Archives for February 2020

Sat: Audio Technica ATH-DSR-5-BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $120

Running up until 11:59pm eastern time on Saturday 2/29/2020, at B&H Photo of New York, you can get the new condition Audio Technica ATH-DSR-5-BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $120 with free US shipping. These support apt-X HD and the user manual is linked-to at the forelinked product page. No customer reviews of it over there…

Sunday: Headphone Stand, MEE Matrix, Samsung microSD, Etc

Sunday (2/23/20) is a headphone/audio-related day in the various retailer daily deals. We start at B&H Photo where their house brand Auray headphone stand goes for $12 and averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews. But that’s not all, their other daily deals include the JBL 308P Mark II 8-inch two-way studio monitor for $130 after an in-cart coupon…

Meanwhile of the Best Buy daily deals, you can get the new condition MEE Audio Cinema wireless/ANC over-ear headphones for $60 with free US shipping…

And if you want some memory cards for your PADs and DAPs (remember, some older devices are not compatible with the higher capacity memory cards), Woot is offering a 3-pack of 64GB Samsung EVO Select microSD cards for $24 after you enter coupon code SAVEFIVE in their shopping cart. It is $29 before the coupon. Keep in mind these come with a 90-day warranty from Woot, not the standard Samsung warranty ~ according to the listing that is…

Thursday: Big Gaming Headset sale at Best Buy

There’s a big gaming headsets sale at the Thursday February 20 (2020) Best Buy daily deals. The headliner deal is a $10 off discount AND 1,000 Fortnite Bucks on the purchase of select gaming headsets from various brands including Razer, HyperX, Turtle Beach, Corsair, Steelseries, etc. A total of 11 headsets are participating in this sale, with prices ranging from $50 to $100.

Then when you page further down the daily deals, there’s a gaming accessories sale that includes a $35 wired Corsair headset, a $70 HyperX Cloud Alpha Best-Buy exclusive, and more from Corsair, Razer Kraken and more.

And the very last daily deal is the Steelseries Arctis 1 wireless going for $80.

And to store your FLACs and MP3s and OGGs, there’s a 5TB external HDD for $100.

The sale items are listed on their daily deals page and they change every day. If you are checking this at any other day, you’ll see a different set of daily deals…

Thursday: NuForce BeFree 8 TW for $30 [also: refurb Klipschs]

Good until Thursday 2/13/20 (Valentine’s Eve) at 11:59pm eastern, New York’s Finest B&H Photo is offering the new condition NuForce BeFree 8 truly-wireless earbuds for $30 with free US shipping.

NOTE: make sure you check their reviews before buying. They have 60% 1-star reviews…

UPDATE: speaking of daily deals, until 11:59pm central time of this very day there is a Klipsch sale among the Woot daily deals, and of the three items, one is the factory reconditioned Klipsch R5 neckband wireless (bluetooth) set going for $40 with a 90-day Klipsch warranty… There’s also a set of R-15M bookshelf speakers going for $110 (pair, refurbished, 90-day Klipsch warranty)

Westone Adventure Alpha Cross-Over In-Ears for $69

Good for a very limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition Westone Adventure Alpha Cross-Over In-Ears for $69 with free US shipping. The price you see is the price you pay while this short-running promotion is live…

No, they won’t cross over like Iverson, but they do cross over your ear 🙂

Monday: Fiio X5 III DAP for $180

Digital audio players (DAP) are feeling left out this days (outside the world of hard core portable audiophiles) so it is nice to see a non-toy DAP featured in the daily deals of a retailer. Good until Monday 2/10/20 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if the hungry audio-goblings munch it out) is the new condition Fiio X5 III (third generation; typing it twice to inoculate against a typo) going for $180 with free USA shipping at B&H Photo. Up to three per customer at the sale price during this promotion…

Of the Fiios I have the first generation X1 (the one without bluetooth) and it was definitely worth the price (around $100 at the time of purchase). And as fate would have it I have a text and pictures unboxing of the first generation X1. A review is / has-been coming for many months years 🙂

Sennheiser HD 200 + Behringer UMC-404-HD Audio Interface for $179

For a very limited time only, Adorama is offering a Sennheiser x Behringer bundle for $179 with free shipping within the USA. For that price, you get two different items:

  • Sennheiser HD 200 closed-back over-ears
  • Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD audio interface

No coupon, no rebate. The sale price is reflected on their website while this promotion is running…

Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO for $145 (choice of 32/80/250)

If you want to score one of the frequently-discussed affordable closed-back over-ear headphones and you don’t want to compromise on which ohm-age to get based on a random sale, $145 will get you the new condition Beyerdynamic DT-770 PRO at the Massdrop website.

