Audio Annual 2014: The Definitive Audiophile Reference for $4.59

If you like shiny glossy pictures of mostly high end audio gear, you can get the “Audio Annual 2014: The Definitive Audiophile Reference” book (it’s like a thicker glossier magazine) by the Thalakoturs for $4.59 at fulfilled by Amazon. This is new condition, comes sealed. Free 2-day shipping for Prime members. Non-members need a $35+ order for free shipping. This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 8 customer reviews. Keep in mind, this is the 2014 edition, so it won’t have some of the recent models. Headphones are only one of the many subsections.

[DEAD] Used M-Audio Super DAC for $109

As of a 9/23/15 re-checking of stock, this is sold out as used…

If you are curious about the new M-Audio Super DAC but don’t want to pay full price, you can get it in “Used – Good condition” for $109~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There’s only one used listing (this one) so far.

Refurbished Sennheiser Amperior OnEars (Blue) for $90

If you are fond of blue headphones and the portable Sennheiser Amperiors, you can get them in that color scheme in refurbished condition for $90 with free shipping (ships from Kentucky – Calipari not included!) by Sonic Electronix via Amazon and directly from Sonic Electronix.

NOTE #1: their blue bundle with the free Slappa SL-HP-07 case is out of stock (but orderable) because they ran out of Slappa bags.

NOTE #2: if you prefer the silver color instead, it is offered in refurbished condition for $100 by Sonic Electronix and by Sonic via NewEgg and Sonic via Amazon… Sonic also has the bundle with the Slappa but it too is out of stock, just like the blue…

Hamilton Buhl SC7V Stereo/Mono headphones w/volume control for $8 [free S&H with $49+ orders]

The Hamilton Buhl SC7V stereo/mono headphones with a volume control knob on the earcup are currently on sale for $8 at Adorama. Free shipping if your order total is $49+. Otherwise, shipping appears to be under $5 (but the usual YMMV depending on zipcode)… These average 3.8 out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews at

Massdrop unlocked: ATH-M50x Velour Earpads for $22

Unlocked (lowest price under this offer) at members-only Massdrop are the ATH-M50x Velour Earpads offered for $20 plus $2 flat shipping. You can select which color scheme you prefer (black, brown, white, red, or burgundy) during the checkout process. Offer ends in about six days from blog-posting date.

Also added there but not fully unlocked yet are the Edifier H850 Headphones that could go as low as $48~ shipped. They have about five days to go from blog-posting date.

Used Koss SP540 Over-Ears for $79 [was $85]

The Koss SP540 full size headphones have a $150 regular price, but you can get them almost in half if you go used, there’s one “Used – Very Good” listing offering them for $79~ [was $85~] by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 4.6 out of 5 based on 56 customer reviews… Price updated here 9/22/15…

Used Denon AH-C50MABK In-Ears for $10~ [updated]

If you are Denon-curious, the Denon AH-C50MABK In-Ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $10 [sold out] and, “Used – Like New” for $10~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. A Prime membership gets you free 2-day shipping.

They only have five reviews, ironically the most critical review says: “These sound no better than $15 discount store earphones”.

Skullcandy Navigator for $20 w/free s&h [limit 3]

If you are Skullcandy-curious but don’t want to spend too much to satisfy your curiosity, Target’s eBay store is offering new condition Skullcandy Navigator On-Ears (model S5AVDM-161) for $20 with free shipping and free returns, with a limit of three per customer. Over 1360 units sold so far from this listing.

In more practical terms, you can stock up on these and use them as Toy Drive donations, since most of the donated toys are focused on babies and younger kids, and Toy Drive programs sometimes cannot find enough gifts for older kids.

[DEAD] Used Denon D7100 for $426 (was $493 at OP) [updated]

As of 9/26/15 re-checking, these sold out at the sub-$500 prices…

The Denon D7100 Music Maniac headphone is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging with minor cosmetic imperfection on the item) for $429` (was $451~, was $468~, $493~) with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals… Price updated here 9/23/15…

Refurbished Apple Earpods for $7 w/free s&h [new condition for $11 w/free s&h]

And now something on the “single figure shipped” front. Among the latest featured offers on eBay’s Daily Deals, eBay seller “guaranteeCellular” (98.5%) is offering manufacturer refurbished Apple EarPods for $7 with free shipping, with a limit of 50 per customer. Over 350 units sold so far from this listing per the page over there.

If refurbished earbuds is not your thing, fear not, you can get them in new condition for $11 with free shipping, also with a limit of 50 per buyer, from eBay seller “A4C” (98.8%).

