AKG K181 DJ UE On-Ears for $63 [MD]

This headphone is just one purchase short of fully unlocking and it should easily do so with 15 days left in the offer, it is the new condition AKG K181 DJ UE closed-back on-ears going for $55 plus $8~ flat shipping with a late September 2016 release estimate.

Speaking of AKG DJ headphones, the K167 TIESTO DJ, in new condition, goes for $55~ with free shipping with a limit of three units per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual.

And while we are talking Massdrop, another offer fully unlocked, it’s “just” cables, no, not the magical kind, but the utilitarian kind, the MEE Audio MMCX Cables going for $25 plus $3.50 flat shipping. Earphones NOT included. This offer has eight more days to go and ships in late September 2016.

Speaking of magical audio improvements, did you know that there’s now magical “file copying technology” that improves sound quality? Yes, the soul of the music is recaptured and reconstructed in the buffers in otherwise bit-by-bit identical music files. Because it’s the soul of the music! /sarcasm

Thrifty Ideas: Back to School Doorbusters as Earphone Cases

And now something different, at the intersection of fun, funny and practical 🙂 We are in back to school season, and some of the doorbusters and coupon specials or clearance items you may find at some of the big chain stores (from Staples to Office Depot-Max to Target to Walmart to Big Lots to drug store and grocery chains and all in-between) can actually be re-purposed as earphones cases, and in the case of folding portable on-ears, as headphone cases too 🙂

All the things you see below have been repurposed as earphone cases. You can see them all in this Thrifty Office Supplies Doorbuster post. Fear not, the pictures are .PNG, they won’t eat up your bandwidth 🙂

These are our “raw materials”:


And this is one of the many examples of their repurposing:

See them all at the detailed post at the main website. I have to change the WordPress theme of that one, it looks kinda space-age-goofy 🙂

Friday’s Offers: Brainwavz Omega, Aluminum Stand, Etc

Things are fairly quiet, at least according to the early schedule of the Amazon Gold Box for Friday August 26 in 2016. They are almost 12 hours apart even 🙂

+ starts 4:49am ET: Brainwavz Omega Earphones (price before sale $17)

+ starts 4:55pm ET: Vogek Aluminum Headphone Stand (price before sale $23; 4.9 out of 5 on 13 reviews)

In-Stock Now: Focal Utopia Reference for $4000 [ONE left]

UPDATE Thursday 10:47pm ET ~ as of this recheck, there is one left…

Flagship headphone action on the Focal front now, their new Utopia Reference headphone is in-stock and ready to ship for $3999 with free shipping by AudioLab thru Amazon. This ships directly from AudioLAB, so it is not Prime eligible. Two units are available as of the time of writing.

Screenshot of the Amazon product page below:


Considering the flagshipness of this, it is probably a good idea to select the fastest shipping option possible. You don’t want a flagship headphone floating around in delivery trucks for too long 🙂

In-Stock Now: Focal Listen Closed Over-Ears for $250

Another new headphone is now in-stock and ready to ship to your ears for $249 with free shipping by various authorized dealers with the orders fulfilled by Amazon along with AudioLab’s eBay store (two units available).

Brainwavz IEMs grab bag for $22 [MD]

If you like “predictable surprises”, a new grab bag offer is running now at members-only Massdrop. It’s a grab bag of Brainwavz IEMs. Four different models are participating. You will randomly receive one of them if you pay $20 plus $2 flat shipping. Limit up to two per customer. The offer is running for the next 8 days and is limited to 1200 units sold. There are four prizes (three AKG Massdrop-excilsive over-ears and Sennheiser HD800) if certain quantity levels (total number of purchases) are reached during the promotion.

AKG K240 II Studio headphones for $65

Headphones are often among the featured items at the eBay Deals, and among them, Pro Audio Star (99.2%, Brooklyn) is offering the new condition AKG K240 II semi-open over-ears for $65 with free shipping with a limit of fifty units per customer. This is the Made In China model.

Friday: Monoprice Desktop DAC/Amp for $79 after coupon

For Friday August 25 in 2016, coupon code 2CRAZY gets you 20% off Monoprice-branded products at the Monoprice site, including their Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amp, Product ID 11567, for $79~ after coupon. Since this is 20% off an item, not a $20 off $100+, you don’t need to add a filler item (its regular price is just under $99).

The coupon is also good for other Monoprice-branded products including their recommendation list participant 8323 Closed-Back Over-Ears with detachable cable. Price before coupon is $16.

[DEAD] Refurbished Sony MDR-Z7 for $320

As of 8/25/16 1:20pm ET re-check, the refurbished option sold out…

If you missed it during the previous sale, it looks like it is back, the manufacturer refurbished closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-Z7 are going for $320 with free shipping by Secondpity through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from Secondipity, so they are not prime-eligible.

