Wedn: Beats Solo3 wireless on-ears for $160

Good for Wednesday FEB-27-2019, one of the Best Buy deals du jour is the new condition Apple Beats Solo 3, a bluetooth closed-back on-ears with some Apple-ish W1 technology mixed in going for $160 with free shipping or free store pick-up if that’s available at a nearby store.

As of the time of writing, amazon.com did not price-match it…

Tuesday: 20% off most Monoprice headphones and such under $500

A parallel coupon, promo code SURPRISE1 gets you 20% off most Monoprice brand products under $500 at their website. The maximum discount with the coupon is $100, so you have to prioritize what you want to get if your order total is over $500. As you can see at the aforelinked page, a number of headphone-related products drop interestingly:

+ M600 open over-ears drop from $80 to $64

+ M300 planar in-ears drop from $100 to $80

+ M1060 planar open over-ears drop from $250 to $200

+ Truly Wireless drop from $50 to $40

+ the above four items mentioned come with free standard US shipping

More headphone-related items are eligible, but these days Monoprice has so many headphones, earphones, DACs, amps and assorted cables and accessories that due to time constraints I cannot coupon-test right now…

Exclusions and restrictions apply. The linked-to page above has a link to the exclusions list, or more easily, you can test the coupon in the shopping cart and it will show what qualifies. You don’t need an account/login to test the coupon

Tuesday: Monoprice Electrostatic Headphone System for $560

Good until the end of day on Tuesday FEB-26-2019 in the pacific time zone, promo code SURPRISE2 gets you 20% off most Monoprice brand products priced over $500, and among them is the Monoprice Electrostatic Headphone System which, thanks to the coupon discount, drops from $700 to $560. It also comes with free standard US shipping.

It has one detailed customer review over there, so for more on it, your favorite audio forums, websites and search engines are your e-static friends 🙂

Nuraphone Wireless headphones for $320 or 319 euro

The smartypans Nuraphone Wireless [bluetooth] headphones are one of the Amazon Germany deals of the day going for 319.20 euro with free shipping in Germany. Shipping is extra in other countries. Shipping restrictions apply as usual because even though we have internet flowing across the world, shipments are caught up in all sorts of crazy geo-socio-corporate-o-political nonsense #RANT

They are also a new drop at Massdrop going for $320 and optionally you can add cables for $more$. They will ship from Massdrop in mid-March…

1More Triple Driver Over-Ears for $130 [MD]

One more [no pun intended] headphone’s price is coming down to earth. The 1More Triple Driver Over-Ears are now going for $130 at Massdrop with the offer running for the next five days and change [from blog-posting date]… Note that despite the open-ish look of the earcup grills, these are closed-back headphones…

They are estimated to get shipped around the start of March Madness 2019 [mid-March] from Massdrop. There is no mention of warranty in the listing… They average 4 stars and change based on 15 Massdrop customer reviews…

Klipsch Reference On-Ear II for $44 [limit 2]

While price-checking and surfing around for the previous Klipsch post, this one surfaced too, it is the new condition Reference On-Ear II, another closed-back on-ear model [as the name suggests], in the black color scheme, going for $44 with free shipping by Amazon actual with a limit of two per customer… These average 3.7 out of 5 based on 90+ customer reviews…

Klipsch R6i Closed On-Ears for $29

If you are a fan of the Klipsch headphones or shopping the price point, as of the time of writing, Amazon actual is offering the new condition Klipsch R6i closed on-ears for $29 with free shipping. They have a 3-button remote but it is not detachable so you can’t reuse the cable. But they come with a drawstring pouch which can be used with other headphones [as long as they fit inside that is]…

These average 4.2 out of 5 based on 55 customer reviews…

Or for a few dollars more, as of the time of writing, the new condition Reference On-Ears go for $40 but in the white color scheme. These are however sold by a marketplace seller with the orders “fulfilled by Amazon”. This model averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 66 customer reviews.

