Kevlar Stories October 22, 2015

Podcasting/Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface + Sennheiser HD600 + Condenser Mic $400 shipped ($655 value)

Adorama has a very interesting podcasting/home recording bundle on sale right now. You can grab the Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones plus a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface and a Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone for $399.99 shipped. Combining all three items, that’s nearly $300 off the original listings, $255 off the current prices and the best we have seen.

Outside of the very expensive Apogee interfaces, the Scarletts are some of our favorites on the market. In combination with the MTR101 Condenser, your home recordings will certainly sound much better. While Sennheiser’s reputation as a headphone maker speaks for itself, the open-back HD 600s feature Kevlar reinforced cables and Neodymium ferrous magnets to offer a much more professional monitoring situation.

While reviews on this particular mic are scarce, just about all of the affordable Samsons have favorable reviews on Amazon. Both the headphones and the interface have 4+ stars from hundreds. 

Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones:

  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure excellent transient response
  • Neodymium ferrous magnets maintain optimum sensitivity and excellent dynamics
  • Sophisticated design, elegantly finished in black and gray
  • High-quality open metal-mesh earpiece covers
  • Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced oxygen-free-copper cable with very low handling noise

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

  • Two award winning Focusrite microphone pre-amps
  • Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone:

  • Includes MTR101 Condenser Microphone, pop filter and shock mount
  • Large, 1-inch diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Internally shock-mounted capsule reduces handling noise and external vibrations
  • Rugged die cast construction

Kevlar Stories September 3, 2015

expiredOver-Ear Headphones: V-Moda Crossfade LP (multiple colors) $90 (Reg. $125+), Parrot ZIK Bluetooth (refurb) $140 (Orig. $400)

Update (9/3 9:45am): Missup via Amazon offers the Tacoon Qy7 Bluetooth 4.0 In-Ear headphones for $14.99 Prime shipped with promo code 6KZJDCN4.

Focus Camera (98.9% positive feedback from 57,000+) via eBay offers the V-Moda Crossfade LP Over-the-Ear Headphones in multiple colors for $89.99 shipped. Today’s deal is $110 off the original price, $28 better than Amazon and the lowest price we’ve posted outside of a few one day Gold Box deals.

Features include 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, memory foam ear cushions, a steel frame and an in-line remote/microphone. It ships with a 69-inch Kevlar-reinforced audio cable and a carrying case. Nearly 2,900 Amazon customers rate these headphones 4.5/5 stars. We also have V-Moda’s Crossfade M-80’s for $79.98 shipped.

Next up, Sonic Electronix (99.3% positive from 367,000+) via eBay offers the manufacturer refurbished Parrot ZIK Wireless Over-Ear Headphones for $139.99 shipped. That’s good for $260 off the original price, $150 better than Amazon’s current listing in new condition and the lowest price we can currently find. Active noise cancellation, touch panel controls, bone conduction sensors and five microphones highlight this pair of on-ear headphones. Additionally, a one-year manufacturer warranty is included. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 478 Amazon customers.

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Kevlar Stories August 5, 2015

PreSonus Ceres 3.5-inch Powered Speakers w/ Bluetooth streaming $100 shipped (Reg. $230)

Adorama is offering the PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers with Bluetooth for $100 shipped. That’s about $130 under the original price these speakers are still fetching at most retailers including Guitar Center. This is $127 under the best Amazon Fulfillment options and and $30 below the lowest we have seen these speakers go for on their own.

If mail-in-rebates are your thing, you can knock an extra $10 off your total. You’ll find all the details by hitting the “$90.00 After Mail-in Rebate” link directly below the price on the listing page.

Not only is this the lowest price we have seen (with or without the MIR), but it is rare to find studio monitors at this price with built-in Bluetooth for streaming audio from your smartphones, tablets and more.

Features:

  • 3.5″ Kevlar low-frequency transducer
  • 25W/side Class AB amplification
  • RCA and professional 1/4″ rear-panel inputs
  • Front-panel 1/8″ stereo Headphone output
  • Front-panel Volume control
  • 1/4″ Subwoofer output
  • Rear-firing, round bass-reflex port
  • Professional-type speaker protection features

This speakers have received a 4.4/5 star rating from over 55 Amazon customers.

Kevlar Stories March 16, 2015

expiredPreSonus Ceres 3.5/4.5-inch powered speakers w/ Bluetooth from $130 shipped (Reg. up to $299)

Adorama is offering 43% off the PreSonus Ceres 3.5-inch C3.5BT and 4-inch C4.5BT powered speakers w/ Bluetooth (pair). The C3.5BT are available for $129.95 shipped, which is $100 off the original listing and around $86 below Amazon. The larger 4-inch C4.5BT speakers are $169.99 shipped, which is $130 under the original listing/Amazon. Today’s deals are both the lowest we have seen on these speakers since release.

While not quite as popular as something like the comparable KRKs, some might argue the Ceres are a better option for some due to Bluetooth functionality and, in today’s case, the price. They feature Bluetooth wireless audio streaming, Kevlar low-frequency transducer, 1-inch (25 mm) silk-dome high-frequency transducer, 25W/side Class AB amplification and “Treble/Bass Acoustic Tuning controls that let you create a more accurate listening environment.”

They have received a 4.8/5 star rating from 34 Amazon customers.

Kevlar Stories December 5, 2014

expiredV-MODA Crossfade LP2 noise-isolating over-ear headphones in matte black $100 shipped (Reg. $199)

Microsoft Store is once again offering the V-MODA Crossfade LP2 Limited Edition Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphones in matte black for $99.99 shipped. That’s $100 or 50% under the original price tag, $40 better than Amazon, within $1 of Black Friday pricing and the lowest listing we can find. This set dropped to $99 during Black Friday and then jumped back up to $200, so we thought we would share it again for anyone who may have missed the limited holiday sale. 

They feature two 50 mm dual-diaphragm drivers, exoskeleton case and a detachable Kevlar reinforced universal 1-button audio/mic cable as well as a pro audio/DJ cable. The Crossfades come with a “Military-Level Quality” build, a Gunmetal shield kit, screwdriver, 1/4-inch adapter, cleaning cloth and a limited 2 year warranty.

They have received a 4.7/5 star rating from 44 Amazon customers. We also have the first notable price drop on the Sennheiser Urbanite XL Over-Ear Headphones for iOS in blacksand, and denim, and you can find more headphone deals in our previous roundup.

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