LH Labs Geek Out Portable USB DAC/amp for $150

The LH Labs Amazon store is offering the new condition LH Labs Geek Out Portable USB DAC/amp for $150 with free shipping and handling. This is shipping directly from LH Labs and it is not Prime eligible. It ships from California, so delivery will vary depending on your location and the shipping lanes.

Used Sony PHA1A portable DAC/amp for $186, Open Box for $229

In new condition, at authorized Sony USA dealers, the ony PHA1A Portable DAC/amp goes for $300. But if you are comfortable with used, Amazon Warehouse Deals own listings start at $186~ in “Used – Good” condition, and $198~ in “Used – Very Good” condition.

On the other hand, if you prefer open-box from authorized dealers, you can get it in open-box condition with full warranty by OneCALL on eBAY (aka Huppin’s from the State of Gonzaga). From the looks of it, there’s only one open-box unit available.

Sennheiser HDVA600 Analog Headphone Amplifier for $549 after coupon

Coupon code CP1711129217 drops the price of the new condition Sennheiser HDVA600 Analog Headphone Amplifier from $799 to $549, with free shipping and full warranty since BuyDig is an authorized dealer. Offer ends 12/18/17 or earlier if sold out.

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

The party never stops at the members-only Massdrop. This offer has three days and change left as of the time of writing and it is fully unlocked. It is the new condition NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo going for $60 with free shipping. This has a USB input, and RCA and Coaxial digital output. And headphone output of course πŸ™‚

The offer ships in early January 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp for $50 + S&H [MD]

On the budget side of headphone amps, the new condition SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp is fully unlocked for $50 plus shipping at Massdrop. This is a proper headphone amp, no DAC. It has RCA and 3.5mm audio inputs, selectable with a flip switch on the front of the device.

It will ship in late January 2018 from Massdrop with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty on the product page. Three different color schemes are available to select during the checkout process. The offer runs for the next four days and change (as of the time of writing).

Pay $999 with Prime Credit for Shure SHA900 USB DAC/Amp, Get $200 Statement Credit

A number of the posts below, starting with this one, are participating in a limited time offer at Amazon that gets you a 20% back as a statement credit IF you pay with an official Prime credit card, either the Prime Chase VISA or the Prime Store Card. The offer is mentioned on each eligible product’s individual page. If you don’t see it there, it means the offer expired (or you may not be logged on to an Amazon Prime account). The products must be sold and shipped by Amazon actual (not marketplace sellers).

We start with the new condition Shure SHA900 Portable Listening Amplifier with USB DAC and Customizable EQ Control. You $999 for it with a Prime credit card and your next statement will show a 20% statement credit, around $200 in this case!

Big Ticket Items eligible for 20% Prime Credit Cards Statement Credit: Peachtree Audio SONADAC, KEF

There are some big ticket items that are also participating in the Prime Credit Cards 20% Statement Credit promotion. If you pay with either official Prime credit card (VISA or Store), you will get a 20% statement credit of the purchase price as a statement credit while this offer is running. The big ticket items:

+ Peachtree Audio SONADAC Digital to Analog Converter/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier (High Gloss Black) goes for $1299
+ there is a 20% “Add to Cart” discount for Prime members, dropping its price to $1040 in the cart
+ then if you pay with a Prime Credit Card, your next statement will show a 20% statement credit of the amount you paid: 20% of $1040 = $208 statement credit!

+ Pay $5000 for the KEF R900 Floorstanding Loudspeaker – Gloss White (Pair), Get 20% Statement Credit = $1000 statement credit!
+ NOTE: only the White color scheme gets 20% back. The other three colors get 10% back

+ Pay $7500 for the KEF REFERENCE 4c Center Channel Loudspeaker – Satin Walnut (Single), Get 20% statement credit = $1500
+ ONLY the Satin Walnut is eligible!

This is a limited time offer, expiration date unknown. The offer is running while you see it mentioned on the individual product pages. If you don’t see it mentioned, it means it expired!!!

