Archives for April 2019

Monday: Westone W40 In-Ears for $230 [and more]

Of the Monday daily deals, B&H Photo of New York is offering the new condition Westone W40 in-ears for $230 with free US shipping. These come with MMCX and MFi cables as well.

Of the other Monday daily deals, Woot is offering the new condition JBL Reflect Fit neckband bluetooth earphones for $40 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping. They come with a 1-year JBL warranty.

Thur: refurb Beats Powerbeats 3 for $68

Good until Thursday at 11:59pm central you can get the factory reconditioned Beats Powerbeats 3 bluetooth earphones for $68 with free shipping for Prime members and a 90-day Woot warranty at the Woot website…. Five different color schemes are available as part of the sale. You can buy up to ten pairs at the sale price.

Monday: Sennheiser HD1 FREE bluetooth in-ears for $80

Good until Monday at 11:59pm eastern [or earlier if sold out], New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition Sennheiser HD1 FREE bluetooth in-ears for $80 with free US shipping. These are neckband-style, even though from the pictures, it’s not easy to determine that ~ but notice how the cable looks rigid-y in-place…

NOTE that orders placed at B&H Photo by Sunday April 28, will ship after April 28, so if you need something to arrive yesterday, note that it will not!

Tascam TH-300X Studio Headphones for $40 w/FS

Good until Monday at 8am eastern time [or earlier if sold out ~ unlikely), the current Musician’s Friend deal du jour are the new condition Tascam TH-300X studio headphones (closed-back, over-ears) going for $40 with free shipping.

PS: these are also sold under other brand variants, so google them up if you are curious or not familiar.

Friday: Beats urBeats 3.0 earphones for $40

One of the Friday April 19 daily deals at Best Buy is a urBeats 3.0 earphones sale, with each pair going for $40 and available in six different color schemes. In addition of the standard Beats colors, they have also added some pastel-y colors as well…

Monoprice Monolith Tube Headphone Amplifier with ESS Sabre DAC for $330 w/FS

CORRECTION: the post-title had the sale price as $320 instead of $330. The text of the post had the correct price of $330…

This came out during the Monoprice big bangs of new products, and it is currently on sale and with free standard US shipping, which is a big plus, because this is a big boy, it’s not a tiny portable headphone amplifier – quite the opposite.

Not to turn this into a reading comprehension exam, but in this case, “this” refers to the new condition Monolith Tube Headphone Amplifier with ESS Sabre DAC on sale for a limited time for $330 with aforementioned free standard US shipping. You can buy up to twenty ~ although I doubt any non-commercial customer will get anywhere near that number.

Monoprice Retro Semi-Open Over-Ears for $22.49 w/FS

Samson and Superlux are not the only ones selling these headphones. They go by some other brands, and from the looks of it, Monoprice too is on the game, and they are now on selling, their Modern Retro closed-back semi-open over-ears are going for the very specific price of $22.49 with free standard US shipping. Limit up to twenty per customer at the sale price.

Speaking of which, the Monoprice website is also having on sale the new condition Triple Driver In-Ears for $30 with free standard US shipping. Finally someone at Monoprice realized that their previous name of “XXX” had other …connotations. Limit up to twenty per customer as well.

EU: AmazonBasics In-Ears for 4.16 euro [updated]

UPDATE: the blue color scheme sale ended but the black color scheme continues to be on sale for 4.16 euro, you can buy as many as you want but it is an Add-On item, so you must place a 20+ euro order of eligible (shipped or fulfilled by Amazon Germany) products ~ otherwise their shopping cart won’t let you buy it…

On the budget side of things in Europe, Amazon Germany is currently offering the new condition AmazonBasics In-Ears for 3.45 euro in the blue color scheme and just over 4 euro in the black color scheme. These are without mic/remote. Because of the low price, they are an add-on item, so you must needs place an order of 25+ euro otherwise their shopping cart won’t let you buy them. You can buy as many as you like.

This is not a lightning deal, so there is no set expiration time. The price can change dynamically at any time as the Amazon Price Bots see fit 🙂

PS: I had one of these, I’ll have to check my pictures archives to see if I took any pictures for unboxing and wrote any impressions and such. One of these days I will get organized and start producing more content again 🙂 Please leave requests for things you want to see done ~ especially unusual or off-beat things that are not done by everybody else 🙂

Wedn: Sony WH-CH500 Closed Bluetooth On-Ears for $45

Part of the latest Sony WH line-up of headphones, and good until Thursday at 1am eastern time (or earlier if they sell out) are the new condition closed-back on-ear bluetooth Sony WH-CH500 offered for $45 with free shipping for Prime members [you must needs connect your Prime account with your Woot account ~ a one-time action] or $6 flat shipping for non-members at the Woot website. They come with a 1-year Sony warranty. Up to ten per customer at the sale price…

