Archives for December 2021

Wedn: Panasonic truly wireless for $50

Truly wireless action in the Wednesday 12/29/21 Woot deals du jour, it is the new condition Panasonic truly wireless (does not mention model name/number) going for $50 in three color options, with up to three pairs per customer. Free shipping for Prime members, otherwise you pay flat shipping. They come with a 1-year Panasonic warranty…

Tuesday: Etymotic ER2-XR Limited Edition (w/Lightning Adapter) for $65 + S&H

Surprise-surprise, one of the Woot daily deals for Tuesday December 28 in 2021 is the new condition Etymotic ER2-XR extended response limited edition IEMs offered for $65 plus flat shipping (free for PRime members who have linked their Prime and Woot accounts). Up to three pairs per customer.

These Limited Edition come with a lightning to 3.5mm adapter (shown in pictures #1, #2 and #4 over there) and a new dual flange tip assortment (shown in picture #4 over there).

Strangely these come with a 90-day Woot warranty, not a manufacturer warranty.

Thursday: Sennheiser HD 458BT ANC/BT Over-Ears for $80, Etc

Best Buy strikes back with their Thursday daily deals where one of the “Bonus” deals of the day is the new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 458BT ANC/bluetooth headphones in the black/red “exclusive” color scheme going for $80 with free US shipping and extended returns.

Thankfully this is USB-C and bluetooth 5.0, with AAC and apt-X and also supports apt-X Low Latency for those who like to watch videos. It includes a carry case, and it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on nearly 400 customer reviews over there.

Staying at the Best Buy dailies linked above, they have the Jabra Elite 85t truly wireless for $140.

Another day, another budget truly-wireless at the NewEgg dailies, they have the MPOW M12 going for around $12 with free US shipping. And they are USB-C 🙂

The above offers are good for Thursday December 23 in 2021…

Wedn: bluetooth BuddyPhones for $25, Anker, TWS, Etc

What about the children? We have to save their children! Or at least their hearing! One of the Wednesday 12/22/21 daily deals at Amazon is a sale on the bluetooth BuddyPhones by ONANOFF, a “made for Amazon” product, on sale for $25 with free US shipping and returns, in three kid-inspired color schemes. As of the time of writing they average 4.5 out of 5 based on nearly 5,500 ratings.

Next up, at the Best Buy dailies they offer the Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2S truly wireless for $40.

Then at the NewEgg dailies, they have a TWS truly-wireless set for just $11…

And we complete the circle back at Amazon where they are offering select Sony “Extra Bass” bluetooth speakers on sale, $48 (SRS-XB13) to $148 (SRS-XB43), in various colorful colors of course…

BLON BL-03 IEMs for $27 [ship from Asia]

Among the products currently available at the LinSoul pre-XMas sale, it’s the budget-friendly BLON BL-03 in-ears offered for $27 with free shipping for most countries [I can’t possibly test this, I go by what their FAQ pages say].

Options include with or without microphone, and color scheme. The default cable is included with no other option.

Note that taxes and customs and duties and such are the responsibility of buyer and are on-top of the $27. At least there’s free shipping (which is not that hard considering the size of IEMs].

Linsoul carries many but not all the famous chi-fi brands. They have Fiio, Dunu, KZ, Thie, Tin, Aune, etc. However, there’s no Moondrop hype train 🙂

Tuesday: Sony WF-C500 truly wireless for $58

Running until Tuesday 12/21/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, Amazon is offering the new condition Sony WF-C500 truly wireless for $58 with free US shipping in two color options…

As of the time of writing, they average 4.5 out of 5 based on 270+ ratings. They also have 41 answered questions…

Monday: Apple AirPods MAX ANC/BT Over-Ears for $456

It’s Appletini time at the Monday 12/20/21 Best Buy daily deals where you can get the new condition Apple AirPods Max (the closed-back over-ear BT/ANC headphones) for the very specific price of $456…

Meanwhile at the B&H Photo dailies they are offering the Audio Technica ATH-SPORT 90BT Sonic Sport, consumer line-up, necklace-style bluetooth earphones for $39…

Tascam TH-300X studio headphones for $40

The current Musician’s Friend daily deals is the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-300X studio headphones going for $40 with free US shipping… This is a bit of a recurring offer in their daily deals…

Coupon Discounts if you multiple KZ X Crinacle CRN (or other KZ) IEMs [ship from China]

If you are planning to get multiple units of the hype-train KZ X Crinacle CRN IEMs, or if you are planning to buy multiple KZ products in general, you can take advantage of coupon promotions running at the official KZ online shop. While these promotions are running, you can find them on the individual product pages, below the “Buy Now” and “Add to Cart” black buttons.

The coupons are as follows:

  • $5 off $49+ with KZ5
  • $10 off $79+ with KZ10
  • $20 off $109+ with KZ20
  • $30 off $149+ with KZ30

If you search for the Crinacles (not to be confused with the Trader Joe Kringles), you will find two listings at the KZ online shop. This is the new listing for the actual Crinacles. You can also tell because there’s the “crincle” in the webpage’s url.

