Archives for June 2022

Thursday: Beatles biography ebook for $4

Music readings now, for 6/30/22, Amazon is offering the Kindle ebook “The Beatles: The Biography” by Bob Spitz for $4.

As of the time of writing this averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 817 customer ratings.

Sunday: Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundles (3 options, $499+)

If you enjoy “alternative headphone bundles”, good until 6/26/22 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) the headliner of the B&H Photo daily deals is another Manfrotto tripods x Ultrasone headphones sale.

This time around there are three options, with prices ranging from $499 to $$1699. Head on over there to see the details…

Sony LinkBuds S truly-wireless for $178

For a limited time, a Sony-initiated sale (manufacturer instant savings and such) has the new condition LinkBuds S truly-wireless on sale for $178 at various authorized Sony dealers such as B&H Photo and various at Amazon

Sony MDR-ZX110-AP Closed On-Ears for $10 w/FS

Good until 6/23/22 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier for anything that sells out) B&H Photo is having a MEGA DEAL ZONE sale. This is a collection of their daily deals that they’ve been running the last few months. As of the time of writing, there are over 1300 items on sale!

Headphone-related products can be found in the “PRO Audio” and “Mobile Entertainment” sub-categories or you can search for them by manufacturer or use the search-within-the-search at the bottom of the left hand sidebar of the page.

On a time-permitting basis I will go through them and point out all the headphone-related items, but for now we’ll start with a $10 with free US shipping offer, it’s the new condition wired closed-back on-ear Sony MDR-ZX110-AP headphones. This is in the black color scheme. As those of you who are fluent in Sony-speak have already guesses, this is the mic/remote option (the “AP” (Android phone?) in the model name). It is a single-button remote.

I didn’t have this model, but I had in the past the ZX100 and the ZX300. I believe these were tuned for coffee shop listening. At home or in quiet places they sound like their price, but inside a moderately busy Starbucks these are quite serviceable!

Friday: Aukey EP-N12 ANC/BT closed over-ears for $24 + S&H [or buy 2 for $39 + S&H]

The Meh daily deal for Friday June 17 in 2022 is a return to the land of headphones! You can either a single-pack or a two-pack of Aukey EP-N12 ANC/BT closed-back over-ear headphones. One pair is $24, two pairs is $39. Shipping is extra unless you are a paying Meh website member (their version of Prime). They come with a 90-day warranty.

Per the Meh forums specs, these charge via USB-C, promise up to 40 hours playtime, include a bag, a 3.5mm cable, and a charging cable. Specs are on the light side at the Meh website but also on the the Aukey website, so your favorite search engine is your friend for more details.

AUKEY even created a 60-second teaser video for them on the YouTubes:

2pk of Tascam TH-200X studio headphones for $40

Not one but two! The current Musician’s Friend daily deal running until Friday 6/17/22 at 8am eastern time is a 2-pack of closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-200X studio headphones going for $40 with free US shipping.

I think I had one of the CAD variants of one of these variants but I’m not 100% sure. From what I recall, they are as they look [now that’s a very descriptive summary LOL]

Thursday: Ultrasone GO headphones + Manfrotto Tripod for $350

If your interests intersect at headphones and photography, you have until 6/16/22 at 11:59pm ET to grab this Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundle for $350 at B&H Photo, one of their daily deals:

+ Ultrasone Go Closed-Back Foldable Headphones

+ Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag

Wedn: Polsen HPC-A30-MK2 Closed Over-Ear Studio for $15

TWO headphones are in the B&H Photo deals du jour that run through 6/15/22 at 11:59pm ET:

+ Polsen HPC-A30-MK2 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones for $15
+ only accessory is a 1/4″ adapter
+ 10-foot cable
+ earcups swivel and rotate 90 degrees
+ average 4.4 out of 5 based on 32 customer reviews over there

+ JBL Tour Pro+ Noise-Canceling True Wireless for $90

Skullcandy Vinyl truly-wireless for $10 [Prime ONLY]

In a limited-time sale for Amazon Prime members only, the Woot website is offering the new condition Skullcandy Vinyl truly-wireless for $10 with free US shipping (since the offer is restricted to Prime members, and they get free shipping at Woot as long as they link their Woot-Prime accounts, a one-time thing)…

Only one per customer at the sale price. It still gets a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Sale ends at the end of June 2022 or earlier if sold out…

Friday: Sennheiser RS 195 RF Over-Ears for $300

Best Buy has Friday Sennheiser on their mind! As one of their Friday 6/10/22 daily deals, they are offering the new condition over-ear closed-back RF wireless Sennheiser RS 195 RF headphones for $300 with free US shipping.

These are not bluetooth! They come with a charging/transmitted base, and the HDR 195 headphones/receiver. Cables and power adapters are included along with 2 AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries.

They no longer use Kleer technology in their RF-wireless headsets…

Wedn eBook: Nirvana (Come As You Are) for $2

And now some music e-reading! Good until Wednesday 6/8/22 at 11:59pm pacific time (ebooks don’t sell out in the modern era), Amazon is offering the Kindle e-book version of “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana” by Michael Azzerad for $2. This has 368 pages and as of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 on 433 customer ratings. Published in 2013 under Crown.

Wedn: Anker Soundcore Life Note truly-wireless for $25 + S&H

And now off to something on the utilitarian front. The daily deal running until 6/8/22 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if they sell out) is the new condition Anker Soundcore Life Note truly-wireless going for $25 plus shipping. Shipping is free if you are a paying member (sort of like their variant of Prime).

