Thursday: NuForce BeFree 8 TW for $30 [also: refurb Klipschs]

Good until Thursday 2/13/20 (Valentine’s Eve) at 11:59pm eastern, New York’s Finest B&H Photo is offering the new condition NuForce BeFree 8 truly-wireless earbuds for $30 with free US shipping.

NOTE: make sure you check their reviews before buying. They have 60% 1-star reviews…

UPDATE: speaking of daily deals, until 11:59pm central time of this very day there is a Klipsch sale among the Woot daily deals, and of the three items, one is the factory reconditioned Klipsch R5 neckband wireless (bluetooth) set going for $40 with a 90-day Klipsch warranty… There’s also a set of R-15M bookshelf speakers going for $110 (pair, refurbished, 90-day Klipsch warranty)

Westone Adventure Alpha Cross-Over In-Ears for $69

Good for a very limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition Westone Adventure Alpha Cross-Over In-Ears for $69 with free US shipping. The price you see is the price you pay while this short-running promotion is live…

No, they won’t cross over like Iverson, but they do cross over your ear 🙂

Monday: Fiio X5 III DAP for $180

Digital audio players (DAP) are feeling left out this days (outside the world of hard core portable audiophiles) so it is nice to see a non-toy DAP featured in the daily deals of a retailer. Good until Monday 2/10/20 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if the hungry audio-goblings munch it out) is the new condition Fiio X5 III (third generation; typing it twice to inoculate against a typo) going for $180 with free USA shipping at B&H Photo. Up to three per customer at the sale price during this promotion…

Of the Fiios I have the first generation X1 (the one without bluetooth) and it was definitely worth the price (around $100 at the time of purchase). And as fate would have it I have a text and pictures unboxing of the first generation X1. A review is / has-been coming for many months years 🙂

Sennheiser HD 200 + Behringer UMC-404-HD Audio Interface for $179

For a very limited time only, Adorama is offering a Sennheiser x Behringer bundle for $179 with free shipping within the USA. For that price, you get two different items:

  • Sennheiser HD 200 closed-back over-ears
  • Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD audio interface

No coupon, no rebate. The sale price is reflected on their website while this promotion is running…

Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO for $145 (choice of 32/80/250)

If you want to score one of the frequently-discussed affordable closed-back over-ear headphones and you don’t want to compromise on which ohm-age to get based on a random sale, $145 will get you the new condition Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO at the Massdrop website.

You have a choice of 32 or 80 or 250 ohm. They have 3 meter glued-on cables. The 250 has a coiled cable while the other two are straight. The accessories package is spartan, a drawstring bag (the plus with these is that you can use them for many other headphones as well ~ unlike custom-fit cases that are limited to other use) and the almost always obligatory adapter (in this case a 1/8″ to 1/4″).

These will ship in late February from Massdrop. No mention of warranty in the listing.

Friday: Audio Technica ATH-m50X Gun Metal for $124

Another one of the “affordable audiophile” frequently recommended headphones is on sale, $124 is what separates you from the new condition Audio Technica M50x Gun Metal (GM) with free US shipping by Amazon actual and you can buy as many as you want until 11:59pm pacific on Friday 2/7/2020.

It is one of their daily deals, that’s why that expiration time. The other options are not on sale. If you don’t have an Amazon Store card or credit card, you may be offered sign-up bonuses. I’m seeing an offer for $60 off this purchase if I sign up and approved for their Store Card. The store card offer is definitely YMMV as their AI decides in mysterious ways in what to offer and to whom and when…

Ultimate Ears PRO Universal IEMs for $720 to $1795

We forgot about Dre, and we forgot about MassDROP! Running for the next one day and change, they are offering the new condition universal Ultimate Ears PRO IEMs line-up with free US shipping and returns. A total of five models are available with prices ranging from $720 to $1795 plus you have the option to get Specialty Faceplates (which range from $100 to $200) for free ~ or you can get the standard solid or translucent. Your choice!

