Archives for November 2016

Refurbished Yurbuds (Inspire, Leap, Ironman) for $10 w/free S&H

A total of 14 Yurbuds earbuds are available in refurbished condition for $10 per pair, and with free shipping for the Continental USA at Tech Rabbit. Lines participating include Ironman, Inspire, and Leap (bluetooth). They come with a 1-year warranty as well (does not state whether the warranty is by Yurbuds or TechRabbit).

PS: Yurbuds too will soon be part of Samsung, since Samsung bought Harman, which owns JBL which owns Yurbuds πŸ™‚

Non-Headphone Audio Gear Offers [perma-post]

This post is a new experiment, a perma-post that will feature some non-headphone-related audio gear and music offers. If you are interested in this, bookmark it using this permalink.

LATEST UPDATE: 2/16/17 – free shipping on everything below unless otherwise indicated (Amazon has its usual free shipping terms, Prime or $49+, so I won’t repeat them below)…


+ Logitech UE BOOM 2 Phantom Bluetooth Speaker for $107 at Amazon (limit three)

+ Fender Passport 150W Pair of Portable Studio Monitors for $220 at Adorama

+ Denon AVR-S510BT 5.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth for $229 at Amazon (limit 3)


+ Numark PT01 Touring Classically-styled Suitcase Turntable with basic NuMark DJ-branded headphones for $79

+ Teac Turntable TN-300 2-Speed Analog USB Digital Output for $219 by BuyDig on eBay


+ Korg B1 88 Key Digital Piano for $360 at Adorama

+ M-Audio SP-2 (Universal Sustain Pedal with Piano Style Action for Electronic Keyboards) for $14.22 at Amazon by Amazon actual


+ Chromecast Audio for $30 at Staples website and stores
+ check Unboxing post here

+ GoPro HERO4 Black – Music Edition for $279 at Guitar Center online (store pickup also an option where available)


+ VINYL: “I Learned The Hard Way” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings for $10 at Amazon (limit 3)

+ eBook: Pioneers of Jazz: The Story of the Creole Band by Lawrence Gushee going for $3 in Kindle ebook

+ MUSIC DOC: “Legend of Leadbelly” (51 minutes) for $1 in HD (digital ownership, not rental)


+ FOUR Months of Google Play Music All-Access depending on where you look in Google Play Android app store or website – for new members

What Survived the Cyber Monday Purge (deal round-up)

Cyber Monday is now gone too, and most of the offers of the Black-Cyber weekend are over, but not all of them. In this post, I round up some of the best “surviving” deals. They are sorted by price, in descending order…



  • HIFIMAN Edition S Close/Open (WHITE COLOR SCHEME) for $150 by various at Amazon
  • Beyerdynamic DT1350 with straight cable for $120 at Adorama
  • AKG K518 LE for $25 at NewEgg (ends Wedn PM)


  • Massdrop x Noble X Universal IEMs for $250 at Massdrop
  • Hifiman RE-400 in-ears for $50 (the iOS and Android options went up)
  • Beyerdynamic MMX 102 iE (White/Silver) for $19 at Sonix Electronix
  • Koss KSC-75 for $11.50 by various at Amazon

Jaybird Freedom F5 bluetooth in-ears for $130 [updated]

One Two of the four colors (carbon and blaze) of the Jaybird F5 bluetooth in-ears are on sale for $130 with free shipping at amazon by amazon actual with a limit of three per color per customer. They average 2.9 out of 5 based on 430+ customer reviews, so be sure to understand their trade-offs before buying… UPDATED 10pm ET…

WoodLab Royal Glam Headphone Stand for $59 [MD]

On the wooden crafted headphone stands front, Massdrop has also fully unlocked the WoodLab Royal Glam Headphone Stand for $50 plus $9~ flat shipping. You have a choice of three options at checkout. There are eight days left in this and are estimated to ship mid-January 2017, so they will definitely not be on time for Holiday gift giving.

Fuse True Cable-Free Bluetooth Earbuds for $54 [MD]

“True wireless” earphones are becoming a thing now, and one of these, the Fuse True are fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop for $50 plus $4~ flat shipping. Three days are left in the offer (from blog-posting date), and are estimated to ship late December 2016. They come with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer. They also have “CVC 6.0 noise-cancellation technology”.

[DEAD] Sol Republic Master Tracks Over-Ears for $50 (or refurbished for $40) with free shipping

I jinxed them! As of late 12/1/16, the prices went up up up and away…

Lost among the many on-ear models, Sol Republic also has over-ear models, and their Master Tracks model with a 3-button remote are available for $50 with free shipping in new condition (gunmetal or blue), or for $40 with free shipping in refurbished condition (gunmetal) at TechRabbit. They get a 1-year warranty regardless.

