Archives for January 2018

Fender DXA1 Pro In-Ears for $30 with free S&H

If you missed it the previous time, fear not! The sale is back! The new condition Fender DXA1 Pro In-Ear Monitors are back down to $30 with free shipping at authorized dealer Adorama.com for a limited time only.

Also on sale over there, the blue color scheme of the Fender CXA1 in-ears is on sale for $59 with free shipping for a limited time as well.

Speaking of Adorama, they are offering the Tascam DR-22WL 2-Channels Portable Handheld Audio Recorder (Wi-Fi, 3.5mm Mini Jack, etc) for $80 with free shipping and handling. Also a limited time offer.

Back In-Stock: Fender FXA7 In-Ears for $200

The black color scheme of the new condition Fender FXA7 in-ears is back in-stock at Amazon by Amazon actual for $200 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer. The shipping estimate is January 29 (2018). The gold color scheme remains unavailable in new condition (cannot be ordered, has no price/listing).

Meanwhile the Fender FXA6 continue to be on sale for $150 in either color scheme.

eBay coupon promotion: 20% off $25+ orders (100 eligible headphones)

eBay is back with another coupon promotion, this one running until Sunday January 28 at 11am eastern time. With this promotion, coupon code P20SAVENOW gets you 20% off a purchase of $25+ from 65 participating big eBay sellers, including Anker, iDJ Now, Overstock, and VM Innovations.

You can use the left hand side over there to filter by categories. There are over 700 items under DJ Equipment sub-category under “Musical Instruments & Gear”. Among those, there are around 100 headphones. You can sort them by price if you are interested in a particular price range. The eBay seller “iDJ Now” is selling most of the headphones in this category.

The maximum discount through the use of this coupon during this promotion is $50.

Open-box Focal CLEAR for $1399

This is the first time I’ve seen this headphone available as used at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Marketplace seller “Wired for less” (100%, 1345 ratings) offers it in “Used – Like New” open-box condition for $1400 with free shipping instead of the $1500 price in new condition. This ships directly from the marketplace seller and it is not Prime eligible.

Cowin E7 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $40 w/FS after coupon

These are popular on Amazon’s Gold Box lightning deals, but if you don’t feel like chasing them like pokemons in the gold box, fear not! A coupon comes to the rescue! Coupon code WESF8TCI drops the price of the new condition Cowin E7 ANC + Bluetooth Overs to $40 with free shipping in your choice from four different color schemes.

These used to be available only in black, but after their popularity (over 6400 customer reviews with a 4.1 out of 5 average), they launched them in three more colors (purple, white, blue).

Thanks to the coupon, you have more time to make a decision!

NuForce DAC80 for $250 [MD]

If you like lots of connectivity options the new condition NuForce DAC80 is currently fully unlocked at the members-only but free to join Massdrop website for $250 with free shipping. It will ship in late February from Massdrop, all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Advanced Sound S2000 IEMs for $20 w/FS [MD]

On the budget side of earphones we go to Massdrop, where it is running for the next five days and change, the new condition Advanced Sound S2000 IEMs go for $20 with free US shipping. At checkout you can select a model with or without a mic/remote for the same price.

These are estimated to ship mid-February 2018 from the vendor, with all sales final. They come with a 3-year manufacturer warranty which is pretty amazing for a $29 item 🙂

Headphone Tracker updated with CES 2018 models

Yes, progress! I have updated the Headphone Tracker with some of the most interesting new headphones that were revealed at CES 2018. A small number of them are available for pre-order, a couple are already shipping, but the vast majority of them are not yet listed at online retailers for ordering. I will be updating the tracker during the next few weeks until most of them are shipping everywhere.

If I left any new headphones out that you believe should be included there, please leave a comment here or there!

You can find a long summary of the new headphones introduced at CES 2018 at our CES 2018 Tracker.

Feedback and suggestions and corrections too are always welcome 🙂

Philips SHP-9500S: New for $50 [updated]

The new condition new condition model is currently in-stock and on sale for $50 with free shipping until Thursday night (or earlier if sold out) by NewEgg actual.

As of 1/22/18 AM recheck, the open-box option is sold out and cannot be ordered. The price remains $38 on the page though… It is back in-stock but not currently on sale. the open-box Philips SHP-9500S are going for $38 with free shipping, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual.… The lowest price I could find on this blog on the open-box option was $30 after coupon.

We have a text and pictures unboxing of these. Eventually I’ll post a detailed review of these but I can’t promise a date because I’ll probably miss it 🙂 Detachable cable as you can see in the picture:

It is worth the price for sure, new or open-box, but in my opinion this headphone got way too overhyped, raising expectations to unrealistic squared 🙂

Hearing Protection: Over-Ear EarMuffs for $11, Deciber Meter for $10

If you are looking for a basic decibel meter, the Tacklife SLM01 in the red/black color scheme is currently on sale for $10, sold by Tacklife with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get a free 2-day shipping. This is powered by a single 9V battery. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 60+ customer reviews.

