Archives for November 2014

Refurbished Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass for $35

One of the NewEgg specials are the refurbished Sony MDR-XB600 Extra Bass offered for $35. This is a straight up price, you don’t need promo codes or emailing list subscriptions to get the discount.

Beyerdynamic T70 or T70p for $350 each

We have a mini Beyerdynamic party at Adorama. We start with a couple of Tesla headphones! The T70 (250 ohm) is on sale for $350 with free shipping, which is also the sale price of the T70p (32 ohm). These are limited time Cyber Monday offers.

Beyerdynamic DTX 710 open-back over-ears for $40

On the more utilitarian front, the Beyerdynamic DTX 710 are on sale for $40 at Adorama with free slow shipping. Or if your order total is $49 or more, you get free expedited shipping. These are open-back with 32 ohm impedance.

Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium (32 ohm) for $230

Open-back, semi-open wallet, the Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium (32 ohm) is currently on sale as part of the Cyber Monday sales for $230 with free shipping at Adorama. These are open-back with a mobile-friendly 32 ohm impedance.

Beyerdynamic DX 120 or 102 iE in-ears for $50

Beyerdynamic action now, the DX 120 iE in-ears are offered for $50 with free shipping, for a limited time as part of the Cyber Monday festivities at Adorama (black color scheme). They also have the DX 102 iE in-ears on sale for $50 in the white-silver color scheme or the red-black color scheme or the black-silver color scheme.

[DEAD] Refurbished Beats Studio for $120

This particular sale ended with over 2600 units sold… If you want a pair of Beats Studio ANC headphones (previous generation) and you are comfortable with seller-refurbished, the white and blue color schemes are available for $120 with free shipping by DailySteals on eBay. The other colors sold out. Over 2500 units sold so far from this eBay listing. Limit 5 per buyer.

[DEAD] Cyber Monday Lightning Deals: AIAIAI TMA-1, Koss DJ100, AKG Q350, Beats, Bluedio, Klipsch, MeElec, Presonus, etc

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Monster Diesel Vektr with Control Talk for $70

On the fashionable headphones front (after all, these have Diesel in their product name!), the Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones with Control Talk are currently on sale for $70 per pair, with Apple Control Talk (the MFi 3-button remote/mic) and Control Talk (I’m not quite sure what the difference is between the two different product listings).

Sennheiser RS Kleer Wireless line-up on sale for $124 to $200

The Sennheiser RS-series line-up of Kleer wireless headphones is currently on sale at Amazon as a group. The entry-point into the Kleer line-up, the RS-160 goes for $124, the RS-170 goes for $170, and the RS-180 for $180. Review-wise, the RS-160 averages 4.1 (out of 400+), the RS-170 averages 4.3 (out of nearly 1000), and the RS-180 averages 4.2 (out of 700+ customer reviews). Each have their features and trade-offs, for example, the RS-180 is open-back, the RS-170 is closed-back, the RS-160 has a tiny hockey-puck transmitter, while the other two have big transmitters that also serve as headphone stands and chargers.

New arrival: Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 for $300

At the $300 “magical” headphone price-point, we find the brand new Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 headphones (series 2 aka 2nd generation), in-stock and ready to ship for $300, with a limit of five per shopping cart at by Amazon actual. In parallel, the first generation are discounted to $264 (limit 5), although at this point, it may make more sense to go for recertified (refurbished) for the first generation. The P-series has been making guest appearances at the Amazon Lightning Deals (new and recertified), so perhaps they’ll reappear during the holidays.

MEElectronics M9 in-ears for $10 (or M9p for $12)

On the budget front, the MeElectronics M9 in-ears (no mic/remote), in easy-to-open packaging (formerly known as frustration free packaging) are on sale for $10 per pair, with a limit of five per customer, at by Amazon actual.

On the other hand, if you want a mic/remote (one button), you can get the M9p for $12 per pair at Meritline (no coupon needed; ships from US warehouse). They come with various eartip sizes and a carrying case as well. When you page-down over there at Meritline you will find a giant handy chart that compares features of the various MEelectronics in-ear models.

Bose SoundTrue On-Ears drop to $150

The new Bose SoundTrue colorful on-ear headphones have dropped to $150 in their various colors at various authorized Bose dealers, including Amazon. These are wired headphones. The only exception from that list is the AE2w which is an over-ear bluetooth pair for $220.

