Now shipping: Sennheiser HD620S Closed-Back

What if Sennheiser made a closed-back headphone in the HD-6 series? Well, they did, and it is now in-stock and shipping for its starting price of $350 at B&H Photo and also at Amazon.

There at Amazon you can find it in “Used – Like New” condition for $300 by marketplace seller “Video & Audio Center” (California chain of A&V B&M stores).

Sunday: Sony LinkBuds S ANC TW for $98

If you are not afraid of getting shamed by your uppity audiophool friends, good until Sunday 5/26/24 [CORRECTED DATE!] at 11:59pm ET (or before if sold out) you can have the new condition Sony LinkBuds S ANC truly wireless for $98 after an automatic add-to-cart coupon is applied. These are available black. The white variant goes for $128.

Sunday: Sennheiser Accentum ANC/BT Over-Ears for $170 AC

Good until Sunday May 19 in 2024 at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering as one of their deals du jour the new condition Sennheiser Accentum ANC/BT wireless closed-back over-ear headphones for $170 after automatically-applied add-to-cart coupon. The headphones are available in two color options.

Why buy these over the many other hundreds of options? There’s plenty of forums, blogs, vlogs and such to answer these questions 🙂

Sunday: Sennheiser HD560S for $130

And we are baaaaack with a limited time deal, good until 5/5/24 at 11:59pm eastern time [or earlier if it sells out], B&H Photo is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 560 S headphones for $130.

PS: under the “Accessories” tab over there you can find many ideas on how to complement it, eg $8 Apple Lightning headphone adapter.

Massdrop coupon: $20 off orders of $100+

For a limited time, coupon code MARCH24 gets you $20 off purchases of $100+ at the Massdrop website. Free standard US shipping on orders of $99+ [not sure if it’s before or after coupon code]. There are already sales on select Sennheiser, Koss, Dan Clark, Meze, Campfire, and other headphones [and KEYBOARDS too], so the coupon can make it an even more tempting proposal.

I do not know when the coupon promotion expires!

Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee for $139 w/FS

For a limited time only, Massdrop is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee for $139 with free US shipping. They currently offer free standard US shipping on orders of $99+.

As to which Sennheiser to get, and/or which open back to get, there are hundreds upon hundreds of threads and blogs and vlogs and videos on the interwebs 🙂

Wedn: Senal SMH-1000 Mark II studio headphones for $60

Are you looking for a studio headphone that does not pretend to be something else and is very happy to be “just” a studio headphone? YES, headphones have thoughts and emotions and feelings too!

Good until Wednesday 2/7/24 at 11:59pm ET B&H Photo is offering, as one of their deals du jour, the new condition Senal SMH-1000 Mark II studio headphones for $60. The standard package includes two cables (coiled, straight), a storage box, a carrying bag, a 1/4″ adapter and a 2-year warranty!

Auray under-desk headphone holder for $6

Accessorizing time! As part of their daily deals, good until Saturday 2/3/24 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out) B&H Photo is offering the new condition Auray under-desk headphone holder for $6. You can buy as many as you want. The three reviews liked it.

Random Audio sale at Woot includes Drop + EPOS PC38X, Yamaha, Technics, Sennheiser, Etc

Just like that we’ve reached the 34th incarnation of the WOOT Random Audio sale. This instance runs until 2/7/24 at 11:59pm central time or earlier if sold out. Already two have sold out!

The headliner is mayhaps the new condition Drop + EPOS PC38X Wired Gaming Headset, going for $140 with up to three units per customer at the sale price. Comes with a two year Drop warranty.

On the over/on-ear headphones front, there’s options from Yamaha, Technics, Skullcandy and Beats. And there’s a 20-pack of Egghead lightweight school headphones for $30.

On the in-ears front, there’s AmazonBasics Wired w/mic-remote for $4 with a 1-year warranty. Up to three per customer. “Only” accessory is three pairs of eartip sizes. Only in quotation marks because how much can you expect for $4? 🙂

On the truly-wireless, there’s Sennheiser Momentum 3 for $120, Technics, JVC, Beats, Skullcandy, and more.

There’s even bone conduction from Aiwa and ShokZ.

AMONG the OTHER AUDIO (non-headphone) items, there’s all kinds of things, speakers, Bluetooth speakers, soundbars, receivers, turntables [there’s Daewoo and there’s “suitcases” and “vintages”] and all sorts of other things.

