FREE AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt w/$750+ purchase

Good until 11/30/23 (or earlier if stock is depleted),, the shopping side of the popular YouTube channel, is offering a FREE AudioQuest Dragonfly Cobalt USB DAC/Amp with purchases of $750+ in new and open-box products too!

Do NOT add the Dragonfly manually to your shopping cart!

Add $750+ of products, new condition and/or open-box to your shopping cart, and the Dragonfly will auto-magically appear in your cart as FREE!

There is no coupon code to enter!

One thing to note, from the text of the email it is not 100% clear whether the $750+ must be from a single item, or a combination of items. Play with the shopping cart and see what happens.

ChiFi Sale: KZ EDX Lite for $9, AM01 DAC/amp for $14, CCA Polaris for $12

There’s a Chi-Fi sale party at the KZTWS online shop! Among others they are offering:

+ KZ EDX Lite earphones for $9

+ CCA Polaris for $12

+ KZ AM01 cable DAC/amp for $14

+ KZ Castor for $15

+ CCA Pianist for $30

+ KZ Krila for $16

+ and more!

Thursday: Ultrasone Panther DAC/Amp + Ultrasone Signature DXP Closed-Back + Manfrotto CF Tripod for $850

If you think that headphone deals have become more boring and predictable, well, here’s something out of left field for this special day that is April 20 in 2023!

It’s a three item bundle at B&H Photo for $850. For that, you get:

  • Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC Amplifier
  • Ultrasone Signature DXP Closed-Back headphones
  • Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Legs with Mid-Level Spreader (100/75mm Bowl)

Yes, that’s a professional tripod for photography and video and such 🙂

Monolith Liquid Spark head amp for $62 w/FS

We are developing a bit of a head-amp theme today! Monoprice is having a sale on their new condition Monolith Liquid Spark Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli for $62 with FREE standard US shipping. As of the time of writing it averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 70 customer reviews, and it has about that many answered questions.

Speaking of Monoprice, also on sale are their new condition Monolith M1000ANC ANC/BT over-ears for $42 with free standard US shipping. These average 4 out of 5 based on 12 customer reviews. They come with a USB-C charging cable, carry bag, and 3.5mm audio cable.

PS: slapping the Monolith brand on everything increases the risk of diluting the power of the brand…

Wedn: Polsen 4-channel head amp for $20

For Wednesday 3/15/2023, one of the B&H Photo daily deals is the new condition Polsen HMA-41 4-Channel Stereo Headphone Amplifier going for $20. AC power adapter is included, along with four 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapters and a 2-prong audio cable too!

All its outputs and its input are 1/4″ (6.3mm), that’s why it includes the four adapters. Other amps in this tier do not include the adapters. Each output has its own volume control, sliders, instead of knobs.

As of the time of writing it averages 4 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings and it has a couple of answered questions.

Needless to say, this is more of utilitarian interest, don’t throw away your $1000+ headphone amps 🙂

Monolith Liquid Spark Headphone Amp for $80 w/FS

For a limited time, the Monoprice website is offering the new condition Monolith Liquid Spark Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli for $80 with FREE standard US shipping. Up to twenty per customer at the sale price. It averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 67 customer reviews and it has 110 answered questions over there.

PS: Alex Cavalli himself NOT included with purchase 😉

Sterling 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier for $50

It’s a headphone amplifier, probably not the type you see buzzing around at Headfi and Zeos Fi and such, but it is the current Musician’s Friend daily deal, the new condition Sterling Audio 4-Channel Professional Headphone Amplifier offered for $50 with free US shipping [I think]… Offer ends Thursday at 8am eastern or earlier if sold out…

Monoprice overstock sale includes 8323, Amplifiers, IEMs

Monoprice is back with another overstock sale and in the “Personal Audio” segment it includes a number of headphone-related products including:

