Used Philips X1/28 for $177 to $183 [updated]

If you are banging your head trying to decide between the brand new open-back over-ear Philips X2 (in-stock estimate February 11) or the previous generation X1, one way to break the deadlock is to consider the situation from a new vs used perspective. If you are going to get the previous generation model (X1), it goes for $250 in new condition which is too close to the $300 price of the X2.

Instead, you could go for the X1 in used condition, available in multiple listings ranging from $177 to $183 (“Good” to “Very Good”) at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Since there are multiple listings and a newer model, market forces may push the price of the used X1s further down. Prices updated 2/12/15.

Used Hifiman HE 560 planar for $764

The HifiMan HE 560 planar magnetic headphones go for $900 in new condition, but if you want to save some, you could get them for $764 with free shipping by Kraft Audio at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Or keep track of the used listing in case of further future discounts.

[DEAD] Panasonic RP-HX250-MK headphones for $9 (limit 3)

This sale ended as of a 2/9/15 recheck…
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[DEAD] Ends Mon 10am ET: Numark DJ Headphones for $50

This daily deal expired…
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[DEAD] Used Shure SRH 1840 for $362

As of a 2/12/15 recheck, the lowest used price is $440+…
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[DEAD] Used Grado SR80e for $87.50

As of a 2/12/15 recheck, the lowest used price is $92+…

The Grado SR80e open-back on-ears go for $100 in new condition, but if you like to save some, they are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $87.50 at Amazon Warehouse Deals. There are multiple listings, so there is the possibility that market forces will push the prices further down (if they don’t get scooped up)…

Many consider the 80/80i/80e as a good way to get a feel for the Grado audio signature without breaking the bank.

[DEAD] Pioneer SE-MX9-K Headphones for $150

As of 2/8/15, the price went up… The black Pioneer SE-MX9-K Headphones are currently on sale for $150 with free shipping, with a limit of three per customer, at Amazon.com by Amazon itself. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on 29 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Sennheiser Momentum Over Ears (first gen) for $150

As of 2/8/15, the price remains, but they are out of stock and cannot be ordered at this time… Now that the second generation of the over-ear Sennheiser Momentums is starting to roll out, more discounting is expected of the first generation. Case in point, the black color scheme of the first-gen over-ears is on sale for $150 at Focus Camera with a limit of two per customer. The other colors are not on sale. The On-Ears go for $90 each in all colors.

Update: Philips X2 has February 10 in-stock estimate for $300

If you are chasing the new Philips X2/27 headphones, we have good news! As of the time of writing, the in-stock estimate at Amazon.com by Amazon actual has changed from “1-2 months” to “February 10 (2015)”. This as of the time of writing…

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We have also started a new experimental feature, a permanent tracker post chasing down hard to find new headphones. For now, it covers the X2 and the Momentum M2s.

Two pairs of Creative Hitz MA2600 On-Ears for $50

The official Creative store has a limited time offer, for $50 you can get two pairs of the Hitz MA2600 consumer on-ear headphones with their triangular shape. The package includes the headphones and nothing else.

Are They In-Stock? Philips Fidelio X2?

In this new feature, we try to keep up with the latest stock updates of some of the harder to find brand new headphones. This page is updated manually, and the results are accurate as of the “latest update” date shown below. If you have any headphones you’d like to see tracked, please leave a comment or use the contact form.

Latest Update: March 30 at 1:45pm ET – in-stock!!!

Headphone Stock Tracker
Option In Stock Out Of Stock
Philips X2
$300
Amazon (NEW)
Amazon (USED) ($270)

Refurbished Monster Diesel Vektr On-Ears for $50

The official Monster Store on eBay is offering the manufacturer refurbished Monster Diesel On-Ears for $50 with free shipping, in your choice of Apple ControlTalk or Universal ControlTalk, with a limit of five pairs per customer.

