Sunday Bluetooths: TCL ANC/BT Over-Ears, A-T neckband

TCL has been [trying to] make a powerplay in the US consumer electronics market and they have also entered the highly contested ANC/bluetooth combo over-ear headphone market and one of their models, the ELIT400NC is the headliner of the Best Buy daily deals for Sunday 8/30/20 offered for $70 in the midnight blue color scheme… As of the time of writing this averages 3.8 out of 5 based on 150+ customer reviews… This runs Bluetooth version 4.2, not the most recent 5.x

From one of the upstart brands we go to one of the big Japanese headphone brand, Audio Technica, their ATH-DSR5BT neckband bluetooth earphones are on sale for $90 with free US shipping at B&H Photo as one of their deals of the day. This too runs Bluetooth 4.2…

Not a bluetooth but among the Sunday NewEGG daily deals there’s the green/white Pioneer SE-MJ-503-G closed-back on-ears going for the very modest price of $10 with free US shipping. This is another historically highly-contested segment with entries as old as the Sony ZX-series and attempts at it by many relative newcomers (AmazonBasics, Monoprice, etc) to the world of audio…

Saturday: Audio Technica ANC & BT Over-Ears, refurb Klipsch S4 In-Ears for $23

Headphones rule the day in the Saturday May 16 in 2020 among the major retailers deals du jour…

We start at Woot where they have an Audio Technica sale with the following three models with a 1-year Audio-Technica warranty regardless of condition:

+ new condition ATH-SR6-BT-BK bluetooth over-ears for $70

+ refurbished ATH-ANC70-RB ANC QuietPoint over-ears for $40
+ they take AAA batteries (single use or rechargeable, a plus if you are a fan of them

+ refurbished ATH-ANC7-BSV-RB ANC Quietpoint over-ears for $50
+ these too take AAA batteries

A blast from the past at the Newegg deals du jour, it’s the refurbished Klipsch S4 in-ears going for $23 with free US shipping, up to three pairs per customer, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual… We have a text-and-pictures unboxing here, one of their variants, the Klipsch S4A II in-ears. I don’t know what their differences are…

Rounding out the action at the Best Buy dailies is the new condition Jabra Elite Active 65t truly-wireless going for $110…

Wedn: Audio T. ATH-CKR-55-BT bluetooth earphones for $20

Did bluetooth kill the wired star? You will find plenty of debates of this in various audio-related forums and websites, and you may also be able to sing that question to the tune of “Video Killed the Radio Star” but in the meantime, good until 3/4/20 at 11:59pm ET, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Audio Technica ATH-CKR-55-BT bluetooth earphones for $20 with free US shipping in your choice of black or blue color scheme…

This is a new arrival with no customer reviews as of the time of writing…

Sat: Audio Technica ATH-DSR-5-BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $120

Running up until 11:59pm eastern time on Saturday 2/29/2020, at B&H Photo of New York, you can get the new condition Audio Technica ATH-DSR-5-BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $120 with free US shipping. These support apt-X HD and the user manual is linked-to at the forelinked product page. No customer reviews of it over there…

Friday: Audio Technica ATH-m50X Gun Metal for $124

Another one of the “affordable audiophile” frequently recommended headphones is on sale, $124 is what separates you from the new condition Audio Technica M50x Gun Metal (GM) with free US shipping by Amazon actual and you can buy as many as you want until 11:59pm pacific on Friday 2/7/2020.

It is one of their daily deals, that’s why that expiration time. The other options are not on sale. If you don’t have an Amazon Store card or credit card, you may be offered sign-up bonuses. I’m seeing an offer for $60 off this purchase if I sign up and approved for their Store Card. The store card offer is definitely YMMV as their AI decides in mysterious ways in what to offer and to whom and when…

Thur: refurbished Audio Technica QuietPoint for $50 to $70

Good until 11:59pm central time on 1/2/20 [Happy New Year], Woot is having a sale on a couple of refurbished Audio Technica headphones with a 1-year Audio Technica warranty as follows:

+ ATH-ANC70 for $50

+ ATH-ANC7BSV-RB for $70

These are QuietPoint active noise cancelling headphones…

UPDATE: also a daily deal for Jan 2nd in 2020 are four color schemes of the new condition PowerBeats Pro truly-wireless earphones going for $200 per pair and you can buy as many as you like from Amazon actual. AppleCare+ for two years is offered optionally for +$29 per pair…

