Archives for May 2020

Monday: Sennheiser HD 2.30i Closed On-Ears for $35

Hen-Heiser fans, your time has come. Starting at 3am ET on Monday 6/1/20 and lasting for 24 hours [or earlier if sold out], one of the NewEgg deals du jour is the new condition closed-back Sennheiser HD 2.30i on-ears wired headphones going for $35 with free US shipping.

The listing has two color schemes and iPhone (i) and Android (G) button options. I don’t know which combination(s) will be on sale. It will be revealed over there when it goes live…

Tuesday: Beats Product RED, refurb Klipsch, etc

For Tuesday 5/26/20, headphones are the theme at two of the retailers offering “deals du jour”.

We start at Newegg where they offer the refurbished Klipsch neckband bluetooth earphones for $40 with free shipping and the refurbished Anker Soundcore Liberty Air truly wireless for $39 after promo code 93XPK28 entered in their shopping cart…

And at Best Buy it’s a {PRODUCT RED) offer, the new condition closed-back bluetooth on-ears that go by the name of Beats Solo 3 offered for $180…

With Apple about to launch their “AirPod Over-Ears”, things are going to heat up once again for the most hated “mainstream” headphone brand at the audiophile message boards. It’s now BOSE vs BEATS vs Apple!

Memorial Day: refurb Jabra 65t and AirPods, Etc

While the i-Hype is i-Building for the first Apple-branded over-ear headphones, the little Airpods are the headliner Best Buy daily deal for 5/25/20. It’s the Geek Squared certified-refurbished AirPods with wireless case going for $140. This Geek-refurbished version averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 249 customer reviews as of the time of writing…

Meanwhile at the dailies they have two offerings:

+ Anker Soundcore Liberty NEO (2019 Upgraded edition) truly-wireless for $33

+ refurbished Jabra Elite 65t Titanium truly-wireless for $100

+ Klipsch Energy Power12 SUB for $119

Sunday: Fuji Labs HD-2000 Closed Bluetooth Over-Ears for $30

The Fuji Labs headphones return to the Sunday 5/24/20 dailies with their new condition closed-back over-ear HD-2000 (aka AUFJ-W-HD2000-WH) going for $30 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by the Fuji Labs NewEgg online store.

This is a bluetooth 4.0 headphone with micro-USB connector and LiPo battery…

Sat: Jaybird Tarah, Skullcandy HESH3, Etc

Not one but two headphones are among the daily deals for Saturday 5/23/20 as follows:

+ SkullCandy HESH3 wireless over-ears for $50

+ Fuji Labs Sonique II in-ears for $10

And at the Best Buy offers du jour, you can get the Jaybird Tarah necklace-style bluetooth earphones for $45…

Friday: Sony Audio Sale at Best Buy, Etc

It’s all about Sony during Friday 5/22/20, as the headliner of the Best Buy daily deals are Sony audio products:

+ Sony WH-CH700N ANC + bluetooth closed over-ears for $100
+ as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of it from two years ago
+ PS: the PORG you see in the unboxing is NOT included with the headphone ~ it is our blog pet 🙂

+ Sony SP-600N necklace-style bluetooth/ANC earphones for $70

+ Sony SRS-XB-22 portable bluetooth speaker for $70
+ XB of course being eXtra BASS; perfect for audiophile jazz listeners 😉

+ Sony SRS-XB-501G wireless speaker with Google Assistant for $150

+ also 7″ Sony Android Auto media thing and Sony Audio system and in-dash digital media receiver and Sony 1155W 2-channel Dolby Atmos 4K A/V hometheater; so much SONY today, too many to list here one by one!

Elsewhere, at Amazon Germany, the Huawei P40 smartphones [no GOOGLE PLAY!!!!] are bundled with the Huaweii truly-wireless earphones and a Huaweii smartwatch in great prices IF you don’t care for Google Play and Google Play Services. That’s a HUGE IF. I don’t think I would want to be chasing hacks to run Google Play apps in 2020. This may have been a fun thing to do in 2010, but these days, I just want things that work 🙂

You can feed your DAPs and PADs (phones as DAPs) at the daily deals with these two microSD cards:
+ 400GB Sandisk ULTRA for $57
+ 128GB Team for $16
+ also: Philips SHB-5950-WT neckband-style earphones for $17 but reviewers NOT happy with it ~ averages 3 out of 5 based on 21 ratings as of the time of writing

If you are looking for an affordable headphone stand, the B&H daily deals [expire Saturday at 11:59pm ET] include their house-brand AURAY HPDS-B headphone stand for $12. It averages almost 5 out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews… While there, you will also find a couple of options for CAD (the brand name, not the Computer-Aided Design) USB microphones ranging from $50 to $80…

