Bravo Audio V3 Tube Headphone Amplifier EH6922 for $76

If you are comfortable with “ships from Asia” purchases, Shenzhen Audio is offering the new condition Bravo Audio V3 Tube Headphone Amplifier EH6922 for $76 with free shipping through NewEGG FLASH. The promotion continues until Monday night.

Monoprice Stereo Tube Bluetooth Headphone Amp for $80 with free S&H

More Monoprice action, this too is part of their Audio sale, it is the new condition Monoprice Stereo Tube Headphone Amp (with 24-bit/96kHz USB DAC, Bluetooth, and Preamp Out), model 16154, going for $80 with free standard US shipping, which is a treat since they don’t often offer free shipping.

UPDATE: speaking of Monoprice amplifiers, their Tube Amp with Bluetooth 15-watt Compact Stereo Hybrid, PID 16152, is on sale for $50 with free standard US shipping. This is NOT a headphone amp.

[DEAD] Friday: Monoprice M560 Planars + Stereo Tube Head-Amp for $240 after coupon and $0.01+ filler item

This coupon expired, but most of the time the Monoprice coupons work on the M560 + Tube-Amp bundle. However, they rarely work on the M1060 and M560 on their own…

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Audeze LCD-2 (Shedua) and iFi micro iDSD for $995

This recurring offer has returned. It’s bundle time again, the Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetics (Shedua wood) is bundled with the iFi micro iDSD Black label edition, together going for $995 with free shipping for  a limited time at authorized dealers Adorama.com. This is a limited time offer. No coupon/rebate needed. The last time we posted this was about two months ago.

Used Little Dot I+ Headphone Amp for $84

The Little Dot I+ Headphone Amp just launched at Massdrop (MD), it is going to go as low as $100 plus mandatory shipping if it unlocks in the next few days, and will ship in late June 2017. All sales are final at MD.

If you prefer to have the option to return items you don’t like, and you are comfortable with used products, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition for $84 with free shipping (free 2-day for Prime members) by a marketplace seller, fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Monoprice Mini Headphone Amp for Guitar for $11 w/free S&H

These are eligible for the previously mentioned Monoprice coupon at the Monoprice website but they don’t get free shipping, so they end up costing more than if you buy them from Amazon, where the Monoprice store offers them with free shipping. Go figure 🙂

There are two models, both sold by Monoprice with free shipping but not Prime eligible. It is the Monoprice 611502 Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar going for $11, while the Monoprice 611500 Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar going for $12. Between them they have almost 100 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Monday: Monoprice M560 Planars + Tube Head Amp drop to $240 with Coupon AND $0.01+ filler item

This particular coupon expired, but the “20% off $300+” coupons are offered almost weekly at Monoprice. The only question is whether some of their hot headphones (Monoliths, Triple driver) will be coupon-eligible or not each time…

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[DEAD] Sunday: 15% off at Monoprice including two of their headphone amps

Sunday is over, and so is its coupon…

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Used Sennheiser HDVD 800 DAC/Amp for $1374 + S&H [updated]

Flagship time! The Sennheiser HDVD 800 DAC/amp is currently available in “Used – Demo” condition for $1374 plus shipping at Adorama.com, an authorized dealer. Because the url has spaces in it, if your browser can’t resolve it, use the search box over there to look for it.

The original post mentioned this: “Used – Good” condition for $1501~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The listing describes this particular option as having minor cosmetic imperfections and damaged original packaging. This option is from Amazon’s own used sales (AWD). The other used option that goes for more ships from Japan.

Given that most people don’t buy a $1500 DAC/amp every day, if this is something you are interested in, you may also pay attention to the price over the next few days to see if it drops further down. There’s only one unit, so you are playing a game of “used chicken”, but if you don’t need it yesterday, you have the flexibility of waiting.

