Archives for February 2018

RHA CL1 In-Ears slowly coming back for $214

The RHA CL1 in-ears are now orderable again at Amazon by Amazon actual at their previous sale price of $214~ with free shipping. However, the shipping estimate is currently “within 1 to 2 months”. This had previously been unorderable so this is definitely a good sign. If you are interested in this, mayhaps wait a couple of days to see whether Amazon has a more tangible estimate?

Used Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $399 w/free S&H

The price of the Chord Mojo (the portable DAC/amp with the marble buttons) is diverging in opposite directions. The new condition price increased to $579 but the used price has dropped to $399 with free shipping by seller “Audio Advice Online” through Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Like New” condition. This ships directly from AAO and it is not Prime eligible.

Denon DA-10 Portable USB DAC/amp for $150 w/FS

Perusing the top selling DAC/amps at Amazon reveals a sale on the new condition Denon DA-10 Portable USB DAC/amp for $150 by HifiDef Lifestyle with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. It is also offered for the same price from the HiDef eBay store (no Prime shipping obviously). Their eBay store says they have five units available.

Sunday’s Offers: Treblab, Brainwavz, Etc

Sunday is a modest day of Gold Box action with the following tentative schedule:

+ starts 8:39am ET: TREBLAB J1 Bluetooth earphones (price before sale $37)

+ starts 9:09am ET: Cowin E7 ANC/BT Over-Ears
+ target price is under $40

+ starts 11:14am ET: Brainwavz Hengja – The Headphone Desk Hanger (price before sale $14)

+ starts 12:04pm ET: COMISO 30W Bluetooth Speakers with Super Bass, Bamboo Wood Home Speaker with Subwoofer (price before sale $50)

+ starts 8pm ET: Alritz Earphone Earbud Holder Case
+ various colors/options and quantities on the same listing

Amazon Warehouse Deals launches “Annual Savings Event”

If you are a fan of used gear, Amazon Warehouse Deals (now with their fancier sounding “Amazon Warehouse” name and green name) has launched an Annual Savings Event sale, and among the items participating in the sale are over 5,000 headphones. I will price-check them when I can find time to dive into the Warehouse. In the mean time, you can search for your favorite brands or models using the search box over there (it has a custom search box), or filter by the various categories on the left-hand side of their website.

There’s no coupon, and no in-cart discount as far as I can tell – the price you see is the price you pay.

Used Mitchell and Johnson GL1 for $99

On the crowd-funded hybrid electrostatic front, the new condition Mitchell and Johnson GL1 go for $199, but you can cut the price in half by getting them in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) for $99~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There are five different models on the same listing, so keep that in mind when reading customer reviews and checking answered questions.

Even EarPrint H2 Bluetooth Walnut Over/On-Ears for $199

Down $100 is the new condition EVEN EarPrint H2 Over/On-Ears bluetooth walnut and steel headphone, going for $199 with free shipping, sold by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. They average 3.5 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews and have over a dozen answered questions.

PS: I’m not quite sure if these are over-ears or on-ears, thus the over/on-ears…

Refurb Sony MDR-1000X ANC/BT Over-Ears for $170

If you are going to get the previous generation of a product, it is not a bad idea to go for refurbished, especially if the price difference it not trivial. Which brings us to the Secondipity eBay store offering the manufacturer refurbished Sony MDR-1000X ANC/bluetooth closed-back over-ears for $170 with free shipping in your choice of black or beige color schemes. Limit up to three per customer. They ship from Texas.

Monoprice Weekend Coupons: New Closed Planars NOT eligible, but Monolith Turntable IS eligible

Friday is here and Monoprice.com is back with their 2-day (running until Saturday night) coupon duo. Coupon code 20GOLD gets you 20% off orders of $150+, while coupon code 5GOLD gets you $5 off orders of $25+. The minimum amounts must be of coupon-eligible items.

Unfortunately this time around the newly released M1060C Closed and M560C Closed planar-magnetic headphones are not eligible for the coupon like they were during the President’s Day weekend 4-day coupon.

Silver lining however, the newly released Monoprice Monolith Turntable is eligible for the coupon, dropping from $250 to $200 with free standard US shipping with coupon 20GOLD.

Speaking of Monoprice, their new condition Metal Dynamic On-Ears are down to $20 per pair, but shipping is extra. I did not test these for the weekend coupons.

