Used Grado PS1000e Open-Back for $868

The new condition Grado PS1000e open-back headphones go for $1700 at authorized dealers, but if you prefer used, you can cut the price almost in half by going through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD), where AWD actual has one used listing of them, in “Used – Very Good” condition with minor cosmetic imperfection and damaged original packaging going for $868~ with free shipping.

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX is back for $200 [ships XMas]

It is back on! The open-back over-ear Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones are running again at the Massdrop website for $200 with free shipping. A total of 4500 units are available as part of this drop, which runs until October 23/24 in 2017. Under 1200 units have been sold as of the time of writing, so you have plenty of time to decide.

This makes the HD 600 vs HD 650 vs HD 6XX more complicated. It is made in Ireland and comes with a 2-year warranty, and surprise-surprise, this is shipping faster than the previous time. The shipping estimate for this is December 20, 2017, so it’s “just” two months and change. About half the wait time than before 🙂

Open-Box Audeze LCD-3 (Z&L) for $1249

If you are comfortable with open-box headphones that come with the full warranty, then that’s a way to save some money. Adorama at the moment has these open-box headphones available:

Open-Box FOCAL Utopia for $2300 with coupon

The new condition FOCAL Utopia goes for $4000, but if you are comfortable with open-box headphones, coupon code OCTOBER17 drops it to $2300 in open-box condition at Adorama for a limited time.

This sets up a 3-way decision now as you have the new FOCAL CLEAR that just came out at RMAF 2017 for $1500, and the open-box ELEAR going for $550.

So you have $550 VS $1500 vs $2300, replacing the previous $1000 vs $4000. Definitely closer-to-Earth pricing, especially for the ELEAR.

PS: if you are not sure how to test the coupon code, follow the steps in our open-box ELEAR post. I dont’ want to repeat them everywhere 🙂

Open-Box FOCAL Elear for $550 with coupon

During the RMAF 2017 festivities, up high in the Rockies, FOCAL showed their new CLEAR (yes, that’s the name) audiophile headphone that sits between the ELEAR and the UTOPIA and is priced at $1500. There are a couple of videos on it posted the last few hours on The YouTube.

If the CLEAR price is not …cleared by your Spouse/CFO but you still want FOCAL audiophile headphones, there is an alternative. The FOCAL Elear are available in open-box condition for $550 with coupon code OCTOBER17 at The price before you enter the coupon code is $999.

If you are not familiar with how their website works, step by step instructions after the break…

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[DEAD] Audeze LCD-X Open Over-Ear Planars for $1100

As of 9/30/17 recheck, this recurring sale expired again…

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Sennheiser HD 650 + Apogee USB DAC/amp for $500

If you happen to want both the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones AND the Apogee Groove USB DAC/amp, you can get them both together as a bundle for $500 with free shipping from none other than the official Sennheiser Store. No coupon is needed. When the sale ends, the price will return to $700.

Hifiman X V2 Planars + iFi Micro iDSD Black Label for $1299

Bundle up time at authorized dealer For a limited time, $1300 with free shipping gets you these two:

+ HiFiMan Edition X V2 Planar Magnetic Open Back Headphones
+ iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition

No coupon, no rebate, simply add to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout!

Audeze EL-8 Closed-Back Planars with Cipher Cable for $499

This is back on the sale train again for a limited time again. The new condition closed-back over-ear Audeze EL-8 planar-magnetic headphones with the cipher cable (lightning cable) are on sale for $499 with free shipping at They average 4.6 out of 5 based on 11 customer reviews over there. This is the black/silver Titanium, not Wood.

[DEAD] Prime Store Card only: Buy Shure SRH-1840, Get $100 statement credit

This promotion for Labor Day 2017 expired…

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[DEAD] Ultrasone Edition 10 Limited S-Logic Plus Open-Back for $1600 with coupon

This coupon expired…

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[DEAD] FOCAL ELEAR Open Over-Ears for $699

This limited time sale ended…

Hide your wallets! Or call your Spouse aka CFO to authorize this purchase! The new condition FOCAL ELEAR open-back over-ear headphones are on sale, in new condition, for a limited time for $699 with free shipping at They are an authorized dealer, they come with the 2-year Focal warranty.