Audio Technica ATH-AD500X Open Over-Ears for $68.50

Sennheiser and Grado are not the only ones with a sizeable open-back line-up. Less memorably named they are, but Audio Technica too has their AD-line of open-backs, and the entry-point in this line-up is the ATH-AD500X which currently goes for $70 by Amazon actual but it is currently restricted to Prime members… But that’s not all, when you are logged on to your Amazon account, there’s an option to clip-on a $1.50 off clip-on coupon, dropping the price down to $68.50…

For whatever reason Amazon has grouped three different models from this line-up in the same root listing, so you have to go through the customer reviews and filter them by this option. The review score you see there is an aggregate of all three models. Strange that Amazon hasn’t figured how to sort this out yet ~ considering how obsessive they are with data and AI 🙂

If you are not a Prime member, or if you are not fond of the way Amazon does things, they are on sale for $70 by Walmart actual

Panasonic RP-HTX80B Closed Over-Ears for $44

If you are looking for retro-style but bluetooth headphone, the gray-black color scheme of the Panasonic RP-HTX80B closed-back over-ear headphones is now down to the very specific price of $43.89 by Amazon actual. You can buy as many as you like and it is not a lightning deal, so prices are organically/dynamically adjusted by the Amazon Price Bots (TM). The new condition price is low enough it surpasses the used prices of other colors of the same model…

IF you are curious about this headphone, we have a text and pictures unboxing of the black color scheme.

Used Sony WH-CH500 bluetooth on-ear for $33

If you are looking for Sony bluetooth on-ear headphones of a recent generation, their WH-CH500 in the black color-scheme is currently available in multiple listings for the very specific price of $32.54 in “Used – Very Good” condition and $34.29 in “Used – Like New” by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual [this link shows ONLY those listings where AWD is the actual seller].

AS it is often the case with Sony headphones, there are many more listings from other marketplace sellers with an increased risk [especially those with thin profiles and even more so the “Just Launched” fly-by-night types], especially if they are not fulfilled by Amazon. This listing shows all sellers.

They average 4 out of 5 based on 160+ customer reviews, and they were revealed at CES 2018 which feels like yesterday even those it was 13.5 months ago!

NOTE: we have here a text and pictures unboxing of a different model in this series, the over-ear WH-CH700N

Sony has over/on-ear bluetooth headphones in some of their lines of products as well, including their good old ZX-series and the basshead-friendly XB-series…

Ends Thur 8am ET: CAD MH310 studio for $40

Good until Thursday at 8am eastern (FEB-21-2019) as the current deal of the day at Musician’s Friend is the new condition CAD MH310 closed-back over-ears going for $40 with free shipping. This looks like another variant or homage of the AKG/Samson/Superlux…

Used Kensington K33137 Closed On-Ears under $7

Yes, we are in the middle of another used headphone searching at Amazon Warehouse Deals and this time we have a budget closed-back on-ear model that has stood the test of time while flying under the radar. It is the Kensington K33137 which averages 3.9 out of 5 based on nearly 200 customer reviews and goes for under $7 in “Used – Acceptable” condition and $8.33 in “Used – Very Good” condition [this listing says it is repackaged]. All these at Amazon Warehouse Deals

NOTE that Kensington has recently released a newer on-ear sub-line, and the closed on-ear goes for $17 from Amazon itself. This is model name K97602WW. Memorize it, it will be on the Head-Fi Budget Gurus entrance exam 😉

Used Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO (250) for $104

If you are not a perfectionist, the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) are available in “Used – Acceptable” condition [check description over there] for $104 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The description there says “major cosmetic damages”, thus the “not a perfectionist” comment. Since they don’t have pictures of the item, the “damages” are left up to the imagination 🙂

Koss Porta PRO lightweight on-ears for $31 [black]

The black/silver [the one with the cyan-blue accents] is the iconic Koss Porta PRO Walkman-era headphone, but if you prefer a more black color scheme, the more recently released black color scheme [it still has some silver] is currently down to $31 and change by Amazon actual. It is not a lighting deal, so the price can change dynamically as time goes by. Even if you don’t like this price, this is something to keep at the back of your mind as it currently goes for a couple of dollars under the original color scheme.

