Archives for January 18, 2018

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)

Colorfly C10 Portable DAP for $180 w/FS [MD]

Back to the DAPs we go with another offer getting unlocked at Massdrop, and running for the next three days and change (from blog-posting date), it is the new condition Colorfly C10 Portable DAP going for $180 with free US shipping. This is only available in the blue color scheme.

The player is running Linux, uses the Cirrus CS4398 DAC, and is CNC-machined aluminum and red sandalwood which makes it look nice (at least in the pictures; I haven’t seen it in person). It has 32GB memory on-board plus a micro SD slot. It will ship from Massdrop in late February 2018 with all sales final.

A warranty card is included in the package, but it does specify any further details on the warranty (or lack there of). Massdrop would improve their credibility if they deterministically mentioned the warranty status of each drop. Consumers build trust and become customers for life when a seller is more open and forthcoming.

Thinksound ts03 wood IEMs for $65 w/FS [MD]

Massdrop strikes again wtih a new unlocked offered running for the next five days and change (from blog posting date). It is the new condition thinksound ts03 wood in-ears going for $65 with free US shipping. These will ship in mid-February from “the vendor” (not Massdrop). All sales are final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x: Refurb for $216, Used for $225

If you don’t want to wait for future sales, the closed-back over-ear Audio-Technica ATH-M70x studio headphones are available in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) for $225 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual… Or on the same listing, there is a fulfilled by Amazon offer from a 3rd-party seller in refurbished condition for $216~ with free shipping. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Closed Over-Ears for $90

The new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser Urbanite XL (XL = Over Ears in this case) are on sale for $90 in the black color scheme and $100 in the denim color scheme, sold by a 3rd-party seller, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you have an extra layer of protection since Amazon is handling the transaction and shipment of these.

Hifiman HE-560 Planars drop to $350

The Hifiman HE-560 have already sold out and have been marked as discontinued at B&H Photo for the sale price of $350, but fear not, you can still get them for $350 with free shipping at These are open-back over-ear planar magnetics.

Xduoo X3 DAP for $76 w/free S&H [from China]

If you don’t mind waiting, or paying extra for faster shipping, GearBest is having a sale on the new condition XDuoo X3 digital audio players. The silver color schemes goes for $76, while the black color scheme goes for $80. With free slow shipping from China. The gold color scheme is not on sale.

Their button placement may be a unusual if you are used to the more symmetric digital audio players, so you may want to do some “usage visualations” to make sure you are okay with their positioning 🙂

Open Box Monoprice M565 Open Planars for $170 + S&H

Monoprice has refilled their open box and refurbished sale page with more inventory and among them you can get the open-box Monolith M565 open-back planars for $170 plus shipping. The new condition price is $200.

Speaking of which, you can the open-box Monolith M1060 open-back planars for $250 plus shipping. The new condition price is $300.

Strategically it might be a good idea to buy these together with other items that are eligible for free shipping, so you won’t pay as much for shipping for them.

PS: Monoprice had a big bang of new headphone gear at CES 2018, including closed-back planars and a whole range of DAC/amps, from a tiny laptop model to a 20 pounder tube!

Monoprice Aluminum Omega Headphone Stand (black) for $20 with free S&H

It’s both a sale and a free shipping promotion at the same time. Monoprice is offering their new condition Monoprice Aluminum Omega Headphone Stand, model number 24463, in the black color scheme, for $20 with free standard US shipping. No coupon needed.

No assembly required. This is aluminium, not to be confused with those similarly shaped acrylic headphone stands at Amazon.