[DEAD] FOCAL Utopia Open Over-Ears for $2999

This limited time sale ended…

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Now shipping: HiFiMan SUSVARA Open-Back Planar Magnetic Flagships

They are now in-stock! The new used car priced HiFiMan SUSVARA Open-Back Planar Magnetic flagship headphones are in-stock and shipping for $6000 at authorized Hifiman dealers including their own eBay store and and a couple of Prime-eligible recognizable dealers through Amazon.

Needless to say, if you are reading this far, you know where to look for reviews and comparisons and commentary. Or you can use the $6000 to buy 600+ pairs of the VE Monks 🙂

Focal Elear + Astell & Kern AK 100 II for $1150

Hide your wallet or call your Spouse CFO to get pre-authorization for this! The Focal Elear headphones are now available as a bundle at Adorama! For $1150 with free shipping you can get the new condition Focal Elear with the Astell & Kern AK 100 II together!

The Elear go for $1000 on their own while the AK 100 II has a regular price of $900, but it is currently on sale for $539 at select dealers. This is a limited time offer!

So in other words, you can see this offer as buy the Focal Elear and add the AK 100 II for $150 more. You can always sell or trade or gift the Astell which is a DAP, DAC and amp.

Adorama is an authorized dealer of both. This is a limited time offer!

Focal Utopia + iFi PRO iCAN Head Amp + Astell&Kern AK 100 II DAP/DAC/amp for $4000

The FOCAL Utopia flagship headphone goes for $4000 in new condition at authorized dealers. For a limited time, authorized dealer is it in a bundle with a FREE iFi and Astell and Kern for the same price of $4000 with free shipping.

The two free items are:

  • iFi Pro iCAN Headphone Amplifier
  • Astell and Kern AK 100 II DAP/DAC/amp (which is also available in the Elear bundle)

The ifi PRO head-amp currently goes for $1700 but occasionally goes on sale for $1300. The AK 100 II is currently on sale at authorized dealers for $539 with a $900 regular price.

So these are definitely not throwaway freebies 🙂 But if you don’t want them, you can always trade them or sell them or gift them to friends and families and such. They could end up subsidizing a chunk of the Utopia purchase price 🙂

This is a limited time offer!

PS: if you were 49.95% vs 49.95% on whether to get this bundle, this may help tilt the scales: they are also including a Pig Hog 1/4″ TRS Female to 3.5mm (1/8″) Male Stereo Adapter for free 🙂

Used AKG K872 Master Reference for $1250

The new condition AKG K872 Master Reference closed-back over-ears go for $1500 at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with USED condition, you can get it in “Condition 9+” for $1250 with free expedited shipping from authorized dealer B&H Photo.

[DEAD] Astell & Kern Beyerdynamic AK T1p Semi-Open Over-Ears for $525

This recurring offer expired…

Another headphone is back on a cyclical sale, with this cycle dropping it $25 further down since the previous time we posted about it. It is the new condition Astell & Kern Beyerdynamic AK T1p Semi-Open Over-Ears on sale for $525 with free shipping at authorized dealer This is a straight up sale, no coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and proceed.

Beyerdynamic DT990 PREMIUM (600 ohm) Chrome Limited Edition for $189

The new condition open-back over-ear Beyerdynamic DT990 PREMIUM (600 ohm) Chrome Limited Edition headphones are currently on sale for $189 with free shipping by Beach Camera thru Amazon. If you are a Prime member, you will get it with Prime-like free shipping, even though it will ship directly from Beach Camera (East Coast). This is a new product listing at Amazon created, from the looks of it, by Beach Camera.