This design seems to go under many different brands. I have a similar one from another brand with a slightly different outer shell. These are not professional / calibrated things, so do not make life-and-death decisions based on their readings.

The same brand is offering their new condition Tacklife Noise Reduction Safety Ear Muffs for $11, fulfilled by Amazon. They average 4.7 out of 5 based on nearly 60 customer reviews. These are hearing protection only. They do not play music.

These are organic sales, not a lightning deal, so expiration date is unknown.

Audio Technica ATH-LS200iS for $200, LS400iS for $450 [MD]

It’s Audio Technica LS-series time at members-only Massdrop. In the same listing you can get in new condition the following IEMs:

+ ATH-LS200iS for $200
+ ATH-LS400iS for $450
+ optionally you can upgrade the cables for +$90 (323A) or +$100 (313)

Free shipping for US addresses. They will ship from Massdrop in late February 2018, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listings. The offer runs for the next three days and change from blog-posting date.

Sony MDR-XB950N1 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $118

It’s back to Black Friday pricing for the new condition Sony MDR XB 950 N1 closed-back over-ear headphones with three consumer favorites: Bluetooth, Extra Bass and Active Noise Cancelling, going for $118 with free shipping in its three color schemes at various authorized Sony USA dealers including Amazon actual and Focus and Dell Home and such.

Now shipping: JLab Epic Sports bluetooth earphones

Another one of the new CES 2018 headphones is now in-stock and ready to ship! In either the black or the blue color schemes, you can get the new condition JLab Epic Sports exercise bluetooth (4.2, apt-X) earphones for $100 with free shipping, sold by the JLab Audio Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in two days or so.

As usual with new releases, these are for the early adopters, the “brand fans” and the reviewers. If you don’t need/want them right away, it’s smarter to wait for a few weeks to read more reviews and see whether there’s any discounting.

You can get a summary of the Stock Situation of some of the new CES 2018 headphones at our just updated Headphone Tracker …tracking post 🙂

[DEAD] Last Day at Costco: 1More Dual for $35, Jaybird Freedom for $50

This sale ended… According to today’s email newsletters from Costco, today (Monday 1/22/18) is the last day for the 1More dual driver in-ears going for $35, and the Jaybird Freedom wireless going for $50. With free shipping. Non-members can buy the 1More, they just have to pay a 5% surcharge. The Jaybird is currently restricted to members-only.

[DEAD] Used Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $399

As of a 1/23/18 AM recheck, the $399 option is sold out and gone…

We have a lower used price for the Chord Mojo marble-button DAC/amp at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Marketplace seller “Audio Advice” is offering it for $399 with free shipping in “Used – Like New” condition. This ships directly from them and it is not Prime eligible.

[DEAD] Lightning Deals NOW: Bluedio, Aukey, Symphonized, Etc

These lightning offerings expired…

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In-Stock Now: Moshi Avanti AIR Bluetooth On-Ears

I am also updating the Headphone Tracker with some of the more interesting or serious NEW headphones from CES 2018 and during this update, one of these new models is now in-stock and shipping, of early adopter and reviewer interest perhaps, it is the new condition Moshi Avanti AIR bluetooth on-ears going for $300 with free shipping, sold by the official Moshi Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon

This Moshi video shows it from various angles…

xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp for $120 w/free S&H [MD]

Running for the next four days and change (as of posting time here), you can get the new condition xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp for $120 with free US shipping at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. These will ship in late February 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

They take RCA and USB audio inputs, and output audio via RCA or a 1/4″ headphone jack. There is only one pair of RCA, its use depends on the audio situation (they are an input for the headphone-amp, and an output for the DAC).

MEE Audio M6* Earphone Grab Bag for $15 w/FS [MD]

If you like the semi-randomness of “grab bags” and you are a fan of MEE Audio, then you may be interested to learn that Massdrop is back with another MEE Audio Grab Bag Earphone promotion running for the next four days and change (from blog posting date here).

You pay $14 with free US shipping and for that you are guaranteed to randomly receive one out of three M6-series earphones, the M6 (60%), or the M6B (bluetooth; 25%), or the “M6 PRO” (15%). The “M6 PRO” is the big get of this group, but only a 15% chance.

Each member can buy up to two grab bags. Each one is randomly decided, so there’s no guarantee you will get two different models. Especially since 60% off shoppers will get the M6. They also offer a few “prizes” unlocked based on how many units get sold.

