NVX XPT100 Studio Over-Ears for $70 [limit 3]

These will definitely not be confused with stylish fashionable audiophile headphones. They are studio headphones to the core, the new condition NVX XPT100 Studio Over-Ears on sale for $70 with free shipping, sold by Limitless Creations Direct with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

The headphones average 4 out of 5 based on nearly 150 customer reviews and they have nearly 40 answered questions.

[DEAD] COWIN E7 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $35

This lightning deal expired, BUT if you missed it, fear not – it is a recurring lightning deal…

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Used Beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO for $370

The beyerdynamic DT 1770 PRO studio headphones are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging) for $370~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual, or $392~ in “Used – Like New” condition. The first link shows a summary of all options. This link only shows the used options.

Open box Hifiman HE560 planars for $399

The Hifiman HE560 planar magnetics are available in open-box “Used – Like New” condition from authorized dealer Hifi Heaven from Wisconsin through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They also offer free phone and email support. These are open-back, so you cannot only hear but also smell the famous diary air(e)!

AKG K553 Closed Over-Ears for $99

Surprise! Musician’s Friend is currently offering the new condition closed-back over-ear AKG K553 headphones for $99 with free shipping. This is an old fashioned sale, not a deal of the day, so the expiration date/time is unknown. The price is certainly right for a solid closed-back over-ear headphone, but there are many options out there as well these days.

FOCAL ELEX drops to $700 for ALL participants in the drop [MD]

While the lauded Focal CLEAR remains in-stock for its starting price of $1500, its cousin model, the newer ELEX is having a $100 off discount!

For the next two days and change, Massdrop is offering it for $700 instead of $800. The sale price is guaranteed until the end of this drop in two days and change.

If you had previously purchased it at $800, fear NOT! Existing participating in the drop will also pay $700, not $800. You don’t have to cancel and rebuy. Their email does not say exactly how this will be adjusted but if you had previously committed at $800, you’ll probably see an email or an adjustment. The payment will be collected after the drop, so your credit card will probably be charged for $700 instead of $800.

This is estimated to ship mid-February 2018, and comes with a 2-year warranty since it is a FOCAL-Massdrop co-operation.

This new price puts it in ELEAR territory.

Noontec Zoro Closed Over-Ears for $12 w/free S&H after coupon

It’s the coupon that keeps on giving. Coupon code CLEAROUT15 drops the price of the open-box Noontec Zoro Closed On-Ears from $15 to $12 with free shipping. This is the silver color scheme. As of the time of writing, they have ten units available. This is a pretty good price considering everyone get free shipping.

But wait, there’s more! The open-box white color scheme also goes for the same price. They have seven units available in this color as of the time of writing.

Refurbished JBL Synchros S500 Powered Over-Ears for $65 with free 2-day Air shipping

The current featured refurbished headphone deal at the refurbished Harman Audio website is the recertified JBL powered Synchros S500 closed-back over-ear headphones going for $65 with free 2-day Air shipping and warranty. They are available in two color schemes. They are powered by two AAA batteries, so a plus for fans of using rechargeables (as opposed to built-in batteries).

Speaking of JBL, the new condition JBL LSR308 8″ Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor is on sale for $129 with free shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon actual (limit three per customer).

Now shipping: Tascam TH-03 for $25 w/free S&H

The Tascam TH-02 found themselves in some budget headphone recommendation lists and as it happens most of the time, a new model has arrived, it is the Tascam TH-03 (first time I’ve heard about it) and it is now in-stock and shipping for $25 with free shipping by Focus Camera directly or fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible), sold by aSavings, which is an online persona for Focus Camera.

It is marketed as a studio headphone, and indeed there are no consumer-y frills and accessories. You just get the 1/4″ adaptor. No mic/remote. Screenshot from Amazon listing below:

V-Moda M100 Crossfade down to $165

The Black Friday pricing of $180 of the new condition V-Moda Crossfade M100 closed-back bluetooth over-ears (with 3.5mm wired playback as well) has been breached! You can now get the “Gunmetal Black” for $165 by Amazon actual (and marketplace sellers too) and $170 at Musician’s Friend. The other colors remain at $180…

Still Good: Koss KSC75 Clip-Ons for $10 [limit 3]

This is probably a must have headphone if you want to be a “headphonalia guru”, it’s the good old Koss KSC75 clip-ons, continuing to be on sale for $10 in new condition by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

Used Grado Reference Series RS1e for $556

Holiday shoppers are typically scooping up used Grados from Amazon more aggressively than during the “regular season”, but we finally spotted one available! It is the Grado Reference Series RS1e in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) for $556 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The new condition price is $700 at authorized Grado dealers.