+ the good old 8323 closed over-ears for $15
+ they now come with two cables, one with mic/remote
+ I had this a few years ago when it was riding the hype train, you certainly can’t go wrong for $15, considering you get two audio cables and a 1/4″ adapter
+ I haven’t posted an unboxing/review of this, but note that it expands a lot on your head (meaning that when you wear it you look like an android/robot from the 50s scifi movies), but it’s also not as big as it looks – of interest to those with big heads

+ THX AAA Monolith balanced headphone amp for $300

+ Quartet IEMs for $25
+ two balanced, two dynamic drivers
+ also for $25 is the Trio (1BA, 2DD)

+ there’s a few more headphone/audio related products as well as many tech things (cables, guitars, chargers, etc)

Pengo 4.7-inch USB-C to 3.5mm Dongle for $10

Forced by the smartphone manufacturer to join “The Dongle Lifestyle”? Good until 9/21/22 at 10am ET (or earlier if sold out) Adorama is offering, as part of their daily deals, the new condition Pengo 4.7″ USB Type-C to 3.5mm 192KHz Audio Adapter Cable for $10, with a 18-month Pengo limited warranty. This goes up to 192/24.

Note this is 4.7 inches long, not 4.7 feet!

Sunday: Random Audio sale with Monolith Liquid, Etymotic ER4SR, Etc

Surprise-surprise, it’s the return of the Random Audio sale at the Woot website, this is edition #26 and runs until 9/18/22 at 11:59pm central time (or earlier for anything that may sell out beforehand):

+ Etymotic ER4SR in-ears for $140 with the 2-year Etymotic warranty

+ Monoprice’s Monolith Liquid Platinum Balanced DAC for $500

+ Master & Dynamic MW50+ bluetooth over-ears for $150

+ Lenovo $12 truly wireless

+ speakers from KEF, Jamo and Klipsch
+ various other audio gear things

BUT WAIT, there’s more! The main Woot deal of the day for Sunday is a Tech Stuff sale and it includes some headphones:

+ Skullcandy Crusher bluetooth over-ears for $60

+ Xbox X Razen X headset bundle for $270

+ Bose Soundlink Around Ear (over-ears, because BOSE has to be different) bluetooth headphones for $130

+ JBL truly wireless

+ refurbished Apple Airpods 2 with wired charging case for $90 with a 90-day Woot warranty

Darkglass Element Cabinet Sim Headphone Amp for $196

Surprise-surprise! Among the items in the random sale of Woot Bargain Bins, in the second row of items, you can find the new condition Darkglass Element Cabinet Sim Headphone Amp going for $196 with free US shipping for Prime members, or flat shipping for non-members.

The sale ends on 8/29/22 or earlier if sold out…

Picture #5 over there has a diagram with all the ways you can connect it to various audio inputs and outputs. It has two headphone jacks, bluetooth, XLR, etc. The internet search is your friend for more details on this.

PS: if it doesn’t sell out, after this sale ends, it may likely cycle-through in other “Woot Plus” or daily Woot offerings (until it’s eventually sold out – or something like that)…

Monolith USB DAC for $60, Liquid-Spark for $80, THX AAA Balanced for $250, Etc

Monoprice is having a Big Overstock sale and among the offerings there is some headphone related action, along with “Pro Audio” offerings!

+ Monolith USB DAC for $60
+ Monolith Liquid Spark head-amp by Cavalli for $80
+ Monolith THX AAA balanced head-amp for $250

+ Stage Right studio headphones for $22

+ Sonic Solace II ANC over-ears for $50

+ True Wireless Plus for $20
+ yep, that’s their name, easy and self-descriptive LOL

+ BA+Dynamic IEMs: Trio for $38, Quartet for $48, Quintet for $55

+ all kinds of cables and such

+ see them all at their Big Overstock sale

Thursday: EPOS amplifier, Samsung TW

Thursday 4/28/22 has a headphone-related theme at Amazon!