The five options are:

  • UE 7 PRO for $720
  • UE Reference Remasters for $795
  • UE 11 PRO for $920
  • UE 18+ PRO for $1120
  • UE Live for $1795

They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Orders will get shipped from Massdrop in early March 2020, so not that bad of a wait (considering some of the other wait times). But definitely not for the “Prime Impatient” (TM)…

PS: Ultimate Ears are owned by Logitech, which is building up its audio-related portfolio, they even scooped up Blue Mic

1More Triple Driver Over Ears for $125

If you are curious about 1More’s Triple Driver closed-back [the “open look” is just a style choice] over-ear headphones, you can score them for $124 with free US shipping at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop website

These ship at the end of the month by Massdrop. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. A carrying case is included with the headphones folded a certain way. Detachable cable with dynamic drives…

Friday: Sony XB-650-BT closed bluetooths for $50

Good until Friday 2/7/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if it somehow manages to sell out) you can get the new condition closed-back Sony “Extra Bass” XB-650-BT bluetooth headphones for $50 as one of the Woot daily deals with a 1-year Sony warranty in the black color scheme. Free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. You have to connect your Prime account to your Woot account (a one-time action) to get the free shipping.

Echo Buds for $90 [or less with trade-in]

If you are an Amazon fan or part of the Echo/Alexa ecosystem, Amazon is currently offering on sale their new condition Echo Buds truly wireless for $90 with free US shipping with one per customer at the sale price. These average 3.6 out of 5 based on over 4200 customer ratings…

But wait, there’s more! Optionally, you can participate in a trade-in offer that gets you a 25% off discount on this (or any other new eligible Echo device) and an Amazon gift card for the value of your trade-in. To see what’s eligible, you have to login to your Amazon account and their system will find any trade-in eligible devices already connected to your account.

More details at the Trade-In promo page…

Wedn: Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears for $150

Good until Wednesday 2/5/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out), you can get the new condition Beats Solo 3 closed-back on-ear wireless (bluetooth) headphones for $150 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. It’s available in a million different color schemes (okay, twelve different color schemes). It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

This of course comes with the Apple W1 chip, which is of great interest to owners of recently released i-Devices that can take advantage of said chip…

Tuesday: NuForce TW, Klipsch, Corsair Gaming

The daily deals for Tuesday February 4 in 2020 have decided to take a audio-related twist with a couple of retailers offering them:

+ NuForce BE Free 5 truly wireless for $20 at B&H Photo in two color schemes

+ a couple of things at Best Buy:
++ 50% off select Corsair wired and wireless gaming headsets
++ MEE Audio BTR bluetooth receiver for $25

+ Klipsch R-28-PF powered floor-standing speakers (pair) for $449 at the Adorama daily deal

Monday (EU): Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT for $95 euro

Good for Monday February 3 in 2020, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, a bluetooth and ANC headphone, for 95 euro with free shipping in Germany + Austria. Shipping is extra elsewhere. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

There it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on nearly 10,000 customer reviews but note that all the variants of this model are grouped together in the listing (with or without ANC, SE and not SE, etc)…

Sunday: Bose QC35 II (black) for $299

As we previously mentioned the rose gold color scheme of the Bose QC 35 II ANC + wireless closed-back over-ears goes for $279 but if rose-gold is not your thing, good until Sunday 2/2/20 at 11:59pm central time, Woot is offering the new condition black color scheme for $299 with free US shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping for non-members. Note that this gets a 90-day warranty from Woot per the listing, not a 1-year Bose warranty.

Sennheiser HD 6XX drops to $195 [MD]

While price-checking around for the HD600 lightning deal (Friday 1/31/20 at 8:24pm ET), I noticed a limited time discount on the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 6XX, currently going for $195 with free US shipping and returns at the Massdrop website. This is a big seller, it is a few thousand sales short of hitting the 100,000 units mark!

So now you have two options to consider, depending on whether the HD600 lightning deal price is competitive or not. Plenty has been written about all these headphones (600, 650, 6XX), and if you are reading this as of the time of writing, you have plenty of time to read through the various opinions, forums, blogs, etc…

Surprise! Sennheiser HD600 Lightning Deal starts Friday at 8:24pm ET

The Friday surprise is not coming from the world of politics but from the world of Amazon! According to the teaser in the Amazon Gold Box, starting at 8:24pm ET on Friday January 31st in 2020 for Prime members, and 8:54pm ET for non-members, there is going to be a lightning deal on the new condition Sennheiser HD 600 open-back over-ear headphones. The price on their website before the sale, as of the time of writing of this post is $299.

