[DEAD] Open-box Philips SHP9500S for $30 after coupon

UPDATE 10/19/17 at 9am ET: This is out of stock again… The coupon expires at 11:59pm pacific on today, so there is still a glimmer of hope it might return before it expires…

Just in the nick of time, the open-box Philips SHP-9500S open-back over-ear headphones are back in-stock at NewEgg and eligible for the 20% off coupon code 71012PBS054 (that’s the coupon code)! The price before the coupon is $38, and it drops to $30~ after coupon. Free shipping! The coupon expires 10/18/17.

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Open-Box Philips SHP-9500S has a 20% off coupon BUT it is out of stock and CANNOT be ordered

It’s a race against time for the open-box Philips SHP-9500S open-back over-ear headphones at NewEgg. They have a 20% off promo code on them, with promo code 71012PBS054 which ends 10/18/17.

HOWEVER, the headphones are out of stock and cannot be ordered as of the time of writing.

So the race against time is this: can they bring them back in-stock before the coupon expires??? I am monitoring the situation and will post updates if I notice it in-stock…

We have here a text and pictures unboxing of the SHP-9500S. I am planning to use this as a guinea pig for the long-form review format, but I have to find time and brainpower to do so 🙂

To cut a long story short though, the SHP-9500S is a great value for its price, but it’s nowhere near as good as its hype 🙂

Screenshot of the offer to make sure I did not dream it 🙂

Open-Box Audeze LCD-3 (Z&L) for $1249

If you are comfortable with open-box headphones that come with the full warranty, then that’s a way to save some money. Adorama at the moment has these open-box headphones available:

Open-Box FOCAL Elear for $550 with coupon

During the RMAF 2017 festivities, up high in the Rockies, FOCAL showed their new CLEAR (yes, that’s the name) audiophile headphone that sits between the ELEAR and the UTOPIA and is priced at $1500. There are a couple of videos on it posted the last few hours on The YouTube.

If the CLEAR price is not …cleared by your Spouse/CFO but you still want FOCAL audiophile headphones, there is an alternative. The FOCAL Elear are available in open-box condition for $550 with coupon code OCTOBER17 at Adorama.com. The price before you enter the coupon code is $999.

If you are not familiar with how their website works, step by step instructions after the break…

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Philips SHP-9500S for $50 [open-box sold out]

The Philips SHP-9500S and its predecessor the SHP-9500 generated a lot of hype, much of it deserved, however, as it is often the case with hype, it went out of control, and the echo chamber of gurus and recommendation waves made it even worse. Still for the price, it’s a pretty good value, just don’t expect it to be better than every single open-back headphone out there 🙂

As of a 10/8/17 recheck, the in open box condition for $38 is currently sold out and cannot be ordered.

As of the same recheck, the new condition continues to be available for $50 with free shipping.

Both listings are sold and shipped by NewEgg actual, not iffy marketplace sellers.

We have a useful text and pictures unboxing. A review is coming later on, hopefully before the “Winds of Winter” is published 😉

Open-box Focal Spark Wireless IEMs for $75

While the FOCAL four-figures audiophiles are wondering and wandering about the miracles of wonders of the new FOCAL CLEAR that is allegedly going to be priced somewhere between the ELEAR ($1000) and the UTOPIA ($4000) according to the HeadFi CanJam RMAF 2017 Preview Show [YouTube embedded below, the Focal Clear is the first headphone teased], we have a discount on the Focal Spark bluetooth earphones.

Both colors are available in open-box condition by authorized dealer HiDef Lifestyle, offering them for $75 with free shipping (instead of their $100 new condition authorized dealer price) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This link shows the lowest price by color. Click on “See all offers for this product” next to the color’s name to see the expanded listings per color.

They average 3.4 out of 5 based on a lucky 13 customer reviews at Amazon.

Open-box Focal Spark bluetooth earphones for $79

The Focal Spark bluetooth earphones go for $99 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want to get your Focal fix for less, they are available in open-box condition (“Used – Like New”) with all conditions and inspected by the seller, authorized dealer “Listen UP” of Colorado, selling it thru Amazon. This ships directly from LISTEN UP and it is not Prime eligible.

Open-box Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier for $799

The Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier is currently available open-box condition (“Used – Like New”) for $799 with free shipping from authorized dealer Gramophone (in Maryland) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from Gramophone in Maryland. The new condition price is $1000.

[DEAD] Open Box AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC/Amp for $178

As of 8/24/17 PM recheck, this is no longer available at this price/condition…

The red AudioQuest DragonFly (different colors are different models) USB DAC/amp is stubborn at its $200 price, but occasionally you can find it at a small discount used, such as this open-box condition “Used – Like New” listing going for $178 with free shipping by Butterfly Photo through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Butterfly (butterflies NOT included) and it is not Prime eligible.

Open-Box BeatsX bluetooth earphones for $80

The Beats X bluetooth earphones are available in “New – Hassle Free” condition, or open-box or brown-box or whatever you wanna call it: you get the earphones and original accessories but not in the retail packaging. Instead they will come in a brown box or a white box or bulk packaging. This condition means a discount, you pay $80 with free shipping at Tech Rabbit.

Tech Rabbit offers a 30-day return policy and a 1-year warranty covered by them (not the manufacturer). Only the black color scheme is currently in-stock.

[DEAD] Open-box Hifiman RE600S for $49

As of 8/24/17 recheck, this is not available as used at the price…

The Hifiman RE600S V2 is the latest model, and it goes for $129 in new condition. If you prefer the first generation, or a much lower price, the first generation model is available in “Used – Like New” open-box condition from authorized dealer “Electronics Expo” for $49~ with free shipping by Electronics Expo (EE) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from EE, and it is not Prime eligible.

[DEAD] Used HiFiMan RE-400 In-Ears for $30

As of 8/16/17 recheck, the $30 option sold out. The lowest used price is currently $39…

The HiFiMan RE-400 In-Ears go for $49 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are comfortable with used earphones, they are available in “Used – Like New” condition for $30 by a marketplace seller fulfilled by Amazon, and for $39 in open-box condition from authorized dealer, both listings through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

[DEAD] Open-box Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $450

This sold out in open-box condition…

The Chord Mojo has been successful enough that its new condition price is steady at $500 and its used prices are not ventured much further down. So if you want to save some and you are comfortable with open-box from authorized dealers, Maryland’s Gramophone is offering it in “Used – Like New” Open-box condition with full warranty for $449 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Gramophone and it is not Prime eligible. The new condition price is $500.

PS: as usual, when shopping at Amazon Warehouse Deals, make sure you pay close attention to who the actual seller of each listing is. There are some “Just Launched” and low feedback sellers that are very high risk. Unfortunately Amazon has yet to find a way to automatically purge them forever.

Open-box Blue Ella Planars w/full warranty for $590

The Blue Ella planar-magnetic headphones go for $700 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some, yet still get the full manufacturer warranty, you can get them in open-box condition from OneCall, an authorized and respected A/V dealer, for $590 with free shipping.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable with used, and you don’t need the warranty, they have now dropped to $456~ in “Used – Very Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. It is good to have choices 🙂

Open-box Philips SHP-9500S for $42 w/free S&H

If you don’t want to wait for future sale on the Philips SHP-9500S open-back over-ear headphones, they are back in-stock in open-box condition for $42 with free shipping by NewEgg actual. From what I recall, the open-box went as low as $35 or so, so if you don’t need to get this right away, you can wait for the next sale.

If you are curious about this headphone, we have a text and pictures unboxing post. I am planning to use this headphone as a guinea pig for my “long form review” format. In the future 🙂

In the meantime, METAL571 just posted a 12-minute video review of this headphone, which you can also find YouTube-embedded below.

[DEAD] Open box Philips SHP9500S for $40 with free S&H

As of 6/26/17 recheck, this is sold-out and cannot be ordered (until more inventory becomes available)…

The open-back over-ear Philips SHP9500S are also available once again in open-box condition for $40 with free shipping at NewEgg by NewEgg actual.

I have posted an unboxing post on these. I am planning to use these as the guinea pig for my long-form multi-page format review experiment 🙂

Open box Fiio A3 portable head-amp for $49

The Fiio A3 portable headphone amp is currently available in Open Box condition (Used – Like New, full warranty) for $49 with free shipping by Maryland’s Gramohpone through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Graomphone and is not Prime eligible. A few other options are available in similar prices depending on the color.

[DEAD] Open-box Meridian Explorer2 DAC for $149

As of 5/24/17 recheck, this is no longer available…

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[DEAD] Open-box 32GB iPod Touch (6th Gen) for $160 after coupon

This eBay coupon ended, but they seem to bring similar ones out every few weeks…

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[DEAD] Open-box Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $449

The Mojo hype train is still strong. As of a 5/9/17 AM re-check, this used option got scooped up…

The Chord Mojo goes for $500 at the moment in new condition, but if you want to save some, you can get it in “Used – Like New” Open-Box condition from authorized dealer Gramophone (Maryland) through Amazon Warehouse Daels for $449 with free shipping (not Prime eligible). Their particular listing says this comes with a full warranty.

Open-box Philips DJ PRO headphones: A1 for $31, A5 for $89

If you are interested in the Philips A-series PRO DJ headphones, they are currently on sale in open-box condition at NewEgg by NewEgg actual as follows:

+ open-box A1 PRO / 27 for $31 with free shipping (limit one per customer)

+ open-box A5 PRO for $89 with free shipping (limit two per customer)

Open box Phiaton MS300 BA earphones for $49

The Phiaton MS300 BA earphones are offered in open-box condition by NewEgg actual with a limit of one unit per customer. NewEgg does not guarantee the inclusion of any accessories with open-box purchases.

If you prefer new condition, it goes for $65~ by Amazon actual where it only has one review. Or it goes for $60 shipping directly from Electronics Expo.