Thursday: Samson SR-850B Semi-Open Studio for $25

Budget semi-open studio headphones that are kinda of an homage to old school AKG? That’s the Samson SR-850-B, “B” stands for the blue color scheme (still mostly black), and it is on sale for $25 as one of the daily deals at B&H Photo good until 2/1/24 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out.

Given the price it is not a surprise you only get a 1/4″ adapter in the box, but you also get a 2-year warranty!

And as fate would have it, almost seven years ago we posted a text and pictures unboxing of this model, but in the black color scheme.

Samson SR350 Closed Over-Ears (SE) for $10

All the other headphone blogs try to find creative reasons to convince you to buy $1000+ headphones and DACs and amps and DAPs. We do the opposite! Ten Dollars! That’s all you pay for the new condition Samson SR-350 closed-back over-ear wired headphone in the “Special Blue Edition”, running as a daily deal at B&H Photo until 1/24/24 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out. You even get a 1/4″ adapter and a 2-year warranty 🙂

The same per-unit price also holds for the 3-pack and the 10-pack. Yes, this could be the default birthday and Xmas present for all 🙂

Sunday: LetsFit Kaloc TWS T25 for $10 + S&H

If you are looking for kinda-disposable (at least in terms of price) truly-wireless earphones with a little Airpod-style hook, the Sunday January 7 in 2024 MEH daily deal are the LetsFit Kaloc TWS T25 going for $10 plus shipping. These are new condition with a 90-day warranty, USB-C charging (you get a cable even!) and 3 pairs of eartips. They are even Bluetooth 5 and IPX5!

Shipping is FREE if you are paying MEH member – sort of like their version of the original Prime shipping.

PS: Happy New Year by the way 🙂

Sennheiser HD 650 for $250

One could write a small book trying to sort out the various Sennheiser open-back over-ear headphones. IF of ALL the options out there you have settled on the wired open-back over-ear HD 650, it is currently, for a limited time, on sale for $250 at B&H Photo thanks to an automatic “add to cart” type of a discount.

Speaking of B&H and Sennheiser, a number of other Sennheisers are on sale as well, including the HD 560S going for $150 (same price at Amazon as well).

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO w/$10GC for $79

For a limited time only, B&H Photo is offering the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 280 PRO studio headphone for $79 with a bonus $10 B&H Photo email gift card! Yes, this good old headphone refuses to go away 🙂

Massdrop Free Shipping with coupon (International w/$50+ order)

Yes Massdrop fans, they have a free shipping promotion!

US orders get FREE standard shipping with coupon code FREESHIP2023. But if your order total is $99+, you get upgraded to FREE Expedited shipping!

International orders get FREE shipping too but with different terms. Orders over $50 get free standard shipping with coupon code FREESHIPINTL. There is a limit of a maximum of five items in the order.

Promotion ends on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at 11:59pm pacific time.

PS: yes, I will always keep on using Massdrop instead of Drop. Because Massdrop is a name. Drop is a word 🙂

Black Friday Blackout at Massdrop: Dekoni x Hifiman Cobalt for $300

Our previous post covered the Massdrop Doorbusters, now let us take a look at their Black Friday blackout sale that features 210 products site-wide!

Among the headphoolia-related products:

+ Dekoni x Hifiman Cobalt closed-back for $300

+ Moondrop Voyager Bluetooth neckband for $89


+ Noble Kadence IEMs for $999

+ yes, the keyboards have won 🙂

Black Friday Doorbusters at Massdrop: HD58X for $129, HE4XX for $149, Etc

Black Friday daily Doorbusters have arrived at the Massdrop website and swimming in the sea of mechanical keyboards we have some HEADPHONES:

+ open-back over-ear wired Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee for $129

+ Drop + Hifiman HE4XX planar magnetics for $149

+ Drop + EPOS H3X gaming headset for $45

+ site-wide bonus rewards depending on the purchase amount, eg $250+ gets $25 rewards, $500+ gets $50, $750+ gets $100
+ this is not a percentage, it is a tier/threshold type of thing

+ new doorbusters added daily at 9am pacific until Cyber Monday

FREE AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt w/$750+ purchase

Good until 11/30/23 (or earlier if stock is depleted),, the shopping side of the popular YouTube channel, is offering a FREE AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt USB DAC/Amp with purchases of $750+ in new and open-box products too!

Do NOT add the Dragonfly manually to your shopping cart!

Add $750+ of products, new condition and/or open-box to your shopping cart, and the Dragonfly will auto-magically appear in your cart as FREE!

There is no coupon code to enter!

One thing to note, from the text of the email it is not 100% clear whether the $750+ must be from a single item, or a combination of items. Play with the shopping cart and see what happens.

