5 Headphone Deals: $30 off Monster Beats by Dre, Well-Reviewed Sets from $25

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Whether you landed a brand new MP3 player for the holidays, or simply want to spend a gift card on some ear candy, these headphone deals feature price lows on a number of in-demand brands, including Klipsch, Koss, and Beats by Dr. Dre. Looking for more aural excitement? Be sure to check out our other headphone deals.

  1. Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphones bundled with a $2 Amazon MP3 Credit
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $84.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $53

    Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice, you get earphones that CNET praised for its "punchy bass and lively dynamics." These 0.4-oz. earbuds are tied with our Cyber Monday mention, assuming you use the $2 credit. Plus they feature a 5Hz to 19kHz frequency response, 50" vinyl cable, 3.5mm connector, and a faux-leather carrying case and five sets of ear gels.

  2. Skullcandy Downshift Backpack + Aviator Headphones with Mic3
    Store: Skullcandy
    Price: $84.97 via coupon code "TRIEDGE50" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $73

    Is It Worth It?: Get two Skullcandy items — a rugged backpack in a cool colorway, as well as a pair of sleek over-the-ear headphones — for half the price. (Search for "downshift aviator" and apply coupon code "TRIEDGE50" to get this price.) Skullycandy doesn't include detailed information about the bundled items, but the Aviator style headphones seem comparable to the well-reviewed pair here, which CNET gives a 3.5-star review. According to the publication, the 'phones, "reach beyond Skullcandy's tween demographic and bring a sophisticated look and detailed sound design to the mobile market." They feature a polycarbonate speaker housing, in-line mic with iPod controls, 40mm speakers, and more.

  3. Lenovo W770 Wireless Headset
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $19.99 via coupon code "USP1DE345782" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $14
    Expires: January 1

    Is It Worth It?: Lenovo recommends these headphones for gaming, chat, and entertainment use, as this headset features a 40mm drive unit, 2.4GHz audio transmission, hidden microphone, and more. The price lands these headphones at $1 under last month's mention, and while it's a great deal, be advised that these headphones are definitely better suited for casual use with a PC as opposed to optimal hi-fi listening.

  4. Monster Beats Solo by Dr. Dre Headphones
    Store: Expansys
    Price: $139.99 with $3.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $29

    Is It Worth It?: CNET comments that these headphones have a "killer, travel-friendly design that's sure to turn heads, but the audio quality fails to live up to the price tag." If you like your bass extra loud, though, these may be the headphones for you, as they're tied with our mention from last week. Available in White, they feature ControlTalk, a folding design, carry pouch, cleaning cloth, and more.

  5. Koss Collapsible Portable Headphones
    Store: Kmart
    Price: $24.99 at checkout with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $25

    Is It Worth It?: Koss invented the first stereo headphones in 1958, and these headphones draw raves from CNET, who noted that these headphones are the "ideal companion for mobile audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts," though the design is a little funky for some folks. (They also earned CNET's Editors' Choice award in 2008.) They feature 3.5mm connectors, 15Hz to 25kHz frequency response, and more.

Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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I was able to buy a pair of Koss PortaPros for $25 yesterday (Friday, 12/28/2012) at KMART. Today, Satuday, 12/29/2012, I tried to add Koss PortaPros to my cart and they are only displaying the normal price of $49.99 at KMART. Looks like the deal is over? Is anyone else noticing this?
The Koss PortaPros are very highly regarded, not just by CNET, but by the headphone nuts over on headfi as well. Koss has a lifetime warranty: if they break, just ship them back and Koss will send you a refurbed pair. A bargain at their current price. They also fold down to a compact size for carrying. Note however that these sit on the ears and offer no noise reduction (passive or active) so they are not ideal for noisy environments such as commuter trains and airport lounges.