[DEAD] Open-box Meridian Explorer2 DAC for $149

As of 5/24/17 recheck, this is no longer available…

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Used Schiit Magni 2 Uber for $152 [WAS $143]

UPDATE 5/20/17 AM: this is going in the wrong direction, it went up $9 since the original post last night.

If you prefer to buy Schiit Audio products from Amazon instead of directly from Schiit Audio, especially if you are a Prime member (since you get free 2-day shipping), you can get the Magni 2 Uber Headphone Amplifier in “Used – Very Good” condition (small scratches, damaged original packaging) for $152~ [WAS $143~] with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual. Only one of the listings is from AWD actual, so it may be gone by the time you read this.

The new condition price of this at Amazon is $179 while it is $149 plus mandatory shipping at the Schiit website. To get Prime-like shipping you may have to upgrade to more expensive shipping (varies by location/zipcode).

Speaking of which, the ebook written by the company’s two co-founder about the company’s history is on sale for $3.82 in the Kindle format (over 380 pages). It averages 4.8 out of 5 based on 23 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Friday: Monoprice M560 Planars + Tube Head Amp drop to $240 with Coupon AND $0.01+ filler item

This Friday coupon is over, but Monoprice has recurring coupons, so they’ll return. The main question is which headphones will be eligible for which coupons, which we can only find out when the coupons are live so we can “test” them live…
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DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp for $200 + S&H [MD]

This had been offered for a similar price shipping from Asia through NewEgg Flash, but now it’s back to Massdrop, where the DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp has returned again, fully unlocked, going for $200 plus shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days and it is expected to ship mid-to-late June 2017. As usual, all sales are final.

NuForce DAC80 DAC for $300 + S&H [MD]

ZZ Top’s B-side to “Sharp Dressed Man” is “Sharped Dressed DAC”, which brings us to the NuForce DAC80 currently on sale for $300 plus shipping at members-only Massdrop. As usual, all sales are final in this offer which runs for the next seven days (from blog-posting date) and ships late June 2017. It is available in black or silver. Only 35 units are available for this offer.

[DEAD] Fiio E10K for $66 with free S&H [ends Sat PM]

This 2-day sale expired…

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XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp for $170 [MD]

With two days to go in the offer, the XDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp is fully unlocked for $170 with free shipping (what a luxury) at members-only Massdrop. It ships mid-June 2017. The price is almost similar to buying from random eBay sellers when you factor in shipping, and like those, “all sales final”, so keep that in mind if you like to return things you don’t like instead of selling/trading/keeping/gifting them.

[DEAD] Hifiman HE-400S with Audioquest Dragonfly DAC/amp for $347 after coupon

This eBay coupon ended, but they seem to bring similar ones out every few weeks…

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Heads Up: Fiio E10K sale starts Friday 12pm ET

According to the teasers at the NewEgg Flash website, they are going to launch a 2-day deal on the Fiio E10K starting Friday at 12pm ET. There isn’t a page up for it yet (it will go live when it goes live) but you can search the website for headphones (or Fiio when it goes live) to find it. Or peruse the listings.

And a reminder, starting 12pm ET on Tuesday they will have a 15-hour deal on the 1More Triple Driver IEMs.

In both cases, I have no clue what the sale price will be, nor who the actual seller. In the 1More case, the chances are “1More USA” maybe the seller because there’s already an active 1More listing on a different headphone and “1More USA” is the seller of that. But there’s no guarantee until it goes live 🙂

Darkvoice 336SE 6N8P, 6N5P Tube Headphone Amplifier for $199 [ships from ASIA]

More Newegg Flashing, the new condition Darkvoice 336SE 6N8P, 6N5P Tube Headphone Amplifier is on sale for $199 with free shipping by shenzhenaudio thru NF.

NOTE: this ships from ASIA! Enter your zipcode in the shopping cart to get a shipping estimate.

