EU: Shure SRH-440 Studio for 72 euro

It is not a surprise that some of the classic Beyerdynamic DT 7-8-9 headphones sell for less in Germany than in the US, since it is their home country. It is a bit of a surprise though that Shure, although German-sounding, are a Chicago-based USA company, yet their closed-back over-ear SRH-440 studio headphones sell for $100 in the US but they are on sale for just 72 euro by Amazon Germany itself.

I haven’t listened to these, but I listened to the SRH-240A. The 440s can still be found in some of the “$100 closed over-ear recommendation lists” but since then, other closed-back options around that price-range have surfaced [and with mic/remotes], so as always, be sure to research things to your satisfaction before committing to a purchase…

Now shipping: Monoprice HR-5 (Open or Closed options)

Monoprice continues to roll out new products, and among them are two new headphones under the HR-5 model. One pair is open-back, the other pair is closed-back. They sell for $70 each and they are, as of the time of writing, in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website… These are wired with removable earpads (two pairs included), along with a case [see picture #4 in their gallery over there] and … I know little and less about these, so be sure to check your favorite audiophoolia websites and forums for more details…

UPDATE: thanks to Allan in the comments for pointing out this Head=Fi thread that discusses these headphones!

Refurbished Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On-Ears for $79

This is not Sennheiser Day, it’s just that price-checking and deal-hunting can sometimes surface multiple offers from one manufacturer as one price-check can lead to another [and things of that nature]…

This is a bit of a higher risk sale because it is sold by a clearing house type of a marketplace seller, but the order is “fulfilled by Amazon”, so you get to deal with Amazon’s customer service, billing system and shipping system, so you are inoculated against some of the common issues with marketplace sellers.

With that as a long intro, the closed-back on-ear Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 headphones are offered in certified refurbished condition for $79 with free shipping in your choice of brown or black color schemes…

These are with the Apple in-cable buttons but you can use them with any devices. It’s just that not all remote control functions will work as expected with non-Apple products (eg volume or skips). Typically play and pause work on most devices but I haven’t tested this particular model…

EU: BIG Sennheiser B-Stock sale includes HD 660S for 309, HD 650 for 245, HD 600 for 209, etc

The official Sennheiser German online store is having a BIG B-Stock sale that includes among many others:

+ open-back HD 660 S for 309 euro
+ open-back HD 650 for 245 euro
+ open-back HD 600 for 209

+ open HD 559 for 54
+ closed HD 569 for 84
+ open HD 579 for 109
+ open HD 599 for 109

+ HDVD 800 for 1349 euro

+ closed ANC PXC 550 Wireless for 209 euro
+ closed on-ear Momentum Wireless for 115

+ various RS series (non-bluetooth wireless), Gaming headphones, consumer-tied HD-series, earphones, etc

These come with a 2-year Sennheiser warranty, VAT included for all European Union countries, and free shipping and 30-day returns in Germany [I don’t know what the policy is outside Germany]. Per the page there, these are also 100% tested…

If you live outside the EU, taxes/customs and shipping depend on your location. Check with your local audiophiles who may have previously made online purchases to tell you what to expect…

EU: Sennheiser Momentum On-Ears for 99 euro

Good until November 9 of this year, the official Sennheiser France online store is having a headphone sale that includes the Momentum closed-back on-ears going for 99 euro. Anyone in the European Union can purchase this without additional taxes/VAT/customs but I don’t know what the shipping fees are…

PS: the “Momentum” series got renamed to the “HD1” in the US market, but it has maintained its …momentum [sorry I couldn’t resist] in the rest of the world…

Thur: Pioneer Triple Play for $319 (HRM-5 headphones, Active Monitors, DJ)

What if you wanted a bit of everything? Studio headphones, active speakers, and a DJ controller? Good until Thursday OCT-18-2018 at 11:59pm eastern time, New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering this Pioneer bundle for $319 with free shipping. For that you get:

+ HRM-5 Studio Headphones
+ pair of DM-40 two-way active monitors
+ DDJ-WeGO4 Digital DJ Controller

EU: Sennheiser HD 559 Open Over-Ears for 73 euro

Sennheiser is a German company, so it’s not a surprise that some of the best prices for their headphones can be found on Amazon Germany, such as the new condition open-back over-ear HD 559 headphones currently going for 73 euro, with a limit of up to three per customer at the sale price. These are sold and shipped by Amazon actual.

VAT is included and no additional taxes/customs are charged in European Union countries. Outside the EU, it depends on your location. The shopping cart may give you estimates though.

