ASUS Xonar DG headphone amp sound card for $19 after $10 MIR

Oops, I forgot to post this earlier on in the month, but the offer is good until 11/30/15. The $10 mail-in rebate for the bang-for-the-buck ASUS Xonar DG headphone amp sound card is back for another month, making it a $19 after $10 MIR promotion at Amazon.com. Details in the PDF file over there… If you purchased one in October, you can also find the PDF of the rebate over there under “Recent Purchases”…

[DEAD] Used FiiO E12A Mont Blanc IEM Special Edition Portable Headphone Amp for $127

As of 11/4/15 PM re-checking, this sold out and there are no used units available…

The FiiO E12A Mont Blanc IEM Special Edition Portable Headphone Amp are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $127, in damaged original packaging, with minor cosmetic imperfection on the item (item = the amp), by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Per the shopping cart, there’s only one unit left.

Audio Technica AT-PHA10 Amp for $36 (ships from USA)

If you are interested in the Audio Technica AT-PHA10 portable headphone amplifier (as in PHA in the model name), you don’t have to import it all the way from Japan. Some retailers have taken advantage of the “Amazon fulfillment” service, so they shipped their inventory to Amazon’s USA warehouses. So when you buy it, it ships like any other item from an Amazon USA warehouses.

At the moment, a couple of marketplace sellers offer them for $36 in new condition, or you can get it in “Used -Very Good” condition with original damaged packaging by Amazon Warehouse Deals… It averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 20 customer reviews over there…

Audio Technica M70x + Apogee Groove USB DAC/amp for $480

More bundles, this time it is the closed-back over-ear Audio-Technica ATH-M70x bundled with the Apogee Groove USB DAC/amp together for $480 with free shipping at B&H Photo. Offer ends 11/2/15.

Unlocked at Massdrop: O2+ODAC, Grace, AKG, MEE, etc

In this post, we round up some of the latest Massdrop offers that are fully unlocked (= available at their lowest possible price during this particular offer). The expiration date varies, check their website for specifics. Only fully unlocked items are mentioned below. I add shipping to the total – except when I forget πŸ™‚

  • Massdrop O2+ODAC (revB) DAC/Amplifier for $200
  • MEE Audio Grab Bag for $28 (receive one from six random choices)
  • CEntrance DACport Slim (Massdrop Exclusive) for $100
  • Grace Design x Massdrop m9XX DAC/Amp for $500
  • AKG K267 Tiesto DJ Headphones for $130
  • Firestone Audio Headphone Stand for $40

As a reminder, everyone can join their buying club, it is free to join, but one must needs be logged in to see the offers. Something to do with the whole MAP thing.

15% off the Monoprice Headphones and Desktop DAC/amp

Good for Tuesday Oct-27-2015 only, coupon OCT15 gets you 15% off almost everything at Monoprice.com, which includes their various over/on-ear headphones and earphones, along with their Desktop Headphone DAC/amp (model 11567). The pictures of the back show the various inputs and outputs (Pre Out, Line Out, Aux In RCAs) along with USB IN and Gain flip switch. The front has the headphone out, the volume control, and a flip-switch for USB-IN or AUX-IN.

Monoprice expanded their arsenal with a Hybrid Tube amp with Bluetooth (model #13194), unfortunately it is currently out of stock and cannot be ordered, so you cannot take advantage of this 15% off coupon πŸ™ But fear not future-wise, Monoprice has coupon promotions on a regular basis.

Sennheiser HD 650 + Apogee Groove DAC/Amp for $500

We have another “combo deal” from Adorama, this time they have bundled the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones + Apogee Groove DAC/amp, together for $500 with free expedited shipping. No coupon, no rebates, just add to cart and proceed. The Apogee is a USB-input device, with old-school remote-control-style volume-up and volume-down buttons.

Massdrop: Audio Technica M50x + Creative E1 portable DAC-Amp for $177

Bundle time at Massdrop, fully unlocked for $170 plus $7 flat shipping is the combo of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones and the entry-level Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable DAC/amp (USB or 3.5mm input, two headphone outputs). So if you happen to need both right at this time, it’s not a bad price. But if you don’t need both of them or right away, you can get better prices on each item individually.

For more on the Creative E1, there are 180+ customer reviews at Amazon. The E1 shares the same product page with two other models, so for E1-only reviews, use this pre-filtered reviews list (unfortunately they don’t provide averages on the filtered review lists).

The Massdrop offer mentioned in this post ends in about seven days from blog-posting date.

Massdrop: Bravo V3, Edifier headphones

New offers got added to members-only Massdrop, with these specific offers ending in about seven days from blog posting date as follows:

* Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier as low as $72.50 shipped
* Edifier H850 Headphones as low as $52 shipped

Massdrop Unlocked: AKG M220 Semi-Open Headphones for $70 shipped

The AKG Massdrop bromance continues with another iteration of the AKG M220 Semi-Open Studio Headphones, fully unlocked at the moment for $70 with free shipping. This will ship in mid November. Already some enterprising sellers are selling it, at a small premium, for $80 shipped through amazon.com.