These are only bluetooth 4.2 with NFC, there’s no ANC with them. There’s no LDAC [not to be confused with LDAP], no apt-X, but they do support AAC ~ a minimum for any bluetooth headphone going for over $10 these days 🙂

I haven’t seen these, but I have used a larger model in this line-up, the WH-CH700N (N for Noise Cancelling) of which I have a text and pictures unboxing

Wedn: Pioneer DJ HRM-7 Studio headphones for $99

We have another headphone featured in daily deals. It is the new condition closed-back over-ear Pioneer DJ HRM-7, going for $99 with free shipping within the US at at B&H Photo until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern time ~ or earlier if they happen to sell out… It includes two cables and an extra pair of velour earpads…

EU: Sennheiser HD 660S for 377 euro

Germany being the motherland of Sennheiser has its benefits. For example, the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 660S is on sale for 377 euro with free shipping within Germany by Amazon Germany actual. You can buy up to three pairs at the sale price. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time/date is unknown to me…

XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp for $160 [MD]

Massdrop is back here again with another live offer, running for the next five days and change, it is the return of the new condition XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp offered for $160 with free US shipping. International shipping is under $15, varying a little by location. It is available in your choice of silver or black color scheme.

It has three inputs (USB, 3.5mm, SPDIF) and 3.5mm audio output, in addition to (of course) the headphone output on the front. It supports up to DXD and DSD ~ in addition to PCM of course. Its discussion at MD has over 1000 posts, and it has 21 customer reviews over there with an average of over 4 out of 5…

Orders will ship from Massdrop in late May 2019. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing ~ other than to say that a warranty card is included in the box.

Acoustic Research M200 DAP for $100 [MD]

The DAP market has more and more options competing, despite the avalanche of smartphones available in the market. Another $100 competitor in this field is the Acoustic Research M200, and it is currently offered at the Massdrop website for $100 with free US shipping. International shipping is under $15 for many countries.

The DAP offers balanced or unbalanced audio output and supports bluetooth with apt-X HD. It takes memory cards up to 256GB, and it is one of the new generation of USB-C charging ports…

In the cart, you have two optional additions: +$10 for a case (two color choices) and +$80 for the E10 in-ears to be added to your order. These are shown in the main product description so you don’t have to get into the shopping cart to see them…

The offer will ship in late May 2019 from Massdrop.

EU: Used beyerdynamic TEAM TYGR kit for 254

As of the time of writing there is a “Used – Acceptable” condition listing of the beyerdynamic TEAM TYGR 300 R gaming headset with the FOX USB microphone, together going for 254~ euro. The new condition price is 350 euro. This is sold as a bundle, you don’t add them individually or enter coupon codes. Just add the thing to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout…

Tuesday (EU): JBL and Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speakers

There is a music theme in the Tuesday Amazon Germany Gold Box daily deals with two big groups of sale. The Logitech Ultimate Ears bluetooth speaker sale ranges from 50 to 160 euro with various models with a total of 15 options available… Meanwhile the JBL sale, in addition to bluetooth speakers, it also has a bluetooth closed-back on-ear headphone, the T450BT going for 30 euro…

Monday: Feed Your DAPs, Backup your FLACs!

Another opportunity to feed your DAPs and PADs and have more backups of your music because until Monday 4/15/19 at 11:59pm pacific time, the headliner daily deal at the Amazon US Gold Box is a storage sale featuring various products from the WD group of companies, namely Sandisk (microSD cards), and WD and G-Tech for internal and external hard drives. You can buy up to two units of a sale item during the sale.

The microSDXC cards have options of the Extreme and Ultra kind from 64GB (just under $9) to 400GB ($86). There’s full size SD cards too, and internal and external HDDs and SSDs. And of course a feast, not for crows but for USB flash drives 🙂

Monday: Westone W60 IEMs for $500

Good until Monday at 11:59pm ET or earlier if sold out [unlikely] you can get the new condition Westone W60 in-ears for $500 with free US shipping at B&H Photo. As of the time of writing, this item is restricted to USA shipping addresses [not sure why].

These have MMCX and MFi cables, they are of the “True Fit” kind, with a six driver balanced armature design (two of each [highs, lows, mids])…

HE 150PRO Earbuds for $22 [MD]

Massdrop is furiously adding more and more new brands/products to its inventory and one of them is on the budget side of things, a $22 pair of [actual] earbuds, the new condition HE 150PRO Earbuds going for $22 with free US shipping and $5~ international shipping (YMMV depending on location).

