Last Day: Aune T1 SE MK3 Headphone DAC/Amp for $160 [MD]

Tick-tock! This is the last day for this offer, it closes at 1am eastern on Friday, it is the new condition Aune T1 SE MK3 Headphone DAC/Amp offered for $180 with free US shipping at Massdrop, with your choice of black or silver color scheme, and power choice of 110V or 220V. The Gold Lion tube is NOT included with this offering!

This will ship in mid-April from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

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

We have not turned into a Massdrop blog, I just checked after a couple of days and a lot of things have either unlocked, launched or are expiring! The new condition NuForce uDAC-3 DAC/Amp Combo is fully unlocked for the next three days and change (from blog-posting date) going for $60 with free US shipping. It is only available in the black color scheme and it will ship from Massdrop at the end of March 2018. Lots of things are scheduled to ship at the end of March, I hope they are prepared for it 🙂

In-stock again: RHA CL1 Ceramic In-Ears for $218

Our headphone traacking finally paid off! If you had been looking to find the new condition RHA CL1 ceramic in-ears in-stock and at a reasonable price, rejoice! They are in-stock and ship in 1-2 days for $218 with free shipping by Amazon actual with up to three pairs per customer.

Speaking of RHA, continuing to be on sale is their RHA L1 DAC/amp for the very specific price of $255.52 by Amazon actual. Limit three per customer as well.

Both the earphones and the DAC/amp come with a 3-year warranty, which is nice to see from a consumer perspective.

Fiio AM2 amplifier (for X7 DAPs) for $80 w/free S&H

This is a bit of a “deep cut” (context: music term; not discount term) in the sense that only current owners of compatible Fiio DAPs can use it. It is the new condition FiiO AM2 Amplifier for Fiio X7 players on sale for $80 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Its regular price is $100.

YOHOOLYO portable head-amp for $20

The new condition portable YOHOOLYO headphone amp is down from its usual price in the high 20s to $20, sold by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime shipping or with a $25+ order. It averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 50 customer reviews and it has 16 answered questions. It takes microUSB audio input and spits out audio through the headphone jack.

Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter for $7.65

The official Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter is now down to $7.65 at Amazon by Amazon actual and you can buy as many as you like at the sale price (maximum 27 which is more than enough for most non-resellers). The only catch is that it is an Add-On product, so you must needs place a $25+ order. You can get to $25+ with four of these or any other product combination that does the math. It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 1550+ customer reviews.

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

A brand new offer has now unlocked at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. It is the new condition Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp going for $45 with free US shipping for compatible Apple devices with Lightning ports.

The offer runs for the next eight days and change (from blog-posting date here), and will ship at the end of March from the vendor. All sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

PS: an easy mnemonic to remember which Apple devices have the lightning port for iPhones and iPod Touches: FIVE is the magic number. iPhone 5 and later, iPod Touch 5 and later. With iPads, 4 is the magic number, iPad 4 (Retina) and later. But you don’t have to remember any numbers for newer iPad lines because all Minis, Airs and PROs have a lightning port.

BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD A/I for $88

The new condition BEHRINGER U-PHORIA UMC404HD audio interface is currently on sale for $88 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual. This is not a lightning deal. The in-stock estimate is March 7 (2018). It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 190 customer reviews and it has 249 answered questions.

Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier for $58 w/FS [MD]

The new condition clear/see-through Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier is now fully unlocked at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop going for $58 with free US shipping. The offer is running for the next five days and change (from blog-posting date). This will ship in early April from Massdrop, with all sales final. No mention of warranty in the listing.

Astell&Kern XB10 Bluetooth DAC/Amp for $85 [MD]

The new condition Astell&Kern XB10 Bluetooth DAC/Amp goes for $98 with various fulfilled by Amazon sellers, but if you want to save some more, you can get it for $85 with free US shipping at Massdrop where it is running as an offer for the next four days and change (from blog-posting date).

These will be shipped by Massdrop in late March 2018, so there’s not as big of a wait. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. This supports Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X, apt-X HD and AAC too (and SBC of course, but that’s the lowest common denominator).

LIVE NOW: Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier for $350

UPDATE Friday 10am ET: this is now LIVE! 77 units have been purchased after one hour of this running. A total of 480 units are available for this drop. It will ship in late October 2018. That’s almost a baby (eight months from now)..

A new product world premiere is happening at Massdrop on Friday at 9am eastern! They will launch the drop for the new condition Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier. The price will be $350 with free US shipping. Each unit will be serialized and the first 490 purchases will get a serial number under 500 per the listing. Since this is a co-promotion, an “x” product (yes, they are shipping themselves) it comes wtih a 1-year manufacturer warranty, always a welcome sight 🙂 The shipping estimate will be revealed after the offer goes live on Friday morning.