PSA: Massdrop Europe experiment currently out of stock

I was just checking and I noticed that the products featured in “Massdrop Europe” experiment are all marked out of stock. I do not know if this is COVID-related or BREXIT-related or for another reason. These are products that get physically shipped from Massdrop to a European location, so they can ship from within the EU, so customers do not have to pay customs or deal with long waits and other related customs issues. Of course they have to pay that lovely VAT 🙂

More on this topics and some prices I managed to grab in our previous posts

Thursday: Samsung U-Flex, MEE BTR, Venax 8e In-Ears, Etc

One of the Woot deals du jour for 5/21/20 is the new condition Samsung U-Flex Wireless neckband-style earphones going for $40 with up to three pairs per customer. They are available in two color-schemes and come with a 1-year Samsung warranty…

Among the Best Buy deals du jour you can get:
+ MEE Audio BTR portable bluetooth audio receiver for $23
+ Insignia wired earpod-style earphones for $10

Meanwhile among the Amazon Germany deals of the day is a sale on Venax brand headphones including the M6 in-ears (which include a waterproof little bag) for 8.22 euro. They also have 27~ bluetooth on/over-ears…

Wedn: Beyerdynamic Amiron Home for $374 after coupon

Beyer is Dynamic at the Newegg daily deals for Wednesday 5/20/20, and for this day, thanks to promo code 93XPJ95 you can get the new condition open-back over-ears Beyerdynamic AMIRON Home “Tesla” headphone for $374 with free US shipping. This is sold and shipped by NewEGG itself, not marketplace sellers. Up to three pairs per customer during the promotion…

But that’s not all, other sellers have related offers as well in their deals du jour:

+ at Best Buy you can get their Insignia bluetooth necklace-style earphones for $20, and the unlocked LG V40 ThinQ for $300 with activation or without activation. Keep in mind the latest model is the V60 with the quasi-dual screens…

+ if you prefer even older LG V-series as PADs (phones as DAPs) Woot has a refurbished Scratch and Dent smartphone sale that includes the LG V10 and V20 from $40 to $120

+ at the Amazon Germany Gold Box you can get the Anker Soundcore Spirit X exercise bluetooth earphones for 26 euro…

Tuesday: KEF Porsche Design Motion One bluetooth earphones for $80

One of the NewEgg deals of the day for Tuesday 5/19/20 is the new condition KEF Porsche Design Motion One bluetooth neckblace-style earphones going for $80 with free shipping, sold by NewEgg actual, with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

Anker and its sub-brands can’t stop coming up with new bluetooth headphones of different kinds, and one of them is on sale at Amazon, it’s the new condition Soundcore Liberty Neo truly-wireless going for $33 with free shipping and free returns.

Symphonized NRG wood in-ears for $12

Good until 5/20/20 (or earlier if sold out), we have a new addition to the Woot Garage sale, it’s the new condition Symphonized NRG wood in-ears going for $12 with a 90-day Woot warranty. Up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price. A hipster-y little bag [see gallery picture #4] is included along with extra eartip sizes…

Free shipping for Prime members, or $6 flat for calendar day purchases for non-Prime members..

We have a text-and-pictures unboxing of one of the many many variants of the budget Symphonized earphones, it’s the NRG 2.0 wired in-ears. I do not know what the differences are between them all…

Saturday: Audio Technica ANC & BT Over-Ears, refurb Klipsch S4 In-Ears for $23

Headphones rule the day in the Saturday May 16 in 2020 among the major retailers deals du jour…

We start at Woot where they have an Audio Technica sale with the following three models with a 1-year Audio-Technica warranty regardless of condition:

+ new condition ATH-SR6-BT-BK bluetooth over-ears for $70

+ refurbished ATH-ANC70-RB ANC QuietPoint over-ears for $40
+ they take AAA batteries (single use or rechargeable, a plus if you are a fan of them

+ refurbished ATH-ANC7-BSV-RB ANC Quietpoint over-ears for $50
+ these too take AAA batteries

A blast from the past at the Newegg deals du jour, it’s the refurbished Klipsch S4 in-ears going for $23 with free US shipping, up to three pairs per customer, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual… We have a text-and-pictures unboxing here, one of their variants, the Klipsch S4A II in-ears. I don’t know what their differences are…

Rounding out the action at the Best Buy dailies is the new condition Jabra Elite Active 65t truly-wireless going for $110…

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed Over-Ears drops to $80

If you are interested in a “studio headphone” that actually wants to be a studio headphone and not a fashion/style headphone that uses the name studio to get audio-cred, the new model of the closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is on sale for $80 at B&H Photo and also by Amazon actual

