Monday: Beats Solo 3, various JBLs, Etc

Happy Monday July 20 in 2020 because it’s raining headphones at the daily deals today!

At Best Buy, the headliner is the new condition closed-back on-ear bluetooth Beats Solo 3 going for $150. Just make sure your head-fi friends don’t see it while you are live-streaming or when you pictures of your other gear 😉

Two different offers have headphones at the Woot.com. Under the main Woot there’s a JBL sale that includes the new condition Free X truly-wireless for $40, while under Electronics there’s the new condition JBL Tune 600-BT-NC, which as the name suggests it is a bluetooth and ANC combo. It is of the on-ear kind though. And only dressed in blue…

Those shopping in the EU, Amazon Germany is offering as their headliner deal du jour the new condition Anker SoundCore Liberty 2 PRO truly wireless for 100 euro. Anker really needs to clean up their headphone naming scheme 🙂

Tuesday: Beats Product RED, refurb Klipsch, etc

For Tuesday 5/26/20, headphones are the theme at two of the retailers offering “deals du jour”.

We start at Newegg where they offer the refurbished Klipsch neckband bluetooth earphones for $40 with free shipping and the refurbished Anker Soundcore Liberty Air truly wireless for $39 after promo code 93XPK28 entered in their shopping cart…

And at Best Buy it’s a {PRODUCT RED) offer, the new condition closed-back bluetooth on-ears that go by the name of Beats Solo 3 offered for $180…

With Apple about to launch their “AirPod Over-Ears”, things are going to heat up once again for the most hated “mainstream” headphone brand at the audiophile message boards. It’s now BOSE vs BEATS vs Apple!

Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed V-Planar Over-Ears for $750

Massdrop is back with another Xclusive offering, this time around their co-operation is with Mr Speakers (aka Dan Clark Audio), and for $750 with free US shipping you can get the new condition closed-back over-ear DROP + MRSPEAKERS ETHER CX headphones which are not just planar but “accordion” V-planars!

They come with a 2-year warranty and being an “in-stock drop”, it ships within a couple of business days after purchase. It’s not one of those long-shipping offers…

Optionally in the shopping cart you can buy it together Drop + THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier for a $25 off combined purchase discount, making the THX a +$375 on your order total (instead of +$400 if purchased separately)…

Monday: PADs and Cards

It’s PADs and Cards day at the Amazon Gold Box until 11:59pm PT on 3/16/20! You can get the new condition US warranty Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack ~ unlike the Note 10 models ~ except for the Note 10 Lite which uses older hardware but has a headphone jack) PAD (phone as DAP) for $600 with free US shipping… Or jump to the 512GB on-board storage model (think of how many FLACs you can put there!!!) for $750, that’s $150 more to for an extra 384GB…

And on the cards front, to feed your PADs and DAPs and such, you can get the new condition 400GB Sandisk Ultra micro SD for $53 with free USA shippings…

Tuesday: NuForce TW, Klipsch, Corsair Gaming

The daily deals for Tuesday February 4 in 2020 have decided to take a audio-related twist with a couple of retailers offering them:

+ NuForce BE Free 5 truly wireless for $20 at B&H Photo in two color schemes

+ a couple of things at Best Buy:
++ 50% off select Corsair wired and wireless gaming headsets
++ MEE Audio BTR bluetooth receiver for $25

+ Klipsch R-28-PF powered floor-standing speakers (pair) for $449 at the Adorama daily deal

Fiio Q1 Mark II: Renewed for $80, Used for $85

The new condition Fiio Q1 Mark II DSD DAC/amp seems to be parked at the $100 price point, but if you want to save some and take on some risk, you can get it for $80 in “renewed” condition [another euphemism for refurbished] from a marketplace seller through Amazon. This is part of Amazon’s “Renewed” program which includes a 90-day “Amazon Renewed” warranty. In this case this is sold and shipped by the marketplace seller (i-Tech Mall) who averages 97% based on 1690 ratings in the last 12 months.

But if you prefer things shipped by Amazon, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition [minor cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging] for $85~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual

Used Pure Resonance MH10c Closed Over-Ears for $12 to $15

From the looks of it, these look like Superlux / Samson cousins but I haven’t looked it up in the forums, so if you are interested, check to be certain.

The price is certainly right, especially if you are a Prime member, you can get the “Used – Very Good” (damaged original packaging) Pure Resonance Audio MH10C closed-back over-ears for $12 after the in-cart Prime discount. But fear not, if you are not a Prime member, you can buy them for $15~. These are sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual…

Saturday: Otium ANC/BT Over-Ears for $40

OF the Saturday deals of the day at Woot, Woot Elecronics is offering the new condition Otium closed-back over-ear bluetooth with ANC headphones for $40 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping for non-members. It comes with a 6-month warranty from Otium.