Per the specs over there, this is model A3908Z11-5, with IPX-7, promises up to 7 hours per charge, has apt-X (not bad when you consider triple-figure name-brand headphones don’t have it), bluetooth 5, USB-C charging, and a 1-year Anker warranty.

The 66-page user manual is linked-to from over there, look for the word-link “Manual” after following the customary “see more product specs” that takes you to the Meh forums where the product details live at.

Monoprice M1060 Open Over-Ear Planars for $230

A Dads-n-Grads sale at the Monoprice website also includes various audio-related products. Not just the obligatory electric guitars (because Grads and Dads), but there’s also a wired over-ear open-back planar magnetic headphone!

During the sale, the new condition Monoprice M1060 goes for $230 with free standard US shipping. Also available is store pickup for those in SoCAL.

Also part of the sale is the Liquid Spark by Cavalli headphone amp for $100…

PS: I do not know when this sale ends, but given the name of the sale, you can triangulate a general time frame 🙂

Tuesday: Shure SRH-840 Closed Over-Ears for $99

Once upon a time a darling in various price-tiered recommendation lists, Shure headphones have fallen off the hype train. But if you are interested in them, good until 6/6/22 at 11:59pm eastern, B&H Photo is offering as one of their daily deals the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Shure SRH-840 studio headphones for $99. Ships to USA only per the listing. It comes standard with extra earpads and extra cable, along with the obligatory 1/4″ adapter and the lovely Shure carrying pouch (model HPAC1, $5 stand-alone). I don’t remember if I wrote a blog post about it, but I love this drawstring pouch (if you don’t object to the Shure logo).

PS: per the listing, this is “the new packaging” edition ~ whatever that means 🙂

Monday: refurbished Philips Open-Backs: SHP-9500 for $45, X2-HR for $80, X3 for $105

If you are a fan of refurbished headphones and you want to try out some of the much-discussed wired Philips open-back over-ears, you have until Monday at 6/6/22 at 11:59pm central, or earlier if sold out, to grab them as part of this Woot Philips Audio sale:

+ refurbished SHP-9500 for $45

+ refurbished X2-HR for $80

+ refurbished X3 for $105

+ with a 1-year Philips warranty!

+ up to three per model per customer

WE HAVE HERE, a text and pictures unboxing from five years ago (!!! how time files) of the SHP-9500S. You can’t go wrong with this one for $45!

Ends Sun PM: Hifiman HE-X4 planars for $99

If you want to try planar-magnetic over-ears without breaking the bank or buying used, until Sunday 6/5/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-X4 planars (wired, open-back, over-ear) for $99 with free US returns. No mention of warranty in the listing.

The shipping estimate for this is mid-June 2022. It is not an in-stock drop, so it will ship in group-fashion at the designated date…

V-Moda XS Closed On-Ears for $60

Headphones return to the Musician’s Friend daily deal, this until Monday at 8am ET (or earlier if sold out), it is the new condition wired closed-back on-ear V-Moda XS foldable in the white-silver color-scheme going for $60 with free US shipping…

This is an older model, before ALMOST every single on-ear became bluetooth 😉

Sat: Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) for $104 AC

And they are baaaaack! Beyer Dees at the Newegg dailies, this running until 6/4/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, the new condition wired open-back over-ear DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) going for $104 after using limited time promo code SSBT427 over there. Sold and shipped by NewEgg. Crypto accepted!

As you can see, the new coupon price for these DT 770/880/990 has dropped to $104, in a time where everything else is going up. Shhhhhh, don’t tell them they forgot to increase prices 😉

Beats Buds PRO (Moon Gray) Truly-Wireless for $115

Trigger warning for select audiophiles. It’s a BEATS deal 🙂

The new “Moon Gray” color scheme of the “Beats Buds PRO” truly-wireless is currently on sale for $115 with free US shipping by Amazon actual with up to three sets per customer at the sale price…

Open-box Sennheiser HD 650 for $249 + S&H

If you are a fan of open-box headphones, Sennheiser’s good old wired open-back over-ear HD 650 is offered in open-box condition for $249 plus shipping (starts around $10) at ADorama’s website. Per the listing this only ships to US addresses…

Needless to say, plenty has been written about the HD 600, 650, 6XX, the 5-series, and the competitors from other manufacturers, so the search-engine is your friend if interested in various trade-offs and comparisons.

Massdrop IEMs: Moondrop Stardust for $65, Etymotic ER2-SE for $70, Etc

A number of IEMs are currently on sale at the Massdrop website. You can find them among the other audiophile/phool products in this page, sorted by NEWEST. And by that they mean NEWEST as in most recently added to the Massdrop website. For example the HD 599 was recently added to Massdrop but it existed long before that.

Anyway, browsing through the listing we see sales on some IEMs including:

+ Moondrop Stardust for $65

+ Etymotic ER2-SE for $70

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PINNACLE PX for $59

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PLANAMIC for $69

+ 7Hz Timeless for $199
+ the hype train is indeed timeless, timeless as in devouring its children du jour 😉

+ Mangrid Tea for $260

+ Moondrop KXXX for $152

+ Etymotic ER3SE or ER3XR for $95 each
+ Etymotic ER4SR for $225

+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13

+ BLON BL-03 for $29

+ Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 for $699

+ and a few more

+ free standard US shipping on $100+ orders

On a more personal/blog note, I’ve finally moved on from the VE Monks hype train (LOL) and I’m trying the CCA CRA and KZ and Moondrop Chu and Final Audio budget IEMs. This is the point where I promise unboxing posts, and impressions and comparisons and then caveat it with a “time permitting basis” 😉