[DEAD] Thursday’s Offers: MEE Matrix 2 Bluetooth, Symphonized, Etc [updated]

These lightning offers expired…

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NuForce DAC80 for $310 [MD]

With two days to go (from blog posting date), at members-only Massdrop, you can score the NuForce DAC80, in silver or black, for $300 plus $10~ flat shipping. It will ship late December 2016. This is not headphones-specific, but offers some flexibility if you have a more complicated setup ~ you can connect up to four devices at the same time. Check reviews and forums for more on this.

Koss ESP-950 Electrostatics for $649 [limit 5]

I promised I would stop saying this too (“Come on Barbie, let’s have an Electrostatic Party!”) but apparently I can’t help myself πŸ™‚ The new condition Koss ESP-950 Electrostatic Stereophone is back on sale again, going for $649 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of five units per customer.

[DEAD] Ends Thur 3am ET: Sony h.ear MDR-100ABN Bluetooth ANC Over-Ears for $200 (two colors; limit 2 each)

This daily deal expired as expected and they have returned to their $300+ prices…

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[DEAD] 8GB Sandisk Clip Jam (Green; w/microSD slot) for $25 [limit 3]

As of late 11/29/16, the price of the greenie increased to $30, matching the prices of the other colors of this particular model…

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(ENDED) RHA MA600i In-Ears for $61 [updated] (ends 9:09pm ET)

This 6-hour lightning deal expired…

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FiiO X5 2nd Gen Stacking Kit (HS16) for $9

The Fiio HS16, aka the FiiO X5 2nd Gen Stacking Kit is now in-stock and ready to ship for about $9 by a marketplace seller, with the order Prime eligible and thankfully NOT an Add-On item.

Used Schiit Audio SCH-13 Sys Passive Preamp for $50

If you are a fan of Amazon Prime shopping-shipping, they have a “Used – Like New” (original packaging) Schiit Audio SCH-13 Sys Passive Preamp for $50~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual… This in contrast to the new condition price at the Schiit website for $50, and the “beef stock” (B-Stock) going for $45. However, the Schiit website has mandatory shipping which ranges from $7 to $12 (of the zipcodes I tried), so it’s a YMMV depending on how you triangulate this…

PS: speaking of Schiiit, the 383-page e-book chronicling the history of the company written by the co-founders, continues to sell for $5. Even their ebook is bang for the buck, you get 0.77 pages per penny πŸ™‚

Sony MDR-100AAP Closed Over-Ears (Yellow only) for $140

And now an “add to cart” surprise discount on eBay. And it was all yellow. The yellow color scheme of the new condition Sony MDR-100AAP consumer closed-back over-ears drops from $200 to $140 when you add it to the shopping cart in the BuyDig listing… UPDATE: price still good as of late 11/29/16…

UPDATE: BuyDig on eBay has another option, this one is a bundle on the purple color, it gets bundled with the Fiio A3 headphone-amp, along with a Slappa headphone case (SL-HP-07), a 32GB Sony flash drive, a 3.5mm Monoprice splitter, and a 2600 mah portable powerbank ~ great for flip phones and the Sandisk Clip πŸ™‚

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with refurbished, you can get most of the colors refurbished for $100 with free shipping by Secondipity thru Amazon (not Prime eligible). This link shows the lowest price per color; to see the detailed listings, click on the β€œSee all offers for this product” link next to each color.

Now on eBay: Monoprice M560 Planars for $200

If you have eBay Gift Cards, or coupons, or eBay Bucks Rewards waiting to get spent, and you are interested in the new Monoprice M560 Monolith planar-magnetic headphones, you are in luck, because Monoprice just began selling them for the same price of $200 with free shipping at the Monoprice eBay store.

AmazonBasics Closed On-Ears for $12 [limit 3]

On the tastefully-bassy budget headphone front, the closed-back on-ear AmazonBasics On-Ears in the black color scheme are on sale for $12 at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three per customer. Their normal price is $15. The other two colors are not on sale. This is a bang for the buck headphone given the price (sale or otherwise).

I believe it is also sold under other brands, at least from the outside; I don’t know if they all have the same tuning, but for the price, I don’t know if they can afford to have alternate tunings πŸ™‚

Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Purpleheart for $450

I thought I could stop saying it but I can’t help it. Fostex the People! The Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Purpleheart is back on at Massdrop going for $450 with free shipping, with three days left in the offer (from Cyber Monday). 450 units are available, so it looks like they won’t sell out barring any surges. This is expected to ship quickly, early-to-mid December 2016, and it will ship from Massdrop. This is a dynamic headphone.

[DEAD] Free S&H on all Monoliths, $100 off Monolith HT Amps

This offer expired…

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Fiio X5 II DAP + Logitech UE900S IEMs for $450

It’s bundle up time! The Fiio X5 II digital audio player is bundled with the Logitech Ultimate Ears UE900S in-ears, together, in new condition, going for $450 with free shipping by BuyDig on eBay and Beach Camera on Amazon (free 2-day Prime shipping but ships from Beach Camera; NOTE: you only see the Prime-eligible logo if you are a Prime member logged on to a Prime account).