Gold Box Teaser for HD 600 Lightning Deal

The reason for this lightning deal may perhaps be the existence of the Massdrop blockbuster Sennheiser HD 6XX headphone currently going for $195 with free US shipping. Per the listing over there, this headphone sold over 92,000 units…

Friday: Even H4 Glasses (???), Beats, JBL, Etc

It looks like a number of headphones are featured in various retailer daily deals for Friday January 31st in 2020 as follows:

It’s a headphones party at the Best Buy website with the following daily offerings:

+ Even H4 Glasses for Your Ears (that’s what they call them, don’t blame me for this one 🙂 for $100
+ bluetooth 5.0 (about time for this to appear in wireless headphones and laptops); can’t tell exactly how “over the ear” they are from the pictures though;

+ Beats Studio ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $180

+ Beats PowerBeats PRO truly wireless, GeekSquad recertified for $130

Then we scoot on over to the Woot daily deals where they have the JBL E-55-BT closed back bluetooths for $50 in the blue color scheme, new condition with a 1-year warranty

The Woot party continues with a Tech Items You Need sale that includes a number of headphone/audio-related products:

+ Symphonized NRG Premium wood in-ears for $12
+ Symphonized has many variants of this, we have a text and pictures unboxing of the NRG 2.0 variant

+ Jabra Evolve 75 MS wireless on-ear headset for $160

+ AfterShockz Aeropex stiff neckband wireless for $100

+ Hifeer phone-use bluetooth headset (waterproof allegedly) for $12

+ DigitNow suitcase record player for $29 (!) with a built-in battery but only a 90-day Woot warranty

+ Ukelele time, VIVICTORY Concert Ukulele 23 Inch Mahogany Aquila String with Beginner kit for $35 but with only a 90-day Woot warranty

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II for $279 [Rose Gold]

If rose-gold is your favorite color scheme, you are in luck! This very color scheme of the new condition Bose QuietComfort QC35 II closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth headphones is on sale for $279 with free US shipping at B&H Photo.

Bose used to be dominating in the ANC, but these days the battle has many claiming victory, including Sony’s surprise (?) hit with the 1000X series. All the major players are hitting the $300-ish market segment with all kinds of things. Your favorite search engine will yield countless comparisons and even more always-correct opinions 🙂

Wedn: Gaming Headsets from Razer and HyperX ($25 to $130)

Wednesday January 29 in 2020 brings us various computer peripherals at the Amazon Mothership Gold Box. The sale includes six gaming headsets from Razer and HyperX, three of each, $25 (HyperX Cloud Stinger Core) to $130 in price range, with up to three per individual item per customer. The sale ends at 11:59pm pacific time [or earlier for any particular product that sells out ahead of time).

Also part of the sale a speed demon Lexar microSDXC card for those with DAPs and PADs (phones as DAPs) that can take of advantage of it (and have need of the speed). There’s also plenty of Lexar SDXC cards, keyboards, a Razer streaming mic, and more…

Wedn: NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth earphones for $15 [or buy 4 for $50 total]

Good until 11:59pm eastern time on Wednesday January 29 in 2020, B&H Photo is offering, as one of their deals du jour, the new condition silver-gunmetal color scheme of the new condition NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth earphones (of the exercise kind) for $15 with free US shipping… But wait, there’s more! You can buy a 4-pack of them for $50, making it $12.50 per pair. After all, we are less than 11 months away from Christmas, so it’s never too early to start stocking up on gifts 😉

This is a double-flange earphone and has an earhook, thus increasing its “exercise street cred” 🙂 It averages 4 out of 5 based on 25 customer reviews over there but it has just a 3.5 to 1 ratio of 5-stars vs 1-star, a statistical sign of potential trade-offs. Ideally one wants to see a ratio of 10:1 or better. That’s of course assuming other things equal, eg some products may have unusual or confusing features that the average consumer does not get or cannot be bothered, so they get the 1-star treatment when it’s more of a user error/misunderstanding. Or a product gets hyped in forums, magazines, social media or by celebrities, and its raining 5-stars even from people who haven’t opened the box yet 😉

