Bang & Olufsen goes ergonomic with its lambskin lined, “ultraflexible” BeoPlay H2 headphones

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Bang & Olufsen are back with the latest introduction to its BeoPlay line of audio equipment. It has been a month seen we saw the announcement of its first Bluetooth speaker offering, today we are seeing a new addition to its line of headphones.

The BeoPlay H2 enters the crowded headphone arena with a few key specifications, making it an item worth checking out this holiday season. Built by Danish industrial designer Jakob Wagner, the H2’s feature 40mm drivers that “capture the signature B&O sound”, as well as a designated bass port.

Certainly, they have a visual appeal, with its clothing like textile design and lambskin ear covers. They also have the standard in-line mic and controls for music playback and an “adaptive headband” designed to mold to your head “within minutes”. The “ultra-flexible” design is meant to deliver a more ergonomic experience for users, versus the traditional rigid headphone band. The H2’s will be available in three color offerings: Silver Cloud, Feldspar Green and Carbon Blue.

The BeoPlay H2’s are available for pre-order today from Amazon for $199, with a release date slated for December 26th. They are also available direct from B&O at the same price point.

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Headphones: Sennheiser Audiophile $100 (Reg. $180), Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear $286 (Reg. $400), more

Sennheiser - Audiophile Over-the-Ear HeadphonesBest Buy is offering the Sennheiser Audiophile Over-the-Ear Headphones for only $99.98 shipped. That’s $80 off the original list price, $11 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen them go.

They feature a twist and lock single-sided cable that eliminates tangles and simplifies exchanges. The have a gold plated 1/4″ plug with 1/8″ adapter and a highly optimized field strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet system. The internal sound reflector immerses the listener in rich audio

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BuyDig.com is offering the Beats By Dre Studio Wireless Over-Ear Headphone in red for only $286 shipped. That’s more than $113 off the original price, $56 less than Amazon, $94 less than Apple’s listing, and $13 less than our previous mention. They feature wireless and wired capabilities  and “Beats Wireless headphones feature powerful sound, as clear and strong as any wired headphone.” Over 200 Amazon customers gave it 4.3/5 star reviews.

We also found the MEElectronics Air-Fi Matrix2 Stereo Bluetooth Wireless + Wired Headphones on Amazon for only $80 shipped (Reg. $150)
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Bose announces its most affordable Soundlink Color speaker and its first set of Bluetooth headphones

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Today, Bose unveiled the SoundLink Color for only $129.95, making it the least expensive portable Bluetooth speaker ever from Bose.

It weighs just 1.25 pounds, and measures 5” wide, 2.1” deep and 5.3” high to fit easily into a handbag, knapsack or the palm of your hand. Bose combined exclusive dual-opposing passive radiators with two high-efficiency transducers for full-range sound, including deep, low-note performance. With its size and performance, the SoundLink Color speaker is a small wonder, making out-loud listening undeniably portable, powerful and fun.

 

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Bose also introduced the SoundLink On-Ear for $249.95. It’s the first on-ear Bluetooth headphone from the company.

The SoundLink on-ear Bluetooth headphones deliver all the audio performance of a Bose wired headphone. Bose Active Equalization and TriPort technology combine for smoother, more balanced sound. Mid-high frequencies are natural, and low-frequencies are detailed and full. Yet, there are no cords or cables, so you can take calls, or enjoy a video, movie or music freely.The headphones let you hear and be heard, wherever you are. A new two-microphone system rejects distractions like wind, so callers can hear what you’re saying more, and the sounds around you less.

The Soundlink Headphones are on sale today and the speaker begins shipping September 25th.

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AKG Hi-Fi Stereo Over-Ear Headphones refurb $25 shipped (Reg. $60)

AKG K 511 Hi-Fi Stereo Over-Ear Headphone with 1:4-Inch (6.3MM) Jack AdapterUpdate 9/08 (11:45AM): The headphones have jumped up to $30 shipped.

The Harman online store has the refurbished AKG (K 511) Hi-Fi Stereo Over-Ear Headphones for only $24.99 shipped. That’s $35 off the list price, $13 less than Amazon’s current listing for a new pair, and the best price we could find for them.

The headphones have high-performance sound quality with a lightweight design. They also feature a self-adjusting headband and a convenient single-sided cable. They come with a 1/4-Inch (6.3MM) jack adapter and are fully covered by their original warranty period.

We also found some Bose in-ear headphones starting at $60 if you need a sporty pair of buds for work outs. Read more

Monster DNA On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones w/ Control Talk $69 shipped (Orig. $230)

Monster DNA On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones w: Control TalkThe official Monster store on eBay is offering the New (blemished box) Monster DNA On-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones w/ Control Talk for only $69 shipped. That’s $160 off the list price, $30+ less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen for them.

They feature an advanced noise-isolating design which helps reduces ambient sound and ear cushions built for comfort for extended listening sessions. They have dual audio input jacks that let you link your MusicShare headphones together and share the listening experience. They’re durable yet ultra light to help withstand travel and continuous use.

They received 4.3/5 stars on Amazon where customers also left great reviews.

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Colorful MEElectronics Sport-Fi Headphones, starting at $18 shipped

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Amazon cuts 40% off their current prices on MEElectronics Sport-Fi Headphones in a variety of colors with prices now starting at $17.99 with free Prime Shipping. That’s up to $30 off and the lowest price we’ve seen on these colorful speakers designed for workouts.

Other solid deals on headphones today:

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Audio-Technica QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones (black/silver) $120 shipped (Reg. up to $186), more

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Update: Amazon has now dropped another $5 off the price.

Amazon is offering the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint 500 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones (black/silver) for $125 $120 shipped (matched at BuyDig). That’s $65 under the original price, the lowest price we can find from a trusted retailer and matching the best price we’ve ever seen. Today’s deal is the same price Amazon charges for this set without the mic/controls and well under the $186 Staples still charges.

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint 500 Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones-sale-02The closed-back ATH-ANC7Bs feature QuietPoint noise-cancelling technology that reduces “background noise by up to 90%,”  along with 40 mm drivers, a fold flat design, and a full 10 Hz – 25 kHz frequency response. They come with in-line mic/remote controls for music playback and call control as well as an airline adapter, a “Deluxe” carrying case, 1 AAA battery and an accessory pouch. They have received a 3.8/5 star rating from over 1,200 Amazon customers.

We also spotted the Beats by Dre urBeats Earphones with In-Line Mic and Controls (multiple colors) for $74.99 (Reg. $100) at Groupon and we still have the Bose IE2 in-ear headphones for $69.95 with free shipping (Reg. $100).

Head over to our previous headphones roundup for deep discounts on Beats Pro and as much as $200 off Monster over-ears. Check out today’s Daily Deals for more earbud options.

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Mo-Fi: Powered Hi-Fi Headphones with Built-in Amp by Blue

Blue Microphones Mo-Fi Powered High-Fidelity Headphones with Integrated Audiophile AmplifierBlue, the makers of the Yeti USB Microphone, have just introduced Mo-Fi: the first headphone that delivers real audiophile performance and sound quality from a variety of devices.

Mo-Fi is no ordinary headphone. From the multi-jointed design to earcups shaped—gasp—like ears, we completely reimagined the form and functionality, without any preconceived notions about what headphones are “supposed” to look like. The result feels less like a headphone, and more like a high-quality instrument you can wear. Some call it radical. We just call it Mo-Fi.

The Mo-Fi has an integrated audiophile amp and custom-matched drivers that deliver unrivaled sound. They might look different, but they feature a revolutionary personalized fit for superior comfort and performance. These are powered headphones, meaning they feature a built-in amp that allows for a much stronger and louder signal no matter what the audio source. They also come with a 1 meter cable with an attached MFi mic, a 3 meter cable and a 6.5mm to 3.5mm adapter.

I’m big on aesthetics, design, style, quality, and substance, and you immediately have the sense that a lot of attention was paid to these headphones. They are awesome.”

- JASON BENTLEY Music Director, KCRW

“America’s most influential radio DJ” – Billboard Magazine

You can find the Mo-Fi on Amazon for $350. Here is a full list of features:

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Headphones: Beats Pro over-ears (refurb) $179 (orig. $400 new), Bose OE2 on-ears $90 (orig. $150), more

Update: Monster’s official eBay store offers the Monster Inspiration Active Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones (titanium black, silver) for $99 shipped. Note: These are brand new but come in “Blemished Box Packaging.” That’s $200 under the average selling price, $137 under Amazon’s price and the best price we’ve seen based on non-blemished packaging by $50. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 150 Amazon customers.

We’ve spotted some headphone deals today from Beats, Bose and others. Tanga is offering the refurbished Beats Pro Over-Ear Headphones (black/silver) for $173.99 + $5 shipping. That’s $221 off the original listing, $181 under Amazon’s new price, and the best refurbished price we can find.

They feature a light and durable aluminum frame, dual input/output ports, backward rotating ear cups and are designed as an “over-ear reference headphone for sound engineers, DJs, musicians, and hardcore music lovers.” They have received a 3.9/5 star rating from over 470 Amazon users and come with a 30 day warranty.

Next up, Dell has the Bose OE2 audio headphones (black) for $89.95 shipped. That’s $65 under the original listing, the current best price we can find from a trusted retailer and the lowest we’ve seen outside of a one day Amazon sale. They feature a fold-flat collapsible design, memory foam ear cushions and come with a carrying case along with Bose’s strong reputation as a high quality audio device maker. They have received a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 700 Amazon customers.

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Small States: Inside the world of Grado headphones, giveaway worth $495 dollars

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Update (8/30): Thanks for all of the entries into our first Small States giveaway, @omar_cruz is our winner and he has been contacted.

Small States is a new series on 9to5Toys that features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

The first time you pick up a pair of Grado headphones, you know that something is different. The first time you speak to John Grado, you know why. Hearing this man tell the story of the headphones, the handshake agreements with men he’s worked with for 50 years and the passion for what they do, it is easy to fall in love with their product. The simple packaging, the smooth wood of mahogany and the clean look all bring you in before you ever plug in a pair of Grado headphones.

History

It all starts with John. He bought the company from his uncle in the 80′s, and designs each headphone on the top floor of the factory in the listening room. Carrying on the Grado tradition of “good ears”, he sits listening to three carefully selected songs, his self-described reference points: Red Garter by Duke Ellington, Night in Tunisia by Ella Fitzgerald and Before You Accuse Me by Eric Clapton. By utilizing the same equipment since he began his craft 25 years ago, John Grado knows what he’s listening for and sometimes it just takes him a while to find it. Read more

Beats by Dr. Dre headphones: Studio over-ear $250 (Reg. $300), Powerbeats in-ear $80 (Reg. $150)

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Amazon is offering the latest must-have accessory for Apple fans, the Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones, in multiple colors for $249.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the regular price and the current lowest available on the newest model Studios. Today’s deal is available on all colors: black, white, red, blue, pink, orange, titanium and more. In the box you get a USB 2.0 charging cable, USB wall adapter, 3.5mm audio cable, Remote Talk cable, hard shell carrying case and the Beats cleaning cloth.

Update (8/8 8:15AM): Newegg is offering the refurbished Powerbeats in black for $44.89 shipped,  the best refurbished price we’ve seen.

Amazon also has the Lebron James approved Powerbeats in-ear headphones for $79.99 with free shipping (Reg. $150). That’s the best price we have ever seen by $20. Available in neon orange, blue, and pink. Features bendable ear hooks, sweat and UV-resistant construction, and built-in microphone. Best Buy matches.

More headphone deals:

Woot has the Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear headphones for $49.99 + $5 shipping. That’s $125 off the original listing, $62 under Amazon’s current price, the lowest we can find, and matching the best we’ve ever seen. They feature a black chrome all-metal housing, tangle-resistant cable design, Monster sound isolating eartips in multiple sizes. Rated 3.8/5 stars from over 700 Amazon customers.

You’ll find more headphone deals from Woot and in today’s Daily Deals roundup.

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