There are no dedicated headphone magazines, but there are audio magazines. The digital edition of Stereophile, through the Zinio magazine service, is on sale for $5 for a prepaid 9-month subscription (nine issues) at DiscountMags.com. Offer ends Monday night. The offer is good for new subscribers or renewals of existing subscriptions.
This 3-pack of 2-inch Top Stage GMC04-Q6 Earcup Covers is currently on sale for $1.91 at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to 30 sets per customer. Because of the low price, these are ADD-ON items, so you must place a $25+ order, otherwise the shopping cart will refuse to let you buy them no matter what.
These have been bought by many through the years apparently because they have over 1300 customer reviews with a 4.3 out of 5 and roughly an “8 to 1” review intensity ratio (five stars vs one stars). They have 75 questions answered as well. Check pictures and reviews and measurements. These are 3mm thin/thick.
The Pioneer XDP-100R DAP is currently on sale for $300 in new condition, but if you want to save more, you can get them in “Used – Like New” condition for $219~ with free shipping by Electronics Expo through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This is available in both black (previous link) and in silver color schemes. They ship directly from Electronics Expo (East Coast, not Prime eligible). They average 4 out of 5 based on 36 customer reviews.
The Fall 2016 Apple-Beats collection is now shy about aggressive discounting, the Beats X bluetooth earphones are now down to $100 with free shipping, in new condition, as a Best Buy daily deal. Only the black color scheme goes for $100. The others go for $120.
The new condition Klipsch Reference Over-Ear Bluetooths, in either one of the two color schemes, is on sale for $199 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual. They support apt-X and AAC, also play music via 3.5mm input, have removable earpads, they fold and come with a zippered shelled case.
If you are a T-Mobile customer, every Tuesday, they give out freebies to their paying customers. You can use the T-Mobile Tuesdays app (iOS, Google PLAY) or logon to the website with a web browser. Most of the freebies are per line (not by account), so if you have multiple lines, you can claim multiples. For April 25 (2017), they have a music theme, with the following promotions:
- free 12-week digital subscription to Billboard (you can do your music/chart research with this!)
- 25% off JBL headphones and other JBL products (the discount is at T-Mobile stores, not the JBL online store, so choices depend on what your local stores have available)
- a free “BBMAS Music Playlist” but no details are given – will it be a download or what?
- a chanced to win the JBL E55 BT closed-back on-ear bluetooth headphones ~ this is easier than it sounds, you just play a little game (smash a wall or tilt the phone) and it tells you whether you won or not)
Time heals wounds and drops prices 🙂 Which is the case on the latter, the open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 559, part of the new 5XX line-up is currently on sale for $100 at Amazon by Amazon actual. It has detachable cable and replaceable earpads which can help with longevity.
PS: of the new HD 5X9 line-up, note that the HD 569 are closed even though they don’t have a “CS” in their name like the HD 598 CS. The HD 5X8 was all open-back until the 598 CS came along a few months ago.
On the budget side of things, the closed-back on-ear Panasonic RP-HF-100M, with mic/remote, in four color schemes, are on sale for $18 by Amazon actual. Limit up to three per color per customer. The different colors can be handy if you want to colorcode them for kids and grandkids so they don’t get confused/fight over who owns what. They average 4 out of 5 based on over 700 customer reviews.
This is another crazy idea from “The Repurposing Department”, this AmazonBasics RFID Travel Neck Stash Wallet is down to $1.94 in new condition. It is an ADD-ON item with a limit of 4 per customer, so you must place a $25+ order if you want to buy it. Judging by the pictures there, this could be useful as an earphone case given the price. I don’t have this, so I’m only going by the listing. Check dimensions and reviews and such to see if this is something you want to take a chance on.
You don’t have to wear around your neck, you can put it in a bag or briefcase or backpack. There are a few customer pictures of it as well. For its intended use, it averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 150+ customer reviews.
The AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC/amp is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition (original packaging) for $180 with free shipping by Audio Advice through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from Audio Advice and it is not Prime eligible. The new condition price is $200. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 120 customer reviews.
1More is striking now that the iron is hot, a new release is out, a different model, part of their “Capsule” series, which describes the shell of the earphones, this new dual driver model is now in-stock and shipping for $90 by 1More with the order fulfilled by Amazon.
These should not be confused with their regular dual driver model. Check/compare pictures to see differences.
Good for the next three days (from blog posting date), the new condition closed-back wood on-ear Thinksound ON2 is offered for $140 with free shipping by members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. It comes with a two year warranty and ships early May 2017. This too is “all sales final”.
The Audeze headphone case for their EL8 headphones, model CSE1016, is available in “Used – Excellent Plus” condition at authorized dealer Adorama.com for $16 plus shipping. Shipping is around $4 for the slowest option (enter zipcode over there to get custom estimates). This bag goes for $39 in new condition.
On the Bose without ANC front, the navy blue color-scheme of the wire-only closed over-ears Sound True AE II, with the Apple mic/remote, is on sale for $90 with free shipping by Amazon actual with up to three units per customer during the sale. The other combinations for $100+. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on nearly 1000 customer reviews.
NOTE: a new lawsuit according to Reuters against Bose claims that its “Bose Connect app” (iTunes, Google Play) is spying on users and selling their data without permission. More on this when I post the weekly Headphoolia round-up during the weekend (usually by Sunday night but there’s no fixed schedule).