PS: especially with Grados, beware of any urecognizable sellers offering them at Amazon/Warehouse, especially if the prices are too good to be true.

Beyerdynamic DT 880 PREMIUM (600 ohm) + iFi Micro iDSD Black Label Headphone amp for $499 after coupon

Running until January 5 (2018) or earlier if sold out, you can get this bundle for $499 with free shipping from BuyDig: it is a Beyerdynamic + iFi combo. Use coupon code LISTENCLEAR to drop the price from $728 to $499. For that, you get:

+ Beyerdynamic DT 880 PREMIUM semi-open over-ear Headphones (600 Ohms)
+ iFi Audio Micro iDSD Black Label Headphone Amp

FOCAL Clear In-Stock for $1500

If the Innerfidelity review of the FOCAL CLEAR got you to reconsider these headphones as they are having around ride on the hype train, we have good news for you, they are in-stock for their opening price of $1500 at seven different recognizable audio dealers through Amazon, five of which are Prime eligible.

20% off select Clearance Headphones at BuyDIG

BuyDIG is having a clearance sale with over 560 items eligible for an additional 20% off discount using coupon code CLEAROUT15 at checkout. Among them are 25 headphones, earphones, and other related products eligible for the coupon. Some are new condition, many are open-box, so check each individual listing for details. The coupon expires 12/31/17.

There’s also another sub-category with seven headphones listed, and one with eight wireless models.

Pioneer SE-MHR5 closed-back headphones for $75

For a limited time only, the new condition Pioneer SE-MHR5 closed-back headphones with a detachable balanced cable are on sale for $75 with free shipping at BuyDIG, with a USA warranty. The offer includes automatic/built-in coupon code c11711187497.

FOCAL Sprit Classic Over-Ears for $180 [MD]

The popularity of the FOCAL headphones at the audiophile tier, especially after the Innerfidelity glowing review of the CLEAR is having a bit of a “tide lifts all boats” effect on their previous models. Massdrop went back to the older FOCAL headphones, and is now offering, fully unlocked, the new condition FOCAL Spirit Classic Closed-Back Over-Ears for $180 with free US shipping.

The offer runs for the next three days and change as of blog-posting time, and will ship from Massdrop in early February 2018. All sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Speaking of the older FOCAL closed-back headphones, their consumer tier closed-back over-ear FOCAL Spirit One S currently goes for $79 and fulfilled by Amazon (Prime shipping).

Sennheiser HP 02-100 Lightweight On-Ears for $25 with FREE Next Day Delivery

Instant gratification without breaking the bank! Among the eligible products for FREE NeXt DAY Delivery at B&H Photo you can get the new condition Sennheiser HP 02-100 lightweight on-ears. That’s right, you pay $25 and you still get free next day delivery. There’s no coupon for the offer, it happens automatically while this offer is running. The offer expires Thursday at 2pm eastern (or earlier if an item goes out of stock).

NOTE that these are “enhanced speech intelligibility”, they are not an audiophile model.

Beyerdynamic Custom i On-Ears for $25 w/free S&H [limit 3]

This is a pretty, pretty, pretty good deal! For $25 with free shipping (after you add to cart), you can get the new condition Beyerdynamic Custom i Closed On-Ears from NewEgg actual with up to three pairs per customer. No promo code needed, no email subscription, just add to cart and proceed. The offer ends Thursday night or earlier if sold out.

These are on-ears, not to be confused with their more famous Custom Over-Ears/Studio models. This particular model I have not seen in person, but I have a very similar looking Custom Street On-Ears with a text and pictures unboxing and an in-progress/incomplete review diary.

They have a switch on the earcup that adjust the bass quantity, from too little to too much 🙂 They also have detachable outer earcup covers that can be replaced (a tool for doing this is included). They are also dual entry, so you can stick the 3.5mm cable on either side. Or you can stick two different music sources in each earcup for more “fun” 🙂 You also get a carrying case and a handful of “shields” (outer earcup covers).