We start with a PC products sale that includes the new condition EPOS Sennheiser GsX 1000 gaming audio amplifier for $120, along with a Corsair wireless gaming headset for $140…

Then the headliner deal of the day is the new condition Samsung Galaxy Buds Live truly wireless going for $90 in two color options… You can be forgiven for not remember the various options Samsung has, but thankfully Wikipedia and your favorite search engine can be your friends in helping sort them all out…

SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset with GameDAC for $160

Good until Friday 3/25/22 at 10am eastern time, Adorama is offering the new condition SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset with the GameDAC, together for $160 with free US shipping. No coupons, no rebates, it’s the bundle price during this promotion…

Thursday: Ultrasone DAC/amp + Headphones + Manfrotto Tripod for $700

From the Unusual Headphone Bundles department, good until 3/3/22 at 11:59pm eastern time, New York’s B&H Photo is offering this Ultrasone x Manfrotto bundle for $700 with free US shipping:

  • Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC Amplifier
  • Ultrasone Performance Series 880 Headphones
  • Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head & MVTTWINGA Aluminum Tripod with Ground Spreader

Tue: Ultrasone Signature DXP headphones + Panther DAC/amp + Manfrotto Tripod for $900

It’s a deal you don’t see everyday but B&H Photo is creative like that. Running until 2/22/22 at 11:59pm eastern time, they are offering this Ultrasone bundle for $900 with free US shipping:

  • Ultrasone Signature DXP closed-back headphones
  • Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC Amplifier
  • Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head & MVTTWINMC Carbon Fiber Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader

No, it’s NOT a tripod made for headphones or a DAC/amp 🙂

Monoprice THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amp for $250

Also part of the Black Friday festivities, a well-reviewed balanced headphone amp is on sale as well, the new condition for $250 with free standard US shipping, for a limited time, the Monoprice THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier (with THX AAA 887) at the Monoprice website

Over there, as of the time of writing, it averages 4.9 out of 5 based on 57 customer reviews, with over 120 answered questions as well…

Audiophile Week sale at Massdrop (18 options)

If you are a fan of Massdrop or the specific headphones they sell, you are in luck, they are currently running an Audiophile week sale with 18 options. We break them down by product type:

Over Ears
+ 1More Triple Driver open-back for $140
+ Massdrop X Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO for $349
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Closed X for $379
+ Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Open X for $399
+ Massdrop x FOCAL Elex for $549

+ Moondrop KXXX for $152
+ Mangird Tea for $260 (PRO TIP: you can’t make tea with these!)
+ Westone W80-V3 for $750
+ IKKO OH7 for $799

Truly Wireless
+ Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 PRO for $85

+ Drop + THX AAA One linear amp for $159
+ DarkVoice 336SE OTL amp for $260
+ Drop + THX AAA 789 linear amp for $219
+ XDuoo TA-10R tube DAC/amp in red for $285

+ Dekoni Bulletz tips for $13
+ ADV dual suspension stand for $25
+ ADV dual stand (hanger style) for $35

Hidizs S9 PRO Red Copper Limited Edition for $129

For a limited time, HiFiGO is offering the new condition Hidizs S9 PRO Red Copper Limited Edition portable DAC/amp for $129~ with free shipping to select countries ~ they have an offer for free shipping on orders over $100 in select countries…

Sterling Audio 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier for $70 {ends Thur 8am ET}

The current Musician’s Friend daily deal that runs until Thursday 7/29/21 at 8am eastern (or earlier if sold out) is the new condition Sterling Audio 8-Channel Rackmount Headphone Amplifier going for $70 with free US shipping…

Keep in mind this is more of a studio type thing, not an enthusiast headphone amp.

Could be handy if you like to compare multiple headphones (up to eight!) at the same time 🙂

Monday: Senal SMH-1200 studio headphones for $60 [or TOGETHER w/Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC/amp for $260 total]

Headphones return at the May 3 (2021) daily deals of the B&H Photo website good until 11:59pm ET (or earlier if sold out), headlined by the new condition wired closed-back over-ear SENAL SMH-1200 studio headphones offered for $60 with free US shipping. Three color options are available.

These are an alternative to the famous Sony MDR-7506/MDR-V6 duo. Their main accessories are two cables (coiled, flat) and a storage pouch. They have a 3-year limited warranty. As of the time of writing they average 4 out of 5 based on 99 customer reviews.

BUT wait, there’s more! There’s also a “Buy Together and Save” offer. If you buy the Senal headphone together with the new condition Ultrasone Panther DSD DAC/amp you get a $350 off combined purchase discount making the total $260 instead of $610. Both have to be in the cart at the same time for the discount to activate.

In addition to the SENAL offer, among the other Monday daily deals at B&H you can get the new condition Tascam DR-10L Micro Portable Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone for $125 with free US shipping. Despite the looks, this does NOT use cassette tapes 🙂 It records on microSD cards, up to 32GB. It is powered by a single AAA battery or via microUSB for constant usage.

Tuesday: Polsen PMA-2B Stereo Personal In-Ear Monitor Amplifier for $25

Not exactly top shelf audiophile but the price is right and this hobby encourages the comparison, experimentation and testing and such, and this is just $25 with free US shipping, one of the B^H Photo daily deals until Tuesday 3/23/21 at 11:59pm eastern time is the new condition Polsen PMA-2B Stereo Personal In-Ear Monitor Amplifier. It even has knobs and one customer review 🙂

PS: for those not familiar, this is a product for the “Pro Audio” market, not the audiophile market, but it has XLR inputs and 3.5mm headphone out, so you can use it as you please. There are of course XLR cables/adapters to match it with your favorite music sources including DAPs, smartphones, etc…

Buy Massdrop’s Objective 2 Headphone amp like a Normal Online Person for $105

If you want to get Massdrop’s Objective 2 headphone amp (either the “Standard” or the “Medium Gain” version) and you don’t want to deal with the Massdrop website’s peculiar way of doing things, then for $105 you can get it delivered to your door “normally” because that’s the price these are sold at Amazon by Amazon actual. And if you are a Prime member you get them even faster!

Just like Schiit Audio does, Massdrop charges a bit more on Amazon to cover their Amazon seller fees, so you are trading off Amazon convenience versus Massdrop shipping and a lower price.

DARKVOICE 336SE OTL headphone amp for $200 [MD]

Among the Cyber Monday promotions at Massdrop there’s an OTL headphone amp, the new condition DARKVOICE 336SE OTL going for $200 with your choice of 110V or 220V. This will ship in early January 2021, so keep that mind if you are looking for holiday season gifts. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

Speaking of Massdrop, they have a Gaming Value Meal of the non-edible kind. If you start with the Drop ENTR mechanical keyboard page and from there you add the Sennheiser PC-37X gaming headset, and proceed to the shopping cart their total price will drop from $180 ($90 each) to $150. A combined purchase discount. No coupon is needed, this happens automatically during this limited time promotion…

Another one of their offers if you are interested in Mr Dan Clark Audio (DCA) ear-speakers (ha!). They are offering the new condition Drop + DCA AEON open X headphones of the V-Planar magnetic kind for $450 with free US shipping and free US returns. This is an in-stock drop, it will ship in a couple of business days… Optionally you can add a 3-year Drop extended warranty for +$40…

Monolith Black Friday sale at Monoprice

Monoprice’s Monolith high-end audio brand is having its Black Friday sale as well. This includes speakers and subwoofers, but when you further page down over there you will find their headphone offerings. A total of eight products are on offer, five headphones and three DAC/amps!

