Powered Stories June 24, 2016

Vansky Bias USB Lighting Strip-sale-01

These days there is a myriad of choices in the smart lighting category, highlighted by the Philips Hue products. Most of them offer some pretty interesting control, as far as color and smartphone functionality, but can also cost a pretty penny. In my search for something similar and more cost efficient, I came across these Vansky USB powered LED light strips for a fraction of the price.

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Powered Stories August 12, 2015

JBL LSR305 Professional Studio Monitor speakers (pair) from $262 shipped (Reg. $300), more

Amazon has the JBL LSR305 Professional Studio Monitors (pair) for $267.25 shipped. They are temporarily out of stock but you can still lock-in the discounted price. Otherwise, third party seller AudioWatt (96% positive from over 5,000) has them for $262 shipped. Either way we are talking about the best price around, as these speakers still fetch as much as $150 a side from most retailers.

They have a 4.9/5 star rating from nearly 30 Amazon customers and feature:

  • Increased HF Detail – You’ll experience greater depth and ambience in recordings. 
  • Broad Sweet Spot -3-Series speakers deliver neutral sound across an unusually large working space regardless of room acoustics.
  • 3 Series efficient Class D Amplifiers provide abundant power to deliver the output and dynamic headroom needed for the most demanding production styles

If you would prefer something more modern with Bluetooth streaming, Adorama has the PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT Two-Way 4.5″ Powered Studio Monitor Speakers for $139.99 shipped right now. That’s within $10 of the lowest we have ever seen. However, if you don’t mind the hassles of a mail-in-rebate (details on page), you can drop these suckers down to $114.99 shipped, which is the lowest price we have ever seen.

Powered Stories June 29, 2015

expiredM-Audio Studiophile 4-inch Powered Monitor Speakers $80 shipped (Reg. $149)

Today only, B&H is offering the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Active Studio Monitor Speakers (pair) for $79.99 shipped. That’s about $70 under the original listing. These speakers still fetch full price at most retailers including Amazon. At $80 for the pair, this is the best price we have ever seen these speakers go for and about $50 less than the lowest (trusted) refurbished price we can find.

Certainly an upgrade from your built-in MacBook/iMac/PC speakers, these monitors will work with your system right out of the box with the included cables and feature:

  • 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers – tight, accurate bass
  • 1-inch ferrofluid-cooled silk dome tweeters – clear, smooth highs
  • OptImage III tweeter wave guides – precision imaging for a balanced stereo field
  • 20-watt-per-channel amplifier with Class A/B architecture – professional design and fidelity
  • Magnetic shielding – reduces interference with other equipment, perfect for multimedia and video work

They have a solid 4/5 star rating from over 800 Amazon customers.

This set will work perfect with vinyl turntables right out of the box like this discounted Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Mac/PC compatible option. We also still have the Bluetooth equipped PreSonus monitors at their lowest price yet.

Powered Stories June 25, 2015

Speakers: PreSonus 4.5″ Powered Studio Monitors $163 (Reg. $200), JBL Loft 30 4″ Bookshelfs $35 (Orig. $130)

Update (6/26 11:45am): Amazon has now dropped the price even further on PreSonus monitors to $149.99 shipped (the lowest we can find).

Today, Amazon is offering the PreSonus Eris E4.5 2-Way Powered Studio Monitors (pair) for $162.13 shipped. These speakers still go for the $200 they were originally listed at from most retailers including Guitar Center, bringing you a savings of around $38. While you won’t be able to take them with you as easily as these discounted UE Mini Booms, it is sometimes nice to have a solid set of desktop speakers for your home or office setup. They are rated 4.7/5 stars from over 50 Amazon customers. 


  • 4.5 inch Kevlar low frequency transducer
  • 1 inch 25mm ultra low mass silk dome high frequency transducer
  • 50 watt class ab amplification 25w side
  • Midrange 6 db continuously variable HF 6db continuously variable High Pass off 80 Hz 100 Hz
  • Acoustic Space settings flat -2 -4 db for accurate mixing contour
  • RF interference output current limiting over temperature transient and susonic protection

Next up, JBL via Newegg has the JBL Loft 30 Two-Way 4-inch Bookshelf speakers (pair) for $34.88 shipped. That’s $95 under the original listing, $22 better than Amazon, and the best price we can find. Most used and refurbished prices start at $55. These monitors are rated 4.5/5 stars on Amazon.


  • 10 – 100 watts suggested amplifier range
  • 4 (100mm) PolyBass woofer
  • 1 (25mm) soft dome tweeter with EOS waveguide
  • FreeFlow port technology
  • Straight-Line Signal Path (SSP) design

Powered Stories June 5, 2015

expiredPreSonus Ceres 4.5-inch Powered Speakers w/ Bluetooth streaming (pair) $130 shipped (Orig. $300)

Adorama’s official eBay store is offering a pair of PreSonus Ceres Two-Way 4.5″ Powered Studio Speakers with Bluetooth (C4.5BT) for $129.99 shipped. That’s $170 below the original listing, $63 under Amazon, $10 under the best we’ve seen for the speakers alone and the best we can find.

Unlike typical, lower priced studio monitors, the Ceres lineup allows for Bluetooth audio streaming from your smartphone, tablet or computer as well as:

  • 4.5-inch Kevlar low-frequency transducer
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer
  • 25W/side Class AB amplification
  • Treble and Bass Acoustic Tuning controls let you create a more accurate listening environment

This set has a 4.7/5 star rating from nearly 50 Amazon customers. Looking for something more portable? Check out the brand new Bose Soudlink Mini II, and our exclusive interview with Wu-Tang’s RZA on the new Boombotix speakers.

Powered Stories May 11, 2015

PreSonus Speakers w/ Bluetooth + Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones $240 shipped ($360 value)

Adorama has another speaker combo deal right now. You can grab the Presonus Ceres C4.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers with Bluetooth plus a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones for $239.95 shipped. That’s $100 off the lowest current listings for both items ($199.99 + $160 or so) and $40 under the lowest combined total we’ve seen. This is essentially like getting the speakers at the best price they ever been offered and the headphones for around $40 below their best showing. The speakers typically sell for $300, but you can pick them up for $199.99 or less from Amazon or Adorama without the headphones. Teh same deal applies for the bundle with the white ATH-M50x headphones.

The PreSonus Ceres speakers have received a 4.7 star rating on Amazon and the best selling ATH-M50x headphones have a 4.7/5 star rating from over 1,600 customers.

Head below for more details on both products or over to today’s headphone roundup for more discounted options from Sennheiser, Beats, V-MODA, and JBL.

PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers:

  • Bluetooth wireless audio streaming for use with smartphones, tablets, and other computers
  • 4.5-inch Kevlar low-frequency transducer
  • 1-inch (25 mm), ultra-low-mass, silk-dome, high-frequency transducer
  • 25W/side Class AB amplification
  • Treble and Bass Acoustic Tuning controls let you create a more accurate listening environment

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Headphones:

  • Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments
  • 90° swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring, professional-grade earpad and headband material delivers more durability and comfort. Detachable cable

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