Samson SR-350 Closed-Back for $10 [or buy 3 for $24] {ends Sat PM}

If you are looking for a budget closed-back headphone, you have until Saturday 5/16/20 at 11:59pm eastern to grab the new condition Samson SR-350 for $10 with free US shipping as one of the deals of the day at B&H Photo. This is the “Special Edition” color scheme… Or if you read up on this headphone or already own it and need them in volume, they are selling a 3-pack on the same listing for $24, that’s $8 per headphone…

It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 16 customer reviews at B&H…

This should not be confused with the more famous Samson SR-850 headphone [see our text & pictures unboxing] which also goes by a Superlux and other names (I think)…

UPDATE: meanwhile at the Friday daily deals, there’s some headphone action elsewhere as follows:

+ at Best Buy you can get the Skullcundy Indy truly wireless [semi-long stems] for $50, and if you want to store your music on external Samsung USB-C SSDs, they have a couple of them on sale

+ at NewEgg they have the Anker Soundcore Vortex bluetooth over-ears for $35 after entering the promo code shown over there ~ while this promotion is running

Thur: refurb Samsung Galaxy Buds TW for $60

The headphone daily deals continue, for Thursday 5/14/20, the headliner of the Best Buy deals du jour is the Geek-Stink-Breath certified refurbished Samsung Galaxy Buds truly-wireless going for $60…

Wedn: Senal SMH-1000 Closed Over-Ears for $45 w/FS [also: Sony 1000X M3 and more]

If you want a studio headphone for under $50 with actual studio headphone physical features (detachable cable, replaceable earpads, folding, straight and coiled cable, 3-year warranty), the new condition closed-back over-ear Senal SHM-1000 are on sale for $45 with free US shipping until 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) on Wednesday 5/13/20 at B&H Photo as one of their deals of the day…

As of the time of writing they average 4.5 out of 5 based on 277 customer reviews and they have 60 answered questions… Think of a modern version of the good old Sony MDR-V6 and 7506…

UPDATE: at the Best Buy deals du jour, they offer the new condition PowerBeats 3 bluetooth earphones for $80 on clearance, in the white color scheme…

UPDATE #2: at the NewEgg daily deals they have the new condition closed-back over-ear Sony WH-1000X Mark III (M3) headphones on sale for $238 with free shipping. Judging by the seller (Red Tag Camera) this is like the international model, not the blessed-by-Sony-USA model with a warranty…

The year is 2020, it would have been NICE if the online retailers figured out a way to clearly MARK grey-market items and list the warranty. They’ve turned everything else about selling into a science [just look at all those over-stuffed product pages with all kinds of ads, recommendations, buy-together offers and such]…

Tuesday: Jaybird Run XT Sport tw for $80, Etc

Audio is back at the Tuesday 5/12/20 Best Buy website deals du jour, with the offers running until the end of day or earlier for anything that sells-out ahead of time and becomes un-orderable on the site…

+ Jaybird Run XT Sport truly wireless for $80
+ I have an earlier model, the Run XT which we have a text & pictures un-boxing at the content side of this website

+ Aluratek bluetooth audio cassette adapter for $20
+ between this and Bandcamp the cassette tape is making a lo-fi low-key come-back 😉

+ ION Audio Sport tailgate portable PA speaker for $100

Sunday: Pioneer XDP-02U digital audio player for $150

It’s audio day at the B&H deals du jour good until Sunday 5/10/20 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out):

+ Pioneer XDP-02U with Wifi and Bluetooth digital audio player for $150 in three color options
+ dual microSD slots, DSD, 2.4″ touchscreen, twin ESS SABRE DACs, MQA, supports some streaming services (not the major ones), etc

+ NuFORCE BE Free8 truly wireless for $30

+ unlocked LG G7 Fit phone for $150 (does not have a quad DAC)

UPDATE: there’s some audio auction at Woot dailies, a Yamaha TSR-7850R 7.2 AV receiver for $270 and various Vizio audio deals under “Electronics”…

UPDATE #2: and some audio action at the Best Buy dailies as well:

+ Plantronics FIT 6100 closed bluetooth over-ears for $70
+ Aluratek bluetooth receiver/transceiver for $30
+ Harman-Kardon smart speaker for $100

Sat: refurb iPod Touch (5-7 Gens), Sony SP-700N TW, Etc

If you are looking to get an iPod Touch of the refurbished kind, you are in luck, they are a Woot deal of the day with prices ranging from $80 (5th generation) to $95-$100 (6th generation) to $165 (7th generation). They come with a 90-day Woot warranty and are good until 5/9/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out)…

If you want truly wireless of the name-brand kind, the new condition Sony WF-SP700N [interesting how Sony is mirroring the product naming between their over-ears and truly/earphones) going for $100 as one of the Best Buy deals du jour…

Speaking of music, good until 5/9/20 at 11:50am eastern time, you can watch (stream for FREE) the 15-hour class Introduction to Logic PRO X with Travis KasperBauer. This is Apple’s $200 audio software with a 90-day free trial

Friday: Beats Solo 3 Bluetooth On-Ears for $150 [also: a couple of J-named truly wireless on sale]

If any of your hard core audiophile/phool friends catch you wearing these, you can always tell them you are using them for comparison and they are obviously your kids or your nephews or your coworkers or your parents 😉 And until Friday 5/8/20 at 11:59pm central (or earlier if sold out) you can get “these” for $150 as the Woot Electronics deal du jour.