Planar Open-Back Over Ears
+ M570 for $200
+ M1070 for $300
+ M1570 for $400
+ staircase prices in full octaves 🙂

+ M350 planar earphones for $90
+ M-TWE truly-wireless for $100

+ Monolith USB DAC for $70
+ Monolith THX AAA Balanced Headphone Amplifier for $330
+ Monolith Liquid Platinum Balanced Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli for $400

Used Sabaj D2 DAC/amp for $28 [NEW for 34 euro]

This is a general purpose “organic” deal, not a Prime deal, so anyone can get it. Furthermore this is mixed USA/EU, so please do pay attention to the location of each item mentioned below…

If you are in (or shopping from) the Amazon USA, Amazon Warehouse Deals actual has in “Used – Like New” condition the Sabaj D2 DAC/amp for $28 with free US shipping. This is in the silver-black color scheme. The new condition price is $42 in either color scheme.

Those shopping in the EU, y’all can get the new condition in the black/silver color scheme for 34 euro at Amazon Germany

As of the time of writing, it averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 55 ratings at Amazon USA, and 3.9 out of 5 based on 35 ratings at Amazon Germany [mayhaps those East Germany gymnastics judges are audiophiles as well?].

These have three audio inputs (microUSB, optical, coaxial) and has RCA output [for the DAC part] and 3.5mm headphone output.

Monoprice Headphone Sale includes Planars and DACs

Monoprice continues to march on with their headphone products and as such, they are having a limited-time headphone and earphone sale that features a soccer team [= eleven] products as follows:

+ Closed-Back Planar Magnetics: M565C for $175, M1060C for $270

+ Modern Retro closed over-ears for $23
+ may remind you heavily of Samson/Superlux 🙂
+ I have here a text and pictures unboxing of their semi-open cousin 🙂

+ Quintet (2 dynamic, 3 BA) wired in-ears for $50

+ two truly-wireless ($60 each) and two bluetooth over-ears ($34 and $60 each)

+ Monolith portable headphone DAC/amp with THX AAA for $270

+ Monolith balanced headphone amp for $375

+ Monolith desktop balanced DAC/amp for $450

And that’s it 🙂

Tuesday: iFi PRO iDSD Desktop DAC, Etc

No Beyerdynamic coupons today at NewEGG but for Tuesday 7/28/20 there’s some interesting audio action at the Woot “Choose Your Tech Deal” sale that includes:

+ iFi PRO iDSD desktop DAC for $2000

+ PAww SilkSound very minimalist on-ears for $38

+ Rees Harps SE for $800
+ sorry but “The Doors of Stone” are NOT included with purchase 🙂

Meanwhile the main Woot deal du jour is a sale on Logitech ASTRO gaming headsets ranging from $120 to $165…

If you are looking for a popular budget bluetooth 5.0 truly-wireless in Europe, Amazon Germany is offering the new condition TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 for 33 euro. As of the time of writing it averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 460+ customer ratings…

Last (and probably least) the Best Buy dailies have a 3-month TiDAL Hifi trial for $0.99 for those three months, while on the truly-wireless front it’s yet another JBL option, the “FREE Gen 2” going for $73…

Back In-Stock: Massdrop Objective 2 Head-Amp for $95 [110V Medium Gain only]

If you are a current or future member of the “Cult of the NwAvGuy”, we have good news for you! It is back in-stock at Massdrop, the new condition Massdrop Objective 2 headphone amp going for $95 with free US shipping. Up to ten per customer per shopping cart. Note however that only the 110V Medium Gain power adapter is available. The other three options are not available [greyed out in the shopping cart].

This is an “in-stock drop”, so it will ship quickly (but keep in mind COVID-19 is adding potential delays)…

Bravo Ocean Tube (12AU7) head-amp for $55 [MD]

Want something to remind you of …the ocean while listening to music? How about the new condition Bravo Ocean Tube headphone tube amplifier (12AU7) with two headphone outputs (3.5mm and 1/4″) going for $55 with free US shipping at Massdrop’s website for the next two days and change from blog-posting time. It has two inputs as well, RCA and 3.5mm, and an RCA pre-amp output as well.