PS1: fear not Stormlight Archive fans, this is Otium, not Odium 🙂

PS2: with Prime Day(s) just around the corner (July 15-16) it may not be a bad idea to strategically start a free 30-day trial of Prime…

Meanwhile Amazon GErmany is having a Logitech sale for SAturday featuring two Astro gaming headsets and a utilitarian Logitech branded PC headset..

Audio Technica A2000Z ART for $450 [MD]

Massdrop is now digging into the ART (no, not the Sigma ART lenses) Audio Technica headphones. For the next four days and change they are offering the new condition AT A2000Z closed-back over-ears for $450 with free USA shipping. It will ship in late July 2019 by Massdrop. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing.

It has that AT “auto adjusting” headband mechanism. It is definitely a “deep cut” type of a headphone for the audiophile types. It certainly won’t steal any sales away from the Beats and Bose and Sonys…

Monday: Westone W40 In-Ears for $230 [and more]

Of the Monday daily deals, B&H Photo of New York is offering the new condition Westone W40 in-ears for $230 with free US shipping. These come with MMCX and MFi cables as well.

Of the other Monday daily deals, Woot is offering the new condition JBL Reflect Fit neckband bluetooth earphones for $40 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping. They come with a 1-year JBL warranty.

TFZ King II IEMs for $85, LTD for $105 [MD]

Rock and roll is king claims some fans, and the makers of TFZ claim that their IEMs are king. So much so that they named them so 🙂 Silliness aside, running at Massdrop for the next three days and change [as of the time of writing] is a sale on the TFZ King II in-ears for $85 with a choice of four different color schemes. Or for $105 you can buy the King LTD in-ears which are available in three different color schemes.

These will ship in early April, just after the 2019 NCAA basketball Final Four, and they ship from Massdrop. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing.

If you prefer instant gratification, some of the models are available for $100 with Prime shipping at amazon.com… Or if you are not in a hurry and you know how things work, you can try your luck at Ali Express

Sunday: refurb BOSE headphone sale (six options, $85 to $237)

Beats and Bose, they break my bones lament some audiophiles in the forums, but if you are not part of the Bose lament, Woot is having a refurbished BOSE headphone sale as part of their Sunday FEB-24-2019 daily deals which run until 11:59pm central time [or earlier for any model that sells out ahead of time].

All the models mentioned below are sold refurbished and come with a “90 Day Certified PreLoved Warranty”. That’s the name shown at Woot, cut and pasted here, it’s not a smart-aleck “translation” on my part 🙂 The warranty link over there points to the warranty’s website

+ QC35 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $237
+ QC15 ANC Over-Ears for $135
+ QC2 ANC for $85

+ QC30 neckband ANC + bluetooth earphones for $190
+ QC20i ANC earphones for $165
+ Soundsport wired earphones (no ANC, no BT) for $100

Panasonic RP-HT161 Lighter Over-Ears for $13

On the budget side of things, at Amazon USA, if you prefer a non-fully-solid headband, they are offering the new condition Panasonic RP-HT161-K closed-back over-ear lighter-ish [weight-wise] headphones for $13 and you can buy as many as you like. Note that these have a 6.5 foot cable. It has the XBS logo on it, so keep that in mind [XBS = Extra Bass System].

NOTE also that its reviews are mixed-in with an on-ear model that resides on the same root listing, so when reading both the customer reviews and the answered-questions, make sure they are referring to this model and not the other.

Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order of eligible items…

Creative GM sale includes In-Ear2 Plus for $40

Creative (the artist formerly known as “Creative Labs”, they will always be “Creative Labs” to me) is having a continuing Green Monday sale and among the many items offered in the sale are their Aurvana In-Ear 2 Plus for $40. You have to expand the headphones section there to see them, or go directly to the product page

Tue: Sennheiser PMX 894i neckband exercise wired earphones for $20

It’s Sennheiser action among the daily deals at B&H Photo for Tuesday, it’s the new condition PMX 684i neckband earphones (wired, not bluetooth) with iOS mic/remote and designed for exercise going for $20. You can buy as many as you like at the same price.

