In-Stock Now: FOCAL Clear for $1500 [4 left]

Never Fear, Focal Clear is Here! As of the time of writing, there are four units of the new FOCAL CLEAR open-back over-ear headphone at its starting price of $1500 by seller Audio Advice sold through Amazon. This ships directly from Audio Advice (real world B&M A/V stores), but if you are a Prime member, as part of a lesser-known Prime benefit, you still get Prime-like delivery speed for free. You can tell this by paying attention to the listing details:

Or if you can purchase it directly from Audio Advice with free 2-day shipping with FedEx Ground or Express.

In-Stock Now: Sennheiser HD660S for $500

If you are looking for the Sennheiser HD 660S open-back over-ears, they are back in-stock again at their starting price of $500 by a couple of fulfilled by Amazon sellers, “Electronics EXPO” and “World Wide Stereo”. Amazon’s own listing remains “temporarily out of stock”.

In terms of bang for the buck though, if you have the patience for it arrive in a few months, the HD6XX goes for $200 as a Massdrop in-stock drop.

[DEAD] Blue Microphones MIX-FI Powered headphones for $200

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Now shipping: Sennheiser HD 660S for $500 [updated]

The brand new open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 660S is now in-stock and shipping by Electronics EXPO (East Coast Chain) through Amazon. It ships directly from World Wide Stereo and it is not Prime eligible… Amazon’s own listing remains at the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock”…

UPDATE: Electronics EXPO sold out since the original post, but WWS has it as well…

Monoprice MP10 in-ears for $10 w/free shipping

If you want to be among the first to try out new earphones before they get “discovered” by the general population, a new budget earphone is in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website, and it is on sale and with free standard US shipping. It is the new Monoprice MP10 basic earphone, PID 24797. It has a one-button remote, and three pairs of eartips. It has zero customer reviews, thus of interest to the explorers πŸ™‚

Now shipping: Beats Studio 3 ANC/BT Over-Ears with the Apple W1 chip for $350

The latest model in the Beats Studio line of over-ear headphones is the third generation, and the black color scheme of this new model is now in-stock and ready to ship for $350 at Amazon by Amazon actual. The red and blue are in “temporarily out of stock” status, while the white color scheme is not currently available for ordering.

This has been added to our recently re-launched New Headphones Tracker.

Apple is, as expected, “recapturing” the magical $350 price point that is fought in the trenches of shopping centers online and at brick and mortar. Or for almost half the price you can get the new condition second generation.

The claim to fame of the third generation model is that it is using Apple’s W1 chip which layers on top of class 1 bluetooth, offering additional Apple-y benefits to the headphone. The W1 chip is already available in other Beats headphones (Solo 3, AirPods).

Now shipping: Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless for $249

We have another new earphone arrival! It is the black color scheme of the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless, their first foray in the world of “truly wireless”, in-stock now at its opening price of $249 at Amazon by Amazon actual. You can buy as many as you want. The more sporty blue/yellow color scheme is coming next month according to the estimate there.

As more and more of the new models launched around IFA 2017 begin to roll out, the time is right for this new project! I have just began building Version II of the New Headphones Tracker. I am adding headphones to it as we speak. If you want any upcoming models to get tracked, please let me know in the comments!

Now shipping: Sennheiser IE80S for $350

The wait is over! One of the new Sennheiser headphones revealed around IFA 2017 are now in-stock and ready to ship for their starting price of $350, with the built-in “Sennheiser Tax” as usual πŸ™‚

As of the time of writing, they are in-stock at the following retailers:

So as you can see, there are multiple choices available already if you want to be among the first to try them out.

Now shipping: RHA Dacamp L1 for $300

We have a new arrival! The RHA Dacamp L1 is now in-stock and ready to ship for $300 with free shipping at amazon.com, offered at this price by Amazon actual (Prime eligible obviously) and by the RHA Amazon store (not Prime eligible). This has zero customer reviews at the moment. It comes with a 3-year warranty.