Sennheiser HD 280 + JBL J22a for $85 w/free s&h

This is a bit of an unusual deal in that headphones from a different manufacturer are included for free with the purchase of a headphone from another, but regardless, if you can use them, why not? Let’s start from the beginning…

NewEgg has a new 48 hour sale for their e-mail newsletter subscribers. Some offers require promo codes, such as the one we are about to mention:

Promo code EMCAXNK22 gets you the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro studio headphones (closed-back, over-ear) for $85 with free shipping, and with that, you will also automatically receive for FREE the JBL J22A In-Ears. The promo code brings the price down from $100 to $85.

The “A” in the JBL J22A name stands for Android (button/mic), not MFI.This can be confused because Apple and Android start with an “A” and in the internet era almost everything [exaggeration] has an “i” in its name, not just MFi products (made for iPads/iPhones/iPods).

These offers end 11:59pm pacific time on 9/22/2015 or earlier if they sell out.

[DEAD] Frys (Monday Promo Coupons): AKG K512 Mk II for $25, Klipsch AW4i for $35

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AKG K553 Pro Closed-Back Over-Ears for $124

AKG K-party! The K553 Pro closed-back over-ears can be yours for $124 at Guitar Center (free shipping or free store pickup {if available locally}) and at Musician’s Friend. Please note the shipping estimate is October 1st (2015).

Massdrop: Bravo V3 amp as low as $73~

Added to members-only shopping site Massdrop (free to join for all) is the Bravo V3 headphone amp. It could go as low as $73~ shipped. It has six days to get them (as of the time of writing).

Meanwhile, some of our previously mentioned offers, including the Fiio X1 and E18 are now fully unlocked.

[DEAD] Monday Lightning Offers: Beats Solo HD, Yurbuds, & Others

These daily offers are now over…

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Yamaha EPH-50WH In-Ears for $53 (limit 5)

The white color scheme of the Yamaha EPH-50WH In-Ears is currently on sale for $53~ with free shipping, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. The black color scheme starts at $64 by marketplace sellers.

House of Marley Uplift Grand earphones for $20

On the budget earphones front, the House of Marley Uplift, the Grand model EM-JE030-GN, is on sale for $20 per pair, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. The shipment estimate is 2-4 weeks but ordering it locks up the price at $20.

Massdrop: BeyerD T90, Fiio, Topping, NuForce

Four more items are now up at members-only Massdrop. As of the time of writing, they have 5-7 days to go, and none of them is fully unlocked (yet). They are:

* Beyerdynamic T90 could go as low as $450 shipped
* Nuforce NE-600X as low as $9 shipped
* Topping NX1 Headphone Amp as low as $36~ shipped
* FiiO E18 Kunlun Portable DAC/Amp as low as $135 shipped

[DEAD] Sat at Fry’s with promo code: Sennheiser HD 518 for $60 [B&M only]

This 1-day sale ended but the HD 518 is a recurring offer at the Fry’s promo code offers…

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Fiio A3 amp for $60 (or $62 with extra audio cable)

Fiio is modernizing their product naming scheme. As part of that, they have the “new” A3 (artist formerly known as the E11K Kilimanjaro 2) portable headphone amp, which is currently going for $60 or $62 with an extra audio cable. See all the options at Amazon’s website.

Used Fiio X3 (2nd gen) DAP for $170 [was $160]

The second generation Fiio X3 DAP (digital audio player) is currently available inand for $170 in “Used – Very Good” condition by All About Office there (ships from there, not Amazon) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

UPDATE (9/20/15): the “Used – Good” condition for $160 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual sold out.

Now shipping with Prime: Fiio EX1 in-ears for $90

The brand new Fiio EX1 in-ears are now in-stock and ready to ship for $90 from multiple sellers at Amazon’s website. Many of these are fulfilled by Amazon (free 2-day shipping for Prime members). Amazon actual doesn’t have it, but many of the sellers listed over there are well-known authorized Fiio dealers (there are two pages of them).

V-MODA Crossfade M-100 for $235

One of the basshead hype train headphones, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100, in the “shadow” color scheme are currently down to $235 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. The other two color-schemes go for $250.

Used AKG K551 closed-back for $92 [was $97]

There’s a lot of action among the AKG K5** line-up. If you are set on the K551, you can get it in “Used – Good” condition for $92 [was $97~] or “Used – Very Good” for $98 [was $104~] by Amazon Warehouse Deals… Price Updated here 9/20/15…

There’s only one “Good” condition listing, but there are many “Very Good”, so there’s a possibility of further discounting, especially if the “Good” get sold, so the “bottom” can fall out of the “Very Good” condition. Of course these are not stocks, so their prices don’t really follow those patterns most of the times. Long story short, I can’t really tell for sure 🙂

Symphonized Wooden In-Ears drop to $16 again

The Symphonized wooden in-ears oscillate often between $25 and $16, and right now, three of the five color schemes have dropped to $16 again. You can buy as many as you like. The seller of record is the manufacturer with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so free 2-day shipping for Prime members.