These are “HE” not “VE” (Venture Electronics). At least they didn’t name them Monks 🙂

These will ship from Massdrop in mid-May 2019. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing which will run for the next four days and change from blog-posting time…

PS: “lush” is one of the audiophile words that can raise red flags for those who are mayhaps tired of the flowery borderline-meaningless audiophoolia language used in quite a few corporate and forum reviews 🙂

PS2: I prefer to use weather-y descriptions. For example [general example, not related to these earbuds ~ I haven’t seen or heard them], “these headphones are cloudy with a chance of rain in the high plains”

EU: Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT Over-Ears for 120 euro

This is an organic sale, not part of the daily deals. For a limited time, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition for 120 euro with free shipping in Germany. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price with as the seller of record.

This is an ANC and bluetooth closed-back over-ear with a 2-year warranty, It folds, has NFC and apt-X, bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm cable, etc.

I’m not sure what the difference is between the SE (special edition) and the standard edition…

I’m still puzzled how big companies with expensive headphones can’t afford apt-X HD yet budget brands with headphones selling at a fraction of the price can #headphonemysteries

Thursday (EU): Gaming Headset sale (various brands incl Sennheiser ZERO for 129 euro)

Gaming headsets are the order of the day in the Thursday Spring Sale at Amazon Germany, their super-charged daily deals running until April 15 in 2019. Of headphone interest, they have a variety of gaming headsets in the two gaming-themed sales, including Razer, Corsair, Trust, and of course Sennheiser Gaming Zero going for 129 euro. The other gaming sale includes various Lioncast gaming headsets…

UPDATE: if you need various audio cables and other assorted accessories, they are currently having a 25% off sale on AmazonBasics brand products

Tue (EU): Libratone, Victure budget DAPs, Klim Fusion

Spring is coming to the Amazon Germany daily deals until APR-15, and the Tuesday round of offers has some headphone sales as well:

+ Libratone Q Adapt ANC/bluetooth on-ears for 109 euro
+ neckband bluetooths for 134 euro
+ Q Adapt ANC earphones (Lightning cable) for 89

+ Victure budget digital audio players (mixed in with action cameras) ranging from 19 to 24 euro; the 19 euro model even comes with basic earbuds

+ Klim Fusion earphones and gaming headsets as part of a larger Klim gaming-theme sale. The earphones go for 15 euro in multiple spring-like colours, while the gaming headsets range from 30 to 52 euro

+ on the PAD side, there’s an Xperia XZ2 sale, the Compact goes for 399 while the XZ2 main goes for 599, with Android 9 available after they got released with 8. Of PAD interest, these are IP68, have a microSD slot, 64GB on-board storage, SnapDragon 845, apt-X HD, bluetooth 5.0, QC 3.0, NFC, USB OTG, USB-C Type 3.1, etc. Note however that they DO NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack…

Monday (EU): Sony Audio Sale (headphones, DAPs), Beats X, and More!

Audio is YUGE for Monday at the Amazon Germany Gold Box that is headlined by a big Sony Audio sale that includes (among others):

+ NW-A916 A45 digital audio player for 125 euro in various color options

+ H900N ANC/bluetooth over-ears for 174 euro in many color options

+ WI-1000X neckband bluetooth earphones for 174

+ NW-WS414 waterproof mp3_player/earphones AiO for 79 euro

+ also bluetooth and other speakers and car audio options

But that’s not all when it comes to audio. There are parallel sales on Anker/Soundcare headphones and bluetooth speakers, and 49 euro Ultimate Ears bluetooth speakers in many delicious colors, and a couple of Arbily sub-50 bluetooth earphones too.

Apple too is part of the sale as their Beats X neckband bluetooth earphones are on sale for 74 euro in two color options.

Denon too is part of this sale with a couple of bluetooth speakers and a couple of receivers… And there’s a few Huawei P20/M20 type of phones of PAD interest…

Sunday: Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones for $45 w/FS

If you want to try on a different brand of studio headphones, B&H Photo’s house brand Senal is offering the new condition SMH-100 closed over-ears for $45 with free US shipping until Sunday APR-7-2019 at 11:59pm eastern time.

These take the studio headphones more seriously than most, they can with removable twisted-lock cables, include two different cables (one short straight, one long coiled), replaceable earpads, and a 3-year warranty to boot.

