Fiio Q1 Mark II: Renewed for $80, Used for $85

The new condition Fiio Q1 Mark II DSD DAC/amp seems to be parked at the $100 price point, but if you want to save some and take on some risk, you can get it for $80 in “renewed” condition [another euphemism for refurbished] from a marketplace seller through Amazon. This is part of Amazon’s “Renewed” program which includes a 90-day “Amazon Renewed” warranty. In this case this is sold and shipped by the marketplace seller (i-Tech Mall) who averages 97% based on 1690 ratings in the last 12 months.

But if you prefer things shipped by Amazon, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition [minor cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging] for $85~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual

Used Open-Box Sennheiser HD 300 Closed Over-Ears for $30

If you want to give the new-ish Sennheiser HD 300 closed-back over-ears a try without paying the $50 new condition price, Blinq through Amazon Warehouse Deals has them in “Used – Like New” open-box condition going for $30~ with free US shipping. This ships directly from Blinq and it is not Prime eligible. So no fast shipping for Prime members but on the other hand, everyone gets free shipping (not just Primes)…

These are part of Sennheiser’s newer “streamline the model numbers” line of headphones because let’s face it all those 4.20 and 429 S numbers got the average consumer very mixed up.

I haven’t seen or touched the HD 300 but judging from the pictures, their earpads look very similar to the earpads of the older Sennheiser HD 4.20S which we had a text and pictures unboxing of. The earpads were the best feature of that headphone. So comfy. Just put those on after one of those vice-grip headphones and enjoy the lack of brain crunch 🙂

EI: Used Sony MDR-Z7 closed over-ears for [Prime Deal]

The clock is ticking on this deal as there are only two hours left in the Germany timezone. For Prime members of Amazon Germany, the used closed-back over-ear Sony MDR-Z7 headphones can be yours for 294 in *Used – Good” condition to 315 euro (“Used – Very Good” condition).

Used Bowers & Wilkins PX ANC/Bluetooth Over-Ears for $178 [Prime Deal]

The new condition Bowers & Wilkins PX closed-back over-ear ANC and bluetooth headphones go for $299+ in new condition BUT if you are a Prime member and you are willing to buy USED, you can get the black color scheme in “Used – Very Good” condition for $178, or in “Used – Like New” for $187~ at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

This too is for Prime members only, it is part of the Warehouse Deals 20% off in-cart promotion that is one of the numerous and hard to keep track of Prime Day offerings

Used 1More Triple Driver IEMs for $40 [Prime Deal]

Prime members had a chance to get the 1more Triple Driver in-ears for $60 in new condition, but if you prefer a lower price and don’t mind used, you can get it for around $40 in “Used – Like New” condition (damaged original packaging) by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. These are much discussed/hype in-ears in an ever-growing sea of options coming in from all directions 🙂 This too is for Prime members thanks to an in-cart discount…

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…

Used Jabra Move bluetooth on-ears for $20 [Prime]

If you are looking for a budget bluetooth on-ear headphone AND you are a Prime member, during the Prime Day happenings you can get the USED condition closed-back on-ear Jabra Move bluetooths for around $20 with free shipping of course since everyone eligible for the offer is a Prime member.

NOTE: the link above is filtered to show only the ones sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual and shows the lowest price per color. The see more details for a specific color, click on the “See all offers for this product” small link next to the color’s name…

Used Audio Technica ATH-AD500X Open Over-Ears for $45 [Prime only]

The Prime gift that keeps on giving at Amazon Warehouse Deals. This time around we have the “USED – Like New” open-back over-ear Audio Technica ATH-AD500X going for $45~ with free shipping for Prime members thanks to the previously mentioned 20% off in-cart discount for products sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual [Amazon’s own returned/used products reselling service]…

PS: check our earlier post if you are not sure how this 20% off AWD Prime Day discount works…

Used Etymotic ER3SE In-Ears for $86 [Prime]

More discounting at Amazon Warehouse Deals for Prime members, it is the Etymotic ER3-SE in-ears in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) going for $86~ with free shipping. There’s only one listing of this, so if you are interested, don’t sleep on it.

