Archives for October 2018

Thur: Pioneer Triple Play for $319 (HRM-5 headphones, Active Monitors, DJ)

What if you wanted a bit of everything? Studio headphones, active speakers, and a DJ controller? Good until Thursday OCT-18-2018 at 11:59pm eastern time, New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering this Pioneer bundle for $319 with free shipping. For that you get:

+ HRM-5 Studio Headphones
+ pair of DM-40 two-way active monitors
+ DDJ-WeGO4 Digital DJ Controller

Wedn: Pioneer XDP-30R DAP for $150

It’s DAP time among the deals of the day B&H Photo, good until Wednesday October 17 at 11:59pm eastern time. It is the new condition Pioneer XDP-30R offered for $150 with free shipping in the black color scheme.

This is not an Android DAP [but supports TIDAL and Tune IN Radio streaming], but it has some advanced features, such as balanced outputs, two microSD card slots [and 16GB on-board storage], dual SABRE, dual-band Wifi, bluetooth, small touchscreen for operations, DSD support [up to 5.6 MHz], AAC up to 192/32, They also promise MQA support with a future firmware update.

As we’ve seen with smartphones [and other devices too], promises of future updates often remain promises, so keep that in mind if this is a major decision point in your purchase!

It averages 4.2 out of 5 based on a dozen customer reviews at B&H, and 3.5 out of 5 based on 20 customer reviews at Amazon where it also has 17 answered questions by “viewers like you”…

Sennheiser HD 559 Open Over-Ears for 73 euro

Sennheiser is a German company, so it’s not a surprise that some of the best prices for their headphones can be found on Amazon Germany, such as the new condition open-back over-ear HD 559 headphones currently going for 73 euro, with a limit of up to three per customer at the sale price. These are sold and shipped by Amazon actual.

VAT is included and no additional taxes/customs are charged in European Union countries. Outside the EU, it depends on your location. The shopping cart may give you estimates though.

I haven’t heard this or the predecessor HD 558, but some of the customer reviews say they prefer the predecessor. Check those and forums and such. It is not uncommon for some people to prefer a “previous generation” model as headphones are not like smartphones 🙂

Sunday: UrbanEars Hellas Bluetooth On-Ears for $49

Running until Sunday 10/14/18 at 11:59pm eastern time, as one of the “deals du jour”, New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition Urban Ears Hellas bluetooth closed-back on-ear headphones for $49 with free shipping in your choice of three color schemes. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on six customer reviews. I have not used or seen these, so YMMV…

Budget Monoprice Two Pairs of Earphones with Free Shipping

Good until the end of day (in the pacific time zone), Monoprice is having an audio sale that also has two “secret” coupons! Coupon code EAR10 gets you TWO pairs of the MP10 budget earphones for $14 total with free shipping, while coupon code EAR20 gets you TWO pairs of the MP20 budget in-ears for $24 with likewise free shipping.

PS: the MP20 mayhaps look a little bit Symphonized?

Used Audio Technica ATH-WS1100 iS for $95+

As of the time of writing, you can slash the new condition price in half for new closed-back Audio Technica ATH-WS 1100 iS, part of their closed-back “Solid Back” series. Sold through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) by AWD actual, you can get it for $95~ in “Used – Acceptable” [a higher risk condition], or $109~ in “Very Good” or $116~ in “Used – Like New”. These headphones average 4.4 out of 5 based on over 110 customer reviews.

Plantronics Backbeat Sense for $55 [bluetooth]

The “bluetooth on-ear” market is getting more and more price-competitive, so down it goes the new condition Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless (bluetooth) with mic, in the white color scheme (it’s not white, it’s a white-brown-etc blend), selling at the moment for $55 by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon where it averages 3.6 out of 5 based on 32 customer reviews; a sign of trade-offs, so read up on it if you are not already familiar with it….

