Thursday: MEE Matrix3 Bluetooth Over-Ears AND BT Audio Transmitter for $60

Among the Thursday 11/8/18 daily deals at the Best Buy website, you can get the new condition closed-back over-ear MEE Electronics Matrix3 bluetooth headphones for $60 with free shipping or free store pickup where possible/available. But that’s not all. Best Buy is also bundling with this the MEE Audio Bluetooth transmitter.

The headphone on its own has nearly 1000 customer reviews, it averages 3.9 out of 5 at

New Arrivals: Monolith Electrostatic Headphone System

The Monoprice Monolith headphone party continues with a new open-back electrostatic headphone system, now in-stock for $699 plus shipping. This comes with a portable headphone amplifier. Audio comes in (to the amp) from a 3.5mm audio input and goes out to the headphones through the electrostatic headphone jack. Annotated screenshot of the areas of interest of the portable headphone amp below:

Tue: Philips SHB-9850-NC BT/ANC Over-Ears for $48

At the chagrin of some audiophiles, combo Bluetooth with ANC over-ear headphones are all the rage these days, so every manufacturer and their sister brands are trying to grab a piece of the pie. Which brings us to one of the NewEgg deals du jour for Tuesday, promo code EMCSEEPU3 gets you the new condition Philips SHB9850NC/27 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $48 with free shipping. This runs on Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X and AAC support.

Tue: Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ears for $220

Name brand headphones return to the Best Buy daily deals, this time around it is the new condition closed-back over-ear stylish Master and Dynamic MH-40 in the metal-silver/brown color scheme going for $220 with free shipping.

NOTE that the numbers may be similar but the MH40 is over-ear while the MH30 is on-ear, so keep that in mind when price-checking. Note also that the numerous colors of these are often priced differently. Another sign of a “fashion headphone” ^_^ This is after all an unapologetically retro-fashion headphone!

EU: Shure SRH-840 for 127 euro

The discounting action continues for Shure at Amazon Germany. As of the time of writing, the new condition closed-back over-ear SRH-840 studio heapdhones are going for the very specific price of 127 euro with free shipping in Germany. VAT is included in the price for all EU countries… Other Shure closed and open over-ear/studio headphones are also discounting in different ways over there…

There’s also some discounting of models at Amazon USA, for example the open-back SRH-1440 goes for $300 with free shipping, while the good old SRH-440 is down to $79.

Motorola Pulse Escape SH-012 Closed Bluetooths for $20 after coupon

A phone-heavy mobile gadgets sale [some of the older phones with good DACs could be value plays as “PADs” [Phones as DAPs]] including among others the new condition Motorola Pulse Escape closed-back bluetooth headphones for $20 after entering limited time promo code USAVE030 over there. The promo code drops the price from $50 to $20.

This is model SH-012 and the offer is only available on the black color scheme… They run bluetooth 4.1…

Mon: Pioneer HRM-7 DJ/Studio headphones for $99

Good until Monday at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Pioneer HRM-7 DJ/Studio headphones (closed, over-ears) for $99 with free US shipping. It comes with two sets of cables (obviously detachable) and a replacement set of earpads. These have the two level headband design.

Sun: Bang & Olufsen H8i Closed BT/ANC On-Ears for $250

Among the Sunday daily deals at Best Buy, you can get the new condition Bang and Olufsen H8i wireless (bluetooth) ANC closed-back on-ears for $250 with free shipping. Only the black color scheme is participating in the sale.

PS: reminder, it is that time of the year, the time to “fall back” time.

PS2: audiophool paranoia: the time change will affect the internal timing of DACs and cause increased fuchsia noise in the outputs 😉

Sat: Bluedio Bluetooth sale (9 options)

Among the various Saturday Amazon Gold Box deals of the day there is a sale on various Bluedio headphones of the bluetooth kind. Most are over-ears while others are of the neckband earphone kind… Also among the daily deals is a good value for $17 for this Tenergy Stainless Steel electric tea kettle…

Sennheiser HD1 Closed Over-Ears for $150

The latest Sennheiser Momentum headphones continue in the US market under the new “HD1” brand. Their new condition closed-back over-ear wired HD1 are currently on sale for $150 with free shipping by Amazon actual, available in both iOS and Android button configurations. iOS has both the black and ivory colors, while Android is only available in black.

