PSA: Headphones stolen from Audeze factory

There was a big break-in and theft at the Audeze factory in Southern California with a quarter million dollars worth of headphones stolen per the Audeze blog. If you are shopping around the auction/used/refurbished/off-market, be careful as the thieves may try to sell the stolen headphones. Audeze will soon publish the serial numbers of the stolen property.

Audio Technica ATH-M40x + Creative E1 portable head-amp for $110 total

This is an “if the stars align” type of a deal, if you happen to want both the new Audio Technica ATH-M40x closed-back headphones and the Creative Labs E1 portable headphone amp, they are bundled together for $110 with free shipping by Amazon actual (not by marketplace sellers). Who knew, Amazon is now making its own headphone + amp match-making schemes 🙂

The bundle has only one customer review but it is a detailed one. The headphones on their own average 4.7 out of 5 based on 243 customer reviews, while the E1 portable amp averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 66 customer reviews and has 26 questions answered.

Beats Solo 2 On-Ears for $150 (only red) [updated]

As of a 3/6/15 re-check, only the red color scheme of the Beats Solo 2 on-ears remains on sale for $150 per pair, in new condition, at Amazon by Amazon actual.

Some of the color schemes of the latest Beats Solo 2 on-ear headphones (yes, the ones that generated a big debate among audiophile circles when they found their way to the *gasp* Inner Fidelity Hall of Fame) are on sale for $150 at Amazon and Best Buy.

Senal SMH-1000 Studio with free pouch for $70 [buy 3 sets for $180]

New York’s B&H Photo has a new sale on Senal Studio headphones. The more famous SMH-1000 with a free Senal storage pouch are offered for $70 with free shipping. If you need more, in multiples of three sets, page further down over there for a 3-pack for $180 (= $60 per set). The 3-pack also receives a free pouch per headphone. The freebies are included automatically, you don’t have to lift a finger 🙂

The less famous and lower priced SHM-500 are offered for $39 with free shipping. Or you can buy a 4-pack for $129 (= $32.50~ per headphone). No free pouches for the 500s.

Used Audio Technica ATH-AX3 for $21 (was $26.50)

More used fishing, if you are fond of bright red headphones, the red-black color scheme of the Audio Technica ATH-AX3-RD is going for $21 (was $26.50~) in “Used – Very Good” condition at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Only the red color is available in this price.

Price updated in blog-post on 3/9/15.

Used Sennheiser PX 90 On-Ears for $36

The portable Sennheiser PX 90 on-ears are currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $36 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 4.2 out of 5 with 14 customer reviews, and are marked discontinued by manufacturer.

Shipping Now: Fostex TH-500RP for $700 [updated]

As of 3/3/15, the Fostex TH-500RP planar magnetics are now in-stock and shipping for $700 with free shipping at Amazon.com by market place sellers. They have one customer review so far over there, but it is from an audiophile.

UPDATE (3/5/15): Amazon actual sold out (1-2 months estimate) but various marketplace sellers have them in-stock at the same price.

Used Targus TA-13NCHP ANC over-ears for $6 [updated]

If you like to compare or experiment on headphones, or need a case, the Targus TA-13NCHP active noise-cancelling headphones are available in “Used – Like New” condition for $6 (was $7.35) by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The description says “Item will come in original packaging. Packaging may be damaged”. They come with a Targus branded case, which I am assuming will be included based on the description? The ANC circuit promises “up to 80% of ambient noise”. As the two reviews point out, these DO NOT include a mic with volume control. It doesn’t say how the ANC circuit is powered (single use batteries or internal?).

Price updated 3/6/15.

Free Audio Technica ATH-M50x with select PreSonus Monitor Speakers

Adorama is bundling the Audio Technica ATH-M50x closed-back over-ear headphones for free with the following Presonus Ceres powered studio monitor speakers. Free expedited shipping is included:

+ PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5″ (black) for $300 total
+ PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5″ (white) for $300 total
+ PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5″ (black) for $230 total
+ PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5″ (white) for $230 total
+ the color refers to the ATH-M50x, not the Presonus speakers
+ no coupon needed, these are bundled together, just add to cart and checkout
+ I don’t know when this promotion expires

20% off select Skullcandy headphones

The official online Skullcandy store has a 20% off headphone sale featuring the Crusher, Slyr, Plyr*, and Navigators. Very colors are available. No coupon code needed. This is a limited time offer but they don’t mention the expiration date.

Used A-Audio A01 Over-Ears for $91

The A-Audio A01 headphones, in the Matte Phantom Black/Lyric color schemes, are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $91 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Used Beyerdynamic T70 Over-Ears for $352 [updated]

The Beyerdynamic T70 Over-Ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $352 (was $336, was $344) with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The description says “Item is in original packaging, but packaging has damage…”

Price updated 3/4/15 1:21 PM ET.

Used JVC HA-SR500-B portable on-ears for $13

On the used front, the black JVC HA-SR500-B portable on-ears with mic/remote are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $13 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 3.7 out of 5 based on 13 customer reviews.