Pay $40, Get $50 Guitar Center Gift Card

If you like to buy headphones or other gear from the Guitar Center, for a limited time, they have a sale on their gift cards on eBay, sold by the Gift Card Mall (the company that stocks up the gift card displays at many grocery and department stores). With this offer, you Pay $40, Get a $50 Guitar Center Gift Card [corrected link] by mail, with free shipping, with a limit of three gift cards per eBay user. This is effectively a 20% discount (10/50).

[DEAD] Sunday Lightning Deals: Bluedio, UrbanEars, etc

Sunday’s offers expired, but stay tuned to the Amazon Gold Box for more daily offers…

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[DEAD] Saturday Lightning Deals: B&W P3 recertified, MEelectronics Venture and AirFi Bluetooths, AR HP1020 earphones

Saturday’s offers expired, but stay tuned to the Amazon Gold Box for more daily offers…

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Tesla Invasion at Massdrop: T90, T70p, T70

A trio of Beyerdynamic Tesla headphones have been added to Massdrop (members only; free to join). As of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked (which means lowest price possible). The T90 can go as low as $460, the T70p as low as $395, and the T70 as low as $380. I am adding shipping fees to the total. Also added in this round was the SoundMAGIC E10 in-ears that can go as low as $25. As always, these are limited time offers and the lowest price possible is unlocked only if a predetermined number of buyers buy or commit-to-buy a particular offer.

MEelectronics HT-21 portable on-ears for $10

From the high-end to the single-figures we go, where the MEelectronics HT-21 portable on-ears are on sale for $10 (technically $9.99) per pair at by marketplace sellers and Amazon actual as well… They average 4.0 out of 5.0 based on 187 customer reviews.

[SOLD OUT] 8GB Sandisk Clip Plus for $30 [limit 3]

As of a 11/29/14 recheck, this is temporarily sold out… It won’t best the Astell & Kerns AK-series in features and specs, but it definitely bests it in bang for the buck, the 8GB Sandisk Clip Plus (with microSD slot {up to 32GB} and 16-bit FLAC playback with latest Sandisk firmware or Rockbox firmware) is now on sale for $30 with free shipping, with a limit of three per buyer, at by Amazon actual.

[SOLD OUT] Fri only: Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Over-Ear for $100 (limit 2)

This sold out early, when I rechecked at 11am~ ET on Friday, it was gone :-(… As part of the top line Amazon Gold Box Deals for Friday 11/28/14, the open-back open-ear Sennheiser HD 598 headphones are on sale for $100 per pair, with a limit of two pairs per customer during this sale. This is the top of the current HD-5xx trio of 518-558-598. Yes, they have burl wood accents, it is not Photoshop 🙂

[SOLD OUT] Fri only: Bose AE2 Over-Ears for $80 (limit 2)

This too sold out before the 24 hours expired, but the Sennheiser open-back sold out earlier, so victory for the audiophiles vs the technocrats 😉 As part of the top line Amazon Gold Box Deals for Friday 11/28/14, the Bose AE2 Around-the-Ear (Over Ear) headphones are on sale for $80 with free shipping, with a limit of two per customer. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 700+ customer reviews.

Black Friday at Headroom: ATH-M50x for $150, Momentums, Fostex, etc

Headroom has launched their Black Friday offers on their website and they include the previously mentioned Momentums for $200 (over) and $100 (on-ears), along with the black Audio Technica ATH-M50x for $150, a couple of Sennheiser Kleer RS-series wireless headphones, V-Modas, and on the four figure front, the Fostex TH-900 for $1350, and the Sennheiser “End Game Combo” for $3000.

Sennheiser Momentum Sale: Over-Ears for $200, On-Ears for $100

Looking for an opportunity to get the Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ears for less? has a sale on the Momentum Over-Ears and On-Ears. The Over-Ears go for $200 per pair in three color choices and the On-Ears go for $100 per pair in seven color choices! This is a sale, but it is not part of the lightning deals, so the expiration date is unspecified.

[DEAD] Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth for $100

This limited time offer expired… The Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth headphones are currently on sale for $100 with free shipping, with a limit of five per shopping cart, at by Amazon actual. They average 4.5 out of 5 with 32 customer reviews and have 22 questions answered.

[DEAD] Black Friday Lightning Deals: Philips Fidelio X1, AKG, Kinivo, etc

Friday’s offers expired, but stay tuned to the Amazon Gold Box for more daily offers…

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[DEAD] Thur Lightning Deals: MEelectronics AirFi AF62, AB On-Ears, AT-CKM55, AR, etc

Thursday’s offers expired, but stay tuned to the Amazon Gold Box for more daily offers…

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Woot Plus headphone sale (ends by 12/2/14)

Woot Plus has another heapdhones and earphones sale, this one ending by 12/2/14 at 12am Central time, featuring 17 different headphones and earphones from different brands (the only one that sold out so far is the AKG K840KL for $85). The headliner of the remaining ones is perhaps the new condition Sennheiser RS-120 RF Wireless for $70 with a limit of 2 per customer. Shipping is $5 flat as usual. Due to time constraints I can’t list and price-check the rest of them.