Other offers at Massdrop (but not fully unlocked as of posting time):
* Calyx Audio PaT DAC/Headphone Amp could go as low as $85 shipped
* Creative Sound Blaster X7 Amp/DAC combo could go as low as $320 shipped

Massdrop: FAD Sonorous VI, Fiio X5ii, E18, Jaybirds, DT880

The action never stops it seems at members-only Massdrop. The latest offers, good for the next 6-7 days (from blog-posting date) include the following:

  • Final Audio Design Sonorous VI Headphone could go as low as $515 shipped
  • FiiO X5 2nd Generation Player could go as low as $318 shipped
  • FiiO E18 could go as low as $155 shipped
  • Jaybirds BlueBuds X Sports bluetooth earbuds as low as $118 shipped
  • Beyerdynamic DT880 600 Ohm Headphones as low as $250 shipped

Massdrop Objective 2 (O2) Headphone Amplifier for $80 (Standard) or $95 (Desktop)

Massdrop is back with another limited run of the Massdrop Objective 2 (O2) Headphone Amplifier. The Standard edition goes for $80, while the Desktop edition (RCA inputs, 1/4″ headphone out, power on the back) goes for $95. Free shipping. Ends in about 14 days from blog-posting date (or earlier if they run out).

Massdrop: CEntrance DACport Slim unlocked for $100

As the name suggests, the tiny CEntrance DACport Slim is currently fully unlocked at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop for $100 with free shipping. It has 12 days left to go (from blog-posting date).

Also there, also fully unlocked, with seven days to go are the AKG K167 Tiesto DJ headphones going for $70 plus $7 flat shipping.

[DEAD] Monday’s Fry’s Promo Offers: $280 Pono, $40 BackBeat Game

These daily deals expired…

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Massdrop: Aune, Fiio, Gustard, BeyerD DT880-250-Premium, etc

More offers have been added to Massdrop. The offers mentioned below expire in 3-7 days from blog-posting date.

  • Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium (250 Ohm) could go as low as $250 shipped
  • GUSTARD H10 headphone amp could go as low as $310 shipped
  • FiiO E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC unlocked for $117 shipped
  • Aune B1 Portable Headphone Amplifier could go as low as $157 shipped
  • Aune X1S 32BIT/384 DSD128 MINI DAC could go as low as $226 shipped
  • Little Dot MKIII Tube Headphone Amp could go as low as $230 shipped

[DEAD] Beyerdynamic A200P DAC and amp for $140

As of 10/13/15 the price jumped up to $180… Back to eBay, this time it is the BuyDig.com eBay store that is new condition Beyerdynamic A200P DAC and amp for $140 with free shipping, with a limit of 5 units per customer.

Refurbished Denon DA-300USB DAC/Amp for $380

The Denon DA-300USB DAC and headphone amp is currently available in refurbished condition with all accessories and a one year warranty by the seller, OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $500.

Massdrop: Fiio E17K, JustMobile, Normal 3D earphones

Three new offers are up at members-only Massdrop, and they have about 6-7 days to go (from blog-posting date). Here’s where they sit as of blog-posting time:

* Just Mobile HeadStand fully unlocked for $45~ shipped

* Fiio E17K Alpen 2 USB DAC could go as low as $117~ shipped

* Normal 3D Printed Earphones as low as for $160 shipped
* “Normal” is the brand name, there is no such thing as normal in audio πŸ™‚

[DEAD] Used Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS for $98

As of late 10/5/15 re-checking, the last used model at $98~ got scooped up and it is no longer available… Not that DACs are indestructible but they are certainly less fragile than the typical headphones, so some may feel more comfortable buying them used. If so, the Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $98~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

ASUS Xonar DG audio-card & head-amp for $20 after $10 MIR

October 2015 is here, and so are the new monthly ASUS rebates for some of their products. Their bang for the buck ASUS Xonar DG audio-card and headphone-amp is going for $30 minus a $10 mail-in rebate (MIR), making it a $20 after rebate. Details on the device and the PDF details of the rebate form at Amazon’s website. The PDF form says limit two rebates per product per household during the promotion.

Used HRT MicroStreamer for $130

The HRT MicroStreamer portable DAC goes for $170 in new condition, but if you want to save, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition for $130 by Genco Deals (100%, 23K+ ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This is fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping if you are a Prime member. The listing from Genco says this comes with all accessories, it is tested and repackaged, but the box will show wear and may be “distressed”. Any psychologists on Headfi offering stress therapy for distressed boxes? Perhaps a $500 cable can help it cheer up? πŸ˜‰

Used Audioengine D1 DAC for $131 (or $139 Open Box)

The Audioengine D1 24-bit DAC is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $131 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Or if you page down further down over there, you will find an Open Box “Used – Like New” offer for $139 by Gramophone with full warranty (authorized dealers, ships from Maryland).

Used M-Audio portable 2-output amp/dac for $21~

The M-Audio portable Bass Traveler amp/DAC little thing (think Fiio E6 competitor) is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $21~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $29. Its defining characteristic is that it has two headphone-outputs instead of one.

