Archives for November 2021

In-Stock Now: The New Sennheiser HD 400 PRO Open-Back Studio headphones

Sennheiser can’t quit the “400” number it seems 🙂 They have announced and it is already released, in-stock and ready to ship at Adorama for $250 is their new open-back (yes, OPEN BACK) studio headphone, the “HD 400 PRO”!

It comes with two cables (one straight, one coiled) and the usual 2-year Sennheiser warranty. No bags or carrying case in the official kit…

PS: not to be confused with the existing closed-back HD 400S over-ear headphones…

Tuesday: Sennheiser CX 2.00i stubby IEMs for $15

If you are looking for low-priced yet name-brand earphones and you want the iOS 3-button configuration (with a 3.5mm connector, not Lightning), good until 11/30/21 at 11:59pm eastern time, New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering the new condition Sennheiser CX 2.00i stubby IEMs for $15 with free US shipping.

You can buy as many as you want. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 83 customer reviews. The only included accessory is extra eartip sizes. Yet despite the price, you still get a 2-year warranty.

Philips X3 Open Over-Ears for $199

As we previously mentioned, Amazon Germany “wins” the Philips X2 sale price, but for the newer Philips X3, Amazon USA wins as they are offering it for $199 with free US shipping, up to five pairs per customer. This is sold and shipped by Amazon actual. The Amazon Chermany price is 219 euro. As most of you know, a euro is usually 1.1x of a dollar.

Sennheiser HD 400S Closed Over-Ears for $50

If you are looking for a budget closed-back headphone with nice thick earpads and detachable cable, then $50 is what it takes to get the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 400S at authorized dealers such as Amazon and the official online Sennheiser store and B&H Photo and Adorama

I haven’t seen or touched the HD 400S, but I’ve had an older version, the HD 4.20S, here’s our text and pictures unboxing of that… Sadly the HD 4.20S cable was NOT detachable. So Sennheiser can learn over time 🙂

Bose QC45 ANC/BT Over-Ears down to $280

And now something more utilitarian than hardcore audiophile 🙂 The battle is raging among the ANC/Bluetooth closed-back over-ear headphones with Sony and others making inroads to what once had been considered Bose’s realm.

Competition means discounting and as part of the Black Friday 2021 festivities, the new condition BOSE QuietComfort 45 closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth headphone is down to $280 with free US shipping at authorized Bose US dealers including B&H Photo and Amazon actual and Adorama

Monoprice THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amp for $250

Also part of the Black Friday festivities, a well-reviewed balanced headphone amp is on sale as well, the new condition for $250 with free standard US shipping, for a limited time, the Monoprice THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier (with THX AAA 887) at the Monoprice website

Over there, as of the time of writing, it averages 4.9 out of 5 based on 57 customer reviews, with over 120 answered questions as well…

Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95

More Sennheiser x Massdrop action, also part of their Black Friday festivities, you can have the new condition wired Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95 with the usual 2-year manufacturer warranty and an early December 2021 shipment estimate…

Monoprice Monolith AMT headphones for $750

Tired of conventional drivers? And have $750 ready to go? That’s how much the Monoprice Monolith AMT headphones have dropped down to, from their standard price of $1000. They have zero customer reviews, so you would be boldly going 🙂

AMT stands for “Air Motion Transformer”. They may look like electrostatics from afar, but they are not. This technology comes from the world of speakers – see Wikipedia and of course your favorite audiophool forums and websites and such…

Needless to say, these are definitely for the boldly going!

$180 your Sennheiser choice: HD 6XX or HD 560S

It is good to have options! As part of the Black Friday festivities, Massdrop is having a sale on a couple of wired open-back over-ear options for $180 each!

One option is their “own” Sennheiser HD 6XX and the other option is the generally available Sennheiser HD 560S

Or you can buy them both and spend in the rest of 2022 writing comparison posts on reddit and headfi and Zeosfi and such 😉

The HD 560S goes for $180 elsewhere as well, BUT if your Massdrop order total is $250+, you can earn a $20 promotional bonus as part of their Black Friday bonus promotion

Massdrop offers a “make your own deal” offer

For Black Friday, until 11/28/21, Massdrop is having a make your own deal type of an offering by giving out a promotional gift card depending on the purchase amount you make. This has to be on a single transaction and shipping and taxes are EXCLUDED.

