Archives for January 2015

[DEAD] Ends Mon 1am ET: Sennheiser HD 518 open-back over-ear for $60

This limited time offer expired…
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Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs for $40 w/free S&H

Also part of the warehouse clearance sale at Musician’s Friend are the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs studio headphones offered for $40 with free shipping. You can buy as many as you like during this sale.

AKG M80 MkII Studio (semi-open) for $30 w/free S&H

This limited time offer expired, but it is a recurring offer at MF…

Musician’s Friend warehouse clearance sale includes the new condition AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphones offered for $30 with free shipping. These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 170+ ratings over there at MF.

Massdrop: Blue Ever Blue 328R unlocked (also Aune X1 Pro, FocusRite)

A new wave of offers is up and running at members-only shopping site Massdrop. One of them is fully unlocked, the Blue Ever Blue 328R earbuds for $20 plus $2 shipping. These are actual earbuds, not in-ears. There are two more items, not fully unlocked as of the time of writing: the Aune X1 Pro DSD DAC/Amp could go for as low as $170 shipped while the FocusRite 2i2 could go for as low as $120 shipped.

[DEAD] HeadFoams Headphones for Kids for $20

This daily deal expired… The Amazon Deal of the Day for Friday Jan-30-2015 is a sale on the HeadFoams Headphones for Kids for $20, available in six different colors. They average 4 out of 5 based on 195 customer reviews. Offer ends by 3am ET on Sat.

Shure SE-215 plus $10 store credit for $100

Shure used to have a $10 mail-in rebate on the SE-215 (one of the frequently recommended $100 in-ears), which was kinda goofy. Who wants to invest the time in a mail-in rebate for a $10 amount? When you factor in photocopies, postage, supplies, cutting up box/UPC, and such. The mail-in rebate promotion ended as of 1/11/15.

However, now they have a new more digital-shopper friendly promotion. You buy either the silver SE215-CL or the black SE215-K for $100, and three days after your order ships, Amazon will apply a $10 promotional credit to your Amazon account. This will happen automatically, you don’t need to do anything (other than buy the earphones of course).

This offer is only good when actual is the seller, not from marketplace sellers or used/refurbished. The offer expires 2/19/15 unless renewed or cancelled. They have terms and conditions explaining it. Annotated screenshot of the page mentioning the offer below:


PS: I checked a few other Shure earphones and headphones but so far, the SE-215 are the only ones I found having this promotion.

Massdrop: MEElectronics M-Duo as low as $35

New offering went up at Massdrop, this time it is the MEElectronics M-Duo in-ears, with the lowest price possible being $35 shipped. This has eight days left from today. It is not fully unlocked yet. Duo as in dual driver. The description unapologetically describes the sound signature as V-shaped.

Panasonic RP-HX250 Over-Ears for $13 to $15

On the budget front, especially if you have a Prime membership or you plan to make a $35+ purchase, the Panasonic RP-HX250 Over-Ears are on sale for $13 per pair in white and for $15~ in black at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three per color. They average 3.5 out of 5 with 19 customer reviews.

Fanny Wang On-Ears (black/red) for $30

Fanny Wang’s On-Ear headphones, in a color scheme and style “inspired” by Beats Solo, are currently on deep sale, in new condition, going for $30 per pair at fulfilled by and sold there by Fanny Wang. Eligible for Prime shipping. You can buy as many as you like. The black color scheme goes for $50, the white for $60, and the rest for more. They average 4 out of 5 based on 117 customer reviews.

If your favorite color is not on sale, check also the used options. Click on the thumbnail of each color of choice to see all its price. The summary page linked in this paragraph shows the lowest price per color.

B&M or online: Able Planet NC180 ANC for $20

If you like to compare and review headphones, the Able Planet NC180 active noise cancelling headphones are sold for $20 per pair at Ross brick and mortar stores, or if you prefer online shopping, they go for the same price with free shipping, in new condition, by BuyDig on eBay (limit 5).

Please note these are doing horribly in reviews, so they are more of interest for research/testing/comparison purposes. They get 2.7 out of 5 based on 51 customer reviews at where they have a rare “review intensity ratio”, the 1-stars are more than the 5-stars, they “win” 16-11.