Note that the iOS/Android difference is just some of the functionality of the buttons. Otherwise the headphones work regardless…

Speaking of Sennheiser, Massdrop has a profile article on the Massdrop x Sennheiser shipping. Oops, did I say “shipping”? I meant business relationship 🙂

Mitchell & Johnson MJ1 Headphones for $90 [MD]

Never a dull moment at Massdrop. Fully and unlocked and raring to go is the new condition Mitchell & Johnson MJ1 Headphone going for $90 with five days and change left in the offer [from blog-posting time]. This will ship in mid-December 2018 from Massdrop itself. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

These have wooden earcups and use “electret” driver but does not require a specialized electrostatic amplifier. The name of the company may remind of …shoes, but it’s a London-based hi-fi company 🙂

Used Focal ELEAR open over-ear for $529

If you are interested in getting a used Focal Elear headphone and are not tempted by the Massdrop variant, Hifi Heaven is offering a “Used – Very Condition” option for $530 with free shipping at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Next up for $569 is an open-box return by Fique and a “Used – Like New” condition by “Hifi Summit”. These three ship directly from the marketplace sellers with free shipping but not Prime or Prime-like shipping.

Koss KPH30i Lightweight On-Ears for $20 + S&H [MD]

Also with 4 days and change left [from blog-posting time] is the new condition Koss KPH30i lightweight on-ears offered for $20 plus shipping in your choice of color scheme [three options are available]. They do come with a mic/remote combo, as do other Massdrop x Koss products. They will ship end of November and come with the usual Koss lifetime warranty.

In other MD action, the Fanmusic C6 cables which fit the HD 6XX and HD 58X but also the HD580, 600 and 650, are offered for $60 with free US shipping. At checkout you can select between 1/4″ or 4-pin XLR. The shipping estimate is just before Christmas 2018.

Speaking of Massdrop, if you are interested in closed-back headphones, they have a running Interest Check thread on closed-back headphones. If there any closed headphones you’d like to see offered there, this is a good opportunity to convince MD to bring them but also fellow shoppers to want them, so they can add their voice/support for model-of-interest 🙂

Monoprice M1060C Closed Planar Headphones for $250

This is an old fashioned sale, no coupon code or minimum purchase required to get these deals at Monoprice:

+ closed-back over-ear M1060C planar-magnetic headphones for $250 with free standard US shipping
+ UPDATE: offer ends 11/6/18

+ Monoprice 25 Watt Stereo Hybrid Tube Amplifier with Bluetooth for $100 with free US shipping

+ Monoprice Deep Blue 10 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for $20 with free US S&H

+ Monoprice 4-Channel Speaker Selector for $15 plus shipping

I forgot to mention these in the original post, more action:

+ Monoprice Neckband Wireless Bluetooth Earphones with Retractable Earbuds for $35 with free US shipping

+ Brushed Aluminum Desk Headphone Stand for the very specific price of $9.74 plus shipping; up to 20 per customer at the sale price; no volume discount because they are already on sale;

New at Massdrop (Thursday 9am ET): Hifiman Edition XX Open planars for $600

UPDATE: the shipping estimate has been revealed, it is the end of May 2019, that’s almost seven months from now, so patience is a virtue even for the patient ^_^

Massdrop strikes again! The date of interest this time is Thursday November 1st at 9am eastern! At that very point in time, after the Halloween festivities are over, they will launch a brand new custom co-brand headphone, the Hifiman Edition XX, an open-back planar-magnetic over-ear headphone. The verbiage at Massdrop says that at 20 ohm, an amplifier is not required, it can be driven from a laptop or portable media player. But what about the Sandisk Clip Plus? 🙂

The price is revealed in the listing, it will be $600 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. It will come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty which makes sense since it is a Hifiman x Massdrop co-operation.