For example, if you buy one $50 headphone, one $100 headphone, you pay $20 shipping and $15 tax, the amount the qualifies for the bonus will be $150 (the cost of the two headphones).

The bonus is calculated as follows:

+ Spend $250, get a $20 bonus
+ Spend $500, get a $50 bonus
+ Spent $750, get a $100 bonus

The bonus will be emailed to you on December 1st in 2021 and must needs be spent in a single transaction by January 31 in 2022. The bonus cannot be combined with other discounts per their terms.

Koss KPH-30i On-Ears down to $20 (four color options including Clear)

Just $20 can get you some pretty good headphone audio of the open-back on-ear kind! As part of the Black Friday festivities, four color of the Koss KPH-30i on-ears are down to $20, sold by Koss with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Yes, that includes the Clear color option! You can buy as many as you like!

As of the time of writing these average 4.5 out of 5 based on 2250+ global ratings!

I have one of these but have yet to prepare the unboxing post and eventual review (because everything is delayed LOL)…

Monolith Planar headphone sale ($300 to $400)

AS part of the Black Friday festivities, Monoprice is having a sale on their Monolith audio gear which includes four over-ear planar-magnetic headphones as follows:

  • M1070 open-back for $300
  • M1070C closed-back for $300
  • M1570 open-back for $400
  • M1570C closed-back for $300

At the same page above, there’s various Monolith powered speakers, subwoofers, tower speakers, bookshelf, etc…

If you are not fond of “magic cables”, there’s also a big Monoprice cable sale with prices starting at $1.50 (eg 1.5m mobile 3.5mm M/M gold-plated)… In addition to 3.5mm cables, there’s RCA, optical TOSLink, and adapters and such…

But that’s not all. They also have a general purpose Black Friday sale with many product categories, including a Portable Audio category that includes more of the consumer-tier headphones and earphones…

eBAY: 20% off Headphones and Portable Audio

eBAY is joining the audiophoolia party with coupon code PINBF2021 getting you 20% off on select product categories that include the “Portable Audio and Headphones” category.

Check the Terms and Conditions for details…

Thur: refurb Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $180 w/1yr warranty

Two “Grade A” refurbished Sony headphones with a 1-year e-Replacements warranty are participating in this Woot Thanksgiving sale running until 11/25/21 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out):

+ Sony WH-1000XM4 ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $180

+ Sony WF-1000XM3 truly-wireless for $73

EU: Philips Fidelio X2HR/00 Open Over-Ears for 98 euro

Despite its existential adventures, Philips as a headphone maker/branding managed to survive and launch new former hype machine X series open-back headphones.

One of them, the Fidelio X2HR/00 is currently on sale for 98 euro in new condition as part of the Black Friday festivities at Amazon Germany

As of the time of writing, this, along with the previously mentioned Sennheiser HD 599, are sold and shipped by itself, not by iffy marketplace sellers. Up to three pairs per headphone model per customer…

These two are the audiophile headliners that are part of a six headphone sale at Amazon Germany that also includes:

+ Denon D5200 for 369 euro
+ Denon D7200 for 479 euro
+ interestingly these are also model numbers of Nikon DSLR cameras!

+ Philips SHC5200/05 FM wireless for 38 euro

+ Panasonic SC-GN01 Gaming Neck Speaker with Built-in Microphone for 134 euro

Which also raises the question, how close to your ear must the speakers be for it to be considered a headphone and not a speaker? Or is it a hybrid speaker-headphone? 😉

EU: Sennheiser HD 599 Open Over-Ears for 91 euro

For those in the EU, and those who can favorably shop from the EU, for a limited time, as part of the Black Friday festivities, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 599 headphones for 91 euro with free shipping in Germany and friends. Otherwise you pay flat shipping plus the weight of the shipped product…

This is the black SE variant, not the ivory color scheme…

Wedn: Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO for $449 AC

Beyerdynamic is …dynamically back at the NewEgg daily deals, running until 11/24/21 at 11:59pm pacific time [or earlier if sold out] you can have the new condition wired closed-back over-ear DT 1770 PRO (250 ohm) for $449 after using limited time $120 off promo code SSAY2426 in their shopping cart…

Monoprice 43242 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $40 w/FS

Monoprice’s more recent line of nicer-looking headphones include the new condition wired semi-open over-ear nameless headphones, product number 43242, on sale for a limited time for $40 with free standard US shipping…

It comes with a drawstring pouch, a 1-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee and hassle-free packaging.

