Archives for January 2016

[DEAD] Sennheiser IE 800 In-Ears for $630 (ends Sun 1am ET)

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Monster Octagon Over-Ear Headphones for $90

Especially of interest to UFC and MMA fans, the official Monster store on eBay is offering new condition Monster Octagon Over-Ear Headphones in either black or red color schemes, for $90 with free shipping, with a limit of 50 per customer. As of the time of writing, over 870 units got sold through this particular ebAy offer. These are wired headphones.

Panasonic RP-BTD10 On-Ears (Bluetooth, NFC, Touch) for $60

This is on the gadget-end of the spectrum as it features Bluetooth, NFC, Touch Controls and such. It is the closed-back on-ear Panasonic RP-BTD10, in new condition, on sale for a limited time for $60 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer by Sonix Electronix on eBay. This ships from Kentucky. They (the headphones, not Sonix) are powered by an internal rechargeable battery, but also has a standard 3.5mm audio input.

[DEAD] Starts Fri 11am ET: MEE Audio RX18 In-Ears Sale

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Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 for $400 [but ship May 2016]

I need to do another one of those Amazon Warehouse Deals Deal-Fishing Immersion Sessions to see what price adjustments we have now that the holidays are over and CES revealed even more new headphones (only a partial list, I’m still trying to herd all the CES chickens). In the meantime, Massdrop is back with another offer with one of the Head-Fi buzzing headphones, their own Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 for $400 with free shipping. There are 1000 units available for this offer, and already, as of the time of writing, 800 units have been spoken form. So this offer most will likely sell out before it expires in 11 days.

VERY IMPORTANT: these are estimated to ship in MAY 2016. That’s 3+ months from today (today = blog-posting date). So your patience will be tested greatly if you are not a fully enlightened being 🙂

Polk Audio Hinge Travel On-Ears for $40

IF you are a fan of hinges, you are in luck. Sonix Electronix on eBay is offering the new condition Polk Audio HINGE On-Ears (collapsible, 3-button remote/mic) for $40 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer. They ship from Kentucky (Calipari NOT included) and come with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Their official name is AM4119A.

[DEAD] Tuesday Lightning Deals: Audio Technica M50x with case and more

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[DEAD] Starts Mon 7am ET: Sennheiser HD 218i On Ears Sale

This lightning deal expired… It was too early in the AM for me to check the price – yes I do need sleep :)…

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Used V-Moda Wireless (BT) Over-Ears for $225 [updated]

UPDATE (1/26/16): a “Used – Good condition” option for the Gunmetal Black has been added for $225~. The “Used – Very Good” remains at $240 as mentioned below:

The new condition price for the over-ear Bluetooth V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones is $300, but if you prefer used and the more conventional “gunmetal black”, that’s available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $240 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual (two listings).

Sold out in red for $230: but if you are fond of used and the red-black color scheme (aka the “rouge” model), it is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition for $230 at Amazon Warehouse Deals from seller “AmazinSavings” (100%, 4217 ratings). The order is fulfilled by Amazon, so you get Prime shipping if you are a member, however, the seller is not Amazon actual, but the seller I mentioned earlier. As of the time of writing, there’s only one listing for this color.

Massdrop: Philips Fidelio X2 for $205

I am not following closely the controversy over the Philips Fidelio X2 headphones. It has once again been pulled from the Amazon website, but if you have done your research and/or checked the various forums and websites, this is now available in new condition for $200 plus $5 flat shipping at the members-only shopping club Massdrop.

They have 520 units available for this promotion and as of the time of writing, just below half of them have been spoken for. The offer ends in about six days from today. If curious, there’s a long discussion going there, with 170+ comments posted.

AKG K67 TIESTO DJ Headphones for $58

On the closed-back on-ears front, the aKG K67 TIESTO DJ Headphones are currently on sale for $58 with free shipping at, both by themselves and marketplace sellers over there, so make sure you check who is the actual seller. These folding headphones average 4.1 out of 5 based on 46 customer reviews. NOTE: a number of their on-ear DJ-styled headphones seem to have quality-control issues, so if you have a bigger head or plan to be rough on them, pay even closer attention to the reviews. From the looks of it, they got a good DJ-ish sound signature but not DJ-ish construction quality.

Audio Technica M40x + MacKie CR4 Monitors for $170

The Audio Technica M50x has been accumulating enough hype that the M40x is emerging as a counter-culture alternative. Or something like that 🙂 If interested in the M40x, it is currently bundled with the Mackie CR4 4″ 50W Creative Reference Multimedia Monitor Speakers, together for $170 with free shipping at authorized dealer No coupons or rebates, but the offer expires 1/26/16.

Audio Technica M50x + Tascam DR-22WL for $200 together

We can’t have headphone bundles with Audio Technica sneaking in too, the closed-back over-ear M50X are bundled with the Tascam DR-22WL audio recorder, together for $200 with free shipping at authorized dealer for both This is a limited time offer but I don’t know when it expires. No coupons and no rebates are needed.

Sennheiser HD 700 drops to $430

Don’t you forget about me sings the Sennheiser HD 700, squeezed between the 600/650 power-duo and the 800/800S flagship duo. Which may perhaps be one of the reasons why it’s on sale, currently going for $430 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. Over there, it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 97 customer reviews.