Audeze LCD-X and iFi micro iDSD Black + Fiio X5 III for $1800

And another bundle to make your wallet cry, this is a bundle of three, again centered on an Audeze planar headphone, the LCD-X (aluminum and lambskin leather), along with the iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition and the Fiio X5 (3rd generation), all together, going for $1800 at Adorama.com with free shipping for a limited time.

Audeze LCD X + Grace m920 + Crimson HPA100 + Just Mobile Stand for $3500

Another recurring Audeze sale is back ON again, this is a Quartet Bundle at B&H Photo going for $3500 with free shipping. The four items included, all in new condition, are:

  • Audeze LCD-X headphones (Anodized Aluminum, Lambskin Leather)
  • Grace Design m920 High Resolution Monitoring System
  • Crimson Audio HPA100 Reference Headphone Amplifier
  • Just Mobile HS-100 Headphone Stand

No coupon, no rebate, this is a bundle discount. Just add the bundle to cart and proceed to checkout.

Little Dot MKII Tube Headphone Amp for $120 + S&H [MD]

Another offer is now fully unlocked at the members-only Massdrop, the Little Dot MKII Tube Headphone Amp is going for $120 plus shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days and will ship in early June 2017. As usual with MD’s offers, all sales are final, which is one of the reasons they can offer lower prices. You can optionally upgrade the tubes for $more$.

Behringer U-Phoria UMC 22 Audiophile 2×2 USB Audio Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifier for $40

On the budget side of twophers, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC 22 Audiophile 2×2 USB Audio Interface with MIDAS Mic Preamplifier is on sale for $40 with free shipping at Adorama.com. It is currently backordered but you can place an order if you want to lock up the price.

Of interest if you want/need it as an audio interface as well. If you have no need for an audio interface, then the conventional wisdom is to look for a dedicated headphone DAC/amp.

Audeze LCD-3 + AK AK100 II DAP + iFi micro iDSD Black Label for $2050

Yesterday we featured some of the lower priced iFi models, today, it’s the make your wallet cry bundles. We start with a $2050 bundle of three different audiophile products, all together offered by Adorama, authorized dealers of the three:

  • AUDEZE LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones with Case, Zebrano & Lambskin Leather headphones
  • Astell & Kern AK100 II DAP in Smoky Blue
  • iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition

Strategically, even if you need two of the three, you can get the bundle, and gift or trade or sell the one you don’t want.

This is a limited time offer, but there are no coupons, and no rebates. The promotion is running as long as you see the sale price over there.

iFi Nano iDSD USB DAC/amp for $135

The last time the new condition iFi Nano iDSD USB DAC/amp with PCM/DSD/DXD support was on sale at Adorama it went for 140 with free shipping. This time, the limited time offer is slightly lower, it is $135 with free S&H. They come with a 1-year warranty. The previous sale was almost two months to the day.

iFi nano iDSD Light Edition DAC/amp for $100

This too is back on sale, same sale price as it was a couple of months ago. It is the portable battery-powered USB DAC/amp that goes by the name of “iFi nano iDSD Light Edition”, on sale for $100 with free shipping at Adorama. It comes with a 1-year warranty from iFi, which is totally not iffy 🙂

iFi Micro iCAN Special Edition for $210

Meanwhile the iFi Micro iCAN Special Edition is on sale again for a limited time for $210 with free shipping at Adorama.com. This is $10 less than the previous time it went on a cyclical sale a couple of months ago. This too comes with a 1-year iFi warranty.

PS: you can see the previous sales in the iFi archives.

Used Sony PHA1A portable DAC/amp for $174

The Sony PHA1A portable headphone DAC/amp goes for $300 in new condition at authorized Sony dealers, but if you want to save a sizeable chunk of that price, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition for $174~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual. They also have “Used – Like New” condition options for $185~.

Since there is a total of nine listings at the moment from AWD actual (not marketplace sellers), there are good chances price pressure may build up and cause the prices to drop further down. So if you don’t like the current price, you may want to pay attention to it if interested.