The second listing is merely the ZEX PRO listing that is being upgraded to the Crinacle. You will notice the text there that says:

“If you purchase this link, you will be upgraded to CRN”

These ship from China, but you get world-wide free shipping. Free shipping is a lot easier for IEMs than headphones or other bulkier or heavier products 🙂

Buy the KZ x Crinacle CRN from Amazon (still ships from China)

All Aboard the IEM Hype Train! The KZ x Crinacle CRN (the artist formerly known as “KZ ZEX PRO”) is steaming up the hype machines of the headphoolia forums. With a reasonable price of under $40, curiosity can easily kill the audiophool cat’s wallet 😉

For the moment this ships from China, but if you don’t want to create a shopping account at new shopping websites (Ali, GearBest, KZ, LinSoul, etc), you have another option, because some of them are offering the IEMs through Amazon USA. These still ship from China but you have the convenience of not having to create an extra shopping account, re-enter credit card info, etc, etc.

The price is just under $40 after you use the limited-time clip-on coupons over there. This is achieved via a $7 off clip-on coupon from the Linsoul Amazon store and a $10 off clip-on coupon from the KZ Official Amazon store and the G.K Amazon shop (I haven’t heard of this one before, then again, I’m not a chi-fi guru YET).

Again, these ship from China, you just get the convenience and consumer-benefits of ordering from Amazon. Not to mention the 5% cashback if you have Amazon’s own credit cards…

Friday: Sony WH-CH710N ANC/BT Over-Ears for $78

Sony is back at the Best Buy daily deals, running until 12/17/21 at 11:59pm, or earlier if sold out, you can have the new condition closed-back over-ear ANC/BT combo that is the WH-CH710N for $78 with free US shipping or store pickup…

OR if you prefer used, a marketplace seller is offering it in “renewed” (refurbished) condition for $50, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon

I haven’t seen or touched this particular model, but we have here a text-n-pictures unboxing of the predecessor model, the WH-CH700N. Note that the pictured PORG shown at our unboxing post is NOT included 🙂

Thursday: Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (2nd gen) gaming headset for $239AC

If you are a fan of the Beyerdynamic gaming headsets, good until 12/16/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, limited-time promo code SSAZA626 gets you the new condition wired Beyerdynamic MMX 300 (second generation) for $239 AC at the Newegg daily deals.

While there, they have the MPoW X6 truly-wireless for around $21 with free US shipping…

For those of you into speakers, among the Thursday offerings they have the Klipsch RP-160M Reference Premiere Monitor Speakers with 6.5″ Cerametallic Cone for $1319…

And if you want to feed your DAPs, PADs and phones and such, the 256GB Samsung PRO Plus microSDXC goes for $34 after a limited time promo code shown over there…

Wedn: Samson SR-850 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $25

One of the contenders for bang for the buck over-ear headphones is currently on sale, making it even more bang for the buck! Running until Wednesday 12/15/21 at 11:59pm eastern time (or earlier if sold out), as one of their daily deals, B&H Photo of New York is offering the new condition wired semi-open over-ear Samson SR-850 headphones for $25 with free US shipping. This is in the blue color scheme. It’s not all blue, do not panic – it has just a couple of stylish-blue body parts 🙂

Optionally you can purchase it together with other house-brand headphone accessories for a combined purchase discount ($5 to $10 off the total) by clicking on the “Build a Bundle” link over there…

At B&H, it averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 75 customer reviews. You can buy up to six pairs at the sale price. It comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty and a 1/4″ adapter. No other accessories (hey, it’s $25!)

Note that the non-removable cable is a looooong one, 2.5 meters (just over 8 feet) per the specs page over there.

And as fate would have it, we have here a text and pictures unboxing of the older all-black version on this blog-type-thing.

I haven’t seen or touched or listened to the blue version, so I don’t know if there any other differences between them.

Tue: Sony WH-1000X M4 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $248

Sony’s latest entry in the big ANC/BT Over-Ears battle is the WH-1000X M4, and this particular model, in various color options, is on sale for $248 with free US shipping for a limited time at Amazon’s USA website with up to three pairs per color per customer…

As of the time of writing, these average 4.7 out of 5 with nearly 25,000 global ratings posted. Note that ratings includes both the written review scores and the no-text star-ratings…

Amazon Clip-On Coupons for various Tin Hifi IEMs

If you are interested in the Tin Hifi IEMs, as of the time of writing, Amazon has various clip-on coupons (you just click on them, you don’t have to type in any coupon codes) on the Tin Hifi IEMs. The T2 gets $4 off, the T2 PRO gets $3 off, the T3 Plus gets $10 off, the T4 gets $5 off, the P1 gets $9 off, and so on…

Note that the clip-on coupons are limited time offers and they do expire…

Tozo T6 truly-wireless for $26.40 AC

If you are looking for a budget truly-wireless, for a limited time, Amazon has a 20% off clip-on coupon at the product page of the Tozo T6 truly-wireless dropping its price from $33 to $26.40!