Sennheiser HD7 DJ headphones + Koss USB DJ Controller (120) for $220

And now another bundle, this one has a bit of a DJ theme, the Sennheiser HD7 DJ closed-back headphones are bundled together with the Korg USB DJ Controller (with 120 Kaoss Effects) for $220 with free shipping at Offer ends by 1/30/16. No coupons, no rebates, just proceed to checkout as per usual.

Ultrasone S-Logic PRO 750 for $200

If you are a fan of the Ultrasones, good until 1/25/16, Adorama is offering the new condition Ultrasone PRO 750 S-Logic headphones for $200 with free shipping. These are folding closed-backs with case included.

Continuing in parallel with them are the Ultrasone PRO 550 S-Logic headphones on sale for $129 with free shipping.

AmazonBasics Over-Ears for $34.99

The closed-back over-ear AmazonBasics branded headphones are now on sale for $34.99 per pair, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon’s own website. I typically round the prices for readability, but in this case, that little penny is important, because if you are not a Prime member, you need a $35+ order to get free shipping. You can always add an audio cable or some other add-on item or trinket to get to over $35 if you don’t need anything else… These average 3.7 out of 5 based on 50+ customer reviews…

Earbud Case (macaroon style) for $4 w/free S&H (from within USA)

And now something under $5 shipped, and shipping from the USA (Northern California), eBay seller DrHotDeal (98.8%) is offering a earbud cases, in macaroon-style shape, for $4 with free shipping. They have six color schemes available with about a dozen already sold out. Limit 50 per customer.

NOTE: $4 only gets you one case. The eBay listing starts with “3.5mm”, which may cause some speed-readers to think you get a 3pk. If you want volume and don’t mind waiting for a few weeks, you can find them from sellers shipping from China for less.

Buy Sony MDR-ZX110NC On-Ears for $48, Get $25 Dell Promo Gift Card

If you need active noise cancellation on a budget and you are a frequent Dell shopper, for a limited time, when you add the Sony MDR-ZX110NC On-Ear Headphones to your shopping cart, a $25 promotional Dell Gift Card is also added there automatically. This offer is good until 1/18/16. The $25 promo gift card will be emailed to you 10-20 days after your headphone order ships and it must be used within 90 days. It is a promotional gift card, not a “normal” gift card.

You know this offer is good when you see it in the shopping cart like this (screenshot below):


NOTE: the “NC” model is without a mic/remote. The “NA” model is with mic/remote. Together, they average 3.8 out of 5 based on 245 customer reviews at based on 50 questions answered.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 (250 ohm) Limited Edition (straight cable) for $130

While Sennheiser and Audio Technica and AKG are well known for squirting new headphone models left and right, all across their line-up, Beyerdynamic is not far behind these days. Case in point, they have a recent limited edition of the DT 990 (250 ohm) open-back headphones with a straight black cable, and it is currently on sale for $130 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer by Focus Camera on eBay. This is new condition in original packaging.

TIP: easy way to tell the “open-ness” of the Beyerdynamic DT-series, the higher the number, the more open they get. The DT770 is closed, the DT880 is semi, and the DT990 is open.

Buy Sony MDR-1A for $300, Get $100 Promotional Gift Card

There is a limited time offer at the Dell website. This appears after you add the headphone to the shopping cart. So when you add the Sony MDR-1A closed-back over-ears to the shopping cart, and click through to the proceed to checkout page (you don’t need to login or sign-up to see this offer), the shopping cart shows a promotion that gets you a $100 promotional Dell Gift Card if you complete the purchase.


It is important to note that the promotional gift card expires in 90 days and will be sent to you 10-20 days after your order ships. So you might as well plan your next purchase at Dell before you pull the trigger on this one.

Sony MDR-ZX300AP On-Ears for $18 w/free S&H

The new condition closed-back on-ear Sony MDR-ZX300AP headphones are currently on sale for $18 with free shipping, in new condition but bulk packaging with a 90 day warranty at discount seller Limit ten per customer. No other coupons can be used on this because of the low price. Only the black-blue color scheme is available. As the “AP” in their model name suggests, these are Android (eg 1-button remote) headphones.

Munitio Nines Bullet Earbuds for $40 w/free s&h

Especially of interest to Call of Duty fans, Groupon Goods is offering the Munitio Nines Bullet Earbuds for $40 with free shipping, available in three color schemes (black, gold, silver). As the name suggests, these have a bullet-style shape and design. They are available with an Apple remote/mic and with an Android remote/mic. They come with a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer, and Groupon Goods offers free returns if you don’t like them.

Their line-up can be a bit confusing, check the big tablet of features-comparison further down the product page at Amazon if you want to quickly detangle (no pun intended) the situation 🙂

[DEAD] Starts on Friday at 9am ET: Audio Technica A500X and A700X Over-Ears and Monster DNA In-Ears

These three lightning deals expired, but all three of them are recurring offers. However, I have no idea when they will return…

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Monoprice 8323 Over-Ears for $16 w/free shipping (limit 10)

This is as close to a bang for the buck deal as you are going to get. The Monoprice website is offering their frequently-recommended 8323 Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones for $16 with free standard shipping, with a limit of ten per customer. These have a detachable cable (included), and fold flat, and have a number of hacks you can make if you want to improve their comfort. It is really hard to beat this as a bang for the buck headphone on sale and with free shipping included.