I haven’t heard this or the predecessor HD 558, but some of the customer reviews say they prefer the predecessor. Check those and forums and such. It is not uncommon for some people to prefer a “previous generation” model as headphones are not like smartphones 🙂

Sunday: UrbanEars Hellas Bluetooth On-Ears for $49

Running until Sunday 10/14/18 at 11:59pm eastern time, as one of the “deals du jour”, New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition Urban Ears Hellas bluetooth closed-back on-ear headphones for $49 with free shipping in your choice of three color schemes. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on six customer reviews. I have not used or seen these, so YMMV…

Used Audio Technica ATH-WS1100 iS for $95+

As of the time of writing, you can slash the new condition price in half for new closed-back Audio Technica ATH-WS 1100 iS, part of their closed-back “Solid Back” series. Sold through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) by AWD actual, you can get it for $95~ in “Used – Acceptable” [a higher risk condition], or $109~ in “Very Good” or $116~ in “Used – Like New”. These headphones average 4.4 out of 5 based on over 110 customer reviews.

Plantronics Backbeat Sense for $55 [bluetooth]

The “bluetooth on-ear” market is getting more and more price-competitive, so down it goes the new condition Plantronics Backbeat Sense Wireless (bluetooth) with mic, in the white color scheme (it’s not white, it’s a white-brown-etc blend), selling at the moment for $55 by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon where it averages 3.6 out of 5 based on 32 customer reviews; a sign of trade-offs, so read up on it if you are not already familiar with it….

Used Focal Spirit One S closed-back for $49

FOCAL started slow with their headphone line-up before going on an audiophile big bang that got us many options, such as the Elear, Clear, Utopia and so forth…

Of the first wave of closed-back models, the Focal Spirit One S is currently offered in “Used – Like New” condition [no further details provided] for $49 with free shipping by marketplace seller “Fique” (96%, 730+ ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from the marketplace seller and it is NOT Prime-eligible, so there is some higher risk since you won’t be dealing with Amazon shipment and customer service for any order-related issues…

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Closed Over-Ears for $70

The Urbanite was one of Sennheiser’s attempts at counter the ever-growing popularity of the pre-Apple Beats headphones. It hasn’t grown as much as the Momentum line (now sold as HD1 in some markets) in terms of model line-up, but their new condition over-ear closed-back wired model, the “Urbanite XL” is currently on sale for $70 with free shipping by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price… At Amazon, this averages 3.8 out of 5 based on nearly 200 customer reviews. I have seen them but have not listened to them…

Used Sony MDR-1A Closed Over-Ears for 92 euro

UPDATE: as of 10/22/18 recheck, the price increased to around 92 euro for the silver color-scheme in the same condition. The other color is slightly more…

And now off to Germany we go, where the closed-back over-ear (previous generation) Sony MDR-1A is offered in multiple listings and in various conditions starting at around 87 euro in “Used – Good condition” by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual, with prices rising to 92~ euro in “Used – Very Good”, and 97~ in “Used – Like New” on the fifth page of the results.

Strategically, given all these listings, one can play the waiting game and see how low the Amazon price computers will drop their prices given all the pages and pages of listings.

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Open Over-Ears for $96

There are not that many open-back options under $100, especially with Philips bowing out with their half-legendary SHP-9500/S [see our unboxing] and the Status Audio OB-1 being hard to find… But Sennheiser and Grado are not the only games in town either! Audio Technica has its own ATH-AD series and the second entry in this line, their ATH-AD700X open-back over-ears is currently on sale for the very specific price of $95.72 by Amazon actual

Used Sony XP550 AP Extra Bass for $20

If you want to try the Sony Extra Bass line without breaking the bank, you can go the way of the used, as as of the time of writing, Amazon Warehouse Deals has the black color scheme of the 2017 model of the XB550 AP Extra Bass for under $20 in “Used – Very Good” condition with free shipping for Prime members. Make sure AWD itself is the seller [or any other sellers you recognize]… Of the other color schemes, the blue is available for $22~ BUT it is only in “Used – Acceptable” condition, so that’s a higher risk…

Used Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT for $90

If you are a fond of used, and bluetooth and ANC, the Sony WH-CH700N headphone is available at the moment in “Used – Very Good” condition for the very specific price of $89.50 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself (AWD). Make sure AWD is the actual seller, and not the iffy sellers over there…

We have a text and pictures un-boxing of this very headphone… The PORG is NOT included 🙂

[DEAD] Used Grado SR80e open on-ear for $84

As of a 10/18/18 re-check, this sold out in used condition, but such is the cycle of used Grados on Amazon. If you wait, it will eventually return…

