Wedn: SteelSeries Arctis Pro, Beats 3, Bose 700, MSFT 365

There’s headphone action in the Wednesday December 2nd (in 2020, wow, this crazy year flew so fact, yet…) Amazon Gold Box with the following options:

+ SteelSeries Arctis Pro bluetooth closed on-ear Headset for $240 in the black color scheme only, one per customer
+ as of time of writing it averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 1840+ customer ratings and has 350+ answered questions by the “e-wisdom of the e-crowds” 🙂

+ Beats Solo 3 bluetooth on-ears (with W1 chip of i-Device interest) for $119 in various color schemes
+ as of the time of writing it averages “the most beautiful Beats yet” based on 100000+ Apple iFan adorations 😉

+ “Beats and Bose they break my bones” sing some audiophiles, but also on sale is the Bose 700 ANC/BT over-ears with Alexa (but not Alexis Carrington) going for $339 in two color options
+ as of the time of writing they average 4.4 out of 5 based on 12K+ customer ratings and they have 620 answered questions by viewers like you

+ and if you want to use Office-style apps to keep track of your headphone ratings and measurements and observations and pairings and such, a 1-Year prepaid Microsoft 365 Family for $99 with a $50 Amazon Gift Card as a bonus. This autom-renews annually (without the $50 GC) if not cancelled…
+ you also get 1TB OneDrive per account
+ up to six accounts can be attached to this subscription

Bose QuietComfort QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $199

Now that everybody is making a competitive ANC/BT over-ear headphone, BOSE is feeling the pressure and they have decreased the price of their good old QuietComfort QC35 II to $199 with free US shipping at B&H Photo and Amazon and also at Adorama

Tuesday: Bose QC35 II ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $199

If you want some coffee to keep you up during those long listening and headphone testing sessions, there’s four different kind of Mr. Coffee options (including the audiophile-friendly pour-over and an All-In-One machine that clears space on the counters) at the Amazon Gold Box for Tuesday 11/3/20. But that’s what you are here for…

… what you are here for is their offer for the new condition BOSE QC 35 II closed-back over-ear ANC/bluetooth combo headphones going for $199 with free US shipping. This is available in three different color schemes. Up to five per customer. As of the time of writing they average 4.6 out of 5 based on 29,000+ customer reviews…

Sunday: Shure SE-846 w/BT 5.0 cable kit for $549

Want a high-end universal IEM that gives you the option of wired and bluetooth 5.0 playback? Good until Sunday 11/1/20 at 11:59pm eastern time (yes, you get an extra hour to decide because of the “Fall Back” DST temporal thing), you can get the new condition Shure SE-846 w/BT 5.0 cable kit for $549 with free US shipping at B&H Photo in your choice of the CLEAR or the black color schemes. The other two color schemes (bronze, blue) are special order and are not on sale.

This kit includes both the Shure universal mic/remote cable (RMCE-UNI in Shure speak) and the Shure bluetooth 5.0 cable/adapter (RMCE-BT2 in Shure speak), a premium carrying case, various small headphone-y accessories (eartips, shirt clip, etc), and a 2-year warranty… The charging of the bluetooth 5.0 cable/adapter happens via micro-USB (charging cable is included)…

UPDATE: under “Electronics” at the Woot offers for Sunday they have the refurbished Bose Soundsport bluetooth earphones for $63 in your choice of three color schemes. These come with a 90-day iCertify warranty…

And at the Best Buy dailies they have the new condition Jaybird Tarah necklace-style bluetooth earphones going for $30…

Refurbished Bose SoundSport bluetooth earphones for $65

Good until 8am ET on Wednesday as the Musician’s Friend daily deal is the new condition closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-200X headphone for $30 with free US shipping…

Meanwhile Woot is running a Hometober sale that includes the refurbished Bose SoundSport bluetooth earphones going for $65 with a 90-day warranty. These are conventional earphones with insertion and seal, not to be confused with some of their earlier models that protruded inside the earcanal like an Apple “pod” but did not attempt to form any kind of seal…