Massdrop: Grace Design m920 as low as $1511

Up at members-only Massdrop, with only a maximum of 25 units available for this promotion, the Grace Design m920 could go as low as $1500 plus $11~ flat shipping if it fully unlocks before it ends. The offer ends in about seven days (from blog-posting date).

Massdrop: Fostex TH500RP, Geek Out 1000

Massdrop has more new offers loaded, good for the next 6-7 days (from blog-posting date). Neither is fully unlocked as of the time of writing. The offers are:

+ Fostex TH500-RP as low as $460~ shipped
+ Geek Out 1000 USB DAC/Amp as low as $172~ shipped

Massdrop Unlocked: FiiO E10K for $67

A new round of specials is up at members-only Massdrop, and as of the time of writing, with 7 days to go (from blog-posting date) the FiiO E10K USB DAC/amp is fully unlocked (= the lowest price possible under this offer), going for $63 plus $4 flat shipping.

Also offered there, but not fully unlocked, with five days to go, is the FiiO X5 2nd Generation Player that could go as low as $318~ shipped. Meanwhile the Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo, with six days to go, could go as low as $160~ shipped.

M-Audio Bass Traveler Portable HeadAmp (Two Outputs) for $29

If you are looking for a Fiio E6 type of size portable headphone amp, but two outputs (can connect two headphones) are a must have feature, the M-Audio Bass Traveler Portable is now going for $29 at Amazon.com by Amazon actual. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on five customer reviews. Has a “Boost” option (Flat, M, H), charges via micro-USB and officially supports 16-100 ohm headphones.

[DEAD] Used M-Audio Super DAC for $109

As of a 9/23/15 re-checking of stock, this is sold out as used…

If you are curious about the new M-Audio Super DAC but don’t want to pay full price, you can get it in “Used – Good condition” for $109~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There’s only one used listing (this one) so far.

Massdrop: Bravo V3 amp as low as $73~

Added to members-only shopping site Massdrop (free to join for all) is the Bravo V3 headphone amp. It could go as low as $73~ shipped. It has six days to get them (as of the time of writing).

Meanwhile, some of our previously mentioned offers, including the Fiio X1 and E18 are now fully unlocked.

Massdrop: BeyerD T90, Fiio, Topping, NuForce

Four more items are now up at members-only Massdrop. As of the time of writing, they have 5-7 days to go, and none of them is fully unlocked (yet). They are:

* Beyerdynamic T90 could go as low as $450 shipped
* Nuforce NE-600X as low as $9 shipped
* Topping NX1 Headphone Amp as low as $36~ shipped
* FiiO E18 Kunlun Portable DAC/Amp as low as $135 shipped

Fiio A3 amp for $60 (or $62 with extra audio cable)

Fiio is modernizing their product naming scheme. As part of that, they have the “new” A3 (artist formerly known as the E11K Kilimanjaro 2) portable headphone amp, which is currently going for $60 or $62 with an extra audio cable. See all the options at Amazon’s website.

Massdrop: Fiio X1, SMSL M8 DAC, BD MXP 50

New offers are up at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. The following have 6-7 days to go. As of the time of writing they are not fully unlocked. They are:

  • Fiio X1 DAP could go as low as $85 shipped
  • Beyerdynamic MXP 50 iE iems as low as $33 shipped
  • SMSL M8 Desktop DAC (IN: USB, TOS/Coax, OUT: RCA) as low as $180 shipped

Audio Technica M50x + Fiio E6 + Case + $40 Visa Gift Card for $170

No, this is not turning into an Audio Technica M50x echo chamber, it’s just that everyone is having deals centered around it. The latest one is BuyDig’s eBay store, they are offering the white color scheme of the M50x + Fiio E6 amp + $40 VISA gift card + generic case, all together for $170 with free shipping. Limit five bundles per customer.

Massdrop Unlocked: B-Stock AKG K267 Tiesto for $130 [and other offers]

Another day, another burst of offers at members-only (but free to join) Massdrop. Fully unlocked already (= lowest price under this offer) are the AKG K267 Tiesto DJ headphones in B-Stock condition for $130 with free shipping. A Massdrop representative in their forums [only logged-in Massdrop members can read it] describes these as:

“So basically, these were sitting in a warehouse, waiting to be sold, then someone within AKG decided they needed to update the packaging for this headphone. These units have never been opened, returned, scratched, dented, or anything else. Thier packaging is out of date, that’s it.”

Also added, not fully unlocked as of the time of writing, but they have 6-7 days (from blog-posting time) to get there are:

* xDuoo TA-03 DAC/Amp as low as $260 shipped
* DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp as low as $235 shipped
* Firestone Audio Headphone Stand as low as $40 shipped

Audio Technica M50x + Fiio E17K Aspen 2 for $200 total

The Audio Technica M50x headphones along with the Fiio E17K Aspen 2 USB DAC/Amp are bundled together for $200 with free shipping at Adorama. This is a limited time offer.