Archives for July 2017

Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 BT/ANC Over-Ears for $180

The ANC + Bluetooth combination is more and more competitive these days and one of the options out there is the new condition Plantronics BackBeat PRO 2 going for $180 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual where it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

Refurbished JBL Synchros E30 On-Ears for $20 w/free S&H

On the budget side of things, the manufacturer refurbished JBL E30 closed-back folding on-ears are on sale for $20 with free shipping in three different color schemes by the official JBL store through the NewEgg website. The offer ends Saturday night.

Beyerdynamic A20 Headphone Amplifier for $371

The new condition Beyerdynamic A20 Headphone Amplifier is currently on sale for $371~ with a limit of up to three units per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. Itt averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 23 customer reviews and has 30 answered questions as well.

UPDATE: if you are comfortable with used gear instead, there is a “Used – Like New” listing in original packaging offered for $295~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

[DEAD Fostex TH-900 Mark II drops to $899

This recurring offer expired…

We have a new low price to this recurring Adorama offer. The new condition closed-back over-ear Fostex TH-900 Mark II headphones are down to $899 with free shipping. They are an authorized dealer. You can buy as many as you like.

[DEAD] Open-box Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $450

This sold out in open-box condition…

The Chord Mojo has been successful enough that its new condition price is steady at $500 and its used prices are not ventured much further down. So if you want to save some and you are comfortable with open-box from authorized dealers, Maryland’s Gramophone is offering it in “Used – Like New” Open-box condition with full warranty for $449 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Gramophone and it is not Prime eligible. The new condition price is $500.

PS: as usual, when shopping at Amazon Warehouse Deals, make sure you pay close attention to who the actual seller of each listing is. There are some “Just Launched” and low feedback sellers that are very high risk. Unfortunately Amazon has yet to find a way to automatically purge them forever.

Beats X Bluetooth Earphones for $99 [limit 3]

They are back on sale again, the gray color scheme of the new condition Beats X bluetooth earphones is on sale, in new condition, for $99 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three pairs per customer. The other color schemes are not on sale. They average 4.1 out of 5 based on 350+ customer reviews.

[DEAD] 1MORE Piston Classic In-Ears for $16

This lightning deal ran out of juice (okay, expired…)

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[DEAD] Tuesday: Phones as DAPs: refurbished LG V20 for $285 [or $400 NEW]

These Tuesday offers expired…

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[DEAD] 1More Triple Driver IEMs for $65 [updated]

This recurring offer is no more [yes, pun intended]…

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New Weekly Round UP: Goodbye iPod Nano and Shuffle, Hello Spotify Shuffle

Another week is gone, and this means a new edition of our This Week in Headphoolia is up, a semi-humorous (attempt) at a round-up of the week that was in the world of headphones. The story of the week was perhaps the official farewell of the iPod Nano and Shuffle. But fear not Shuffle fans who happen to also be Spotify subscribers, there’s a Shuffle-like device for Spotify users 🙂

If you missed any of the previous editions, fear not, they are waiting for you in the Headphoolia archives. Time sure does fly, we’ve been doing these for half a year already (!).

[DEAD] Brainwavz Hooka Hanger for $11

This lightning deal expired, but Brainwavz are recurring offers…

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[DEAD] Monday’s Offers: Brainwavz Pads for $16.57, Brainwavz Hook, Bluedio, Symphonized, Etc

These daily offerings expired…

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[DEAD] B&O PLAY H4 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $205

As of 8/1/17 recheck, the price went up to $250…

If you don’t mind waiting for these to arrive, the new condition B&O PLAY H4 bluetooth over-ear headphones, in the “charcoal gray” color scheme are on sale for $205~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three pairs per customer. Only this color is on sale. The shipping estimate is a rather nebulous “within 1 to 2 months”. So don’t buy it if you are buying it for a specific event that is coming up very soon.

