Fri: Sony XB-950-N1 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $113

The Friday Amazon Gold Box includes a headphone sale of a known brand, it is the new condition Sony XB-950-N1 closed-back over-ear wireless (bluetooth) with ANC set going for $113 with free shipping. Amazon actual offers one pair per customer but other marketplace sellers appear to have price-matched it, so if you need more, you can get additional pairs from them…

Wedn (EU): Sony Audio sale: ZX330-BT, PS-HX500, Etc

Amazon Germany is picking up momentum once again in their Gold Box deals and for Wednesday November 14 in 2018 they are offering among others a Sony Audio sale that includes among others:

+ MDR-ZX330 bluetooth closed-back on-ears for 45 euro

+ PS-HX500 turntable for 270 euro

+ CMT-X3CD micro system for 100 euro [AC powered], party speaker, car audio and more!

PS: also part of the Gold Box, if you want to feed your DAPs and PADs, there is a Samsung EVO Select U3 sale with memory cards ranging from 32GB to 256GB and prices ranging from 11 to 75 euro. The 128GB option is the bang for the euro-buck option…

Used Sony MDR-1A Closed Over-Ears for 92 euro

UPDATE: as of 10/22/18 recheck, the price increased to around 92 euro for the silver color-scheme in the same condition. The other color is slightly more…

And now off to Germany we go, where the closed-back over-ear (previous generation) Sony MDR-1A is offered in multiple listings and in various conditions starting at around 87 euro in “Used – Good condition” by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual, with prices rising to 92~ euro in “Used – Very Good”, and 97~ in “Used – Like New” on the fifth page of the results.

Strategically, given all these listings, one can play the waiting game and see how low the Amazon price computers will drop their prices given all the pages and pages of listings.

Used Sony XP550 AP Extra Bass for $20

If you want to try the Sony Extra Bass line without breaking the bank, you can go the way of the used, as as of the time of writing, Amazon Warehouse Deals has the black color scheme of the 2017 model of the XB550 AP Extra Bass for under $20 in “Used – Very Good” condition with free shipping for Prime members. Make sure AWD itself is the seller [or any other sellers you recognize]… Of the other color schemes, the blue is available for $22~ BUT it is only in “Used – Acceptable” condition, so that’s a higher risk…

Used Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT for $90

If you are a fond of used, and bluetooth and ANC, the Sony WH-CH700N headphone is available at the moment in “Used – Very Good” condition for the very specific price of $89.50 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself (AWD). Make sure AWD is the actual seller, and not the iffy sellers over there…

We have a text and pictures un-boxing of this very headphone… The PORG is NOT included 🙂

Sony XB-950 B1 Bluetooth Over-Ears for $100

Like a choir, authorized Sony USA dealers have currently dropped the prices of the new condition Sony XB 950 B1 headphones to $100, such as Best Buy and Amazon itself. This is a closed-back over-ear headphone with bluetooth (hence the “B” in its name) but not ANC.

Phones as DAPs: Sony XZ1 Compact for $370 [LDAC]

If you like a more compact Android phone as your “Phone as DAP” (PAD), and you prefer new condition and factory unlocked with a previous-generation flagship Snapdragon, and you like your PAD to support LDAC, the new condition “Sony XZ1 Compact” is on sale for $370 with free shipping by Amazon actual in the black color scheme with up to four per customer at the sale price. This is an old fashioned sale, not a lightning deal.

It supports LDAC, has a Snapdragon 835, 4.6″ display (yes, under 5 inches!), 4GB RAM, 32GB on-board, GSM, Android Oreo, USB-C charging, QC 3.0, AND a headphone jack!

Sony MDR-1000X with $50 Netflix GC for $298

For a limited time, BuyDIG is bundling a $50 Netflix gift card when you purchase the new condition Sony WH-1000X M2 closed-back over-ear ANC with bluetooth headphones for $298 with free shipping. There’s no coupon code to enter, the bundle is offered as you see it on the website over there while this promotion runs.