Of interest if you exercise, or you need earphones that will hold on to your ears if you frequently move, the black color scheme of the new condition Samsung Active Earpods are on sale for $12 by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three per customer. If you need more, a fulfilled by Amazon marketplace seller also has them for the same price.
They average 4 out of 5 based on 400+ customer reviews and have over 40 questions answered. The earpod design can be handy if you don’t feel comfortable with IEMs. The wingtips (popular with Bose and other makers) increase the chances of these not falling out of your ears if you exhale. They have a 3-button remote/mic which should be Android (you never know with Samsung #troll).
And now… t-shirts! The “Happiness is a Warm Tube” t-shirt, available in three colors (black, blue, navy), different sizes, and in men and women styles, is currently on sale for $13, sold and shipped by Amazon, with free shipping for Prime members or with a $35+ order. Since this is a clothing item, Amazon offers free returns.
At the intersection of budget and fashion-y on-ear headphones, the brown color scheme of the Sound Intone CX-05, in new condition, is currently on sale for $22 by a marketplace seller, with the order fulfilled by Amazon so it is Prime eligible. It averages 4 out of 5 based on 700+ customer reviews and has a whopping 250+ questions answered.
The prices keep on dropping for this, if you are looking for USB-C headphones (not as populous as lightning cables that have Apple’s hype train behind them), the JBL Reflect Aware USB Type-C sport earphones can be yours for $50 with free shipping at A4C (All4Cellular) when you use limited time coupon FLASH50 (a flash sale coupon).
They are back in-stock! If you are on the 1More quad driver hype train, the official “1More USA” store has them in-stock, fulfilled by Amazon (so Prime eligible for members) for $200 with free shipping. Currently there is a limit of one unit per Amazon customer.
Another offer of potential interest is now fully unlocked at the members-only shopping club that is Massdrop, it is the DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp going for $200 plus shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days and will ship late May 2017 from MD. Note that this too is an “all sales final” type of an offering.
This daily deal expired…
The Etymotic ER4 IEMs are bundled with a free set of earplugs for the same price of $300 with free shipping as follows:
+ ER4SR (studio response) with FREE Etymotic Research ER20XS High Fidelity Earplugs (Standard Fit, Frost Tip) included at B&H Photo
+ ER4SR with three different options of FREE Earplugs by AudioLAB thru Amazon
Sennheiser ushered out an insane number of new HD 5XX and 4XX headphones, in a way doing them a disservice since individual models don’t have the space to bloom like pour-over coffee, instead they get compressed like the soundstage of an SMS Audio closed-back on-ear headphone, making it hard for any of them to break out. I suppose that’s what early adopters and reviewers are for 🙂
It’s back on sale again, the new condition Philips SHP-9500S (“S” is part of the model name) that appears to be a NewEgg exclusive model is going for $50 with free shipping by NewEgg’s eBay store with a limit of up to five units per customer.
I have this and I am planning a review (everything is moving in slow motion review-wise) but I posted a useful text and pictures unboxing. No video, no audio, just text and pictures, not even a wooden table 😉 For the price, it’s definitely a good value for an open-back over-ear with a detachable cable (the included cable is a basic one; and no mic/remote). It is very big-head friendly, I can just barely fit in the Monoprice 8323, but this one I’m only halfway up in the extension sliders.
As with any headphone that builds up hype train momentum, this is by no means perfect, so don’t expect unicorns and butterflies flying around your head when you listen to it 🙂
If you are a fan of shopping at the Dell website and the Astro A40 TR gaming headset bundled with the Astro MixAmp Pro TR, you can buy the bundle for $250 at Dell website and 10-20 days after purchase, you will receive an email with a $100 promotional eGift card that can be spent at the Dell website within 90 days after you receive the eGift card. You know the promotion is running when you see the offer mentioned like this (screenshot below):
The Lightning cable edition of the 1More Triple Driver in-ears are not participating in the limited-time Amazon deal (I’m trying not to say “lightning deal” because this is an earphone with a lightning cable), so if you are interested in them, they are order orderable again at Amazon for $139. The shipping estimate is currently a floating “2 to 4 weeks”. This is from Amazon actual. 1More also lists directly on Amazon, but they currently don’t have a listing for this particular model.
PS: Xiaomi is one of the investors in 1More.
This Thursday lightning deal expired…
Sometimes it only takes one product to break your whole categorization scheme apart. Such is the case with the new V-Moda Remix bluetooth speaker, which looks like a “yet another bluetooth speaker”, except it also has a built-in …headphone amplifier with VAMP technology. And it is now in-stock and ready to ship for $300 by V-Moda’s Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping if you are a Prime member. Amazon’s own inventory is “1 to 3 weeks” away. Both the silver and the black color-schemes are in-stock likewise. They are on the same product listing page.
Back to Massddrop, another offer is now fully unlocked, the Massdrop Objective 2 (O2) headphone amplifier is fully unlocked for $80 plus shipping. the offer is running for the next seven days and will ship late July 2017. That’s three months from blog-posting time, so keep that in mind if you don’t want to wait! They ship from Massdrop and it’s another “all sales final” type of a promotion.
DJ headphone action, the Technics RP-DJ1210, closed back with a long coiled cable, folding design, and splash-proof are available in “Used – Good” condition for $50 with free shipping by a marketplace seller through Warehouse Deals. The Technics are average 4.6 out of 5 based on 18 customer reviews.
UPDATE: the new condition jumped from $80 to $100 as of a 4/20/17 recheck. It jumped …high 🙂
for $80 by a marketplace seller, with the order fulfilled by Amazon