Wedn: Audio Technica M-series sale (M20x for $35, M40x for $69, M50x for $103, M50xBT for $129)

It’s a big Audio Technica day at the Amazon Gold Box for Wednesday 12/18/19. Hiding inside a Gaming and Streaming sale a number of well-regarded closed-back over-ear Audio Tehcnica ATH-M series headphones are on sale:

+ M20x for $35
+ M40x for $69
+ M50x for $103
+ M50x bluetooth for $129

The sale also includes Blue Yeti USB microphones for $89 each and the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for $55…

Limit three of each item at the sale price. You may be able to get more if any of the marketplace sellers are also offering it at the same price…

Audio Technica M50x + Rode NT-USB microphone for $300

Perspective is relative with this offer, do you get a free headphone with the mic, or a free mic with the headphone? Regardless, as part of the Black Friday festivities, B&H Photo is offering a Rode + Audio Technica bundle for $300 with free US shipping. For that you get, in new condition of course:

+ Audio Technica M50X closed over-ears

+ Rode NT-USB (USB obvoiusly) microphone

+ Auray reflection filter and microphone stand

Rode and the headphone come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, while the small bundle items get a 1-year warranty. Auray is a B&H “house brand”…

Saturday: Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT for $130

Good until Saturday 9/14/19 at 11:59pm central time, you can get the new condition Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT closed-back over-ear bluetooth headphones for $130 with free shipping (for Prime members) and a 2-year warranty from Audio Technica itself. Limit up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price. This headphone, the root model, needs no introduction as its hype train is long 🙂

Also good for Saturday there are two headphones that are part of the daily deals at Best Buy:

+ Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears for $150

+ MEE Audio Matrix Cinema wireless over-ears for $70 as a clearance sale item

Used Audio Technica ATH-AD500X Open Over-Ears for $45 [Prime only]

The Prime gift that keeps on giving at Amazon Warehouse Deals. This time around we have the “USED – Like New” open-back over-ear Audio Technica ATH-AD500X going for $45~ with free shipping for Prime members thanks to the previously mentioned 20% off in-cart discount for products sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual [Amazon’s own returned/used products reselling service]…

PS: check our earlier post if you are not sure how this 20% off AWD Prime Day discount works…

Prime Deal: Audio Technica ATH-M series sale (M20x to M50x)

The much talked about Audio Technica ATH-M series is part of the Prime Day headphone sales at Amazon, these too only available to Prime members. They are:

+ blue-n-black ATH-M50xBB wired over-ears for $99

+ black ATH-M50x BT (bluetooth) for $128

+ black ATH-M40x for $74~

+ black ATH-M30x for $52~

+ black ATH-M20x for $35~

PS: there’s also a stray in the mix, no, not a stray cat but a stray headphone, the new condition AKG K511 going for $39 with free shipping. The pictures make them look on-ear but the first customer reviews says they are much larger than they look in the picture, so research it further if interested in these headphones which average 4 out of 5 based on 13 customer reviews. They are not compatible with the S-Pen even though Samsung owns Harman which owns AKG 😉

Thursday: Audio Technica LP-60-BT Turntable + Bluetooth Speaker for $99 w/FS

Good until Thursday at 11:59pm eastern time [or earlier if the bundle sells out], New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering this Audio Technica Turnable + Bluetooth Speaker bundle for $99 with free US shipping.

The turntable is the good old AT-LP60BK-BT in the black color scheme, a well-regarded model averaging 4.5 (out of 28 customer reviews) at B&H and 4.2 out of 5 (based on nearly 4400 customer reviews at amazon.com)…

The turntable includes two RCA cables and a replacement stylus. It has Line and Phono outputs and of course a “bluetooth output”

The bundle includes a bluetooth speaker as well. There is a picture of the round top-buttoned bluetooth speaker but not much in the way of details other than it has 10W output, has a 1/8″ input, and a microSD slot as well.

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…

EU: Used Audio Technica ATH-MSR7-GM for 132 euro

Audio Technica is also vying for the more stylish segment of the market, and one of their entries in this arena is the closed-back over-ear ATH-MSR7. The “GM” (gunmetal) color scheme of this headphone is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for 132 euro by Amazon Warehouse Deals, or for 139 in “Used – Very Good” condition.