As of the time of writing it has three customer reviews, all five stars. It’s just waiting for the first headphone YouTube / forum power-user to start the hype machine once they run out of new chi-fi models 😉

Sennheiser HD 8XX Open Over-Ears down to $949

As part of the Black Friday festivities, Massdrop is giving a healthy discount to their Sennheiser co-flagship. That’s right, for a limited time, $949 gets you the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 8XX headphones. This is based on the “HD 800 S” and made in Germany as well.

Massdrop offers 30 day returns (from the day of delivery) for both US and international shoppers. It comes with a 2-year warranty. It is estimated to ship on December 1st (in 2021)…

Refurbished 1More Triple Driver IEMs for $40

The 1More Triple driver IEMs are currently available in refurbished Used Like New condition for $40, sold by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so free shipping for those in the USA…

Once upon a time this was a hype train IEM that later got streamrolled by the Chifi Hype Train 🙂

Massdrop launches …Sennheiser Treasure Hunt

If you like participating in online treasure hunts, Massdrop x Sennheiser are currently running a digital treasure hunt on the Sennheiser website. Various prizes can be found won with the grand prize being a gold HD 820 and matching amp.

Good luck to all? 🙂

Sunday: Used Echo Buds (1st G) TW for $30

For Sunday 11/14/21, one of the Woot deals du jour is an Amazon Echo sale that includes the “Used – Like New” first generation Echo Buds truly-wireless for $30 with a 90-day Woot warranty. Up to six pairs per customer. Per the listing (in the pumpkin-orange background text) these have been “tested and verified internally by Amazon… but may have cosmetic blemishes”.

What do you think Jeff Bezos does on his luxury yacht? He refurbishes Amazon devices 😉

NEXT UP at the Best Buy dailies for Sunday they have two offerings:

+ refurbished Samsung Galaxy Buds PRO truly-wireless for $85

+ Insignia bluetooth turntable for $55
+ regular, not suitcase or other cutesy configuration

Saturday: QCY T1C truly-wireless for $10

IF nothing else, truly-wireless earphones are utilitarian, and if that’s your philosophy, $10 is all it takes to get the new condition QCY T1C truly-wireless as one of the NewEGG Saturday November 13 in 2021 deals of the day…

This is sold by the seller (QCY Direct) with the order shipped/fulfilled by NewEgg itself. Similar to the “Fulfilled by Amazon” type thing…

Better yet, this is bluetooth 5.0 and it even has its own custom app…

Friday: Woot Random Audio sale featuring AT, Bose, Sony headphones

A total of 17 options are participating in the Friday 11/12/21 Woot Random Audio sale running until 11:59pm central or earlier if sold out. Some of them are new condition, some of them are refurbished.

Among them you can find:

+ Audio Technica ATH-WS660 “Solid Bass” bluetooth over-ears for $63 with 2-year AT warranty
+ Audio Technica ATH-AG1X Closed gaming headset for $80

+ Bose SoundSport bluetooth earphones (necklace style) for $63
+ Bose truly-wireless for $110
+ Bose QC30 ANC/bluetooth neckband-style earphones for $120

+ refurbished Sony WF-1000XM3 truly-wireless for $73

Then at the NewEgg dailies, on the very budget size, for $13 with free US shipping you can get the Mpow M12 truly-wireless. Despite the low price, you still get USB-C and a charging case and IPX8!

Singles Day offers up and running at AliExpress

If you like buying headphone-related products from AliExpress, their website is running various 11/11 offers, with said offers clearly marked with a red-white 11.11 label attached to them.