Massdrop: Philips Fidelio L1 for $115 (fully unlocked)

The Philips Fidelio L1 semi-open over-ear headphones are currently fully unlocked (= lowest price possible) for $115 shipped at members-only website Massdrop. There are about five days left on this offer from today (today = blog-posting date).

These average 4.5 out of 5 based on 61 customer reviews at amazon.com where they have 19 questions answered by the internet peoplez 🙂

[SOLD OUT] In-stock: Momentum M2 Wireless (Over-Ears) for $500

As of 2/8/15, these are sold out at OneCall.com (online version of Huppin’s in WA).
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Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ears for $147

The leader of the open-back over-ear HD-5xx series Sennheiser headphones, the HD 598 with its burl wood is now going for $147 with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer, in new condition, at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on nearly 1000 customer reviews and has 100+ questions answered… If you don’t need the burl wood finish and you are willing to DIY-modify, you can convert the HD 558 (currently on sale for $90).

[DEAD] Sennheiser HD 558 for $90 (limit 3)

As of a 2/5/15 recheck, the sale ended and Amazon actual removed itself from the list of sellers. This is the second time this offer disappeared and then reappeared, so there is some hope…. The open-back over-ear new condition Senneheiser HD-558 headphones are currently on sale for $90 with free shipping, with a limit of three per customer, at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. This is the middle model of a three headphone HD-5xx open-back line-up from the German juggernaut. This is not part of the lightning deals, it is an organic sale price.

These average 4.6 out of 5 based on 450+ customer reviews, and have 100+ answered questions by Amazon customers.

[DEAD] Recertified Bowers & Wilkins P3 On-Ears for $100 (w/2yr warranty)

As of a 2/5/15 recheck, the sale ended, but the refurb P3s are recurring specials at Amazon, so in all likelihood, they will return in the future…
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Phiaton PS 320 closed-back on-ears for $86 (limit 3)

The closed-back fashionable Phiaton PS 320 headphones are now going for $86 with free shipping, with a limit of three per customer, at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. These are a discontinued model. They come with a “designer case”, they fold, have 32 ohm impedance, dual drivers, and such. They average 4 out of 5 with just 8 customer reviews.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro (250 ohm) for $165 [or $130 after $35 MIR]

Temptation! The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro (250 omh) is now on sale for $165 with free shipping at Adorama. And if you don’t mind mail-in rebates (MIR), you can get it for $130 after a $35 mail-in rebate (mail-in rebate details). The mail-in rebate offer ends 2/10/15. This rebate form is specific to this very model and Adorama as the seller.

[DEAD] Pre-order discount: BeoPlay H8 for $467

This temporary discount ended…
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Used Focal Spirit One for $80 to $83 [falling knife alert!]

UPDATE (2/3/15 at 4:05pm ET): the prices dropped by $6 since the previous update

UPDATE (2/2/15 at 7:29pm ET): the prices dropped by $10 since I posted this last night!

Focal is a well known company, but names don’t make the headphones. Their Spirit One headphones were not as well received by audiophiles as well as their Classic and Professional over-ears. After all, the “One” were targeting more of a consumer sound, with an Apple 3-button mic/remote. Regardless, they are currently available in Used condition with multiple listings at Amazon Warehouse Deals. The “Used – Good” condition go for $80 (was $86, was $96), while “Used – Very Good” for $83 (was $89, was $99). Since there are multiple listings, and if these don’t get scooped up, there is the possibility of the prices dropping further down. These are not the latest model in their line-up.

Now shipping: Sennheiser Momentum M2 Over-Ears for $350

The new Sennheiser Momentum M2 Over-Ears have shyly began shipping from some smaller retailers. At Amazon.com, it is shown as in-stock for $350 by Electronics Expo (99%, over 170k ratings, two brick and mortar stores in New Jersey). There’s also another seller offering them there as well, but the other seller looks too high risk for a $350 purchase (89%, only 36 ratings in last 12 months). These ship directly from the sellers, they are not fulfilled by Amazon.com.

The above if you cannot wait to get them. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before Amazon actual and other big name sellers will have them.