PS: the Netflix gift cards can be used by new or current Netflix customers. You just add it to your Netflix account, and future monthly fees are first taken from the gift card and once it is depleted it begins charging your credit/debit card again.

Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT Over-Ears drop to $148

As you can see at our Headphone Tracker the new condition Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT over-ears came out of the gate at $200 but they now have their first notable discount, they are going for $150 (actually $148) at authorized dealers in their two color schemes such as Adorama’s website

Refurbished Sony XB950-N1 ANC/BT “Extra Bass” Over-Ears for $70 w/FS

If you don’t want to wait for future sales and you are comfortable with manufacturer refurbished headphones, the Sony MDR 950 N1 “Extra Bass” closed-back over-ear headphones with both bluetooth and ANC (active noise cancelling) for $70 with free shipping by Secondipity thru eBAY with a maximum of five pairs per customer. They come with a refurbished-item warranty and 30 day returns too.

[DEAD] Sony MDR-XB950 B1 “Extra Bass” Bluetooth Closed Over-Ear for $90

As it is often the case with these cyclical manufacturer-initiated type of sales, this expired again, but will no doubt return in the future…

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[DEAD] Sunday Daily Deals: Sony MDR-1A for $150, M&D MH03 On-Ears for $150, Etc

Sunday’s gone and so are its daily deals…

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[DEAD] Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed Over-Ears down to $212

As of 4/17/18 AM, this sale ended again…

While the first generation Sony MDR-1A closed-back over-ears are on sale for $150 as one of the Sunday Daily Deals, the second generation model, the MDR-1AM2 is also on sale, going for $212 with free shipping by DataVision thru Amazon but it is not Prime eligible. Its starting price was $300.

Sony NW-WS625B Bluetooth Earphones w/built-in Walkman DAP for $115

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s both! It’s none! The new condition Sony NW-WS625B is an exercise priority device. It is a bluetooth exercise hard-wire earphone and also an mp3 player. It has 16GB of built-in storage that can play FLAC, mp3, linear PCM, WMA and AAC (the non-DRM kinds). It also has bluetooth, can connect via NFC, and has an Ambient mode. It’s a small device, so everything eats power (eg Bluetooth playback only gives you four hours). It has a quick charge mode, minutes give you 60 minutes, handy if you are going for a run or a workout [you can charge it in the car before arriving at the gym].

And this critter is on sale for a limited time for $115 with free shipping at Focus Camera’s eBay store with a maximum of three per customer.

It has no customer ratings on eBay, but it averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 210+ customer reviews at amazon.com. This critter promises a lot but check the reviews to see what it delivers – 18% of the customer reviews are 1-stars, a sign that you must needs read up on it before buying! [I know nothing about it]

Sony MDRXB70BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $48 w/FS

More eBay action, this time we move to Focus Camera who is offering the new condition Sony MDRXB70BT neckband bluetooth earphones for $48 with free shipping wiht a maximum of three pairs per customer at hte sale price. This is in the black color scheme, or as Sony likes to call it, “/B”. At least they don’t call it “-K” like Panasonic 🙂

[DEAD] Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed Over-Ear drop to $231

Party’s over, as of a 4/2/18 AM recheck, the price is back to $298…

It didn’t take long for the first sizable discount. This too surfaced while updating our New Headphone Tracker, the new condition closed-back wired over-ear Sony MDR-1AM2 headphones are down from $298 to $231~ with free shipping by DataVision thru Amazon. This ships directly from Data Vision and it is not Prime eligible.