Tuesday: HyperX Cloud Stinger wired headset for $35

It’s gaming headset action at the Tuesday 1/28/20 daily deals of the Best Buy website. $35 separate you from the new condition HyperX Cloud Stinger wired gaming headset. This is the red/black color scheme and it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 1600+ customer reviews over there…

20% off used headphones at Amazon.com’s Warehouse Deals [900+ options]

Amazon.com’s Warehouse Deals [the USA mothership that is] is having a 20% off automatic discount in the shopping cart of over 20K items offered over there. The sale includes over 900 headphone options. Only used items sold by Amazon WD actual are eligible, not items sold by marketplace sellers.

Eligible items hint at the discount when you look at the used listings in detail. The discount happens automatically when you add an eligible item in the shopping cart. No coupon is needed.

I will try to price-check headphones on a time permitting basis but in the meantime please feel free to dig in because quantities are often limited and items of interest may be gone by the time I start price-checking…

This is a limited time offer but I know not when it expires…

PS: this is a parallel promotion to the previously mentioned Amazon Germany WD 20% off promotion…

EU: 20% off 400+ USED headphones at Amazon Germany

For a limited time, Amazon Germany has brought back the 20% off discount on select Amazon.de Warehouse Deals items. Of those, there are nearly 450 items returned under headphones. The eligible items indicate there’s a 20% off discount when you look at the detailed used listings. The discount gets applied automatically in the shopping cart ~ there’s no coupon code to enter.

Note that the discount only works on products sold by Amazon.de’s Warehouse Deals, not by marketplace sellers.

PS: I haven’t yet gone through the listings, more on these after I do so if I find anything exciting…

Print Magazine Sale: Stereophile $7.77 per year

Headphone magazines are very hard to come buy, especially in english, but there are some audio-related magazines and two of them are participating in this limited time sale at the Discount Mags website. These are print magazines, delivered via snail mail, to addresses in the USA. They do not auto-renew (thankfully).

Of the various options, these two are A/V related:

+ Stereophile for $7.77 per year

+ Sound and Vision for $7.55 per year

These prices are good for up to three years. You can use the offer for a new subscription for you, or a gift subscription for others, and you can also renew an existing subscription.

Remember, these are print magazines, not digital.

Wedn: HyperX Cloud Alpha S for $90

Two headphones among the daily deals for Wednesday January 15 in 2020 [it takes some practice not writing 2019] as follows:

+ at Best Buy, the new condition HyperX Cloud Alpha S Wired 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset is going for $90 with free S&H or pickup/ship-to-store ~ whatever’s available-possible

+ at Woot, from a 3rd-party refurbished iRecertify (which offers the 90-day warranty) you can get the refurbished Powerbeats 3 for $55 with up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price…

GeekSquad certified refurbished Apple/Beats headphones (33 options)

Best Buy is having a sale on Geek Squad certified refurbished Apple and Beats headphones including in-ears, truly wireless and over and on ears. A total of 33 options are available.

When you expand the Specifications area on an individual eligible product, you will see that they come with a 90-day warranty, which factors in the price BUT as usual, be sure to price-check any items whose price-ranges you are not familiar with…

Powerbeats 3 bluetooth eaprhones for $80 [limit 3]

It is $90 as a Best Buy daily deal, but Amazon actual has managed to outdo them, it’s the red-black color scheme of the new condition Power Beats 3 bluetooth earphones going for $80 with free US shipping and up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. The other two colors go for $90…

This is an “organic” Amazon price, so I have no clue if/when it will change. The earphones average 3.6 out of 5 based on nearly 3800 customer reviews and they have a rather low 2:1 5-star to 1-star ratio. Ideally you want to look at products with a 10:1 or better ratio. If nothing else, this should convince you to read reviews and forums and such before buying…

Thur: refurbished Audio Technica QuietPoint for $50 to $70

Good until 11:59pm central time on 1/2/20 [Happy New Year], Woot is having a sale on a couple of refurbished Audio Technica headphones with a 1-year Audio Technica warranty as follows:

