videos. The format and segments will be tweaked in future editions.

What do you think about it? What topics would you want covered? Let us know in the comments here or there or on Twitter.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC 22 Audiophile 2×2 USB Audio Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifier for $40 w/FS

The Behringer U-Phoria UMC 22 Audiophile 2×2 USB Audio Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifier is currently on sale for $40 with free shipping at Adorama.com and by Adorama thru Amazon.

Unlocked at MD: Hidizs AP60 for $75; Cayin C5 DAC/Amp for $154

Two more products have blossomed into unlocked offers (such flowery language!) at members-only Massdrop. They have seven days to go from today (today = posting date), and are estimated to ship in late March 2017.

One is a digital audio player, the Hidizs AP60 is going for $75 with free shipping, which defeats the eBay and amazon prices of $89~.

Next up, yet another portable DAC/amp in an ever-growing market, it is the Cayin C5 DAC/Amp going for $150 plus $4 flat shipping. But the decision is closer here, because one eBay seller, EpiceSolutions (state of Washington) has it for $162.49 with free economy shipping.

[DEAD] MEE Audio with Coupon: Pinnacle P1 for $160; X7 Plus for $80; M6 PRO for $35; Etc

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Focal Spirit Classic Over-Ears drop to $169 [updated]

Focal is riding high among some audiophile circles these days thanks to the Elear’s performance and the sticker-shock price of the Utopia, and the extra spotlight is bringing back out of the shadows some of their earlier headphone attempts.

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit Classic is further discounted, now going for $169 with free shipping by AudioLAB thru AudioLAB on Amazon and AudioLAB on eBay.

UPDATE 2/21/17: as of this re-check, the price dropped from $189 to $169…

Bose SoundTrue Around Ear II for $90 (Apple, Blue)

The navy blue color-scheme of the closed-back over-ear wired non-ANC Bose SoundTrue Around Ear II headphones is currently on sale for $90 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three units per customer. On the same listing, you can find the Android version going for $100 by the Bose Amazon store (not Prime eligible).

Used B&O Play H5 bluetooth earphones for $137

The new condition price of the B&O Play H5 bluetooth earphones is $250 at reputable dealers, but if you want to save some, you can get them in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged) for $137~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Be sure to read reviews if you are not familiar with them because they average 3.2 out of 5 based on 200+ customer reviews.

UPDATE: as of 2/21/17 recheck, the price dropped from $147~ to $137~

Caseling Hard Headphone Case for $14

On the storage and transport front, the Caseling Hard Headphone Case is currently going for just under $14 at amazon.com, sold by Caseling with the order fulfilled by Amazon so you get free 2-day shipping. You can buy as many as you like. It has over 400 customer reviews (4.6 out of 5) and over 60 questions answered. The headphone they use in the product gallery pictures to model the case is a certain familiar AT hype train 🙂

Sennheiser HD8 Closed DJ Over-Ears + Pioneer DDJ-SR DJ Controller for $669

Bundle is the theme of the day it seems. This time we have the Sennheiser HD8 closed-back over-ear DJ headphones bundled with the Pioneer DDJ-SR 2-Channel Performance DJ Controller, all together going for $669 with free shipping at Adorama.com. The Pioneer controller on its own goes for $599.

HyperX Cloud Gaming Headsets: Pro for $80; Revolver for $90 [updated]

The HyperX Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset, model HX-HSCR-BK/NA, for PC and PS4, is currently on sale, in new condition, for $90 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to five units per customer during this sale. It has plenty of reviews and answered-questions if you are not familiar with it.

UPDATE: while we are on the topic of gaming headsets, the HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset for Xbox One/PC (model HX-HSCX-SR/NA) is on sale for $80 with free shipping by Amazon actual, with up to five units per customer at this price.

PS: for blog organizational purposes, I am filing gaming headsets, PC headsets, VR headsets and the like under the Headsets category. Headphones that are primarily intended for music playback (with or without mic/remote) are filed under the Headphones category.

Tascam TH-02 and DR-100 MKIII PCM Recorder and Extras for $430

The Tascam TH-02 closed-back bang-for-the-buck headphones are bundled with the Tascam DR-100 MKIII Stereo PCM Recorder, and two additional freebies, a 32GB Sandisk Ultra SDHC card and the Tascam PS-P520E AC Adapter for Recorders, all together for $430 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.com. The recorder on its own goes for $400, so if you need more than one of the three free accessories, the discounted bundle is a plus.

SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $143 [MD]

Another day, another Massdrop mad drop (ha!). The SMSL M6 DAC/Amp is unlocked for $135 plus $8~ flat shipping over there. It is available in neither or black and will ship in mid-March 2017. The offer runs for the next six days. It currently beats the eBay and amazon.com prices of $170.

Speaking of MD, these two have two days left in them before the expire:
+ AKG K812 for $939~ shipped
+ xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp for $129~ shipped

[DEAD] Limited Time: Bose SoundSport In-Ears for $69; Sennheiser PC360 SE Gaming Headset for $103

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[DEAD] Saturday: Bose In-Ears, Sennheiser PC360 SE, Razer Kraken Pro V2, Etc

This round of lightning deals expired…

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(ENDED) Friday only Coupons: Monoprice Triple XXX Triple Driver IEMs for $40 each (Buy Two) or $45 (Buy One) + $2.50 S&H

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Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector for $18

If you are looking for lightning earphones that won’t break the bank, the official Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector (model MMTN2AM/A) are on sale for just under $18 at Amazon by Amazon actual. Limit up to three per customer. These are currently a Prime exclusive. Make sure when buying Apple earphones at Amazon that the seller of record is either Amazon actual or recognizable marektplace sellers. If you buy from rando-seller, the chances of fakes (as evidenced by the customer reviews over there) are very high.

NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp for $64 [MD]

If you can wait until mid-March 2017, you can get the NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp from members-only Massdrop for $60 plus $4~ flat shipping. Only the black color scheme is available, with 200 units maximum. It will ship directly from MD. Pictures and details on their website.

Also unlocked there is, with seven days to go (from posting-date here) is the TEAC TN-200 Turntable going for $140 plus $19 flat shipping. The shipping fee sounds like OUCH but it still handily beats Amazon’s price of $231 (Prime eligible though, you don’t have to wait until mid-March).

Getting close to unlocking (it needs to more units purchased as of the time of writing) is the XDuoo X10 digital audio player. If it fully unlocks, it will be $140 plus $8~ flat shipping, with similar duration and shipping estimate as the other two items mentioned in this post.

Music Docs: Own “Legend of Leadbelly” in HD for $1

If you like music documentaries, the 51 minute documentary “Legend of Leadbelly” is on sale in Digital HD for just $0.99 at Amazon Instant Video. This is digital ownership, not a rental! As of the time of writing, this is not available on Netflix, Qello, Indieflix or Prime Video (I haven’t checked any other subscription services).

PS: if you have Amazon “No Rush Credits”, they will be automatically applied to the order (if eligible), making it free, with a penny to spare for future purchases 🙂

UPDATE: here’s a near-400 page ebook, Pioneers of Jazz: The Story of the Creole Band by Lawrence Gushee going for $3 in the Kindle. You can get a feel for it by jumping into the “Look Inside” of both the ebook and the print book, and also request a Kindle sample. The latter only shows you the beginning, but the “Look Inside” also shows random pages inside the book, which can be more helpful in figuring out whether this is something you need.

UPDATE #2: The Vinyl of “I Learned The Hard Way” by the great and sadly late Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is on sale for $10 each (limit up to three per customer).

UPDATE #3: non-headphone offers are rounded-up in this permanent round-up post (also linked to in the Sidebar)