PS: DataVision is an authorized Sony retailer per the Sony master list…

New at Woot Plus: Sony MDR-222KD Kids for $7 and more

The Woot Plus headphone sale (longer running, not a daily deal) added a handful of new condition headphones since our last mention:

+ Sony MDR-222KD kids headphones for $7

+ Sennheiser OCX 686i Sports earphones for $60

+ Tenergy T20 Bluetooth IPX7 exercise earphones for $17

+ Klipsch Image S4i in-ears for $25
+ we have here a text and pictures unboxing of the Klipsch S4A II

Speaking of Klipsch, Adorama is offering for a limited time the new condition Klipsch R-26PF 260W Powered Floor standing Bluetooth Speaker with Remote Control (Pair) for $500 with free shipping…

[DEAD] Wedn: Sony MDR-1A Closed Over-Ears (Imported) for $150

This recurring daily deal expired…

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Sony XB950-B1 Bluetooth Over-Ears (Extra Bass) for $85 w/FS

If you are a fan of the Sony Extra Bass line, their new condition Sony XB950-B1 Bluetooth Over-Ears are on sale for $85 with free shipping by the Buydig eBay store (authorized Sony retailer) for $85 with free shipping after you to the “add to cart” thing. They are available at this price in the blue color scheme and the black color scheme with a maximum of three units per color per customer during this sale.

$100 off the Sony WH-1000 X2 ANC/BT [MD]

Massdrop through an unspecified 3rd-party vendor is offering a $100 off discount in the shopping cart for the new condition Sony WH-1000 X2 ANC/BT Over-Ears dropping their price in-cart from $350 to $250 with free US shipping. This offer is only available to the 48 contiguous US states. The listing says these come with a 1-year Sony warranty, which suggests that the 3rd-party vendor fulfilling the orders is an authorized Sony dealer.

These will ship April 10 in 2018, with all sales final. The offer ends in two days and change from blog-posting date. 220 units have been purchased so far from this listing per the MD stats over there.

Used Sony XBA-A3 Hybrid In-Ears for $240

The Sony XBA-A3 hybrid in-ears are currently available in “Used – Like New” condition (original packaging) for $240 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The previous link shows only the options available by AWD actual. You can get it for slightly less from other sellers, but that increases the risk. These are the default AWD search results. In this case, judging by the various listing descriptions, the extra $10 are well worth the reduction in risk.

Refurbished Sony PHA-1A portable DAC/amp for $150

There is one unit left as of the time of writing according to the shopping cart. It is the portable Sony PHA-1A headphone DAC/amp going for $150 with free shipping in manufacturer refurbished condition offered by Secondipity through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from Secondipity and it is nott Prime eligible. The new condition price is twice that much. It comes in brown box packaging with a 90-day warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee from Secondipity.

[DEAD] Refurbished Sony WH-1000X M2 ANC/BT Over-Ears for $200

As of a 3/24/18 AM recheck, this sale ended..

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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 🙂

Refurb Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless for $80 w/FS

NewEgg FLASH is back with another offer, this one expires Tuesday night 3/20/18, and it is offered by Secondipity, it is the refurbished Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless earphones with various buzzwords (ANC, NFC, custom app, etc) for $80 with free shipping in your choice of black or gold color scheme. Apparently they were able to find enough space to put NFC in it 🙂

PS: I am now filing the “truly wireless” earphones under their own truly wireless category, so you will no longer see them under the in-ears category. Until someone makes hybrid/convertible IEMs that turn into truly wireless the two categories are orthogonal!

Used Sony MDR-7520 for $219 + S&H

The Sony MDR-7520 studio headphones (not to be confused with the much cheaper 7502) are currently available in “Used – Demo condition for $219 plus shipping at Adorama. Once the used quantities are depleted, you will no longer see any 7520s in the aforelinked search results page. Shipping starts at $8.25 and varies by zipcode and chosen shipping options. The “What’s In the Box” box on the right side further down the page of individual product listings shows what’s included…

Sony MDR-7506 Closed Over-Ears for $80

If you have a near-term buy-interest in the good old Sony MDR-7506 closed-back over-ear studio headphones, they are currently on sale again, going for $80 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual. This is not a lightning deal, and it doesn’t look like a price-match. Perhaps an old school sale! The headphones average 4.6 out of 5 based on 4300+ customer reviews.