The brains behind the operation talked about this technology on Episode #242 of Home Theater Geeks (fear not, there is no Leo Laporte in the video), which you can also find YouTube-embedded below:

PS: I just now realized, “Home Theater Geeks” is no longer running new episodes. Their last episode was September 2017. Scott explained the reason for the cancellation in the AVS Forums [“purely economic”]…

[DEAD] With Monoprice Coupon: 8323 w/Bluetooth for $23 w/FS [and more]

This weekend coupon expired…

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Used RHA Dacamp L1 DAC/amp for $179

The new condition RHA Dacamp L1 goes for $256~ in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, there is a “Used – Acceptable” condition listing (various cosmetic impefections; damaged original packaging) for them for $179~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Used Audioquest Dragonfly RED USB DAC/amp for $150

Surprise! The AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC/amp is finally available at a more reasonable used price! As of the time of writing “fulfilled by Amazon” marketplace seller “AmazinSavings” (93%) is offering the Red dragonfly for $150 with free Prime shipping through Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Like New” condition. They have a detailed description. I suspect these may not last long.

Musou Optical/Coax to RCA Audio Converter with Cable for $13

The new condition Musou Digital Optical Coax to Analog RCA Audio Converter is bundled with an optical cable and an AC adapter for $13 by Musou with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. This has two digital inputs, the yellow coax and the Toslink port, and an RCA output. Per the listing, TOSlink gets priority if both are connected at the same time. It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 1260+ customer reviews and has 220+ answered questions.

[DEAD] Tue: Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amp for $72 + S&H

This coupon expired…

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Used Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $399 w/free S&H

The price of the Chord Mojo (the portable DAC/amp with the marble buttons) is diverging in opposite directions. The new condition price increased to $579 but the used price has dropped to $399 with free shipping by seller “Audio Advice Online” through Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Like New” condition. This ships directly from AAO and it is not Prime eligible.

Denon DA-10 Portable USB DAC/amp for $150 w/FS

Perusing the top selling DAC/amps at Amazon reveals a sale on the new condition Denon DA-10 Portable USB DAC/amp for $150 by HifiDef Lifestyle with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping. It is also offered for the same price from the HiDef eBay store (no Prime shipping obviously). Their eBay store says they have five units available.

Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter for $8

The official Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter is currently going for $7.65 at B&H Photo. Shipping is free if your order total is $49 or more. Otherwise shipping is extra.

If you are a Prime member, you can get free 2-day shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual where it sells for $8.86. Non-Prime members need a $25+ order for free shipping. This is not currently an Add-On item, thus the free 2-day shipping for Prime members despite the single figures price.

Used Fiio K1 USB DAC/amp for $21 + $4 S&H

The new condition Fiio K1 USB DAC/amp goes for $40 in new condition but if you are willing to go used, you can get it for $21 plus $3.75 shipping at Adorama in “Used – Demo” condition. If you don’t see it in the search results over there, it means it sold out!

Used Fiio Q1 II DSD DAC/amp for $84 + $4 S&H

The new new-condition Fiio Q1 II DSD DAc/amp goes for $100 (eg Amazon) but if you want to save a little bit, it is available in “Used – Demo” condition for $84 plus $3.75 shipping at Adorama. If you don’t see it in the search results over there, it means it sold out!

TEAC HA-P90SD DAC/amp/DAP for $230 w/FS

The Guitar Center President’s Day sale is a gift that keeps on giving! In new condition, you can get the black color scheme of the TEAC HA-P90SD DAC/amp/DAP for $230 with free shipping or free ship to store (aka store pickup). No coupon is needed, the price you see is the price you pay during this promotion.

Now shipping: Fiio Q5 for $345 with free shipping

If you can’t wait to get the new Fiio Q5, we have good news! Two recognizable sellers at Amazon have it in-stock for $345 with free shipping by “ProStudio Sound & Music”, or $350 plus $5 flat shipping by the “Tinbel Store”. Both ships directly from the sellers and they are not Prime eligible. This is a device with lots of features, read up on it on the interwebs if curious.

Speaking of Fiio, their A5 portable headphone-amp is available in “Used – Like New” condition for $110 with free shipping by K&M Camera through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from K&M and it is not Prime eligible.

TEAC UD-501 dual-monaural DAC/amp for $360 [MD]

Not to be confused with the famous jeans, the TEAC UD-501 dual-monaural DAC/amp is fully unlocked at Massdrop for $360 with free US shipping, running for the next two days and change (from blog-posting time). It will ship in mid-March from Massdrop, with all sales final. A warranty card is included. Only 40 units are available for this drop, and as of the time of writing, 19 of them have been claimed.