15% off coupon on select Monoprice products including Desktop Amp, XXX IEMs, Sonic Solace, Etc

If you are not planning to place a $200+ Monoprice order to take advantage of the previously mentioned 20% off coupon, fear not, there’s another coupon. Coupon code ADD15 works on a number of products (but not everything) at Monoprice. As of the time of writing, it works on the following products:

+ Retro Closed Over-Ears drop from $20 to $17 after coupon
+ look like Superlux/Samson clones

+ Triple Driver XXX IEMs drop from $40 to $34

+ Sonic Solace ANC + Bluetooth Overs in the brown/tan color scheme drop from $60 to $51
+ the black color scheme goes for $70 before coupon

+ Desktop Headphone DAC/Amp drops from $70 to $59~
+ we have a text and pictures useful unboxing here
+ a review is in the works 🙂

The coupon does not work on the following items
The coupon does NOT work on the M560, M1060, M560 with Tube amp combo, the lightweight on-ears, the 8323, and the $25 headphone stands.

Two Days Left: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX for $200

Two days and around 2,000 units are left in the latest Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones drop with the new-old price of $200 with free shipping. On their return, they increased the price of $250, but the HD6XX were not greeted as a liberator at the price. Shortly after they dropped back to $200, and then the sales start flying again.

Keep in mind though, these will ship mid-December 2017. That’s almost half a year away. I repeat, this will ship mid-December 2017!

Used Koss BT540i Bluetooth Over-Ears for $59

The new condition closed-back over-ear KOSS BT540i bluetooth headphones go for $150+, but you can shave almost 2/3rds of that price if you go used. There are multiple “Used – Very Good” listings of this going for $59 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. These are “cosmetic imperfection” units with damaged original packaging. They average 4.1 out of 5 based on 50 customer reviews.

Refurbished Zune HD for $70

Between smartphones and a resurgent media player market, there are plenty of choices to play music with a portable device. But if you happen to be looking for a good old Microsoft Zune HD, it is available in certified refurbished condition for $70 by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is Prime eligible.

Dekoni Earpads for Technics RP-DH1200 for $10

The new condition Dekoni standard replacement Earpads for the Technics RP-DH1200 DJ headphones are currently on sale for $10 per pair by seller “Digital DJ Gear” with the order fulfiled by Amazon with a limit of up to three pairs per customer. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

Meanwhile the Dekoni replacement earpads for the Beyerdynamic DT 7-8-9 headphones are also on sale by this seller fulfilled by Amazon for $13 per pair.

PS: DT 7-8-9 is shorthand for the DT 770 and DT 880 and DT 990 line of headphones.

Meanwhile the Dekoni 3-pack of memory foam earphone tips goes for $7, also Prime-eligible and not an Add-ON item.

[DEAD] Saturday’s Offers: Symphonized

Sunday is over, and so are its daily deals…

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[DEAD] JVC Gumy Bluetooth earphones for $15

This sale ended….

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[DEAD] Last Day: 10% off select Headphones with eBay coupon

This couponized promotion expired…

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Open-box Blue Ella Planars w/full warranty for $590

The Blue Ella planar-magnetic headphones go for $700 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some, yet still get the full manufacturer warranty, you can get them in open-box condition from OneCall, an authorized and respected A/V dealer, for $590 with free shipping.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with used, and you don’t need the warranty, they have now dropped to $456~ in “Used – Very Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. It is good to have choices 🙂

New IEM Arrival: Focal Sphear S for $129

We have a new arrival! The Focal Sphear S in-ears that were previously announced, focal’s follow-up to the “Sphear” are now in-stock and shipping for $129 by multiple authorized dealers as follows:

+ OneCall.com (aka Huppin’s)

+ various at Amazon

+ authorized eBay sellers: HiDef Lifestyle and Redfli (Indiana)

Focal is now riding high(er) in the headphone world thanks to the hype train generated by the Elear and Utopia duo. Their entry into headphones had been a rather timid approach at the $300-ish price range, but their second wave went high (Utopia, Elear) and low (affordable models) in terms of pricing.

AKAI Project 50X Closed Over-Ears drop to $18

This is one of the headphones in the Deals Summary and it is falling down and down again. As of the time of writing, the new condition AKAI Project 50X Closed Over-Ears go for $18.38 with a limit of three per customer. Free 2-day shipping for Prime members over with a $35+ order (eg two pairs).