[DEAD] Audio Technica ATH-AD1000X Open Over-Ears for $270

This has been superseded by a batter offer…

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Two Days Left: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX for $200

Two days and around 2,000 units are left in the latest Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones drop with the new-old price of $200 with free shipping. On their return, they increased the price of $250, but the HD6XX were not greeted as a liberator at the price. Shortly after they dropped back to $200, and then the sales start flying again.

Keep in mind though, these will ship mid-December 2017. That’s almost half a year away. I repeat, this will ship mid-December 2017!

In-Stock NOW: Grado PS2000e Flagship Headphones

Flagship mania 2017 continues! The new Grado PS2000e flagship headphones are now in-stock and ready to ship to your ears for $2695 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. B&H is an authorized dealer and on top of that, they are not that far away from where Grado makes their headphones. So the headphones won’t have to “travel” far to get to their store. New York squared!

Used Beyerdynamic Xelento Tesla In-Ears for $849

A new mini immersion in Amazon Warehouse Deals has been completed, which will produce a series of new used/refurbished headphone posts (above this one, since blogs grow in reverse order).

We start this immersion with the Beyerdynamic Xelento Tesla in-ears going for $849~ in “Used – Very Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The new condition price is $999. If interested but don’t like the price, you can always monitor it for future price drops since this is not a mass market earphone, so things typically don’t move as fast as they do with consumer-popular models.

Audio Technica ATH-AD*X Sale (three options)

The sale that was promised is now live at NewEgg Flash, a trio of open-back over-ear Audio Technica ATH-AD*X headphones are on sale, offered by seller “aSavings” which is an online persona of Focus Camera. The offers come with free shipping and run until Sunday 7/24/17, aka Game Of Thrones Season 7 Episode #2 day (easier to remember).

The prices are:
+ AD500X for $64 vs $66+ at Amazon
+ AD700X for $95 vs $99+ at Amazon
+ AD900X for $115 vs $135+ at Amazon

The AD1000X goes live next Monday, after the three above expire.

Heads Up: Monday 5am ET: Audio Technica AD900x and AD500x sales

UPDATE: the start time has been changed to 12pm ET instead of 5am ET…

According to the schedule posted at NewEggFlash Headphones, starting at 5am eastern on Monday 7/17/17 (in case you are too hyper to fall asleep after the return of Game Of Thrones), there will be a sale on two Audio Technica open-back headphones, the AD900x and the AD500x. As the “D” in the name hints at, they are open-back. Remember our little mnemonic, “D” is shaped almost like an “O”, O for Open 🙂

The price and the seller will be revealed when they go live. There are no hints of them ahead of time. Here’s a screenshot of the teaser to make sure I am not hallucinating 🙂

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones for $200

Pearly pearly dewdrops drops! The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones are back on at the Massdrop website at the market-enforced price of $200 with free shipping. There are thousands of units available, so these ones won’t sell out in milliseconds.

HOWEVER, these are expected to ship mid-December 2017, which is a full SIX MONTHS from today. So if you can’t wait, or if you will suffer for six months of sleepless nights waiting, don’t do it 🙂

Audio Technica ATH-AD1000X Open-Back with $60 eGift Card for $229

The same combo is back with another similar promotion. “aSavings” an the internet imprint/persona of Focus Camera, and through the NewEgg website, they are offering the open-back over-ear Audio-Technica ATH-AD1000X headphones for $229 with free shipping and a $60 promotional NewEgg e-gift card.

If you don’t see the aSavings offer there, look for it in the Sidebar over there under “Best Service Sellers”.