For those not familiar, note that these are open-back!

However, if you must have a mic/remote combo, then $38 gets you the Massdrop x Koss edition. Shipping varies depending on location, but these are lightweight and foldable, so international shipping should be fairly low.

But that’s not all. Koss finally woke up to the staying power of this model and they have released a few other variants as you can in the Amazon listings. There are enough colors/options to color-code them by the day of the week 😉

EU: used Shure SRH-440 closed over-ears for 40e

The closed-back over-ear Shure SRH-440 used to be found in many “Headphones for $100” lists before the explosion of ChiFi and Bluetooth and such. Shure is based in Chicago but their prices these days can be lower in Europe. Case in point the 440 goes for 70 euro in new condition, but if you want to pay even less, you can get it starting at 40 euro in “Used – Good” condition or 42 in “Used – Very Good” or 44 in “Used – Like New” at Amazon Warehouse Deals

It does not have modern amenities like a mic/remote, but the cable is detachable and it’s been around long enough that most of the mods that can be done to it have already been discovered in the forums and in the blogs.

EU: Sennheiser HD 559 open over-ears for 66 euro

The latest generation of the Sennheiser HD 5?? series ends in 9s, but numbers can sometimes be deceiving because the new HD 559 is now the entry-point into this line-up because Sennheiser did not offer a numeric-replacement for the HD 518. So keep that in mind and, as always, read forums and reviews for any products you may not be familiar with…

Which brings us to the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 559 headphones, on sale for the very specific price of 65.90 euro by Amazon Germany actual, with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. This is not however a lightning deal, so the price can change in any direction at any time…

EU: Technics RP-DJ1200 for 100 euro

For a limited time, Amazon Germany actual is offering the new condition Technics RP-DJ1200 headphones for 100 euro, with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. These are true DJ headphones, not fashion items 🙂 They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 70+ customer reviews…

EU: Sennheiser HD 2.10 Closed On-Ears for 26e

On the budget side of things, Amazon Germany is back with another Sennheiser sale, this time it is the closed-back on-ear HD 2.10 headphones for 25.90 euro with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price… They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 28 customer reviews…

Shure SRH-145 Closed On-Ears for $18

On the budget side of lightweight-ish closed-back on-ear headphones, the new condition Shure SRH-145 are currently on sale for around $18 by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. This model is without a mic/remote. The one with goes for more. There’s also a semi-open model on the same listing.

As fate would have it, I posted a text and pictures unboxing of the SRH-145, along with an experimental review diary back in October 2014. That’s 4.5 years ago. Wow, time flies 🙂

Pioneer SE-MONITOR5 Closed Over-Ears for $470 [ends Sat PM]

Good until Saturday night at 11:59pm eastern time, New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition Pioneer SE-MONITOR5 closed-back over-ears for $470 with free US shipping. They come with various cables and earpads, cellulose nano-fiber drivers, and a 1-year warranty.

KSC-75X Clip-Ons (with mic/remote) for $17 w/Free US shipping (International $5 flat) [MD]

I love my good old Koss KSC-75 open-ish clip-ons, which by the way I found in the clearance bin at an Office Depot (if memory serves me well) a few years ago. They are small enough you can use them in bed, especially if you sleep on the side (eg listening to podcasts or audiobooks). Or if you don’t like things hanging on your ears while you sleep, you can set them on or near or under the pillow and use them as mini speakers. But they don’t have a remote, which makes it a pain if you use DAPs or PADs (phones as DAPs) and like to frequently pause sound.

Fear not however, help is on the way. As part of the new ship, Koss X Massdrop [yes, there are fanfics about these two!], they have released a version of the KSC-75 with a mic/remote (a one-button remote), the KSC-75X, and it is an in-stock drop at Massdrop for just $17. Despite the small price, they do come with the Koss limited lifetime warranty!

US shipping is FREE BUT they are also offering expedited shipping options for more… International shipping is not bad ~ all the countries I tried in the shopping cart showed a flat $5 shipping fee. And it makes sense, these are tiny little things.

