PSA: some of the Schiit Audio Listings at Amazon getting hijacked by marketplace sellers

This is a PSA! It looks like Schiit Audio is no longer selling through Amazon. Some of their listings appear to be in the process of getting hijacked by opportunist marketplace sellers, as the product name and gallery pictures get changes to random things (cables and bluetooth headphones) but the customer reviews and answered questions remain. The old listings are of interest to anyone looking for reviews and answers about potential issues and Amazon should really preserve these because that’s one of the reasons people go to their website.

So don’t be surprised if your bookmarks for these show random crap:

+ the worst of all, the SCH-13 Sys Passive Preamp has been hijacked by a bluetooth headphone that has an active listing and it is selling on the strengths of the SYS review score
+ there’s also an HTML snafu where they didn’t end the bold tag properly, so all the customer reviews on the main product page are in BOLD

+ the Uber 2 listing is a lightning cable

+ the Magni 2 listing is another lightning cable

I’m not sure how they do it. Maybe they found a loophole to hijack it by creating additional options on the root product and then taking over because the root product is inactive? Regardless, this is BAD!

PS: but the co-founders e-book continues to be available for the Kindle for $4.99 or as a paperback for $15…

New Monoprice Announcements: Monolith Two Open-Backs and Two Alex Cavalli Amps

CanJAM SoCAL 2018 happened this weekend and with it, it brought more new headphones. I’ll “digest” these in the next few days but in the meantime, we have another “digest”, Monoprice surprised with a second Big Bang of 2018, revealing two Alex Cavalli co-branded headphone amps and two open-back headphones that “borrow” the Sennheiser 600/650 naming scheme but Monoprice states “β€œdesigned from the ground up for the Monolith series”. Not many details are known about these yet, but we summarized what is published at the Monoprice Big Bang II post

News: No more new products from Oppo Digital

A sad day in the world of A/V, Oppo Digital (the US persona of the company based in the Silicon Valley) is going to stop making new products but will continue to provide support, warranty and repairs for their existing products. This was posted in a farewell post on their website. We discuss this more at the content-side of this website

How this will impact the pricing of their existing inventory, only time can tell. It depends on how much else they have available to sell, how much people love them, and what other competitive options are and will come out in the next few months/years. They will continue to sell them through their own store and other marketplaces such as amazon.com.

Controversy: Venture Electronics owner threatens shopping ban for customers who leave reviews lower than 5 out of 5

There is an on-topic controversy of the earbud kind the headphones sub-reddit. The owner of Venture Electronics, the makers of the famous VE Monk earbuds, threatened to ban any customer who leaves a customer review that is less than “5 out of 5” on their website. This obviously did not sit well with consumers as it is a bad practice. I’ve written an opinion blog-post on this. Spoiler alert: it’s a bad idea!

I will monitor the situation and decide what to with regards to future VE deal-posts here depending on whether/how the company/owner attempts to clean up their act.

Ideas on how to spend the Adorama VModa Promotion Gift Cards After You Receive Them

If you are tempted by either the V-Moda Crossfade + $80 Gift Card for $200 promotion, or the Crossfade II + $130 Gift Card for $330 promotion but you are not quite sure how you are going to spend those $80/$130 gift cards in the future at Adorama, here are some ideas:

NOTE that the items below are to consider purchasing AFTER you receive the respective Adorama $80 and $130 gift certificates with your headphones. Not before (unless you want/need to buy these items)…

1. V-Moda headphone accessories
They carry a number of V-Moda original accessories, for example, the XL Memory Cushions currently go for $20 with free shipping and fit the various V-Moda over-ear models.

Another V-Moda item with free shipping is the well-regarded V-Moda Boom PRO mic, currently goes for $30 with free shipping.

2. Used Headphone Gear
Dive into the USED section of their website and fish for used headphone deals. This is a link to the search results for used headphones. I check these on a regular basis and when I find deals I post them, eg the the two Fiios earlier today.

3. Memory Cards
They are a camera dealer first and foremost, so you will find plenty of microSD memory cards to feed your DAPs and your smartphones and PADs (Phones as DAPs).

4. General Audio Accessories
One can never have too many cables and adapters and such, or even headphone cases. But don’t forget that they are a camera store, and a number of camera bags/cases can also be used or repurposed as headphone/audio cases as well. Cameras and lenses are typically more fragile than headphones after all.

Amazon rebrands “Warehouse Deals” to “Amazon Warehouse”, Gives it Distinctive Green Logo

We often mention Used Amazon deals here, so this is of interest if you are shopping at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Amazon is now giving them a logo and branding of their own. Their new name is “Amazon Warehouse”, which sounds perhaps more attractive to a general audience. You can see this in the screenshot below and also at the Warehouse Deals home page. It makes it easier color-wide to separate it from Amazon’s own new condition listings.

