iFi Audio Nano iDSD LE Portable DAC/Amp for $99

Nanu-Nanu! Okay, it’s Nano! The new condition iFi Audio Nano iDSD LE Portable DAC Amplifier (LE = Light Edition) is on sale for $99 with free shipping at Amazon actual by a trio of fulfilled by Amazon sellers, including the official iFi Amazon store

Fri: Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res DAC for $100 AC

One of the NewEgg daily deals for Friday is the new condition Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res Gaming DAC and USB Sound Card with Xamp Headphone Bi-Amplifier dropping to $100 with free shipping when you enter promo code 119WZWX7 during Friday in the pacific time zone.

Monoprice w/FS: USB DAC for $70, M560 Planars for $150, Etc

Monoprice has been very aggressive during the 2018 Black Friday season with their discounting offers. We have yet another round of discounts that went live today:

+ Monolith USB DAC for $70 w/FS

+ Monoprice M560 open over-ears for $150 w/FS; these offer the open/closed option

+ 2-Speed Bluetooth Turntable System with Stereo Speakers for $50 w/FS; this is a budget option, not to be confused with the Monolith turntable

+ 10,000 mAh Portable Cell Phone Charger for $13 w/FS

UPDATE: I don’t want to fill up the website with Monoprice posts, so I’m appending two more offers here:

+ Monoprice SB-100 2.1-ch 36in Soundbar with Built In Subwoofer, Bluetooth, Optical Input, and Remote Control for $40 with free US shipping

+ Strata Home by Monoprice Stainless Steel Electric Kettle, 1.7 Liter for $20 with free S&H
+ you can use this to test the noise cancelling feature of headphones and also how much outside noise/sound gets into open/semi-open headphones and also to test the seal of closed-back and in-ears? 🙂

+ Monoprice MP-65RT 6.5in and Ribbon Tweeter 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) for $35 with the all-important free standard US shipping since speakers take up space and they are not exactly feather-weight shipping-fees-wise…

Burson Play DAC/amp for $480 [MD Exclusive]

Massdrop is back with another exclusive, this time it is a DAC/amp, it is the new condition Burson Play, going for $480. This exclusive MD version includes three V6Vivid-Dual opamps and two V6Classic-Single, all made by Burson Audio. This offer will ship in late December by Massdrop and the “drop” is running for the next four days and change [from blog-posting date]. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Now (finally) shipping: Monoprice Monolith Desktop THX AAA Headphone Amp for $480

Another one of the Monoprice Big Bang at CES 2018 is now _Finally_ in-stock and ready to ship. It is the new condition Monolith Desktop Headphone Amp with THX AAA, Product ID 24459, going for $480 plus shipping.

PS: it is not eligible for the previously mentioned weekend coupon…

Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier for $350

If you like the idea of Massdrop but hate waiting, some of their products are “in-stock drops”. These are products that are available at their facilities and will ship within one business day [shocking fast by Massdrop standards, I know!] of purchase. The “drops” [aka offers] open and close every 24 hours, so don’t panic by that “XX hours left”.

Which brings us to the new condition Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier offered for $350 with a 1-year manufacturer warranty since this is a “Massdrop x” product.

NOTE: adapter is not included for outside the US use, but it has a switching power supply (100-240 VAC) per the product description…

SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $130 [MD]

Yet another SMSL product is running at the Massdrop website. For the next two days and change [from posting time here] you can get the new condition modest-looking SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $130 with free USA shipping. You can select between silver or black (but there is no Raiders edition!). It will ship from Massdrop in late December 2018 and as usual with SMSL products, there is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Now (FINALLY) shipping: Monolith Portable HeadAmp + DAC with THX AAA

Wallets, open wide! Here comes THX! One of the CES 2018 [yes, that’s almost a year ago] products offered at the Monoprice Big Bang then is now ___finally___ shipping! It is the new condition Monolith Portable Headphone Amplifier and DAC with THX AAA Technology, PID 24460, going for $280 plus shipping. Come on Monoprice, at least give it free shipping after 10 months of waiting 🙂

Digital inputs are of the micro-USB and 3.5mm optical kind, while the analog input is a standard 3.5mm. The 3.5mm is shared between optical and analogue Line IN. Lots of details and a couple of charts at the aforelinked page. There’s also a sub-1MB PDF user manual linked to there that is 22 pages long. There we learn that the volume knob is also a power button, a convenient way to save up on having yet another button ~ as long as it doesn’t accidentally turn on while in your bag.

