Archives for December 2019

Wedn (ebook): David Byrne’s How Music Works for $2

Good until Wednesday 12/4/19 at 11:59pm pacific, one of Amazon’s Kindle daily deals is David Byrne’s (yes, the Talking Head one) ebook “How Music Works” going for $2. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 260+ customer ratings. It is nearly 400 pages long…

Tuesday (Phones as DAPs): Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $649

Betrayed by Samsung, headphone jack fans can say goodbye to the Note 10, and can mayhaps hold on to the Galaxy Note 9 which is the most recent (and previous generation model) that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. And as fate would have it, the factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is on sale for $650 in the 128GB edition or $840 in the 512GB edition (FLAC fans unite and takeover) as one of the Amazon Deals of the day for Tuesday December 3 in 2019.

Up to three devices per customer at the sale price (ends 11:59pm pacific time or earlier if sold out). Three is also the number of colors the phone is available in. Unlike the Note 10, there was just one Note 9. This is sold and shipped by Amazon actual, so no worries about the warranty…

Hifiman Edition XX Planars (Massdrop) for $500

The Massdrop action continues with the new condition Massdrop X Hifiman Edition< XX/a> planar magnetic headphones offered for a limited time for $500 with free US shipping and a 1-year manufacturer warranty with this being an “X” product…

For more action, check the other Massdrop Cyber Week offers

Tue: Sennheiser G4ME ONE PC Gaming Headset for $80

Good until Tuesday at 11:59pm central time, you can get the new condition Sennheiser G4ME ONE PC Gaming Headset for $80 with free shipping for Prime members (or $6 flat shipping for the calendar day) as one of the Woot deals of the day for Tuesday 12/3/19. Limit up to five per customer. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty…

Focal Elegia Closed Over-Ears for $598

FOCAL’s first attempt to enter the consumer headphone market was not greeted as a liberator but their subsequent entry into the open-back audiophile world generated a whole lot more excitement. And soon after that they also released closed-back headphones. One of them is the Elegia over-ears and they are currently on sale for $598 with free shipping by a trio of marketplace sellers (including World Wide Audio) through Amazon

Sennheiser HD 4.50 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $80

It’s a Game of Thrones but also a Game of Exclusives! Best Buy appears to be currently having an exclusive on the black/red color scheme of the new condition closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones for $80 with free shipping or store pickups. You also get free 90-day trials for Pandora and Sirius XM. Free trials for new subscribers only.

On the other hand if you want to optimize for lower price, the official Sennheiser Outlet is selling them for 15% off their $82.49 price (around $70) through Amazon

Speaking of which, a few more Sennheiser headphones have limited time 10% off coupons on them at the Sennheiser on Amazon Outlet store…

Koss ESP/95X “Massdrop” Electrostatic system for $400

Come on Koss, let’s have an electrostatic party! Massdrop is offering the new condition KOSS ESP/95X ELECTROSTATIC SYSTEM, part of their “Massdrop X” program on sale for $400 with free US shipping and returns as part of their Cyber 2019 offers. This took is an in-stock drop so it will ship one business day after your purchase. No long wait nightmares like some of those baby-long drops of the past 🙂

Jaybird Tarah bluetooth earphones for $50

If you are looking for name-brand exercise bluetooth earphones, the new condition Jaybird Tarah is also participating in the Cyber Black festivities, on sale for $50 per pair in new condition in different colors at B&H Photo and Amazon (Where the black/flash color scheme already sold out) and Best Buy

Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp for $399

If you can’t resist those adorable little round buttons, the Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp is currently on sale by various recognizable marketplace sellers for $399 with free shipping at amazon.com. Or you can go used with $349 over there.

PS: as usual, when buying audio gear from online marketplace that have multiple sellers like Amazon, eBay, Newegg, etc, make sure you check who the seller is and whether they are an authorized dealer…

Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee for $135

For a limited time only, Massdrop is having a sale on the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee going for $135 with free US shipping and returns, and a 2-year Sennheiser warranty. This is a limited time offer. It is an in-stock drop, so it will ship the next business day after purchase…

This is part of their Cyber Monday 2019 sales that include the Beyerdynamic DT 177X, Noble IEMs, Koss, and more…

Bose Soundsport Free (TW) for $139

Also part of the CM festivities, the space-age looking “Ultraviolet” color scheme of the truly wireless Bose Soundsport Free is on sale for $139 with free US shipping at amazon.com with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. The other three colors go for more. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 3880+ customer reviews and they are tagged as an “Amazon Choice” product…

UPDAtE: speaking of Cyber Monday, there is also a big sale on Edifier audio products, a mix of headphones and speakers of different kinds with headphones staying under $50 but speakers going up to $480…

AKG Cyber Monday sale: N90Q for $600, N5005 for $500, N40 for $145 and more

The official AKG online store is having its own Cyber Monday sale and among their offers they have:

+ AKG N90Q noise cancelling reference over-ears for $600

+ AKG N5005 Reference in-ears for $500

+ AKG N40 in-ears for $145

+ N20 NC (ANC) in-ears for $88

+ open-back K702 for $179, K712 PRO for $269

+ closed-back K553 Mark II for $89

+ good old semi-open K240 for $44, K240 II for $71

+ they also have headphone bundles with AKG microphones

Samsung Galaxy Buds (TW) for $100

Samsung continues to attack the earphone market with various options and one of them is their latest Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones, currently on sale as part of the Cyber Monday festivities for $100 at B&H Photo and also at amazon.com

Monday: AKG N700NC headphones with Galaxy Flagships starting at $699

The Union of Samsung with Harman Kardon (the parent company of (what was) AKG) is in full force at the Cyber Monday 2019 sales at the Amazon USA website. It’s a combo of Samsung flagship smartphones (choice of Note 10, Galaxy S10+ or S10) with the new condition AKG N700NC headphones (your choice of silver or black headphones). The prices start at $699 for the S10, $799 for the S10+ and $750 for the Note 10 and $950 for the Note 10+. The phones are factory unlocked.

A total of 30 (!!!) options are available…

These headphones are competing in the prestigious $300-ish price tier with Bose QC, Sony WH-1000X, Beats, Sennheiser and more.

Mon: Sennheiser CX2.00 In-Ears for $20

Good until Monday 12/2/19 until 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering as one of their deals du jour the new condition Sennheiser CX 2.00 earphones for $20 with free US shipping in your choice of iOS and Android in-cable remote buttons. They average 4 out of 5 based on just eight customer reviews…

And starting at 4pm ET, they are going to have a limited time (“flash deal”) running only for a few hours on the new condition Tascam TH-MX2 mixing headphones (closed-back over-ear of course). Their price before the sale is $33. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on 40+ customer reviews…

Speaking of B&H Photo, their various Cyber Monday 2019 offers are now live and waiting for your e-wallets 🙂

EU: Sennheiser Free Bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro

For EU shoppers (and beyond depending on taxes, customs and shipping fees), Amazon Germany is offering for a limited time the new condition Free bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro in the black/red color scheme with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for $90

Once upon a time going for $300+, now the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless closed-back over-ear first generation headphones are down to $90 in new condition in each of the four color schemes by Amazon actual and you can buy up to five pairs at the sale price. These however do not support apt-X. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 880+ customer reviews…

On the other hand, if you consider bluetooth a bug (not a feature) they have the wired new condition M100 closed over-ears going for $150 in the Shadow and Matte-Black color schemes with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 1880+ customer reviews…