The three dials on the dark side of the moon are Gain, Bass and Treble and that whole section is removable with two simple screws:

New and Shipping: portable Fiio BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone DAC/Amp for $100

Fiio has launched a new product and it’s already shipping! It is the new BTR1 bluetooth headphone DAC/amp, all in one portable device, with Bluetooth 4.2 and apt-X support. It has a fashion-y clip as well. I hope that if/when the clip breaks off, it breaks off clean like it did with the good old Sandisk Clip Plus mp3 players πŸ™‚

This has its own mic/remote controls, so it may be one way to “bluetoothize” and “buttonize” your wired un-buttoned earphones/headphones. Note that this is a bluetooth receiver, not a bluetooth transmitter. This is not a DAP, it does not spit out music, it grabs music from your phone or other bluetooth-transmitter playback sources.

As of the time of writing, it is in-stock and shipping for $100 by the Tinbel Store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

Lots of details at the Fiio product page. They also made a 60-second hype video about it, but they mis-typed the named in as “BRT1” in the video [2 to 6 seconds in the video] πŸ™‚

Back In-Stock: RHA CL1 in-ears for $215

It went out of stock for a bit, but as of the time of writing, the new condition RHA CL1 ceramic in-ears are back in-stock and ready to ship for $215~ at Amazon by Amazon actual.

Speaking of monitoring in-stock situations, I am still keeping an eye out on the two clearanced Magni 2 head-amps. I will post updates if/when I spot them in-stock again.

In-Stock and with a small discount: Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 II for $339 in black or silver

More new headphones are now shipping, we are after all in that stage of the season, after we got a boatload of new products during the IFA 2017 announcement season. Speaking of announcements, Google will offciially reveal their Pixels 2 on Wednesday 10/4/17. Hanging in the balance is the fate of the headphone jack for Pixel phones. But let’s not panic too quickly. Apple and Google and HTC have been trying to kill microSD memory cards for many years and they have failed πŸ™‚

Anyway, back to the topic at hand! The brand new Bose Quiet Comfort QC 35 II (second generation) closed-back over-ear headphones with bluetooth and active noise cancelling are in-stock and ready to ship for a small discount, going for $339~ with free shipping by authorized dealer Huppin’s with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get it for free in about two days. Both colors are on sale.

If they run out or if you have gift cards or promotional rewards, they are also in-stock at their regular price of $349 at Adorama in the black color scheme or the silver color scheme which is also in-stock at B&H Photo.

PS: the “truly wireless” Bose SoundSport Free Wireless earphones were announced at the same time as the QC 35 II but it looks like it’s gonna be a few more weeks before they come out, Amazon’s estimate is late November 2017. But keep in mind estimates can change in either direction as time goes by.

Now shipping: Shure SE 112 Bluetooth IEMs for $99 [SE-215-BT1 Coming Next Week]

Among the new IFA 2017 era headphones was Shure’s embrace of bluetooth for their SE-series of wired models. Two new earphones and a bluetooth cable (with MMCX connectors for the wired SE-series) were revealed and already the new SE-112-BT1 earphones are in-stock and shipping for their starting price of $99 at Amazon by Amazon actual.

The bluetooth version of the SE-215 is not that far away, according to Amazon’s estimates the SE-215-BT1 will be in-stock around October 3 for $150 each. They are available in four different colors (clear, blue, white, black). It looks like they are also available at Adorama.

The Shure RMCE-BT1 bluetooth cable for the SE-series of wired earphones (using MMCX connectors) is already shipping for $99 from various marketplace sellers thru Amazon, while Amazon’s own estimate is a nebulous “1 to 4 weeks”.

Now shipping from USA: Fiio Q1 Mark II DSD DAC/amp for $100

We have a mini trilogy of Fiio posts. We start with a new arrival at US shores, shipping from Amazon USA (fulfilled by Amazon), so Prime members can get it in two days or so, instead of a long slow shipping wait and customs kerfuffles.