The e-gift card can be used at NewEgg, not at aSavings (which is good and more flexible) within one year of issuance. While this promotion is running (until Saturday 7/16/17), the e-gift card will be emailed to you a few days after purchase automatically. There’s no coupon code to enter. If you don’t see the e-gift card mentioned on the listing, it means the offer expired. See screenshot below:

PS: that “D” lost in the middle of the product name is what signifies that they are open-back. The models without the “D” are closed. One simple mnemonic to tell them apart is that “D” is close to an “O” as in Open 🙂

[DEAD] Used (Demo) Sennheiser HD800 for $850 + S&H

As of 7/4/17 re-check, this used option is sold out…

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[DEAD] Sennheiser HD6XX drops to $200 at Massdrop [still ship December 2017]

As of 6/30/17, this offer expired. Those who ordered the HD 6XX should expect to receive it in mid-to-late December 2017…

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Sennheiser HD 6XX for $250 (over 4650 units available; ship December 2017)

What a difference $50 makes 🙂 The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX are now live at the Massdrop website, going for $250 with free shipping instead of their original run price of $200. The new higher price has a silver lining though, it means you can actually buy them without fighting the internet like it’s dial-up 1999, and not only that, but you also have more time to research them and deliberate and get official permission in writing from the Spouse C.F.O 🙂

As of 11:40am ET, 2819 units were purchased out of 7500 units available. The offer runs for the next three days. The HD 6XX are based on the open-back over-ear HD 650. They come with a 2-year warranty. Note however that all sales are final.

NOTE also that these are estimated to ship mid-December 2017. I repeat December 2017. That’s half a year from now! I repeat, half a year from now!

Used FOCAL Elear Open Over-Ears for $800

The new condition FOCAL Elear open-back over-ear headphones go for $1000 at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with used headphones, they are currently available in “Used – Like New” by seller “Audio Fanatic” (100%, California) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

The Unicorn is Returning: Sennheiser HD6XX on June 26 for $250

The unicorn is coming back! The Sennheiser HD 6XX open-back over-ear headphone will return to Massdrop, available for purchase for signed-in members on Monday June 26 at 9am eastern. There is a catch however, the price is now $250 with free global shipping.

The original launch that crashed the Massdrop website was $200. This new price puts it closer to the HD 600 and HD 650 duo, making the decision more complicated when you factor in used options as well.

This drop will have 7,500 units available for purchase.

The HD 6XX is based on the HD 650.

Used Sennheiser HD650 for $264 + S&H

If you are comfortable with used headphones and don’t want to wait for future sales, the open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 650 is available in “Used – Demo” condition for $264 plus shipping at Shipping is just under $10 for most zipcodes.

You get scrape another $25 off this offer IF you have an American Express credit card, and under the AMEX Offers section of their website, you are offered a promotion that gets you a $25 statement credit if you make a $250+ purchase at Adorama. You must first activate the offer (“Add to Card”) at AMEX, and then make purchases at Adorama paying with the AMEX card you registered for the AMEX Offer at AMEX’s.

Adorama’s used web links have four spaces (%20) in them for some reason, which may confuse some web browsers. If your browser has a hard time with the used link above, start with the new condition listing and look for the used option (if available) under “Ways to Save”. Here’s a screenshot:

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO for $540 [or bundles for more]

The previously mentioned Beyerdynamic sale also takes us to the DT 1990 PRO Open-back Over-ears going for $540 at Amazon by Amazon actual and a few pennies less by Electronics Expo. A variety of accessories are included.

On the other hand, if you prefer to bundle things, $700 will get you these headphones bundled with the A20 headphone amplifier (another Beyerdynamic product), or $600 will get you three freebies, the Fiio A5 portable head-amp, a Slappa Hardbody PRO case, and a …32GB Sandisk microSD card. You cannot use the microSD card with the headphones, but you can use it on any device that takes microSDHC cards 🙂

USED options

Speaking of open-back BeyerDs in this price range, the Amiron is available in “Used – Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $412~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Speaking of used BeyerDs, but on the closed-back side of things, the DT 1770 PRO is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $418~ and “Used – Like New” for $443~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. There are multiple listings of each used option, so time may force prices lower (other things equal of course).

[DEAD] Used Sennheiser HD600 for $238

As of a late 5/25/17 recheck, this sold out in the used condition… It remains at $288 in new condition…

The Sennheiser HD600 currently go for $288 in new condition, but if you are a fan of buying used, they are available in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $238~ by Aamzon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual. There’s only one listing as of the time of writing with AWD being the actual seller.