Refurbished Massdrop x FOCAL Elex for $499 [CAUTION]

This is a deal but with a caution alert as well!

Massdrop is offering refurbished B-stock Massdrop x FOCAL ELEX wired open-back over-ears for $499 with free US shipping. You get a 30-day return window but NO warranty. This is an in-stock drop, so it will ship quickly.

CAUTION however, three of the four published customer reviews over there are complaining of “Ear Cup Death”. Two of the three within 2 days, one on day #28.

So if the price tempts you, research it further in the massdrop forums and other audiophile places. If you hate having to return a product because of problems (and return it in a timely manner because of the 30-day return window), or having to argue with customer service in case they stonewall, you may want to AVOID it!

Refurbished Drop + NuForce MOVE truly-wireless for $20

And another refurbished B-stock option, this time it is the Drop + NuForce Move truly-wireless offered for $20 plus shipping. Or free US shipping for $125+ as we mentioned in our earlier update post

This has a 30-day return window, but no warranty. They have a giant paragraph explaining their refurbished products…

Massdrop updates: 10% Rewards on select Audiophile products [also: raises free US shipping threshold to $125+]

We have a couple of updates from the world of Massdrop!

First up, for a limited time, select Audiophile products earn 10% back in Massdrop Rewards/Points instead of their usual amount. You will see this on this individual product page of a participating products, it shows how many rewards you earn with it.

If you are not familiar with their rewards program, your purchases earn anywhere from 1% to 5% [Keyboard Club members] in rewards depending on the product type. Massdrop’s own “Studio” products earn 3%, while most others earn 1%. Exceptions and limited time promotions (like the one mentioned in the paragraph above apply).

You also earn 100 points for every product review you submit. You get 100 when you submit your own picture(s) on a product page. The 100 points is per product page, not per individual picture. Otherwise their product listings would become a stock photo website 😉

What you get for the rewards? Every 500 points get you $5 to spend at Massdrop as a discount.

The second item in this update is that free standard US shipping is now $125+, up from $100+. Another sign of the times and the rising costs and things like that.

PS: since I mentioned it above, what is the Drop Keyboard Club (DKC)? It’s a paid annual membership discount program for keyboard lunatics fanatics. You pay $49 per year for the first two years (use coupon code JOINTHECLUB), and then it rises to $69 per year. This gets you monthly discounts (between $30 to $100) to spend on “mech keys gear”. They have a few other benefits as well.

So it looks like Keyboards have defeated Headphones at Massdrop, otherwise they’d have a “Drop Headphones Club” instead of a keyboards club 😉

Hifiman HE-X4 Planar Open Over-Ears for $89

Yes indeed! Not only can you get this pair of open-back headphones for under $100, it is also a planar-magnetic headphone, a lower cost way to try planar for the first time without breaking the bank or committing capital and dealing with selling it later!

For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-X4 planar magnetics for $89 plus shipping. Shipping is free if your order total is $100+.

They come with a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

This is an in-stock drop, so they will ship approximately two business days after purchase. It’s not one of those “patience in a virtue” Massdrop deals 🙂

Pre-order Etymotix ERX IEMs for $249 (arrive late Oct 2022)

Massdrop is back again with another product pre-order debut! As promised, starting at 9am pacific time on 8/2/22 they are accepting pre-orders for their new in-ears, the Etymotic ERX, for $249 with free US shipping and returns.

But before you place the order, note that this will ship in late October 2022. That’s nearly three months of waiting – as of the time of writing of this blog post. So patience is indeed a virtue 🙂

Included are three different type of eartips, from single to triple flanges. Etymotic are more recognizable by their multiple-flange eartips and their DEEP insertion.

Audio Technica AD-500X Open Over-Ears for $69

It may feel like there are few options [and there are certainly a lot fewer compared to closed-backs] but you do actually have a handful of options for wired open-back over-ear headphones under $100.

Case in point this limited time promotion at Massdrop, they are offering the new condition wired Audio Technica AD-500X Open Over-Ears for $69. Shipping is free with orders of $100+

There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Note that this is estimated to ship at the end of August 2022.

Sennheiser HD-58X Jubilee for $149, HD-6XX for $199

Setting aside the philosophical question of “when prices go up, what is really a discount then?”, we have two of the much-discussed Sennheiser affordable wired open-back over-ears on sale at Massdrop!

We start with the biggest star of them all, the the HD-6XX headphone going “down” to $199 with free US shipping with a 2-year manufacturer warranty. Per the listing this is made in Romania. Thankfully it’s an “in-stock drop” so it should be in about two business day after your purchase/payment!

Same as above on the logistics and shipping is the “deputy” the HD-58X Jubilee dropping down to $149 with free US shipping and free returns.

You could even buy them both for about the price of a Bose/Beats/Sony ANC/BT hype headphone 🙂

Optionally Massdrop offers an optional 3-year Drop warranty with Accidental Coverage for +$40 and +$30 respectively.

Beyerdynamic DT-177X GO Closed Over-Ears for $350

Amazon’s Prime Days are also a Christmas tree for most other retailers to hang their deals to, in parallel of course. Some don’t even pretend not to do so. For example, Massdrop calls their sale “Prime Time 2022” and if you are a fan of the closed-back Beyerdynamics you are in luck because they are offering the new condition wired closed-back over-ear MASSDROP X BEYERDYNAMIC DT 177X GO for $350 with free US shipping, free returns, and a 1-year warranty.

Note however that this is not an in-stock drop. It is expected to ship in mid-August 2022, that’s about one month from the time of writing of this blog-post. Patience is an audiophile virtue? 🙂

Hifiman HE-X4 Planar Open Over-Ears for $99

Massdrop is having its own “Prime Day” and as part of their festivities they are offering the new condition open-back over-ear Drop Hifiman HE-X4 planar-magnetic headphones for $99.

NOTE that this is an old-school Massdrop offer in that it will take a while to ship. The shipping estimate is the end of September 2022, that’s 2.5 months from the time of writing of this post 🙂

Shipping is FREE for orders of $100+, so you may want to add some accessory or eartips or such to get to the free shipping…

Ends Sun PM: Hifiman HE-X4 planars for $99

If you want to try planar-magnetic over-ears without breaking the bank or buying used, until Sunday 6/5/22 at 11:59pm pacific time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-X4 planars (wired, open-back, over-ear) for $99 with free US returns. No mention of warranty in the listing.

The shipping estimate for this is mid-June 2022. It is not an in-stock drop, so it will ship in group-fashion at the designated date…

Massdrop IEMs: Moondrop Stardust for $65, Etymotic ER2-SE for $70, Etc

A number of IEMs are currently on sale at the Massdrop website. You can find them among the other audiophile/phool products in this page, sorted by NEWEST. And by that they mean NEWEST as in most recently added to the Massdrop website. For example the HD 599 was recently added to Massdrop but it existed long before that.

Anyway, browsing through the listing we see sales on some IEMs including:

+ Moondrop Stardust for $65

+ Etymotic ER2-SE for $70

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PINNACLE PX for $59

+ Massdrop X MEE AUDIO PLANAMIC for $69

+ 7Hz Timeless for $199
+ the hype train is indeed timeless, timeless as in devouring its children du jour 😉

+ Mangrid Tea for $260

+ Moondrop KXXX for $152

+ Etymotic ER3SE or ER3XR for $95 each
+ Etymotic ER4SR for $225

+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13

+ BLON BL-03 for $29

+ Campfire Audio Dorado 2020 for $699

+ and a few more

+ free standard US shipping on $100+ orders

On a more personal/blog note, I’ve finally moved on from the VE Monks hype train (LOL) and I’m trying the CCA CRA and KZ and Moondrop Chu and Final Audio budget IEMs. This is the point where I promise unboxing posts, and impressions and comparisons and then caveat it with a “time permitting basis” 😉

FOCAL Elex Open Over-Ears for $599 [Massdrop X]

For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Massdrop X FOCAL Elex wired open-back over-ear dynamic driver headphones for $599 with free US shipping and a 2-year manufacturer warranty.

These are an “in-stock drop”, so they will ship in about two business days after purchase. Not like the other legendarily long Massdrop shipment waits 🙂

Per the listing over there, nearly 5000 units have been sold so far from Massdrop…

Etymotic ER2-SE IEMs for $70

The Etymotic ER2-SE are riding high on the sub-$100 hype train, and if you want to join the ride, for a limited time, it is on sale for $70 at the Massdrop website with a 2-year manufacturer warranty included.

This is an “in-stock drop”, so it will be ship in a couple of business days. As of the time of writing, over 500 units have been shipped…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Open Over-Ears for $149

If you want to give planar a try, for a limited time, as Audiophile Week sales are ending, Massdrop is offering their own co-collab, the wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetics for $149 with free US shipping and a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

Better yet, this will ship in late April, it is an “in-stock drop”, not a “patience is a virtue” drop 🙂

For more offerings, check their 10-Year Anniversary sale

Hifiman HE-X4 Planar Open-Back for $99

We have a “delayed gratification” deal alert! The complaint has always been that the options in under $100 open-back over-ear headphones are very few, and few-to-non-existent in planar magnetics.

Well, Massdrop x Hifiman are changing this right now. As part of their 10-year anniversary sale, for a limited time (ends by 4/25/22), they are offering the new condition wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-X4 planar-magnetics for $99. As of the time of writing, over 2500 units have been sold per the Massdrop website.

The “delayed gratification” part? Per the listing, this will ship in mid-June 2022. This being late April 2022, that’s almost two months from now. In a world of instant gratification, that’s a near eternity!

But if you can wait…

PS: there’s no mention of warranty in the listing. They accept returns within 30 days of delivery in new/unused condition.

Massdrop 10-Year April Anniversale (17 options)

Party on Wayne! It is April 20! And what a coincidence, Massdrop is having their 10-Year April Anniversale featuring 17 Massdrop-X co-branded headphones, three of which are IEMs and four are gaming headsets.

Of the audiophile over-ears, they have Dan Clark Aeons, Sennheiser HD-XXX options, Hifiman planars, and one each from Focal, BeyerDee and Senor Speakers (aka Mr Speakers)…

The IEMs are Noble, Grell and JVC…

This is a limited time offer…

PS: “anniversale” is a shortcut for “Anniversary Sale” 🙂

Audiophile Week returns to Massdrop in late April

Massdrop is celebrating 10 years and among the planned festivities, per their aforelinked blog-post, they are planning to have an Audiophile Week in late April 2022.

As of the time of writing, details on the sale items and sale prices have NOT been revealed…

Friday Massdrop Deals: $29 Koss Gaming Headset, $19 Cable, Ether CX, Etc

Every Friday is a Black Friday at Massdrop and for this Friday, December 10 in 2021, they are having a Friday sale that include five headphone-related products, along with three keyboards:

  • DROP + KOSS GMR-54X-ISO GAMING HEADSET for $29
  • Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX closed-back for $749
  • Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX IEMs for $39
  • Drop 2-pin IEM cables for $19
  • Massdrop x NuForce Stride bluetooth IEMs for $39

Massdrop x Noble Luxe IEMs for $39

For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Massdrop x Noble Luxe IEMs for $39 with free US shipping with a mid-December shipment estimate. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. It is also eligible for 30 day returns (US and International shoppers).

Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95

More Sennheiser x Massdrop action, also part of their Black Friday festivities, you can have the new condition wired Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95 with the usual 2-year manufacturer warranty and an early December 2021 shipment estimate…

$180 your Sennheiser choice: HD 6XX or HD 560S

It is good to have options! As part of the Black Friday festivities, Massdrop is having a sale on a couple of wired open-back over-ear options for $180 each!

One option is their “own” Sennheiser HD 6XX and the other option is the generally available Sennheiser HD 560S

Or you can buy them both and spend in the rest of 2022 writing comparison posts on reddit and headfi and Zeosfi and such 😉

The HD 560S goes for $180 elsewhere as well, BUT if your Massdrop order total is $250+, you can earn a $20 promotional bonus as part of their Black Friday bonus promotion

Massdrop offers a “make your own deal” offer

For Black Friday, until 11/28/21, Massdrop is having a make your own deal type of an offering by giving out a promotional gift card depending on the purchase amount you make. This has to be on a single transaction and shipping and taxes are EXCLUDED.

For example, if you buy one $50 headphone, one $100 headphone, you pay $20 shipping and $15 tax, the amount the qualifies for the bonus will be $150 (the cost of the two headphones).

The bonus is calculated as follows:

+ Spend $250, get a $20 bonus
+ Spend $500, get a $50 bonus
+ Spent $750, get a $100 bonus

The bonus will be emailed to you on December 1st in 2021 and must needs be spent in a single transaction by January 31 in 2022. The bonus cannot be combined with other discounts per their terms.

Sennheiser HD 8XX Open Over-Ears down to $949

As part of the Black Friday festivities, Massdrop is giving a healthy discount to their Sennheiser co-flagship. That’s right, for a limited time, $949 gets you the new condition wired open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 8XX headphones. This is based on the “HD 800 S” and made in Germany as well.

Massdrop offers 30 day returns (from the day of delivery) for both US and international shoppers. It comes with a 2-year warranty. It is estimated to ship on December 1st (in 2021)…

Massdrop launches …Sennheiser Treasure Hunt

If you like participating in online treasure hunts, Massdrop x Sennheiser are currently running a digital treasure hunt on the Sennheiser website. Various prizes can be found won with the grand prize being a gold HD 820 and matching amp.

Good luck to all? 🙂

Audiophile Week sale at Massdrop (18 options)

If you are a fan of Massdrop or the specific headphones they sell, you are in luck, they are currently running an Audiophile week sale with 18 options. We break them down by product type:

Over Ears
+ 1More Triple Driver open-back for $140
+ Massdrop X Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO for $349
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Closed X for $379
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Open X for $399
+ Massdrop x FOCAL Elex for $549

In-Ears
+ Moondrop KXXX for $152
+ Mangird Tea for $260 (PRO TIP: you can’t make tea with these!)
+ Westone W80-V3 for $750
+ IKKO OH7 for $799

Truly Wireless
+ Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 PRO for $85

DAC/amps
+ Drop + THX AAA One linear amp for $159
+ DarkVoice 336SE OTL amp for $260
+ Drop + THX AAA 789 linear amp for $219
+ XDuoo TA-10R tube DAC/amp in red for $285

Accessories
+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13
+ ADV dual suspension stand for $25
+ ADV dual stand (hanger style) for $35

Massdrop X Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95

Sennheiser gamers of the world, unite and take over! For a limited time, Massdrop is offering the new condition Massdrop X Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset for $95 with free US shipping and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty…

This is a limited time offer, I do not know when it expires…

1More Tripler Driver Closed Over-Ears for $150

They may look like open-back headphones but that’s just the styling. They are actually closed! And they are on offer right now at Massdrop.

“They” are the new condition wired closed-back over-ear 1More Tripler Driver [not to be confused with their more famous in-ear Triple Driver model] for $150 with free US shipping.

This is only available in the gold color scheme. Bling-bling baby!

All sales are final on this offer. No mention of warranty in the listing. This is expected to ship mid-October 2021.

Headphone sale at Massdrop!

Hide your e-wallets because there is a limited time Summer Sale at Massdrop ~ now known as “Drop” but for me, it will always be “Massdrop” 🙂

Among the headphone-alia, they have the following in the “OverOns” category (over-ears, on-ears):

  • Beyerdynamic x DT 1770 GO closed over-ears for $349
  • Massdrop X Focal Elex over-ears for $599
  • Drop + Sennheiser PC38X gaming headset for $139
  • PC37X of above for $95
  • Drop+ HiFiMAN HE-4XX for $159, HE-5XX for $199
  • Drpo+ Koss GRM-54X gaming headset for $29

Then among the earphones they have:

  • Massdrop NuForce Stride bluetooth for $15
  • Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX for $49
  • Massdrop x Noble Luxe for $39
  • Drop+ Master & Dynamic MW07 GO truly wireless for $135

And on the DAC/amp front (but no DAPs):

  • Drop+ THX-AAA 789 linear amplifier for $249
  • Drop O2 + SDAC dac/amp for $129

Koss KPH30i On-Ears for $20 [ends soon]

As of the time of writing, there are less than 24 hours remaining for this decidedly bang for the buck headphone at Massdrop, it is the new condition lightweight open-back Koss KPH30i on-ears going for $20 (from a regular price of $30). It is available in three different color schemes. It comes with the usual Koss limited lifetime warranty.

Orders are estimated to ship in late May 2021, and will get shipped by Massdrop itself.

You can buy as many as you want! Never too early to buy Christmas presents for December 2021 🙂

Sennheiser HD 820 arrives at Massdrop!

Massdrop fans, we have Sennheiser-y news for you! The Sennheiser closed-back flagship, the HD 820 is now available for purchase at the Massdrop website. This is the standard version, it is not a “Massdrop x Sennheiser” co-production.

The price right now is $2000, which is also the price at reputable online dealers such as B&H Photo. The prices at Amazon’s start at $1850 BUT look who’s offering them at $1850. Do you know these retailers? Are they authorized Sennheiser dealers? (SPOILER ALERT: they are not!)

