Samson SR-80B Semi-Open Over-Ears for $25 w/FS {ends Sat PM}

Budget semi-open action at the B&H Photo daily deals and this offer runs until 4/10/21 at 11:59pm eastern or earlier if sold-out. It is the new condition semi-open wired over-ears that is the blue-black color scheme of the Samson SR-850B going for $25 with free US shipping. Only this color scheme is on sale. Up to six pairs per customer at the sale price…

This is one that can be called a studio headphone, a very basic one without modern amenities, but look at the price 🙂

As of the time of writing it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 62 customer reviews over there, and 4.6 out of 5 based on 4100+ ratings at Amazon

And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of the original color scheme. The cable is not detachable…

samson sr850 coiled cable

I no longer have it, so there’s no review planned (unless I get it or borrow it again)…

FREE Ultrasone Signature Studio Headphones with purchase of Manfrotto Tripod for $820 (ends Thur 11:59pm ET)

In a 12-hour flash deal that ends on Thursday 3/25/21 at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo’s dailies have another unusual bundle. You get the new condition Ultrasone Signature Studio closed over-ear headphones bundled with the Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Ground Spreader, all together now for $820 with free US shipping…

The headphones are added AUTOMATICALLY to your shopping cart with a $0 price when you add the Manfrotto tripod to the shopping cart. Do not manually add the headphones to the cart. No promo codes are needed. The offer is coded on the B&H server side automatically while the promotion is running…

The headphones go for $600 on their own. If you want to research them, this is their product page but I’m posting this for reference only. Do not add the headphones to the shopping cart.

H&A Versa Studio Headphones for $50 w/FS

Good until Friday at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) Adorama is offering the new condition closed-back over-ear H&A Versa studio headphones for $50 with free US shipping…

Think along the lines of a Sony V6/7506 type of a competitor with a 1-year warranty, two cables (one straight, one coiled) and a 1/4″ adapter… They fold inwards…

H&A Versa Studio Headphones for $50

Adorama too has its own house-brand of a Sony V6/7506 competitor, and it is one of their daily deals expiring on 12/30/20 at 10am ET, it is the wired closed-back over-ear new condition H&A Versa Studio Headphones going for $50 with free US shipping…

They come with two cables (one straight, one coiled), a 1/4″ adapter and a one-year warranty…

Here’s a 93-second overview ad for the headphones from Adorama TV:

Monday: Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones for $45

If you are looking for Sony V6/7506 “homage” type headphones, good until Monday 12/21/20 at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) you can get the new condition wired closed-back over-ear Senal SHM-1000 studio headphones for $45 with free US shipping at B&H Photo where it is one of their deals of the day… It includes a straight and a coiled cable and a 3-year warranty…

Also part of their Monday daily deals is this new condition Denon DN-205IO speakers pair going for $50 with free US shipping… This is in white, 2-way passive, that can be used inside or outside…

AKG K240 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $49

This is more of an homage buy, than a super-deal buy, and it may be useful for comparison/calibration of comments about other headphones since they’ve been around for a while and they’ve been had/used by many…

These refer to the semi-open over-ear AKG K240 (yes, first generation) going for $49 at authorized Samsung Harman Kardon AKG dealers 🙂 This includes Amazon and Adorama (option to buy together with H&A clamp holder for +$8), and at B&H Photo (option to buy together with Auray headphone stand or clamp for +$16 each)…

H&A Versa studio headphones for $50

If you are looking for a studio headphone of the Sony V6/7506 homage kind, good until 11/25/20 at 10am eastern time [or earlier if sold out] you can get the new condition H&A Versa for $50 with free US shipping at the Adorama website

They come with two cables (one straight, one coiled) and a 1/4″ adapter and a 1-year warranty…

AKG K240 II Semi-Open Studio Headphones for $100

Good until Saturday October 3 in 2020 at 10am ET, you can get the new condition semi-open over-ear AKG K240 II headphones for $100 with free US shipping as one of the Adorama deals of the day…

As of the time of writing, this model averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 1800+ global ratings at the Amazon website

PS: speaking of daily deals, one of the NewEgg daily deals is the new condition Sennheiser Momentum FREE necklace-style bluetooth earphones going for $80 with free US shipping, sold and shipped by NewEgg actual… Up to five per customer… This is marked as “Special Edition”…

AKG Semi-Open Studio headphones with bonus Clamp for $50

Until 7/13/20 at 10am eastern, you can haz a classic studio headphone with a universal headphone clamp, all together for $50 with free US shipping at Adorama where it is their current deal of the day…

The headphone is of course the good old AKG K240 semi-open over-ears and the bonus item is the H&A Clamp holder. Hard to argue against the combo price!

