Monday: NuForce BE Sport3 for $15, Jaybird Run XT Sport TW for $50

Two retailers have bluetooth earphone daily deals for Monday 3/30/20 running until 11:59pm local time (local of the retailer, eg B&H Photo is East Coast, Best Buy is midwest/central, Amazon is pacifica)…

At B&H Photo, you can get the new condition Nu Force BE Sport3 bluetooth earphones for $15 in the gun-metal color-scheme OR if you want to stock up or give away, you can get a 4-pack for $40 (making it $10 per pair)…

At Best Buy, you can get the new condition Jaybird Run XT Sport truly wireless earphones for $50…

I don’t have the “XT Sport” but we have here a text and pictures unboxing of the Jaybird Run truly wireless, the only truly wireless I truly have 🙂

Pictured below is the packaging of the Jaybird Run, not the “Run XT Sport” that is on sale…

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Bluetooth Over-Ears for $70

If you are looking to spend under $100 for a pair of closed over-ear bluetooth headphones but don’t want to get the many non-audio brand ANC/bluetooth combo options, then for $70 you can get the new condition Sennheiser HD 4.40BT by Amazon actual with a maximum of two pairs per customer at the sale price. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 5500+ ratings.

NOTE however that this is a Bluetooth 4.0 headphone (might be a deal killer for those with new BT 5.0 smartphones and such), and supports apt-X but not apt-X HD.

Note also that the recently revealed Sennheiser bluetooth headphones in the 4-series cost a lot more and have not been greeted as liberators by the early reviewers.

I haven’t seen these but I had their “cousins”, the HD 4.20S wired over-ears and from the pictures it looks like they use similar pads. Those HD 4.20S pads are probably the #1 feature of the headphones…

Here’s the HD 4.20S pad, around 1 inch thick!

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PS: just like the previously mentioned HD 599 sale, the HD 4.40BT and 4.20S came out at IFA 2016

Hifiman TWS-600 truly wireless down to $79

IF you prefer to try your luck with truly-wireless earphones from headphone companies instead of consumer electronics companies, the new condition Hifiman TWS-600 truly wireless (with bluetooth 5.0 and low latency support) are currently down to $79 at the Amazon website, sold by the Hifiman Amazon store and the Gramophone Amazon store, both fulfilled by Amazon so Prime members get their fast(er) free delivery.

They also promise a range of up to 150 meters in open unobstructed areas (eg open fields), up to 38.5 hours playing time (WITH the charging case). They are IPX-4 rated, and per the product description over there, they “required” 10-20 hours of burn in 🙂

They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 110+ customer reviews and have near half of that in peer-answered questions…

PS: my only experience so far with “truly wireless” are the Jaybird Run TW, so I can’t help much 🙂

Bose QuietComfort 35 II (Rose Gold) ANC/BT Over-Ears for $248

If you like rose-gold color-schemed headphones, you are in luck! Amazon is offering the new condition Rose-Gold limited edition Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 II closed-back over-ears with bluetooth and ANC for $248 with free US shipping and a limit of three pairs per customer at the sale price. This is a limited time offer, but not a lightning deal, so I do not know when the price changes…

With the Corona having many people locked in, ANC and closed-back over-ears may be in order for every household 🙂 Unlike in-ears, having a giant set of over-ear headphones on your head screams “DON’T YOU DARE BOTHER ME!” 🙂

This may indeed be on its way out of the market because it is marked as “Discontinued” at B&H Photo which previously had it on sale before it got discontinued…

NOTE: that this model does NOT use bluetooth 5.0, so if you need BT 5, you have to wait for a newer model. It also uses micro-USB charging; again, if you are living a “USB-C Lifestyle”, you have to wait for a newer model.. OR look at other manufacturers 🙂

PS: keep in mind though, that for Bluetooth 5, and other assorted protocols, both devices have to support it. Otherwise it will resort to the highest common denominator. A Bluetooth 5.0 headphone connecting with a Bluetooth 4.1 smartphone will not connect as Bluetooth 5, but as BT 4.1 or lower ~ depending on what both of them can support…

Woot Audio sale includes refurbished Jaybird bluetooth earphones (F2: $20, X2: $25)

Woot Plus is running an Audio sale until the end of March 2020, and among them they have two refurbished Jaybird bluetooth earphones. The Freedom 2 goes for $20, while the Jaybird X2 (with the earfins) goes for $25. They come with a 90-day Woot warranty. Up to ten of each per customer at the sale price…

The sale also includes various Beats and Cowin headphones, the Zoom H4n PRO recorder for $176, and other assorted audio items…

FREE NuForce Stride bluetooth earphones with Sennheiser HD6XX purchase for $195

For a limited time only (expiration date is not mention), you will automatically [no coupon needed, no additional action on your behalf] receive a FREE NuForce Stride bluetooth earphone with the purchase of the new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 6XX headphones for $195 with free US shipping and free US returns from the Massdrop website. This is an “in-stock drop” so it will ship in one business day after purchase, it won’t take weeks and weeks like the traditional Massdrop offerings…

To ensure the offer is running, use your browser’s in-page search feature (eg CTRL F in Chrome) looking for “NuForce” or “Stride”. You will see this promotion mentioned multiple times in the listing. Even though it does not appear “above the fold” (on the part of the page that fills up some screens, eg laptops).

