Tribit X-Free ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $28

These well-reviewed ANC/bluetooth closed-back over-ear headphones will holding the line over $40 but as of the time of writing, the price has breached the $30 line [not that these are stock prices] and you can get the new condition black color scheme for $28 sold by “Tribit Direct” with the order fulfilled by Amazon. The red color scheme (more like some red in the coloring, it’s mostly black) goes for $30~. You can buy as many as you like.

This is not a lightning deal, so the price can change (or not change) at any time for any reason. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on over 1000 customer reviews and they have over 280 answered questions by almost anyone with internet access [and an Amazon account]…

If you have practical need for the bluetooth/ANC combo, these budget brands that are tearing up the top seller charts at Amazon (along with Cowin, Taotronics, MPow, etc) are a good way to avoid spending a lot of money on non-audiophile products but still solve a pesky real-world problem 😉

Friday: B&O Play H8i ANC/Bluetooth On-Ears for $300

It’s headphone breakfast at the Best Buy daily deals, where one of them is the new condition B&O Play H8i wireless/ANC on-ears going for $300 with free shipping and/or free store pickup in the black color scheme.

It seems that these two “fashion” brands, B&O and B&W are frequently “flyers” at the Best Buy daily deals. Higher profit margin, more flexibility for discounts mayhaps? 🙂

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…

Surprise Massdrop Combo: Sennheiser HD6XX _AND_ Sony WH-1000X M3 for $400 TOTAL

Well this is a surprise and a temptation that may be hard to resist for practical audiophiles. For $400 at the Massdrop website, you get two headphones, the audiophile-loved open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD-6XX, AND the utilitarian Sony WH-1000X M3 closed-back over-ear with bluetooth and ANC.

And better yet, both headphones come with a warranty. The HD-6XX comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, and the Sony WH-1000X M3 comes with a 1-year Sony warranty per the listing over there.

This is a pre-order with two days left to purchase (as of the time of writing of this post). The orders will ship mid-September from Massdrop.

PS: if you only want one of the two, you can always gift or sell or trade the other one. Or you can send it to me LOL 🙂

Monday (EU): Sony and Anker Headphone sale

It is Sony day at the Amazon Germany Gold Box or as the cool kids in Germany like to call it, the Ange Bote 😉 Among the Sony products on sale they have the following headphones on sale for Monday August 19 in 2019:

+ ZX-310 closed on-ears for 15 euro
+ I had this headphone in my to-go bag for a while, I swear this must have been tuned in a moderately busy coffee shop because it sounds very serviceable there but when you listen to it in a quiet place, it sounds quite un-audiophile

+ ZX-330BT bluetooth on-ears for 39 euro

+ MDR-XB950N1 ANC/bluetooth closed over-ears for 90 euro two color options

+ WH-H900N ANC/bluetooth closed over-ears for 160 in three color options
+ yes, Sony has a multi-tier approach for their ANC/bluetooth combos

BUT that’s not all. When you further scroll through the daily deals, there’s also a combo Anker and Soundcore sale. Soundcare is an Anker sub-brand because it sounds more audio-ish than Anker? Anyway, their offerings for Monday:

+ Soundcore Life2 closed bluetooth over-ears for 38 euro

+ Soundcore Spirit X exercise bluetooth earphones for 25 euro
+ Anker SoundBuds slim bluetooth earphones for 21 euro

+ Soundcore Liberty truly wireless earphones for 60 euro
+ mono wireless headset for 12 euro

+ and of course the obligatory handful of portable bluetooth speakers

Sony WH-1000X M3 with 20,000 mAh Power Bank for $298

It’s bundle up time, Focus Camera with the orders fulfilled by Amazon has created a bundle centered on the new condition Sony WH-1000X M3 closed over-ear headphone (with ANC and bluetooth) they are including a 20,000 Phone Energy power bank with it. The price listed is $348 BUT there is a $50 clip-on coupon [you have to be logged on to your Amazon account to clip the coupon to your Amazon account ~ obviously], which brings the price down to $298. This offer is available in either color scheme.

Meanwhile in Europe, there is no power bank bundle, but the standard headphone itself is currently on sale for 288 euro at Amazon Germany where it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 600+ customer reviews and it has over 350 answered questions…

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 amazon.com, 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 🙂

Thursday: Dolby Dimension Wireless Over-Ears for $399

Good until Thursday 7/18/19 at 11:59pm pacific (or earlier if sold out) the headliner deal of the day at the Amazon Gold Box is the new condition Dolby Dimension Wireless headphones going for $399 with free shipping. This is good for all shoppers, the Prime Days are over (although they occasionally feature some Prime-only offers, such as today, where the Echo Connect is offered for for $20 for Prime members)…

Anyway, back to the Dolby, these are bluetooth with ANC, average 4 out of 5 based on 38 customer reviews and they have twice as many answered questions. These are bluetooth 4.2 with support for apt-X low latency (of interest to TV/movie watching), 40mm drivers, two hour recharge and such…

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.

Used Bowers & Wilkins PX ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $178 [Prime Deal]

The new condition Bowers & Wilkins PX closed-back over-ear ANC and bluetooth headphones go for $299+ in new condition BUT if you are a Prime member and you are willing to buy USED, you can get the black color scheme in “Used – Very Good” condition for $178, or in “Used – Like New” for $187~ at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

This too is for Prime members only, it is part of the Warehouse Deals 20% off in-cart promotion that is one of the numerous and hard to keep track of Prime Day offerings

Prime Deal: Bluedio T6 ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $27 [ends Mon 4:20pm ET]

Back to the Amazon USA Prime deals, we have a lighting deal on a headphone running until Monday 4:20pm eastern time (or earlier if sold out) on the new condition Bluedio T6 (Turbine) ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears going for $27 in your choice of three different color schemes. Sale price only available to Prime members…

As of 11:16am ET, the red/black is 48% claimed, the yellow/black is 37% claimed and the black is 58% claimed.

Sony WH-CH700N ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $90 to $100

UPDATE: this headphone is now part of the Prime Deals for $90 in either color but non-Prime members can still get it for $100…

If you are looking for a usable ANC and bluetooth over-ears combo from a name-brand but don’t want to pay the $300 to get the much talked about models, there’s a deal for you too. For just $100 you can get the new condition Sony WH-CH700N ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears. This is sold and shipped by Amazon itself. You can buy up to three pairs at the sale price. Only the black color scheme is on sale.

NOTE: this is not a Prime Day deal ~ all Amazon customers can buy it!

And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of this headphone right here. I did not finish the review for it, but for $100, this is not a bad deal.

Prime Day deal: Microsoft Surface headphone for $190

Everybody it seems is trying their hands at headphones these days, so it was only a matter of time before we got a “Surface” headphone. This typically went for $250 on sale, but if you had been waiting for a sale, you can thank Prime Day 2019, because the new condition model is currently on sale for $190 for Prime members only…

This is trying to compete with the hard-fought $300-ish crew of name-brand closed-back over-ear headphones with ANC and bluetooth. In this case, the bluetooth is version 4.2. This averages 3.8 out of 5 based on nearly 100 customer reviews and it has over 50 answered-questions by viewers like you…

Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT Over-Ears: $86 Used, $95 Renewed

If you want a bluetooth and ANC over-ears combo but don’t want to pay the big bucks to get the $300+ competitors from Bose and Sony and such, and you are of the Sony persuasion, the more affordable WH-CH700N model is currently available for under $100 in two different not-new-condition options:

+ $95 in Renewed condition (another name for refurbished) sold and shipped by seller “Chubbiestech” but Prime members get upgraded to faster Prime-like free shipping. It comes with a 90-day “Amazon Renewed” warranty (it is part of the Amazon “Renewed” program)

+ $86~ in “Used – Very Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals

+ the prices may fluctuate dynamically, so YMMV by the time you read this

And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of said model at our parallel content blog. The PORG you see in the pictures is a “blog pet” ~ it is not included with the headphone 🙂

[DEAD] Thursday: Acer Gaming Headsets ($23 to $45), B&O H9i for $350

These daily deals expired…

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Sony XB950 Extra Bass sale: B1 for $125, N1 for $178

Also part of the previously mentioned Sony Summer Kick-Off sale you can get the following headphones as follows:

  • XB950-B1 “Extra Bass” (bluetooth, closed over-ears) for $125 to $128 in three color options
  • XB950-N1: same as above but with ANC as well, for $178 in two color schemes
  • WI-1000X neckband bluetooth earphones for $186 in black only

Sony WH-CH700N Closed ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $128

The Sony Summer KickOff sale includes another headphone we didn’t mention before, it is the new condition WH-CH700N, a closed-back bluetooth with ANC over-ear model going for $128 with free shipping in your choice of black or blue. Limit up to three per color per customer at the sale price. The sale price is also available at various other participating authorized Sony USA dealers because that’s how a protectionist non-free market works 🙂

It also plays audio via 3.5mm, supports NFC for easier connectivity when there are “air wars”, works with the Sony “Headphones Connect” app, and charges through microUSB. NOTE that there are no touch controls – you have buttons on the earcups for play, pause, etc…

And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of this very model, going for less than half the price of the flagship WH-X1000 Mark III…

PS: the PORG is not included. It is our “blog pet” 🙂

Tribit XFree Tune ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $47.50 AC

One of the headphones that has been trending lately in the budget ANC + bluetooth over-ears category is the Tribit XFree Tune which has a steady price of $50 but for a limited time, Amazon has a 5% off clip-on coupon, dropping it to $47.50. Not a big discount but if you were going to buy it anyway, that extra $2.50 can get you an extra budget cable or adapter or a FLAC song 🙂 The coupon is on the black color scheme of the headphone which averages 4.6 out of 5 based on nearly 750 customer reviews and it has over 200 peer-answered questions.

The headphones promise up to 40 hours listening time on a 580 mAh battery that charges in four hours (so an overnight or during office hours change). But they also have a 3.5mm input. A case that fits the headphones when folded is included [see customer pictures #5 and #6 for the case closed and open] and it comes with an 18-month warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee. Customer picture #15 shows what’s included in the package…

Monday: B&O BeoPlay H8i ANC/BT On-Ears for $300

It’s mayhaps a fashion headphones week (?) at the Best Buy website ~ mayhaps. Their Monday deal of the day are the new condition Beoplay H8i closed-back on-ears with the popular among the masses Wireless (bluetooth) and ANC (active noise cancelling) technologies, going for $300 with free shipping and/or store-pick where possible and available…

PS: the “Complete Your Purchase” at Best Buy has a rather strange propositional combo: this headphone and the B&W PX ANC over-ears and an HDMI cable and an 82″ 2160p UHD TV ^_^

Meanwhile Amazon customer darling Anker is back with another sale at Amazon Germany’s Gold Box which includes various size and capacity power-banks ~ of interest if you want to power your DAPs and PADs and portable DAC/amps on the go or if you prefer not to have a live electricity wire in your bed!

Sunday Daily Deals: $23 Truly Wireless, B&O H9i, Razer Electra V2

It’s headphone day in some of the Sunday 5/12/19 daily deals. First up, there’s two of them at the Best Buy deals du jour, headlined by the new condition Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H9i closed-back over-ear ANC + bluetooth going for $400 with free shipping… Also there, they have the Razer V2 Electra wired gaming headset for $35…

And at Woot Sellout, the new condition AirTaps truly-wireless earphones are on sale for $23 with free shipping for Prime members [you have to connect your Prime account with your Woot account ~ a one-time exercise]. They come with a 90-day woot warranty…

The offers expire at the end of the calendar day (11:59pm) at the local time of each retailer, eg Amazon is Pacific, Woot is Central, etc. Sometimes they may sellout ahead of time, in which case you may not be able to order them…

EU: Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT Over-Ears for 120 euro

This is an organic sale, not part of the daily deals. For a limited time, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition for 120 euro with free shipping in Germany. Limit up to three pairs per customer at the sale price with amazon.de as the seller of record.

This is an ANC and bluetooth closed-back over-ear with a 2-year warranty, It folds, has NFC and apt-X, bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm cable, etc.

I’m not sure what the difference is between the SE (special edition) and the standard edition…

I’m still puzzled how big companies with expensive headphones can’t afford apt-X HD yet budget brands with headphones selling at a fraction of the price can #headphonemysteries

Tue (EU): Libratone, Victure budget DAPs, Klim Fusion

Spring is coming to the Amazon Germany daily deals until APR-15, and the Tuesday round of offers has some headphone sales as well:

+ Libratone Q Adapt ANC/bluetooth on-ears for 109 euro
+ neckband bluetooths for 134 euro
+ Q Adapt ANC earphones (Lightning cable) for 89

+ Victure budget digital audio players (mixed in with action cameras) ranging from 19 to 24 euro; the 19 euro model even comes with basic earbuds

+ Klim Fusion earphones and gaming headsets as part of a larger Klim gaming-theme sale. The earphones go for 15 euro in multiple spring-like colours, while the gaming headsets range from 30 to 52 euro

+ on the PAD side, there’s an Xperia XZ2 sale, the Compact goes for 399 while the XZ2 main goes for 599, with Android 9 available after they got released with 8. Of PAD interest, these are IP68, have a microSD slot, 64GB on-board storage, SnapDragon 845, apt-X HD, bluetooth 5.0, QC 3.0, NFC, USB OTG, USB-C Type 3.1, etc. Note however that they DO NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack…

Tuesday Headphone Deals: Sony WH-1000X M2 for $290, and Gaming Headsets

It’s headphones day in the Tuesday daily deals, starting with the Amazon USA gold-box where there’s a big computer gaming sale that includes the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset going for $70 in two color options, and the Corsair HS70 wireless going for $60… Some of the other deals are audiophile-adjacent (eg storage, fast routers for high-quality streaming, powerful desktops for music processing, and so forth)…

Sony has been trying to break into the upper end of the smartphone market without a lot of success, but they managed to storm into the $300-ish ANC + wireless over-ear headphone category and give BOSE a serious run for its money. We are already at the third generation of this attempt, but if you are okay with the second generation, the new condition WH-1000X M2 closed over-ears with ANC and bluetooth 4.1 with LDAC is on sale for $290 with free shipping for Prime members [or $6 flat for non-members], with a 1-year Sony warranty and up to ten units per customer at the sale price.

PS: note that while LDAC is great, you also need a music source that supports this, otherwise the connection will happen at the highest common denominator protocol…

Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 ANC IEMs for $90 [MD]

An all-expenses-paid vacation to Santa Cruz is NOT included with this latest Massdrop offering 🙂 But what is offered is the new condition Santa Cruz Audio SC1000 IEMs for $90.

These are old-school IEM noise-cancellers in that they have a “black box” at the end of the cable that houses the ANC circuitry which is powered by AAA batteries [a plus for fans of replaceable batteries, especially of fans of rechargeables]. Another unusual thing about them is that SCA does not recommend a full/deep insertion into the ear canal for these.

They are available in your choice of silver or black color scheme in their shopping cart. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. Case, two AAA batteries, eartips and such are included. Orders will ship from Massdrop in mid-April 2019.

Logitech UE-9000 ANC/bluetooth over-ears for $120

A Woot Garage sale running until March 19 (or earlier for many of the products that sell out), you can get the good old Logitech UE 9900 closed-back over-ear bluetooth with ANC headphones for $120 with a 1-year Logitech warranty. Free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat for non-members.

These also play music via 3.5mm audio input. They include a flat-inside solid headphone case which you can easily reuse for other over/on-ear headphones that can fit inside. Limit up to ten units per customer…

PS: “good old” because once upon a time these was among the recommended ANC headphones, especially in the price range. These days there seems to be a battle between Bose and Sony and some models from select other well-known audio/electronics makers. Or something like that. Personally I’m not a big fan of ANC, I prefer to use “in-mind” ANC 🙂

Wedn: used Sony WF-1000X truly wireless for $60

This is a used listing that is backed by a 90-day Woot warranty, running over there, until Wednesday 13-MAR-2019 at 11:59pm central time, you can get in “used – like new” condition the Sony WF-1000X truly wireless earphones for $60 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat calendar-day shipping for non-Prime members. Two color options are available (black or gold).

Thur: Anker Space ANC/BT Over-Ears for $69

The Anker sale has “moved” from the Amazon Germany to the Amazon USA Gold Box and for Thursday they are offering a couple of their Soundcore sub-brand headphones as follows: the Space ANC/BT over-ears goes for $69, while the Spirit X bluetooth sports earphones go for $28…

Wedn: JBL E65BTNC BT/ANC Over-Ears for $90

For a short time, running until 9am ET on Wednesday DEC-19 in 2018, B&H Photo of New York is offering the new condition JBL E65BTNC bluetooth and ANC over-ears (closed-back obviously) headphones for $90 with free shipping. This is bluetooth 4.1. It may feel like an avalanche of these BT/ANC combos, but that’s because of their utilitarian use (phones, tablets, laptops) and fashion/trendiness…

Mon: Sony XB-950N1 ANC/BT Over-ears for $115

More bluetooth action on the Monday daily deals, this time at the Best Buy website where they are offering the new condition Sony Extra Bass XB-950-N1 (bluetooth and ANC closed-back over-ears) going for $115 with free shipping or free store pickup when/where it’s possible or available…

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Wedn (EU): Cowin E7 for 40, PRO for 52 euro [ANC/BT Over-Ears]

Cowin is back in the Wednesday German Amazon Gold Box with the new condition E7 going for 40 euro and the E7 PRO (2018) going for 52 euro in the Cowin sale. These are closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth and they have been popular budget sellers at the USA version of Amazon and are now “invading” Europe…

Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE ANC/BT Over-Ears for $130

Another sale at Amazon, the new condition Special Edition of the Sennheiser HD 4.50 bluetooth/ANC closed over-ears headphones is on sale for $130 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price… For more action, check the latest Amazon Audio deals

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:
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+ 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

Sun: Avantree ANC/BT Over-Ears and $13 Alum Headphone Stand

Sunday too brings headphone offerings at the Amazon US Gold Box deals du jour. This time around it is an Avantree sale featuring three ANC/BT headphones ($31 to $49) and an aluminium headphone stand for under $13. The other two items in the sale page are cellphone holders [potentially DAP holders if the pieces fit].

I promised a long time ago to create more “repurposing” posts but I obviously fell behind. But before that, I have to write up the unboxing post of the lightweight Monoprice on-ears [which are related to the AmazonBasics version, which are bang for the buck options for non-classical].

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)…

Sennheiser PXC-550 ANC/BT for $200

If you prefer Sennheiser’s take on the popular ANC/BT over-ear model, their PXC 550 model is on sale for a limited time for $200 with free shipping with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price at Amazon actual. Being Sennheiser, their ANC is called “NoiseGard”, not to be confused with “NoseGuard” ^_^