While this offer is running, you see something like this on its product page:

[DEAD] Little Dot MK III Tube amp for $220 [MD]

This offer expired…

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Topping DX7 Balanced DAC/Amp for $320 [MD]

More action at Massdrop, the new condition Topping DX7 Balanced DAC/Amp is fully unlocked for $320 with free shipping with four days and change left in this offer. Orders will ship in mid-January by Massdrop. All sales are final. There is no mention of warranty on the listing.

Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp (Flask) down to $51

A trio of Prime-eligible sellers have drip-dropped the price of the new condition Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp (the “whiskey flask”) down to $51 with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon’s own price remains at $55.

Or you can get the Q1 bundled with these iRiver A&K IEMs for $60 with free shipping. The IEMs are the Astell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones.

Note that the Q1 is the “previous generation” model. The “current generation” is the “Q1 II” which loses the whiskey for a more conventional look for $100.

Open-Box CHORD Electronics Mojo DAC/amp for $449

Marble buttons, here we come! The CHORD Electronics Mojo DAC/amp is available in “Used – Like New” open-box condition with full warranty for $449 with free shipping by authorized dealer Gramophone of Maryland through Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $529.

SMSL M8A DAC for $180 w/FS [MD]

Another offer has been unlocked at the members-only shopping cart that is Massdrop, they are offering the new condition SMSL M8A DAC for $180 with free shipping, with a mid-January 2018 shipment estimate. Massdrop will do the shipping and all sales are final. No mention of warranty is mentioned.

Zorloo ZuperDAC USB DAC/amp for $59 w/FS [MD]

A new offer has unlocked at the members-only Massdrop, running for the next four days and change (as of writing time), it is the new condition Zorloo ZuperDAC, a portable USB DAC/amp, going for $55 with free shipping. These will ship by Massdrop in early January 2018, and all sales are final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

[DEAD] Schiit Audio SCH-13 Sys Passive Preamp for $59

As of a late 12/12/17 re-check, this sold out…

Don’t stop believing Schiit hunters! The new condition Schiit Audio SCH-13 Sys Passive Preamp is in-stock for $59 with free shipping, sold by Schiit Audio with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 86 customer reviews and has 35 answered questions. The in-stock estimate is December 19 as of the time of writing, a possible sign that their supplies are running out. Limit one unit per customer.

Little Dot MK II Tube Headphone Amp for $130 [MD]

I fell behind on Massdrop updates, thus the avalanche of Massdrop posts. Good for the next one day and a few hours (as of the time of writing; unfortunately MD does not post a specific countdown until the clock is under 24 hours) is the new condition Little Dot MK II Tube Headphone Amp offered for $130 with free shipping. There are options for other tubes for additional cost.

These will be shipped by Massdrop in early January 2018 and all sales are final. There is no mention of warranty in the listings.

Monoprice Tube Amp sale (7 options)

Monoprice is running a sale on seven of their Tube amps with prices ranging from $100 to $600. Three of them are amps only, while the other four are amps + speaker bundles.

Speaking of Monoprice, they have a couple of coupons that are running until Sunday at 11:59pm pacific time:

+ GINGER gets you $5 off a $25+ order
+ BREAD gets you 15% off an order of $150+

Google USB-C DAC/amp for $9 w/free S&H

Google announced this at a higher price than Apple’s lightning adapter, but reality hit them, common sense prevailed, and Google’s very own USB-C DAC/amp adapter is now going for $9 with free shipping (even if you don’t buy anything else) at the official Google Store. You can’t use Google Play gift card balance to pay for it though, the Google Store insists on credit cards, while almost anything you buy at the Google Play store (including music subscriptions) can use your Gift Card balance.

I bought this a few days ago, and it’s here, so we have our customary practical text and pictures unboxing of it. But don’t expect a tiny box in the mail, mine came in a giant padded envelope:

Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier with DAC for $1800

The new condition Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier with DAC is now on sale for $1800 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual. On the same listing, a 3rd-party seller has it for the same price, so make sure the one you buy is from Amazon actual (authorized dealer), not the marketplace seller. This may be a computer-generated price-match of the 3rd-party seller, or a general sale. It is not a lightning deal so the expiration time is unknown.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC/Amp for $75

Another option in the sub-$100 USB DAC/amps is making some waves in the Amazon Top Selling Head Amps, it is the new condition, and in five color schemes, Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC/Amp going for $75 with free shipping by various sellers, some of which are fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get it faster.

So far it averages 4.8 out of 5 based on 24 customer reviews and it has 11 answered questions. It promises access to their dedicated Windows USB Class 2 USB driver. The input is micro-USB, so if you have other smartphones with other devices, it’s The Dongle Life πŸ™‚ Volume is adjusted by two remote-control style +/- buttons with 53 steps.

iFi Audio opens “fulfilled by Amazon” storefront

More and more audio companies are following this trend, opening up Amazon storefronts under their own name/brand, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Meaning they send boxes and boxes of their gear at Amazon facilities, and when you buy them from their Amazon store, they get shipped from Amazon facilities and eligible for Prime shipping and Amazon customer support and billing.

The latest to jump on this trend is iFi with their own iFi Amazon Store Front, currently featuring 30 different products.

Aune X7S Balanced Headphone Amp for $200 [MD]

And while we are talking Massdrop, also running for the next three days and change is another unlocked offer on a headphone amp, it is the new condition Aune X7S Balanced Headphone Amp going for $200 with free shipping. These will be shipped by the vendor in early January 2018, and all sales are final. There is no mention of warranty on the listing.

La Figaro 339 Tube Headphone Amplifier for $630 [MD]

With two days left (and change) as of the time of writing, Massdrop goes Opera! The new condition La Figaro 339 Tube Headphone Amplifier is fully unlocked for $630 with free shipping. This will ship by Massdrop in early January 2018 and all sales are final. There is no mention of warranty on the listing.

Meanwhile continuing to run on a daily basis, and arriving before Christmas 2017 are a number of In-stock deals at MAssdrop, including the Sennheiser HD6XX for $200, the Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX planar-magnetics for $170, different variations of the Fostex TH-X00 and AKG K7XX, the Objective 2 head-amp and more.

Used Pro-Ject Audiophile Head Box S for $99

The new condition Pro-Ject Audiophile Head Box S goes for $150 but if you are comfortable with used, “Listen UP” of Colorada is offering the black color scheme in “Used – Like New”, tested and inspected and in original box for $99 with free shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This is not Prime eligible. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 17 customer reviews.

SMSL IDEA DAC/Amp for $70 [MD]

Another new offer has become fully unlocked today at members-only Massdrop. It is the new condition SMSL IDEA DAC/Amp going for $70 with free shipping. The offer runs for the next four days or so. It comes with three different types of USB cables and can support up to DSD 512. The shipping estimate is CES 2018 (early January 2018). They ship from Massdrop and all sales are final.

If you prefer much faster delivery and the option to return them if you don’t like them, two of the three color options (black or red) are available for $86 by ShenzhenAudio with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in two days or so. The gray color ships directly from Shenzhen and it’s not Prime eligible, so there is a Massdrop-level of wait there πŸ™‚

20% off Monolith Amps (3×200 and 2×200)

Monoprice has a new coupon, 20BURR gets you 15% off orders of $200+ in eligible products until Saturday night with the usual coupon restrictions they have over there.

Not eligible for the coupon are all their planar-magnetic headphones (I tested them all, M300, M560, M565, M1060). Also not eligible for the coupon are the following two headphones which are on sale on their own and get free shipping on their own:

+ Sonic Solace ANC/BT Over-Ears for $50 in Black or Tan/Brown

+ Triple XXX in-ears for $35

But that’s not all, they have a 20% off sale on two Monolith Amps (3×200 and 2×200). This is an old fashioned sale, no coupon code. These are not dedicated headphone amps.

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.

Aune T1 SE MK3 Headphone DAC/Amp for $180 [MD]

Running for the next four days (from blog-posting date), Massdrop is offering the new condition Aune T1 SE MK3 Headphone DAC/Amp for $180 with free shipping and a late December 2017 shipping estimate from Massdrop. Options of color (silver or black) and power (110V or 220V) are available during the checkout process. All sales final. No mention of warranty in the listing.