The HD 6XX come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty since they are produced in co-operation with Hennheiser 🙂 The NuForce kit includes a hard case and six sets of eartips and a microUSB cable. No mention of warranty on the NuForce.

When you click the “BUY” button that takes you to the shopping cart, you will not see the NuForce mentioned there. The options you see in the shopping cart are for additional optional purchases (extra earpads, cables, DAC/amp, warranty) and a shipping upgrade option. Most of the optional items are offered with an additional combined purchase discount, eg the Drop+ THX AAA 789 linear amplifier is +$300 instead of $400 which sells on its own.

NOTE that this is the recently revised HD 6XX. Check the Massdrop and the interwebs for more details if you are not already familiar with the revisions…

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…

Thursday: NuForce BeFree 8 TW for $30 [also: refurb Klipschs]

Good until Thursday 2/13/20 (Valentine’s Eve) at 11:59pm eastern, New York’s Finest B&H Photo is offering the new condition NuForce BeFree 8 truly-wireless earbuds for $30 with free US shipping.

NOTE: make sure you check their reviews before buying. They have 60% 1-star reviews…

UPDATE: speaking of daily deals, until 11:59pm central time of this very day there is a Klipsch sale among the Woot daily deals, and of the three items, one is the factory reconditioned Klipsch R5 neckband wireless (bluetooth) set going for $40 with a 90-day Klipsch warranty… There’s also a set of R-15M bookshelf speakers going for $110 (pair, refurbished, 90-day Klipsch warranty)

Friday: Sony XB-650-BT closed bluetooths for $50

Good until Friday 2/7/20 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier if it somehow manages to sell out) you can get the new condition closed-back Sony “Extra Bass” XB-650-BT bluetooth headphones for $50 as one of the Woot daily deals with a 1-year Sony warranty in the black color scheme. Free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members. You have to connect your Prime account to your Woot account (a one-time action) to get the free shipping.

Monday (EU): Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT for $95 euro

Good for Monday February 3 in 2020, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition, a bluetooth and ANC headphone, for 95 euro with free shipping in Germany + Austria. Shipping is extra elsewhere. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

There it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on nearly 10,000 customer reviews but note that all the variants of this model are grouped together in the listing (with or without ANC, SE and not SE, etc)…

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II for $279 [Rose Gold]

If rose-gold is your favorite color scheme, you are in luck! This very color scheme of the new condition Bose QuietComfort QC35 II closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth headphones is on sale for $279 with free US shipping at B&H Photo.

Bose used to be dominating in the ANC, but these days the battle has many claiming victory, including Sony’s surprise (?) hit with the 1000X series. All the major players are hitting the $300-ish market segment with all kinds of things. Your favorite search engine will yield countless comparisons and even more always-correct opinions 🙂

Wedn: NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth earphones for $15 [or buy 4 for $50 total]

Good until 11:59pm eastern time on Wednesday January 29 in 2020, B&H Photo is offering, as one of their deals du jour, the new condition silver-gunmetal color scheme of the new condition NuForce BE Sport3 bluetooth earphones (of the exercise kind) for $15 with free US shipping… But wait, there’s more! You can buy a 4-pack of them for $50, making it $12.50 per pair. After all, we are less than 11 months away from Christmas, so it’s never too early to start stocking up on gifts 😉

This is a double-flange earphone and has an earhook, thus increasing its “exercise street cred” 🙂 It averages 4 out of 5 based on 25 customer reviews over there but it has just a 3.5 to 1 ratio of 5-stars vs 1-star, a statistical sign of potential trade-offs. Ideally one wants to see a ratio of 10:1 or better. That’s of course assuming other things equal, eg some products may have unusual or confusing features that the average consumer does not get or cannot be bothered, so they get the 1-star treatment when it’s more of a user error/misunderstanding. Or a product gets hyped in forums, magazines, social media or by celebrities, and its raining 5-stars even from people who haven’t opened the box yet 😉

GeekSquad certified refurbished Apple/Beats headphones (33 options)

Best Buy is having a sale on Geek Squad certified refurbished Apple and Beats headphones including in-ears, truly wireless and over and on ears. A total of 33 options are available.