The big unknown that will be revealed tomorrow is the shipping estimate. This is a new product, so I’m guessing don’t expect it to arrive in 2018 🙂

AKG N90Q Reference ANC Over-Ears for $1000

For a limited time only, B&H Photo is offering the new condition AKG N90Q Reference class ANC over-ear closed-back headphones for a flat $1000 with free shipping and handling. Interesting choice to add ANC to a reference-priced headphone but if all the headphones were the same, it would be more boring 🙂

Free Universal Case with Sennheiser HD 280 for $100

Proper studio headphones they are, the Sennheiser HD 280, and for a limited time, B&H Photo is bundling a FREE Auray UHC-725 Universal Headphone Case, all together going for $100. The case goes for $20 on its own and comes with a 1-year warranty of its own. The HD 280 are a known quantity. The case averages 4.8 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews and it has a few questions answered as well. Between those and the pictures and descriptions [dimensions under the SPECS sub-tab over there] you can get a feel on what other headphones you can fit inside.

Tuesday (EU): Sennheiser Momentums, Sony, Denon, Polk, JBL, Sonos, Gaming, Etc

Amazon Germany has launched a whole lot of deals for Tuesday OCT-30-2018 on various things, including, of audio/headphone interest:

+ select Sennheiser Momentums on sale:
+ M2 AEBT (bluetooth, closed, over-ears) for 219 euro
++ Momentum 2.0 closed over-ears with Apple buttons for 120
+ CX 7.00 bluetooth neckband earphones for 80
+ the Momentum name remains in most of the world; the US Sennheiser changed it because of legal/naming issues

++ Mixed Audio Sale includes:
+ Denon AH-MM440 (walnut wood) closed over-ears for 240
+ Denon AH-D2100 over-ears for 139
+ Denon AH-C821 in-ears for 100
+ various Polk and Denon speakers, soundbars, etc

+ Sony sale including the ZX-330 BT closed bluetooth on-ears for 45, PS-HX500 turntable for 280, various speakers, micro HiFis, etc

+ JBL Control Wireless Bluetooth speaker for 179 euro

+ SONOS ONE with Philips LED Starter Kit bundled together for 269 euro

+ various modern HAMA internet radios some with CD players, some with streaming support, DAB, bluetooth, FM, WLAN, multiroom, etc with prices ranging from 100 to 269 euro

++ Feed your DAPs, Save your FLACs!
+ Samsung EVO Select microSD sale going from 32GB to 256GB (11 to 75 euro; best value per GB are the 128GB and 64GB)
+ big Sandisk sale includes 128GB and 200GB Ultra microSDXCs, along with 64GB Transcend microSDXC; also SSDs and external HDDs for your digital music collection or backups or transfers

+ PC and Gaming Sale including gaming headsets from Logitech and Trust

+ lots of technology and computer deals, and Samsung and LG HDTVs too, see them all at the Amazon Germany Gold Box
+ for EU residents, VAT is included and no customs are collected on delivery

Used Pioneer SE-MS5 Over-Ears for $25

If you are fond of being used, you can save a few frapuccinos by getting the used version of the Pioneer closed-back over-ear SE-MS5 headphone, in the R’hllor red color scheme, in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $25~ from Amazon Warehouse Deals actual and Prime eligible. The new condition prices currently go for $40+ depending on color scheme…

Open-box Sennheiser HD 660S for $347

If all the various Sennheiser HD 6* and 7* open-back headphones it is the “HD 660S” the one you want, and you don’t mind used/open-box options, this fairly new headphone is now available in “Used – Like New” (open box condition) for $347~ with free shipping by marketplace seller [and Sennheiser refurbished seller] Blinq thru Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Blinq and everyone gets free shipping. The new condition price is currently $500.

The biggest competitor of course to the aforementioned lines is mayhaps the HD 6XX going for $200 at Massdrop, assuming don’t have to pay crazy customs and shipping fees.

Shure SRH-145 lightweight closed on-ears for $20

On the budget side of lightweight closed-back on-ear headphones, the new condition Shure SRH-145 are currently on sale for just under $20, sold and shipped by Amazon actual and you can buy as many pairs as you like.

I used to have these, we had an unboxing post and also an experimental review diary ~ believe or not, that was FOUR years ago! It almost feels like yesterday when I wrote those posts. Time flies ^_^ 🙂

Now shipping: FOCAL’s first closed-back audiophile

FOCAL made a handful of consumer closed-back headphones but not an audiophile-targeting headphone until the release of the “Elegia”. This new black-silver over-ear model is now in-stock and shipping by various well-known audio-sellers that are fulfilled by Amazon including OneCall, ListenUP, HiDef Lifestyle, etc.