If you want a live listing to see it, there are multiple of them at the used ATH-M40x listing. That’s where the screenshot was taken above.

Amazon is notorious for experimenting with things, so you may not see it immediately. Sometimes they show changes to a subset of customers, eg based on browser, operating system, screen size, and so forth. Thus the screenshots here so you’ll know it’s coming.

Posted: Summary of Headphones mentioned in 2017 Black Friday Ads

Black Friday season is upon us and we are getting in full form! We have the first in our series of Black Friday coverage. A detailed summary of the headphones mentioned in the 2017 Black Friday Ads. We are breaking things down by headphone type, so you can get an overall feel of what’s available in the market. This is a value-added feature as the individual ads already tell you what each particular retailer offers.

Mayhaps it’s easier to explain this with a screenshot instead of words πŸ™‚

Almost all the major retailers have already revealed or leaked their Black Friday ads by now. This year is the second earliest that we could get Black Friday, so there wasn’t as much time in November. The benefit of this is that there will be a longer period in-between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Latest non-Deal Blog Posts round-up

This is a quick round-up of some of the non-deal blog-posts we posted recently:

+ Headphone Jack Crisis II – The Google Menace, a diary-style perma-post tracking the fallout from Google’s decision to remove the headphone jack from their Pixel 2 smartphones

+ Unboxing (text and pictures) the Jaybird Run “truly wireless” earphones

+ Unboxing (text and pictures) the M-Audio Bass Traveler portable headphone amp

+ Unboxing (text and pictures) the B&O Play Form 2i lightweight on-ears

+ List of Smartphones without a headphone jack, a tracking perma-post

+ Smartphones with Bluetooth 5, a tracking perma-post

+ coming soon: a refresh of the Headphone Tracker with the new Fall/IFA 2017 headphone models

New Jam-Packed Weekly Round-Up is Posted!

This was a jam-packed week with lots of interesting posted around the web in the world of headphones, rounded up in our weekly This Week in Headphoolia, with a wide range of topics, from Viet-Fi, to memory card mythbusters to SBC vs Apt-X (Bluetooth) to Immersive/Binaural audio talk, to a Schiit-y tour, and the return of the Headphone Jack Crisis, 2017 Google Edition!

You can find the previous 25 installments in the Headphoolia archives. If you don’t want to miss any future installments, sign up for our Content RSS feed.

That is a separate RSS feed for this blog, which has its own Headhopne Deals RSS feed. Both are full-text feeds!

If you have any feedback on what you want included, or what you don’t want included, or any other opinions or feedback, please leave a comment here or there or use the contact form.

New Weekly Round-Up is READY!

Put your reading glasses on, or get your bandwidth ready for some video streaming! A new edition of This Week in Headphoolia has been fully cooked, covering the week ending August 12 in 2017.

You can read all previous version in the Headphoolia archives. We have 25 installments so far and counting!

New Weekly Round-Up is UP!

One more week is in the books as we steadily march towards 2018. And that means a new weekly round-up is ready for you to read, covering the week until August 5 in 2017.

If you missed any of our previous 20+ installments, fear not, they are not gone ~ you can find them all in the Headphoolia archives.

New Content posts added including Sony RF995 Unboxing and Tracking Lists

I am slowly but steadily ramping up content at the Content Blog with more posts. The latest addition is one of our customary text-and-pictures useful unboxing posts (no annoying audio/video) of the Sony RF-995-RK RF-Wireless headphones.

We have also launched two Tracking posts as follows:

+ Smartphones without a 3.5mm Headphone Jack

+ Smartphones with Bluetooth 5 support which got more complicated now since we now also have “conditional” entries (smartphones that will support Bluetooth 5 once Android 8.0 gets released).

New Weekly Round UP: Goodbye iPod Nano and Shuffle, Hello Spotify Shuffle

Another week is gone, and this means a new edition of our This Week in Headphoolia is up, a semi-humorous (attempt) at a round-up of the week that was in the world of headphones. The story of the week was perhaps the official farewell of the iPod Nano and Shuffle. But fear not Shuffle fans who happen to also be Spotify subscribers, there’s a Shuffle-like device for Spotify users πŸ™‚

If you missed any of the previous editions, fear not, they are waiting for you in the Headphoolia archives. Time sure does fly, we’ve been doing these for half a year already (!).

New Weekly “This Week in Headphoolia” is ready!