+ ATH-ANC70 for $50

+ ATH-ANC7BSV-RB for $70

These are QuietPoint active noise cancelling headphones…

UPDATE: also a daily deal for Jan 2nd in 2020 are four color schemes of the new condition PowerBeats Pro truly-wireless earphones going for $200 per pair and you can buy as many as you like from Amazon actual. AppleCare+ for two years is offered optionally for +$29 per pair…

Wedn: iLuv BubbleGum Air truly-wireless for $20

Happy 2020 with a new daily deal, good until 11:59pm ET on New Year’s Day, it is the new condition iLUV Bubble Gum [do NOT chew them!] Air truly-wireless earphones going for $20 with free US shipping at B&H Photo where it is one of their deals of the day. Up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. As of the time of writing they have zero customer reviews…

Massdrop sale of the decade is ON (HD-58X, Noble Uni, Koss Electro, Etc)

Massdrop is currently running their Sale of the Decade, as the parade / barrage / onslaught of decade puns in articles and sales continues…

Among them (in price order by product type):

OVER/ON EARS
+ Sennheiser PC-39X gaming headset for $90
+ Hifiman HE-4XX planars for $130
+ Sennheiser HD-58X Jubilee for $135
+ KOSS ESP/95X electrostatic system for $400
+ Hifiman Edition XX for $500
+ FOCAL ELEX for $600
+ MR Speakers ETHER CX closed-back for $700

IN-EARS
+ NuForce Stride bluetooth necklace-style for $40
+ NuForce EDC3 for $60
+ Noble X Universal for $125
+ Empire Ears Zeus Universal for $750

DAC/Amps
+ LEX CAVALLI LIQUID CARBON X AMP for $160

Bower & Wilkins PX ANC BT Oval Over/On-Ears for $230

NOTE: Because of the oval shape, I’m not sure I buy into the over-ear claim of these, so be sure to research it…

For a limited time, Amazon actual is having a sale on the new condition Bower & Wilkins PX ANC BT headphones for $230 with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. Two color schemes are available. They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 460+ customer ratings…

NOTE that these are now a previous generation model. The current B&W ANC Oval-Ear headphones are the PX5 and PX7 models which go for $248 and $348 and are on-ear and over-ear respectively.

Thur: Auray headphone holder contraption for $12

Good until 12/26/19 at 11:59pm eastern (or before that if it somehow manages to sell out or run out), you can get the new condition Auray headphone holder with adjustable angle for $12 at NY’s B&H Photo with up to five per customer at the sale price…

This averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 50+ customer reviews. Note that this is not a conventional stand, in that it does not stand by itself, you have to attach it to something using its clamp. Can be used vertically or horizontally. Measurements of the padded area and such can be found on the aforelinked product page. Check the reviews as well to see how it fits various headphones mentioned by the various viewers-like-you…

Sunday: AirPods with Charging Case for $145

One of the Sunday daily deals at the Best Buy website is the new condition Apple AirPods with a (wired) charging case going for $145 with free US shipping and/or store pickup where possible. Only this option/combo is on sale…

Sunday: Polsen HPS-A40 Over-Ears (w/Bass adjustment) for $50

Good until Sunday 12/22/19 at 11:59pm ET, there is a headphone among the B&H deals of the day, it is the new condition closed-back over-era Polsen HPS-A40 going for $50 with free US shipping. One unusual thing about this headphone is that it has a 3-level bass adjustment. It averages 5 out of 5 but based on just three customer reviews…

JLab JBuds Air Icon for $40 [truly wireless]

As part of their 12 days of deals, the Best Buy website is offering the new condition JLab Audio JBuds Air Icon Truly Wireless earphones for $40 with free store pickup and/or free shipping depending on the situation.

These average 4.2 out of 5 based on 225+ customer reviews at Best Buy.

My only experience with truly-wireless so far has been the Jaybird Run [see partial unboxing]. The low(er) battery life eats away at its benefits as the battery life of over/on-ear bluetooth headphones has increased dramatically… But that of course depends on your needs/preferences/priorities and so forth…