If you are Grado-curious but don’t want to pay the full price, then Amazon Warehouse Deals comes to the rescue as they currently have a “Used – Like New” (comes in original packaging [that’s a spartan “pizza box”]) for the very specific price of $84.15 with free shipping. The new condition price at authorized Grado dealers is $100… This is an open-back model and a low-risk entry-point into the “Grado sound”…

Wedn: Philips O’Neill The Construct (Closed On-Ears) for $29

One of the Woot daily deals for 10/10/18 at Woot Electronics is the new condition Philips SHO7205 O’Neill The Construct closed-back on-ear headphones going for $29 with free shipping for Prime members or $5 flat (regardless of order size during a single calendar day in the central time zone) for non-members. It is available in two color schemes with up to ten pairs per customer.

PS: speaking of on-ears, the Monoprice lightweight closed on-ears are in, and an “unboxing post” is in the works. These appear to share a common ancestry with the AmazonBasics version [which appear to be gone from Amazon’s USA and Germany websites] but I don’t have them anymore, so I can’t compare them directly. From early listening, it sounds like they have a similar sound signature: tastefully bassy, better suited for modern music; not classical…

[DEAD] EU: Used Creative Aurvana LIVE 2 for 41 euro

As of a 10/22/18 re-check, the used options sold out…

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Amazon Germany sale: Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE for 120 euro, Denon MM400 for 199 euro, Etc

Amazon Germany is having an Autumn Deals theme with various deals coming and going and these days there is a headphone themes sale as follows:

+ Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition for 120 euro with up to two pairs per customer
+ these are closed-back over-ear bluetooth headphones (with apt-X) with active noise cancelling (ANC) technology

+ a Denon and Polk sale that includes two Denon headphones, the Music Maniac AH-MM400 for 199 euro, and the AH-D1200 for 139 euro

+ a sale of budget audio includes the Anchor Sound Core Spirit X bluetooth earphones going for 28 euro

These get free shipping with orders of 29 euro or higher in Germany. All European Union countries pay the same price, no customs or additional VAT.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for $125

The Prime Day sales are under way, and among them, the new condition Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are on sale for a limited time for $125 with free shipping in your choice of iOS or Android buttoned models. Limit up to three per customer at the sale price. These are an older model with ANC but no bluetooth. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 3370+ customer reviews and they have 1000+ answered questions.

In-Stock: Audeze LCD2 Closed for $899

It is not hard to lose track of the various Audeze headphones as they have similar names and variations on a theme. One of their latest models is the LCD2 Closed-Back planar over-ears and as of the time of writing, five units of these are in-stock and shipping for their starting price of $899 by World Wide Stereo (WWS), through Amazon. Prime members get them with Prime-like delivery speed even though they ship directly from WWS.

Open-Box Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 with DJ Khaled for $115

Another refill of the longer running Woot Plus headphone sale includes the open-box Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 with DJ Khaled (obviously DJ) headphones going for $115 with free shipping for Prime members (or $5 flat for non-members) and with a 30-day Woot warranty. These are wired closed-back headphones, no bluetooth here…

Tuesday: Master & Dynamic MH-30 On-Ears for $130 w/FS

This recurring daily deal at the Best Buy website has returned, good until the end of day on Tuesday night 6/26/18, you can get the new condition Master & Dynamic MH-30 On-Ears, closed-back, in the gunmetal/black color scheme for $130 with free shipping or free store pickup where available/possible…

Sony XB-950 B1 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $100

Like a choir, authorized Sony USA dealers have currently dropped the prices of the new condition Sony XB 950 B1 headphones to $100, such as Best Buy and Amazon itself. This is a closed-back over-ear headphone with bluetooth (hence the “B” in its name) but not ANC.

Sunday Daily Deals: $20 Truly Wireless, $120 Tascam Bundle, $250 M&D MH40

A couple of headphone related offers are part of the daily deals at New York’s critically acclaimed B&H Photo until 11:59pm eastern on Sunday as follows:

+ if you want to try “truly wireless” without breaking the bank, the new condition Pom Gear Pilot True Wireless Earbuds are on sale for $20 with free shipping in your choice of three different color schemes

+ Tascam Trackpack 2×2 recording bundle for $120 with free shipping
+ includes 2×2 USB audio interface, the well-regarded for their low price TH-02 headphones, and the TM-80 microphone

Next up, we move to Best Buy where one of their daily deals is the new condition Master & Dynamic MH-40 in the brown color scheme going for $250 with free shipping or free store pickup. Different Master & Dynamic headphones are frequently featured in the Best Buy daily deals this year…

Sat: refurb AKG N60NC for $80, N60NCBT for $130 [w/1yr W]

Good until Sunday at 1am eastern, Woot is offering a couple of factory refurbished AKG on-ears. The wired N60NC (noise cancelling) goes for $80, while the bluetooth + ANC N60NCBT goes for $130. They come with a 1-year AKG warranty.