Massdrop: Philips Fidelio L1 unlocked for $115

The Philips Fidelio L1 semi-open headphones are currently fully unlocked for $105 plus $10 flat shipping at members-only but free to join website Massdrop.com. There are about four days left in this offer from today (today = blog posting date here). These are semi-open with 40mm drivers and 28 ohm impedance.

Some of the marketplace sellers at amazon.com are close in price, starting at $118 with the order fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon actual does not have them and they are marked “discontinued by manufacturer”. They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 69 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Sennheiser PX100-IIi for $50, MM100 for $80, MM400X for $130 [plus $5 flat S&H]

This daily deal expired but items keep resurfacing in various future Woot deals until they completely sell out…
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[DEAD] Mon: Four Gaming Headsets on sale (Kingston, Turtle)

This daily deal expired…
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Thinksound On1 Wooden On-Ears drop to $200

The wooden Thinksound On1 headphones (model on1-natblk, aka natural black) is down to around $200 at Amazon, including Amazon actual (around $202), and Thinksound shipping directly from New Hampshire. You can see all the sellers over there offering these in new condition. They average 4.6 out of 5 based on 32 customer reviews.

PS: all the other Thinksound models are in-ears.

March 1-7 (B&M or online): Audio Technica ATH-WS55 for $40

Per the weekly Staples ad, for the week of March 1-7 in 2015, their brick and mortar stores will be offering the black Audio Technica ATH-WS55BK headphones for $40 per pair. Not all stores have them in-stock. This is also offered for $40 on the Staples website, where you can also check store inventory by zipcode. Review-wise, they average 4.4 out of 5 based on 61 customer reviews at amazon with 11 questions answered. Updated 3/1/15.

[DEAD] Ends Tue 1am ET: Harman Kardon NC Over-Ears for $125

As of 5:42pm ET re-checking, this surprisingly perhaps sold out, before the full 24 hour period elapsed…
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Pre-orders for Audio-Technica ATH-R70x for $350

Audio Technica was busy planning how to attack the $300~ price range. Not only did they reveal the closed-back ATH-M70x but they also revealed a parallel open-back audiophile-baiting model, the ATH-R70x, and this model is now available for pre-order for $350 at Amazon.com with a May 1st release estimate. As the name suggests, this is a co-flagship with the M70x in this part of their product line-up.

Used or Refurbished Shure SRH 440 for $75 [updated]

The Shure SRH 440 closed-back over-ears go for $100 in new condition, and stay there, partly because they have been in recommendation lists for a while now. On the used front, as of the time of writing, you can get them for $75 (was $71.50) in “Used – Like New” condition from Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. There they are also offered as seller refurbished from Audiotopia for $75 with the order fulfilled by Amazon. These have a 4.3 out of 5 based on 341 customer reviews… Price updated 3/1/15.

Fanny Wang On-Ears for $30

Another Beats Solo competitor is getting discounted, and heavily at that, the Fanny Wang Ruby Red Metallic On-Ears are down to $30 by Fanny Wang with the orders fulfilled by Amazon.com so the usual terms for free shipping (Prime or with $35+ order). You can buy as many as you like at this price. They come with an in-line cable splitter and a pouch. They average 4 out of 5 based on 125 customer reviews.

Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (250 ohm) for $180 after $30 MIR [limit 2]

Warm up your AMPs and DACs, there’s a 250 ohm headphone offer in this post. Adorama is offering the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (250 ohm) for $180 after a $30 mail-in rebate (MIR). This mail-in rebate offer expires 3/5/15 (direct link to the rebate instructions). The Adorama website has a limit of two per shopping cart. The mail-in rebate form says limit three. The rebate form is specifically for purchases made at Adorama.

NOTE: Adorama is testing a website redesign with some visitors, and the redesign doesn’t mention the mail-in rebate until after you add the item to the shopping cart. The price you see is $180 after the $30 mail-in rebate, not before the MIR.

PS: the DT880 are semi-open. A simple rule of thumb to remember the open-ness of the BeyerD Trilogy is that the higher the number, the more open they get. The DT770 are closed, the DT880 are semi-open, the DT990 are open.

[DEAD] Used Sennheiser Urbanite XL (Sand, iOS) for $107 (was $118)

As of 3/1/15 re-check, the Sand iOS versions at the $107 price are sold out. The lowest used price as of this update is $140 for the other colors at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

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March 1-7 at B&M: Sony ZX-110 on-ears for $10

The basic Sony ZX-110 closed-back on-ears (no mic/remote) will be on sale for $10 per pair, in either black or white, at Staples brick and mortar stores. I don’t know if their website will have them at that price as well. These are the replacement for the ZX-100.

Yamaha Pro 300 On-Ears (black) for $89

One of Yamaha’s attempts to get into the “Beats Solo market” are the Pro 300 headphones and as of the time of writing, the black color scheme of these is on sale, in new condition, for $89 with free shipping, with a limit of two per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. They average 3.7 out of 5 based on 62 customer reviews.

