Archives for February 2017

Cowin E-7 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $30 after coupon

The new condition closed-back over-ear Cowin E-7 Bluetooth headphones go for $51, but if you enter cuopon code Y2TRP9NM you can get them for $30 per pair for a limited time at Cowin fulfilled by Amazon. The coupon only works if Cowin is the actual seller. There are two models on the same listing. The coupon only works on the non-ANC bluetooth model. The ANC model does not get discounted with the coupon. Together they average 4 out of 5 based on nearly 1000 customer reviews.

VE Monks Plus earbuds for $10 with Prime shipping

If you want to try the VE Monks Plus earbuds and don’t want to wait for Massdrop or delivery from China, and you are a Prime member, you can get them to sit on your ears in two days, if you are willing to pay $9.90. These are sold by Venture Electronic, with the order fulfilled by Amazon. This is currently the only item the Venture Electronic Amazon store carries.

I jumped on the VE Monks bandwagon earlier on, here is a text and pictures unboxing (the red model) and an on-going review diary.

Senal SMH-1000 studio headphones + pouch for $75

The new condition closed-back over-ear Senal SMH-1000 studio headphones are bundled with a Senal branded headphone storage pouch, together going for $75 with free shipping at B&H Photo.

If you need more, good until 11:59pm eastern tonight (2/28/17) you can get a 3-pack of them with the storage pouches for $200 with free shipping total. This makes it $66.67 per headphone.

20% off five Gaming Headsets with coupon

To celebrate the Game Developer’s Conference, Amazon has launched a Gaming-related Coupon Sale. Use coupon code GDC20 to get 20% off the current prices of the eligible products. Of audio interest (page further down to find the “Headsets” sub-tab), five models are participating from Logitech (G933), Masterpulse Over-Ears (PRO and not PRO), Steelseries, and Razer Kraker Pro Analog. Over a dozen mechanical keyboard are participating, along with desktops, mice and various components. Only products that are sold and shipped by Amazon actual, in new condition, are eligible. Coupon expires 3/10/17 (or earlier for any items that sellout).

Koss BT540i bluetooth over-ears for $113

Koss time! Come smell listen to our dairy treble air! The new condition Koss BT540i bluetooth over-ears are currently on sale for $113~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three units per customer. They average 4 out of 5 based on 41 customer reviews. A Koss-branded case is included… Optionally you can add a FREE “Smart Home Consultation” to the shopping cart (whatever that is, but it’s free)…

Powerbeats 3 BT earphones for $150

They are back on sale again, the new condition Powerbeats 3 bluetooth exercise earphones are going for $150 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual in multiple color schemes, with a limit of up to three per color per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so the sale continues until it ends It could be a price-match.

[DEAD] Wednesday: Xuma PM3 earphones for $10 w/free S&H

This daily deal expired…

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[DEAD] CAD MH300 Studio Headphones for $30 w/free S&H

This offer expired but it is recurring every few weeks…

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[DEAD] Wednesday’s Offers: Noontec, JLab, Symphonized, Etc

Wednesday is over, and so are its lightning deals…

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XDuoo X2 DAP for $43 [MD] or $50 [Now]

The XDuoo X2 digital audio player (DAP) is offered for $40 with $3~ flat shipping at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop for the next seven days. It is estimated to ship in late March from Massdrop… If you can’t wait until then, you can get it in two days if you are a Prime member for $50 by a marketplace seller, with the order fulfilled by Amazon

Thinksound TS02 wood in-ears for $60 [limit 3]

In a rather ironic twist (although probably explained by price-matching of other retailers), the silver-cherry color-scheme of the new condition Thinksound TS02 wood in-ears is on sale for $60.40 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three per customer. A marketplace sellers has it for about $1 less.

The ironic twist is that the black-chocolate color scheme was a lightning deal for $70+ earlier today. So the price-match of another retailer (I am speculating) defeated the lightning deal price of a different color 🙂

AKG M220 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $58

They are back on again at members-only Massdrop, with seven days left in the offer (from blog-posting date), the semi-open decidedly over-ear AKG M220 headphones go for $50 plus $8~ flat shipping. They will get shipped by the vendor in late March 2017.