This particular Woot sale also offers an Altigo bluetooth over/on-ears headphone for $18. This sale ends on October 11 at 11:59pm ET in 2020 ~ or earlier for anything that sells out earlier…

Wedn: B&W PX5 On-Ears, Bose QC II, Sony XB, Thorens, Etc

Two headphones plus gaming headsets are among a loaded day at the Best Buy daily offerings for Wednesday June in 2020:

+ Bowers & Wilkins PX-5 ANC/bluetooth on-ears for $220
+ Bose Quiet Comfort II ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $299
+ discount and free mouse with Razer Nari Ultimate gaming headset

Under the “Electronics” daily deal at the Woot website they have the new condition closed-back bluetooth on-ear Sony XB-650-BT going for $45 with a 1-year Sony warranty. It is only available in black. It has NFC. Note that this is part of their “Extra Bass” line, so opera, classical, audiophile jazz, etc you may not like the “transformation” of the music with these 🙂

NewEGG seems to have an unwritten rule of one headphone offer per day at their daily deals and Wednesday’s offer is the new condition Pioneer SE-MJ-553-BT-R closed-back on-ear bluetooths in the red color scheme going for $26 with free US shipping…

Last but not least, for the vinyl junkies or player collectors, one of the B&H Photo daily deals is the new condition Thorens TD 201 manual 2-speed turntable with built-in amp going for $250. It is available in two color options [device color, not sound coloration color!]…

SHOCK! did you notice something today? All these offers and not a single “truly wireless” earphone. There is hope for the audio world after all 🙂

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…

Sunday: Bose QC35 II (black) for $299

As we previously mentioned the rose gold color scheme of the Bose QC 35 II ANC + wireless closed-back over-ears goes for $279 but if rose-gold is not your thing, good until Sunday 2/2/20 at 11:59pm central time, Woot is offering the new condition black color scheme for $299 with free US shipping for Prime members or $6 flat shipping for non-members. Note that this gets a 90-day warranty from Woot per the listing, not a 1-year Bose warranty.

Bose sale: SoundLink AE Bluetooth for $179, Etc

“Beats and Bose, they break my bones” rhyme some audiophiles, but not all are on a hatorade campaign on everything that is popular with the normies 😉 Regardless, Amazon is currently running a Bose audio sale that includes the following headphones:

+ SoundLink over-ear wireless for $179
+ SoundSport Free truly-wireless for $169

+ various speakers for computers, stand-alone portable and soundbars

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 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…

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…

eBay headphone sale: refurb Bose QC35 I w/warranty for $199 [and more]

EBay is running its own Labor Day sales and of headphone interest, they have 41 products under the headphones and accessories category including:

+ factory renewed BOSE QC 35 first generation closed-back over-ear ANC & bluetooth for $199 with free shipping from the official Bose eBay store with a 1-year BOSE warranty and original packaging; available in black only; limit up to five per buyer; over 5600 units sold so far;

+ factory renewed BOSE QC30 neckband bluetooth earphones for $140 (likewise as above)

+ Jabra Elite 65e for $40, Active for $100

+ Bluedio Hi truly wireless for $15 [over 6100 units sold]

+ Sony WH-1000X Mark III for $275 from RedTag Camera; almost certain this is an international/import as there is no mention of Sony warranty on the listing; it would have been nice if sellers were honest to mention this prominently on the listing so the consumer can make an informed decision

+ iPod Nano 7s, iPod Touch 4th gen for $30 to $75, Skullcandy Crusher 360s, Bluedios, etc

NOTE: Many years ago I purchased an original new condition iPod Touch 4 and over time upgraded it to the latest allowable iOS version. Fast forward to the latest (and last) iOS upgrade, it became a total slugfest with crashings and such. Half of the music apps could not be installed because it had an old iOS version [thankfully I had some already installed]. And its battery performance was a total disaster. So keep that in mind…

EU: BOSE QuietComfort QC35 II ANC/Bluetooths for 256 euro

The ever-changing economic and monetary system is bringing more changes to where you can find deals and discount. For example, the new condition BOSE QC 35 II ANC/bluetooth headphones currently go for $350 at USA authorized dealers but if you hop on a discounted transatlantic jet, you can get it for 256 euro in your choice of three color schemes by Amazon Germany itself. Limit up to four per shopping cart per customer at the sale price.

I do not know when the sale ends because it is not a lightning deal that has a ticking clock. They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 1250+ customer reviews and they have nearly 600 peer-answered questions (some of the answers are however from manufacturer reps and marketplace sellers (and helpful-score hawks)).

The market is of course very competitive in this segment, with Sony finding a hit with their 1000X, Beats getting boosted by Apple Mothership, and just about every other major name manufacturer trying their hand at this lucrative $300-ish segment.

But that’s not all. The competition is also from below. When people are able to find “good enough” ANC/bluetooth over-ear combos for under $100 from various audiophile-unknown brands at Amazon and other marketplaces, it creates consumer hesitation ~ do you spend $300~ for a “travel headphone” or is a $50 option “good enough”?

As you can see at the Best Selling Headphone charts at, the top of the chart is dominated by these Nu-headphone-brands such as COWIN, MPow, TaoTronics, OneOdio, Ailihen, etc.

As of the tine of writing, the highest-ranking name-brand is at #7 with three of them in the top 10 (Beats, Sony, Bose).

nOTE that Amazon’s charts are based on the human-entered and/or computer-generated categories ~ if a product is miscategorized, it will show up in the wrong top selling charts. That’s why you see some on-ears and even some earphones in the “Over-Ear Charts”. Amazon’s marketplace is too big for them to manage 🙂

Bose QuietComfort QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $99 [Prime deal]

If you prefer your noise cancelling headphones without bluetooth and you want to stay under $100, AND you are a Prime member, then you have until the end of day on Tuesday to purchase the new condition Bose QuietComfort QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $99 from Amazon actual. They are available with either iOS or Android remote control buttons (they are wired headphones after all).

They average 4.1 out of 5 based on 4300+ customer reviews and they have 1000+ answered questions by shoppers like you. These are powered by AAA batteries, so a plus if you are fond of them over the rechargeable embedded LiIons.

After this, Bose launched the QC35 series with is both ANC and bluetooth and they use a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery instead of the AAAs.

Bose Soundlink Over-Ear Bluetooths for $159

More Prime Day action, for Prime members only, Amazon actual is offering the closed-back Bose Soundlink Over-Ear Bluetooths for $159 in two different color schemes. They average 4.3 out of 5 based on 2000+ customer reviews and have over 1000 answered questions.

BUT if you are not a Prime member, fear not! Adorama thru Amazon is offering each color for $159 each as well or you can buy them from the Adorama website directly… But that’s not all, the same with 5% promotional rewards can be found at B&H Photo

So this is a clever way to sell, non-Prime members can buy some of the Prime deals _away_ from Amazon ^_^

Speaking of Bose, Amazon is also offering the new condition Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless in the limited edition ultraviolet color scheme for $139. Only this color scheme is on sale. The others remain at $139…

Woot headphone sale includes Bose QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $160, Momentum IEMs for $50 to $60, Etc

Woot has long-running deals, in addition to their more famous daily deals. One such is a headphone sale that features 14 models and it is good for a few weeks unless a particular model sells-out (which happens often):

+ Sennheiser Momentum in-ears for $50
+ M2 (2nd generation) (iOS buttons) for $60

+ Bose QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $160
+ Bose case for QC15 for $14

+ Sony WH-1000X M2 ANC/BT over-ears for $290

+ Sennheiser HD 471G for $56
+ Sennheiser HD-205 II for $60

+ also Philips, Cowin, Gibson Sports, Skullcandy, and … “Batman vs Superman” 🙂

Thursday: Bose SoundSport wired earphones for $50

Two days in a row now with a headphone-related daily deal at the Best Buy website, this time, for the last day in February 2019 [yep, two months are already gone from 2019, that’s 1/6th of the year gone BYE-BYE], it is the new condition Bose Soundsport wired earphones going for $50 with free shipping or free store pickup when that’s possible/available…

This is an older Bose style, they are neither earbuds, nor in-ears in the true sense of the word. There is a speaker-ish protrusion that breaks the plane of the ear canal, however, they don’t have the squishy eartip that forms a seal. The plus side is that they are more comfortable for people who have issues traditional in-ears, but on the other hand, you can’t get a seal, so say goodbye to isolation with these.

I don’t want to create a separate website category just for these, so I either put them under earbuds or in-ears 🙂

I have a different older model of these, they have their uses, and those “Stay Hear” things do indeed help them stay on your ear.

Speaking of Thursday’s daily deals, at the German Amazon Gold Bawx there’s a couple of truly-wireless bluetooths from Arbily [that’s the brand name] ranging from 40 to 48 euros…

Sunday: refurb BOSE headphone sale (six options, $85 to $237)

Beats and Bose, they break my bones lament some audiophiles in the forums, but if you are not part of the Bose lament, Woot is having a refurbished BOSE headphone sale as part of their Sunday FEB-24-2019 daily deals which run until 11:59pm central time [or earlier for any model that sells out ahead of time].

All the models mentioned below are sold refurbished and come with a “90 Day Certified PreLoved Warranty”. That’s the name shown at Woot, cut and pasted here, it’s not a smart-aleck “translation” on my part 🙂 The warranty link over there points to the warranty’s website

+ QC35 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $237
+ QC15 ANC Over-Ears for $135
+ QC2 ANC for $85

+ QC30 neckband ANC + bluetooth earphones for $190
+ QC20i ANC earphones for $165
+ Soundsport wired earphones (no ANC, no BT) for $100

Cyber Monday: Bose QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $110; Nuraphone for $280

Cyber Monday is upon us within the USA Amazon Gold Box within it we find the following headphones:
+ BOSE QC25 ANC Closed Over-Ears for $110 in iOS or Android; limit up to three per customer at the sale price

+ Nuraphone ANC/BT over-ears for $280; up to five per customer

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Closed Over-Ears for $299 w/bonus

The BOSE Quiet Comfort QC35 II ANC/BT closed-back over-ears go for $299 at the moment at various BOSE authorized dealers, but you can get some bonuses at some places. At Adorama and NewEGG you get 5% promotional rewards to spend there in the future… At Amazon you get 5% cashback if you pay with a Prime credit card (Chase or the store credit card)…

Refurbished Bose QC20 ANC In-Ears for $150

Things are heating up on eBay where the official BOSE eBay store is offering the factory renewed Bose Quiet Comfort QC20 ANC in-ears for $150 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty from bOSE and in retail packaging. They are available in iOS or Android button configurations and have a limit of up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

Bose bluetooth on-ears for $100 [Costco]

As part of the early Black Friday festivities, the Costco website is offering the closed-back Bose bluetooth on-ears for $100. Non-Costco members can purchase products at their website with a small surcharge ~ unless a product is explicitly restricted to paying Costco members…

Thursday: BOSE SoundSport earphones for $49 w/FS

Happy Thanksgiving Day! And with an earphone daily deal at B&H Photo ~ they are offering the new condition Bose SoundSport earphones in the charcoal color scheme with the Apple (read: iOS) button configuration for $49 with free shipping. These are not quite in-ears as they have that unusual Bose speaker-protrusion type thing that goes into the ear.

SoundSPORT because they have a sweat and weather resistant design. “Resistant” is a step behind “Proof” as the marketing language suggests. They also have the distinctive Bose “Stay Hear” membrane-type-things that help them stay in our ears longer.

UPDATE:: speaking of BOSE there is a limited time sale of these earphones for 50 euro along with the QuietComfort QC20 or QC25 for 150 euro per pair at Amazon Germany….