Open-box Pioneer XDP-100R DAP for $279

The Pioneer XDP-100R is offered in open-box “Used – Like New” condition for $279~ with free shipping by Electronics Expo through Amazon Warehouse Deals in either the black color scheme or the silver color scheme. These ship directly from Electronics Expo. They also have a “fulfilled by Amazon” option that costs $20 more. Both come in original box with original accessories. The DAP averages 4 out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Thursday: 32GB iPod Touch (sixth gen) for $225 (many colors)

These Thursday daily deals expired…

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TEAC P90 DAP: open-box for $259 or new-condition for $353

If you are comfortable taking a chance on open-box eBay items, eBay seller “Tony’s AV” (99.6%, Southern California) is offering the open-box TEAC HP-90 DAP in the black color scheme, for $259 with free shipping. There is only one unit available in black, and two available in the red color scheme.

If you prefer new condition with full manufacturer warranty, you can get this from World Wide Stereo on eBay for $353~ with free shipping when you enter coupon code C20SPRING until Monday night.

PS: the open-box for $259 is NOT eligible for the coupon. I discovered it while price-checking the new condition that is eligible for the coupon.

PS2: there is a $10 overlay screen-protector for this that is Prime-eligible at Amazon. This is obviously a clear screen protector, they show the red DAP in the picture.

[DEAD] Open-Box Astell & Kern AK380 DAP for $2872

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Open-box Chord Mojo for $450

With the HUGO 2 revealed at CES 2017, the prices are finally dripping down for the Chord Mojo, it is currently available in “Used – Like New” Open-Box condition for $450 with free shipping by authorized dealer Gramophone of Maryland sold through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Gromophone, so it is not Prime eligible.

Used supplies are limited, so it may be gone by the time you read this post. It cannot be updated automatically.

Open box Hifiman HE560 planars for $499

The Hifiman HE560 planar magnetics are available in open-box “Used – Like New” condition from authorized dealer Gramophone of Maryland through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Make sure you pay attention to the actual seller. The lowest $300-ish price is by a “contact before order” scammer.

Open-box Focal Classic Closed Over-Ears for $180

With the launch of the Focal Elear and Utopia, the previous Focal headphones are getting a second look. One of which is the closed-back over-ear Focal Classic which goes for $200 in new condition, but if you want to save some more, you can get it in open-box “Used – Like New” condition for $180 with free shipping by HiDef Lifestyle (B&M store, authorized dealers) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This is not Prime eligible.

In-stock again: Philips SHP9500S for $55(New) [updated]

The “S” version of the open-back over-ear Philips SHP9500, aka the “SHP9500S” is back in-stock at NewEgg but not at the previous sale prices that caused it to sell-out. The new condition goes for $55 (WAS $60; was as low as $50 before).

As of 1/20/17 recheck, the open-box is sold out again… while the open box goes for $44 (WAS $48; was as low as $38 before). If you don’t need it right away, you can always wait for those prices to return.

Prices updated here on 1/20/17…

[SOLD OUT] Open-box Philips SHP9500S for $38 w/free S&H

As of 12/25/16 recheck, this sold out… You can satisfy your Philips SHP-9500S hype-train curiosity without breaking the bank! NewEgg has them in open-box condition for $38 with free shipping. These are sold and shipped by NewEgg actual. You can buy as many as you like (the page does not say “limit X” per customer).

NOTE: this is the newer “S” model, the final S is not plural, it’s the model name, SHP-9500S 🙂

MF Coupons: 17% off orders of $99+, or 10% off Open Box

Musician’s Friend launched a couple of new coupons that cover a variety of their products. Many of their headphones live under the “Pro Audio” category. I will price-check various models later on on a time-permitting basis, but in the meantime, here are the coupons:

+ 17% off orders of $99+ with coupon HOLIDAY until 12/16/16. Some exclusions apply. Maximum discount received with the coupon is $500.

+ 10% off Open Box Gear with coupon code OPEN10 until 12/9/16

[DEAD] Open-box Audioengine D3 portable DAC/amp for $109

This is no longer available at this price… Authorized dealer Gramophone of Maryland (Gary Williams NOT included) is offering the portable little Audioengine D3 DAC/amp in open-box (“Used – Like New”) condition with full warranty for $109 with free shipping at Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Gramophone and it is not Prime eligible.

Sol Republic Master Tracks Over-Ears for $60 (Open Box or Refurbished)

The SOL Republic Master Tracks Over-Ear closed-back headphones are available for $60 with free shipping at two different retailers in slightly different conditions but both get a 90-day warranty. You can get them in open-box condition at Tanga.com, or you can get them in certified refurbished condition by Tech Union with the order fulfilled by Amazon.

Philips SHP 9500 for $58 [or Open-Box for $47] w/free S&H

While we are riding the Philips hype train, also good until around 3am ET on Tuesday is the new condition Philips SHP9500 open-back over-ear going for $58 with free shipping with a limit of 20 units per customer. No coupons/rebates needed, it’s a straight up sale, a rarity at NewEgg these days :)… UPDATE: this offered for the same price by NewEgg’s eBay store.

But wait, there’s an alternative! If you are comfortable with open-box, you can get it in open-box condition for $47 with free shipping and handling.