PS: Buydig and Beach Camera have the same parent company so it’s more of a question whether you prefer to buy from eBay or Amazon.

[DEAD] Skullcandy Cyber Monday sale: Hesh, Grindr, Etc

Another CM party is ended… The official Skullcandy store along with some authorized dealers have launched their Cyber Monday sale, which includes the Grindr bluetooth on-ears for $45, the non-BT version of that for $30, the Hesh 2 bluetooth over-ears for $50, the wired Crusher for $50, and more.

[DEAD] Sony MDR-ZX330BT Closed On-Ear bluetooths for $50

These promotion too expired…

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[DEAD] Sony MDR-XB50BS Bluetooth Earphones for $34

These offers expired as well…

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[DEAD] Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC for $219

Party over for both the ANC and the non-ANC models… The wired Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 Over-Ears continue to go for $189, but their Active Noise Cancelling counterpart is also on sale, the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC is on sale for $219 with free shipping by various at

[DEAD] Tuesday: Senal SMH-1200 Studio headphones for $70

This daily deal expired… Among the Tuesday deals of the day at B&H Photo is the new condition Senal SMH-1200 Studio headphones offered for $70 with free shipping, in four color choices. The sale continues until Tuesday 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out.

[DEAD] Monday: Plantronics Sense On-Ears for $80, Sense SE for $100, PRO Over-Ears for $110, Etc

Cyber Monday is over, and all these offers expired with it…

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Brainwavz Headphone Hangers: Hengja for $12, Truss for $13

In addition to the earpads a couple of Brainwavz headphone hangers are on sale. Their Hengja goes for $12 each, while the Truss (you can hang two of them) goes for $13.

Or if you want to optimize for a lower price, there is a variety of alternatives at Amazon.

Brainwavz Velor and Memory Foam Earpads for $16.50 each [updated]

Earpad hoarding time? A number of Brainwaz earpads are on sale at Amazon, sold by Brainwavz’s own store but Prime eligible (fulfilled by Amazon). They are not part of the lightning deals. Among the participating products:

Harman Kardon SOHOa On Ear Mini for $36

A couple of Prime-eligible marketplace sellers are currently offering the new condition Harman Kardon SOHOa On Ear Mini for $36 per pair with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon’s own price is $108. A slim-line carrying case and two cables are included, so you have accessories to play with right there even if the headphones fail πŸ™‚

Make Your Own Deals: 15% off Target site-wide, $25/$100+ BB w/VISA Checkout

You can also make your own deals with a couple of general purpose deals available. At, if you pay with VISA Checkout, you get a $25 off discount on an order of $100 or more. The offer expires by 12/25/16.

Meanwhile both Target stores and the Target website have a 15% off almost everything on their website. The terms and condition state specifically that Bose and Sonos are among the excluded items.

Phones as DAPs: LG V20 with JBL E40BT Bluetooth On-Ears and 7″ LG tablet and Power Bank for $800

Another new deal that emerged since the previous update of the Headphone Tracker (notable changes there are marked in BOLD) is that the LG V20 freebie train is getting more wagons if you are willing to buy it unlocked and not from carriers. Its price from authorized with USA warranty dealers is $800. If you buy it from B&H Photo you will receive three freebies:

  • JBL E40BT bluetooth on-ear headphones (choice of black or white color scheme)
  • 7-inch LG tablet – the 8GB G Pad (Black)
  • 10500 mah ASUS power bank

All useful freebies in their own right, which means you can also use them as Holiday gifts πŸ™‚

This is the North American variant of the phone (model US996), with carrier flexibility and USA warranty. 64GB of on-board storage plus a microSD slot and removable battery, along with “Quad DAC”, Nougat out of the box, and things of that nature.

Massdrop x AKG K7XX Red Edition for $200

If you missed it during its previous offerings, it is back, and with five days to go, the open-back over-ear Massdrop x AKG K7XX Red Edition is live again at the members-only retailer for its standard price of $200 with free shipping. Per the description, each unit is individually serialized, and this particular offer has a maximum of 1500 units. Only about 100 have been sold as of the time of writing, so you don’t have to rush if you are 50-50 on it. Shipping estimate is early-to-mid December 2017. Since it is in partnership with AKG, you get a 2-year AKG warranty.

PS: in case you missed the news, Harman (which owns AKG) was purchased by none other than Samsung, who is paying cold hard cash (probably not in trash bags though) for Harman. Samsung’s main interest in Harman is their automotive-related business, so fear not, a “Galaxy K702 Mega Edge Plus” is not coming out any time soon πŸ™‚

[DEAD] Sunday: Plantronics RIG Flex Gaming Headset (brown box) for $20 w/free S&H

This daily deal expired…

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[DEAD] Starts Sunday 8:50pm ET: AmoVee Acrylic Headphone Stand

This daily deal expired as well but these are recurring items…

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