Monster DNA On-Ears (black) for $60

Abandoned by their Beats friends, Monster is more of a ladybug, but I’m digressing. Among the latest eBay featured specials, Rakuten’s eBay store (artist formerly known as is offering the new condition but in non-retail packaging Monster DNA On-Ears for $60 with free shipping with a limit of five per customer.

Fostex T50-RPMK2 headphones for $90

For a limited time, the Fostex T50-RPMK2 headphones are on sale for $90 with free expedited shipping at Adorama’s website. They ship in 4-6 days so keep that in mind if you have a tight schedule. Offer ends by 9/30/15 or earlier if sold out.

Massdrop: Fiio X1, SMSL M8 DAC, BD MXP 50

New offers are up at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. The following have 6-7 days to go. As of the time of writing they are not fully unlocked. They are:

  • Fiio X1 DAP could go as low as $85 shipped
  • Beyerdynamic MXP 50 iE iems as low as $33 shipped
  • SMSL M8 Desktop DAC (IN: USB, TOS/Coax, OUT: RCA) as low as $180 shipped

[DEAD] Certified Refurbished Sony MDR-ZX770BN/B

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AKG K619 On-Ears for $30 (multiple colors)

The closed-back on-ear AKG K619 headphones, some could argue a tastefully bassy headphone, is currently on sale for $30 in multiple color options at the AKG mothership, Harman Audio. However, note that this is a fragile headphone per multiple reports, so unless they fixed production/material, hold on tight to the warranty and receipt!

Open-box Sony MDR-Z7 w/full warranty for $589

If you are interested in the Sony MDR-Z7 and you are trying to triangulate between new condition ($700) or used, there is a middle ground option that gets you the full warranty, an open-box in original packaging from authorized dealer OneCall through their eBay store for $589 with free shipping. As of the time of writing, they have three available.

Yamaha EPH-100SL In-Ears drop to $88

The Yamaha EPH-100SL in-ears have now dropped to around $88 at Amazon by Amazon actual {corrected link}, with a limit of five per customer. However, the shipping estimate is a vague “ships within 1 to 2 months”, so if you need them by a specific date or occasion, keep that in mind. Often Amazon has a conservative estimate to prevent disappointments, so they may ship earlier but it is by no means guaranteed. They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 166 customer reviews and have 24 questions answered.

Able Planet Travelers Choice On-Ears for $8 w/free S&H [updated]

UPDATE (9/16/15): you can now get them for less, $8 with free shipping, and in multiple colors of your choice at Physically they look a lot like the AmazonBasics On-Ears but I don’t have them both in hand, so I can’t compare.

On the budget $10 on-ear front, you can the Ableplanet Travelers Choice On-ear headphones, available in four different colors, from the Staples website. Free shipping to a local store. If you are a Staples rewards member (free to join), you get free shipping to your address of choice. These are plain wired on-ears, no ANC (a plus considering some of the Able Planet ANC sound).

PS: if you have Staples Rewards, don’t forget to use them towards this purchase!

Koss KPH7 Lightweight On-Ears for $3 [limit 5]

Everybody gets Koss! At the moment, the lightweight on-ear black Koss KPH7 headphones are on sale for $3 per pair, in new condition, with a limit of five per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual. The only downside to this is that they are part of the Add-On program, so you must place a $25+ order before your shopping cart allows you to make a purchase. The restriction applies to Prime members as well. Five of these = $15, so you would still need $10+.

Two more colors of these are on sale for just under $5 per pair, also part of the Add-On program, and with a limit of five each as well.

Massdrop Final Audio Design Grab Bag for $49 shipped

Members-only Massdrop is having another grab bag promotion. This time four different Final Audio Design IEMs of four different price levels are participating. One grab bag means you will get one of the four – randomly. You pay $49 with free shipping. Offer ends in 7 days or when 1000 units are purchased, whichever happens first.

The four IEMs participating:

  • Adagio II: 38% of units ($49)
  • Adagio III: 38% of units ($69)
  • Heaven II: 16% of units ($129)
  • Adagio V: 8% of units ($209)

So in the worst case scenario, you will receive the Adagio II. Also, if more than 500 units are purchased, Massdrop have three more advanced IEMs from the Final Audio Design line-up that will be added, one unit of each. So up to three lucky members will get an IEM of $350 or higher.