Used Koss Porta Pro Open On-Ears for $20 [Prime]

If you don’t need them with a mic/remote, the good old Koss Porta PRO open on-ears go for $30 in new condition BUT if you are a Prime member, you can get them for $20~ in “Used – Like New” condition through Amazon Warehouse Deals. You can’t go wrong with this headphone ~ if nothing else so you can have it as a benchmark for discussion/comparison.

PS: if you need extra earpads, a 6-pack of Koss earpads goes for $5. That’s three pairs and they are compatible with some other headphones including the other underground hit, the KSC-75 clip-ons [unboxing of an older model]…

20% off 160+ USED Headphones at AWD [Prime Day]

Another Prime Day temptation from Amazon, this time of the USED kind (no, not the band). Amazon Warehouse Deals has plenty of USED products offering a 20% off discount when you add them to the shopping cart. They must be sold by “Amazon Warehouse Deals” (Amazon’s used products persona) and be eligible for the promotion. Eligible items mention this in their individual used listings. [screenshot at the bottom of the post]…

Of headphone interest, there are over 160 products in the Headphones category eligible for this promotion. There might be some more that are categorized elsewhere (gaming, phone accessories, etc).

Here is an example of two eligible listings and one ineligible. They are taken from the used listings of the Bowers & Wilkins PX ANC/Bluetooth headphones:

Used (Open Box) Focal Spark in-ears for $25

This is not one of the FOCAL headphones that are generating a lot of forum/audiophile buzz, but they are FOCAL branded nonetheless, the Spark wired in-ears, they are currently available in “Used – Like New” Open-Box condition for $25 in the black and silver color schemes by authorized dealer Gramophone (a B&M A/V dealer in Maryland [Gary Williams NOT included]) through Amazon Warehouse Deals… They are fulfilled by Amazon, so they are Prime eligible)…

Used Hifiman RE-400a In-Ears for $22

If you want to try out the Hifiman RE-400 series of earphones but don’t want to pay new condition money or risk too much because of Hifiman’s quality control issues, then one option is the Way of the Used because Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) has the RE-400a in-ears (the “a” for Android buttons) going for $22~ in “Used – Very Good” condition. These are sold by AWD actual, not iffy used marketplace sellers…

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…

Sony WH-CH700N ANC/BT Over-Ears: $86 Used, $95 Renewed

If you want a bluetooth and ANC over-ears combo but don’t want to pay the big bucks to get the $300+ competitors from Bose and Sony and such, and you are of the Sony persuasion, the more affordable WH-CH700N model is currently available for under $100 in two different not-new-condition options:

+ $95 in Renewed condition (another name for refurbished) sold and shipped by seller “Chubbiestech” but Prime members get upgraded to faster Prime-like free shipping. It comes with a 90-day “Amazon Renewed” warranty (it is part of the Amazon “Renewed” program)

+ $86~ in “Used – Very Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals

+ the prices may fluctuate dynamically, so YMMV by the time you read this

And as fate would have it, we have a text and pictures unboxing of said model at our parallel content blog. The PORG you see in the pictures is a “blog pet” ~ it is not included with the headphone 🙂

Used FOCAL ELEGIA closed over-ears for $599

The new condition FOCAL Elegia closed-back over-ears currently go for $699 but if you prefer the way of the used, authorized dealer OneCall has a “Used – Very Good” condition listing going for $599 through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Prime members will get Prime-like delivery speed even though it ships from OneCall (state of Washington, from the “Go Zags” neighborhood)…

[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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EU: Used beyerdynamic TEAM TYGR kit for 254

As of the time of writing there is a “Used – Acceptable” condition listing of the beyerdynamic TEAM TYGR 300 R gaming headset with the FOX USB microphone, together going for 254~ euro. The new condition price is 350 euro. This is sold as a bundle, you don’t add them individually or enter coupon codes. Just add the thing to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout…

EU: Used Audio Technica ATH-MSR7-GM for 132 euro

Audio Technica is also vying for the more stylish segment of the market, and one of their entries in this arena is the closed-back over-ear ATH-MSR7. The “GM” (gunmetal) color scheme of this headphone is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for 132 euro by Amazon Warehouse Deals, or for 139 in “Used – Very Good” condition.

CAUTION: there’s a just launched “fulfilled by Amazon” 3rd-party seller offering it for 150 euro in new condition. Judging by the seller profile, this looks like a high risk transaction, so keep that in mind when price-checking at Amazon, since it is an open-market and iffy sellers manage to sneak through Amazon’s AI filters…

EU: Used Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) for 91 euro

The new condition Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) open-back over-ears going for 122 euro at Amazon Germany, but if you are fond of used headphones, you can get it for around 91 euro by various sellers through Amazon Warehouse Deals… It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on over 500 customer reviews and it has over 130 answered-questions by viewers like you…

Given the 250 ohm, some kind of amplification is probably needed unless you have a mobile device with a really good built-in amp. When in doubt and you can’t try it out yourself, there’s websites and forums 🙂

Wedn: used Sony WF-1000X truly wireless for $60

This is a used listing that is backed by a 90-day Woot warranty, running over there, until Wednesday 13-MAR-2019 at 11:59pm central time, you can get in “used – like new” condition the Sony WF-1000X truly wireless earphones for $60 with free shipping for Prime members or $6 flat calendar-day shipping for non-Prime members. Two color options are available (black or gold).

EU: AKG K701 Open Over-Ears for $128

Thanks to its latest new parents, AKG is now touching three major continents, but that’s a story for another day. Their new condition good old open-back over-ear K701 headphones are currently down to 128 euro with free shipping in Germany by Amazon Germany actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. The price is such that the used options over there cost more than the new condition. They average 3.7 out of 5 based on 210+ customer reviews over there.

Note that AKG has released newer models since, including those Massdrop exclusives, so if you are not up to date with their open-back line-up, the forums and the search-engines are your friends.

Not far off in price, their K702 open over-ears go for 122 euro but they are currently restricted to Amazon Germany Prime members only…

Meanwhile the AKG K612 are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around 79 euro by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual

Used 2007 Book on Import/Export market of Audio parts for $7

In addition to headphone-related stuff, I occasionally post random “deep cut” type of audio-related products. This is one of those “occasionally” times. Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) has a used copy of the book with the railroad title of “The 2007 Import and Export Market for Parts for Audio-Frequency Electric Amplifiers, Microphones, Loudspeakers, Headphones, Earphones, and Combined Microphone-Speaker Sets in United States” for $7 and it is Prime eligible, so if you are a Prime member, shipping is free as usual as AWD actual is the seller

Used Sony WH-CH500 bluetooth on-ear for $33

If you are looking for Sony bluetooth on-ear headphones of a recent generation, their WH-CH500 in the black color-scheme is currently available in multiple listings for the very specific price of $32.54 in “Used – Very Good” condition and $34.29 in “Used – Like New” by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual [this link shows ONLY those listings where AWD is the actual seller].

AS it is often the case with Sony headphones, there are many more listings from other marketplace sellers with an increased risk [especially those with thin profiles and even more so the “Just Launched” fly-by-night types], especially if they are not fulfilled by Amazon. This listing shows all sellers.

They average 4 out of 5 based on 160+ customer reviews, and they were revealed at CES 2018 which feels like yesterday even those it was 13.5 months ago!

NOTE: we have here a text and pictures unboxing of a different model in this series, the over-ear WH-CH700N

Sony has over/on-ear bluetooth headphones in some of their lines of products as well, including their good old ZX-series and the basshead-friendly XB-series…

Used Kensington K33137 Closed On-Ears under $7

Yes, we are in the middle of another used headphone searching at Amazon Warehouse Deals and this time we have a budget closed-back on-ear model that has stood the test of time while flying under the radar. It is the Kensington K33137 which averages 3.9 out of 5 based on nearly 200 customer reviews and goes for under $7 in “Used – Acceptable” condition and $8.33 in “Used – Very Good” condition [this listing says it is repackaged]. All these at Amazon Warehouse Deals

NOTE that Kensington has recently released a newer on-ear sub-line, and the closed on-ear goes for $17 from Amazon itself. This is model name K97602WW. Memorize it, it will be on the Head-Fi Budget Gurus entrance exam 😉

Used Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO (250) for $104

If you are not a perfectionist, the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO (250 ohm) are available in “Used – Acceptable” condition [check description over there] for $104 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The description there says “major cosmetic damages”, thus the “not a perfectionist” comment. Since they don’t have pictures of the item, the “damages” are left up to the imagination 🙂

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.