These will ship in late February 2018, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

AKG Y55 Closed DJ On-Ears for $50 w/free S&H

A previous incarnation of these (K61X on-ear series) had build quality issues, but judging by the 20+ customer reviews at Amazon, it looks like they may have fixed them with this version, and they now have a detachable cable instead. They are on the compact side of things (so big head beware) and on the tastefully-bassy side of things (if they carry over the sound signature from the K61X on-ear series).

“It” refers to the red color scheme of the AKG Y55 DJ-branded closed-back over-ears, on sale for $50 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual.

PS: these should not be confused with the AKG K-series closed-back over-ears in the K5XX series.

Used Bravo Audio V1 Tube Driven Headphone Amp for $43

If you are tube-curious, there is one listing of the Bravo Audio V1 Tube Driven Headphone Amplifier in “Used – Good” condition (repackaged) offered for $43~ with free shipping, sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The new condition price there is $75+, so it’s a pretty decent used discount, considering AWD offers a 30-day return policy.

VAVA MOOV 25 Bluetooth Apt-X IPX6 Earphones for $30

The “Vava” brand is one of the brands by fulfilled-by-Amazon seller “Sunvalley Brands” which also sells the popular RaVpower portable power banks and USB AC chargers. For a limited time, they have a 25% off clip-on coupon on the product of the new condition VAVA MOOV 25 Bluetooth Apt-X IPX6 Earphones dropping their price from $40 to $30, with free shipping. These average 4.4 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

PS: it is interesting how all these budget brands can afford to include apt-X, yet some of the big audio manufacturers with prices orders of magnitude higher still don’t have apt-X (let alone apt-X or LDAC or bluetooth 5.0) in their bluetooth headphones.

Saturday’s Offers: KZ ZST, Bluedio, Stands [updated]

There is some modest action in the Saturday edition of the lightning deals of the Amazonian Gold Box with the following action:

+ ends 4:40pm ET: Easy KZ ZST Hybrid BA/dynamic (no mic) for $14
+ with Mic for $15
+ replacement cables go for $9 silver or $10 brown on the same listing
+ these are Prime eligible so you’ll get them in about two days as a Prime member
+ if you don’t mind waiting for a few weeks, you can get them for less at GearBest (ships from China)

+ ends 9:10pm ET: iQunix Lyrae Headphone Stand for $10
+ (price before sale $16)
+ those three are light holes; not adjustable height

+ ends 9:25pm ET: Bluedio V (Victory) Pro Patented PPS12 Drivers Wireless Bluetooth headphones for $112~
+ (price before sale $150)

+ ends 10:25pm ET: Anypro Aluminum headphone stand for $14~
+ (price before sale $17)
+ has dents to hang earphones up top instead
+ also has cushion type thing in the base ~ to use as a phone/DAP stand

+ starts 6:45pm ET: Bluedio T3 Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones On Ears (four colors; price before sale $40)

Sodial replacement earpads for Sennheiser HD 201 for $3.65 w/free S&H from China

If you don’t mind waiting for free slow shipping from China, at NewEgg, marketplace seller “Sodial” is offering Sodial replacement earpads for the good old Sennheiser HD 201 headphones for $3.65 with free shipping from Asia. Earpads are small and squishy so they are easier to ship across the seven seas.

Dekoni Earpads for Sennheiser HD6XX and HD58X for $35 to $65 with free S&H [MD]

This is turning into “Earpad Day” 🙂 If you purchased or are planning to purchase Massdrop’s exclusive Sennheiser HD 6XX or HD 58X open-back over-ear headphones, and you are a fan of Dekoni earpads, Massdrop has a brand new fully unlocked listing with the following options:

+ “Elite Velour” for $35
+ “Elite Hybrid” for $60
+ “Fenestrated Sheepskin” for $65
+ free shipping for US addresses

These will ship in mid-February by the vendor, with all sales final. There are four days and change left in the listing (“Drop”) from blog-posting date.

Hifiman Edition S Open/Closed On-Ears for $129

It’s back to Black Friday pricing for Hifiman’s dynamic on-ears, the “Edition S” whose defining characteristic is their open/closed design. They “open” by removing the earpad cover, and close by adding it back on. There are two colors but they have three listings at Amazon, many of them are by recognizable audio sellers, including Hifiman’s own Amazon store:

+ black Edition S for $129

+ white Edition S for $129
+ and secondary white listing for $129

PS: the “lightning” you see in the product name is part of the color. They are NOT lightning cable headphones.

Brainwaz Krudul for $8, Truss for $9, Hooka for $10 [ends Friday 11:10pm ET]

Running until 11:10pm eastern are the following Brainwavz lightning deals on headphone holder/hangers and such:

+ Brainwavz Krudul Duo Earphone Hanger for $8

+ Brainwavz Truss Dual Under Desk Hanger for $9.59
+ clip $1 off coupon on the page, making it $8.59

+ Brainwavz Hooka The All Metal Headphone Hanger for $10.39

These are all bunched up in the same listing, so people checking the Gold Box page will only see one of the three.

Separately, running until 10:05pm ET are five different colors of the Brainwavz ROUND Replacement Memory Foam Earpads for $15.79 each. One of the four options is Velour.

All these are sold by the Brainwavz Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping even if you get only one. Non-Prime members have the usual $25+ limit, but the good news is that a handful of different Brainwavz products are on sale at the same time, so you can get to $25+ with 2-3 of them.

Audio Gear deals round-up

In this post, we round-up some audio gear deals that are currently running but are not directly headphone-related:

+ Four Month FREE Trial of Apple Music Subscription through Groupon
+ new subscribers only!

+ 1-Year Music Magazine subscriptions, $5 to $9 per year depending on magazine through Groupon

+ Samson C01UCW USB Studio Microphone for $25 with free shipping at Adorama

+ Sony SRSX11 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker cube with mic for $38 with free S&H through Groupon

+ portable audio sale at Monoprice (includes headphones)

+ 20% off orders of $150+ in eligible products at Monoprice with coupon FLURRY20 until Saturday 11:59pm pacific

+ 3ft Monoprice MIDI Cable with 5 Pin DIN Plugs for $0.92 at Amazon (limit 3; Add-ON)

Hifiman RE600S V2 Songbird In-Ears for $99

The new condition Hifiman RE600S V2 Songbird in-ears are currently on sale for $99 by the Hifiman Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (with Prime shipping). Just like the first generation and some other Hifiman products, there are complaints of build quality, so keep that in mind, especially if you are planning to use them in “adventurous” ways 🙂

Sennheiser HD 231G On-Ears for $24 w/free S&H

Good until Saturday night (or earlier if sold out), NewEGG actual is offering the new condition closed-back on-ear Sennheiser HD 231 G for $24 with free shipping with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. No promo code, no rebate needed.

Still Good: Fender FXA6 In-Ears (red or black) for $150

The Fender FXA7 in-ears are currently sold out in both colors at amazon.com (they had been on sale for $200 when in-stock; they are not orderable as of the time of writing), but the Fender FXA6 in-ears remain in-stock and orderable for $150 in either the red or the black color schemes, sold and shipped by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per color per customer.

Meze 11 NEO In-Ears for $49 w/free S&H

The new condition Meze 11 NEO in-ears, in the gunmetal color scheme, are currently on sale for $49 with free shipping by a couple of sellers fulfilled by Amazon: Meze’s own Amazon store (everyone seems to be opening these up these days) and “HeadAmp Audio Electronics”. The Iridium color scheme remains at $59.

Speaking of Amazon, for a limited time, they are offering this 3ft Monoprice MIDI Cable with 5 Pin DIN Plugs in the black color scheme for $0.92 each. Limit three per customer. It is an Add-On item, so you need to place a $25+ order before you can buy it.

Used Hifiman RE-2000 In-Ears for $1728

In-ear prices gone wild! The new condition HifiMan RE-2000 are priced as per their model number, $2000, but if you are comfortable with used flagships, you can get them in “Used – Like New” (damaged original packaging) for $1728 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. There’s only one used listing, this one!

Sennheiser RS 160 Kleer Wireless Over-Ears for $85

Good until Saturday at 11:59pm eastern, you can get the new condition Sennheiser RS 160 wireless system (digital wireless, Kleer technology, not bluetooth) for $85 with free standard shipping at B&H Photo. This consists of one closed-back over-ears headset and one transmitter/base. The headset can only be used with the transmitter, there is no 3.5mm audio input.

This is a previous generation model. The latest RS-series models end in a 5 and no longer use Kleer technology.

Friday’s Offers: JBL, Brainwavz, Etc

There is some modest action in the Friday lightning deals as well at the Amazon Gold Box with the following tentative schedule:

+ starts 7:09am ET: SoundPEATS Magnetic Bluetooth Earphones (IPX6, apt-X; price before sale $28)

+ starts 7:39am ET: COWIN HE8 ANC/BT earphones (price before sale $85)

+ starts 8:49am ET: SOUL SS19 (price before sale $40)

+ starts 11:19am ET: JBL Duet Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear (price before sale $89)
+ there’s also a 10% off clip-on coupon on the page

+ starts 2:39pm ET: 6pk of vinyl record shaped cup coasters (price before sale $11)

+ starts 4:04pm ET: Brainwavz ROUND Replacement Memory Foam Earpads (price before sale $22.50; available in four colors)

+ starts 5:19pm ET: BRAINWAVZ Truss Under Desk Dual Headphone Hanger (price before sale $16)