I don’t YET have the new KSC-75X but I had posted a text and pictures unboxing of the good old KSC-75. I don’t know if the packaging is the same as the new KSC-75X. One could argue this might be the best bang for the buck headphone? I’m sure there are hundreds of threads on this topic in the forums, enough to spend a few years reading non-stop 🙂

A close-up of my good old KSC-75 [not the KSC-75X sold by Massdrop]:

PS: “in-stock drops” are products that Massdrop has available in their warehouse, so they ship within a couple of business days of purchase. The “XX hours left” does not mean the listing will end. Rather, every 24 hours the listing closes, and every order that was placed during those 24 hours gets processed and shipped. So, unlike the traditional Massdrop offers that have a 5-day or 7-day window, the “in-stock drops” continue daily until Massdrop runs out of them.

Open box Shure SRH 940 for $149 w/FS

Same headphone but on the other side of Le Pond, you can get the open-box “used – like new” Shure SRH-940 headphones for $149 with free shipping from marketplace seller “Fique” (95%, 752 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Since it is not a Prime shipment, this is a higher risk purchase… Note that the customer-reviews are complaining that it breaks easily, so keep that in mind…

EU: Shure SRH-940 Closed Over-Ears for 199 euro

If you are interested in the old school line of Shure closed-back over-ears studio headphones, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Shure SRH-940 for 199 euro with free shipping within Germany. Up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

Sennheiser HD 206 for $40, RS 165 Wireless for $130

Woot is running another limited time Garage sale and under the Electronics section they have a couple of new condition Sennheiser headphones:

+ HD 206 closed over-ears for $40
+ RS 165 wireless (not bluetooth) for $130

The HD 206 come with a 2-year Sennheiser warranty and you can buy up to ten pairs, while the RS 165 come with a 90-day Woot warranty and you can buy up to three pairs.

The RS 165 is the latest generation of Sennheiser wireless headphones that does not use Kleer-branded technology… The previous generations, models ending in 0s, eg RS 160 and above used Kleer… The models below that, eg RS 120, did not use Kleer…

They also had the good old Panasonic RP-HJE-120 earphones for $5 per pair but they sold out.

Shipping is free for Prime members [you have to connect your Woot account with your Amazon Prime account ~ this is a one-time thing], or $6 flat for all purchases made during a single calendar day in the Central time zone [Woot is “Hello Central” (time zone in Texas]…

EU: Beyerdynamic DTX910 Open Over-Ears for 35 euro

On the budget side of open-back, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Beyerdynamic DTX910 open-back over-ears for 35 euro with free shipping within Germany. It averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 83 customer reviews and it has 20 answered questions. It’s obviously not going to outperform the DT880/DT990 but it also costs 1/3rd of their price.

Speaking of which, a number of models of the DT 770-880-990 line continue to sell for around 120 euro at Amazon Germany. I suppose that’s one of the benefits of a company selling in its home country 🙂

EU: AKG K612 open over-ears for 90 euro

AKG is now touching three continents. An Austrian company, purchased by Harman Kardon, which in turn got purchased by Samsung. So it has local affiliations regardless. Which brings us to Amazon Germany, offering, for Prime members only at the moment, the new condition open-back over-ear AKG K612 PRO headphones for 90 euro.

Not a bad price if you happen to be looking for open under 100 euro from the EU. Note that there are plenty of models in this AKG line, so research them all if you are not already familiar with them…

EU: Sennheiser HD660S for 389 euro

The price is on a downward trend at the moment for the new condition Sennheiser HD 660 S open-back over-ear headphones, they are currently on sale for 389 euro from Amazon Germany actual.

This of course is competing with its other siblings, the good old HD600 and HD650 from traditional audio retailers, and the relatively new HD6XX from Massdrop. In the US, you can get two HD6XX headphones for the price of one HD660 S which is more expensive than Europe. In the EU on the other hand, Massdrop prices include customs/duties/taxes and shipping, bringing the prices closer together depending on location. Plus there’s the matter of warranty…

Thur: Tascam TH-MX2 closed over-ears for $20

Good until Thursday at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering as part of their daily deals the new condition Tascam TH-MX2 closed-back over-ears for $20 with free US shipping. This is what they call mixing headphones. A leatherette bag is included and the cable is nearly 10 feet long ~ another sign this is not just pretending to be a studio headphone 🙂

Wedn: Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears for $160

For Wednesday FEBR-06-2019, Best Buy is offering the new condition Beats Solo 3 headphones (bluetooth, W1, closed-back, on-ears) for $160 with free shipping or free store pickup, in the Matte Gold color scheme, with the vary memorable model name of MR3Y2LL/A.

They also come with a 3-month free trial to Apple’s music streaming service for NEW subscribers. You cannot append this to existing music subscriptions. With iPhone and iPad unit sales dropping, Apple has need of other revenue avenues, and recurring subscriptions are the very favorites du jour of accountants and Wall Street…

Tue (EU): Jabra Move bluetooth on-ears for 30 euro [also budget mp3 players]

It’s partly budget audio day at the Amazon Germany Gold Box for Tuesday FEB-06-2019 where four different color schemes of the new condition Jabra Move bluetooth closed-back on-ear headphones are on sale for 30 euro each. Not a bad price for a basic no-frills BT on-ear set… It is interesting that (as far as I can recall) this has never dropped this low at Amazon USA. Jabra is an EU-based company after all…

The Jabra is the headliner for Tuesday so it’s easy to spot, but there’s more! Hidden behind the action camera item is a sale on various Victure brand items< that in addition to the action and hunting cameras, it features a variety of budget mp3 players with a clip-type thing going for 22 euro (8GB on-board, microSD slot, FM, bluetooth), and a more elongated model going for 26~ euro (similar specs). There’s also a couple of hybrid dictaphone / mp3 players in similar price ranges…

Tascam TH-2000X Studio Headphones for $30 w/FS [ends Wedn 8am ET]

The Musician’s Friend deal of the day (with the catchy name of “Stupid”) runs a bit different from most other retailers offering daily deals in that they do not run for a calendar day but rather for a 24 hour window that spans two calendar days.

So the Tuesday daily deal is good until Wednesday JAN-30-2019 at 8am eastern (or earlier if sold out) and it just happens to be a budget studio headphone, it is the new condition closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-2090X going for $30 with free shipping.

This is not a bad price for this, it is a variant of a studio headphone that goes under different names. I had one of the variations of the variants (not sure which, I think the CAD) and for this price, it’s definitely not a bad deal…

Sunday: MEE Matrix3 bluetooth over-ears + BT transmitter for $60

Sunday is here and the Sunday JAN-6-2019 daily deals at the Best Buy website include a headphone, the MEE Electronics (reborn of smoke and salt as “MEE Audio”] Matrix 3 bluetooth closed-back over-ears for $60 with free shipping and free store pickup where available/possible. This is the bundle that includes the MEE dual bluetooth audio transmitter as well…

Thur: Anker Space ANC/BT Over-Ears for $69

The Anker sale has “moved” from the Amazon Germany to the Amazon USA Gold Box and for Thursday they are offering a couple of their Soundcore sub-brand headphones as follows: the Space ANC/BT over-ears goes for $69, while the Spirit X bluetooth sports earphones go for $28…

Wedn: JBL E65BTNC BT/ANC Over-Ears for $90

For a short time, running until 9am ET on Wednesday DEC-19 in 2018, B&H Photo of New York is offering the new condition JBL E65BTNC bluetooth and ANC over-ears (closed-back obviously) headphones for $90 with free shipping. This is bluetooth 4.1. It may feel like an avalanche of these BT/ANC combos, but that’s because of their utilitarian use (phones, tablets, laptops) and fashion/trendiness…

Mon: Sony XB-950N1 ANC/BT Over-ears for $115

More bluetooth action on the Monday daily deals, this time at the Best Buy website where they are offering the new condition Sony Extra Bass XB-950-N1 (bluetooth and ANC closed-back over-ears) going for $115 with free shipping or free store pickup when/where it’s possible or available…

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