This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on a whooping 166,000 customer ratings! It has over 1000 answered questions as well. So, yes, well vetted 🙂

The promotion only applies to the black color scheme…

EU: Philips X2 Open Over-Ears for 98 euro

Good for the next two days (or so), Amazon Germany itself is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Philips X2 headphones for 98 euro, with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. This model is sandwiched between the X1 and X3, offering trade-offs of price and value and such…

This is decidedly more expensive at Amazon USA where it goes for $150…

Creative Outlier Sports BT IEMs for $20

A flash sale at the Creative (formerly “Creative Labs”) website has the new condition Outlier Sports bluetooth IEMs for $20. It is available in multiple color options. This runs on bluetooth 4.1…

Friday Massdrop Deals: $29 Koss Gaming Headset, $19 Cable, Ether CX, Etc

Every Friday is a Black Friday at Massdrop and for this Friday, December 10 in 2021, they are having a Friday sale that include five headphone-related products, along with three keyboards:

  • Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX closed-back for $749
  • Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs for $39
  • Drop 2-pin IEM cables for $19
  • Massdrop x NuForce Stride bluetooth IEMs for $39

Massdrop x Noble Luxe IEMs for $39

For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Massdrop x Noble Luxe IEMs for $39 with free US shipping with a mid-December shipment estimate. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. It is also eligible for 30 day returns (US and International shoppers).

Thursday: Apple AirPods (3rd gen) for $163

Good until 12/9/21 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if sold out), Woot is offering under their “Electronics” daily deal at the Woot websit the new condition third-generation Apple AirPods for $163 with a one-year Apple warranty. One pair per customer during this offer.

Shipping is free for Prime members, otherwise you pay a flat $6 shipping fee for all purchases made during the Woot calendar day…

Thursday: Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K (Headphone edition w/IEMs included) for $30

It’s a kind of a DAP? Mayhaps! It has a 3.5mm headphone out after all 🙂 Good until the end of day on Thursday December 9 in 2021, one of the Best Buy deals du jour is the Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K for $30. This is the “Headphone Edition” with Voice Remote.

Basic shallow-insertion Roku-colored earphones are included, thus this being the “headphone edition” 🙂

And if you don’t need the Roku earphones, you can send them to Crinacle, so he can add them to his Top 1000 IEMs list 🙂

Tue: Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC/amp + Ultrasone 880 Closed Over-Ears + Manfrotto 504X Tripod for $800

This is a deal you don’t see every day 🙂 Running until 12/7/21 at 11:59pm ET, B&H Photo is offering this Ultrasone x Manfrotto combo for $800. For this you get:

  • Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC/amp
  • Ultrasone Performance 880 closed-back over-ear headphones
  • Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head & MVTTWINGA Aluminum Tripod with Ground Spreader

You can always sell/trade the parts of the combo you don’t want/need…

Monday: BeyerD DT 770 PRO (80 ohm) for $124AC

And we are baaack to the BeyerDees at the NewEGG deals du jour, running until 12/6/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, you can haz the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO (80 ohm) for $124 after a limited time $25 off promo code 93XSE23 entered in the NewEgg shopping cart.

The usual terms, up to three per customer, this is indeed sold and shipped by NewEgg proper, not by iffy marketplace sellers…

Friday eBook: “Come As You Are – The Story of Nirvana” for $2

Good until Friday 12/3/21 at 11:59pm PC, you can get the 368-page Kindle e-book “Come As You Are – The Story of Nirvana” for $2. As of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 334 ratings…

Friday: BeyerD DT 1990 PRO Open Over-Ears for $439AC

Back at the Newegg dailies, running until 12/3/21 at 11:59pm pacific time, you can have the new condition wired open-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO (Tesla) for $439 after the limited time $160 off coupon code 93XSD86 over there…

Meanwhile the teasers for the Saturday deals include the 1More truly-wireless. The sale price will go live over there on Saturday, there’s no teaser on the sale price…

EU: Monoprice M1070 Planar Over-Ears for 240AC euro

If you are a fan of the Monoprice Monolith planar-magnetic headphones and you are in the European Union, you are in luck, because at Amazon Germany, the Monoprice GmbH online shop is offering a 30% off clip-on coupon (in Amazon-speaker they are called “vouchers”) on the new condition Monolith M1070 open over-ears.

As of the time of writing, the current price is 360 euro. Minus 30%, it is just over 240 euro, about 1/3rd of, a very generous coupon. It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 50 global ratings.

Wedn: BeyerD DT 990 PRO (250) for $129AC

Back with open-back at the NewEGG dailies, running until December 1st in 2021 at 11:59pm pacific time is a $20 off coupon code that brings down the price of the new condition wired open-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) to $129 after coupon…

On the neckband front, they offer the Soundcore Life bluetooth/ANC critter for $26 with free US shipping…

For older DAPs/PADs, there’s a 32GB Team microSD card for $5 with free US shipping… It’s not that hard/expensive to ship a memory card after all 🙂