CAUTION: there’s a just launched “fulfilled by Amazon” 3rd-party seller offering it for 150 euro in new condition. Judging by the seller profile, this looks like a high risk transaction, so keep that in mind when price-checking at Amazon, since it is an open-market and iffy sellers manage to sneak through Amazon’s AI filters…

Audio Technica AD900X Open Over-Ears for $100 [MD]

Grado and Sennheiser are well-known for their sub-$100 open-back over-the-ear headphones but they are not the only ones offering them. Audio Technica is in the game too and thanks to this new Massdrop listing, they are offering the new condition open over-ear Audio Technica AD900X for $100. Massdrop will ship these in early April 2019. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

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

Audio Technica M50X Bluetooth Over-Ears for $199

If you are all in with the Audio Technica M50X but also need the convenience and flexibility of bluetooth, their M50XBT (as in bluetooth obviously) are now on sale for $199 with free shipping by Amazon actual and also at B&H Photo….

Used Audio Technica ATH-WS1100 iS for $95+

As of the time of writing, you can slash the new condition price in half for new closed-back Audio Technica ATH-WS 1100 iS, part of their closed-back “Solid Back” series. Sold through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) by AWD actual, you can get it for $95~ in “Used – Acceptable” [a higher risk condition], or $109~ in “Very Good” or $116~ in “Used – Like New”. These headphones average 4.4 out of 5 based on over 110 customer reviews.

Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Open Over-Ears for $96

There are not that many open-back options under $100, especially with Philips bowing out with their half-legendary SHP-9500/S [see our unboxing] and the Status Audio OB-1 being hard to find… But Sennheiser and Grado are not the only games in town either! Audio Technica has its own ATH-AD series and the second entry in this line, their ATH-AD700X open-back over-ears is currently on sale for the very specific price of $95.72 by Amazon actual

Audio and Musical Instruments as part of Prime Day 2018 sales

The Prime Day sales include a dedicated Audio and Musical Instruments sale that includes a trio of famous Audio Technica “Studio” headphones, the M30X for $52~, M40X for $74~, and the M50X for $112~. There’s also a few AT turntables and mics, JBL speakers, the Shure SE-112 BT1 bluetooth earphones for $69, a budget “getting started” electric guitar kit for $75 (Prime shipped), and various other guitars and musical instruments.

Separately, they are offering the new condition nuraphone smart headphones for $299 with free shipping…

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT “Pure Drive” Bluetooth Over-Ears for $200

The Best Buy daily deals have also triggered a price-match of this at Amazon by Amazon actual, it is the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT closed-back over-ear bluetooth headphones using the recently revealed A-T “Pure Drive” hype-technology/buzz-word. Limit three per customer at Amazon. They support apt-X HD.

Used Audio Technica M50X Closed Over-Ears for $90

Also part of the 20% off in-cart discount at Amazon Warehouse Deals that is part of their Earth Week 2018 sales is the “Used – Like New” (original packaging) Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed Over-Ears for $90~ with free shipping. This is sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself.

Used Audio Technica ATH-ANC20 ANC On-Ears for $14

On the budget side of things, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC20 ANC On-Ears are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $14~ or “Used – Like New” for $15~, both by Amazon Warehouse Deals. These are AAA-powered ANC headphones but also work with a 3.5mm audio input…

Used Audio Technica ATH-AD1000X for $239

The open-back over-ear Audio Technica ATH-AD1000X headphones are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $239~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual or for $253 in “Used – Like New”. These are not shown in the “default view” but when you filter it by Used Options only you can see them.

Audio Technica ATH-PRO 500 Mark II for $72 after coupon

We have our first “find” from the latest eBay coupon promotion: using coupon code PSPRINGBF you can get the new condition Audio Technica ATH-PRO 500 Mark II in the red color scheme for $72.42 with free shipping from eBay seller “Big Value Inc” (98.8%, New Jersey).

There are four units available as of the time of writing. Offer ends 4/1/18 at 8am pacific or earlier if sold out.

Audio Bundle: Audio Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Turnable with Mackie CR3 Speakers Pair and extras for $299

It’s always fun to contrast big and small, so from a $4 USB-C adapter we go to a $300 bundle of a turntable and a pair of speakers along with assorted accessories. Okay, let’s start from beginning…

The new condition Audio Techica AT-LP120BK-USB goes for $299 on its own in new condition at authorized AT dealers. For the same price, Beach Camera is bundling it with a pair of Mackie CR Series CR3 3″ Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors, and an RCA cleaning kit through Amazon. It ships directly from Beach and it is not Prime eligible.