Monday (EU): Sony, Anker, Beatles, Etc

A very busy Cyber Monday has arrived at the Amazon Germany Gold Box with the following offers:

+ Sony headphones sale including XB-950N1 for $100, WH-H900N for 154, MDR-XB650BT for 47, RF-895RK for 57, WI-1000X neckband bluetooths for 178 euro

+ Anker Soundcore sale with a few bluetooth headphones and earphones and truly wireless too

+ JBL C45BT bluetooth on-ears for 49

+ Beatles music sale with 58 options in Vinyl and CDs

+ Lioncast gaming headsets

+ also laptops, smartphones, appliances, and lots more

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Closed Over-Ears for $299 w/bonus

The BOSE Quiet Comfort QC35 II ANC/BT closed-back over-ears go for $299 at the moment at various BOSE authorized dealers, but you can get some bonuses at some places. At Adorama and NewEGG you get 5% promotional rewards to spend there in the future… At Amazon you get 5% cashback if you pay with a Prime credit card (Chase or the store credit card)…

World Wide Stereo launches their BF specials

Being an audio-focused retailer, as the name gently suggests, World Wide Stereo has launched their Black Friday sales, including various headphones

Sennheiser Black Friday sale: HD1*, RS*, HD 4.50 BTNC, Etc

The official Sennheiser store is running its own Black Friday sale with the following offers:

+ HD1 Bluetooth closed-back over-ears for $200
+ comfortably numb edition; okay, the Pink Floyd edition for $250

+ HD1 Neckband bluetooth in-ears for $100

+ HD1 Necklace bluetooth in-ears for $100

+ HD 4.50 BTNC (bluetooth + ANC) for $150

+ the whole RS-series of wireless (non-bluetooth) headphones, eg for TV usage

+ also some gaming and flex models

Thur: Cowin E7 ANC for $50, Sandisk/WD sales

Happy Thanksgiving with some headphone/audio related offers in the Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) Amazon GOLD Box in the USA:

+ Cowin headphone sale including E7 ANC over-ear for $50, E7 PRO for $60, E8 for $103

+ Western Digital and Sandisk sale
+ of DAP/PAD/phone interest, 400GB Sandisk Ultra microSDXC for $80 or 128GB for $20 or 64GB for $11
+ of storage and archive interest, a variety of WD and G-Tech external hard drives from 1TB to 10TB

Used Fiio F9 PRO IEMs for $100

The new condition Fiio F9 PRO in-ears with their hybrid setup (one dynamic, two balanced armatures) currently go for $140 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are fond of saving some, there is one unit available in “Used – Like New” condition [no signs of use says the listing] for $100 at Amazon Warehouse Deals, sold and shipped by marketplace seller “The Camera Box” (98%). This listing is NOT prime-eligible but you get free shipping from the marketplace seller.

In general, earphones and their packaging is lightweight and small, so any decent seller should be able to ship it reasonably fast.

Monday: AKG N20 for $50, N20 Lightning for $70

Good until Monday at 11:59pm central time, Woot is offering the new condition AKG N20 in-ears for $50 or the N20LT (with Lightning cable connector) for $70. Shipping is free for Prime members, or $5 flat for everything you buy from Woot during a particular calendar day in the central time zone. They come with a 1-year AKG warranty. Up to ten per option per customer.

[DEAD] Groupon Coupon: 6mo Slacker Radio Plus for $10, ATH-AD900X for $131, Etymotic ER4XR or ER4SR for $315 each, Etc

This recurring coupon expired…

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Sennheiser HD1 ANC/Bluetooth On-Ears for $223

It looks like marketplace sellers have triggered another price-match of Amazon’s own listing, and they are currently offering the new condition Sennheiser HD1 On-Ears [née Momentum] wireless (bluetooth) with ANC for $223 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer. This is the black color scheme.

Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp $70 [MD]

Start your engines! Your audio engines that is 😉 For the next four days and change from blog-posting time, you can get the new condition Audioengine D3 Portable DAC/Amp for $70 with free US shipping from Massdrop. These will ship in mid-May 2018 with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. This goes for $100 elsewhere, eg amazon.com

Yamazaki Bautes Red Headphone Stand for $11 + S&H

Touch of Modern is running a Yamazaki minimalist Japanese Goods sale until 4/11/18 at 12pm pacific, and among the items offered, surprise-surprise, is this Bautes Red Headphone Stand going for $11 plus shipping. Maximum ten per customer. These ship in 2-3 weeks with all sales final.

Speaking of Touch of Modern, they have a limited time sale on EDOX watches (price-check them if you are not familiar with their typical price-range; I know nothing about these).

