New Arrivals: Monolith Electrostatic Headphone System

The Monoprice Monolith headphone party continues with a new open-back electrostatic headphone system, now in-stock for $699 plus shipping. This comes with a portable headphone amplifier. Audio comes in (to the amp) from a 3.5mm audio input and goes out to the headphones through the electrostatic headphone jack. Annotated screenshot of the areas of interest of the portable headphone amp below:

Now (FINALLY) shipping: Monolith Portable HeadAmp + DAC with THX AAA

Wallets, open wide! Here comes THX! One of the CES 2018 [yes, that’s almost a year ago] products offered at the Monoprice Big Bang then is now ___finally___ shipping! It is the new condition Monolith Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology, PID 24460, going for $280 plus shipping. Come on Monoprice, at least give it free shipping after 10 months of waiting 🙂

Digital inputs are of the micro-USB and 3.5mm optical kind, while the analog input is a standard 3.5mm. The 3.5mm is shared between optical and analogue Line IN. Lots of details and a couple of charts at the aforelinked page. There’s also a sub-1MB PDF user manual linked to there that is 22 pages long. There we learn that the volume knob is also a power button, a convenient way to save up on having yet another button ~ as long as it doesn’t accidentally turn on while in your bag.

PS: PID is the Product ID, a unique identifier given to every Monoprice product. The larger the number, the more recently it has been added to their website’s database.

PS2: the Monolith line-up at Monoprice has expanded so much so that they have created an audiophile-magazine splashy-ad type of a website to highlight all the products. There’s a total of eight Monolith branded headphones now. Guess the names before looking and win fabulous (virtual) prizes ^_^

Now shipping: Monolith Liquid Platinum HeadAmp by Cavalli

One more headphone-related product is now in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website. It is the new condition Monolith Liquid Platinum Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli, PID 33305, going for $700 plus shipping. The number of new products at Monoprice has increased so much so that this is in the 33,000s. The good old 8323 closed over-ears were merely in the 8000s…

Now shipping: FOCAL’s first closed-back audiophile

FOCAL made a handful of consumer closed-back headphones but not an audiophile-targeting headphone until the release of the “Elegia”. This new black-silver over-ear model is now in-stock and shipping by various well-known audio-sellers that are fulfilled by Amazon including OneCall, ListenUP, HiDef Lifestyle, etc.

I do not know if there are any plans for a Massdrop variant of this…

Speaking of FOCAL, they were the focus of episode #3 of the relatively new post-Tyll Innerfidelity podcast, talking with Nicolas Debard of the french maker. You can listen to it on all your favorite podcasting apps and sites, such as Stitcher which also offers a web widget:

There is discussion of their approach to headphones and also how it relates to their loudspeaker philosophy. These and more!

Now shipping: Monoprice HR-5 (Open or Closed options)

Monoprice continues to roll out new products, and among them are two new headphones under the HR-5 model. One pair is open-back, the other pair is closed-back. They sell for $70 each and they are, as of the time of writing, in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website… These are wired with removable earpads (two pairs included), along with a case [see picture #4 in their gallery over there] and … I know little and less about these, so be sure to check your favorite audiophoolia websites and forums for more details…

UPDATE: thanks to Allan in the comments for pointing out this Head=Fi thread that discusses these headphones!

In-Stock: Audeze LCD2 Closed for $899

It is not hard to lose track of the various Audeze headphones as they have similar names and variations on a theme. One of their latest models is the LCD2 Closed-Back planar over-ears and as of the time of writing, five units of these are in-stock and shipping for their starting price of $899 by World Wide Stereo (WWS), through Amazon. Prime members get them with Prime-like delivery speed even though they ship directly from WWS.

Now shipping: the Monoprice M600 and M650 Open-Back headphones for $130 and $150

It’s the Attack of the Name Clones and they are now in-stock and ready to ship! The Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 650 are two of the most influential open-back headphones in the history of audiophoolia, so of course Monoprice “had to have” two open-back headphones with the 600 and 650 numbers 🙂 I haven’t seen or heard thee new Monoprice headphones, so check reviews and forums and such for more details…

But if you have already researched them, or you are ready to boldly go and give them a try, the new open-back M600 headphones are in-stock for $130, while the open-back M650 headphones are in-stock for $150. They get free standard US shipping which is a plus since Monoprice does not have predictable free shipping like Amazon or Best Buy.

Just like Sennheiser itself undercut the HD 600 and HD 650 with the Massdrop-exclusive HD 6XX, Monoprice is now undercutting the HD 6XX with their M600 and M650 duo.

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.

A Feast of Trade-Offs: the new Koss Porta Pro Wireless (BT 4.1, apt-X) for $75 [MD] or $80 NOW!

Good news, bad news! If you wished there was a bluetooth version of the legendary Koss Porta PROs, we have both! A brand new wireless (bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X) version is now available for purchase at Massdrop. The bad news is that it goes for $75. Up to three headphones per customer. The drop is limited to US (free shipping) and Canada.

Seven more units need to get purchased before this offer unlocks. The drop ends Sunday night. It will ship in late May 2018 and it comes with just a 1-year warranty, not the legendary Koss limited lifetime warranty.

This is a feast of trade-offs and silver linings… A hard case is included. No NFC.

However, if you don’t want to wait for Massdrop, for $5 more you can get them from KOSS fulfilled by Amazon. $80 wiht free shipping ~ free 2-day shipping for Prime members. Two days is faster than late May 2018 🙂 Amazon does not have a limit, you can buy as many as you want.

Now shipping: Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier for $500 [or $400 USED]

We already mentioned that the Klipsch Heritage HP3 headphones are shipping, but they are not alone! The Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier is also in-stock and shipping for $500 by HiDef Lifestyle through Amazon. It ships directly from HiDef and it is not Prime eligible.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable buying used from individuals and/or haggling on price using the eBay “Best Offer” system, a 100% eBay seller is offering it in USED – Excellent Condition for $399 plus shipping which is the USPS Priority Mail rate ($7.25).

eBay “Best Offer” is enabled, so you can try to get a lower price using the eBay “negotiating” system:

$7 shipping (essentially charging whatever USPS charging) is very reasonable. Unlike this eBay idiot charging $295 (!!!) for shipping.

PS: if you are not in a hurry to receive it, you can pre-order it in new condition for $499 at Adorama

Now shipping: Focal Listen Professional for $299

The “red Professional” we are seeing with the Focal Clear is also available for the Focal Listen. The new Focal Listen Professional closed-back over-ears are currently in-stock and shipping for $299 by ProAudioStar through Amazon. They ship directly from the ProAudioStar (Brooklyn) and they are not Prime eligible.

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

Now shipping: Jabra Elite 65t Truly Wireless [corrected]

An update of the Headphone Tracker has another new headphone shipping, it is the Jabra Elite Sport 65t Truly wireless going for $170 by Amazon actual.

CORRECTION: I got the model names mixed up yesterday. The one that WAS on sale at Best Buy for $150 was a different and older model. All apologies for the confusion. Confusion is my superpower it seems 🙂

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…

Now shipping: Monoprice Monolith USB DAC/amp for $100

Well, well, well! An update of our Headphone Tracker [bookmark that!] has good news for Monoprice DAC/amp hunters! The first of the four new DAC/amps they revealed at CES 2018 is now in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website. It is not eligible for the Monday coupon

And the DAC/amp that is in-stock is… *drum roll* … the new condition Monoprice portable USB DAC/amp, model/product number 29512, for $100 with free standard US shipping… It supports up to DSD 256, and has an internal (obviously) 32-bit 384 kHz ESS Sabre DAC, with a Savitech SA9227 USB controller, and comes with a 1-year warranty and 30-day satisfaction guarantee.

Now Prime shipping: MEE Audio M6 PRO (2nd Gen) IEMs

An update of the Headphone Tracker finds that both colors of the new condition second generation MEE Audio M6 PRO in-ears are now in-stock and fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible) for their starting price of $50. They are sold by the MEE Audio Amazon store.

Now shipping: the new Sony MDR-1A M2 Closed Over-Ears

An update of the New Headphones Tracker has another in-stock alert for one of the headphones revealed at CES 2018. It is the follow-up to the Sony MDR-1A, the confusingly named Sony MDR-1AM2 (which makes more sense when you break it into MDR-1A M2), going for $298 with free shipping, its starting price at B&H Photo and by Focus Camera through Amazon (not Prime eligible). Amazon own listing remains as “temporarily out of stock” which could mean anything in terms of delivery date…

These are closed-back over-ears, wired, no bluetooth, no ANC, no NFC, no touch controls, just a “real” headphone 🙂

Now shipping: 5ft Monolith Oxygen Free Copper Braided Headphone Cable 3.5mm and Dual 2.5mm TRS

Monoprice cable arrival alert! Their brand new 5 foot Monolith Oxygen Free Copper Braided Headphone Cable 3.5mm and Dual 2.5mm TRS is now in-stock and shipping for $30 plus shipping! This just came in-stock. They are designed to work with the Monolith M1060* and M56* planar headphones (and anything else that fits).

The MMCX dual connectors model continues to be out of stock.

Speaking of Monoprice, they have their 3ft USB-C to microUSB cable on sale for $0.77 in the white color scheme and other colors for slightly more. The 6 inch and 6 foot models are also sale in a similar price range. Shipping is extra.