Pelican 1012 Pick N’ Pluck Foam Set for 1010 Micro-Case for $3.17 [limit 10]

If you have or are planning to buy the Pelican 1010 Micro Cases (currently starting at $9.50 depending on color and seller), we have good news and bad news for the Pelican 1012 Pick N’ Pluck Foam Set (for the Pelican 1010 Micro-Cases or other similar cases). Its price has dropped down to $3.17, in new condition, at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of ten per customer. The bad news is that it is an Add-On item, so your order total must be $25+, otherwise their shopping cart will not let you buy it. You can get to $25+ by getting eight or more of these (based on current prices).

The foam set averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 29 customer reviews. Per the description, the foam is “die-cut into one inch squares”. I will pick one up the next time I place a $25+ order.

Used HIFIMAN HE400S for $228

The Hifiman HE400S planar-magnetics go for $300 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you prefer used, you can get them in “Used – Very Good” condition by Kraft Audio and Audio Advisor, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so they are Prime-eligible. The $200 listing is a high risk purchase, so avoid it.

Wedn: Jabra Rox for $50, Coach for $70

Among the Wednesday Best Buy daily deals there are two Jabra bluetooth earbuds. The Rox model goes for $50 while the Sport Coach goes for $70. They get free 2-day shipping or free store pickup if you prefer.

PS: in recent weeks Best Buy switched to a new benefit where Rewards members (at the entry-level tier, no minimum annual spent prerequisite) get free 2-day shipping on a number of items going for $35+ (but not everything; and only items shipped by Best Buy, not through the various other sellers there).

TFZ Series 1S IEMs for $37 [MD]

The TFZ Series 1S IEMs are currently fully unlocked for $33 plus $4~ flat shipping at members-only Massdrop, with seven days left in the offer and with a late September shipping estimate. Four different colors are available… Alternately you can get them for $40 with free shipping with a September 6-20 delivery estimate by ShenzenAudio through amazon.com. It ships directly from ShenzhenAudio, so it’s not Prime eligible…

AKG K553 Closed Over-Ears for $120 [MD]

More droppings have dropped at the members-only online shipping club that is Massdrop, they are offering the new condition closed-back over-ear AKG K553 for $120 with free shipping with about seven days to go on this offer. It comes with a 2-year warranty from AKG and will ship in mid-September 2016. This is a pre-release exclusive of sorts for MD, as part of their growing relationship with Harman’s AKG.

Samson SR-950 Closed Over-Ears for $30 w/free S&H

Another headphone offer has gone live at NewEgg FLASH (their flash sales, Groupon-competitor type of a website), it is the new condition closed-back over-ear Samson SR-950 headphones going for $30 with free shipping. These are the closed version of the semi-open SR-850. Limit 30 per customer. Sale ends on Monday 8/29/16 or so.

[DEAD] Wednesday’s Offers: Harman Soho, Bluedio, Banana Stands (!), Etc

This round of daily deals expired…

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Philips X2/27 Open Over-Ears for $219

The open-back over-ear Philips Fidelio X2 are currently going for $219 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. Check the various forums and reviews if you are worried about the potential “Gibson issues” after the Woox to Gibson transition.

Speaking of reviews, this is a 10-headphone comparison review including the X2 at Amazon, long enough that a commenter there complained it was “a book” and was promptly shut down by “book readers” with a “0 out of 68” favorability rating on that particular comment.

Sennheiser HD800 S for $1604

The weight of the tears from the removal of the Sennheiser HD800 S from the Innerfidelity Wall of Fame perhaps weighed down its price, now down to $1604 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual.

PS: the tears part is purely dramatization, the discount looks like a computer-generated price-match of a couple of marketplace sellers offering it for the same price.

Used Schiit Valhalla 2 Amp for $311

And now a breezy stroll down Amazon Warehouse Deals, starting with the Schiit Valhalla 2 Headphone Amplifier going for $311 in “Used – Very Good” condition (minor cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) from Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The new condition price at Amazon is $379, while at Schiit’s website is $349 plus mandatory shipping (unless you can pick up from SoCal).

TEAC UD-301 Balanced DAC/amp for $319

Price-checking is always a good idea, Massdrop (MD) does not always have the lowest prices. Case in point, the TEAC UD-301 Balanced DAC/amp just launched at MD with the lowest possible price under the offer $350 shipped, but it’s handily defeated at the moment by Amazon actual offering it for $319 with free shipping. It is possible that Amazon actual’s price is an automated price-match of the two marketplace sellers offering it for the same price, so I don’t know how long this will last.

Product details and specs at TEAC’s website. Click on the little tabs to see Specs, Images, Downloads, etc. Screenshot below since they are hard to spot while casually looking at that page. I’m not the only one with bad web design skills 🙂