I don’t know what the differences are between the “i” NewEgg sells and the “Street” that I have. I haven’t found any difference by looking at the description and pictures, but I’m no Sherlock Holmes. The Street have a skateboarder on the box cover art and that signifies that they have a grip on the head. Not a vice grip, but not the type of headphone you’d wear for 20 hours non-stop 🙂

At this price, you definitely cannot go wrong buying them. The accessories alone are worth it: zippered “half moon” headphone case, 3.5mm 1-button remote/mic cable, and the “shields”.

Philips SHP-9500S Open Over-Ears for $50 w/FS

This is not the lowest price ever (it was around $45 from what I recall) but if you don’t want to wait for future sales, the new condition Philips SHP-9500S open-back over-ears are on sale for $50 flat with free shipping with up to twenty pairs per customer until next Monday night…

The open-box version, which went for $35 with free shipping the last time it was in-stock is out of stock and cannot be ordered as of the time of writing.

PS: we have a text and pictures unboxing of these. Eventually I’ll post a detailed review of these but I can’t promise a date because I’ll probably miss it 🙂 Detachable cable as you can see in the picture:

[DEAD] Phiaton Fusion MS 430 On-Ears for $40

This lightning deal expired…

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Still Running: Sennheiser HD6XX for $200 [MD]

Unless it gets extended, the Massdrop offer for the Sennheiser HD6XX open over-ears for $200 is scheduled to close in two days and change (from blog-posting date). They haven’t ran out of units though, under 7000 have been sold with up to 10,000 units available for the offer. These ship in late March 2018, so keep that in mind.

Complicating the decision though is another new entry from Sennheiser-Drop, the HD58X Jubilee edition for $150 but these will ship in late June 2018. They make the HD 6XX feel like they are arriving yesterday 🙂

For headphones that are readily available as a “normal” retail purchase at Massdrop, check our Massdrop Tracker perma-post.

Audeze SINE On-Ear Planar with Cipher Lightning for $200

This sold out during the Black Friday festivities, but as of the time of writing, it is back in-stock and ready to ship! “It” refers to these Audeze On-Ear planar magnetic lightning-connector headphones, their new condition AUDEZE SINE On-Ear with 24-bit Cipher Cable going for $200 with free shipping at authorized dealer Adorama! They come with the usual Audeze warranty, 3-years for the drivers, 1 year for the cable. Temptation time especially for iPhone and iPad users 🙂

AUDEZE LCD-4 Reference Open Circumaural for $2799

Merry Christmas with a budget buster!

It’s back on sale again, and $200 less than the previous sale during the Black Friday season, it is the new condition AUDEZE LCD-4 Reference Open Circumaural Headphone is on sale for a limited time for $2799 with free shipping at authorized dealer Adorama with Audeze warranty.

Beyerdynamic AMIRON Over-Ears for $500

A marketplace seller has triggered a price-match by Amazon’s own price-bots, making the new condition Beyerdynamic AMIRON over-ears go down to the very specific price of $501.56 with free shipping, sold & shipped by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer.

This price is also available by Focus Camera on eBAY, more specifically $499, with five units available. This has a “Make Offer” available, so you can try your luck with the eBay “Best Offer” process if you like to e-haggle with eBay’s blessings.

Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Over-Ears with apt-X for $35 w/FS

If you don’t want to chase these in the lightning deals, they are on sale in a more conventional fashion at the moment, the new condition Avantree Bluetooth 4.0 Over-Ears with apt-X go for $35 with free shipping (sold by Avantree, fulfilled by Amazon so Prime eligible). They claim up to 40 bluetooth hours per charge, they also play music via 3.5mm input and come with a 24 month warranty.

Optionally, when scroll down to the “Special offers and product promotions” section of the Amazon product page, you will find ten different combined purchase discounts. Some are coupons, others are “add both to cart”.

Sennheiser HD 599 Open Over-Ears for $137

Never a dull moment in SennheiserLandia, this time it is the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 599 that is on sale for the very specific price of $136.90 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Amazon actual, with up to three pairs per customer.

This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time is unknown. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews and has about half that number in answered questions. As the final “9” reveals in its name, it is part of the latest generation of HD 5** series models.