[DEAD] Open-box Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $449

The Mojo hype train is still strong. As of a 5/9/17 AM re-check, this used option got scooped up…

The Chord Mojo goes for $500 at the moment in new condition, but if you want to save some, you can get it in “Used – Like New” Open-Box condition from authorized dealer Gramophone (Maryland) through Amazon Warehouse Daels for $449 with free shipping (not Prime eligible). Their particular listing says this comes with a full warranty.

SMSL M8A DAC for $180 [MD]

Another offer has reached the “fully unlocked” status at the members-only Massdrop shopping site. It is the new condition SMSL M8A DAC going for $180 with free shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days and it is expected to ship late May 2017. This too is an “All Sales Final” offer. I wish they put that higher up on the page, so people wouldn’t miss it when buying and then have frustrations with Massdrop. It would benefit both the seller and the buyers if this was make more prominent.

FiiO E12A Mont Blanc IEM Special Edition Portable Headphone Amp for $80

I’m surprised there’s not more like this considering the abundant abundance of DACs and amps these days. Regardless, the FiiO E12A Mont Blanc IEM Special Edition Portable Headphone Amp (targeting earphones) is on sale in new condition for $80 with free shipping by Beach Camera through Amazon. This ships directly from Beach (New Jersey typically) and it is not Prime eligible. The amp averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 77 customer reviews, and has 45 answered questions by other interview viewers like you.

HeadAmp Pico Slim Amp for $200, Pico DAC/amp for $250 [MD]

Speaking of DACs and amps, with the Massdrop clock ticking (two days left in the offer), the HeadAmp Pico Slim Amp goes for $200, while the Pico non-Slim DAC/amp version goes for $250, with free shipping. They ship in mid-to-late May 2017, and these too are “all sales final”. They are made in USA by Headamp which offers a refreshing 3-year warranty. The amp has 3.5mm inputs and outputs. The DAC/amp has those too, along with USB input.

Schiit Fulla USB Dongle DAC/Amp for $59

The first generation Schiit Audio Fulla USB Dongle DAC/Amp is a closeout product, and it is one of a very few Schiit products that sells for the same price on their website and at Amazon, $59. Typically the prices at Amazon are higher because of the overhead and fees (from a seller’s and a manufacturer’s perspective). Since the Schiit website does not offer free shipping, in this case, buying the first generation Fulla fulfilled by Amazon is cheaper since you don’t pay shipping and if you are a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping on it.

Speaking of Schiit Audio, the Kindle e-book (383 pages) that is the story of the company is currently on sale for $3.82. It comes out to a penny per page. Perhaps Schiit is trying to be funny with the ebook price too, not just the company and product names 🙂

Breaking News: Headroom getting out of retail and focusing on making gear (including new planar headphones)

UPDATE 4/26/17 at 11:32pm ET: as expected, the bidding wars heated up for the domain name, currently at a minimum bid of $100,000. It will likely get into the millions. Which is good because it will fund future Headamp DACs, amps, headphones and other audio devices 🙂

Breaking news! Headroom is getting out of the headphone retail business and will be focusing on making headphone gear instead (aka going back to their roots). Their domain (a very desirable headphone.com) is available for purchase through domain-seller Sedo (currently at $90 but it will go much higher). Their gear, including the upcoming “Cosmic” planar magnetic headphone (coming summer 2017) can be found at headroomaudio.com. The announcement just came out in their emailing list and on their twitter.

This is not an April Fool’s Day joke!

Store Demo Sony PHA-3 portable DAC/amp for $629

We are double-amping (in terms of back to back blog posts that is), the RazorDog Audio eBay store is offering in Store Demo condition (eBay calls it “New – Other”) with full warranty the Sony PHA-3 portable DAC/amp for $629 with free shipping and handling. It ships from Minnesota. Lakes NOT included in the package 🙂 They only have one unit available at this price.