You have a choice of 32 or 80 or 250 ohm. They have 3 meter glued-on cables. The 250 has a coiled cable while the other two are straight. The accessories package is spartan, a drawstring bag (the plus with these is that you can use them for many other headphones as well ~ unlike custom-fit cases that are limited to other use) and the almost always obligatory adapter (in this case a 1/8″ to 1/4″).

These will ship in late February from Massdrop. No mention of warranty in the listing.

Friday: Audio Technica ATH-m50X Gun Metal for $124

Another one of the “affordable audiophile” frequently recommended headphones is on sale, $124 is what separates you from the new condition Audio Technica M50x Gun Metal (GM) with free US shipping by Amazon actual and you can buy as many as you want until 11:59pm pacific on Friday 2/7/2020.

It is one of their daily deals, that’s why that expiration time. The other options are not on sale. If you don’t have an Amazon Store card or credit card, you may be offered sign-up bonuses. I’m seeing an offer for $60 off this purchase if I sign up and approved for their Store Card. The store card offer is definitely YMMV as their AI decides in mysterious ways in what to offer and to whom and when…

Ultimate Ears PRO Universal IEMs for $720 to $1795

We forgot about Dre, and we forgot about MassDROP! Running for the next one day and change, they are offering the new condition universal Ultimate Ears PRO IEMs line-up with free US shipping and returns. A total of five models are available with prices ranging from $720 to $1795 plus you have the option to get Specialty Faceplates (which range from $100 to $200) for free ~ or you can get the standard solid or translucent. Your choice!

The five options are:

  • UE 7 PRO for $720
  • UE Reference Remasters for $795
  • UE 11 PRO for $920
  • UE 18+ PRO for $1120
  • UE Live for $1795

They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Orders will get shipped from Massdrop in early March 2020, so not that bad of a wait (considering some of the other wait times). But definitely not for the “Prime Impatient” (TM)…

PS: Ultimate Ears are owned by Logitech, which is building up its audio-related portfolio, they even scooped up Blue Mic

1More Triple Driver Over Ears for $125

If you are curious about 1More’s Triple Driver closed-back [the “open look” is just a style choice] over-ear headphones, you can score them for $124 with free US shipping at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop website

These ship at the end of the month by Massdrop. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. A carrying case is included with the headphones folded a certain way. Detachable cable with dynamic drives…

Friday: Sony XB-650-BT closed bluetooths for $50

Good until Friday 2/7/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if it somehow manages to sell out) you can get the new condition closed-back Sony “Extra Bass” XB-650-BT bluetooth headphones for $50 as one of the Woot daily deals with a 1-year Sony warranty in the black color scheme. Free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. You have to connect your Prime account to your Woot account (a one-time action) to get the free shipping.

Echo Buds for $90 [or less with trade-in]

If you are an Amazon fan or part of the Echo/Alexa ecosystem, Amazon is currently offering on sale their new condition Echo Buds truly wireless for $90 with free US shipping with one per customer at the sale price. These average 3.6 out of 5 based on over 4200 customer ratings…

But wait, there’s more! Optionally, you can participate in a trade-in offer that gets you a 25% off discount on this (or any other new eligible Echo device) and an Amazon gift card for the value of your trade-in. To see what’s eligible, you have to login to your Amazon account and their system will find any trade-in eligible devices already connected to your account.

More details at the Trade-In promo page…

Wedn: Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears for $150

Good until Wednesday 2/5/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out), you can get the new condition Beats Solo 3 closed-back on-ear wireless (bluetooth) headphones for $150 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. It’s available in a million different color schemes (okay, twelve different color schemes). It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

This of course comes with the Apple W1 chip, which is of great interest to owners of recently released i-Devices that can take advantage of said chip…

Tuesday: NuForce TW, Klipsch, Corsair Gaming

The daily deals for Tuesday February 4 in 2020 have decided to take a audio-related twist with a couple of retailers offering them:

+ NuForce BE Free 5 truly wireless for $20 at B&H Photo in two color schemes

+ a couple of things at Best Buy:
++ 50% off select Corsair wired and wireless gaming headsets
++ MEE Audio BTR bluetooth receiver for $25

+ Klipsch R-28-PF powered floor-standing speakers (pair) for $449 at the Adorama daily deal

Monday (EU): Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT for $95 euro

Good for Monday February 3 in 2020, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, a bluetooth and ANC headphone, for 95 euro with free shipping in Germany + Austria. Shipping is extra elsewhere. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

There it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on nearly 10,000 customer reviews but note that all the variants of this model are grouped together in the listing (with or without ANC, SE and not SE, etc)…

Sunday: Bose QC35 II (black) for $299

As we previously mentioned the rose gold color scheme of the Bose QC 35 II ANC + wireless closed-back over-ears goes for $279 but if rose-gold is not your thing, good until Sunday 2/2/20 at 11:59pm central time, Woot is offering the new condition black color scheme for $299 with free US shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping for non-members. Note that this gets a 90-day warranty from Woot per the listing, not a 1-year Bose warranty.