[OLD POST] Used Fiio K1 USB DAC/amp for $30 w/free S&H

This was superseded by a better deal on 2/19/18…

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[DEAD] Apogee Groove USB DAC/amp for $180

As of a 2/18/18 at 7:18pm ET recheck, this is sold out and cannot be ordered…

The new condition Apogee Groove USB DAC/amp is currently on sale for $180 with free shipping or free store pickup (where available/possible) at Guitar Center. Their other online properties (Musician’s Friend, etc) don’t carry it apparently. This goes on a rotating recurring basis on sale at various reputable dealers, apparently it is Guitar Center’s turn now 🙂

Mayflower Objective DAC/Amps available on Amazon

Did you know that Mayflower Electronics is also selling their Objective DAC/amps through Amazon? All but one ship directly from Mayflower (New York) so shipping is extra, except for the O2 ODAC Revision B which is fulfilled by Amazon and Prime eligible.

Just like Schiit Audio did back when they sold their products through Amazon [Schiit no longer offers their products thru Amazon], the Mayflower Amazon prices are slightly higher than their own website, presumably to cover the Amazon seller fees (which are not insubstantial).

Sabaj D3 Desktop DAC/amp for $80 [fulfilled by Amazon]

In addition to the previously mentioned $90 after coupon DA3 portable USB DAC/amp, Sabaj now has their Sabaj D3 desktop DAC/amp shipping from Amazon’s warehouses, fulfilled by Amazon, in either the black or silver color schemes, for $80 each, with free shipping (two days for Prime members).

These has three inputs on the back (USB, optical, coaxial) and outputs RCA or via a headphone port on the front. The product description is poorly translated, so better check the forums if you are not already familiar with it.

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

We begin a mini “Massdrop trilogy” of posts 🙂 First up, something for Lightning iOS listeners. Massdrop is offering the new condition Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp for $45 with free US shipping, running for the next four days and change (from blog-posting date). An MFI button trio is built-into the physical device.

A list of compatible devices is included in the Massdrop product listing. Basically iPhone 5 and later, iPod Touch 5 and later, iPad Retina (4th gen) and later, and all the iPad Mini and PROs. They will ship from the vendor in early March 2018 with all sales final.

Used Open-Box Chord Mojo DAC/amp for $450

It’s back down to $450 again for the “Used – Very Good” open-box condition CHORD Electronics Mojo DAC/amp with those marble-style buttons, offered at this price by real-world A/V dealer “HiDef Lifestyle” through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from HiDef and it is not Prime eligible.

Sabaj DA3 portable USB DAC/amp for $90 after coupon

Clip-on coupons are all the rage at Amazon these days The official Sabaj (fulfilled by Amazon) store is having a $10 off clip-on coupon on either color scheme of the new condition Sabaj DA3 portable USB DAC/amp, dropping its price from $100 to $90, with free shipping (fulfilled by Amazon). It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 13 customer reviews.

Note that this is offered for the same promotion from the Sabaj as “ships from China”. Since the price is the same, if you are in the US, the “fulfilled by Amazon” will arrive a lot faster!

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.

Used Fiio A3 portable headphone amp for $42 w/FS

Keeping track of the Fiio product names from memory, especially after the naming reboot, is no easy task. The new condition Fiio A3 portable headphone amp (no DAC on this one) goes for $60 in new condition at authorized Fiio dealers, but if you want to save some, you can get it for $42~ with free shipping by Electronics EXPO through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

LIVE NOW: Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp for $380 [ships late May 2018]

UPDATE 1/26/18 at 11:30am ET: the offer is now LIVE! The shipping estimate is late May 2018, with a total of 480 units available for this particular drop. 38 of them have been purchased as of the time of writing. The offer runs for the next six days and change from this update…

Save the Date! If you want to be among the first to order the all new Massdrop Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/Amp, Massdrop will be launching it on its maiden internet voyage on Thursday January 25 (exactly 11 months before Christmas) at 9am eastern time. The price will be $380 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. It will come with a 1-year Massdrop warranty. The shipping estimate will be revealed tomorrow after the listing goes live!

This is an All-In-One design, with the DAC section by Grace Design and the Amp section by Alex Cavalli. The Borg approve of this 🙂 This is a single DAC/amp combo “all in one” unit. One of the pictures over there shows two pizza boxes stacked together ~ that may create unnecessarily confusion since it is not captioned to explain that the “Cavalli Tube Hybrid” is NOT included.

To make sure it’s clear, here’s an annotated screenshot of the item that’s on sale:

Topping Madness unlocked at Massdrop

Topping (brand name) fans unite and take over! There’s a mega-listing unlocked at Massdrop and running for the next four days and change (from blog-posting time here) offering the following Topping products with free US shipping:

+ A30 headphone amp for $85
+ PA3 stereo amp for $85
+ D30 DAC for $100 (this is the “headliner” of the listing)
+ D30 and A30 for $185 (no combo discount!)
+ D30 and PA3 for $185 (no combo discount!)
+ all three for $260 (a $10 combo discount!)

The D30 supports up to DSD128 and 24/192 PCM and has three input options (USB, coaxial, optical) and RCA output. Power options are available in the shopping cart depending on location.