They are folding, and have detachable cables. Two pairs are included, along with an adapter. They average 3.2 out of 5 based on 84 customer reviews, and have 20 questions answered.

[DEAD] Status Audio CB-1 Closed Over-Ears for $63

This offer expired…

Good until 4:50pm ET, the new condition Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Over-Ears is a lightning deal for $63 with free shipping. The price before the sale was $79 last night.

[DEAD] 20% off $200+ Monoprice coupon: SonicSolace ANC/BT for $48, Desktop HeadAmp $56, M560 + Tube Amp $240

This coupon expired…

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Used Titus Audio Symphony Line Conductor for $21

The Titus Audio Symphony Line Conductor in-ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $21~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Per the shopping cart, there is only one unit available.

On the other hand, if you prefer to get the new condition model, there’s currently a 25% off clip-on coupon over there, dropping the price from $52~ to $39~.

PS: there are multiple models on that page, so if you are playing with the options, make sure you are looking at the correct model.

Sennheiser CX 300 II earphones for $24 [updated]

A new condition post! What a surprise 🙂 The new condition Sennheiser CX 300 II earphones are currently on sale for the very specific price of $24~ [I round the prices in the post titles to make them more readable] at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three units per customer. These average 3.8 out of 5 based on over 4000 customer reviews and they have over 230 questions answered.

PS: this is restricted to Prime members at the moment. On the same listing, there is a bundle with Comply T-400 foam tips. This bundle is not restricted to Prime members. You pay current prices for both the earphones and the Comply (so if the price of either one changes, the price total will also change).

PS2: price updated here on 8/1/17

Refurbished BOSE Soundlink II Bluetooth Over-Ears w/1-YR Warranty for $160

The Bose Soundlink II Around Ear bluetooth headphones go for $229 in new condition (along with $11.45 in promotional rewards) at Adorama, but if you want to pay less yet still get the same warranty as a new condition product…

… then to the Bose eBay store we fly where they are offering these in factory renewed condition for $160 with free shipping.

20% off most headphones at A4C with coupon

Until the 28th of July in 2017, coupon JULY20 gets you 20% off most headphones (and most everything else) at All 4 Cellular. They have a variety of older products there. Also pay attention to their condition since they have various conditions. Refurbished items are by them and carry their own 90-day warranty (not from the manufacturer ~ unless otherwise indicated).

The coupon will not work on iPads and will not work on deals of the day. They mostly have consumer-type headphones, you are not going to find Sennheiser HD700s or Koss electrostatics there 🙂

Beyerdynamic MMX 102 iE for $24 w/free S&H [updated]

Another budget Beyerdynamic earphone with a promo code at NewEgg, promo code 0725EBTS27 gets you the Beyerdynamic MMX 102 iE for $24 with free shipping. The price before the coupon is $29. Offer ends next Monday 7/31/17.

UPDATE: thanks to Allan for the alert! This earphone is also going for $24 at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three units per customer, and Prime eligible.

[DEAD] Friday’s Offers: Status Audio CB-1, Cowin, JLab, Etc

These daily deals expired…

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[DEAD] Noontec Hammo Go Active Noise Cancelling Over Ears for $50

This recurring lightning deal expired…

One of the Gold Box offers is under way, running until 6:05mp ET, the new condition Noontec Hammo Go Active Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones go for $50 with free shipping. Their price before the sale bega was $100 last night. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 33 customer reviews. The ANC circuit is powered by two AAA batteries.

[DEAD] Bose QuietComfort QC35 ANC BT Over-Ears for $300

As of a 8/1/17 recheck, this semi-recurring offer is expired…

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Deal Updates: AmazonBasics RF Over-Ears for $17; USED Jaybird X2 BT earphones for $20

I just updated the Latest Deals Summary, and since the previous update, these headphones dropped further in price:

+ AmazonBasics Over-Ear RF Wireless for $17~ at Amazon actual in new condition, or $13~ in used condition

+ USED Jaybird X2 bluetooth earphones for $20~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals