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.

Free Universal Case with Sennheiser HD 280 for $100

Proper studio headphones they are, the Sennheiser HD 280, and for a limited time, B&H Photo is bundling a FREE Auray UHC-725 Universal Headphone Case, all together going for $100. The case goes for $20 on its own and comes with a 1-year warranty of its own. The HD 280 are a known quantity. The case averages 4.8 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews and it has a few questions answered as well. Between those and the pictures and descriptions [dimensions under the SPECS sub-tab over there] you can get a feel on what other headphones you can fit inside.

UK: Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO for 382, DT 1770 for 387 BP

And now to the UK we go where two of Beyerdynamic’s next-gen studio headphones are on sale by Amazon UK actual [not by marketplace sellers!]. The new condition open-back DT 1990 PRO is on sale for 382 UK pounds, while the closed-back DT 1770 PRO goes for around 387 British pounds (BP). These are sold and shipped by Amazon UK and are not lightning deals, so the sale will continue until it ends 🙂 These are 250 ohm headphones, so keep that in mind iPod Nano music listeners ^_^

EU: Shure SRH-440 Studio for 72 euro

It is not a surprise that some of the classic Beyerdynamic DT 7-8-9 headphones sell for less in Germany than in the US, since it is their home country. It is a bit of a surprise though that Shure, although German-sounding, are a Chicago-based USA company, yet their closed-back over-ear SRH-440 studio headphones sell for $100 in the US but they are on sale for just 72 euro by Amazon Germany itself.

I haven’t listened to these, but I listened to the SRH-240A. The 440s can still be found in some of the “$100 closed over-ear recommendation lists” but since then, other closed-back options around that price-range have surfaced [and with mic/remotes], so as always, be sure to research things to your satisfaction before committing to a purchase…

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

Good until Sunday at 8am ET (or earlier if sold 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.

Shure Sale: SRH440 for $75, 840 for $149, Etc

Two of the old school recommended studio-ish closed-back over-ear Shure headphones are currently on sale in new condition at authorized dealers. The good old Shure SRH 440 goes for $75 with free shipping, while the SRH 849 goes for $149 with free shipping.

Meanwhile on the SRH 1X40 front, the magic price is $374 for either the new condition closed SRH 1540 or the open SRH 1840. These two get 10% statement credit cashback if you are a Prime member and pay with one of the two official Prime credit cards [the usual statement credit is 5%].

Also part of this Shure discount cycle are the new condition Shure SE112-K-BT1 bluetooth earphones for $89 and the Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for $129.

Speaking of Shure, they are exiting the phono cartridge business despite the resurgence in vinyl, so if you like their phono products, you may want to pay attention to prices and clearance sales and such.

[DEAD] Sunday: Senal SMH-1200 Studio Headphones for $60

This daily deal expired…

Good until Sunday 11:59pm eastern time, as one of their daily deals, B&H Photo is offering the new condition Senal SMH-1200 Studio Headpphones (closed back, over ear) for $60 with free standard shipping.

Used Audio Technica M50X Closed Over-Ears for $90

Also part of the 20% off in-cart discount at Amazon Warehouse Deals that is part of their Earth Week 2018 sales is the “Used – Like New” (original packaging) Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed Over-Ears for $90~ with free shipping. This is sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals itself.

[DEAD] Brainwavz HM5 Studio for $83

This recurring lightning deal expired…

The headphone headliner of the Monday Amazonian Gold Box is the new condition closed-back over-ear Brainwavz HM5 Studio Monitor Headphones going for $83 with free shipping until 4:55pm eastern.

The price before the sale was $109.50. These average 3.9 out of 5 based on 136 customer reviews and they have 26 answered questions.