V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Vocal On-Ear (1-button) for $90

The V-MODA Crossfade M-80 Vocal On-Ears with the 1-button remote and mic, in either the shadow or white-silver color schemes, are on sale for $90 with free shipping, with a limit of two per color per customer at by Amazon actual. The 3-button versions are sold out.

Keep in mind, the M80 is the previous generation. The latest on-ear in their line-up is the V-Moda XS ($200 or less).

MEElectronics HP-AF80 AirFi Rumble (BT) for $60

The two color schemes (black/red, blue/white) of the MEElectronics HP-AF80 AirFi Rumble bluetooth basshead (they say “enhanced bass”) headphones have now dropped to $60 with free shipping at

Meanwhile, the wired Atlas designs are going for $40. They are on the same listing as above, divided by the Wired and Wireless sub-tabs over there.

Beats Studio (second gen) for $216 in some colors

Some colors of the second generation Beats Studio over-ear ANC headphones are on sale for $216 with free shipping at including the black-red color combo. You can easily tell the first from the second generation from the batteries. The second generation uses built-in rechargeable batteries, while the first generation uses external batteries.

Unlocked at Massdrop: AKG K7xx, ATH-Pro500MK2, Sieveking stand

Three new offers at Massdrops are fully unlocked (the lowest price possible during the life of a particular offer). They are the Massdrop-exclusive AKG K7XX (that’s the model name) headphones, based on the K702 65th anniversary edition, offered for $200 with free shipping with six days left from today. Also ready to go are the Audio-Technica ATH-Pro500MK2 for $78 shipped (five days left from today) and the Sieveking Omega Headphone Stand for $140 shipped (also five days left).

Not fully unlocked are the Shure SE535 IEMs with the lowest price possible being $380 (five days left from today).

Leegoal Earpads for Sony V6/7506 for $3 (ship from Hong Kong)

Leegoal branded earpads for the Sony MDR-V6 and 7506 are available for just under $3 with free shipping from Hong Kong at There are two options for V6/7506 in the same listing, along with four options for other Sony headphones. Different sellers are shipping them from Hong Kong, one of them is Leegoal-Direct. The six different items share the same review pool, they average 4.1 out of 5 based on 300+ of them. Again, please note these ship from Hong Kong, not from Amazon’s warehouses. This will be slow shipping, it could take about a month before they arrive.

Used Thinksound ms01 in-ears for $26

The Thinksound ms01 in-ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $26~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals in the black/chocolate color scheme. Part of the housing is wooden.

Used Sony MDR-7502 On-Ears for $30

The Sony MDR-7502 on-ear closed-back headphones with 30mm drivers are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for just a hair under $30 at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

These should not be confused with the more popular and frequently recommended MDR-7506.

Used Acoustic Research HP1020 in-ears for $28 to $33

The Acoustic Research HP1020 in-ears are currently available Used ranging from $28 (Acceptable) to $33 (Very Good) condition at Amazon Warehouse Deals. There are many listing under “Very Good” which has the potential of further discounts if they don’t get scooped up quickly.

Massdrop: Fostex TH500RP as low as $610

More planar-magnetic action, the Fostex TH500RP are offered at Massdrop with the lowest price possible being $610 shipped. Offer expires in about six days from today. No purchases or commits yet.

[DEAD] Sennheiser HD 202 II Over-Ears for $15 (limit 3)

As of a 1/28/15 recheck, it has sold out temporarily and Amazon’s own listing is removed, which sometimes happens when they run out of inventory. It should return eventually but don’t know at what price…
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[DEAD] Klipsch X11 in-ears for $100 (limit 5)

As of 1/28/15, this is sold out and cannot be ordered… For a limited time, NewEgg is offering the Klipsch X11 in-ears for $100 with a limit of five per customer. No coupon code needed.

Used Philips SHP2500/37 over-ears for $14

Another way to put your Prime 2-day free shipping to work, the Philips SHP2500/37 over-ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $14 at Amazon Warehouse Deals with an average of 3.8 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

Used Beyerdynamic DTX 501P portable on-ears for $28

We continue our mini adventure in the unpredictable world of Amazon Warehouse Deals with the Beyerdynamic DTX 501P portable on-ears available in “Used – Very Good” for around $28, and about $1 less in “Used – Good” condition. Prices are as of posting time. They may change by the time you read this – as always. These average 4.2 out of 5 based on 69 customer reviews.