Friday (EU): Avantree Audio sale (stand, low latency, etc)

For EU audiophiles and anyone who can shop from the EU advantageously (eg currency fluctuations, forwarding service, friends/relatives there, etc), one of the Amazon Germany daily deals for Friday April 5 in 2019 is an Avantree Audio sale that includes their headphone stand with a “cable pool” for 15 euro, and their TV bluetooth headphones for 52 to 67 euro… They also have other bluetooth-audio related products, including a couple of low-latency transmitters/receivers… One of their TV headphones is BT low latency as well…

Stealth Sonics U2 IEMs for $200 [New Massdrop Arrival]

The March march [ha!] of new products continues in April at Massdrop with the debut (marked at their website with “New Arrival”] of the new condition Stealth Sonics U2 IEMs which have no relation to the Seattle SuperSonics or the Oklahoma ThunderSonics or the arena muzak band that goes by the name of U2 {meow! or betrayed Joshua Tree fan?}…

The price is $200 with free US shipping, with international shipping around $4 depending on location of course. They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty {always a plus in the MD listings}, with two cables, three different kinds of eartips (total of seven pairs), a hard case, a pouch, extra faceplates, and more.

They will ship in early May 2019 from Massdrop. The offer runs for the next four days and change from blog-posting date [since Massdrop does not post an exact expiration time in their listings]…

TFZ Galaxy T2 IEMs for $40 [MD]

Sub-$50 chi-fi action once again at the Massdrop website. This time they are offering the new condition TFZ Galaxy T2 in-ears for $40 with free US shipping or sub $5 shipping internationally… Four color schemes are available to select during the checkout process over there… They come with eartips, a clip and a pouch…

There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. They will ship by Massdrop in late May 2019. The offer runs for the next three days and change from blog-posting date [Massdrop does not show a specific expiration time instead they show “X Days” or “X hours” left]…

Thursday: 1-Year Stereophile print subscription for $10

Among the Thursday deals of the day at the Amazon USA Gold-Box there is a sale on print magazines. One of them is of potential audio interest, a 1-year print subscription with auto-renewal activated of Stereophile for the very specific price of $9.74…

Xiaomi Fan Festival sale includes five headphones

GearBest is running a Xiaomi Fan Festival sale, and they have five headphone options under the “Top Electronics” category [there’s no method to directly link to that category ~ just page down until you find it]. There’s usually a nearly-free shipping option, sometimes registered-mail sometimes unregistered.

The options are:

+ Xiaomi PRO HD (QTEJ02JY) in-ears for $28
+ Xiaomi QTEJ03JY hybrid dual drivers for $20

+ Mi bluetooth 4.1 foldable closed-back over-ears for $72

+ truly wireless LYEJ05LM for $16
+ bluetooth headset LYEJ02LM for $13

+ also: Xiaomi bluetooth audio receiver for $18

Wednesday: Westone W80 (w/ALO, MFi, etc) for $749

Hide your e-wallets! Good until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out), you can get the new condition Westone W80 eight driver true-fit earphones with lots of included accessories in the original package (ALO Audio and MFi cables, etc, etc) for $749 with free US shipping at B&H Photo

This is a balanced armature design, with the ALO Audio Reference 8 cable included in the original box, along with a 3-button MFi cable, four faceplate of different colors, two different cases, two different sets of eartips and more…

Optionally, for $50 more, you can get it bundled with the Weston bluetooth cable ~ click on the green “Build Bundle” button on the right hand side of the page (on a laptop screen), and/or you will be prompted by the offer in the shopping cart.

This item currently ships to the USA only, so if you are outside the US, use a forward service or have it shipped to a trusty friend/related…

Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp for $65 [MD]

More and more things are getting added. This time we have the Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp going for $65 with free US shipping at the Massdrop website. International shipping appears to over around $4.

This will ship in late April 2019 from Massdrop. There’s no mention of warranty in the product listing. It comes with a carrying case and an adapter cable. It runs for the next four days and change [from blog-posting time here]…

BREAKING! Monoprice launches Monolith High-End Cassette Tape systems

UPDATE: April 3 (2019): with magic cables and centuries-long burn-ins, it may be a good idea to expicitly point out that this had been an April Fool’s Day joke by Monoprice for 2019 🙂

It is quite trend on Bandcamp, especially among lo-fi and noise-pop style bands to have their music not only available in digital, CD and vinyl BUT also a cassette tape.

So perhaps it is not surprise that today, April 1 (2019) Monoprice decided to reveal their brand new Monolith Cassette Tape series of audio products. As of the time of writing, there are three products with prices ranging from $200 to $1300.

The new products are doing very well in the initial reviews just posted at the Monoprice website 🙂

Etymotic ER3-XR or ER3-SE for $145 each [MD]

Triple-flange fans, unite and take over! Good for the next four days and change (from blog-posting time) you can get the new condition Etymotic ER3-SE or ER3-XR for $145 each [or you can get both for $290, there’s no combined purchase discount] from Massdrop.

There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. They will ship from Massdrop in early May 2019. Free US shipping. International shipping appears to be under $5 ~ but I only test a small random sampling of countries because they are too many to test for each post 🙂

PS: the “XR” has a “mild bass boost” over the SE per the listing…