Archives for January 21, 2018

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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