Sennheiser HD 558 for $90 (limit 2)

If you are a fan of senning (verb) the heisers (noun) [feel free to throw tomatoes at me], the open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 558, the middle child of their three-tier line-up is back on sale again, going for $90 with free shipping, with a limit of two per customer, at Amazon by Amazon actual. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 770+ customer reviews and has 170+ customer reviews if you are curious about it. Both reviews and questions-answered are searchable, they have their little search-boxes but you kinda have to look for them – they are not easy to find while casually glancing around the ever-so-loaded Amazon product pages.

Used Beyerdynamic T1 (2nd Generation) for $879

The second generation Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla headphones are already in-stock at various retailers for $1100, but if you are fond of used headphones, and want to save some, as of the time of writing, there is a single used listing on them, in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections on the item, damaged packaging), going for $879~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. These are 600 ohm headphones and with their latest models, BeyerD has finally discovered detachable cable technology (comes with detachable double-sided braided 3 meter (almost 10 feet) cable) 🙂

Pioneer HDJ-2000 DJ Closed-Back Over-Ears for $219

It’s DJ time on the internets, because we have another DJ headphone, it is the black color scheme of the Pioneer HDJ-2000 (closed-back, 50mm drivers, over-ears) going for a limited time for $219 with free 3-day shipping from authorized dealer

PS: a “DJ headphone” is (or has become) a bit of a nebulous description. The original thought behind the term was for headphones that are designed for use by DJs while DJing (verb). Over time, marketing took over the term, so now a DJ headphone is not just one that has features that might be useful to a DJ (closed-back, swiveling earcups, one-ear listening, folding, isolation, cable flexibility, etc), but it is also a style – pandora’s box has been opened. This is a general purpose comment, not meant for this particular headphone specifically.

Sennheiser HD7 DJ Closed Over-Ear for $129

If you were looking for an opportunity to scoop up the closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD7 DJ headphones, they are currently on sale in new condition from authorized dealer for $129 with free shipping. I do not know when this sale ends.

Plantronics Backbeat Sense Bluetooth On-Ears with $50 Gift Card for $180

The black-espresso color-scheme of the on-ear Bluetooth Plantronics Backbeat Sense headphones are currently bundled with a free $50 B&H Photo Gift Card at B&H Photo. The gift card promotion is mentioned there while this promotion is running and the B&H packaging department will include it automatically during this promotion. There’s no coupon code or anything else you need to it.

NOTE #1: Only the black-espresso color scheme gets the free $50 gift card. The white-tan color-scheme does not.

NOTE #2: this model should not be confused with the “SE” (Special Edition) models that come with a “Splashproof Coating”.

Refurbished Audio-Technica ATH-T300 for $14 w/free S&H

And now refurbished action, the Audio-Technica ATH-T300 are available in manufacturer refurbished condition with a 90 day warranty for $14 with free shipping by Dealfisher thru Amazon. They ship from Dealfisher, so everyone gets free shipping, but they are not eligible for Prime 2-day shipping. They have 4 customer reviews with each star represented except for the 4-star rating. In other words, a 2.8 out of 5 rating, so be sure to look into them if you are not already familiar. (their new condition price is currently $35 by Amazon actual).

Panasonic RP-HV-096-K Basic Earbuds for $3.38

Amazon actual is offering the new condition Panasonic RPHV096K Basic Earbuds (black color scheme) for $3.38 per pair, with a limit of five per customer. There is one catch however, these are “Add On Items”, so you must place an order of $25 or more, otherwise the shopping cart will simply refuse to let you buy them. The restriction applies to all, including Prime and PrimeFresh members. These are old-school earbuds, no protrusions that go inside the ear plane. They average 3.6 out of 5 based on 130+ customer reviews. Earbuds are typically a matter of convenience and disposability, not an audiophile-priority purchase.

Yamaha HPH-200WH On-Ears for $60

If you like white/gray color-scheme on-ear headphones, the Yamaha HPH-200WH is currently on sale for $60 with free shipping by marketplace sellers with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so free 2-day shipping for Prime members. The seller of record however is not Amazon but a marketplace seller. The black color scheme goes for double… These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews…

Tracking the new headphones of CES 2016

CES 2016 brought some new headphones, or at least shone the spotlight on some of the headphones that got quietly mentioned during the holiday shopping season. So I started a new tracking post to round up some of the many new headphones that generated some buzz at CES 2016. More will be added, but if there are any models you want to see added specifically, please leave a comment!

Bose SoundTrue On-Ears (Apple buttons) for $82

The Bose SoundTrue On-Ear headphones with the Apple-blessed mic/remote combination are currently on sale for $82 with free shipping, with a limit of three per color per customer by Best Buy’s very own eBay store. As of the time of writing, these are available in black or mint or purple or white