Finally: Sennheiser HD 660 S shipping from Amazon actual

If you like to buy your headphones from Amazon actual (not marketplace sellers), the time has come! The new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 660 S are _finally_ in-stock and shipping from Amazon actual for their starting price of $500 with free Prime shipping.

1More 1M301 In-Ears for $20 w/free S&H [MD]

We have … one more (sorry, I couldn’t resist it) 1More headphone that is now fully unlocked at members-only but free to join Massdrop, it is the new condition 1More 1M301 In-Ears offered for $20 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next five days and change (from blog posting time) and will ship in mid-March 2018 from the vendor. All sales final. It comes with a 1-year warranty.

PS: the other two 1More headphones in progress at Massdrop are the Quad IEMs for $150 and the Triple Driver Over-Ears for $200.

Two refurbished JBL Reflect Mini BT bluetooth earphones for $70 w/free 2nd-day Air

The official JBL store is having a “Buy One Get One FREE” promotion on their recertfied JBL Reflect Mini BT bluetooth earphones. You pay $70 and you get two pairs. And you get free 2nd-day air shipping (with orders of $20+ in headphones or speakers). No coupon needed, the magic happens in the shopping cart. Four different colors are available so you can mix and match, handy for housemates and kids, everyone has a different color so they don’t get confused about who owns what. Limit up to six per customer. Sale ends 2/25/18 or earlier if sold out.

Dekoni Premium Earpads for AKG and Fostex for $35 to $73 with free shipping [MD]

Not to be confused with Dakini bliss, Dekoni earpads hope to offer bliss for your ears 😉 A couple of them are fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop running for the next 3+ days (from blog-posting time) with free US shipping as follows:

+ Dekoni Premium Ear Pads for Fostex
for $35 to $73
+ various materials are available, and options compatible for the TH-X00, TH-900 and of course the all-mod T50-RPs

+ Dekoni Premium Ear Pads for AKG K7* for $35 to $73
+ four material options
+ compatible with AKG Q/K701, Q/K702, K601, K612, K712, K7XX

These ship in mid-March from the vendor, with all sales final as usual. By “all sales final” they mean there are no returns for “satisfaction”, only if the product is defective, broken, missing parts, etc.

[DEAD] Friday’s Offers: Cowin, Brainwavz, Symphonized, Etc

Friday is over and so are its lightning deal offerings…

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Open-box Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headset for $122 [UPDATED]

UPDATE: I totally forgot about this, Massdrop has an in-stock drop on the new condition Massdrop x Sennheiser PC37X Gaming Headset for $120 with free shipping and 2-year warranty. “In-stock drops” ship within a week of purchase, unlike the classic “drops” that can take months. An in-stock drop opens and closes every 24 hours. At the end of each 24 hour cycle, orders that were placed get processed and are shipped out in 2-3 business days. We track these in our Massdrop Tracker

Good until the end of the month (2/28/18) an automatic in-cart coupon drops the price of the Like-New Open-Box Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headset from $151~ to $128~ with free shipping and free returns. The coupon code is FEBVIDEOGAMES15 but it gets added automatically when you add the item to your shopping cart – you shouldn’t have to enter it manually.

Open-box Noble Audio X Universal IEMs for $197

Blinq is back with another like-new open-box type of a promotion and as of the time of writing, their product page says they have only one unit available of the Noble Audio X Universal IEMs with a 2-pin to lightning connector, going for the very specific price of $196.49 with free shipping and free returns.

PS: if you are not familiar with Blinq, they explain how they get their inventory on their web pages over there. They sift through returned and overstock items from other retailers, and sell them on their own website at a discount. They also offer a 10% off coupon if it’s your first order (it’s mentioned prominently on their website).

Philips Fidelio M2L Lightning Connector On-Ears for $60

We have another addition to the Woot Cheap Headphones sale since our post yesterday. They are now offering the new condition Philips Fidelio M2L Lightning On-Ears for $60 with free shipping for Prime members, or +$5 flat for non-Prime members. Limit up to three per customer. The sale ends at the end of February or earlier if sold out.

These have a Lightning connector, so they are only compatible with Apple devices that have that (iPhone 5 and newer, iPad 4 and newer, all iPad Minis and PROs, and iPod Touch 5th generation).