Tascam TH-200X Closed Over-Ears for $30 w/FS

If you are looking for no-frills wired closed-back over-ear studio-ish headphones, good until Tuesday 7/7/20 at 8am eastern, the Musician’s Friend deal of the day are the new condition Tascam TH-200X headphones going for $30 with free US shipping. You also earn rewards if you are a member of their program, or you can redeem your rewards if you have enough in your account…

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed Over-Ears drops to $80

If you are interested in a “studio headphone” that actually wants to be a studio headphone and not a fashion/style headphone that uses the name studio to get audio-cred, the new model of the closed-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is on sale for $80 at B&H Photo and also by Amazon actual

Wedn: Senal SMH-1000 Closed Over-Ears for $45 w/FS [also: Sony 1000X M3 and more]

If you want a studio headphone for under $50 with actual studio headphone physical features (detachable cable, replaceable earpads, folding, straight and coiled cable, 3-year warranty), the new condition closed-back over-ear Senal SHM-1000 are on sale for $45 with free US shipping until 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if sold out) on Wednesday 5/13/20 at B&H Photo as one of their deals of the day…

As of the time of writing they average 4.5 out of 5 based on 277 customer reviews and they have 60 answered questions… Think of a modern version of the good old Sony MDR-V6 and 7506…

UPDATE: at the Best Buy deals du jour, they offer the new condition PowerBeats 3 bluetooth earphones for $80 on clearance, in the white color scheme…

UPDATE #2: at the NewEgg daily deals they have the new condition closed-back over-ear Sony WH-1000X Mark III (M3) headphones on sale for $238 with free shipping. Judging by the seller (Red Tag Camera) this is like the international model, not the blessed-by-Sony-USA model with a warranty…

The year is 2020, it would have been NICE if the online retailers figured out a way to clearly MARK grey-market items and list the warranty. They’ve turned everything else about selling into a science [just look at all those over-stuffed product pages with all kinds of ads, recommendations, buy-together offers and such]…

Neumann NDH-20 Studio Headphones for $399

The latest Musician’s Friend deal of the day good until 5/7/20 at 8am eastern time is the new condition Neumann NDH 20 studio headphones going for $399 with free US shipping…

EU: Shure SRH-440 Closed Over-Ears for 69 euro [limit 2]

For those in the European Union, a formerly frequently recommended “under 100” is on sale at Amazon Germany, it is the new condition closed-back over-ear Shure SRH-440 studio headphones going for 70 euro with free shipping in GermanyxAustria, with up to two pairs per customer at the sale price. There it averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 840+ customer reviews…

Wedn: Samson SR-850B Semi-Open Over-Ears for $25

Good until 11:59pm eastern time on Wednesday February 11 in 2020 (or earlier if it happens to sellout), there’s a value deal at B&H Photo, it is the new condition Samson SR-850B semi-open over-ear studio headphones going for $25 with free US shipping. This is the blue color scheme of the model, not to be confused with the original black. There are 35 customer reviews of them both over there with a 4.5 out of 5 average. One of them is a burn-in report 🙂

As fate would have it, I had the original black version and here’s our text and pictures unboxing.

Monday: Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones for $45

If you are looking for new condition studio headphones and cannot wait for another Sony MDR-7506 or V6 sale, then good until 11:59pm ET on Monday 12/9/19, B&H Photo is offering as one of their daily deals the new condition closed-back over-ear Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones for $45 with free US shipping. You can buy as many as you want at the sale price. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on 210+ customer reviews. The headphones come with a 3-year warranty, a rarity at these price [with a few notable exceptions such as the Koss limited lifetime warranty]..

Optionally, at the page over there, you can bundle them with the Auray Extra Deep Earpads for +$13 more. These Auray earpads are also compatible with the Sony V6 and MDR-7506, which means that they are probably compatible with other headphones that are compatible with 7506/V6 earpads. Check reviews and answered-questions and dimensions and such to be certain…

Speaking of B&H, they have now launched their Green Monday deals, because every Monday needs its own unique name 🙂

Speaking of daily deals, Woot is offering Apple & Beats on sale as follows:

+ urBeats 3 in-ears for $40
+ BeatsX bluetooth neckband in-ears for $70
+ Apple Earpods volume buy offer, one pair for $13, two pairs for $18, three pairs for $22
+ note that these come only with a 90-day Woot warranty

Wedn: Rane RH-50 Studio headphones for $60

As one of the 11/27/19 deals of the day, Woot is running a Professional Audio sale with audio equipment ranging from $40 to $280. One of the sale items are the closed-back over-ear Rane RH-50 studio monitor headphones in the black color scheme going for $60 with free S&H for Prime members (or $6 flat). They come with a 1-year Rane warranty.

The other non-headphone audio equipment in the sale come from Denon, Marantz and Rane…

Tue: Tascam TH-07 Closed Over-Ear Monitors for $50

Good til Tuesday 8/5/19 at 11:59pm ET (or earlier if it manages to sell out) you can get the new condition closed-back over-ear monitor-designated Tascam TH-07 headphones for $50 with free USA shipping at New York’s finest B&H Photo… Optionally you can add a headphone stand to your value meal for +$13…

They have three happy customer reviews so far…

Used Pure Resonance MH10c Closed Over-Ears for $12 to $15

From the looks of it, these look like Superlux / Samson cousins but I haven’t looked it up in the forums, so if you are interested, check to be certain.

The price is certainly right, especially if you are a Prime member, you can get the “Used – Very Good” (damaged original packaging) Pure Resonance Audio MH10C closed-back over-ears for $12 after the in-cart Prime discount. But fear not, if you are not a Prime member, you can buy them for $15~. These are sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual…

NVX XPT-100 Closed Over-Ear Studio headphones for $80

These are not pretending to be studio headphones, they kinda look it too 🙂 The new condition closed-back over-ear NVX XPT-100 headphones are currently on sale for $80 with free shipping by Sonix Electronix (eBay) and also by Sonix through Amazon (not Prime eligible).

This is one of the headphones that finds itself sometimes in recommendation lists/discussions for the $100-ish category…

[DEAD] Used Senal SMH-1000 Closed Over-Ears for $42

As of a 6/30/19 re-check, this used options sold out…

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Monoprice Retro Closed Over-Ears for $20 w/free US S&H

If you are want a budget studio-ish headphone delivered to your door for $20, for a limited time, the Monoprice website is offering the new condition Modern Retro closed-back over-ears for $20 with free standard US shipping. Up to twenty pairs per customer at the sale price. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 150+ customer reviews at the Monoprice website and it has plenty of answered questions over there…

Keep in mind, despite the hype train, this is not a miracle/magic headphone. As reviewer Greg D. puts it,

“but I was hoping for a $200 sound in a $22 headphone”

If this looks familiar, it is probably because it looks like it has common ancestry with their Samson and Superlux cousins. And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of the Samson SR-850 which is a semi-open.

BOTE that this has a long-ass cable [yes, that’s a technical term], around 10 feet…

Tascam TH-300X Studio Headphones for $40 w/FS

Good until Monday at 8am eastern time [or earlier if sold out ~ unlikely), the current Musician’s Friend deal du jour are the new condition Tascam TH-300X studio headphones (closed-back, over-ears) going for $40 with free shipping.

PS: these are also sold under other brand variants, so google them up if you are curious or not familiar.

Wedn: Pioneer DJ HRM-7 Studio headphones for $99

We have another headphone featured in daily deals. It is the new condition closed-back over-ear Pioneer DJ HRM-7, going for $99 with free shipping within the US at at B&H Photo until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern time ~ or earlier if they happen to sell out… It includes two cables and an extra pair of velour earpads…

Sunday: Senal SMH-1000 Studio Headphones for $45 w/FS

If you want to try on a different brand of studio headphones, B&H Photo’s house brand Senal is offering the new condition SMH-100 closed over-ears for $45 with free US shipping until Sunday APR-7-2019 at 11:59pm eastern time.

These take the studio headphones more seriously than most, they can with removable twisted-lock cables, include two different cables (one short straight, one long coiled), replaceable earpads, and a 3-year warranty to boot.

Marantz MPH-1 Closed Over-Ears for $30

Good until Sunday at 8am eastern (or earlier if sold out) you can get the new condition Marantz MPH-1 closed-back over-ears as the Musician’s Friend Stupid deal of the day. These are studio-ish style headphones and looking at them it reminds me of some Tascam/CAD models, but I haven’t mapped them out yet…

Marantz MPH-2 Studio Headphones for $40 w/FS

Good until Tuesday at 8am eastern time (or earlier in the unlikely event it sells out), you can get the new condition Marantz MPH-2 Studio Headphones for $40 with free shipping at Musician’s Friend where it is their deal of the day.

They average 4.3 out of 5 based on 70+ customer reviews over there.

Ends Thur 8am ET: CAD MH310 studio for $40

Good until Thursday at 8am eastern (FEB-21-2019) as the current deal of the day at Musician’s Friend is the new condition CAD MH310 closed-back over-ears going for $40 with free shipping. This looks like another variant or homage of the AKG/Samson/Superlux…

EU: used Shure SRH-440 closed over-ears for 40e

The closed-back over-ear Shure SRH-440 used to be found in many “Headphones for $100” lists before the explosion of ChiFi and Bluetooth and such. Shure is based in Chicago but their prices these days can be lower in Europe. Case in point the 440 goes for 70 euro in new condition, but if you want to pay even less, you can get it starting at 40 euro in “Used – Good” condition or 42 in “Used – Very Good” or 44 in “Used – Like New” at Amazon Warehouse Deals

It does not have modern amenities like a mic/remote, but the cable is detachable and it’s been around long enough that most of the mods that can be done to it have already been discovered in the forums and in the blogs.

EU: Shure SRH-940 Closed Over-Ears for 199 euro

If you are interested in the old school line of Shure closed-back over-ears studio headphones, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition Shure SRH-940 for 199 euro with free shipping within Germany. Up to three pairs per customer at the sale price.

Thur: Tascam TH-MX2 closed over-ears for $20

Good until Thursday at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering as part of their daily deals the new condition Tascam TH-MX2 closed-back over-ears for $20 with free US shipping. This is what they call mixing headphones. A leatherette bag is included and the cable is nearly 10 feet long ~ another sign this is not just pretending to be a studio headphone 🙂

Tascam TH-2000X Studio Headphones for $30 w/FS [ends Wedn 8am ET]

The Musician’s Friend deal of the day (with the catchy name of “Stupid”) runs a bit different from most other retailers offering daily deals in that they do not run for a calendar day but rather for a 24 hour window that spans two calendar days.

So the Tuesday daily deal is good until Wednesday JAN-30-2019 at 8am eastern (or earlier if sold out) and it just happens to be a budget studio headphone, it is the new condition closed-back over-ear Tascam TH-2090X going for $30 with free shipping.

This is not a bad price for this, it is a variant of a studio headphone that goes under different names. I had one of the variations of the variants (not sure which, I think the CAD) and for this price, it’s definitely not a bad deal…

Wedn: Senal SMH-1200 studio headphones for $75

Good until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern time, as one of their daily deals, New York’s B&H Photo is offering their new condition Senal SMH-1200 studio headphones (wired, closed-back, over-ears) for $75 with free shipping in your choice of three different color schemes… The 3-pack is NOT on sale, only the individual pairs of headphones…

EU: Shure SRH-840 for 127 euro

The discounting action continues for Shure at Amazon Germany. As of the time of writing, the new condition closed-back over-ear SRH-840 studio heapdhones are going for the very specific price of 127 euro with free shipping in Germany. VAT is included in the price for all EU countries… Other Shure closed and open over-ear/studio headphones are also discounting in different ways over there…

There’s also some discounting of models at Amazon USA, for example the open-back SRH-1440 goes for $300 with free shipping, while the good old SRH-440 is down to $79.

Mon: Pioneer HRM-7 DJ/Studio headphones for $99

Good until Monday at 11:59pm eastern time, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Pioneer HRM-7 DJ/Studio headphones (closed, over-ears) for $99 with free US shipping. It comes with two sets of cables (obviously detachable) and a replacement set of earpads. These have the two level headband design.