Tascam TH-02 closed-back for $13 per pair

On the bang for the buck front, the Tascam TH-02 closed back headphones are discounted a bit more, you can now get them for $13 per pair in white (in-stock) or in black (temporarily out of stock; but you can order them). You can buy as many as you like, there is no quantity limit. These are not part of the lightning deals. They average 4.1 out of 5 with 230+ customer reviews. They have 50mm drives and 32 ohm impedance and single-entry but non-detachable cable.

Used HiFiMan HE-500 planar for $440

The new condition HiFiMan HE-500 planar-magnetic headphones go for $600 but if you want to save, you can get them for $440 in “Used – Very Good” condition by Kraft Street Audio fulfilled by

[DEAD] Used HIFIMAN HE-400i planars for $425

As of a 3/9/15 recheck, the used options are sold out…

The new condition recently released HIFIMAN HE-400i over-ear planar-magnetic headphones go for $500, but if you want to save some, they are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $425 with free shipping by Audio Advisor at Amazon Warehouse Deals. These are fulfilled by Amazon, so you get the Prime shipping benefits and Amazon’s own customer service.

Used Creative Labs HN-700 ANC for $16

On the less-than-an-ATM-bill front, especially if you get Prime shipping benefits, the old (discontinued) Creative Labs HN-700 with active noise cancelling is available in “Used – Like New” condition for around $16~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The ANC circuit is powered by two AAA batteries. It averages 3.6 out of 5 based on 15 customer reviews. The usual ANC caveats apply.

Sennheiser HD600 for $315

The new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD600 are currently going for $315 with free shipping at by Amazon actual with a February 3rd in-stock estimate. These have been around for a while, so check forums and search-engines for ideas on amps and DACs.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro (250omh) + Tascam 22WL for $300

Back to eBay, one of the featured offers over there is a new condition bundle, the Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro (250omh) plus Tascam DR-22WL for $300 with free shipping by Adorama on eBay. Limit five per customer.

The “ohmage” is not mentioned in the listing title but you can find it in the product description, for example, the product code BDDT880P250K and the specifications “Nominal impedance: 250Ohms per cartridge”.

The headphones on their own currently go for $265 at, so this bundle makes sense if you have use for the Tascam or you want to trade it or gift it or ebay it.

PS: the DT-880 are semi-open. The 770 are closed and the 990 are open. An easy way to remember this without memorizing the numbers, the 880 is in-between, just like a semi-closed/semi-open headphone is in-between closed and open 🙂

Unlocked at Massdrop: TTPod T1S IEMs for $32.50

The TTPod T1S IEMs are currently fully unlocked (= lowest price possible) for around $32.50~ shipped at members-only website Massdrop. It is free to join, but only logged on members can view their offers, which is why I am not linking them. This offer expires in about 3 days from today [every post here has a posting date].

Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears (Samba) for $80

Samba time! If the 7-1 disaster at the World Cup strengthened your love for the yellow-green, Tigerdirect’s eBay store is offering the new condition Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears (Samba edition) for $80 with free shipping with a limit of 50 per buyer.

Note: Sennheiser announced the second generation Momentums (the M2) at CES 2015.

[DEAD] Used Parrot Zik (first gen) for $184

As of 1/28/15, these sold out from AWD actual…
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Pioneer SE-CX8-K in-ears for $90 w/promo code

The black color scheme of the Pioneer SE-CX8-K in-ears are currently offered for $90 with free shipping when you use promo code EXLAKNT27 at NewEgg. You need to be subscribed (or be willing to be added) to their e-mailing list for the promo code to work. These promo codes expire by 3am ET on 1/28/15 (or earlier if they sell out)… These average 4 out of 5 based on 9 customer reviews at

[DEAD] Monday Lightning Deals: Harman Kardon, Brookstone, iKross

This round expired… For potential future deals, check the Amazon Gold box
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Used Flower Concepts earbuds for $4.60

Another way to put that Prime membership to work, the Flower Concepts metal earbuds are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $4.60 at Amazon Warehouse Deals by AWD actual. There are no customer reviews, so perhaps these are best suited for the curious and the reviewers/testers/comparers.