Beats Solo 3 for $135 (refurb) or $155 (open box)

An automatic 20% off discount that appears in the shopping cart (coupon FEBSILVER20 in case of cart issues) at BLINQ until 2/23/18 at 9am eastern drop the price of the following two matte silver Beats Solo 3 Wireless on-ear headphones (model MR3T2LL/A) as follows:

+ Factory Refurbished drops from $169 to $135

+ Open-Box Like New drops from $194 to $155

They offer free shipping and free returns.

Live NOW: BeyerDynamic DT770 PRO (80 ohm) for $130, DT990 PRO (250 ohm) for $150

As teased by NEF last week the sale is now live at newegg flash of the two Beyerdynamic Headphones as follows:

+ Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80 ohm) Closed-Back for $130

+ Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) Open-Back for $150

+ both are sold by Electronics EXPO, with free shipping
+ no promo codes, no mail-in rebates
+ offer ends next Wednesday at 12pm ET (or earlier if sold out)

1More at MD Unlocked: Quad IEMs for $150, Triple Driver Closed Over-Ears for $200

A couple of 1More headphones are now fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop and running for the next four days and change (from blog posting date). They will ship in late March from Massdrop, with all sales final. No mention of warranty in the listing. Free US shipping. The IEMs are restricted to US and Canada per the listing.

+ 1More Quad Driver IEMs for $150

+ 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Closed-Back for $200
+ these were revealed at CES 2018 with a starting price of $250. If you are not interested in Massdrop, we are tracking them in our New Headphones Tracker

Fender CXA1 In-Ears for $47 to $52

This is actually a new low price! I didn’t realize it until I price-checked them for the cheap Woot Plus headphones round-up! The new condition Fender CXA1 In-Ears are on sale for $47 with free shipping for Prime members or +$5 for non-Prime members at the Woot Plus cheap headphones sale until March 1st or earlier if sold out. They come with a 2-year Fender warranty.

The previous low price we found for these here was $59 at Adorama about a month ago

PS: as of Sunday 2/18/18, Prime members get free standard shipping on almost everything sold at Woot (you have to login with your Amazon Prime account to activate this feature)

Cheap Woot Headphones Deals Revisited (Free Shipping for Prime members)

Now that Prime member can get free standard shipping on most Woot purchases (“Gourmet” is excluded), it is time to revisit the current “Cheap Headphones” sale at Woot since the deals are not ruined by that extra +$5 for the flat shipping fee.

As of the time of writing, these offers run until March 1st (or earlier if sold out), and they are:

+ TAMO bluetooth earphones for $10 in three color options (up to ten per customer)

+ Philips SHB3060BK/27 bluetooth on-ears for $35

+ Fender CXA01 In-Ears for $47

+ Symphonized (they totally did not pick this time because it’s similar in length and letters to Sennheiser) NRG 3.0 Wood In-Ears for $15; no need to chase them during lightning deals
+ we have a text and pictures unboxing here of the NRG 2.0 model

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth On-Ears for $160 [Costco]

Your membership dollars at work! Costco is offering the new condition Bose Soundlink Bluetooth On-Ears for $160 with free shipping. Non-members can buy it with a 5% surcharge, which is still cheaper than the $180 price of Amazon.

Open Box Used Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Over-Ears for $74

Getting the Innerfidelity blessing is helping the Sennheiser HD 4.40 bluetooth over-ear headphones keep their prices at a profitable margin, but if you don’t want to wait for another sale (they were a $100 Amazon deal of the day in late November 2017), there is an alternative, you can get them in “Used – Like New” open-box condition by BLINQ through Amazon Warehouse Deals for $74~ with free shipping.

Speaking of the HD 4.* series and Blinq, they have the HD 4.20s closed-back over-ears wired in “Used – Like New” open-box condition for $41~ with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. We actually have a text and pictures unboxing of these. Their thick earpads are their #1 feature.

Both ship directly from Blinq and are not Prime eligible…

Titus Audio Symphony Line of IEMs on sale

The Titus Audio Symphony line of in-ears is on sale, and they are all clustered on a single Amazon root listing, with a limit of up to three per earphone per customer. Some of them are available in different color schemes. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order. The prices are:

+ Moto for $14 (no relation to Motorola)
+ Spirito for $14
+ Sopra for $19
+ Conductor for $60
+ the numbers above are rounded for simplicity

Refurbished Sony WF1000X Truly Wireless for $100

The new condition Sony WF1000X truly wireless earphones go for $200 at authorized Sony USA dealers, but if you want to cut the price in half, you can get them in certified refurbished condition for $100 by Secondipity fulfilled by Amazon (Prime shipping) in your choice of black color scheme. The gold/brown/metal/whatever color scheme goes for the same price, but ships directly from Secondipity and it is not Prime eligible.