With Samsung announcing yesterday at Mobile World Congress AKG-branding for the audio tuning of their new 2-in-1 tablets and the earphones to be included with the upcoming Galaxy S8* flagships in late March, the AKG brand is bound to get a boost in the eyes of the general population – or at least the hard-core Samsung fans.

[DEAD] Tuesday: 10% off $99+ orders at WWBW

This Mardi Gras coupon expired…

For Tuesday 2/28/17 only, coupon code MARDI17W (yes, a Mardi Gras coupon) gets you 10% off orders of $99 or more at the Woodwind and Brasswind website. The usual coupon restrictions apply (some brands don’t allow their products to be discounted by coupons, etc, etc).

[DEAD] Tuesday’s Offers: Monster NTune and Lots of Music (CDs or Vinyl)

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[DEAD] JBL Reflect Aware USB Type-C earphones for $100

These daily deals expired, but most of the A4C offers return every few days/weeks…

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Fiio F3 In-Ears for $25 (limit 2)

Fiio is launching new products left and right, and among them, their new Fiio F3 earphones are currently on sale, in new condition, for $25 by the Tinbel Store with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so they are Prime eligible. Limit two per customer during this sale.

As of the time of writing they have one only customer review, a medium length review that gave it five stars.

Now shipping: Blue Sadie powered headphones for $400

The Blue Microphones Sadie powered headphones that were announced at CES 2017 are now in-stock and ready to ship for $400 at Amazon by Amazon actual. For some reason Amazon put them on the same listing as the older Mo-Fi, so when reading reviews and perusing, make sure you are looking at the Sadie, not the Mo-Fi.

PS: this should not be confused with the planar-magnetic Blue Ella which is in-stock for $700 at various retailers.

Repurposing: Used Power disc holder for $1.40 w/free Prime shipping

From the repurposing department, this POWER A Infinity 3.0 Power Disc Wallet is available in “Used – Like New” condition for $1.40 at Amazon Warehouse Deals, with free shipping for Prime members. This can be repurposed for storing earphones or other related accessories of that size. Here’s a picture of it with the VE Monks earbuds…

A brief review, along with more pictures with other earphones and devices in this previous post.

Used Schiit Lyr 2 headphone amp for $374

A rare sizeable discount on a Schiit product, sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual! It is the Schiit Lyr 2 headphone amp, in “Used – Good” condition going for $374~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Per the listing, this is missing the power cord and the user manual, and comes in damaged original packaging. Note that supplies are typically very limited on used items, so it may be gone by the time you read this.

Back In-Stock: Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector for $18

If you are looking for lightning earphones that won’t break the bank, the official Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector (model MMTN2AM/A) are on sale for just under $18 at Amazon by Amazon actual. Limit up to three per customer. These are currently a Prime exclusive. Make sure when buying Apple earphones at Amazon that the seller of record is either Amazon actual or recognizable marektplace sellers. If you buy from rando-seller, the chances of fakes (as evidenced by the customer reviews over there) are very high.

FOCAL Spirit Classic for $169

The closed-back over-ear Focal Spirit Classic, part of the first wave of Focal headphones, before they launched the Elear-Utopia hype train, is further discounted, now going for $169 with free shipping, in new condition, by AudioLAB on Amazon and by AudioLAB on eBay.

Meanwhile the Focal Spirit One S are available in Open-Box “Used – Like New” condition for $99 with free shipping by authorized dealer Gramophone via AWD.

Used Sony MDR-XB-950AP for $45 to $47

To the used front, the wired non-bluetooth Sony MDR-XB-950AP headphones are available in used condition from various sellers at Amazon Warehouse Deals. To reduce the risk of the purchase, this is a listing showing only Prime eligible listings which start at $45 by others in refurbished, and $47 by AWD actual in “Used – Good” condition or $50 in “Used – Very Good”. Of the non-Prime sellers, be very careful if you are not already familiar with them. Returns are a lot more complicated if it’s not a sold-by-Amazon or fulfilled-by-Amazon purchase.

Sennheiser HD 558 Open Over-Ears for $80

It’s back on sale again, the open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 558 is on sale for $80 with free shipping and/or store pickup at Best Buy. This was the middle of a three-tier line-up. This line-up is now superceded with a new bigger HD-5*9 line-up with model numbers ending in nines instead of fives. They were announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin

New Weekly Round-Up “This Week in Headphoolia” is up!

