Archives for February 6, 2018

New Blog Series: Headphones to …AVOID!

I am doing this blog for you, the audio fans, not the audio manufacturers! With this brand new blog series, I will guarantee that I will never be invited to cocktail parties by the audio manufacturers 🙂 It’s a brand new series, “Headphones to Avoid”. In this series, I am spotlighting headphones that have deal killer problems that make them a pain and a bad buy for consumers. The first subject/victim of this series is the Sony RF-995 RK, an otherwise well-made RF-wireless system (base and headset; not unlike the Sennheiser RS-series) which fails at its number one priority, wireless audio, with audible clicking with the slightest of body/head movements.

We have a text-and-pictures unboxing of this headphone, click on the picture below to get to our previous unboxing post…

Used AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Semi-Open Over-Ear for $449

The AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Over-Ear Semi-Open go for $700 in new condition at authorized dealers but if you want to save some, marketplace seller “Audio Advice Online” is offered them in “Used – Like New” condition for $449 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. These ship directly from them, they are not Prime eligible.

Used PSB M4U ANC Headphones for $129

ListenUP of Colorado has the PSB M4U 2 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $129 with free shipping in your choice of black color scheme or white color scheme [CORRECTED messed up link] through Amazon Warehouse Deals. These ship directly from ListenUp in Colorado. Next close-up price is open-box for $149 in white by Gramophone of House Maryland.

Repurpose This: 2pk Anker Universal Waterproof Case for $7

We have another “Repurpose This” item. If your [Edit: NOT “you are”] digital audio players or DAC/amps are shaped like a modern smartphone (or smaller), Anker is having a sale of their universal IPX8 waterproof cases, they are going for $8 as a 2-pack, sold by the Anker Direct store and the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping (not an Add-On item).

Save the Date: Lots of new Headphone Drops at NewEgg FLASH on Thursday/Friday

This is a heads-up! Looking at the upcoming schedule for new headphone listings at NewEgg FLASH, it looks like they will have a handful of potentially interesting headphones going live this week on Thursday and Friday. The sale prices are not revealed ahead of time, and neither are the sellers of each particular offer.

Among those scheduled:
+ Hifiman RE-400i
+ Fiio EX1ii 2nd generation
+ MEE X7 Wireless
+ Sony MDR-XB950N1
+ Plantronics Backbeat Sense SE

PS: unfortunately the DT 770 (80 ohm) PRO offer for $100 after promo code sold out before I could post it 🙁

AKG K181 DJ UE Reference Class On-Ears for $40 + S&H [MD]

If you are interested in AKG’s more serious attempts at DJ headphones, then it’s Massdrop time, where it is currently fully-unlocked and running for the next five days and change (from blog-posting time), it is the closed-back on-ear AKG K181 DJ UE Reference Class offered for $40 plus shipping and handling.

Since this is in co-operation with AKG, they come with a 2-year warranty. They will ship fairly quickly, mid-February 2018 by Massdrop. All sales final as usual.

[DEAD] Thursday’s Offers: Brainwavz M2 IEMs, HM5 Velour Earpads, Etc

These lightning offerings expired…

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