Used Focal Spirit One S closed-back for $49

FOCAL started slow with their headphone line-up before going on an audiophile big bang that got us many options, such as the Elear, Clear, Utopia and so forth…

Of the first wave of closed-back models, the Focal Spirit One S is currently offered in “Used – Like New” condition [no further details provided] for $49 with free shipping by marketplace seller “Fique” (96%, 730+ ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from the marketplace seller and it is NOT Prime-eligible, so there is some higher risk since you won’t be dealing with Amazon shipment and customer service for any order-related issues…

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Closed Over-Ears for $70

The Urbanite was one of Sennheiser’s attempts at counter the ever-growing popularity of the pre-Apple Beats headphones. It hasn’t grown as much as the Momentum line (now sold as HD1 in some markets) in terms of model line-up, but their new condition over-ear closed-back wired model, the “Urbanite XL” is currently on sale for $70 with free shipping by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price… At Amazon, this averages 3.8 out of 5 based on nearly 200 customer reviews. I have seen them but have not listened to them…

Used Sony MDR-1A Closed Over-Ears for 87 euro

And now off to Germany we go, where the closed-back over-ear (previous generation) Sony MDR-1A is offered in multiple listings and in various conditions starting at around 87 euro in “Used – Good condition” by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual, with prices rising to 92~ euro in “Used – Very Good”, and 97~ in “Used – Like New” on the fifth page of the results.

Strategically, given all these listings, one can play the waiting game and see how low the Amazon price computers will drop their prices given all the pages and pages of listings.

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Open Over-Ears for $96

There are not that many open-back options under $100, especially with Philips bowing out with their half-legendary SHP-9500/S [see our unboxing] and the Status Audio OB-1 being hard to find… But Sennheiser and Grado are not the only games in town either! Audio Technica has its own ATH-AD series and the second entry in this line, their ATH-AD700X open-back over-ears is currently on sale for the very specific price of $95.72 by Amazon actual

Used Sony XP550 AP Extra Bass for $20

If you want to try the Sony Extra Bass line without breaking the bank, you can go the way of the used, as as of the time of writing, Amazon Warehouse Deals has the black color scheme of the 2017 model of the XB550 AP Extra Bass for under $20 in “Used – Very Good” condition with free shipping for Prime members. Make sure AWD itself is the seller [or any other sellers you recognize]… Of the other color schemes, the blue is available for $22~ BUT it is only in “Used – Acceptable” condition, so that’s a higher risk…

Used Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT for $90

If you are a fond of used, and bluetooth and ANC, the Sony WH-CH700N headphone is available at the moment in “Used – Very Good” condition for the very specific price of $89.50 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself (AWD). Make sure AWD is the actual seller, and not the iffy sellers over there…

We have a text and pictures un-boxing of this very headphone… The PORG is NOT included 🙂

[DEAD] Used Grado SR80e open on-ear for $84

As of a 10/18/18 re-check, this sold out in used condition, but such is the cycle of used Grados on Amazon. If you wait, it will eventually return…

If you are Grado-curious but don’t want to pay the full price, then Amazon Warehouse Deals comes to the rescue as they currently have a “Used – Like New” (comes in original packaging [that’s a spartan “pizza box”]) for the very specific price of $84.15 with free shipping. The new condition price at authorized Grado dealers is $100… This is an open-back model and a low-risk entry-point into the “Grado sound”…

Wedn: Philips O’Neill The Construct (Closed On-Ears) for $29

One of the Woot daily deals for 10/10/18 at Woot Electronics is the new condition Philips SHO7205 O’Neill The Construct closed-back on-ear headphones going for $29 with free shipping for Prime members or $5 flat (regardless of order size during a single calendar day in the central time zone) for non-members. It is available in two color schemes with up to ten pairs per customer.

PS: speaking of on-ears, the Monoprice lightweight closed on-ears are in, and an “unboxing post” is in the works. These appear to share a common ancestry with the AmazonBasics version [which appear to be gone from Amazon’s USA and Germany websites] but I don’t have them anymore, so I can’t compare them directly. From early listening, it sounds like they have a similar sound signature: tastefully bassy, better suited for modern music; not classical…

EU: Used Creative Aurvana LIVE 2 for 41 euro

It’s not just the USA Amazon that has some potentially interesting used headphone deals under the “Warehouse Deals”. Amazon Germany has a few as well ~ granted not as many usually as the mothership Amazon ~ but a deal is a deal. IF you prefer the second generation closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana LIVE, you can get it in “Used – Good condition” for about 41 euro by Amazon Warehouse Deals

PS: if you are not familiar with this headphone, note that a number of people prefer the original first generation CAL than this second generation model, so read up if not familiar. It’s just a web search away 🙂

EU: Yamaha EPH-M100 In-Ears for 34 euro

If you are a fan of the Yahama earphones, the new condition EPH-M100 in-ears, in the white color scheme (it’s black and white) is currently on sale for 34 euro at Amazon Germany. No additional taxes for EU residents. Elsewhere, it varies depending on your situation.