When you expand the Specifications area on an individual eligible product, you will see that they come with a 90-day warranty, which factors in the price BUT as usual, be sure to price-check any items whose price-ranges you are not familiar with…

Powerbeats 3 bluetooth eaprhones for $80 [limit 3]

It is $90 as a Best Buy daily deal, but Amazon actual has managed to outdo them, it’s the red-black color scheme of the new condition Power Beats 3 bluetooth earphones going for $80 with free US shipping and up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. The other two colors go for $90…

This is an “organic” Amazon price, so I have no clue if/when it will change. The earphones average 3.6 out of 5 based on nearly 3800 customer reviews and they have a rather low 2:1 5-star to 1-star ratio. Ideally you want to look at products with a 10:1 or better ratio. If nothing else, this should convince you to read reviews and forums and such before buying…

Wedn: iLuv BubbleGum Air truly-wireless for $20

Happy 2020 with a new daily deal, good until 11:59pm ET on New Year’s Day, it is the new condition iLUV Bubble Gum [do NOT chew them!] Air truly-wireless earphones going for $20 with free US shipping at B&H Photo where it is one of their deals of the day. Up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. As of the time of writing they have zero customer reviews…

JLab JBuds Air Icon for $40 [truly wireless]

As part of their 12 days of deals, the Best Buy website is offering the new condition JLab Audio JBuds Air Icon Truly Wireless earphones for $40 with free store pickup and/or free shipping depending on the situation.

These average 4.2 out of 5 based on 225+ customer reviews at Best Buy.

My only experience with truly-wireless so far has been the Jaybird Run [see partial unboxing]. The low(er) battery life eats away at its benefits as the battery life of over/on-ear bluetooth headphones has increased dramatically… But that of course depends on your needs/preferences/priorities and so forth…

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…

Sunday: NuForce BE Free8 TW for $30

The sales continue at NYC’s world famous B&H Photo with their Green Monday sale and for Sunday 12/8/19, one of their deals du jour is the new condition NuForce BE Free8 truly wireless (TW) earphones going for $30 with free USA shipping. Up to twenty units per customer at the sale price…

Sennheiser HD 4.50 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $80

It’s a Game of Thrones but also a Game of Exclusives! Best Buy appears to be currently having an exclusive on the black/red color scheme of the new condition closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth Sennheiser HD 4.50 headphones for $80 with free shipping or store pickups. You also get free 90-day trials for Pandora and Sirius XM. Free trials for new subscribers only.

On the other hand if you want to optimize for lower price, the official Sennheiser Outlet is selling them for 15% off their $82.49 price (around $70) through Amazon

Speaking of which, a few more Sennheiser headphones have limited time 10% off coupons on them at the Sennheiser on Amazon Outlet store…

Jaybird Tarah bluetooth earphones for $50

If you are looking for name-brand exercise bluetooth earphones, the new condition Jaybird Tarah is also participating in the Cyber Black festivities, on sale for $50 per pair in new condition in different colors at B&H Photo and Amazon (Where the black/flash color scheme already sold out) and Best Buy

Bose Soundsport Free (TW) for $139

Also part of the CM festivities, the space-age looking “Ultraviolet” color scheme of the truly wireless Bose Soundsport Free is on sale for $139 with free US shipping at amazon.com with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. The other three colors go for more. They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 3880+ customer reviews and they are tagged as an “Amazon Choice” product…

UPDAtE: speaking of Cyber Monday, there is also a big sale on Edifier audio products, a mix of headphones and speakers of different kinds with headphones staying under $50 but speakers going up to $480…

Samsung Galaxy Buds (TW) for $100

Samsung continues to attack the earphone market with various options and one of them is their latest Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones, currently on sale as part of the Cyber Monday festivities for $100 at B&H Photo and also at amazon.com

EU: Sennheiser Free Bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro

For EU shoppers (and beyond depending on taxes, customs and shipping fees), Amazon Germany is offering for a limited time the new condition Free bluetooth in-ears for 80 euro in the black/red color scheme with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price…

V-Moda Crossfade Wireless for $90

Once upon a time going for $300+, now the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless closed-back over-ear first generation headphones are down to $90 in new condition in each of the four color schemes by Amazon actual and you can buy up to five pairs at the sale price. These however do not support apt-X. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 880+ customer reviews…

On the other hand, if you consider bluetooth a bug (not a feature) they have the wired new condition M100 closed over-ears going for $150 in the Shadow and Matte-Black color schemes with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 1880+ customer reviews…

Sennheiser PXC 550 ANC/bluetooth over-ears down to $200

Sennheiser goes on the attack in the very competitive prestige-brand ANC/bluetooth over-ear combos and they have brought down the price of their closed-back over-ear PXC 550 to $200 with free shipping by various at Amazon (including Amazon actual) along with B&H Photo and friends…

Note however that there is a second generation model now, which, however, goes for $350, so there’s a big price gap between the two…

PS: we have not turned into an ANC/bluetooth blog! I’m simply posting as many deals as I can find (and have time to post) and a lot of today’s options and deals are on the ANC/bluetooth combos…

Monoprice SonicSolance ANC/BT Over-Ears for $40 w/FS

Monoprice is running their variant of the Black Friday sale and among the items offered is the new condition Sonic Solace ANC/BT Over-Ears, their attempt at this popular and populous market segment of double-figure options. It goes for $40 with free standard US shipping with up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price.