A new week is in the books, and we have a new weekly “e-zine round-up”, a new This Week in Headphoolia with more fallout from the Sony MDR-Z1R measurefefe, two high profile reviews of the Mr Speakers AEON, an AudioQuest factory tour, a THX update, and lots and lots of new reviews, especially of earphones.

If you missed any previous editions, all 19 previous installments are waiting for you to revisit at any point in time.

Prime Day 2017 starts 7/10/17 at 9pm Eastern

Another year flew by, and Prime Day 2017 is almost upon us! This year it starts six hours earlier, the sales will start rolling out at 9pm Eastern on Monday 7/10/17, and continue throughout Tuesday 7/11/17 which is the actual Prime Day. The party will wind down at 3am Eastern on Thursday.

Just like last year, we’ll keep track of as many of the sales as we can throughout the 30-hour period!

New Weekly round-up is UP: new Focal consumer headphones, Neutrality discussion and more

It’s Sunday PM, and that means, a new This Week in Headphoolia has just been posted. There’s new FOCAL consumer headphones, a new discussion on neutral headphones, and many reviews and first impressions of various headphones and assorted devices.

For all previous editions, check the Headphoolia archives. Please leave comments at the appropriate posts for feedback, corrections, suggestions, recommendations, etc. These are created for YOU, so your feedback can help shape and change them πŸ™‚

New Weekly Round-Up is UP: Sony Z1R Measurefefe, new research says no correlation between price and headphone FR

Hooray! I’ve finished earlier this weekend and a new This Week in Headphoolia round-up has been posted. Two of the biggest stories of the week are sort of interrelated, significantly differing Sony MDR-Z1R measurements, and a new research paper finding NO correlation between the a headphone price and its headphone frequency response.

This our 17th edition already! You can find all the previous ones in the Headphoolia archives. You will also find all the future ones there, but you can only read the future ones in the future πŸ™‚

New Weekly Round-UP is UP!

With time to spare before Sunday night, our weekly round-up from the world of headphones is up, covering the time between our previous update and today. You can check the previous 13 installments as well (wow, I posted 14 of them already!) in the Headphoolia archives.

If you have any feedback on what you like to see featured or not, or anything else, including grammourr and spielling police corrections, please feel free to leave comments at the relevant posts πŸ™‚

(ENDED) Metal571 YouTube Live Q&A Stream Sunday at 4pm ET

The stream ended but you can re-watch it at any time on YouTube (without the Live Chat which YouTube does not record ~ the benefit of watching it LIVE).

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YMMV Radio Shack stores closing

Radio Shack stores are closing, so you may find some clearance headphones and accessories (cables, adapters, etc) at good prices. Keep in mind, Radio Shack does not carry “audiophile” products, so you are more likely to find popular consumer brands along with their own house brands (eg Auvio). Prices and availability may vary by store, so there’s a big YMMV on this.

New Weekly Round-up is now posted

Surprise! It’s still Saturday but somehow I managed to complete this week’s This Week in Headphoolia round-up! Hooray! It is ready to go, waiting for you to checkout. It has the usual mix of news and reviews and “learnings” πŸ™‚

You can also check previous installments in the Headphoolia archives. Somehow we managed to have 12 editions already!

New Weekly Round-Up is UP

A new installment of our Weekly Round-UP of the world of headphones is up! This is Episode #11 of “This Week in Headphoolia” covering the week ending Sunday May 7 (2017). We have the usual assortment of reviews (text and videos), news-bytes, some “learnings”, and even some attempts to bring humor to the world of audiophiles that at times can be rather humor-resistant πŸ™‚

New Weekly Round-up post is up

Another week went by, and so we have another weekly round-up, the new This Week in Headphoolia #10 covers up to Sunday 4/30/17, and includes the Sennheiser HD 820 leak, an assortment of reviews, an equalizing tutorial, another detailed CanJam report, and more… You can also check all previous installments in the Headphoolia archives

April Fools Or Not? Headphones Sub-Reddit Bans Discussion of sub-$200 MSRP headphones

April Fool’s Day is upon us, which makes this big headphones sub-reddit thread all the more curious. According to the very serious sounding and acting thread over there, discussion of headphones with an MSRP of $200 or less is banned from the sub-reddit. The reasoning of that is to cut back on entry-level and newbie talk and focus more on “audiophile” products.

It’s already April 1st in some parts of the world and Reddit is a global website. On the other hand, this looks like a serious attempt, offending messages to “rule 10” are getting deleted, lists of ineligible headphones are being produced, and such.

What do you think? It looks like a 50-50 to me but either way, we will know for sure on April 2nd πŸ™‚