Archives for November 2018

Thur: KEF M400 On-Ears for $60

Among the Thursday daily deals at NewEGG you can get the new condition closed-back on-ear KEM M400 headphones for $60 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. NewEgg itself is the seller of record. No coupon, no mail-in rebate is needed for this price; just add to cart and proceed to checkout….

Monoprice M1060C Closed Planars for $250

Monoprice is offering nearly 500 items in their Cyber Week deals and one of those is the new condition closed-back over-ear planar-magnetic Monolith M1060C headphones for $250 with free standard US shipping. Limit up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price.

Wedn: Polsen, Sony, Pioneer, Etc

Wednesday 11/28/18 is semi-audio day at the B&H Photo daily deals with the following offers expiring at 11:59pm ET on Wednesday [except for the flash sale which expires earlier]:

+ Polsen HPC-A30 closed-back studio headphones for $30

+ Sony ICD-SX2000 HiRes portable digital audio recorder for $150

+ ends 9am ET: Philips DDJ-RZ – 4-Channel rekordbox dj Controller with Integrated Mixer for $1599

Last Call: Massdrop’s Cyber Monday

This is a last call alert on the Massdrop Cyber Monday offerings which include:

+ AKG K7XX Red edition for $160
+ Koss Porta Pro X wired open on-ears for $30
+ NuForce EDC3 IEMs for $75
+ Focal Spark bluetooth IEMs for $30

+ also more from AR, M&J, Koss, and various other “off topics” products

Tue: Sennheiser PMX 894i neckband exercise wired earphones for $20

It’s Sennheiser action among the daily deals at B&H Photo for Tuesday, it’s the new condition PMX 684i neckband earphones (wired, not bluetooth) with iOS mic/remote and designed for exercise going for $20. You can buy as many as you like at the same price.

Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT Over-Ears for $130

Another sale at Amazon, the new condition Special Edition of the Sennheiser HD 4.50 bluetooth/ANC closed over-ears headphones is on sale for $130 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price… For more action, check the latest Amazon Audio deals

Monoprice 8323 Wired Closed Over-Ears for $17

The good old Monoprice 8323 closed-back over-ear wired headphones are on sale, going for $17.24 by Amazon actual and if you are a Prime member, you get these in about two days. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

For more action, check the latest Amazon Audio deals

Cyber Monday: Bose QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $110; Nuraphone for $280

Cyber Monday is upon us within the USA Amazon Gold Box within it we find the following headphones:
+ BOSE QC25 ANC Closed Over-Ears for $110 in iOS or Android; limit up to three per customer at the sale price

+ Nuraphone ANC/BT over-ears for $280; up to five per customer

Monday (EU): Sony, Anker, Beatles, Etc

A very busy Cyber Monday has arrived at the Amazon Germany Gold Box with the following offers:

+ Sony headphones sale including XB-950N1 for $100, WH-H900N for 154, MDR-XB650BT for 47, RF-895RK for 57, WI-1000X neckband bluetooths for 178 euro

+ Anker Soundcore sale with a few bluetooth headphones and earphones and truly wireless too

+ JBL C45BT bluetooth on-ears for 49

+ Beatles music sale with 58 options in Vinyl and CDs

+ Lioncast gaming headsets

+ also laptops, smartphones, appliances, and lots more

Sun: Eargasm earplus with case/gift-box for $17ish

On the hearing protection front, good until Sunday at 11:59pm central time, Woot is offering the new condition Eargasm earplus for $17 or $18 depending on the option. Up to three pairs per customer. They come with a clever case which can also serve as a gift box, thus the “Gift box” in the product title over there at Woot.

Sun: refurb Samsung Gear IconX SM-R140 TW for $90

Another headphone-related Sunday daily deal, in addition to the previously mentioned Pioneer DAP. Good until Sunday 11:59pm, A4C is offering the certified refurbished Samsung Gear IconX (model SM-R140) truly wireless earphones for $140 with free shipping…

Sun: Avantree ANC/BT Over-Ears and $13 Alum Headphone Stand

Sunday too brings headphone offerings at the Amazon US Gold Box deals du jour. This time around it is an Avantree sale featuring three ANC/BT headphones ($31 to $49) and an aluminium headphone stand for under $13. The other two items in the sale page are cellphone holders [potentially DAP holders if the pieces fit].

I promised a long time ago to create more “repurposing” posts but I obviously fell behind. But before that, I have to write up the unboxing post of the lightweight Monoprice on-ears [which are related to the AmazonBasics version, which are bang for the buck options for non-classical].

Etymotic ER3SE or ER3XR for $150 each [MD]

The Massdrop Black Friday party continues until Sunday at 11:59pm pacific. Then their Cyber Monday offers will go live.

In the meantime, one of their regular offerings, two different Etymotics in-ears are offered for $150 each. The ER3SE or the ER3XR. There is no volume discount if you buy both. They will ship in late December 2018.

