Archives for March 22, 2018

Koss UR23iB Over/On-Ears (D-Cup style) for $8

The new condition Koss UR23iB headphones with D-shaped earcups (thus I’m not sure if it’s over-ear or on-ear) is currently on sale by a marketplace seller for $8 with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. You can buy as many as you like. It is not a lightning deal. It is a blue/white color scheme. The headband is almost non-existent! They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 46 customer reviews.

Here’s an annotated screenshot of their main product picture with the points of interest marked:

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $300 after coupon

If you are not interested in the $200 refurbished Sony WH-1000X M2 and instead prefer Bose’s headphone i this popular market segment, coupon code PRETTYDAY can get you the new condition Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Mark II bluetooth and ANC closed-back over-ears for $300 with free shipping until Monday 3/26/18 at 8am pacific or earlier if sold out. This is available in two color schemes and the seller is eBags. The connection of course being travel and ANC headphones 🙂

PS: and if you are eligible for the 15% eBay Bucks promotion (by invitation only), you can earn $45 in eBay Bucks on this purchase. YMMV as eligibility for this is determined by eBay’s software.

1More Quad Driver IEM for $129 after coupon

Coupon code MARCHMAD20 (yes, it’s march madness season with the coupons too) gets you $20 off the current price of the new condition 1More Quad Driver IEMs dropping them from $149 to $129 with free shipping at Stacksocial. Their standard price is $200. These were launched after their Triple Driver IEMs got on the hype train. And then the “Driver Wars” took over 🙂

Monoprice Clearance Sale and Metal Dynamic On-Ears for $18 w/FS; MP20 In-Ears for $16 w/FS

Monoprice has launched a spring clearance sale of various random things they carry on their website. The Portable Audio section of the clearance sale is particularly loaded including the dual-driver over/on-ears going for $10 with free shipping, the dual-driver in-ears for $7~ plus shipping, and more. Then when you page down below the phones cases (some of them are iPod cases), you will find a dizzying array colorful cables. After the colorful cables, there’s more random headphones, and various random audio cables including a $0.35 rectactble 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable averaging 4.6 out of 5 based on 465 customer reviews.

Not part of the spring clearance sale, but on sale on their own, with free US ground shipping each are the following two budget headphones:

+ MP20 In-Ears for $16 w/free S&H (brand new model, only one review so far)

+ Metal Dynamic On-Ears for $18 w/free S&H (4.4 out of 5 based on 37 customer reviews)

One more thing that qualifies for free shipping, the 20oz Pure Emperor Tumbler goes for $7 with free US shipping, or if you buy TWO of them, coupon code TUM20 makes them $10 total ($5 each).

The reason I’m mentioning the free shipping options is that once you have a free shipping item in your Monoprice shopping cart, the shipping fee of other items in your cart gets absorbed (partially or fully) by the free shipping. So, for example, the S&H fee may ruin the $0.35 retractable audio cable price, but if it’s appended to an offer with free shipping, then it’s good! So there is a method to this madness 🙂

Free Essential USB-C Earphones with Essential Phone for $450

The Essential PH-1 from Android “father” Andy Rubin is one of the headphones WITHOUT a headphone jack. To encourage people to give this smartphone a try, especially now that it is getting discounted, Amazon and Essential are including a FREE pair of Essential USB-C earphones with purchase of the new condition Essential PH-1 smartphone for $450 with free shipping. Three phone color schemes are available, including the Amazon-exclusive “Halo Gray”.

The earphones goes for $99 on their own and they have a 1-button remote/mic and support USB Audio Class 2 according to the product description.

For more on USB-C audio, Anandtech explains the USB Device Audio Class 3.0 which allows for digital audio and analog audio over a USB-C port. However, not all smartphones support analog audio over USB-C (by re-assigning pins) which creates confusion and frustration among USB-C users who try to mix and match devices…

Blog Update: Expired Deals Marked, Content Updates

One of the benefits of waking up early early early is that you can get more things done. I have now marked as Expired (by adding the [DEAD] in the post name and striking through or pushing behind the “jump” the text) lots of deals, including the craziness that was the eBay flash sale coupon along with various deals of the day and other assorted coupons. To make this easier to read and quickly scan for things of interest, when something expires, I push it at the end of the previous day time-wise. The benefit of this is that it creates a cluster of expired deals, followed by live/active/surviving deals, with the pattern repeating. It’s much easier to read this way than having DEAD and LIVE deals interleaved throughout the home page timeline.

On the content front, we have another text-and-pictures unboxing post, it is the Brainwavz memory foam earpads. If you are wondering why on earth post an earpad-unboxing post? Because some people want to see what’s actually included in the package before they buy. Or want to see the product with “real world” pictures instead of studio/marketing beauty shots. Or if someone is buying used or from forums or Craiglist, they can compare what the seller is offering versus what’s included. Also, silly as it sounds, the unboxing is the most objective part of an audio review 🙂

Meanwhile our “dueling banjos” smartphone lists continue to be updated. The recent twists in the smartphone market necessitated the creation of two lists:

+ Smartphones WITH a Headphone Jack with the brand new Oppo R15 flagship embracing the headphone jack

+ Smartphones WITHOUT the headphone jack (aka the Great Satans of the Audiophile World) 🙂

Razer Man O’ War Tournament Edition Destiny 2 Edition for $80

The new condition Razer Man O’ War Tournament Edition Destiny 2 Edition (gaming headset) is on sale at the moment for $80 with free shipping by Amazon actual. Limit up to three pairs per customer at each seller.

UPDATE: the sale ended at Best Buy on eBay….

[DEAD] Friday’s Offers: Brainwaz HM5 for $83, Etc

These daily deals expired…

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[DEAD] Used Status Audio OB-1 Open Over-Ears for $39 w/FS

As of a 3/24/18 AM recheck, this sold out…

Our Amazon Warehouse Deals adventures continue with another modest hype train headphone. The open-back Status Audio OB-1 are now available in “Used – Good” condition for $39 with free shipping, sold by the Status Audio Amazon store with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Not sure what happened to their new condition inventory. Maybe the hype train ate it all? 🙂

[DEAD] Monoprice 2-Day coupon: 20% off $150+ eligible orders

This recurring coupon expired…

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[DEAD] Logitech G433 Wired Gaming Headset for $50 w/FS

This offer expired…

On the gaming front, the new condition Logitech G433 wired gaming headsets are on sale for $50 with free shipping in your choice from three color options (black, blue, red) by the Best Buy eBay store. This is a limited time offer.

[DEAD] Used Hifiman Sundara Planar Over-Ears for $339

As of a 3/24/18 recheck, this sold out in USED condition…

If the Hifiman construction issues don’t scare you away, their Sundara over-ear planar-magnetics are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $339 with free shipping by seller “Audio Advice Online” (AAO) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from AAO and are not Prime eligible. The new condition price is $499.

[DEAD] Novelty: Used Joystick-shaped earphones for $3

As of a 5:52pm ET recheck, this sold out in used condition…

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