“These” of course refers to the new condition closed-back on-ear Beats Solo 3 bluetooth headphones with the W1 and a 1-year manufacturer warranty. They are available in close to a dozen different color schemes…

UPDATE: but that’s not all for Friday, there’s also a couple of truly-actually-wireless at Best Buy daily deals as follows:

+ JLab Jbuds Air truly wireless for $40
+ Jabra Elite 65t truly wireless for $95

Thursday Daily Deals: TW (JBL), Gaming Headsets (Thrustmaster, Plantronics), Other Audio Gear

Three audio deals are running at the Thursday 5/7/20 daily deals at the B&H website as follows:

+ JBL Free-X truly-wireless for $60

+ ThrustMaster gaming headsets, two options, $50 each

+ Sennheiser e865S super-cardiod condenser microphone for $100 (flash deal)

UPDATE: meanwhile at Woot there’s a Plantronics gaming headset deal of the day with seven refurbished models ranging from $21 to $80…

UPDATE #2: lots of audio action in the Best Buy dailies that include:

+ FREE Jaybird Tarah bluetooth earphones with purchase of the Theragun G3PRO percussive massage device thing

+ Polk Audio Patio 200 5-inch 2-way indoor/outdoor loudspeaker pair for $100

+ JBL portable boombox type of bluetooth speaker for $350

+ Sonance 2-channel outdoor music streaming system for $800

Neumann NDH-20 Studio Headphones for $399

The latest Musician’s Friend deal of the day good until 5/7/20 at 8am eastern time is the new condition Neumann NDH 20 studio headphones going for $399 with free US shipping…

Wedn: JBL Jump exercise BT for $300, Marantz Network CD Receiver for $300

Audio strikes again in the Wednesday 5/6/20 daily deals at New York’s B&H Photo as follows:

+ JBL Jump Jump Jump-Around waterproof bluetooth earphones for $30

+ Marantz M-CR611 Network CD receiver for $300 with 3-year warranty

Tuesday: Anker Spirit X, JBL E55-BT, KLIM gaming

Tuesday 5/5/20 has some headphone-related deals du jour as follows, running until 11:59pm in the time zone of each retailer:

+ at NewEgg, it’s the new condition Anker SoundCore Spirit X bluetooth exercise earphones for $20 after promo code 93XPJ53
+ this is sold by the official Anker store at NewEGG’s

+ at Woot, they have the new condition JBL E-55-BT closed on-ears going for $45, while a gaming sale includes the KLIM Impact gaming headset for $23…

Monday: Philips SE-CL5BT ClipWear bluetooth earphones for $14.50 w/FS

Good until Monday 5/4/20 at 11:59pm pacific time (or earlier if sold out) is a new kind of exercise bluetooth earphone, it has a built-in clip, which also allows for a larger battery (estimated power of eight hours) it is the Philips SE-CL5BT Clipwear with IPX4 rating going for $14.49 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual

PS: the sale price begins at 3am ET on 5/4/20. No promo code needed. NewEgg teases their next-day daily-deals a couple of hours before they go live, that’s why I’m posting it before it went live 🙂

PS: this is an actual clip that clips on to clothes and such. Not to be confused with the KOSS Clip-ONs. Speaking of which, after many years, the left side of my Clip-ONs no longer works 🙁 Time to buy a couple of the Massdrop versions ~ when they come back in-stock that is…

UPDATE: speaking of daily deals, Woot is offering the new condition Jabra Evolve 75 MS bluetooth on-ears for $140 with free shipping for Prime members (or $6 flat). It includes a charging stand and a 90-day Woot warranty…

Friday: Klipsch S1 TW for $50, Bower & Wilkins PX7 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $300

IF you are into the highly-contested $300-ish ANC/Bluetooth closed over-ears name-brand segment, good until Friday at 11:59pm central time on MAYDAY MAYDAY 2020 as one of the Woot deals of the day is the new condition closed-back over-ear Bower & Wilkins PX7 headphones going for $300 with free shipping for Prime members ($6 flat otherwise)…

This is available in two color schemes and it comes with a 2-year Bower & Wilkins warranty…

Speaking of daily deals for MayDay 2020, NewEgg is offering the new condition Klipsch S1 truly wireless for $50 with free US shipping… Up to three per customer at the sale price…