Hifiman HE-560 V4 Planar Over-Ears for $269

More action at Adorama, as part of their limited time audio sales they are offering the new condition Hifiman HE-560 V4 Planar Over-Ears for $269 with free US shipping and handling…

Check with your favorite audiophile-audiophool websites and forums and YouTubes to sort out the various Hifiman options and versions and issues. It’s at least one full-time job 🙂

For more deals, check Adorama’s 240+ audio products on sale including headphones and their accessories… I will be going through these and posting more deals, but I can’t go through them all on the spot – I wish I was a 16-core AI bot ~ instead I’m a birdbrain with a Celeron brain-CPU 🙂

Audeze iSine 10 Planar Earphones for $119 (B-Stock)

If you don’t mind buying “beef stock” (okay, B-Stock) headphones, for a limited time, Adorama is offering in B-Stock the Audeze iSine 10 planar earphones for $119 with free US shipping…

I’ll leave it to the forums to debate the minutia of categorizing these. Clip-Ons? In-Ears? Or just use the umbrella term Earphones like I just did? 🙂

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…

DARKVOICE 336SE OTL headphone amp for $200 [MD]

Among the Cyber Monday promotions at Massdrop there’s an OTL headphone amp, the new condition DARKVOICE 336SE OTL going for $200 with your choice of 110V or 220V. This will ship in early January 2021, so keep that mind if you are looking for holiday season gifts. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

Speaking of Massdrop, they have a Gaming Value Meal of the non-edible kind. If you start with the Drop ENTR mechanical keyboard page and from there you add the Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset, and proceed to the shopping cart their total price will drop from $180 ($90 each) to $150. A combined purchase discount. No coupon is needed, this happens automatically during this limited time promotion…

Another one of their offers if you are interested in Mr Dan Clark Audio (DCA) ear-speakers (ha!). They are offering the new condition Drop + DCA AEON open X headphones of the V-Planar magnetic kind for $450 with free US shipping and free US returns. This is an in-stock drop, it will ship in a couple of business days… Optionally you can add a 3-year Drop extended warranty for +$40…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $120

If you’ve been planar-curious but haven’t taken the jump in yet, here’s a lower risk price! Massdrop has dropped the price of the new condition wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetics to $120 with free US shipping and free US returns with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. My Oh My! These will ship in early December 2020.

You have an option to add a 3-year Drop warranty with accidental coverage for +$20, US buyers only. Normally I avoid optional $warranties$, but this is Hifiman 🙂 They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 1414 customer reviews over there, but do take a look at the 1-star reviews, thus mayhaps the $20 3-year Drop warranty is not a bad idea?

Audeze iSine 20 Planar In-Ears for $229

Good until Friday 11/27/20 at 10am eastern time (or before that if it sells out), as one of their deals du jour, Adorama is offering the new condition Audeze iSine 20 planar in-ears for $229 with free US shipping and handling. You also earn 1% store rewards on the purchase (to be used in future purchases)…

This is B-stock but per the listing it still comes with a 3-year Audeze warranty…

Monolith Black Friday sale at Monoprice

Monoprice’s Monolith high-end audio brand is having its Black Friday sale as well. This includes speakers and subwoofers, but when you further page down over there you will find their headphone offerings. A total of eight products are on offer, five headphones and three DAC/amps!

Planar Open-Back Over Ears
+ M570 for $200
+ M1070 for $300
+ M1570 for $400
+ staircase prices in full octaves 🙂

Earphones
+ M350 planar earphones for $90
+ M-TWE truly-wireless for $100

DAC/amps
+ Monolith USB DAC for $70
+ Monolith THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier for $330
+ Monolith Liquid Platinum Balanced Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli for $400

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $160

Massdrop is back with more Black Friday 2020 offers, headlined by the new condition Hifiman HE-4XX planar-magnetic open-back over-ear wired headphones going for $160 with free US shipping and free returns. International shipping is discounted but not free. It comes with a 1-year warranty but optionally those in the US can add for an extra $20 a 3-year Massdrop warranty with accidental coverage.

This is not an in-stock drop. Shipping is estimated to begin in early December 2020.

Seven Days Left: Hifiman HE-5XX Planars for $220

One of the Hype Headphones du jour at the moment is the open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-5XX planar-magnetic headphones and their listing at Massdrop has seven more days [as of the time of writing of this blog-post] before they begin shipping. They are currently in pre-order status. If you want to be among the first to have them on your non-planar head, you have seven days to decide!

They currently go for $220 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shoppers get discounted shipping and they have a 30-day return option, but the shipping cost on the return is on the shopper, not on Massdrop.