PS: PID is the Product ID, a unique identifier given to every Monoprice product. The larger the number, the more recently it has been added to their website’s database.

PS2: the Monolith line-up at Monoprice has expanded so much so that they have created an audiophile-magazine splashy-ad type of a website to highlight all the products. There’s a total of eight Monolith branded headphones now. Guess the names before looking and win fabulous (virtual) prizes ^_^

SMSL Sanskrit 10th SK10 DAC for $75 [MD]

It’s red DAC time at the Massdrop website where for the next five days and change (from blog posting time] they are offering the new condition SMSL Sanskrit 10th SK10 DAC for $75. Melisandre would definitely approve of the red, but you can also select the blue color scheme at checkout 🙂 These will be shipped by Massdrop in mid-December 2018. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

Mon: Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res Gaming DAC and USB Sound Card for $100

Among the Monday NewEGG daily deals, thanks to promo code 115BBSR2, you can get the new condition Creative Sound BlasterX G6 Hi-Res Gaming DAC and USB Sound Card (with Xamp Headphone Bi-Amplifier for PC, PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch) for $100 instead of its regular price of $150. It has three reviews at NewEgg with a low rating, but the 17 at amazon.com do slightly better with an average of 3.3 out of 5.

DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp for $200 [MD]

Another Massdrop darling brand is back with another unlocked offering. It is the new condition DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp going for $200 with your choice of 110V or 220-240V power supply during checkout. This will ship at the end of the year by Massdrop. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

Topping DX7s Balanced DAC/Amp for $360 [MD]

With four days and change to go [from blog-posting date], fully unlocked and ready to go, with 260+ units sold, Massdrop is offering the new condition Topping DX7s Balanced DAC/Amp for $360 in your choice of black or silver color-scheme for the device. This can go up to DSD-512. It has various connectors/options as expected of the price. It is expected to ship mid-December, so it could make it in time for the holiday gift giving seasons…

Now shipping: Monolith Liquid Platinum HeadAmp by Cavalli

One more headphone-related product is now in-stock and shipping at the Monoprice website. It is the new condition Monolith Liquid Platinum Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli, PID 33305, going for $700 plus shipping. The number of new products at Monoprice has increased so much so that this is in the 33,000s. The good old 8323 closed over-ears were merely in the 8000s…

USA: Creative Super X-Fi pre-orders November 1st [today]

For the USA market, Creative (formerly Labs) are NOW accepting pre-orders for their brand new Super X-Fi headphone amp (aka SXFI) for $150. And for a limited time, while supplies last, during the pre-ordering period, pre-orders will receive a FREE pair of SXFI certified Creative Aurvana SE SFXI earphones per the bottom of the press release [screenshot of that section below]…

The earphones are added automatically included in the order when you add the SFXI amp to the shopping cart. The product title in the shopping cart indicates there are free earphones included [screenshot inside the shopping cart below]:

This has already been released in Singapore. Creative is learning from the world of smartphones and they are attempting to build a whole ecosystem around this with various SFXI-certified headphones and such.

They have also unleashed a FREE Google Play music player app that takes advantage of the technology but everyone can use it. It requires Android 6 and later and is 54MB. It was updated a couple of days ago.

Here’s a 3 minute video from the IDG/PC-World group of companies talking about this…

SMSL SH-8 Head-Amp for $160, SU-8 DAC for $200, Both $340

Massdrop strikes again! Unlocked and ready for purchase with an early December 2018 shipment date is the new condition SMSL SU-8 DAC & SH-8 Headphone Amp drop [aka offer]. There are three options in this listing ~ you select them at the checkout. The SU-8 DAC goes for $200, the SH-8 amp goes for $160, or you can buy both for $340 [a $20 off combined purchase discount; stingy?] There are discussions, reviews and links for these models over there at the aforelinked MD webpage…

Monoprice Monolith USB DAC for $85 w/FS

It’s a sale, not coupon-based at the Monopriced of select audio products, headlined by the new condition Monolith USB DAC, Product 29512, going for $85 with free standard US shipping during this promotion. Think of this as a DragonQuest AudioFly type of a competitor device. Okay, it’s AudioQuest Dragonfly ^_^

Purchasing a product that gets free shipping also helps (or eliminates depending on weight/etc) the S&H fee of other Monoprice products, so you may also be interested in these sales which don’t get free shipping on their own:

+ Monoprice Lightweight Closed On-Ears, PID 13191, for $10
+ these have shared lineage with the AmazonBasics on-ears and also sell under a couple of other brand names. I’ve had both but not at the same time ~ from memory they seem to have a similar sound signature, a pretty good value for modern music with some modest and rather tasteful bassiness ~ considering their price
+ an unboxing post is in the works, followed by a review

+ Wired Earbuds with Mic/Remote, PID 18591, for $2.49
+ very serviceable for the price, the kind you keep in bags and cars and workplaces and give to kids and friends and relatives who break or lose things all the time
+ these are of utilitarian use, don’t throw away the Tennmak PROs 🙂

EarStudio ES100 bluetooth DAC/amp for $89 after coupon

For 9/26/18 only, you can feed your DAPs, PADs (Phones as DAPs) and backup or network your digital music with external hard drives as part of the Amazon Gold Box. They feature high capacity Sandisk memory cards (microSD and SD), along with external hard drives from Western Digital (WD) and G-Technology.

On the other hand, with no deadline set in stone, there’s a $10 off clip-on coupon [nothing to type, just click on the empty box next to the coupon name while logged on to your Amazon account] that drops the price of the new condition EarStudio ES100 24-bit Bluetooth DAC/amp from $99 to $89, with free Prime shipping for members of said service. This critter averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 150 customer reviews and it has 120+ answered questions by viewers like you. However, 7% of the customer reviews are 1-star, so read those to consider the trade-offs and potential issues.

Ends Sat 3am ET: EarStudio ES-100 Bluetooth DAC/amp for $75

Into the Amazon Forest Gold Box we go where we find one of the deals of the day running until Saturday at 3am Eastern on the 1st of September in 2018 is the new condition EarStudio ES100 24-bit Bluetooth DAC/amp going for $75 with free shipping. This is fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. You can buy as many as you want.

Its review profile has beefed up since the last time I checked, it averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 110+ customer reviews, with 6% of them being 1-star and 92% of them being 5 and 4 stars. Out of five that is. This has lots of buzzwords including apt-X, apt-X HD, AAC, balanced output, 24-bit, custom app, etc.

The marketers aim high for this, as picture #3 in the product gallery is a high end Sennheiser headphone…

Tue: M-Audio Micro USB DAC for $24 w/free S&H

Good until Tuesday at 11:59pm eastern, New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition M-Audio Micro USB DAC for $24 with free shipping. It has a USB Type A musical input and outputs music via 3.5mm or via digital coaxial. It is USB powered and it has a high impedance switch as well.

[DEAD] Expiring Wedn 3am ET at MD: Gustard, Topping, Etc

These offers expired…

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B-Stock Sale at JDS Labs (five options)

JDS Labs is having a Beef Stock Sale. Okay, a B-Stock Sale 🙂 All five pictured items are orderable, with all but the “El Dac” being currently in-stock. As usual, compare prices to new for any products whose price ranges you may not be familiar with…

Used FiiO Q1 Mark II DAC/amp for $69

If you had been waiting for a good used price on the FiiO Q1 Mark II DAC/amp, which goes for $100 in new condition, as of the time of writing, you can get it in “Used – Good” condition (original accessories, not original box) for $69 with free shipping by Electronics Expo through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Electronics EXPO and it is not Prime eligible… It averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 37 customer reviews…

Used Cayin C5 Portable head-amp for $110

The Cayin C5 Portable headphone-amp in the brushed black metal color scheme is going for $110 with free shipping in “Used – Like New” open-box condition with a 1-year warranty per the details in the listing offered by “MusicTeck” through Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $130. The amp averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 53 customer reviews.

Astell & Kern XB10 Portable Bluetooth Amplifier with DAC for $80 with free S&H [MD]

The new condition Astell & Kern XB10 Portable Bluetooth Amplifier with DAC goes for $98 fulfilled by Amazon but if you are willing to wait for a few weeks, you can get it for $80 with free US shipping at the members only but free to join Massdrop for the next six days and change from blog-posting time.

These will ship from Massdrop in early May 2018 with all sales final. There is no mention of a warranty in the Massdrop product listing.

