Archives for January 31, 2018

Xiaomi Mi IV Hybrid In-Ears for $16 w/free S&H [from China]

They are the Xiaomi Pistons, not the Detroit Pistons! GearBest is having a flash on the silver color scheme of the Original Xiaomi Mi IV Hybrid Dual Driver for $16 with free slow shipping from China. You can upgrade shipping to faster or with tracking for additional fees. Earphones are fairly small, so shipping upgrades are not bad if you want/need them.

GearBest is the only seller on their website (unlike big marketplaces like Alibaba where many sellers offer products), so you don’t have to worry about the reliability of random sellers.

These currently go for $26 Prime-shipped sold by Amazon actual

Two Sonos One Speakers for $350 [for Two Rooms]

Sonos is running a two-pack bundle at some of its authorized dealers. You get two Sonos ONE speakers for $350 with free shipping at OneCall (Huppin’s) which offers various color options, including two of the same color or one of each color. A variety of sellers also has this price at Amazon. One speaker, one room is the Sonos way, these are not traditional speakers that come in pairs.

Phones as DAPs: LG V30 (Unlocked, USA Warranty) for $675; LG G6+ Prime Ads (128GB, Quad DAC too) for $500

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, especially if you are looking to get both a new phone and a new DAP, the new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty LG V30 is currently on sale for $675 with free shipping in the cloud silver color scheme at B&H Photo. You can also get a second year of warranty by registering the product online with LG.

Considering all the specs of this model, it can be used as a DAP long after it may be considered too old to be your main phone. The Quad DAC, 64GB onboard and microSD, Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 18:9 (easier playlist management), 802.11ac, NFC, FM radio, IP68, Qi charging, are more than good enough to handle music streaming apps for many years to come.

LG G6+ for $500 with Prime Lockscreen Ads
If you want a Quad DAC, but prefer a slightly smaller screen and slightly smaller price, Amazon is offering the Prime exclusive LG G6+ for $500. You will get Amazon Lockscreen Offers and Ads, which is why you pay a lower price. The G6+ model has the quad DAC in the US version, with 128GB on-board storage, microSD, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 821, 18:9 screen, IP68, and so forth.

I haven’t used any of Amazon’s “Lockscreen Ads” phones/tablets, so I don’t know how annoying or helpful they can be [helpful if you are an Amazon bargain hunter]. The ads on the Kindle e-book readers are not annoying and occasionally useful [in finding deals], but e-ink screens limit the type of advertising, while smartphones have a lot more [annoying] ads options 🙂

Seller Refurbished LG V20 for $210
If you want an even better price, the LG V20 is offered seller refurbished for $210 with free shipping by eBay seller “Guarantee Cellular” (96.3%, Brooklyn) is Titan or Silver color schemes. This is a higher risk purchase, but they offer a 30 day guarantee. Still if you hate the idea of having to return something, you may want to avoid this. Over 480 units have been sold from this listing so far.

Sennheiser HD 579 Open Over-Ears for $113 [limit 3]

The middle of the three new open-back headphones in the Sennheiser HD 5** line is the HD 579, and this headphone is currently on sale for $113~ with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer at the sale price. This is not a lightning deal, so expiration time is unknown. They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 61 customer reviews and have 24 answered questions.

Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp + AK iRiver ICP-AT1000 IEMs for $80

The Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp goes for $76 in new condition at various authorized Fiio Dealers such as Adorama and various at Amazon but for $4 more, you can get it bundled with Astell&Kern (iRiver) ICP-AT1000 earphones, sold in this bundle by seller “ProStudio Sound & Music” with the orders Fulfilled by Amazon, so you get Prime shipping, and Amazon customer service and support.

Samson SR850 Semi-Open Over-Ears for $33 w/free S&H

According to a blog search here, this went as low as $25 shipped, but if you don’t want to wait for a future sale, the new condition Samson SR850 Semi-Open Over-Ears are on sale for the very specific price of $32.80 with free shipping by Amazon actual, where they average 4.5 out of 5 based on 400+ customer reviews. They picked up 132 more customer reviews since April 2017 dropped 0.1 in review average.

These are a value play headphone with a loooooong non-detachable cable. It also sells under the Superlux brand and there are probably other variations as well. We have a text and pictures unboxing of these here. They are open enough that in a quiet room you can use them as temporary computer speakers if you hang them near ear-level and increase the volume level. The only accessory included is a 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter.