Focal Elegia Closed Over-Ears for $598

FOCAL’s first attempt to enter the consumer headphone market was not greeted as a liberator but their subsequent entry into the open-back audiophile world generated a whole lot more excitement. And soon after that they also released closed-back headphones. One of them is the Elegia over-ears and they are currently on sale for $598 with free shipping by a trio of marketplace sellers (including World Wide Audio) through Amazon

Black Friday doorbuster: Sennheiser HD 6XX for $180

The sale that was promised is here! The new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones are on sale as a limited time Black Friday offer at Massdrop for $180 with free US shipping and returns. This being a collaboration between the two companies, it comes with a full two-year warranty, although optionally you can purchase a 3-year Massdrop extended warranty.

This being an in-stock drop, it will ship in about one business day after the purchase closes, in our case, as of the time of writing, the shipping estimate is December 2nd (and for those traumatized by previous long Massdrop waits, yes, it is in 2019) 😉

Philips X2HR Open Over-Ears down to $100

The popularity of the ANC/bluetooth combos mayhaps has a blessing in disguise benefits for fans of wired headphones ~ it “encourages” sellers and manufacturers to offer more competitive prices. Mayhaps this (and/or other reasons) has now dropped the price of the new condition open-back over-ear Philips X2HR to $100 with free shipping by Amazon actual

Fans in the EU can either tempt the trans-atlatic trip or get it for 119 euro from Amazon Germany (with up to five per customer). With the euro being stronger than the dollar, the difference is more than 19…

Big Monoprice Monolith sale with new low prices (17 options, headphones, amps, etc)

Monoprice has launched a big Monolith audio sale featuring 17 different products, mostly of headphone interest!

On the headphone front, the open-back over-ear M1060 planars go for $200 while their closed counterpart (the M1060C) go for $250. On the dynamic front, the M600 open over-ears are down to $60, while the M650 are down to $80. A not-so-subtle name-homage to the world-famous Sennheiser HD6?? duo 🙂

Back to the planars, the M560C closed-back (as that “C” hints at) is down to $170, while the sole earphone (can’t really call them in-ears) of the lot, the M300 is down to $70.

Come on Barbie, let’s have an electrostatic party because their Electrostatic headphone with amp combo is down to $354~.

Find them all at the Monolith audio sale

Speaking of amps, the big old Tube amplifier is down to $190, while vinyl fans have the Monolith turntable at their disposal for $150.

On the balanced headphone amp front, the Cavalli Liquid Platinum is down to $700, while their portable THX AAA DAC/amp goes for $250.

The rest of the sale items are speakers of different kinds. For those, check our imaginary speakers blog 🙂

FOCAL ELEX open over-ears drops to $600 [MD]

In addition to the “in-stock drops” (aka conventional online retail) Massdrop has also “discovered” discounting! As of the time of writing, the new condition FOCAL ELEX open-backs, part of the X line of co-branded Massdrop products, are down to $600 with free US shipping. Props to Massdrop for keeping prices round, eg $600, not doing the silly $599.99 that many retailers do.

This is indeed an in-stock drop, so it will ship within one business day after purchase. No long waits. Since it is an “X” product, made and sold in co-operation with the manufacturer, it comes with a 2-year FOCAL warranty. It is handmade in Fwance per the listing…

PS: yes, I am aware Massdrop has been renamed to “Drop”, but “Drop”, although a shorter one-word name that is desirable among the e-commerce world, it just doesn’t not have the uniqueness and personality of “Massdrop”. It can also confuse some as “Dropbox” is a lot more well-known than “Drop”. But then again, they can mayhaps find a theme song in the Cocteau Twins mesmerizing Pearly Dew Drops drops 😉

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO (250 ohm) with Slappa Case and Wooden Stand for $450

Also part of the previously mentioned eBay labor day festivities, BuyDig (the online presence of Beach Camera from the East Coast) is offering a new condition bundle, the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO (250 ohm) open-back over-ear headphones bundled with the Slappa hardbody Pro full size headphone case and the Deco Gear wooden omega-shaped (as in the letter omega) stand, all together for $449 with free US shipping.

Don’t forget to use as part of your payment any eBay Bucks, personal eBay coupons and PayPal credits you may have…

Surprise Massdrop Combo: Sennheiser HD6XX _AND_ Sony WH-1000X M3 for $400 TOTAL

Well this is a surprise and a temptation that may be hard to resist for practical audiophiles. For $400 at the Massdrop website, you get two headphones, the audiophile-loved open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD-6XX, AND the utilitarian Sony WH-1000X M3 closed-back over-ear with bluetooth and ANC.

And better yet, both headphones come with a warranty. The HD-6XX comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, and the Sony WH-1000X M3 comes with a 1-year Sony warranty per the listing over there.

This is a pre-order with two days left to purchase (as of the time of writing of this post). The orders will ship mid-September from Massdrop.

PS: if you only want one of the two, you can always gift or sell or trade the other one. Or you can send it to me LOL 🙂

Monoprice Summer Clearance with FREE US shipping: Protein Leather Pads for $10, M600 Open Over-Ears for $60, Monolith Tube amp for $280, Electrostatic Headphone + Amp for $350, Etc

The Monoprice Overstock sale has some potentially interesting offerings for headphone fans as well. A total of seven options show when you filter for headphones including:

+ Memory Foam Protein Leather earpads for $10

+ MP20 in-ears for $12

+ M600 open-back dynamic over-ears for $60

+ M1060 planar open over-ears for $250

+ monster-sized Monolith Tube amplifier for $280

+ Electrostatic headphone with dedicated amplifier for $350

+ the M300 planar earphones go for $100 [corrected typo] which was their previous price

+ find them all in the Headphones Clearance page

All the items mentioned above come with free US standard shipping during this promotion. No coupon is needed. When the free shipping offer ends, it will simply stop being mentioned at the individual Monoprice product pages.

Philips Fidelio X2-HR Open Over-Ears for $150

This time they are available for all to buy, not just Prime members! The Philips headphone brand has been resurrected ~ thank the Seven Gods for the Cylon Resurrection ship hidden behind the moon!

So you can now get the new condition Philips Fidelio X2-HR open-back over-ear headphones for $150 with free US shipping with up to six per customer (they may have just six left, not have a “limit 6” per customer).

Optionally, while logged on to your Amazon account, you may see an offer for an installment plan. In my case, I see an offer that says five monthly payments of $50. As long as it gets paid without issue, there’s no financing fee (eg, they’ll take $30 out of your credit/debit card for five months in a row ~ if the card doesn’t explode it’s all good).

PS: as to the differences between the X2 and the X2-HR, there’s plenty to find in the forums and the audiophoolia blogs…

EU: Philips X2HR/OO Open Over-Ears for 139 euro

And now we fly back to the European Union where Prime members at Amazon Germany can get the new condition open-back over-ear Philips X2HR/00 headphones for 139 euro with free shipping within Germany. Yes, the open-back Philips headphones are back! The price is close enough to the SHP-9500, making it a more difficult decision…

Philips X2-HR Open Over-Ears for $160 [Prime Deal]

Prime members, start your engines! Good until 1pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) you can get the new condition open-back over-ear Philips X2-HR headphones for $160 with free shipping (obviously since these offers are for Prime members only). This is sold and shipped by Amazon.

PS: yes, the critically acclaimed open-back Philips headphones have made a comeback. More on that after Prime Days ends 🙂

Used FOCAL ELEGIA closed over-ears for $599

The new condition FOCAL Elegia closed-back over-ears currently go for $699 but if you prefer the way of the used, authorized dealer OneCall has a “Used – Very Good” condition listing going for $599 through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Prime members will get Prime-like delivery speed even though it ships from OneCall (state of Washington, from the “Go Zags” neighborhood)…

EU: Sennheiser HD 660S for 377 euro

Germany being the motherland of Sennheiser has its benefits. For example, the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 660S is on sale for 377 euro with free shipping within Germany by Amazon Germany actual. You can buy up to three pairs at the sale price. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time/date is unknown to me…

Focal Elear Open Over-Ears for $549

IF you are looking to get the open-back over-ear Focal Elear in new condition, as of the time of writing, Amazon actual is offering them for $549 per pair. You can buy as many as you like at the price. This is not a lightning deal, so there’s no public expiration date…

FOCAL has multiple options these days on the open-back front and of course the competition is not sitting idly either. Check your favorite forums and websites if you need ideas on what to pick and what to avoid…

EU: Sennheiser HD660S for 389 euro

The price is on a downward trend at the moment for the new condition Sennheiser HD 660 S open-back over-ear headphones, they are currently on sale for 389 euro from Amazon Germany actual.

This of course is competing with its other siblings, the good old HD600 and HD650 from traditional audio retailers, and the relatively new HD6XX from Massdrop. In the US, you can get two HD6XX headphones for the price of one HD660 S which is more expensive than Europe. In the EU on the other hand, Massdrop prices include customs/duties/taxes and shipping, bringing the prices closer together depending on location. Plus there’s the matter of warranty…

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.

FOCAL CLEAR PRO available on eBay as well

If you are stocked up on eBay Gift Cards and/or eBay Bucks, or plan to take advantage of the Chase Q2 5% PayPal cashback rewards [up to $1500 per individual credit card; must activate offer], Sweetwater’s [no, not the one from Westworld] eBay store has TWO new condition FOCAL CLEAR PROFESSIONAL (the red/black color scheme) for their regular price of $1700 with free shipping.

[DEAD] Used Sennheiser HD 660 S for $400

As of a 4/22/18 recheck, this sold out at $400 in USED…

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Beyerdynamic T1 2nd Gen (Special Edition) for $699 after coupon

It’s Tesla time! No, not the electric cars, but the Beyerdynamic headphones. More specifically the second generation Beyerdynamic T1 in the Special Edition black color scheme offered at BuyDig.com for $699 with free shipping thanks to coupon code TESLA which expires 4/22/18 (or earlier if sold out)

[DEAD] Open Box Sennheiser HD 800 for $909

As of a 4/17/18 AM re-check, this sold out at this price…

The open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 800 headphones are available in “Like New – Open Box” condition for $909 with free shipping at Blinq directly or through Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD). Both the Blinq website and AWD say there are two left. Since these ship directly from Blinq, we can assume that there is a total of two, not two at each place.

FOCAL ELEX Open Over-Ears return for $700 [MD]

Hot on the heels of the return of the HD 6XX and HD 58X, Massdrop has also brought back another drop, it’s the new condition FOCAL ELEX Open Over-Ears going for $700 with free US shipping. These will ship in late May 2018 from Massdrop with a 2-year FOCAL warranty since this is a co-operation. The offer runs until the end of the month, however, it may sell out ahead of time. 755 units are available and per the stats there, 690+ have been claimed! So don’t sleep on it for too many nights if you are thinking to jump in.

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.

Back On: Sennheiser HD6XX and HD58X at Massdrop

The window has opened once again to order these two Massdrop exclusive Sennheiser open-back over-ear headphones with the following deadlines:

  • HD 58X Jubilee for $150 with free US shipping. Offer runs until the end of April 2018 with orders shipping late July 2018 from Massdrop/li>
  • x Massdrop HD6XX for $200 with free US shipping. Offer runs until the end of April 2018 with orders shipping late August 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final and a 2-year Sennheiser warranty.
  • maximum five of each per member. Non-US shoppers pay $15 flat shipping. All sales final. Include 2-year Sennheiser warranty<

Now shipping: Klipsch Heritage HP-3 for $1200

These headphones took their sweet time to come out, the Klipsch Heritage headphones were announced at CES 2017 but they are still hard to find. But as of the time of writing, they are in-stock for $1200 by “HiDef Lifestyle”, a Pennsylvania A/V dealer through Amazon (four units left) and also through eBay and … Nordstrom

Closed-Back AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon for $400 as well

But wait, there’s more! It’s not just the Semi-Open version that we previously mentioned that is on sale for $400. The closed-back version of the AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon is also on sale for $400 with free shipping by various recognizable fulfilled by Amazon sellers, along with OneCall directly and World Wide Stereo and such.

PS: pay attention to the listings to make sure you get the one you wish (closed or semi-open). Including my own posts. I am far from infallible 🙂

AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Semi-Open for $400 [updated]

UPDATE 4/2/18 9am ET: more sellers have now joined the discounting party since Sunday!

The new condition AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon Semi-Open Around-the-Ear headphones are now for $400 with free shipping by various sellers at Amazon (including “fulfilled by Amazon”) along with OneCall directly (aka Huppin’s of Gonzaga) and OneCall on eBAY and OneCall thru NewEgg and World Wide Stereo

PS: OneCall (Huppin’s is their brick and mortar name) is a reputable and authorized A/V dealer in the Pacific Northwest, Easter Washington State, the land where Gonzaga reigns supreme!

Now shipping: FOCAL CLEAR Professional for $1699 [CORRECTED]

Hide your wallets! The Red Temptation is Here! No, not Melisandre, it’s the Focal Clear Professional headphones, in-stock and ready to ship right now at B&H Photo [CORRECTED LINK!]. If you want them now, order them before Thursday at 7pm eastern! After that, B&H Photo closes for Passover and orders placed after that time will be processed beginning April 8! Their starting price is $1699 with free expedited shipping…

For more comings and going of hard to find or recently-released headphones, check our Headphones Tracker… Speaking of which, the RHA CL1 is estimated to be in-stock again on April 1st for $219…

Used Focal Elear for $589

Marketplace seller “Fique” (99%, 656 ratings, New Jersey) is offering the open-back over-ear FOCAL ELEAR in “Used – Like New” (open box return) condition for $589 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from Fique and it is not Prim eligible. Per the shopping cart they have two units available. They have a gallery of six pictures of the unit offered.

Philips X2HR Open-Over Ear for $182 Open-Box or $235 New Condition

Look who’s back! The open-back over-ear Philips X2HR/27 headphones are available in open-box condition for $182 with free shipping at Musician’s Friend. They are in-stock and ready to ship. They are marked as “Scratch & Dent” which includes 45-day no-hassle returns but no manufacturer warranty.

As of 4/1/18 recheck, this coupon expired: But if you prefer new condition, fear not! Coupon code MFX2HR drops the price of the new condition from $295 to $235 also at Musician’s Friend. This too is in-stock and ready to ship…

You can test the coupons without having to create an account. Simply add items of interest to the shopping cart, proceed to the shopping cart, and page down to locate the coupon code box and type it in there.

Used Pioneer SE Monitor 5 for $596

The new condition currently goes for $999 but it went for $761 a month ago. But if you are comfortable with use, you can shave off $170 off the then sale price. Okay, let’s start from the beginning. As of the time of writing, there is one unit available of the Pioneer SE-Monitor 5 headphones available in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) going for $596~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. They have zero customer reviews.

PS: more Warehouse Deals action later today as I check and process more potential deals…

LIVE Again: Sennheiser HD6XX for $200 [MD]

They are back on again! The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones offer is live again at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop website, going for their usual price of $200 with free US shipping and $15 flat shipping outside the US. Their one attempt to increase their price to $250 a few drops ago backfired and they quickly reverted to $200. This offer runs for the next eight days and change from blog-posting date (April Fool’s Day or so).

A maximum of five units per member is allowed. They will be serialized and come with a 2-year warranty since they are the product of the Senn-Mass shipping ~ they are putting the “x” in the names, thus opening the door to “shipping talk” 🙂

Patience is a virtue here too. The shipping estimate is mid-August 2018, about a week ahead of the Noble Kaiser 10 Custom IEMs. You can buy five HD6XXs for the price of one Kaiser CIEM 🙂

In a way this long wait curtails impulse buys. If this was available with Prime shipping, I probably wouldn’t be able to resist!

[DEAD] Don’t Forget 15% off the Sennheiser HD600, HD650, HD6XX

This eBay flash-sale coupon expired…

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Used Audeze LCD-X Music Creator for $999

The open-back over-ear planar-magnetic Audeze LCD-X Music Creator bundle (without the fancy Audeze travel case) go for $1200 in new condition but if you want to save some, you can get them in “Used – Very Good” condition for $999 with free shipping by seller “Audio Advice Online” (AAO) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from AAO and they are not Prime eligible.

BeyerDynamic T1 (2nd Gen; Special Edition) for $699 after coupon

Now that the eBay madness is over, we are back to our scheduled programming with another coupon promotion from BuyDig running until 3/18/18. You can get the new condition BeyerDynamic T1 Second Generation (special edition black) for $699 with free shipping using coupon code IOL138323028FA (you don’t have to type in the coupon; on the product page, there’s an “Apply Coupon” Javascript button).

Pre-order new AKG N5005 IEMs for $1000

Another one of the new four-figure headphones is now available for pre-ordering, it is the AKG N5005 available for pre-ordering for $1000 at B&H Photo. There is no release estimate at the moment. This too surfaced while updating our on-going Headphone Tracker