Used B&O PLAY H9i Bluetooth/ANC Over-Ears for $374+

The B&O Beoplay H9i bluetooth/ANC over-ears began shipping a few weeks ago for $500 [see New Headphones Tracker], but if you want to get them for less, there are multiple used options at Amazon Warehouse Deals with prices starting at $374~ in “Used – Good” condition by AWD actual. There’s also “Used – Very Good” for $399 and “Used – Like New” for $424~. Only the black color scheme so far is available in Used condition.

Phiips SHB9850NC/27 Bluetooth/ANC Over-Ear for $81 w/FS

Another offer running at NewEgg FLASH is the new condition Phiips SHB9850NC/27 Bluetooth/ANC Over-ear Headphones offered for $81 with free shipping, sold by NewEGGflash actual. The offer runs for the next four days and change from blog-posting time.

TechRabbit sale: refurb Bose MIE2 or Sol Master Track Over-Ears for $40 [and more]

Refurbishing specialists TechRabbit are having a headset sale featuring a mix of earphones and over/on-ears, many of which are refurbished, while other are pre-owned/used, and others are new-other. Check each individual listing for all the details. A total of 18 models are participating in this limited time sale (expires 3/5/18) including:

+ refurb Sol Republic Master Tracks Over-Ears for $40
+ pre-owned Bose Soundlink Around Ear Bluetooths for $90
+ pre-owned Bose MIE2 earphones for $40
+ refurb Jaybird BlueBuds X for $40
+ new-other Apple Earpods (Lightning connector) for $15
+ and a dozen more

Even EarPrint H2 Bluetooth Walnut Over/On-Ears for $199

Down $100 is the new condition EVEN EarPrint H2 Over/On-Ears bluetooth walnut and steel headphone, going for $199 with free shipping, sold by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. They average 3.5 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews and have over a dozen answered questions.

PS: I’m not quite sure if these are over-ears or on-ears, thus the over/on-ears…

Read for FREE: Headphones at Consumer Reports

As a limited time promotion, Consumer Reports has removed the paywall, and all are free to read their content, no account required! Of on-topic interest, this is their headphones page where they have two broad categories, headphones in general, and noise cancellers separately. A total of 194 headphones are covered.

Keep in mind, this is consumer reports, not audiophile reports 🙂 Their sub-categories could use some work 🙂 If I find time, I will have an opinion/write-up post about these [no promises though because time is elusive!]

In other audio related action they have categories for:

+ Wireless/Bluetooth speakers

Massdrop Round-Up: lots of offers ending in 2-3 days

A handful of previously unmentioned Massdrop “Drops” are in progress at the moment, so we are rounding them up in a single post here, sorted by expiration time:

+ NuFORCE uDAC-3 DAC/amp for $60 with free US S&H
+ ships late February

+ Thinksound USP1 IEMs for $130 w/free US S&H
+ ships late February
+ made in USA, comes with 1-year Thinksound warranty

+ Fanmusic C6 Cables for HD 58X & HD 6XX for $65 with free US S&H
+ ships early March

+ Koss KDE250 Earphones for $100 w/free US S&H
+ ships late February

+ OSTRY KC06A In-Ears for $45
+ the “A” is a newer/revised model, sells more than KC06
+ ships early March

The above are the regular time-sensitive classic Massdrop “Drops”. But that’s not all! A number of the best-selling headphones at Massdrop are offered in a more conventional fashion, you buy them and they ship within a week of purchase. We track those at the Massdrop Tracker perma-post.

Refurbished Beats Mixr DJ On-Ears for $70 w/free S&H

Three color schemes remain in-stock and orderable of the refurbished (Grade A) closed-back on-ear Beats Mixr On-Ear DJ “David Guetta” headphones on sale until Friday night for $70 with free shipping and free returns at Groupon Goods. They come with a 90-day warranty from an unspecified third party. In other words, Groupon is not the one offering the warranty.

[DEAD] Used Sony MDR-Z7 Closed Over-Ears for $427

As of a 1/19/18 AM recheck, this sold out at this condition/price combo…

The closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-Z7 headphones are currently available in “Used – Like New” (damaged original packaging) condition for $427 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Other “just launched” sellers may be offering it for less but those are typically big trouble waiting to happen, especially if they are not fulfilled by Amazon. Avoid those unless you are doing undercover work to capture criminals 🙂

Mjolnir Balanced Headphone Amplifier for $750

the latest model is the second generation Mjolnir Balanced Headphone Amplifier which goes for $850 plus shipping at the Schiit Audio website. But if you happen to want the first generation model, in new condition, you can get it for $750 with free shipping by Hi-Fi Heaven (B&M Wisconsin A/V dealer) through amazon.com. It ships directly from Heaven (ha!) and it is not Prime eligible. Per the shopping cart, they have only one unit available.