Sunday: Pioneer XDP-30R DAP for $140

DAPs are the coachroaches of digital gadgets ~ they refuse to be killed by the smartphones 😉 Good until Sunday at 11:59pm ET, you can get the new condition Pioneer XPD-30R digital audio player for $140 with free shipping and handling.

Sat: MEE Matrix3 Bluetooth headphones + Bluetooth Transmitter for $70

It’s a day of bluetooth daily deals, among the Saturday Best Buy daily deals is the new condition MEE Audio Matrix3 headphones, a closed-back over-ear bluetooth model going for $70 with free shipping or free store pickup if available/possible to do so. It also includes a dual-headphone bluetooth audio transmitter gadget.

Sat: refurbished V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for $99

There is one headphone deal in the Saturday Amazon USA Gold Box and it is the certified refurbished V-Moda Crossfade Wireless (bluetooth) closed-back over-ears going for $99 with free shipping. These are sold by the V-Moda Direct Amazon store and are fulfilled by Amazon as it is often the case with “manufacturer Amazon stores”.

In new condition, the black and red go for $150 each, while the other two colors go for $180 each.

Astell&Kern SR15 DAP for $595

The new condition Astell&Kern A&norma SR15 digital audio player (not sure what the “A&norma” thing is) is on sale for a limited time for $595 with free shipping at B&H Photo and also at Amazon offered there by a variety of the usual audio-selling marketplace sellers (WWS, EE, HiDef, HeadAmp, etc) and also by OneCall on eBay and by World Wide Stereo through eBAY

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Closed Over-Ears for $299 w/bonus

The BOSE Quiet Comfort QC35 II ANC/BT closed-back over-ears go for $299 at the moment at various BOSE authorized dealers, but you can get some bonuses at some places. At Adorama and NewEGG you get 5% promotional rewards to spend there in the future… At Amazon you get 5% cashback if you pay with a Prime credit card (Chase or the store credit card)…

Noble Audio Trident Universal IEMs for $319 [two left]

As of the time of writing, there are two units left of the new condition Noble Audio Trident Universal IEMs by HiDef Lifestyle through Amazon.

This ships directly from HiDef BUT if you are a Prime member, you will receive a Prime-like delivery speed. This lesser-known Prime benefit is denoted by the Prime shipping logos. See annotated partial screenshot below:

For more action, check the other Noble Audio earphones on sale by various at Amazon

iFi Audio Nano iDSD LE Portable DAC/Amp for $99

Nanu-Nanu! Okay, it’s Nano! The new condition iFi Audio Nano iDSD LE Portable DAC Amplifier (LE = Light Edition) is on sale for $99 with free shipping at Amazon actual by a trio of fulfilled by Amazon sellers, including the official iFi Amazon store

Refurb Jabra Elite 45t bluetooth earphones for $25; 65t Truly Wireless for $90

Truly wireless is obviously a matter of convenience, not audiophile beauty, that’s why you keep seeing these made and offered. And one of them is at the eBay Deals, it is the manufacturer refurbished Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless earbuds for $90 with free shipping and a 180-day warranty. These are sold by the Jabra eBay store, and the warranty is from Jabra. Limit five per customer at the sale price.

Also from the Jabra eBay store with the same warranty as above, you can get the manufacturer refurbished Jabra Elite 45t bluetooth earphones (necklace kind) for $25 with free shipping and a 180-day warranty.

Sennheiser PXC-550 ANC/BT for $200

If you prefer Sennheiser’s take on the popular ANC/BT over-ear model, their PXC 550 model is on sale for a limited time for $200 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price at Amazon actual. Being Sennheiser, their ANC is called “NoiseGard”, not to be confused with “NoseGuard” ^_^

Creative Aurvana LIVE closed over-ears for $40

If you had been waiting to score the good old Creative Aurvana LIVE! closed-back over-ear headphone at a good price, and in new condition, your wait is over! As of the time of writing, it is on sale for $40 with free shipping by Creative Labs with the order fulfilled by Amazon. You can buy as many as you want. These were frequently recommended in the sub-$100 closed-back category back when they were the latest model. The 2nd generation in this line did not live up to the expectations set forth by this, the first generation, model.

Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed Over-Ears for $198

The new condition Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed Over-Ears (wired heapdhones) are down to $198 with free shipping at Adorama and B&H Photo and Amazon and other authorized Sony dealers…

Massdrop Black Friday sales are here: Campfire, AKG K181, AT ATH AD-series and Z-series, NuForce, Etc

The promised Black Friday sale at the Massdrop website has arrived! There is a mix of products from their various departments. Of headphone/audio interest:

+ AKG K181DJ UE headphones for $35
+ Audio Technica open-back sale: ATH-AD500X for $60, AD700X for $70, AD-1000X for $260
+ Audio Technica ATH-A***Z series: ATH-A550Z for $90, A990Z for $150, A1000Z for $300, A2000Z for $450

+ 1More Triple Driver IEMs for $60
+ BGVP DMG IEMs with tuning nozzles for $100
+ Campfire Audio Lyra II for $350
+ Campfire Audio Juniper for $550
+ RL Audio FiTerra True Wireless BT 5.0 Earphones for $35

+ NuFORCE uDAC-3 DAC/amp combo for $50
+ NuFORCE uDAC-5 DAC/amp combo for $100

+ Hifiman Mega Mini DAP for $55

NOTE: because of the volume of offers, I haven’t checked whether they have shipping fees…

JBL bluetooth headphone sale [30 options]

If your headphone interests intersect at JBL [also part of the Samsung Empire] and Bluetooth, B&H Photo is running a JBL bluetooth headphone sale with a total of 30 options, with prices ranging from $30 to $150. This is a mix of over-ears, and on-ears and in-ears in this sale. Their Everest line is also included in the sale.

Jaybird X3 exercise BT earphones for $60

AS one of the doorbusters at the Best Buy website, you can get the new condition Jaybird X3 Sport Bluetooth earphones for $60 with free shipping or free store pickup. These are of the “necklace” kind, not the more solid “neckband” kind.

Friday Amazon Gold Box: Gaming Headsets, Blue Yeti USB Mic

No audiophile headphones at the Amazon USA Gold Box but there are a couple of other related offers:

+ Steelseries Arctic gaming heaadsets from $40 to $188

+ YETI Blue USB microphones for $90 each

+ various gaming headsets under a big computer gaming sale

+ lots of Seagate storage options, Windows, Apple and Chromebook computers, and many other things

EU Black Friday: Shure SE 215 for 80, Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC for 100, Denon D1200 for 120, Audio Technica, smartphones [updated]

Black Friday has arrived at the Amazon GERMANY Gold Box includes a big Denon audio sale that has the AH-D1200 over-ears for 119 euro in two color options.

Of PAD interest, when you surf the various smartphone offers, you will find good deals on the Galaxy S8 and S7, the Sony XZ2 and XZ2 Compact [could make for a compact PAD], Huawei P20, Honor 10, and more. {PAD = Phones as DAPs [DAPs = digital audio players]}. They also offer the Samsung EVO microSD cards from 32GB to 128GB.

Of headphone interest:

+ Shure and Audio Technica headphone sale:
++ Shure SE-215 for 80 euro in blue
++ Audio Technica M50X gunmetal for 105
++ AT ATH-AR5 bluetooth for 111, AR3 bluetooth for 65

+ Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT/ANC Over-Ears for 100 euro

+ bluetooth headphone sale includes Ausdom ANC8 over-ears for 36, Zolo (Anker brand) Liberty truly wireless for 56 or Plus model for 70, Taotronics, AUKEY, etc

World Wide Stereo launches their BF specials

Being an audio-focused retailer, as the name gently suggests, World Wide Stereo has launched their Black Friday sales, including various headphones

Fri: Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res DAC for $100 AC

One of the NewEgg daily deals for Friday is the new condition Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res Gaming DAC and USB Sound Card with Xamp Headphone Bi-Amplifier dropping to $100 with free shipping when you enter promo code 119WZWX7 during Friday in the pacific time zone.

Sony WH-1000X M2 BT/ANC Over-Ears for $198

If you do not object to getting a 2017 model [for a better discount], Amazon is offering the new condition Sony WH-1000X M2 bluetooth and ANC closed-back over-ears in the black color scheme for $198 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

The latest Sony model is the M3 which goes for $350 ~ unless it’s on sale.

The name-brand ANC/BT over-ears segment is a battle in the trenches these days with many and more brands trying their hand at this popular and presumably profitable segment. It’s no longer a home run for Bose.

Refurbished Bose QC20 ANC In-Ears for $150

Things are heating up on eBay where the official BOSE eBay store is offering the factory renewed Bose Quiet Comfort QC20 ANC in-ears for $150 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from bOSE and in retail packaging. They are available in iOS or Android button configurations and have a limit of up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

AKG K167 Tiesto DJ headphones for $50

Actual DJ headphones! The new condition AKG K167 dj headphones under the Tiesto name, closed-back and over-ear, are currently on sale for $50 with free shipping at B&H Photo. The entry-point in this line is the K67. The one on sale is the K167. There’s also a K267.

Focal Spark for $29, CLEAR for $1100

The new condition FOCAL CLEAR open-back over-ear headphones are currently on sale for $1100 at select authorized FOCAL dealers, including the World Wide Stereo Black Friday sale along with Amazon actual and ADorama (using coupon code CYBERDEALS).

At the other end of the FOCAL price-range, their new condition Focal Spark wired in-ears are on sale for $30 per pair, available in three different color schemes.