And on the headphone front, the new condition Sonic Solace ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears is on sale for $50 plus shipping.

MEE M6 PRO 2nd Gen now shipping in Smoke

An update of our headphone tracker reveals that the smoke color scheme of the second generation MEE Audio M6 PRO in-ears is also in-stock and shipping at its starting price of $50 from the MEE Audio store thru Amazon (not Prime eligible but get free shipping from MEE).

Now shipping: the new Sony CH-series of Bluetooth Over/On-Ears

Revealed during Sony’s CES 2018 new product launches, the trio of Sony CH-series headphones are now in-stock and shipping at various dealers as follows:

The closed-back over-ears Sony WH-CH700N is the “leader” of this CH-series with both bluetooth and ANC and NFC [why NFC in headphones?] and 3.5mm playback, and it is going for $198 with free shipping in the black color scheme by World Wide Stereo through Amazon.

The “second in command” is the Sony WH-CH500 Stamina Wireless, a closed on-ear model, going for $78 by DataVision thru Amazon. These do not support 3.5mm playback, no ANC, but they have NFC.

Last and probably least of the trio is the WH-CH400 bluetooth on-ears, going for $58 and available in four different color schemes by various thru Amazon. Just like the one above, no ANC, no 3.5mm audio, but they have NFC.

All these have been added to our New Headphones Tracker

PS: the model names are a pain to type. Marketing teams need to learn that product names and numbers need to flow! Easier to name, easier to buy!

PS2: the WH-CH700N should not be confused with the WH-H900N which is a different line and it is on sale for $230 for Costco members.

Now shipping: 1More Triple Driver Over-Ears for $250

We have another new headphone arrival after updating our good old Headphone Tracker [BOOKMARK THIS!], it is the new 1More Triple Driver closed-back over-ear headphones, in-stock and shipping at their starting price of $250 by 1More with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

It looks like there’s only one unit available, because the shopping cart won’t let you buy more than one, and the main price area says “1 Left”.

Now shipping: MEE Audio M6 PRO 2nd Gen for $50 w/FS

If you want to be among the first to get this, and don’t want to wait for it to become Prime eligible, MEE Audio is selling directly on Amazon their brand new second generation M6 PRO In-Ears for their starting price of $50 with free shipping in the smokey color scheme… For other newly released headphones, check our Headphone Tracker

Finally: Sennheiser HD 660 S shipping from Amazon actual

If you like to buy your headphones from Amazon actual (not marketplace sellers), the time has come! The new condition open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 660 S are _finally_ in-stock and shipping from Amazon actual for their starting price of $500 with free Prime shipping.

Now shipping: Fiio Q5 for $345 with free shipping

If you can’t wait to get the new Fiio Q5, we have good news! Two recognizable sellers at Amazon have it in-stock for $345 with free shipping by “ProStudio Sound & Music”, or $350 plus $5 flat shipping by the “Tinbel Store”. Both ships directly from the sellers and they are not Prime eligible. This is a device with lots of features, read up on it on the interwebs if curious.

Speaking of Fiio, their A5 portable headphone-amp is available in “Used – Like New” condition for $110 with free shipping by K&M Camera through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from K&M and it is not Prime eligible.

Now shipping: Anker Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless (Bluetooth 5.0)

The update of the Headphone Tracker has surfaced another new release, one of the first Bluetooth 5.0 earphones out there, it is a truly wireless model, the Anker Zolo Liberty+, available in either black or white, for $150 with free shipping by Anker fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime shipping for members.

Now shipping: the new B&O Play H8i and H9i headphones

I just updated the New Headphones Tracker and we have good news for fans and early adopters of the new B&O Play H-series headphones. Both color schemes of each of the new H8i and H9i are in-stock and ready to ship at their starting price of $399 and $499 respectively at Amazon by Amazon actual. This is the B&O Play H8i listing and this is the B&O Play H9i listing. Each listing has both colors on it.

These were announced at CES 2018 and they are charged by USB-C, not microUSB, so a plus if prefer the new way of things. The H9i is over-ears, while the H8i is on-ears. Both have ANC and bluetooth, and “Transparency mode” which lets you listen in to the “real world”.

Now shipping: Monoprice MMCX cable for $15 + S&H

No magic cables here. Just $15! The Monoprice MMCX cable that was revealed at CES 2018 is now in-stock and ready to ship at the Monoprice website for $15 plus shipping. The lowest shipping is around $2.50, or you can purchase it together with other items that qualify for free shipping and they may “absorb” its shipping fee.

You can keep track of all the new arrivals in two ways:

+ our New Headphones Tracker, and

+ new audio gear shipping alerts here at this website

Now shipping: both of Monoprice’s New Closed-Back Planars: the M565C for $230 and the M1060C for $330

Hide your wallets if you are a fan of brand new closed-back planar-magnetic headphones. Both of Monoprice’s new Monolith closed planar-magnetic over-ears are now in-stock and shipping from the Monorice website, and they come with free standard US shipping. They are:

+ the Monoprice M1060C for $330

+ the Monoprice M565C for $230

For all the action, check the New Headphones Tracker

In-Stock Now: Sennheiser CX 6.00 BT In-Ears for $100

I just updated the Headphone Tracker which tries to keep track of some of the most interesting releases of new headphones revealed at CES 2018 and the biggest update this time is that the new Sennheiser CX 6.00 Bluetooth In-Ears are now in-stock and shipping for their starting price of $100 by a couple of recognizable audio sellers (Electronics EXPO and Audio46) through Amazon. They ship directly from those two sellers, and they are not Prime eligible.

Now shipping: JLab Epic Sports bluetooth earphones

Another one of the new CES 2018 headphones is now in-stock and ready to ship! In either the black or the blue color schemes, you can get the new condition JLab Epic Sports exercise bluetooth (4.2, apt-X) earphones for $100 with free shipping, sold by the JLab Audio Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in two days or so.

As usual with new releases, these are for the early adopters, the “brand fans” and the reviewers. If you don’t need/want them right away, it’s smarter to wait for a few weeks to read more reviews and see whether there’s any discounting.

You can get a summary of the Stock Situation of some of the new CES 2018 headphones at our just updated Headphone Tracker …tracking post 🙂

In-Stock Now: Moshi Avanti AIR Bluetooth On-Ears

I am also updating the Headphone Tracker with some of the more interesting or serious NEW headphones from CES 2018 and during this update, one of these new models is now in-stock and shipping, of early adopter and reviewer interest perhaps, it is the new condition Moshi Avanti AIR bluetooth on-ears going for $300 with free shipping, sold by the official Moshi Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon

This Moshi video shows it from various angles…

Now shipping: Audeze iSine LX Planar In-Ears for $199

One of the new CES 2018 earphones is already in-stock! The brand new Audeze iSine LX planar-magnetic in-ears is in-stock and shipping from the Audeze Amazon store for $199 with free shipping, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

This brings Audeze closer in price to the Monoprice “homage” that is the M300 which goes for $150 in new condition, or for $100 as open box.

In-Stock Now: Sennheiser HDV 820 DAC/amp for $2400

CES 2018 is here and we have began rounding up the new headphones at CES 2018 in our annual customary mega-post. It is short now but if you check the previous CES years, you will notice that they balloon to the point of unreadability 🙂

The closed-back HD 820 headphones are the star of Sennheiser’s announcement and the subjects of a long wait until the early summer for release. Coming along with them, but already in-stock and shipping at various retailers is the HDV 820 DAC and headphone amplifier. Both have a price of $2400. The HDV 820 Headphone Amplifier is already in-stock and shipping by various at Amazon and B&H Photo and the official Sennheiser USA store and Hifi Heaven and World Wide Stereo, the last two being their eBay stores.

Now shipping: Tascam TH-03 for $25 w/free S&H

The Tascam TH-02 found themselves in some budget headphone recommendation lists and as it happens most of the time, a new model has arrived, it is the Tascam TH-03 (first time I’ve heard about it) and it is now in-stock and shipping for $25 with free shipping by Focus Camera directly or fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible), sold by aSavings, which is an online persona for Focus Camera.

It is marketed as a studio headphone, and indeed there are no consumer-y frills and accessories. You just get the 1/4″ adaptor. No mic/remote. Screenshot from Amazon listing below:

Monoprice MP80 BA/Dynamic In-Ears (with three tuning nozzles) for $59 w/FS

The Monoprice party continues, this time with a brand new in-ear release, so new it has zero customer reviews at the moment at their website!

It is the new condition MP80 BA + Dynamic Driver IEMs are on sale for $70 with free standard US shipping. But wait, there’s more! You can use coupon code ENJOY and get 15% off, making this a $59.50 with free shipping. The coupon expires Christmas night (12/25/17 PM).

That’s the thing with Monoprice coupons, some of the time (but not most of the time) they also work on sale items, so you have to check/test every time if you want to get the lowest price available at the moment of purchase 🙂

It comes with three tuning nozzles that alter the sound signature. The three options per the product description follow the patterns of bright, sub-bassy and neutral-ish (“deliver a more accurate frequency response”). They have close-up pictures of the tuning nozzles [screenshot below]:

Accessories are a leather storage pouch, a cord clip, and silicone eartips.

This could make for an interesting and more complicated review for the boldly-going early-adopters as you would essentially be reviewing three different earphones in terms of sound signature.

And that’s before you go wild and mix different tuning nozzles on each ear! I said “boldly going” 🙂