The speakers on their own go for $100.

Used Audio Technica ATH-CKP200 Earphones for $8

Speaking of not well-reviewed earphones, if you want an earphone as a low point benchmark to compare and contrast with other better/worse earphones, the Audio Technica ATH-CKP200 are getting destroyed in reviews, 11 of its 14 customer reviews are 1-stars. There is one unit available in the black color scheme in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) going for $7.85 with free shipping for Prime members through Amazon Warehouse Deals

Again, this should only be of interest if you are looking for a bad earphone to compare and contrast with better models (or other under=performing models).

Audio-Technica W5000 Wood Headphones for $550

Knock, on wood! Audio Technica wood! Another offer has fully unlocked at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop, it is the new condition Audio-Technica W5000 Wood Headphones for $550 with free US shipping. That bright red innards case you see over there is part of the standard kit and is included. These will be shipped from Massdrop in early April with all sales final. No mention of warranty in the listing.

If you want these but don’t want to wait that long, you can get them for $600 by the Focus Camera and aSavings group of companies thru Amazon or thru eBAY or through Focus directly

Pre-order new blue-black Audio Technica M50X headphones

If you want to be among the first to get the new blue/black color scheme of the Audio Technica M50X and don’t mind paying full price, this new color scheme is now available for pre-ordering for $169 at B&H Photo

Used Audio Technica ATH-ANC20 ANC On-Ears for $16

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC20 active noise-cancelling closed-back on-ears are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (minor cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) for $16 with free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order through Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $49.

This is powered by a single AA battery, so a plus for fans of rechargeables. It comes with an AT branded drawstring pouch and an angled detachable cable, so the accessories alone are probably close to being $16 in value.

The four customer reviews are evenly split between 5-stars and 1-stars.

PS: yes, another Amazon Warehouse Deals “deal fishing expedition” is in progress. More coming up later today as I process the ones earmarked by the fishing expedition.

Audio-Technica ATH-W1000Z Wood Over-Ears for $399

If you don’t mind waiting for these for about a month, the new condition Audio-Technica ATH-W1000Z wooden closed-back over-ear headphones are on sale for $399 with free shipping at B&H Photo. They are back-ordered with a March 26 (2018) shipment estimate ~ still faster than if this was a Massdrop drop 🙂

Amazon has not price-matched these; they go for $465 there and they ship immediately.

[DEAD] Audio Technica ATH-AD900X for $131 after coupon

This coupon expired, but it is a recurring coupon, so it should return at some point in the future…

Good until Wednesday night (2/28/18 PM), coupon code SALE3 drops the price of the new condition open-back over-ear Audio Technica ATH-AD900X from $146 down to $131~ with free shipping.

This is the third in their open-back line that starts with the AD500X, then AD700X, then this one, and then into the four figure (model number wise) we go…

Audio Technica ATH-WS770 IS GM for $71 [Premier] or $83

If you are a member of NewEgg Premier, you get a deal! The new condition Audio Technica ATH-WS770ISGM Solid Bass Closed-Back Over-Ears in the gray metal color scheme (GM) go for $71 with free shipping for NewEgg Premier members. Non-members pay $11.64 for shipping and handling.

If you don’t like paying for shipping, these go for $83 in new condition with free shipping by Amazon actual (in either color scheme; the other one is Black-Red (BRD)) and also at Dell Home (if you have any Dell promotional gift cards, that’s one way to spend them).

[DEAD] Audio Technica ATH-AD900X for $131 after coupon

This recurring Groupon coupon expired but it will return at some point(s) in the future…

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Audio Technica M40X + Slappa Hardbody Case for $79

The closed-back over-ear Audio Technica M40X (which had a counter-insurgency against the hype train of the M50X) is now down to $79 at a number of retailers (eg Musician’s Friend and Sweetwater), but you can do better, which is why you are reading this website 🙂

For the same price of $79, and with Prime shipping, you can also get the Slappa Hardbody PRO SL-HP-99 headphone case, sold by K&M Camera with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (thus the Prime shipping). The case is included automatically, you don’t have to do anything additional.

This SL-HP-99 case goes for $20 on its own, it’s not a throwaway freebie! This should not be confused with the more famous SL-HP-07 case which also goes for $20 on its own.