There is no mention of warranty in the listing. Orders will ship in late April 2020…

RadSone Earstudio ES100 Mark II for $85 [MD]

IF you are looking for a DAC/amp that resembles a Sandisk Clip rather than the traditional powerbank-thick portable DAC/amps, Massdrop is running an offering on the new condition RadSone EarStudio ES100 Mark II for $85 with free US shipping. This will ship in late April 2020. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing.

Optionally, you can buy it together (via their shopping cart) with the HE100 in-ears for $40 more, making it a $125 total. The HE100 are NOT included standard. Their specs are at the bottom of the Massdrop product page for reference only. You have to buy them for +$40 if you want them.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait until the end of April 2020, there are many options available at Amazon as follows:

  • new condition Mark II for $100, USED for $87
  • “Amazon Renewed” Mark II for $80
  • new condition Mark I for $90
  • “Amazon Renewed” Mark I for $70

What is Amazon Renewed?
It’s an Amazon program that encourages sellers to offer high(er) quality and tested non-new products with a minimum 90-day warranty. These can be refurbished, open box or used. What matters is their quality and warranty. To get a better feel for it, these are the requirements for sellers wanting to offer “Amazon Renewed” products…

Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp for $399

If you can’t resist those adorable little round buttons, the Chord Mojo portable DAC/amp is currently on sale by various recognizable marketplace sellers for $399 with free shipping at Or you can go used with $349 over there.

PS: as usual, when buying audio gear from online marketplace that have multiple sellers like Amazon, eBay, Newegg, etc, make sure you check who the seller is and whether they are an authorized dealer…

Big Monoprice Monolith sale with new low prices (17 options, headphones, amps, etc)

Monoprice has launched a big Monolith audio sale featuring 17 different products, mostly of headphone interest!

On the headphone front, the open-back over-ear M1060 planars go for $200 while their closed counterpart (the M1060C) go for $250. On the dynamic front, the M600 open over-ears are down to $60, while the M650 are down to $80. A not-so-subtle name-homage to the world-famous Sennheiser HD6?? duo 🙂

Back to the planars, the M560C closed-back (as that “C” hints at) is down to $170, while the sole earphone (can’t really call them in-ears) of the lot, the M300 is down to $70.

Come on Barbie, let’s have an electrostatic party because their Electrostatic headphone with amp combo is down to $354~.

Find them all at the Monolith audio sale

Speaking of amps, the big old Tube amplifier is down to $190, while vinyl fans have the Monolith turntable at their disposal for $150.

On the balanced headphone amp front, the Cavalli Liquid Platinum is down to $700, while their portable THX AAA DAC/amp goes for $250.

The rest of the sale items are speakers of different kinds. For those, check our imaginary speakers blog 🙂

Budget Prozor Switcher DAC for $11 [with headphone out]

On the budget and utilitarian side of things, if you want a DAC that’s also a switcher and you are interested in converting optical/TOSlink and coaxial audio inputs to RCA and 3.5mm headphone out, for a limited time, Amazon USA is offering for a limited time the new condition Prozor Switcher DAC for the very specific price of $10.83. You can buy as many as you like.

It has two optical and two coaxial inputs with an indicator light next to each input. A switch on the back of the device (where the inputs reside) switches optical to coaxial. The front has three audio outputs, 3.5mm headphone, RCA and optical output too. Power is a DC 5V/1A on the front of the device. Having said all that, “back” and “front” is a relative term for a device like this since there’s no volume knob or other setting that could need frequent adjustment 🙂

It averages 3.8 out of 5 based on 30 ratings and it has ten answered questions. This is the first time I’ve seen this while wondering around Amazonia for budget DAC/amps.

Refurbished Schiit Magni 3 head-amp for $95

If you are interested in the Schiit Audio headphone amps and want to pay less than full price, Schiit Audio’s Amazon store is offering it in certified renewed condition for $95 with free shipping. The order is fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get it for free. Products that are part of this “Amazon Renewed” program get a minimum of a 90-day warranty…