AKG K518 LE On-Ears for $30 + $5 shipping

Woot Plus has a sale of AKG headphones that features the new condition on-ear K518 LE DJ headphones in either white or red, for $30 per pair, with a limit of three pairs per color. This sale also includes the refurbished AKG K495NC (active noise cancelling) for $150. This AKG sale ends by March 3 (2015).

With the same expiration date, also at Woot Plus, there is a sale on Monster headphones featuring the Inspiration Over-Ears for $100, and the DNA On-Ears (iOS) for $95, and the Inspiration In-Ears for $50.

Shipping at Woot is $5 flat for everything you buy during a single day.

Beats Studio (first generation) for $100 [new-other condition]

The first generation Beats Studio over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling (powered by AAA batteries) is offered for $100 with free shipping in various colors by BuySPRY on eBay (99.4%). This is described as “New other (see details)” condition, and the seller notes describe it as follows:

“This item is in a NEW CONDITION. Item comes with Hard Case, Batteries, and a Volume control and mic cable. (Does not come with retail box or serial number as the warranty is provided from the seller for 60 days)”

Blackmore BH-1900 Over/On (?) Ears for $6

On the discovery front, if you like to try out obscure single-figure headphones, the yellow color scheme of the Blackmore BH-1900 headphones (I can’t tell from the picture if they are over-ear or on-ear) are going for around $6~ at Amazon.com by Amazon actual in new condition. Limit three per customer. According to the product description, they have 40mm drivers with 32 ohm impedance.

Neither these or any of their other colors have any customer reviews.

Fiio E11K + Audio Technica ATH-M70x for $310 [updated]

If you want both the new Audio Technica ATH-M70x and the Fiio E11K Kilimanjaro2 portable headphone amp, you can buy them together as a discounted bundle for $310 with free shipping by Pitbull Audio on Amazon. The eBay listing is no longer available… This eBay listing has “Best Offer” enabled so you could try to “negotiate” a lower price using eBay’s “Best Offer” mechanism.

The headphones on their own or with smaller value freebies go for $300 (Fiio E6 or accessories).

Now shipping for $300 with freebies (Fiio E06): Audio Technica ATH-M70x

After all the buzz generated by the M50 and M50x, it was only a matter of time before Audio Technica decided to jump on to the lucrative $300 price point with their Mx line-up. And now, the ATH-M70x are in-stock and shipping for $300 from various sellers at Amazon and Pitbull Audio on eBay.

Meanwhile, other retailers are beginning to offer some small freebies while still keeping the price at $300, for example Pitbull Audio on eBay includes the Fiio E6 portable headphone amp, while Kraft Music includes an extra cable, Kinyo earbuds and 4GB flash drive.

Fully Unlocked (Massdrop): AKG K7XX for $200 and more

If you are a fan of the AKG K7XX open-back headphones, the tuned for Massdrop AKG K7XX (actual model name, the Xs are not stand-ins or variables), is offered fully unlocked (= lowest price possible) for $200 with free shipping. The K7XX is based on the K702 65th anniversary edition. Per the listing, these are the final 1000 units of the first edition of this particular headphone. As of the time of writing, 41 units got purchased from this listing. The listing ends in about seven days from today (= blog posting date).

Massdrop is the only retailer to buy it from, but that hasn’t stopped some people from trying to sell it on eBay at a high premium ($340).

Nowhere near as shiny audiophile wise as the K7XX, but also fully unlocked are the Moe Audio MOE-SS01 in-ears going for $42~ shipped. Uncle Moe currently goes for $50 at amazon but it only has two reviews there so far.

Last but not least in this Massdrop round-up, not fully unlocked yet (but has seven days left from today) are the Samson SR950 50mm driver over-ears, with the lowest price possible being $55 shipped. They currently go for $70 at various retailers including amazon where they average 4.4 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews. It’s all 5s and 4s, except for one 1-star review.

Bedphones Sleep Headphones for $40

If you like to listen to music or audio in bed, but haven’t found a comfortable or safe way to use headphones or earphones, there are some products specifically designed for bed listening. One of those is offered at Stacksocial for $40 with free shipping, they are the Bedphones Sleep Headphones, in either black or white. They ship 1-2 weeks after ordering.

They average 3.7 out of 5 based on 170 customer reviews at amazon.com.

Philips SHP9500 Open-back Over-Ears for $65

To the Groupon Goods we go now, where we find the Philips SHP9500 open-back headphones offered in new condition for $65 with free shipping and free returns. Shipping estimate is 12 business days after purchase, so keep that in mind if you have time constraints. They have 50mm drivers with 32 ohm impedance, and giant L/R printed on the earcups, and average 5 out of 5 with 5 customer reviews at amazon. The Groupon offer ends around 3/8/15 (give or take).

[DEAD] Used Philips M1 On-Ears for $50 (may drop lower)

As of a 3/3/15 recheck, the price is higher, starting at $68 in used condition…
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