Powered Stories June 24, 2016

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. 

Features:

  • 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.

Features:

  • 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

Powered Stories May 6, 2015

Tanga is offering the Goal Zero Black Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker for $39.99 + $2 shipping. When you use the coupon code: CHEAPSKATE at checkout, the price drops to only $36.98 shipped. That’s $23 off the list price, $15 less than Amazon, and the lowest we can find for it.

Features include:

  • Rugged, water-resistant shell protects the speaker and your gear
  • Juice up the internal lithium battery in 3 hours from USB or sun
  • Chainable with other Rock Out version 1 or Rock Out 2 speakers for more sound
  • Versatile bungee cord allows for securing the speaker on your ride, belt loop, backpack, etc

JBL-spark-bluetooth-speaker Also available, JBL has its Spark Bluetooth Speaker in translucent red or blue for $129.95. Enter coupon code 30SPARK at checkout to bring your final price down to just $30 shipped. That’s the best price we’ve seen by $5. This speaker isn’t portable, but that’s not a problem for anyone looking to add big sound to a office, basement, or patio. The fabric power cable includes an inline control for Bluetooth pairing, volume, and more.

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Powered Stories April 21, 2015

expiredHeadphones: JBL powered over-ears $70 (Orig. $300), Sennheiser HD 518 over-ears $60 (Orig. $130), more

Shopdivvy (99.1% Positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals has the JBL Synchros S500 Powered Over-Ear Headphones in black for $69.99 shipped. That’s $230 below the original listing, as much as $110 below Amazon listings, $10 under Amazon’s used price and the best we can find.

They have a steel headband, leather ear cushions and ship with a carrying case and 2 detachable remote/mic cables (iOS and universal). The S500 has two included ‘AAA’ batteries to “deliver 20 hours of enhanced listening with LiveStage technology.” The S-series headphones have received 4+ star ratings among Amazon customers.

Next up, Newegg is offering the Sennheiser HD 518 over-ear headphones (Titan) for $99.99, but using code EMCARNK67 will drop your total down to $59.95 shipped. That’s more than 50% under the original listing, $35 below the average selling prices, around $15 better than Amazon and matching the best price we have seen.

They feature a 14Hz-26KHz frequency response range, a 10 ft. cord, “soft, crackle-free” ear pads and a grille-like ear cup casing design. The 518s have received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 300 Amazon customers.

Below you’ll find more notable headphone deals like these wireless Bluetooth earphones for $14 shipped and be sure to check out these sweat-proof Mpow earphones for just $22 Prime shipped.

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Powered Stories April 1, 2015

expiredJBL S500 Powered Over-Ear Stereo Headphones $99 shipped (orig. $399)

Daily Steals has the JBL Synchros S500 Powered Over-Ear Stereo Headphones for only $99 shipped. That’s 75% off the list price, $102 less than Amazon and the lowest we’ve been able to find.

It has a steel headband and leather ear cushions. It also has a detachable cable with iOS button and universal remote/microphone cable included. Power for these headphones comes from a pair of AAA batteries. Amazon customers gave it 4.4/5 stars with great reviews. This sale ends today.

You can check out more discounted headphones in yesterday’s roundup.

Powered Stories March 27, 2015

expiredPreSonus Powered Speakers + Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones from $209 shipped (Reg. $430)

Adorama is now offering the PreSonus speakers and Audio-Technica headphones combo deal we saw earlier this month for even less. You can now get the Bluetooth equipped PreSonus Ceres C4.5BT 2-Way Powered Speakers and the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Headphones in black or white for $274.95 shipped. This is basically $25 off the regular price of the speakers with one of our favorite sets of headphones thrown in for free. Even at the lowest price both items have ever gone for, this is as much as $64 in savings.

Just like last time, the same combo deal is available with smaller PreSonus Ceres C3.5BT Two-Way 3.5″ Powered Studio Monitors and the ATH-M50x headphones in black or white for $209 shipped. This is $28 in savings based on the lowest prices we’ve seen for both items.

If you’re just looking for the speakers, Amazon has the C4.5BT for $229 shipped and the C3.5BT for $218 shipped, the lowest individual prices we can find.

The PreSonus Ceres speakers have received a 5 star rating on Amazon and the best selling ATH-M50x headphones are the latest gen version of the original M50s which have an impressive 4.7/5 star rating from nearly 5,000 customers.

More info and specs on both products below:

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

Powered Stories December 6, 2014

Don’t worry, all of our favorite good looking accessories, iPad docks and Bluetooth speakers are on the way. For now its all about how to amplify your home Mac set-up and integrate it with iOS. Mainly geared towards Mac/iOS musicians, here are some of my favorite pieces of gear to crank your home studio/office up a notch:

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