I do not know if there are any plans for a Massdrop variant of this…

Speaking of FOCAL, they were the focus of episode #3 of the relatively new post-Tyll Innerfidelity podcast, talking with Nicolas Debard of the french maker. You can listen to it on all your favorite podcasting apps and sites, such as Stitcher which also offers a web widget:

There is discussion of their approach to headphones and also how it relates to their loudspeaker philosophy. These and more!

Focal Listen Bluetooth Over-Ears for $189

On the consumer side of FOCAL headphones and of the utilitarian kind (read: bluetooth), their new condition closed-back over-ear Listen Wireless are on sale for $189 by “Electronics EXPO” with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime shipping for members. These average 3.6 out of 5 based on 22 customer reviews and they have nine answered questions by viewers like you…

Bang & Olufsen H8i ANC/BT On-Ears for $250

If you enjoy the Bang & Olufsen way of doing this, their new condition H8i ANC + Bluetooth closed-back on-ears, in the black color scheme, are on sale for a limited time for $250 with free shipping or free store pickup at the Best Buy website

Massdrop x Koss ESP/95X Electrostatic System for $500

I promise this is the last time I’ll use this joke! Come on Barbie, let’s have an Electrostatic Party! In progress at Massdrop, as part of their growing co-operation with Wisconsin’s KOSS, they are offering the new condition Massdrop x Koss ESP/95X Electrostatic System for $500 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. Choice of 120V or 220V is available at checkot.

This is a “massdropized” variation of the well-known ESP-950, but it is an in-development product. Shipment is early April 2019, that’s over five months from blog-posting date.

A total of 713 are offered for purchase. As of the time of 379 of them have been sold.

UK: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO for 382, DT 1770 for 387 BP

And now to the UK we go where two of Beyerdynamic’s next-gen studio headphones are on sale by Amazon UK actual [not by marketplace sellers!]. The new condition open-back DT 1990 PRO is on sale for 382 UK pounds, while the closed-back DT 1770 PRO goes for around 387 British pounds (BP). These are sold and shipped by Amazon UK and are not lightning deals, so the sale will continue until it ends 🙂 These are 250 ohm headphones, so keep that in mind iPod Nano music listeners ^_^

Hifiman HE-560 V3 Planar Over-Ears for $299

Hifiman trade-offs return. The company has an above average issue with physical problems of their headphones, so if you are not already aware of that, be sure to read up on it before making a decision on this offering…

For a limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-560 V3 planar-magnetic open headphones for the special price of $299 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout. They come with a 1-year limited warranty…

Grado SR60i Open-Back for $35.50

This is a bit of a surprise! There is a listing of a new condition open-back Grado SR60i headphones offered for the very specific price of $35.50 with a “1-3 months” shipment estimate. These are sold and shipped by Amazon actual. The only strange thing about this listing is that the manufacturer name in one of the Amazon fields has been changed from “Grado” to “ANCHENLE” (whatever that is).

Follow the yellow highlights and markings to see the points of interest in the screenshot below…

So there is some risk to this, but since it is “sold and shipped” by Amazon actual, if there is any trouble/issue, Amazon customer service will handle it. Still, if you hate returning products, then mayhaps this is best avoided. On the other hand, if you are a boldly going shopper, sometimes luck favors the bold [and definitely the bald!]

PS: the SR60i [which I had] is the previous generation model. The current generation is the SR60e. And before those two there was the SR60. I personally did not find the SR60i as polarizing as some of the forum dwellers, but it definitely had a bit of a unique sound signature.

Tue: Philips M2L Lightning Headphone for $40 w/FS

The good old Philips SHP 9500S ain’t walking through that door any time soon, but one of the NewEgg daily deals for Tuesday 10/23/18 has the new condition closed-back on-ear Philips M2L/27 Lightning headphones on sale for $40 with free shipping when you enter promo code EMCSEPRR3 over there.

Note that these headphones have a lightning connector and will ONLY work with a Lightning (Apple iPhones, iPods, iPads) port, not a conventional 3.5mm headphone jack.

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