Time permitting I may post individual offers, but I don’t want to hold off on posting this because I may not find the time to do so 🙂

The easiest way perhaps is to search for what you are interested in. For example search for “Fiio” or “KZ” or whatever else is the trending product du jour hyped in the audiophile/phool forums and YouTubes and blogs 🙂

Shure SRH-1840 open over-ears for $300 (prev gen)

For a limited time, Musician’s Friend is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Shure SRH 1840 headphones (the previous generation) for $300 with free US shipping as their deal of the day

Wedn: Razer Hammerhead lightning-cable IEMs for $23

Headphone action at the Woot PC Accessories sale running until 11/10/21 at 11:59pm central time as follow:

+ Razer Hammerhead lightning-cable double-flange earphones for $23

+ Razer Kraken for $49, Nari for $55

+ Razer Nari Ultimate for Xbox for $130

Wedn: Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (250 ohm) for $134AC

Beyerdynamic returns at the Wednesday November 10 in 2021 Newegg deals du jour with the new condition wired closed-back over-ear DT 770 PRO (250 ohm) for $134 after a $25 off limited time promo code…

Among those offers you can also find the MPOW 071 USB headset with microphone for $13~ with free US shipping…

Audiophile Week sale at Massdrop (18 options)

If you are a fan of Massdrop or the specific headphones they sell, you are in luck, they are currently running an Audiophile week sale with 18 options. We break them down by product type:

Over Ears
+ 1More Triple Driver open-back for $140
+ Massdrop X Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO for $349
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Closed X for $379
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Open X for $399
+ Massdrop x FOCAL Elex for $549

+ Moondrop KXXX for $152
+ Mangird Tea for $260 (PRO TIP: you can’t make tea with these!)
+ Westone W80-V3 for $750
+ IKKO OH7 for $799

Truly Wireless
+ Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 PRO for $85

+ Drop + THX AAA One linear amp for $159
+ DarkVoice 336SE OTL amp for $260
+ Drop + THX AAA 789 linear amp for $219
+ XDuoo TA-10R tube DAC/amp in red for $285

+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13
+ ADV dual suspension stand for $25
+ ADV dual stand (hanger style) for $35

Monday: Sony WH-XB910N “Extra Bass” ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $138

Headphone action at the Monday Amazon Gold Box as well with the following related offers:

+ Sony WH-XB910N “Extra Bass” ANC/bluetooth over-ears in the blue color scheme (Amazon exclusive) for $138
+ up to three per customer

+ Samsung Buds Plus for $100

+ JBL Tune truly wireless for $30 to $60

+ Blue Yeti microphones for $100

+ basic Kindle for $50

Monday: Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (32 ohm) for $114AC with $5 bonus pGC

Good until Monday 11/8/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, one of the NewEGG daily deals is the return of the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (32 ohm) for $114 after the limited promo code BUT also this time you get a $5 promotional NewEgg gift card…

This is sold and shipped by NewEgg actual…

November 8: Dunu sale on select IEMs

If you are a fan of the Dunu in-ears, good news, for November 8 in 2021, there is a sale on select Dunu IEMs at HiFiGo! Shipping is free to some countries for certain order amounts ($100+ or $300+). Check their website for details on the shipping options, too complicated to list here…

Hidizs S9 PRO Red Copper Limited Edition for $129

For a limited time, HiFiGO is offering the new condition Hidizs S9 PRO Red Copper Limited Edition portable DAC/amp for $129~ with free shipping to select countries ~ they have an offer for free shipping on orders over $100 in select countries…

Wedn: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO for $439 AC

Running until 11/3/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, as one of the NewEGG daily deals, a recurring offer, and the return of Beyer-Dynamic, you can get the new condition open-back over-ear wired DT 1990 PRO for $439 after using the limited time promo code S2AAAZ326 shown over there. This is sold and shipped by NewEgg itself, up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

Also part of the Wednesday dailies is the Klipsch Reference RB-41 II Bookshelf Speaker (pair) going for $179 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by marketplace seller “SKY by Gramophone”…

And more Beyer-Dee. Per the Thursday teasers, there’s gonna be a daily deal on the DT 770 PRO (80 ohm)…