Archives for January 8, 2018

In-Stock Now: Sennheiser HDV 820 DAC/amp for $2400

CES 2018 is here and we have began rounding up the new headphones at CES 2018 in our annual customary mega-post. It is short now but if you check the previous CES years, you will notice that they balloon to the point of unreadability 🙂

The closed-back HD 820 headphones are the star of Sennheiser’s announcement and the subjects of a long wait until the early summer for release. Coming along with them, but already in-stock and shipping at various retailers is the HDV 820 DAC and headphone amplifier. Both have a price of $2400. The HDV 820 Headphone Amplifier is already in-stock and shipping by various at Amazon and B&H Photo and the official Sennheiser USA store and Hifi Heaven and World Wide Stereo, the last two being their eBay stores.

Used Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote Tesla In-Ears for $735

The wired Beyerdynamic Xelento Remote Tesla In-Ears go for $999 but if you are comfortable with used, you can get them in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $735~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Used Panasonic RP-HT161 Closed Over-Ears for $8

On the budget side of things, the closed-back over-ear Panasonic RP-HT161 in the black color scheme is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $8 sold by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual, with free 2-day shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order. This is on the same listing as a totally different Panasonic headphones, so pay attention to reviews and answered questions to make sure you are reading about this model, and not the other and more popular model (the good old RP-HT21)

Mjolnir Balanced Headphone Amplifier for $750

the latest model is the second generation Mjolnir Balanced Headphone Amplifier which goes for $850 plus shipping at the Schiit Audio website. But if you happen to want the first generation model, in new condition, you can get it for $750 with free shipping by Hi-Fi Heaven (B&M Wisconsin A/V dealer) through It ships directly from Heaven (ha!) and it is not Prime eligible. Per the shopping cart, they have only one unit available.

Refurbished Denon DA-10 portable USB DAC/amp for $139

If you are interested in the Denon DA-10 portable USB DAC/amp, you can get it in refurbished condition from authorized Denon dealer LISTENUP (of Colorado) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from ListenUp and it is not Prime eligible. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 13 customer reviews and has 10 answered questions.

Music: A Farewell To Kings (40th Anniversary) for $22

If you got tired of listening to sinewaves and white and pink noise, there is a new anniversary release that came out last month, it is the 40th anniversary edition of RUSH’s “A Farewell to Kings” in a three disc CD set with new cover art and illustrations along with 12,000 word liner notes, going for $22.39 by Amazon actual.

If you don’t want/need the anniversary edition, the deal is on the standard audio CD going for $4, with AutoRIP. So you will automatically get the mp3 version when you purchase the CD as long as it is sold and shipped by Amazon actual. This is however an Add-On item, so you must needs place a $25+ order of eligible items, otherwise their shopping cart won’t let you buy it.

VE Monks Plus Earbuds for $10

If you want to jump in the curiosity that is the VE Monk plus actual earbuds, but don’t want to wait for Massdrop or get slow no-tracking free shipping from China, there is an alternative. If you are a Prime member, you can get these in about two days for $10 from the Venture Electronics Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Non-Prime members get free shipping with a $25+ order. They average 4.1 out of 5 based on 48 customer reviews there.

The one above is the “Smoke/Clear” color scheme. I have a different model, the red color scheme and for that we have a review diary and a text and pictures unboxing too.

Open box Monoprice M300 Planar In-Ears for $100 + S&H

Monoprice offers their new condition M300 planar-magnetic in-ears for $150, but if you are comfortable with buying open-box, they are offering them in open-box condition for $100 plus shipping.

If you purchase them together with other things that come with free shipping, it will likely lower or in some cases zero out their shipping fee. The Monoprice shipping fees work in mysterious ways.

Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC/Amp for $187

Fulfilled by Amazon seller “Amazing Deals Online” is offering the new condition Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC/Amp for the very specific price of $186.66 with free Prime shipping for members. This may be a price match or something, who knows. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration date is unknown.

NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo for $60 [MD]

On the portable side of USB DAC/Amps, fully unlocked at Massdrop and running for the next five days and change (from blog-posting date) is the new condition NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo going for $60 with free US shipping. It ships in early February from Massdrop, with all sales final, and no mention of warranty in the listing.

This takes USB audio input, and outputs analog (RCA) and digital (coaxial), along with a headphone output on the front. It is powered by USB, there is no separate power input. Since audio comes from USB as well, this can only be used with sources that output music via USB.

In addition to their “classic drops”, Massdrop is also running a handful of products in a more conventional setting, they ship within a week after purchase. We round those up at our Massdrop Tracker post

[DEAD] Used Sennheiser HD 650 for $191 w/free S&H

As of a 10:42pm ET recheck, this listing/condition sold out, and the lowest used price is $255+ in “Used – Like New”…

Blinq is a clearing house and overstock reseller of sorts, and they get inventory from various places. If you are comfortable with used, they are currently offering the open-back over-ear Sennheiser HD 650 in “Used – Good” condition with a 30-day money-back guarantee for $191 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from Blinq, and it is not Prime eligible.

The HD650 prices are squeezed by the Sennheiser HD 6XX which is currently offered for $200 at Massdrop but ships in late March 2018.