Open box Shure SRH 940 for $149 w/FS

Same headphone but on the other side of Le Pond, you can get the open-box “used – like new” Shure SRH-940 headphones for $149 with free shipping from marketplace seller “Fique” (95%, 752 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Since it is not a Prime shipment, this is a higher risk purchase… Note that the customer-reviews are complaining that it breaks easily, so keep that in mind…

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…

PADs: Used LG V40 for $639

If you want to use the LG V40 flagship smartphone at a DAP but balk at the full new condition price, fear not! New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering it in USED condition for $629 in “condition 10”. This is the factory unlocked North American variant, in the “aurora black” color scheme.

With a 6-inch screen, this can be great for music videos and concerts too, and/or some of the more luxurious music playback and equalizer apps. With 6GB of RAM, it should be able to handle Android music and video streaming apps for years to come. It has 64GB on-board storage plus microSD slot.

On the other hand, if you prioritize on the quad DAC and you are not revved up to get the latest “phone” specs, the new condition unlocked LG V30+ goes for $495 after a $5 off (!) clip-on coupon. This is a USA warranty model. Being a “+”, it has 128GB on-board.

Used Focal ELEAR open over-ear for $529

If you are interested in getting a used Focal Elear headphone and are not tempted by the Massdrop variant, Hifi Heaven is offering a “Used – Very Condition” option for $530 with free shipping at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Next up for $569 is an open-box return by Fique and a “Used – Like New” condition by “Hifi Summit”. These three ship directly from the marketplace sellers with free shipping but not Prime or Prime-like shipping.

Used Book: 2007 Audio Parts Import/Export for $9

This is the definition of a very deep cut 🙂 If you happen to be looking for a copy of the 2007 book “Import and Export Market for Parts for Audio-Frequency Electric Amplifiers, Microphones, Loudspeakers, Headphones, Earphones, and Combined Microphone-Speaker Sets in United States”, you are in luck! A copy is available in “Used – Acceptable” condition for $9~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The note says that “associated media” may not be included. In new condition, this 94-page printed book by Philip M. Parker and published by the ICON Group goes for $188…

Used Pioneer SE-MS5 Over-Ears for $25

If you are fond of being used, you can save a few frapuccinos by getting the used version of the Pioneer closed-back over-ear SE-MS5 headphone, in the R’hllor red color scheme, in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $25~ from Amazon Warehouse Deals actual and Prime eligible. The new condition prices currently go for $40+ depending on color scheme…

Open-box Sennheiser HD 660S for $347

If all the various Sennheiser HD 6* and 7* open-back headphones it is the “HD 660S” the one you want, and you don’t mind used/open-box options, this fairly new headphone is now available in “Used – Like New” (open box condition) for $347~ with free shipping by marketplace seller [and Sennheiser refurbished seller] Blinq thru Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Blinq and everyone gets free shipping. The new condition price is currently $500.

The biggest competitor of course to the aforementioned lines is mayhaps the HD 6XX going for $200 at Massdrop, assuming don’t have to pay crazy customs and shipping fees.

Used Fiio F9 PRO IEMs for $100

The new condition Fiio F9 PRO in-ears with their hybrid setup (one dynamic, two balanced armatures) currently go for $140 in new condition at authorized dealers, but if you are fond of saving some, there is one unit available in “Used – Like New” condition [no signs of use says the listing] for $100 at Amazon Warehouse Deals, sold and shipped by marketplace seller “The Camera Box” (98%). This listing is NOT prime-eligible but you get free shipping from the marketplace seller.

In general, earphones and their packaging is lightweight and small, so any decent seller should be able to ship it reasonably fast.