[DEAD] Starts Tue 12pm ET: Beats Executive Over-Ears sale

This lightning deal expired…
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[DEAD] Bose AE2w Bluetooth Over-Ears for $190

This limited time eBay offer expired…
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Bluedio R2-WH wired headphones for $25

The Bluedio R2-WH wired headphones with detachable cable and folding design are currently on sale for $25 per pair, with a limit of three per customer, at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. They have zero customer reviews, so they may be more of interest if you like to try out or renew or compare models.

[DEAD] Open-box Focal Spirit Classic for $310

These sold out… The new condition Focal Spirit Classic over-ear closed-back headphones go for $400 regular price, but if you want to save, you can get them in open-box condition for $300 plus $10 flat shipping by Electronics Expo at amazon.com. (these should not be confused with the Focal Spirit Professional studio headphones which have a regular price of $350).

Used NVX Audio XPT100 studio over-ears for $85

The NVX Audio XPT100 studio over-ears go for $100 in new condition, but if you want to save some, they are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $85 at Amazon Warehouse Deals. If $85 is not low enough, you could monitor it to see if it drops later on (if no one scoops them up). These average 4.6 out of 5 based on 49 customer reviews.

Massdrop: unlocked Titan 1 iems for $98

At Massdrop, a new offer is now fully unlocked, the Dunu Titan 1 IEMs going for $90 plus $8 shipping. Also launched (but not currently fully unlocked) are the Samson RTE 2 bluetooth on-ears with the lowest price possible being $80 shipped.

[DEAD] Ends Mon 1am ET: Sennheiser HD 518 open-back over-ear for $60

This limited time offer expired…
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Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs for $40 w/free S&H

Also part of the warehouse clearance sale at Musician’s Friend are the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-D40fs studio headphones offered for $40 with free shipping. You can buy as many as you like during this sale.

AKG M80 MkII Studio (semi-open) for $30 w/free S&H

This limited time offer expired, but it is a recurring offer at MF…

Musician’s Friend warehouse clearance sale includes the new condition AKG M80 MkII Semi-Open Studio Headphones offered for $30 with free shipping. These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 170+ ratings over there at MF.

[DEAD] HeadFoams Headphones for Kids for $20

This daily deal expired… The Amazon Deal of the Day for Friday Jan-30-2015 is a sale on the HeadFoams Headphones for Kids for $20, available in six different colors. They average 4 out of 5 based on 195 customer reviews. Offer ends by 3am ET on Sat.

Panasonic RP-HX250 Over-Ears for $13 to $15

On the budget front, especially if you have a Prime membership or you plan to make a $35+ purchase, the Panasonic RP-HX250 Over-Ears are on sale for $13 per pair in white and for $15~ in black at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of three per color. They average 3.5 out of 5 with 19 customer reviews.

Fanny Wang On-Ears (black/red) for $30

Fanny Wang’s On-Ear headphones, in a color scheme and style “inspired” by Beats Solo, are currently on deep sale, in new condition, going for $30 per pair at fulfilled by Amazon.com and sold there by Fanny Wang. Eligible for Prime shipping. You can buy as many as you like. The black color scheme goes for $50, the white for $60, and the rest for more. They average 4 out of 5 based on 117 customer reviews.

If your favorite color is not on sale, check also the used options. Click on the thumbnail of each color of choice to see all its price. The summary page linked in this paragraph shows the lowest price per color.

B&M or online: Able Planet NC180 ANC for $20

If you like to compare and review headphones, the Able Planet NC180 active noise cancelling headphones are sold for $20 per pair at Ross brick and mortar stores, or if you prefer online shopping, they go for the same price with free shipping, in new condition, by BuyDig on eBay (limit 5).

Please note these are doing horribly in reviews, so they are more of interest for research/testing/comparison purposes. They get 2.7 out of 5 based on 51 customer reviews at amazon.com where they have a rare “review intensity ratio”, the 1-stars are more than the 5-stars, they “win” 16-11.