Note also that Woot has added a new benefit for Amazon Prime members. Eligible products will get free two-day shipping, not just slow free shipping! This levels up the benefit to the regular Amazon website. Products that are not shipped/fulfilled by Woot-Amazon will not be eligible for free 2-day shipping as usual.

Now shipping: the Monoprice M600 and M650 Open-Back headphones for $130 and $150

It’s the Attack of the Name Clones and they are now in-stock and ready to ship! The Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 650 are two of the most influential open-back headphones in the history of audiophoolia, so of course Monoprice “had to have” two open-back headphones with the 600 and 650 numbers 🙂 I haven’t seen or heard thee new Monoprice headphones, so check reviews and forums and such for more details…

But if you have already researched them, or you are ready to boldly go and give them a try, the new open-back M600 headphones are in-stock for $130, while the open-back M650 headphones are in-stock for $150. They get free standard US shipping which is a plus since Monoprice does not have predictable free shipping like Amazon or Best Buy.

Just like Sennheiser itself undercut the HD 600 and HD 650 with the Massdrop-exclusive HD 6XX, Monoprice is now undercutting the HD 6XX with their M600 and M650 duo.

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT “Pure Drive” Bluetooth Over-Ears for $200

The Best Buy daily deals have also triggered a price-match of this at Amazon by Amazon actual, it is the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT closed-back over-ear bluetooth headphones using the recently revealed A-T “Pure Drive” hype-technology/buzz-word. Limit three per customer at Amazon. They support apt-X HD.

Monday: B&O Play P9 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $300

The Monday daily deals of the Best Buy website include the new condition Bang & Olufsen P9 wireless (bluetooth) closed-back over-the-ear headphones going for the sale price of $300 with free shipping or free store pickup where available/possible…

Refurb Bower & Wilkins P3 and P5 added to Woot Plus

A refill of the longer-running Woot headphone sales has added two Bowers & Wilkins stylish on-ear refurbished headphones as follows:

+ refurb P3 closed wired on-ears for $77 in blue
+ refurb P5 bluetooth for $150 in black
+ they come with a 90-day Woot warranty

Speaking of short term deals, the Amazon Gold Box for Friday 6/8/18 includes a couple of Hua Wind starter bundles for ukulele ($25) and acoustic guitar ($73). Also part of the Friday daily deals is the Howard Leight earmuff bundle for $40.

Speaking of A/V related matters, good until Friday at 11:59pm ET, you can get the brand new Amazon Fire TV Cube for $90 IF you are a Prime member. Up to three units per Prime member at the sale price. This is a pre-release sale. It appears Amazon is trying every single possible geometric shape with their devices 🙂

Beats 3 Studio Wireless for $215 [two color options]

If you are looking to get the closed-back over-ear Beats 3 Studio Wireless headphones for yourself or as part of the Dads’n’Grads gift-giving season, the red and white color schemes are currently on sale in new condition for $215 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

Monday: Master & Dynamic MH-30 On-Ears for $130 w/FS

They are back! This has become a recurring daily deal at the Best Buy website, good until Monday night 6/4/18, you can get the new condition Master & Dynamic MH-30 On-Ears, closed-back, in the gunmetal/black color scheme for $130 with free shipping or free store pickup where available/possible…

Fostex TX-1 Over-Ears for $20 with free shipping

On the budget side of things, and with free shipping, you can get the new condition Fostex TX-1 over-ear headphones for $20 with free shipping (no minimum order required for the 48 contiguous US states) at the Musician’s Friend until Sunday at 8am eastern (or earlier if they happen to sell out before the expiration time). They also offer 45-day free returns, and they average 3.7 out of 5 based on 23 customer reviews.

Fostex TH-X00 Trio returns to Massdrop in limited quantities and for $20 more

They are back on at the members-only Massdrop in limited quantities, 100 units available per headphone. And they go for $20 more than before! They are the following Fostex TH-X00 Massdrop collaborations, with free US shipping and a 2-year warranty. Note however that these will ship in mid-September 2018, that’s 3.5 months away!

  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Audiophile Headphones for $420 with free shipping and 2-year warranty. Freight forwarding service available for +$15 for outside the US; details at the bottom of the listing over there
  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart for $470 with free S&H and 2-year warranty
  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony for $520 with free S&H and 2-year warranty