Sennheiser HD 650 for $250 [limited time offer]

It’s a Feast Of Choices in open-back Sennheiser headphones these days. If of all the choices out there you have settled on the HD 650, good until Saturday 11/18/23 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out), B&H Photo is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 650 headphones for $250 after an “add to cart” type of an instant coupon (no need to type anything in).

Note that B&H observes the Sabbath, so online ordering is paused between Friday PM and Saturday PM – check their website for the exact times.

Rolling Stones edition: V-Moda Crossface 2 Wireless for $70

Good until Saturday 11/11/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out, B&H Photo is offering the new condition V-Moda Crossface 2 Wireless in the Rolling Stone edition for $70. This is available in two options, “Classic Licks” or “No Filter”.

The “Exoskeleton case” is the star accessory that is included standard in the package.

Ultrasone x Manfrotto crazy bundle for $650

Good until Saturday 11/11/23 at 11:59pm ET, this crazy Tripod x Headphone bundle is back at B&H Photo for $650. For this you get:

+ Ultrasone Performance Series 880 wired closed-back over-ear Headphones

+ Ultrasone SIRIUS Bluetooth Adapter for Performance Series Headphone

+ Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head & MVTTWINMA Aluminum Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader

30% off coupon on Monolith AMT, M1070(C) and M1570C Planars

A coupon promotion until 11//16/23 at the Monoprice website features an extra 30% off on orders of $50+ using coupon code EXTRA30 on select Monoprice audio products, headlined by some of their headphones:

+ AMT headphone drops to $700

+ Planars M1070 open-back and M1070C closed-back drop to $280

+ Planar M1570C closed-back drops to $420

+ a couple of other consumer headphones, various speakers, audio cables, stands, and speaker wire are among the other eligible items

ChiFi Sale: KZ EDX Lite for $9, AM01 DAC/amp for $14, CCA Polaris for $12

There’s a Chi-Fi sale party at the KZTWS online shop! Among others they are offering:

+ KZ EDX Lite earphones for $9

+ CCA Polaris for $12

+ KZ AM01 cable DAC/amp for $14

+ KZ Castor for $15

+ CCA Pianist for $30

+ KZ Krila for $16

+ and more!

Sony MDR-7506 Studio Headphones for $70

IF you add to have this to your collection [or replace worn out copies], as a benchmark of sorts, good for the next three days or so, you can have the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-7506 studio headphones for $70 at Woot. These are new condition, up to ten pairs per customer, with a 90-day Sony warranty. A drawstring pouch is included. These come with a hardwired coiled cable. No mic/remote, but a 1/4″ adapter is included.

These are part of a Woot Plus headphone sale good until 11/4/23 at 12am central time. It includes the Philips L3 for $100, B&O Play, Lenovo Yoga, Philips H9505 ANC, a Skullcandy ANC, and a couple of more items.

Monolith M565C Planars for $200, AMT for $900, IEM for $1

A Halloween themed sale at Monoprice brings us, among other things, the new condition wired closed-back over-ear planar-magnetic Monolith M565C for $200, the Monolith AMT (Air Motion Transformer) headphones for $900, or for the same price you can buy almost 900 “Premium” (product name, PID 18591, 1-button mic/remote) IEMs at $1.04 each 🙂

Various other products are on sale including cables for all sorts of things.

Refurbished Philips X3 open-back for $80 [no balanced cable]

These are open to all customers, they are not part of the Prime Deals!

If you don’t need the balanced cable and you are comfortable with refurbished headphones, the open-back over-ear wired Philips Fidelio X3 is offered for $80 by PhotoTech on Amazon. Per the customer reviews there, the balanced cable is NOT included in the refurbished package, even though the listing says it is included!

IF you want the balanced cable, the new condition Philips X3 is offered by Amazon actual for $140.

OR you can get the Philips SHP-9600 that hovers around $70 (depending on seller) in new condition OR around $50 as refurbished

KOSS Open-Back Big Prime Days sale [also regular sales]

Counter-headphone-culture darling KOSS is also participating in the Big Prime Deals during October 10-11 in 2023 with the good old Classic PORTA PRO going for $27.60 and the KPH-30i-RB going for $21. As fate would have it, I purchased the classic Porta Pro almost exactly ten years ago!