PS: to clarify something in case it’s confusing for those not living and breathing on Amazon. If a product is shipped by Amazon (“fulfilled by Amazon”) but sold by a 3rd-party/marketplace seller, the warranty status of the product is determined by the authorized dealer status of the 3rd-party/marketplace seller. Just because it is shipped by Amazon, there’s no automatic transubstantiation of the warranty status!

Massdrop X E-MU Purpleheart Closed Over-Ears for $75

Knock, On Wood, Baby! If you love wood (no pun intended) in your headphones, you can get the new condition wired closed-back over-ear E-MU Purpleheart headphones in the “Massdrop X” edition at the Massdrop website for $75 with free US shipping and free US returns.

This is an “in-stock drop” or as today’s Massdrop kids like to call it, a “Ready to ship” item, so it will ship quickly. With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the shipping estimate is slightly longer than the usual two business days, as of the time of writing the shipping estimate is January 4 in 2021.

Being a Massdrop collaboration, this comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.

This is the most spartan package ever, you get the headphones and nothing else. The cable is glued-in, so no accessories included 🙂

PS: if the look is familiar, yes, there is a “Fostex the people” connection. Here’s a blast from the past video from Tyll with engineer Chan Ming Tat talking about the creation of the E-MU wood line…

Tin Hifi T4 In-Ears for $70 [MD]

David Bowie’s “Tin Machine” may have inadvertently predicted the rise of “Tin” portable audio with the “tin machine, tin machine, take me anywhere” lyrics 😉

Joking aside, the new condition Tin Hifi T4 in-ears are currently on sale for $70 at the Massdrop website. They come with a stylish brown case and six pairs of eartips (some black, some pink).

The shipping estimate is late January 2021, so this is not for holiday shopping gifts for sure! There’s no mention of warranty in the listing…

JVC HA-FDX1 dual carbon IEMs for $200 [MD]

In the US market, JVC is not synonymous with audiophile headphones but some companies are sometimes fine with just being “Big in Japan”. The accountants of course are never happy with that, so with all this totally unnecessary paragraph we have…

.. the JVC HA-FDX1 dual carbon in-ears now on-offer for $200 with free US shipping and free US returns at the Massdrop website

This is a “Ready to Ship” product (the artist formerly known as “in-stock drops”), so other things equal, it will ship in about two business days from purchase.

You have a 30-day return window but there’s no mention of warranty in the listing.

The kit includes three removable tuning nozzles, a carrying case, and five different sizes of “Spiral Dot+” eartips. And the earphones of course 🙂 And the removable cable of course 🙂

With three tuning nozzles, some can use the division by three trick to justify the purchase. It’s like paying $66.67 per sound signature 🙂

Finally IN-STOCK: Drop + THX Panda for $399

It’s FINALLY in-stock! Ring the online bells! The Drop + THX Panda wireless over-ear closed-back headphones are, as of the time of writing, in-stock at the Massdrop website for $399 with free US shipping [discounted international shipping available] and free US returns, with a 2-year Drop International Warranty.

Better yet, this is estimated to ship in mid-December (based on the blog-posting date; obviously if you read this a week later, the estimated shipping date will be different)…

Optionally you can add a Drop Panda Boom Mic to your order for +$49.

As a quick refresher, this uses planar-ribbon drives, supports LDAC, apt-X HD and Adaptive, AAC, SBC of course [the lowest common bluetooth denominator these days and the ones to be avoided by audiophiles of course], bluetooth 5.0, 10-minute quick charge for 3 hour battery time, 375g weight, IPX 6, USB-C charging [finally the headphone companies are waking up], and carrying case.

Plenty has already been written about it, the internet and forum search buttons are your friends 🙂

Here’s the Drop “Hype video” (about as long as most of today’s hit singles):

Hifiman HE-5XX Planar Magnetics for $220 [MD]

Planar time once again at Massdrop, Deputy Ambassadors of the Planar Republic 🙂

They are currently offering, as an in-stock drop (meaning it ships within a couple of business days from purchase), the new condition open-back over-ear wired Hifiman 5XX planar-magnetics, a Massdrop x Hifiman collaboration, for $220 with free US shipping and free US returns (discounted international shipping as well) with a 1-year manufacturer warranty…

This is the sixth Hifiman x Massdrop collaboration… Optionally you can purchase a 3-year MassDrop extended warranty for +$30. The extended warranty is US only…