The price you see is the price you pay, no coupons for this particular offer. Note that these come in bulk packaging so keep that in mind if you are buying it/them as gifts for others…

UPDATE: there’s a total of 30 different headphone-related consumer products on sale at Monoprice, too many to list here individually as it would become a Monoprice blog 🙂

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $250

If the rose-gold color-scheme is your favorite or at least one you don’t object to, the closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth Bose QC (as in Quiet Comfort) 35 Mark II headphones are on sale for $250 at Best Buy and by Amazon actual (up to five per customer at the sale price) and B&H Photo among others…

But fear not, if you prefer the more conventional colors, they are not that far off, their sale is $280, the sales price point where they and Sony’s 1000X are doing battle…

Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Over-Ears Bluetooths for $70

Newegg has this for $80 in their BF deals, but Amazon actual has them beat they are offering it for $70. “It” being not the Stephen King book/movie, but the new condition closed-back over-ear bluetooth Sennheiser HD 4.40BT with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. They average 4 out of 5 based on nearly 900 customer reviews…

I haven’t seen or touched this but I have used the Sennheiser HD 4.20s and those thick (but not hard) earpads are just divine…

Wedn: MEE X10 Truly Wireless for $40

In the black or blue color schemes, $40 can get you the new condition MEE Audio X10 truly wireless earphones as part of the Wednesday November 20 (2019) daily deals at the Best Buy website. These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 27 customer reviews.

As you can see in our Black Friday 2019 round-up, truly wireless is the hottest consumer-advertised segment in the headphones market. Make sense since this is the newest sub-genre and many people have zero ~ as opposed to wired or ANC and/or bluetooth that has been around much longer…

Monday: Sony WH-XB900N ANC/BT Over-Ears for $128

Good until Monday 11/18/19 at 11:59pm pacific time, Amazon actual is offering as one of their deals of the day the new condition closed-back over-ear Sony WH-XB900N ANC/BT headphones for $128 with free US shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. As the “XB” in the model name suggests, this is an “Extra Bass” model.

It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on nearly 110 customer reviews and it has 80 answered questions…

Sony Audio sale includes XB-700 Over-Ears for $98

If you are a fan of Sony audio gear, you’ve find a potentially interesting post. For a limited time [but not part of its daily deals] Amazon is having a Sony Audio sale of various things that includes, among others, the following:

+ XB-700 closed-back over-ear bluetooth “Extra Bass” (thus the XB) headphones for $98 in two color options

+ WI-C600 neckband ANC earphones for $118

+ PS-LX3-10-BT belt-drive turn-table for $148

+ various speakers and receivers

Wedn: bluetooth Sony for $38 each: WH-CH510 On-Ears or WI-XB400 neckband

Good until 11:59pm pacific time on Wednesday 11/6/19, Amazon actual is offering two new condition Sony bluetooth headphones for $38 each. One is an on-ear model, the recently released WH-CH510 closed-back in three different color schemes with up to five per color per customer.

And for fans of the neckband-style earphones, they are offering the new condition the WI-XB400 is available in two color schemes with up to three per color per customer. This being a newer model, it charges via USB-C instead of the good old micro-USB which refuses to go away it seems 🙂

Sunday: SwissTek Truly Wireless for $33

Good until Sunday 11/3/19 at 11:59pm central time, as one of their daily deals, Woot is offering the new condition SwissTek truly wireless earphones for $33 with free shipping for Prime members (or $6 flat for non-members). Limit up to ten pairs per customer at the sale price. They are offered in three color schemes and come with a 90-day warranty from Woot…

Wedn: Klipsch earphones: AS-5i for $20, R5 wireless for $50

Woot’s Wednesday October 30 (2019) deals of the day include a duo of Klipsch earphones on sale. In new condition,with a 1-year warranty from Klipsch. Just don’t get caught by r/headphones users wearing them because instant ostracisation is very likely 😉

The two earphones are:

+ AS-5i sport earphones with ear-hooks for $20

+ R5 wireless (bluetooth) neckband earphones for $50

Limit up to ten per customer. Sale ends at 11:59pm central or earlier if sold out…