“It” refers to, in this case, the new condition Fiio Q1 Mark II (second generation) a native DSD portable DAC/amp going for $100 with free shipping, sold by the Fiio store [recently launched on Amazon], with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

This second generation model supports up to DSD 256, and can handle up to 384kHz/32 bit PCM.

The first generation model continues, it is currently going for $70. It does not support DSD and can go up to 96kHz/24-Bit. The first generation averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 110 customer reviews, and has nearly 90 questions answered.

The second generation is so brand new, it doesn’t even have any reviews yet. It was added to the Amazon website just a few days ago.

Now shipping from the USA: Fiio F9 IEMs for $90 to $100

It’s raining new headphones these days. Another new Chifi earphone is shipping, from the USA and fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members can get it in two days or so. It is the new condition Fiio F9 in-ears in the red color scheme, sold by FIIO’s Amazon store, with the order fulfilled by Amazon.

The black color scheme is not yet available. They average 5 out of 5 but only based on four customer reviews.

UPDATE #1: but wait, there’s more! the special edition of the F9, in the red color scheme, with an L-shaped plug, is also shipping fulfilled by Amazon for $90 with free shipping!

UPDATE #2: the black F9 SE (with L-shaped plug) is also in-stock for $90!

So you have a choice. Picture #2 in the product gallery of each one of the above options shows you the shape of the plug (straight vs L-shaped).

Now shipping: Monoprice M300 Planar Earphones for $150

Last week, the Monoprice M565 Planar Over-Ears came in-stock for $200, today, it’s time for the in-ears to be in-stock and ready to ship!

The new condition Monolith M300 Planar Earphones are in-stock and shipping for $150 with free standard US shipping at the Monoprice website!

In-Stock Now: Optoma NuForce BE2 bluetooth earphones for $49

We have another new earphone arrival! In new condition, both the black and white color schemes of the Optoma NuForce BE2 bluetooth earphones are in-stock and ready to ship for $49 with free shipping, sold by NuForce, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, where they average 4.2 out of 5 but based on only seven customer reviews.

These are sweatproof earphones with AAC support for Apple devices. There’s no mention of apt-X in their product description, which suggests they do not support it ~ otherwise they would be advertising it because Qualcomm must have its dues for apt-X πŸ™‚

Speaking of new earphone arrivals, the ceramic RHA CL1 remains on sale for $215~ however it is in the all encompassing “Temporarily out of stock” situation.

In-Stock Now: Sony WH-1000X M2 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $350

The new Sony WH-1000X M2 closed-back over-ear bluetooth with active noise cancellation headphones were announced at IFA 2017 time and now they have began shipping! The black color scheme is in-stock and ready to ship for its starting price of $350 at Amazon by Amazon actual. The white/beige color scheme is estimated to be in-stock later this week.

These support both apt-X HD and Sony’s own LDAC technology. Sony worked with The Google to cook some LDAC into the Oreo recipe, but unlike iOS and Windows, the latest Android OS takes years before it propagates to the majority of users. SAD!

In-Stock Alert: Monoprice M565 Planars for $200

One of the headphones that came with the IFA 2017 wave [sorry, I fell behind, I still have to add a dozen more new headphones to the list] is the new Monoprice M565 planar-magnetics, an open-back set, unlike the open/closed style of the M560.

And these new M565 are now in-stock and ready to ship for $200 plus shipping at the Monoprice website, and for $211 with free shipping by Monoprice thru Amazon (not Prime eligible).

In-Stock and Shipping: RHA CL1 In-Ears for $218

They are finally here! As of the time of writing, the new condition RHA CL1 ceramic in-ears are in-stock and ready to ship for the very specific price of $217.57 at Amazon by Amazon actual. You can buy as many as you want!

Here’s visual evidence to make sure I did not dream it up while getting rick-rolled πŸ˜‰

RHA CL1 Ceramic IEMs back to $250 [shipping estimate 9/21/17]

UPDATE 9/18/17 PM: the price returned to $250, the shipment estimate remains 9/21…

UPDATE 9/18/17 AM: the latest estimate is September 21st…

UPDATE 9/16/17 PM as of this update, the shipping estimate is September 20. Remember though, estimates are just that, and they change as the clock ticks…

UPDATE 9/11/17 AM the price of the RHA CL1 Ceramic IEMs dropped to $217~. The shipping estimate is currently the all-encompassing “temporarily out of stock”…

ORIGINAL POST
Teaware is not the only thing that loves ceramics. RHA does too! Mayhaps the Scottish connection of tea and earphones? πŸ™‚ That’s a question for the RHA engineers, in the meantime, their new CL1 ceramic earphones are about to start shipping!

The current in-stock estimate at amazon.com is September 10 (2017), with a starting price of $250, sold and shipped by Amazon actual.

UPDATE: Jack pointed out in the comments that there’s a big difference in price. This was announced at IFA 2016, a whole year ago for $450, which is the price at the RHA website as well.

Amazon just recently added it to their website for $250. Price error? Newer model? Price drop? Amazon volume buy? Production and material costs went down?

I will post another update if I find the answer or find someone who knows the answer…

Now shipping: Klipsch R6 II In-Ears

The parade of new headphones never stops! The brand new Klipsch R6 II in-ears, in the black color schemes, with those Klipsch-y oval tips, are now in-stock and ready to ship for $59 with free shipping at amazon.com.

These are so new they have no customer reviews, and no questions answered. As the name suggests, these are a follow-up to the R6 line which has a variety of models of different kind under this brand.

Now shipping: HiFiMan SUSVARA Open-Back Planar Magnetic Flagships

They are now in-stock! The new used car priced HiFiMan SUSVARA Open-Back Planar Magnetic flagship headphones are in-stock and shipping for $6000 at authorized Hifiman dealers including their own eBay store and adorama.com and a couple of Prime-eligible recognizable dealers through Amazon.

Needless to say, if you are reading this far, you know where to look for reviews and comparisons and commentary. Or you can use the $6000 to buy 600+ pairs of the VE Monks πŸ™‚

New IEM Arrival: Focal Sphear S for $129

We have a new arrival! The Focal Sphear S in-ears that were previously announced, focal’s follow-up to the “Sphear” are now in-stock and shipping for $129 by multiple authorized dealers as follows:

+ OneCall.com (aka Huppin’s)

+ various at Amazon

+ authorized eBay sellers: HiDef Lifestyle and Redfli (Indiana)

Focal is now riding high(er) in the headphone world thanks to the hype train generated by the Elear and Utopia duo. Their entry into headphones had been a rather timid approach at the $300-ish price range, but their second wave went high (Utopia, Elear) and low (affordable models) in terms of pricing.

In-Stock NOW: Grado PS2000e Flagship Headphones

Flagship mania 2017 continues! The new Grado PS2000e flagship headphones are now in-stock and ready to ship to your ears for $2695 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo. B&H is an authorized dealer and on top of that, they are not that far away from where Grado makes their headphones. So the headphones won’t have to “travel” far to get to their store. New York squared!

In-Stock Again: Apple AirPods for $160

The Apple Airpods have been rather hard to find. If you need them from a reliable retailer, they are currently in-stock and shipping for $160 by Verizon Wireless with a limit of two units per customer. Anyone can buy these, you don’t need Verizon phone service πŸ™‚

Now shipping: Focal Listen Wireless Over-Ears for $299

FOCAL expanded their consumer headphone line-up last month with more over-ears and earphones. The more expensive model of this batch is the Focal Listen Wireless Over-Ears, and said model is now in-stock and shipping for $299 by HifiDef Lifestyle thru Amazon, with more retailers coming up in a few days/weeks.