Hooray! We have a new installment of our new weekly feature “This Week in Headphoolia”, a lighthearted round-up of some of the headphone-related action of the last week. You can also check the First Edition. The format and style will be evolving as the weeks go back. What do you think about it? What topics would you want covered? Let us know in the comments here or there or on Twitter.

[DEAD] Monday: Monoprice M560 Planar Headphones AND Stereo Tube Headphone Amp (PID 16154) for $225 After Coupon AND $0.01+ filler item

This 1-day Monday coupon expired…

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[DEAD] Monday’s Offers: Thinksound, OT, etc

These lightning deals expired…

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[DEAD] Sunday: Monoprice Triple Driver IEMs $45 shipped, Etc

Sunday’s coupons are over…

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[DEAD] Sunday’s Daily Deals: Samsung Level BT On-Ears, Plantronics, JLab, Etc

Sunday’s daily deals are over…

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Chord Mojo for $499 (with bonus OTG cable)

The Chord Mojo marble-buttoned portable DAC/amp is now down to $499 with free shipping by FatWyre thru Amazon. They include a simple microUSB to USB OTG cable as well. This ships directly from FatWyre (authorized dealer in PA), but is eligible for Prime-like speed. You have to be logged on to a Prime account to see this option – see screenshot below on how to identify it:

The price on the standard kit without the bonus OTG cable is also $499 by various sellers through Amazon.

PS: microUSB to USB OTG cables are easy to find these days, under $5 if you only want one, or even less per cable if you want to buy in packs. See prices at etc.

Philips SHP-9500S for $57 (New) or $46 (Open Box)

The newer open-bac over-ear Philips SHP-9500S (the “S” is part of the model name, not plural – which is why it is bad idea to end product names with an “s/S”) is currently in-stock in both conditions at NewEgg, by Newegg actual, and with free shipping as follows:

+ new condition for $57
+ open box for $46
+ neither one of these prices is the lowest, so if you don’t want it right now, you can always wait

Panasonic RP-HT21 Lightweight On-Ears for $6.35

Flashback to the Walkman and cassette tape era, the lightweight but open-back Panasonic RP-HT21 are on sale for $6.35 each, in new condition, at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three per customer. These stood the test of time and are used in volume at various places (eg schools), which is why you see multi-packs on the listing, including 100-packs 🙂 They average 4.3 out of 5 based on over 4200 customer reviews.

Now shipping: B&O PLAY H4 Bluetooth Over-ears for $299

The headphone stork is bringing in even more new releases. The new B&O PLAY H4 bluetooth closed-back over-ear headphones in the “charcoal gray” color scheme are now in-stock and ready to ship for $299 with free shipping by authorized dealer Onecall through Amazon. More marketplace sellers have it now, check the detailed listings [updated 2/25/17]

These ship from OneCall (Eastern Washington, the only persona of Huppin’s – think Gonzaga!), but if you are a Prime member, you receive Prime-like shipping speed even though they don’t ship from Amazon’s own facilities. This is thanks to a lesser-known Prime benefit, where some retailers agree to ship some items at Prime speeds. You can recognize this on listings (while logged on with a Prime account) by looking at the highlighted areas in the screenshot below:

They support Bluetooth 4.2 and promise up to 19 hours of music playback before recharging. They also play music through a standard 3.5mm input. B&O has an ever-increasing number of H-series headphone models. This particular model does not have ANC, which for some may be considered a plus.

Beats by Dr. Dre Tour2 Active Exercise Earphones for $50

To The Dre we go, where B&H Photo is offering the Beats by Dr. Dre Tour2 Active for $50 with free expedited shipping. Active refers to their intended use as exercise earphones, not active noise cancellation. This is a limited time offer, but expiration date is unknown (to me). Three of the five colors are on sale: the default black-red, the siren-red, and the titanium.

[DEAD] Thinksound On2 Wood On-Ears for $152 [ends Sun 1:24am ET]

These Saturday lightning deals expired…

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[DEAD] Saturday’s Offers: Thinksound ON2, Speakers, Etc

Saturday is over, and so are its daily deals…

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