Bose Quiet Comfort QC25 ANC Over-Ears for $125

The QVC store has launched their own online Black Friday and of headphone interest they are offering the new condition Bose QuietComfort QC25 closed-back over-ear active noise cancelling for $125 with free shipping in your choice of iOS or Android buttons. These are ANC-only, not bluetooth. Bluetooth was added with later models…

Refurb Bose SoundLink Bluetooth On-Ears for $90

The official BOSE eBay store is offering the factory renewed Bose SoundLink bluetooth on-ears for $90 with free shipping with up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. They come with the same warranty as the new condition models.

Speaking of which, they are also offering the likewise factory renewed SoundSport FREE truly-wireless earphones for $130 with free shipping. Two color options are available and the same limit of up to five per eBay user…

$30 off select BOSE wireless headphones

For a limited time, a mix of BOSE over/on-ear and earphones [and other audio products] are having a $30 off instant savings promotion at various authorized dealers such as New York’s B&H Photo

Thur: refurbished BOSE QC15 for $135, QC25 for $157, Etc

It’s Bose day at Woot where one of their daily deals is a refurbished sale on three Quiet Comfort models that come with a 90-day Woot warranty:

+ QC15 ANC over-ears for $135
+ these are AAA powered

+ QC25 ANC over-ears for $157

+ QC30 bluetooth neckband earphones for $225

Shipping is free for Prime members, or a flat shipping fee for everything purchased during the central time zone of this day at Woot…

Meanwhile one of the A4C daily deals is the refurbished LG Tone Pro HBS-770 neckband bluetooth earphones going for $18 with free shipping. They come with a 90-day warranty from A4C.

Refurb Bose SoundSport Truly Wireless for $130

The official BOSE eBay store is offering factory renewed with a 1-year warranty Bose SoundSport Truly Wireless earphones for $130 with free shipping. Two color options are available with a maximum of five units per eBay user at the sale price.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for $125

The Prime Day sales are under way, and among them, the new condition Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are on sale for a limited time for $125 with free shipping in your choice of iOS or Android buttoned models. Limit up to three per customer at the sale price. These are an older model with ANC but no bluetooth. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 3370+ customer reviews and they have 1000+ answered questions.

Refurb Bose SoundSport Wireless w/1-yr warranty for $80 w/FS

The official Bose eBay store is offering the manufacturer refurbished Bose Soundsport Wireless earphones for $80 with free shipping and a 1-year warranty, just like what the new condition models get. They are available in the black color scheme.

[DEAD] Thursday: Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ears for $50 w/FS

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Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ears for $60 w/free S&H

To the eBay deals we go, where Best Buy’s very own eBay store is offering the new condition Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ears for $60 with free shipping. This is the option with the iOS remote buttons in the charcoal color scheme. Up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

PSA: Best Buy is using the Spanish names for the colors of the Bose SoundSport Free

Best Buy is apparently using the Spanish color names for the three Bose SoundSport Free truly wireless earphones, that’s why you see there Naranja, Azul, and Negro, instead of Orange, Blue and Black. They are not exclusive or new Best Buy colors. Mayhaps they got mixed up, they have a website in Spanish

UK: Free BOSE QC35 II with Huawei P20 or P20 PRO purchase

I don’t usually look for deals in Europe, but this one appeared right in front of me, so I might as well post it! For a limited, in the United Kingdom, Car Warehouse is offering FREE pair of Bose QuietComfort QC35 II ANC/bluetooth over-ears for FREE when you pre-order the Huawei P20 or P20 PRO smartphone from them!

The P20 and P20 PRO (along with the Mate RS) are all without a headphone jack

Bose QC35 II ANC/BT Over-Ears for $300 after coupon

If you are not interested in the $200 refurbished Sony WH-1000X M2 and instead prefer Bose’s headphone i this popular market segment, coupon code PRETTYDAY can get you the new condition Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Mark II bluetooth and ANC closed-back over-ears for $300 with free shipping until Monday 3/26/18 at 8am pacific or earlier if sold out. This is available in two color schemes and the seller is eBags. The connection of course being travel and ANC headphones 🙂

PS: and if you are eligible for the 15% eBay Bucks promotion (by invitation only), you can earn $45 in eBay Bucks on this purchase. YMMV as eligibility for this is determined by eBay’s software.