Now shipping: Audio Technica ATH-DSR9BT with Pure Digital Drive for $549

UPDATE: Blog-post title correction: the price is $549, not $600!

The Audio Technica ATH-DSR9BT that generated some buzz at CES 2017 thanks to its semi-mysterious β€œPure Digital Drive” technology has now began shipping at its starting price of $549 by a couple of recognizable sellers, “Audio Advice” and “Electronics Expo”, both fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in about two days.

Amazon’s own listing is a nebulous “Usually ships within 1 to 2 months”. This headphone is a Bluetooth 4.2 with support for aptX HD, aptX, AAC and SBC codecs.

Now shipping: Audio Technica ATH-DSR7BT with Pure Digital Drive for $299

The twin of ATH-DSR9BT is the $299 ATH-DSR7BT, and this too has began shipping for $299 from a couple of fulfilled by Amazon sellers, “Electronics Expo” and “Wasabi Japan”.

Amazon’s own listing is a rather ambiguous “Temporarily out of stock”. These too support aptX HD, aptX, AAC and SBC codecs.

Now shipping: MEE Audio M7 PRO IEMs

The MEE M6 PRO earphones have gotten MEE Audio (formerly MEE Electronics) some good reviews in the $50 price range (the Clear color scheme is currently on sale for $42.50), so of course the next logical step in the world of audio is to produce a higher-end model πŸ™‚

Which brings us to the new MEE Audio M7 earphone, a hybrid dual driver IEM, in-stock and ready to ship for $150 from the MEE Audio Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping if a member.

Its reviews are shared with the M6, so you have to drill down in the review settings to find its reviews. As of the time of writing, this model has zero reviews.

In-Stock Now: Hifiman RE 2000 IEMs for $2000

If you remember the model number, you can remember the price, and vice versa πŸ™‚ IEM prices too are jumping on the wallet-busting bandwagon of over-ear headphones, and the new Hifiman RE 2000 earphones are now in-stock and shipping from the Hifiman store through Amazon for $2000 with free shipping. They are not Prime eligible. They ship from Illinois.

For this price, you can buy forty (40) pairs of the Hifiman RE 400 series earphones ~ all variations of those continue to be on sale ~ find them under the Earphones section of the Latest Deals Summary.

Now shipping: new Focal Spark Wired and Wireless Earphones

Focal is back with two new double-figure earphones as part of their new more fashion-y “Spark” line. One is wired, the other is wireless (bluetooth), covering both preferences. Both have 3-button in-wire remote controls, the wired for phone control, and the wireless for bluetooth controls.

And they are already in-stock and shipping from a handful of different recognizable sellers at Amazon. The Spark Wired go for $69 in either black or silver color schemes, while the Spark Wireless go for $99 in the same color combinations.

Or if you prefer to shop away from Amazon, all four combinations are in-stock at authorized dealer OneCall.com, which is the online website of B&M A/V retailer Huppin’s, not far from Final Four heartbroken darlings, the ZAGS! πŸ™‚

In-stock: Apple AirPods for $159

The new Apple Airpods are currently in-stock and ready to ship for $159 at the AT&T online store. They are only available online, not at their B&M stores per their website. They are hard to find in-stock because Apple πŸ™‚

In-Stock Now: Denon AH-D7200

The brand new wood-favoring Denon AH-D7200 over-ear headphones are currently in-stock and ready to ship for $999 with free shipping by seller HiDef Lifestyle through Amazon.com. It ships directly from HiDef and it is not Prime eligible. HiDef is a B&M A/V dealer with an online presence. As of the time of writing there are two units available.

Now shipping: Shure RMCE-LTG Lightning Cable for SE series

It took a while for this to finally begin rolling out, but it’s out now, in-stock and ready to ship, the Shure RMCE-LTG lightning cable for the Shure SE earphone series, going for $100 with free expedited shipping by New York’s finest B&H Photo.