But the Koss Amazon store also has a few on sale that are not part of the Big Prime deals – meaning anyone can buy them, not just Prime members:

+ Koss Porta Pro Utility On-Ears for $25

+ Koss Porta Pro Black On-Ears for $30

+ Koss Porta PRO Limited Editions for $35 – either the “Black Gold” or the “Rhythm Beige”

Sennheiser at Big Prime Days includes 599 SE Open and 450BT SE Closed for $80 each

From the audiophile perspective, the headliner of the headphone deals during Prime Big Deal Days running October 10 and 11 in 2023 is a 16-item Sennheiser headphone sale that includes:

+ HD 599 SE open over-ears for $80
+ HD 600 open over-ears for $285
+ HD 660 S2 open over-ears for $427

+ HD 450BT Special Edition bluetooth over-ears for $80
+ HD 450BT Bluetooth over-ears for $95
+ Momentum 4 Bluetooth wireless for $300
+ RS 175 RF-wireless for $171

+ various truly wireless (obviously!)

Headphones are part of the Prime Deals

Headphones are part of the Amazon Prime Big Deal sales with three pages of offerings in this, headlined as per the Amazon display, by the Sony consumer headphones.

Needless to say, Amazon is not Massdrop, so you won’t find all the audiophile/audiophool products there, but there is Beats, Bang & Olufsen, Shure Aonic, BOSE, Sennheiser [there’s a separate post here on these], various Amazon-famous bluetooth-y brands, and of course the consumer-darling the AirPODS PRO (2nd Gen) for $189 in your choice of USB-C or the abandoned and discarded by Cupertino Lightning connector 🙂

Thursday: Eddie Trunk’s HR/HM ebook for $4

If you are a fan of heavy metal and eBooks, one of the Thursday 10/5/23 Kindle Deals du jour is the 562 page “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” going for $4. Yes, that’s the guy from Sirius XM and VH-1. As of the time for writing the book averages 4.5 out of 5 on 373 customer ratings.

Piercing treble and Grados, here we come 🙂

Hifiman HE-R7DX Closed Over-Ears for $89

If you are curious about Hifiman’s non-planar (dynamic) closed-back over-ear headphones, for a limited time, Massdrop is having a sale on the new condition Hifiman RE-R7DX closed-back wired over-ears for $89 with a 1-year warranty and 30-day returns. This is an “in-stock drop”, it will ship typically within two business days of ordering. The only included accessory is a TRS adaptor.

FOCAL BATHYS w/FREE Energizer Qi Powerbank for $699

Despite the name, you cannot use in the bath 😉 With that out of the way, we have a bundle promotion for a hype headphone, yes, now Bluetooth/ANC headphones are getting “normalized” by some audiophiles 🙂

Adorama is including for FREE the Energizer Qi wireless power bank with the purchase of the new condition FOCAL BATHYS for $699.

The headphone itself comes with a rigid case, audio and USB-C cables and 2-year warranty.

Monoprice sale includes $1 wired mic/remote earphone [also: M1570C Planars for $420]

If you are wondering why I often post Monoprice deals is because they organize their offers in a simple way that is fast to post and fast to read/scan through to see if you are interested in anything 🙂

Which brings us to another limited time sale, a MEGA SALE (LOL) that starts with headphones, headlined by the wired closed-back planar-magnetic over-ear M1570C for $420 with free standard US shipping. Yes, a very special price 🙂

Move over Chi-Fi, here comes Mono-Fi! The sale also includes a $1 (actually $0.99) wired earphone with mic/remote even [free shipping on $39+ orders]. You can buy as many as you want. Yes, a fun stocking stuffer. Or the only gift for those who misbehaved during the year 😉 As of the time of writing it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 274 customer reviews and it has a handful of answered questions as well.

I remember buying it a long time ago, but I recall nothing else.

Auray Dual Headphone Hanger (Under Surface) for $5

Good until 9/9/23 at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out, one of the limited-time offers at B&H Photo is their house-brand AURAY under-surface dual headphone hanger offered for just $5! Up to ten per customer. If buying more than a few, note that on the same listing they sell a 10-pack for $40, making it $4 per.

It averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 19 customer reviews and it has a couple of answered-questions.

Wedn eBook: DK Big Ideas The Classical Music Book for $2

If you are interested in classical music and you like the “DK Big Ideas” type of books, for Wednesday 9/6/23, one of the Kindle daily deals is the “The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (DK Big Ideas)” going for $2. The ebook is eligible for “Great on Kindle” previously earned store credits, and it will also earn a $0.20 future purchase “Great on Kindle” store credit.

It is 800+ pages, it came out in December 2018, and it’s a big book, over 300MB. Given the size and style of the DK books, these are probably best read on larger tablets and laptops, and computer monitors.

As of the time of writing it averages 4.6 out of 5 on 514 customer ratings.