Used Fiio K5 DAC/amp with built-in Dock for $86

The new condition Fiio K5 DAC/amp with its built-in Dock goes for around $110 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, there is a “Used – Very Good” condition listing (cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) offered for $86~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The K5 averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 39 customer reviews and has 50 answered questions. It picked up a couple of each since the last time I posted about it.

Speaking of Fiio, note there are some Fiio + A&K iRiver IEM bundles running. Check our previous Fiio posts for those.

Used Beyerdynamic A20 Headphone Amplifier for $239

The new condition Beyerdynamic A20 Headphone Amplifier is on sale for $299, but if you want to save some more, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) for $239~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. As usual on Warehouse Deals, beware of “Just Launched” sellers and any seller with unusual or unexpected requests (such as emailing them before buying).

Fiio Q1 portable DAC/amp + A&K ICP-AT1000 IEMs for $60

The first generation Fiio Q1 is currently on sale for $55 by a trio of fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible sellers), but wait, there’s another option!

β€œPRO Studio Sound & Music” fulfilled by Amazon, the same seller offering the [A3 or E11K] + A&K IEMs is also having a similar bundle, this time with the Fiio Q1. This time the listing is clear, this the Q1 portable DAC/amp, along with the AStell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones, together going for $60 with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (Prime shipping).

Fiio [E11K or A3] head-amp + Astell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones for $60

It’s not clear from the listing whether the packaging you will receive will be the Fiio A3 (the new naming scheme) or the Fiio E11K (the old naming scheme). Regardless, you will get one of the two, bundled with the Astell & Kern (iRiver) ICP-AT1000 earphones, together going for $60 with free shipping, sold by “PRO Studio Sound & Music” with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you have an extra layer of protection there.

This is a fairly new listing, created mid-October 2017, so the date is not helping figure out whether the packaging will be of the A3 or the E11K. Essentially you are getting the A&K earphones for $5 more versus the the A3 on its own.

The earphones on their own are currently marked as a holiday season sale for $40 at B&H Photo, while an eBay search only finds random scattered listings, nothing serious/concrete for these.

Fiio A3 portable head-amp for $55 w/FS

More Fiio action, the new condition Fiio A3 portable headphone amp is now discounted to $55 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo, an authorized dealer.

Audio Technica M50X + Fiio A3 head-amp for $129

And we have another Audio Technica M50x bundle for $129, this time you get a free Fiio A3 portable headphone amplifier instead of a $30 Netflix Gift Card. The Fiio A3 goes for $60 on its own, so you are getting a better value with this bundle assuming you want/need the Fiio A3 or don’t mind gifting or selling or trading it. Of the average consumer, you will find more takers on $30 Netflix in the hand than $60 audiophile technobabble for future use πŸ™‚

This is sold by the BuyDIG Rakuten store. No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and checkout. BuyDIG creates some value combos, but not every combo they create is ideally suited to be used together. For example, if you find that you can drive your M50x well enough from your phone or DAP, you can use the Fiio A3 with some of your other headphones. Likewise, sometimes they bundle microSD cards with headphones. You obviously can’t stick the microSD card into the headphone, but you can use it with your phone, tablet, DAPs, Roku box, laptop, etc.

Fiio A1 headphone amp drops to $22

The portable and compact Fiio A1 headphone amp, in the silver color scheme, is on sale for $22 (instead of its usual price of $27) at Amazon by Amazon actual. Limit up to three of them per customer at the sale price. It averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 210 customer reviews and it has 90+ answered questions.

XDUOO XD 05 DAC/amp for $150 (ships from China)

Patience is a portable virtue! If you don’t mind waiting for it to arrive from China (or paying extra for faster delivery), the new condition XDUOO XD 05 portable DAC/amp is now on sale for $150 with free slow shipping from China at GearBest. There’s also an optional combined purchase discount, and this purchase amount allows to buy “Add On” items (yes, Amazon is not the only one with “Add On” things).

It has full size USB audio input (separate microSD for charging), optical/coax, and 3.5mm IN/OUT on the back. It has gain and bass boost buttons on the front, along with a volume dial, and a little OLED display showing data source details (not song playing, but basic technical of the signal).