Now shipping: Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier for $500 [or $400 USED]

We already mentioned that the Klipsch Heritage HP3 headphones are shipping, but they are not alone! The Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier is also in-stock and shipping for $500 by HiDef Lifestyle through Amazon. It ships directly from HiDef and it is not Prime eligible.

On the other hand, if you are comfortable buying used from individuals and/or haggling on price using the eBay “Best Offer” system, a 100% eBay seller is offering it in USED – Excellent Condition for $399 plus shipping which is the USPS Priority Mail rate ($7.25).

eBay “Best Offer” is enabled, so you can try to get a lower price using the eBay “negotiating” system:

$7 shipping (essentially charging whatever USPS charging) is very reasonable. Unlike this eBay idiot charging $295 (!!!) for shipping.

PS: if you are not in a hurry to receive it, you can pre-order it in new condition for $499 at Adorama

SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp for $50 [MD]

Another offering is now fully unlocked at Massdrop, it is the new condition SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp going for $50 with free US shipping for the next two days and change from blog-posting time. These will ship in early May from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

RHA DACamp L1 portable DAC/amp down to $240

In a parallel discount to the CL1, the RHA DACamp L1 portable DAC/amp [the name gave it away] is now down to $240 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual with up to three per customer at the sale price. It went for $255~ on sale before.

With these two on sale, other RHA products may also be on sale, so if interested in any others, you may want to price-check them at Amazon….

[DEAD] Sunday: Monoprice Desktop DAC/amp for $60 + S&H after coupon

Both the coupon and the sale ended, bringing it back up to $90…

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Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp for $45 [MD]

For Lightning-connected iPhone, iPod and iPad devices, Massdrop is offering the new condition Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp for $45 with free US shipping for the next five days and change (from blog-posting time). This will ship in late April 2018 from Massdrop by the vendor. There is no mention warranty in the listing.

PS: compatible devices are iPhones 5 (and later), iPod Touch 5 (and later), iPad Mini 2 (and later), all the iPad PRO and Airs, and iPad 4 Retina (and later).

xDuoo TA-10 Balanced Headphone DAC/Amp for $240 [MD]

Another offer has “blossomed” (okay, unlocked) at the members-only Massdrop, it is the new condition xDuoo TA-10 Balanced Headphone DAC/Amp going for $240 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next four days and change from blog posting time. It will ship in early May from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Aune Z1S Anniversary Edition DAC/amp OR X7S Balanced Amp for $200 each [MD]

Another day, another offer unlocked at Massdrop! It’s the new condition Aune X1S Anniversary Edition DAC/Amp going for $200 with free US shipping. But that’s not all. On the same listing you can instead purchase the X7S balanced headphone amp in silver or black (but no Raiders edition). If you want both, there is a $20 combined purchase discount, you pay $380 instead of $400.

These will ship in early May 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. The drop is running for the next four days and change from blog posting time.

Aune B1S Portable Headphone Amp for $170 [MD]

I think this is the last one of the currently unlocked offers at Massdrop, we are back to the headphone amps with the new condition Aune B1S Portable Headphone Amp going for $170 with free US shipping, running for the next three days and change from blog-posting date. You have a choice of silver or black, but no Raiders edition 🙂 It will ship in early May from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

AudioEngine D3 portable USB DAC/amp for $70 w/FS [MD]

Another offer is fully unlocked at the members-only but free-to-join shopping club that is Massdrop. It is the new condition AudioEngine D3 portable USB DAC/amp going for $70 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next two days and change from blog-posting time and will ship in mid-April from Massdrop with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Motorola USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for $5 w/free S&H

The new condition Motorola USB-C to 3.5mm adapter is currently on sale for $5 [WAS $4] with free shipping at All 4 Cellular (A4C). Even if you buy only one, you still get free shipping because everything on their website comes with free shipping. But you can buy as many as you want.

This is made for the Motorola Moto Z smartphones which are among the smartphones without a headphone jack but it should work with most USB-C ports.

Headamp Slim for $160, Pico or Power for $250 each (with 3 Year Warranty) [MD]

Also running for the next two days and change (from blog posting time) is the new condition Headamp trio of products. The Slim goes for $160 with free shipping, the Pico DAC/amp goes for $250 and the Pico Power goes for $250 as well. Details on the individual models over there. They will ship in mid-April 2018 from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. They come with a 3-year HeadAmp warranty which is nice considering many things at Massdrop do not come with a warranty.