They come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. They are, as the name hints at, based on the Hifiman HE-500 series…

Hype, Hype, Hype!!! 😉

Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Open Over-Ears drop to $160

If you want to try out this “planar type” which has shown to have staying power, for a limited time Massdrop has dropped the price of the open-back over-ear HifiMan HE-4XX planars to $160 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shipping is discounted but not free (depending on location, situation, COVIDalia, etc)…

Also for a limited time, an open over-ear but dynamic headphone is on sale at Massdrop, the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are going for $150 with free US shipping and returns.

Both of these headphones are in-stock and ready to ship. Their current shipping estimate is around two business days from ordering time. No long waits for them to be made by the Audiophool Elves and Dwarves under the Magical Mystical Audio Mountain 😉

Monoprice Headphone Sale includes Planars and DACs

Monoprice continues to march on with their headphone products and as such, they are having a limited-time headphone and earphone sale that features a soccer team [= eleven] products as follows:

+ Closed-Back Planar Magnetics: M565C for $175, M1060C for $270

+ Modern Retro closed over-ears for $23
+ may remind you heavily of Samson/Superlux 🙂
+ I have here a text and pictures unboxing of their semi-open cousin 🙂

+ Quintet (2 dynamic, 3 BA) wired in-ears for $50

+ two truly-wireless ($60 each) and two bluetooth over-ears ($34 and $60 each)

+ Monolith portable headphone DAC/amp with THX AAA for $270

+ Monolith balanced headphone amp for $375

+ Monolith desktop balanced DAC/amp for $450

And that’s it 🙂

Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed V-Planar Over-Ears for $750

Massdrop is back with another Xclusive offering, this time around their co-operation is with Mr Speakers (aka Dan Clark Audio), and for $750 with free US shipping you can get the new condition closed-back over-ear DROP + MRSPEAKERS ETHER CX headphones which are not just planar but “accordion” V-planars!

They come with a 2-year warranty and being an “in-stock drop”, it ships within a couple of business days after purchase. It’s not one of those long-shipping offers…

Optionally in the shopping cart you can buy it together Drop + THX AAA™ 789 Linear Amplifier for a $25 off combined purchase discount, making the THX a +$375 on your order total (instead of +$400 if purchased separately)…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Open Over-Ears for $145 [MD]

IF you are planar curious but don’t want to break the bank, Massdrop is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-4XX open over-ears for $145 with free US shipping and free US returns with a 1-year manufacturer warranty [since this product is in partnership with Hifiman).

This is an in-stock drop, so it will ship in about a business day after your purchase. Your credit card will be charged about two hours after your purchase.

A 3-year “Warranty and Accidental Coverage” is offered for an additional +$20 for US addresses. Given Hifiman’s reliability woes, this may not be a bad idea. Check the MD comments and your favorite audiophool audiophile forums for more on this…

Hifiman Edition XX Planars (Massdrop) for $500

The Massdrop action continues with the new condition Massdrop X Hifiman Edition< XX/a> planar magnetic headphones offered for a limited time for $500 with free US shipping and a 1-year manufacturer warranty with this being an “X” product…

For more action, check the other Massdrop Cyber Week offers

Dekoni Blue Fostex Planar Semi-Open Over-Ears for $180 [MD]

Fostex the People! The Massdrop offer on the new condition Fostex Dekoni Blue planar magnetics for $180 with free US shipping is nearing the end of this cycle at Massdrop. This is yet another variant of the good old Fostex T50RP Mark III, a fookin’ legend in Flea Bottom at HeadFi’s Landing 😉 The package includes an extra set of earpads, so you get one set of hybrids and one set of velour.

The orders will ship in mid-September 2019 from the vendor. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

As a refresher, the Fostex T50RP-III and subsequently this variant are semi-open headphones…

Monoprice Summer Clearance with FREE US shipping: Protein Leather Pads for $10, M600 Open Over-Ears for $60, Monolith Tube amp for $280, Electrostatic Headphone + Amp for $350, Etc

The Monoprice Overstock sale has some potentially interesting offerings for headphone fans as well. A total of seven options show when you filter for headphones including:

+ Memory Foam Protein Leather earpads for $10

+ MP20 in-ears for $12

+ M600 open-back dynamic over-ears for $60

+ M1060 planar open over-ears for $250

+ monster-sized Monolith Tube amplifier for $280

+ Electrostatic headphone with dedicated amplifier for $350

+ the M300 planar earphones go for $100 [corrected typo] which was their previous price

+ find them all in the Headphones Clearance page

All the items mentioned above come with free US standard shipping during this promotion. No coupon is needed. When the free shipping offer ends, it will simply stop being mentioned at the individual Monoprice product pages.

Monoprice M1060 Open Over-Ear Planars for $220 after coupon

It’s a sale and a coupon promotion! For a limited time, coupon code 17M1060 drops the price of the new condition open-back over-ear Monolith M1060 planar magnetic headphones from $243 to $220 at the Monoprice website. The coupon expires on 7/21/19. Limit two redemptions per customer during this promotion… The headphones average 4.5 out of 5 based on 200+ customer reviews over there…

Hifiman Ananda Open Over-Ear planars for $849

We haven’t turned into a Hifiman blog 🙂 It’s just that when you start price-checking one store or manufacturer, other models tend to come up, and if there are notable price differences and/or offers, then the posts keep on coming…

In this case, the new condition open-back over-ear planar-magnetic Hifiman Ananda headphones are available in new condition for $849 and in “Used – Like New” for $799 by marketplace seller “Hifi Heaven” through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

This ships directly from Hifi Heaven and it is free shipping but not Prime eligible. Hifi Heaven is a B&M A/V store in Wisconsin (think Green Bay Packers) and authorized Hifiman dealers

Used Hifiman HE-560 Planar Open Over-Ears for $319

Amazon Warehouse Deals dive time now, where we find the Hifiman Amazon store offering the “Used – Like New” Hifiman HE-560 planar-magnetic open over-ear headphones for $319 with free shipping. This ships directly from Hifiman’s store and it is not Prime eligible. Per the info in the listing over there, this is the “2.5mm plug version”…

Here’s a written-on screenshot of the aforementioned offering:

ALTERNATELY, there are plenty of used listings of these at Adorama

NOTE: if you are not familiar with the Hifiman Reliability Saga, be sure to check the various audio forums and blogs as they appear to have higher than average breakage rate, so keep that in mind if making a purchase…

Hifiman Sundara Open Planars for 314 euro or $350 USD

If you are not afraid of the Hifiman built quality [check blogs and forums for details] their Sundara planar-magnetic open-back over-ear are currently on sale as follows:

+ 314~ euro at Amazon Germany (limit one per customer, fulfilled by Amazon, sold by marketplace seller “Projekt Akustik”)

+ $350 by various at amazon.com (the USA original Amazon)

As far as trans-atlantic purchases are concerned, do make sure you factor in shipping and customs and waiting and such…

Pre-order new Fostex T-XO II planars for $180

Planar continues to be all the rage these days and if you are on the planar steam train and patience is one of your virtues, Massdrop is launching a new headphone (an “In the Works” product) and accepting pre-orders for $180, it is the Fostex T-XO II planar magnetic headphones. The $180 price is good until July 18 in 2019. After that, the price will climb to $220 which is its “regular” price.

One thing of note with this headphone is that it is tuneable in two different ways: it includes two sets of damping foam and two sets of earpads, so you have four theoretical combinations to experiment with. Make sure you have a notebook standing by 🙂

That part about patience being a virtue? I was not joking! The shipping estimate for this is March 2020, that’s EIGHT months from the blog-posting date 🙂

Monolith audio sale including planars, open-back & electrostatics

For a limited time only, the Monoprice website is having a Monolith Audio sale featuring a variety of their latest products including:

+ Monolith Electrostatic system: headphone with its side-kick amplifier for $630

+ M1060 open-back planars for $270, M1060C closed for $300

+ M565 open-back planars for $180

+ M300 planar earphones (it’s very hard to call them in-ears) for $100

+ open-back over-ear non-planar M600 for $70+

+ various amps, also Turntable for $200, and of course various cables

Pre-order Hifiman HE 4XX planars for $180 [MD]

Planar time! If you are tempted by the Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetic headphones, Massdrop is currently accepting pre-orders for $180 with free US shipping. Over 12,000 units have been sold so far during their Massdrop run per their stats over there.

NOTE that these are pre-orders ~ the shipment estimate for this set is mid-July 2019, so patience is a planar virtue 🙂

Since they are a co-operation between the two companies, they come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty, which, given some recent Hifiman reliability history, it is a big plus…

Monoprice M300 Planar Earphones for $100 w/FS

Monoprice is having another quarterly sale (yes, the first calendar quarter of 2019 is about to end) and as part of said sale you can get the new condition M300 Planar Earphones for $100 with free standard US shipping. Limit up to twenty per customer at the sale price…

Dekoni Blue (by Fostex) Planars for $190 [MD]

Planet Planar continues to expand with newer options, one of which is now fully unlocked at the members-only BUT free-to-join Massdrop webite. It is the new condition Dekoni Blue (by Fostex) semi-open over-ear planar-magnetic headphones, based on the good old Fostex T50RP Mark III.