These appear to have trade-offs however, as they average 3 out of 5 based on 150+ customer reviews at amazon.com and they have a flat “review stars histogram”, something you don’t want to see in a product. Looking at the review-stars distribution alone is a sign of issues and trade-offs so read up on them before buying!

AmazonBasics 5-in-1 Audio Splitter for $7

Belkin is probably the most well known among the little unpowered 5-in-1 audio splitter, but now they have name-brand recognition competition from none other than the BORG of house branding, AmazonBasics! They recently launched eight different colors of a 5 in 1 unpowered audio splitter with seven of the eight colors currently going for $7 each. They average 4.6 out of 5 based on 62 customer reviews.

These are unpowered, so the audio is affected by which headphones you connect to (based on the laws of physics, not magic). You can try it if you don’t believe me 🙂

Pay $40, Get $50 Guitar Center Gift Card by Email

If you are a fan of Guitar Center, at the moment, the PayPal Digital Gifts store on eBay is offering $50 Guitar Center Gift Cards delivered by email for $40 with free delivery. Limit up to five per customer. This is essentially a 20% off discount on everything you buy using these gift cards!

Marshall Major II Bluetooth On-Ears for $58 to $61 w/FS

A marketplace seller has triggered a price-match by the Amazon price bots for the new condition black color scheme of the Marshall Major II Bluetooth On-Ears. The marketplace seller price is $58~, while Amazon’s own price is $61 with free shipping. Since this is a bot price-match, expiration time unknown. Only the black color scheme is on sale like this.

On the same listing they also have the wired non-bluetooth model, so if you are reading customer reviews and answered questions, make sure you read/filter for the intended one.

Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earphones for $26 w/FS

Drippity-drop, the new condition Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass earphones in the black color scheme are currently on sale for $26 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. It appears to be a price-match of a marketplace seller, so expiration time unknown. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 2860+ customer reviews and have nearly 350 answered questions, so they are quite vetted.

House of Marley Rebel On-Ears for $10

Music is said to have life and color but what about the headphones? IF you want something that brightens things up (color wise, not music wise) the new condition House of Marley Rebel closed-back on-ears, in the Rasta color scheme, model EM-FH041-RA, are going for $10 in new condition by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon so free 2-day shipping for Prime members.

On the other hand, if you prefer a lower price but an unassuming color, the grey color scheme is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for the very specific price of $6.86 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual (with free 2-day Prime shipping; it’s not marked as an Add-On as of the time of writing).

KOSS KPH30i Rhythm Lightweight On-Ears for $20 + S&H [MD]

The PortaPRO is not the only retro popular KOSS headphone. At least at Massdrop, the new condition Koss KPH30i Rhythm Beige Lightweight On-Ears is popular enough that they brought back the drop, going just like before for $20 plus shipping. They come with the famous KOSS limited lifetime warranty as Koss and Massdrop are co-operating. All sales are final however.

They will be shipped in late March 2018 by Massdrop. They come with a non-detachable dual-entry cable with mic/remote. This runs for the next four days and change (from blog posting date).

Phones as DAPs: refurb HTC One M8 for $90

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, if you are looking for a double figures Android DAP without breaking the bank, the refurbished HTC One M8 is offered as a “Scratch & Dent” for $90 at part of the longer running Woot deals, this one is good until March 1st (or earlier if sold out). Limit up to ten per customer.

This is a Verizon + GSM unlocked phone, with 2GB RAM, 32GB on-board and microSD card (of particular music interest obviously), Snapdragon 801, 5 inch screen, etc. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty.

Shipping is free for Prime members (must login to Woot with our Amazon Prime account), otherwise it’s the usual $5 flat for everything you buy during the central time zone calendar day.

[DEAD] Sennheiser PMX 684i Neckband Earbuds for $25 w/FS

This daily deal expired… Good until 11:59pm eastern tonight, you can get the new condition Sennheiser PMX 684i neckband earbuds for $25 with free shipping in the green/gray/black color scheme.