Archives for August 2015

Audio-Technica M50x + 88-key Yamaha P-115 digital piano + Bench & Stand for $610

Another Audio Technica M50x bundle at Adorama, this time $610 with free expedited shipping gets you the black M50x + 88-key Yamaha P-115 digital piano plus the On-Stage KPK6520 Keyboard Stand/Bench Pack with Sustain Pedal. These is a big bundle, so free expedited shipping is nice. Offer ends by 9/14/15.

Massdrop: CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC could go for $400

Added today at members-only Massdrop is another CEntrance product, the DACmini CX Amp/DAC could go as low as $390 plus $10 flat shipping. It has seven days (as of writing time) to get unlocked. Everyone can sign up for a free Massdrop membership, but they have to keep things behind a login-wall so they can offer items below the dreaded MAP (minimum advertised pricing scheme).

[DEAD] Sale Starts Tue at 10am ET: M-Audio Super DAC and M-Audio Micro DAC (new releases!)

These introductory lightning-deals ended. From what I recall, they were $20 off discounts. In addition to the M-Audio Super DAC and the M-Audio Micro DAC, there was also a smaller one, the Bass Traveler, that is kinda a Fiio E6 competitor but with dual 1/8″ outputs and the word “Bass” repeated 403 times in the product name (exaggeration)…

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[DEAD] Monday: “The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners” e-book for $2

This offer expired…

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Phiaton Fusion MS 430 on-ears for $65

The foldable carbon fiber Phiaton Fusion MS 430 headphones with … “Ambidextrous Inputs” (you can plug the cable in either the left or the right side), are currently on sale in new condition by a marketplace seller for $65 with free shipping with the order fulfilled by Amazon so it is eligible for Prime 2-day shipping. These average 4.2 out of 5 but with only nine customer reviews.

These have round earcups, not the heart-shaped Melisandre-face earcup design some of their other models have.

Monoprice 10010 ANC headphones for $90

Bose is not the only one making noise-cancelling headphones you know. For example, Monoprice has on sale their Monoprice 10010 ANC headphones for $90 with free shipping. While there, coupon code SUMMER10 gets you 10% off sitewide. The coupon ends 8/30, while the ANC 10010 sale ends 8/31/15.

Used Sony PHA1A portable DAC/amp for $229

The portable Sony PHA1A DAC/amp goes for $300 in new condition at authorized Sony retailers, but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition for $229 with free shipping by authorized Sony dealer OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD). AWD’s own price is $235~ in “Used – Very Good” condition.

Shure SE846 IEMs + Astell & Kern AK Jr 64GB DAP for $1050

If you happen to want both the Shure SE 846 IEMs and also the 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr digital audio player (and dac/amp), you can get them together bundled for $1050 with free shipping at Adorama. No coupons/rebates, just add to cart… Offer ends 8/30/15.

Westone UM Pro 10 in-ears for $100

And now the single-driver Westones are on sale as well, the UM Pro 10 in-ears go for $100 with free shipping at Adorama, available in either blue color scheme or the red color scheme… Offer ends by 8/31/15…

Sennheiser HD 700 for $430 with drastic coupon

Don’t let the price of $750 for the new condition Sennheiser HD 700 at Sonic Electronix scare you. Just add it to the shopping cart, and enter coupon code HD700_SHH in the coupon box, and magically the price drops to $430! Sonic is an authorized Sennheiser dealer. I do not know when the coupon code expires… This is how it looks like after you enter the coupon:


JBL J22a earphones for $10 shipped [limit 5]

JBL is almost giving these away, their JBL J22a (a for Android button) earphones are currently on sale for $10 with free shipping at with a limit of five per customer. No promo codes needed. Offer ends by 9/1/15.

Monster DNA Pro 2.0 Over-Ears for $120

The closed-back over-ear Monster DNA Pro 2.0 headphones with their triangle offense earcup design (Phil Jackson NOT included) are currently on sale for $120 with free shipping by Sonix Electronix and by them through which is handy if you have Amazon Gift Cards to spend.

Aug 30 – Sept 5: 20% off various brands at Staples stores

Staples stores have only a small part of a headphone company’s line-up, and obviously they tend to focus on the consumer end of the market. With that in mind, according to their weekly circular ad, for the week of August 30 until the end of day on Saturday September 5 (in 2015), they will be having a 20% off sale on headphones from Sony, Audio Technica earbuds, Yurbuds, Pilot, select Skullcandies, and iFrogz. The sale prices will be factored in, no coupon needed.


Westone UM Pro20 for $190 or UM Pro30 for $280

Adorama has a couple of specials on Westone in-ears, with the offers expiring by 8/31/15. Here we go:

+ Westone UM Pro20 in-ears (dual driver) for $190
+ Westone UM Pro30 in-ears for $280 in either clear color scheme or smoke color scheme

Massdrop unlocked: CEntrance DACport Slim for $100

Fully unlocked right now at members-only Massdrop, and with seven days left to go, the portable CEntrance DACport Slim (DAC and amp functionality) is going for $100 with free shipping. The 3.5mm serves as either headphone out or line-out.

[DEAD] Ends Fri 3am ET: Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Bluetooth for $60

This daily deal expired…

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[DEAD] Used iPod Touch (5th generation, 16GB) for $70 w/free s&h

This sold out already…

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[DEAD] Starts Fri 12pm ET: Apple Earpods limited time sale

This limited time offer ended…

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[DEAD] Panasonic RP-TCM190 earphones for $8 w/free s&h [limit 5]

This limited time offer expired…

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PreSonus HD7 semi-closed over-ears for $30

Looking very Superlux-y, the PreSonus HD7 semi-closed over-ears with that busy headband up top is currently on sale for $30 at by Amazon actual. You can buy as many as you want. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 21 customer reviews. The usual Amazon free shipping terms apply.