[DEAD] Star Wars SMS Audio On-Ears for $102 with promo code

This limited time offer expired…
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[DEAD] Fry’s w/personal promo code: JVC HAW600RF RF headphones for $25

This limited time offer expired…
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New at Massdrop: BeyerD DT990-250 Pro, xDuoo, etc

Yesterday launched a wave of new Massdrop offers, and today has even more. As of the time of writing, none of the ones below are fully unlocked (= lowest price possible):

+ Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 ohm as low as $180 (only 250 ohm participating)
+ xDuoo TA-02 Tube DAC/Amp as low as $90
+ Hidizs AP100 Portable HiFi Music Player as low as $230
+ Luxury & Precision LP5 Music Player as low as $700 (only 1 needed to unlock)

[DEAD] MEelectronics AirFi AF32 Bluetooth On-Ears for $31 (blue only)

This limited time offer expired… If you like blue Bluetooth headphones (ha!), the MEelectronics AirFi AF32 bluetooth on-ears, in the blue color scheme only, are on sale for around $31 with free shipping, with a limit of five per shopping cart at by Amazon actual. They average 4.3 out of 5 based on 1300+ customer reviews.

[DEAD] Wedn Lightning Deals: Thinksound, B&O, Outdoor Tech, SMS Audio

Wednesday’s offers expired, but stay tuned to the Amazon Gold Box for more daily offers…

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Lots of new Massdrop offers: Shure SE846, Firestone Stand (fully unlocked)

Massdrop (members only, free to join) has a burst of new offers added to their website. There are so many we break them down by fully unlocked and not. The status is as of blog-posting time. Check their website for future updates…

Fully Unlocked
+ Shure SE846 Reference IEM for $830
+ Firestone Audio Headphone Stand for $40

Not Fully Unlocked
+ Philips Fidelio L1 as low as $115
+ Ultrasone Pro 900 Headphones as low as $380
+ OSTRY KC06A Inner-Ear Earphones as low as $55
+ TTPOD T1S IEM as low as $33
+ Fidue A63 IEM as low as $42
+ Yulong U100 Audiophile DAC/Amplifier as low as $110 (close to fully unlocked!)
+ FiiO E17 Alpen Portable Amp/DAC as low as $113
+ Aune T1 MK2 Headphone Tube DAC/Amp Combo as low as $170
+ CEntrance HiFi-M8 XL4 Portable DAC/Amplifier as low as $560
+ Bakoon HPA-01 Headphone Amplifier as low as $1205 (funny, they have $10 shipping on a $1200 item!)

Also, don’t forget the AKG K7XX limited edition special we mentioned yesterday. As of blog-posting time, over 1500 have been purchased. They have a limit of 2000 units for this drop!

[DEAD] Used FiiO D3 (D03K) for $20

This is no longer available used… If you want to save some, the FiiO D3 (D03K) is available in “Used Very Good” condition (may be repackaged) for around $20 at Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) sold by AWD, which is the only listing at the moment… It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 67 customer reviews…

NewEgg: Klipsch Image One Bluetooth for $80, Pioneer SE-MJ522 for $15

NewEgg has another round of early Black Friday specials that include the following headphones:

  • Klipsch Image One Bluetooth On-Ears for $80
  • Pioneer SE-MJ522-K for $15 with promo code
  • JLab MyBuds earbuds for $4 (various colors)
  • sold out: Rosewill R-Studio E-550 for $5 with promo code

Microsoft Store reveals Black Friday offers: V-Moda LP2 for $100, Skullcandy Navigator for $40, and more

The Microsoft Store has revealed their Black Friday Headphone deals. These offers will go live at different times during the week, check their website for specific dates. They are not live right now. But they reveal the prices, so you can do your research ahead of time. Among others, they include:

  • V-Moda Crossface LP2 Limited Edition for $100
  • Skullcandy Navigator for $40
  • Beats Executive for $170
  • Beats Solo On-Ears Drenched for $80
  • Beats Solo 2 On-Ears for $180 (the ones on the IF WoF)
  • see dates, prices and models at the Microsoft Store