But this whole line has a newer competitor now for $150, the Massdrop HD 58X Jubilee but keep in mind this ships in late June 2018. Not a typo, June 28 in 2018.

Used Shure SRH1840 Open Over-Ears for $286

The open-back over-ear Shure SRH 1840 currently go for $400 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some, you can get them in “Used – Good condition” for $286~ and “Used – Very Good” condition for $305~ at Amazon Warehouse Deals. This link only shows the used options because the default listing only shows the first used option. Click on “New” on the left hand side over there to see the new condition options.

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ears for $70 [Black, iOS, limit 3]

Urbanites unite and take over! The new condition Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ears, in the black color scheme, with the iOS remote control, are on sale at the moment for $70 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer. Only this option is currently going for under $100. This is an old school sale, not a lightning deal, so I have no way of knowing when this expires.

You can use these with any music source. The iOS part only means the Volume Up/Down buttons will likely only work on compatible iOS devices, not Androids. These have detachable cables, so you can use a different cable. I don’t remember if you can use any cable or they have a proprietary mechanism. Check the reviews and answered questions over there (or your favorite search engine) if interested. I can’t tell for sure by looking at the product gallery picture #5.

As you can see in our Sennheiser posts, good old Sennheiser has been very active this holiday shopping season with various sales and new product launches too (eg the HD59x Jubilee).

Friday: Philips SHB3060 BK/27 Closed Bluetooths for $40

The Woot Electronics daily deal at the moment is the new condition Philips SHB3060 BK/27 closed-back bluetooth headphone offered for $35 plus $5 flat shipping. Limit three per customer. It comes with a 1-year warranty. Offer ends Saturday 1am ET or earlier if sold out.

15% off Monoprice coupon (ends Mon night)

Coupon ENJOY (that’s the name of the coupon, Monoprice is goofy like that with the coupon naming) gets you 15% off many things (but not all things) at Monoprice.com until Christmas night (11:59pm pacific I believe), giving you an opportunity to “correct” some of Santa’s mistakes or accessories some of Santa’s gifts 🙂

None of the Monolith headphones are eligible for the coupon as usual. Also not eligible for the coupon is their Sonic Solace ANC/BT Over-Ears which continue to go for $50 with free shipping.

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones for $150 [shipping late June 2018)

UPDATE Friday 10:52pm ET: 569 units purchased…

UPDATE Friday 10:34am ET: 332 units purchased out of 5000 available. They ship late June 2018 (more specifically June 28). That’s six months from now. Patience is a must have prerequisite for this drop 🙂

Set your alarm clocks! Starting on Friday 12/22/17 at 9am eastern (6am pacific/Massdrop time) they will launch a brand new headphone sale, the new condition open-back Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones for $150 with free shipping for US addresses and $15 flat shipping for outside the US. Limit up to five pairs per customer.

A total of 5,000 units are available during this drop. The first 500 purchases are guaranteed to receive a serial number under 550. The actual shipment estimate will be revealed over there AFTER the drop goes live on Friday at 9am ET.

Some impressions and reviews of these are already posted online:

+ DIY Audio Heaven with lots and lots of measurements and opinions

+ first impressions at Earphiles

+ HeadFi TV review and forum measurements and discussion

Philips Fidelio M1 MKII WT/27 Closed On-Ears for $45

A new headphone has arrived at the longer-running Woot headphones sale, it is in the pole position, the new condition Philips Fidelio M1 MKII WT/27 On-Ears going for $40 plus $5 flat shipping with a 1-year Philips warranty. Limit up to three per customer. There are 18 days left in the same (from blog-posting date). Or earlier if it sells out.

The grills are decorative, these are closed-back headphones 🙂

Thursday: refurb Parrot Zik for $70 (black)

Good until Thursday at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering the refurbished first generation Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones in the black color scheme for $70 with free standard shipping. These have various techie features, including NFC, touch controls, dedicated apps, motion detection, ANC, and so forth. Note however that they are using Bluetooth 2.1!

Sennheiser HD1 BT/ANC On-Ears down to $200

Down go the HD1! The new condition Sennheiser HD1 bluetooth with active noise cancelling headphones are on sale for $200 with free shipping in either color scheme at Amazon by Amazon actual. Limit three per color per customer. This is not a lightning deal, so the expiration time is unknown. They are either a sale or a price-match of somebody else.