The price is $190; orders will ship in late March 2019 from the vendor. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing. The drop runs for the next four days and change [from blog-posting date that is]…

Monoprice weekend Audio sale

Monoprice is taking audio more seriously these days [compared to their early days of 8323 and seashell earphone glory], and they have launched another 2-day Audio sale that includes a handful of Monolith products including some of their planar magnetic headphones: M1060 for $230, M1060C for $250, a quarter of amplifier, the Monolith Turntable for $200, various ANC/BT headphones on sale, along with a handful of earphones and such… In parallel, they also have a Home Theater sale

Monoprice M1060C Closed Planars for $250

Monoprice is offering nearly 500 items in their Cyber Week deals and one of those is the new condition closed-back over-ear planar-magnetic Monolith M1060C headphones for $250 with free standard US shipping. Limit up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price.

Monoprice M1060 Planar Magnetics for $200 w/FS

One more Monoprice offering as they are being quite aggressive with their BF 2018 offerings. It’s planar time! The new condition open-back over-ear M1060 planar-magnetics are on sale for a limited time for $200 with free US shipping. This is one of their doorbuster deals…

Hifiman HE-560 V2 Planars for $250 [or $166 Used]

It’s doorbuster time at Adorama! For a limited time, they are offering the planar magnetic open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-560 V2 headphones for $250 with free shipping… Note that these are the V2, not the first generation… Or you can go used for $166 in “Fair” condition…

Monoprice M1060C Closed Planar Headphones for $250

This is an old fashioned sale, no coupon code or minimum purchase required to get these deals at Monoprice:

+ closed-back over-ear M1060C planar-magnetic headphones for $250 with free standard US shipping
+ UPDATE: offer ends 11/6/18

+ Monoprice 25 Watt Stereo Hybrid Tube Amplifier with Bluetooth for $100 with free US shipping

+ Monoprice Deep Blue 10 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for $20 with free US S&H

+ Monoprice 4-Channel Speaker Selector for $15 plus shipping

UPDATE
I forgot to mention these in the original post, more action:

+ Monoprice Neckband Wireless Bluetooth Earphones with Retractable Earbuds for $35 with free US shipping

+ Brushed Aluminum Desk Headphone Stand for the very specific price of $9.74 plus shipping; up to 20 per customer at the sale price; no volume discount because they are already on sale;

New at Massdrop (Thursday 9am ET): Hifiman Edition XX Open planars for $600

UPDATE: the shipping estimate has been revealed, it is the end of May 2019, that’s almost seven months from now, so patience is a virtue even for the patient ^_^

Massdrop strikes again! The date of interest this time is Thursday November 1st at 9am eastern! At that very point in time, after the Halloween festivities are over, they will launch a brand new custom co-brand headphone, the Hifiman Edition XX, an open-back planar-magnetic over-ear headphone. The verbiage at Massdrop says that at 20 ohm, an amplifier is not required, it can be driven from a laptop or portable media player. But what about the Sandisk Clip Plus? 🙂

The price is revealed in the listing, it will be $600 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. It will come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty which makes sense since it is a Hifiman x Massdrop co-operation.

The big unknown that will be revealed tomorrow is the shipping estimate. This is a new product, so I’m guessing don’t expect it to arrive in 2018 🙂

Hifiman HE-560 V3 Planar Over-Ears for $299

Hifiman trade-offs return. The company has an above average issue with physical problems of their headphones, so if you are not already aware of that, be sure to read up on it before making a decision on this offering…

For a limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-560 V3 planar-magnetic open headphones for the special price of $299 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout. They come with a 1-year limited warranty…

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.

Tuesday only: 20% off at Monoprice includes Monolith M565* and M1060* headphones

Good news Monolith headphone fans! The brand new coupon code MAY29 gets you 20% off many things at the Monoprice website and this time around the coupon works on their latest Monolith planar-magnetic headphones:

+ M565 open-back drops to $136
+ M565C closed-back drops to $184
+ M1060 open-back drops to $216
+ M1060C closed-back drops to $267
+ SonicSolance ANC/BT drops to $43~
+ the four Monoliths mentioned above get free standard US shipping
+ find them all at the the Monoprice sale page or use their universal search box to locate products of interest

The M300 planar earphones drop from $150 to $120 but that’s not their lowest price. Sometimes they go on sale for $130, so when they are on sale, and eligible for the 20% off coupon, they drop to $104~. So if you don’t need them right away, wait for the next time the sale-and-coupon stars align 🙂 The open-box version is down to $100 but they are not coupon-eligible.

The open-box M560 is eligible for the coupon but it is out of stock so it cannot be ordered. This is for reference in case it comes in-stock later today or in future coupons that work in this fashion.

The coupon expires on Tuesday 5/29/18 at 11:59pm pacific time. No minimum purchase amount is required for the use of this coupon…