Massdrop: Shure SE 535 IEMs, BeyerD T70p

Two new options have been added to members-only Massdrop, each has about seven days left (as of writing time), and they are currently not fully unlocked, but they have plenty of time to get there. The Shure SE 535 IEMs could go as low as $380 shipped, while one of the Tesla girls, the Beyerdynamic T70p could go as low as $358~ shipped. As usual, it takes a while for these to ship, so pay attention to the estimates given in each product listing.

Audio-Technica ATH-OX7AMP on-ears for $80 (with built-in amp)

Audio Technica’s experimentation with a built-in amplifier (powered by one AAA) into a SonicFuel consumer headphone is on the discounting path, you can get the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-OX7AMP on-ears for $80 with free shipping by BuyDig’s ebay store (authorized dealers, limit 5), and for $90 through The headphones work without battery (but obviously not the amplifier). They come with two cables (detachable) and a bag. Picture #2 in the gallery is a close-up of the earcup connections (power, volume, audio-in).

Sennheiser HD 600 + 76-key Yamaha YPG235 Music Keyboard for $400

A parallel bundle to the previously mentioned one, Adorama is offering until 9/8/15 the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones bundled with the 76-key Yamaha YPG-235 music keyboard for $400 with free expedited shipping. No coupons/rebates, just add to cart and proceed. The keyboard goes for $250 on its own.

Massdrop unlocked: AKG K553 for $120 is back

It is baaack! The closed-back over-ear AKG K553 headphones are back at members-only Massdrop, unlocked for $120 with free shipping. There are 500 units available for this offer (59 sold as of the time of writing). The offer has seven days left from posting date. The listing there says they already have these at the Massdrop warehouses, so they will ship faster than the usual “Massdrop speed”.

Sennheiser HD 650 + 76-key Yamaha YPG235 Music Keyboard for $500

Music keyboards don’t have to always get bundled with crappy headphones. Why not give the keyboards some audiophile love? Adorama is bundling the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones with the Yamaha YPG235 76-Key Keyboard, together for $500 with free expedited shipping (which is nice because the keyboards come in large boxes – unlike headphones). The keyboard goes for $250 on its own. Offer ends by 9/8/15.

[DEAD] Ends Wedn 5pm ET: Audio-Technica ATH-CKS55 In-Ears for $40

This offer expired… It was only a $5 discount, so no tears if you missed it…

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Now shipping: AmazonBasics Premium On-Ears for $40

The AmazonBasics brand continues to expand, they have now added a “Premium” pair of on-ear headphones and these new headphones are now in-stock and shipping for $40 at They have a detachable cable (90 degree angle), folding design, 5.2 oz weight, 16 ohm impedance, and such. They only have two short reviews so far, so perhaps of interest if you are an “explorer” or like to compare and test different new models.

Refurbished Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ears (brown, first generation) start at $95

If you are interested in the first generation over-ear Sennheiser Momentums in the brown color scheme, there are various options at Amazon Warehouse Deals. In the refurbished condition, seller Adgtron (96%, 5078 ratings) offers them for $95 shipped (no original box) or $103 (with original box). Their description says “AUTHORIZED SENNHEISER DEALER WITH WARRANTY.”.

The same seller also offers them in “Used – Like New” condition with the prices a few dollars higher. These ship directly from Adgtron, so they are not eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping.

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears M2 or First Gen for $90

The new condition in-ear versions of the Sennheiser Momentum line-ups are currently on sale for $90 per pair. The sale price is good for the second generation aka M2 and also the first generation. Note that there are iOS and Android versions (the cable/mic/remote) in different colors, so do pay attention as you are sifting through the options.

Used AKG K272 HD for $85

The AKG K272 HD headphones are currently available in “Used – Good” condition for around $85 by Amazon Warehouse Deals (two listings) and around $90 in “Used – Like New” condition (this one by Brainstorm LLC but fulfilled by Amazon). It is possible price pressure may push the prices further down.

Used Philips F1/27 Fidelio Travel Headphones for $117 (was $134)

On the used front, the closed-back Philips F1/27 Fidelio Lightweight Travel Headphones are available in “Used – Good” condition for around $117 (was $128 was $134) by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There’s only one used listing.

Meanwhile, the new condition price has dropped from $200 to $180 at Prices updated 8/24/15…

Bose SoundTrue Around Ears for $107.40

Shhh! Hide these from the rabid audiophiles! Nordstrom’s website (yes that Nordstrom) is offering the over-ear Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear headphones in three color choices for $170.40 with free shipping or store pickup where available. No coupon needed.

Audio-Technica ATH-WS55i-BK for $45 refurb or $57 new

The Audio Technica ATH-WS55 closed-back headphones go on sale for $40 every few weeks at Staples, but if you prefer the model with the 3-button remote/mic, the ATH-WS55i (the “i” for MFi), you can get it in refurbished condition for $45 by or in new condition for $57 by 17th Street thru

Used Beats Solo 2 On-Ears for $100 with coupon

The black color scheme of the Beats Solo 2 on-ear closed-back headphones have a coupon special in used (pre-owned) condition that drops them from $180 to $100 when you enter coupon code Beats82715 over at (part of Best Buy’s empire)… Free shipping… Coupon ends 8/27/15…

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x bundled with Fiio E12 for $185 to $200 (white or green)

If you happen to be interested in both the Fiio E12 and the Audio Technica M50x headphones, Adorama has a couple of bundles for them. No coupon, no rebate, just add the bundle to the shopping cart and proceed. The white M50x with E12 goes for $185, while the limited edition green M50xDG with E12 goes for $200. They come with free expedited shipping. Offers end by 9/4/15 or earlier if they sell out.