UPDATE: also going for $80 with free shipping at Adorama and B&H Photo after you do the “add to cart” thing…

Sony WH-1000X M2 + $20 Netflix Gift Card for $298

The new condition Sony WH-1000X2 currently goes for $298 in new condition at authorized Sony USA dealers, but you can get more for the price! Beach Camera thru Amazon (Prime-like shipping speed for members even though it ships directly from Beach Camera) is includes a FREE $20 Netflix gift card with purchase.

Alternately you can get the previously mentioned offer of a free Sony SRS-XB2 portable bluetooth speaker from Focus Camera for the same price of $298.

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.

Sony MDR-1A Closed Over-Ears for $198 [USA warranty]

The international version (no Sony USA warranty included) of the closed-back over-ear wired-only Sony MDR-1A headphones had been offered for $150 as one of the NewEgg featured deals (sold by a marketplace seller over there), but now we have a sale of the new condition from authorized Sony dealers with USA warranty for $198 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual (limit up to three pairs per customer) and by Focus Camera on eBAY (ten units available as of the time of writing)…

Keep in mind that Sony revealed the second generation model, the M2, as part of their CES 2018 announcements. The M2 is beginning to be available for pre-ordering for $300 at authorized Sony dealers such as B&H Photo. For updates on this, and other newly-released or hard-to-find headphones, check our Headphones Tracker

Sony MDR-1000X M2 ANC/Bluetooth + Sony SRS-XB2 portable bluetooth speaker for $298

The Sony MDR-1000X M2 ANC/bluetooth over-ears are on a sale cycle going for $298 with free shipping at authorized Sony dealers. That’s the price Focus Camera is charging BUT they are including a FREE Sony SRS-XB2 portable bluetooth speaker for it. This is available in the black and gold/brown/sand (whatever that color is) color schemes.

Costco Members: Sony WH-H900N BT/ANC Over-Ears for $230

Your Costco membership dollars are hard at work. This particular offer is restricted to members-only, so if you are not a member, you cannot buy it, even if you are willing to pay the non-member surcharge. Some of the Costco offers are reserved like this, whether it’s a question of available quantity or agreement with manufacturer or member reward. Regardless…

… the new condition Sony WH-H900N BT/ANC over-ears are going for $230 with free shipping for Costco members. The usual benefits of longer returns and such are available as usual.

Refurbished Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless for $70

Further down in price they go, in black or gold color schemes, the manufacturer refurbished Sony WF-1000X Truly Wireless (with bluetooth, NFC, and ANC) are down to $70 with free shipping by the Secondipity eBay store (a well-known refurbished seller) with a limit of up to five pairs per customer at the sale price. Over 450 units have been sold per the eBay listing over there. They come with 30-day returns and a 90-day limited warranty.

PS: on the blog front, I have now created a separate top-level category for Truly Wireless, since they don’t really fit into In-Ears or Earbuds. That way those looking for in-ears and earbuds won’t have to see sift through these little critters in those blog categories 🙂 I won’t go back and re-edit old posts, but new ones going forward will be under this top-level category instead of a tag.

Pre-orders new Sony MDR-1AM2 Closed Over-Ears for $298

The closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-1AM2 is the “M2” version of their MDR-1A, and it was part of the Sony CES 2018 announcements, and while updating our on-going Headphone Tracker we have a pre-order option for $298 with a March 13 release estimate at authorized Sony dealer
B&H Photo

Sony H700 neckband bluetooth earphones for $125

On the neckband bluetooth earphones front, the new condition Sony H700 are on sale for $125~ in the red color scheme and $128~ in the blue color scheme at Amazon by Amazon actual and also by marketplace sellers. The black color scheme however appears to be sold out.

Speaking of Sony, this Sony SSCS5 3-Way 3-Driver Bookshelf Speaker System is on sale for $118 with free shipping with up to four sets per customer at the sale price. They average 4.7 out of 5 based on 127 customer reviews and they have even more answered questions over there…

And some more Sony discounting, their new condition Sony PSHX500 Hi Res USB Turntable in the black color scheme is down to $398 with free shipping with up to four per customer at the sale price.