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.

[DEAD] Used Fiio X5 2nd generation for $300

As of 9/15/15 PM re-checking, this got scooped up, and they have no more used options available (as of the time of this update)…

If you can’t wait for future discounts, you can save $50 by getting the second generation Fiio X5 digital audio player in “Used – Like New” condition for $300 by seller “All About Office” (99%) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It averages 4.5 out of 5 based on 31 customer reviews with 3-stars being the lowest rating so far.

Massdrop: Takstar Pro 80, Bravo V2

Never a dull moment at (the free to join but need to login to see the offers) Massdrop. Two new sub-$100 offers got added, with seven days to go (as of blog-posting time). Currently they are not fully unlocked. On the amp front, Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier could go as low as $88 shipped, while on the headphones front the Takstar PRO 80 could go as low as $67 shipped. As you can see from the pictures over there, this comes with an aluminum case.

If you are not mesmerized by the shinyness of the aluminum, they are also sold under the Gemini brand (without the shiny case) for $47 by marketplace sellers with the order fulfilled by Amazon so it is eligible for free 2-day shipping. The Geminis averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 60 customer reviews and have 17 questions answered.

Massdrop unlocked: JayBird BlueBuds X Sport for $121 [plus more new offers]

Added to the members-only Massdrop and already reaching the lowest price possible during this offer (aka fully unlocked) are the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport bluetooth in-ears going for $116 plus $5~ flat shipping. Also added, but not fully unlocked as of the time of writing, with 6-8 days left, are the following products:

* Musiland Monitor 02US Dragon DAC/Amp could go as low as $109~ shipped
* Colorfly C4 DAP could go as low as $508~ shipped
* Sony PHA-3 Portable DAC/Amp could go as low as $708~ shipped

Massdrop Unlocked: AKG K99 for $35 [plus more]

The latest set of new offers at members-only Massdrop has the closed-back on-ear AKG K99 reaching their lowest offer price of $35 with free shipping, with seven days to go. With the same deadline, but not unlocked as of the time of writing of this post are the Shure SE215 Blue in-ears that could go as low as $115 shipped, along with a couple of amps:

* Little Dot MKIII Tube could go as low as $225 shipped
* GUSTARD H10 could go as low as $311.50 shipped

Shure SE 215 in-ears + Fiio E12 head-amp for $180

We have two back to back Fiio bundles with the Shure SE 215 in-ears (black) at Adorama. We start with the SE215 bundled with the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc headphone amp for $180 with free expedited shipping.

Shure SE 215 in-ears + Fiio E6 head-amp for $101

The Shure SE 215 in-ears are fairly steady at $100, with rare discounting at authorized dealers, but sometimes we do get some deals, for example, $101 with free expedited shipping gets you the black SE 215 in-ears and the portable Fiio E6 headphone amp at Adorama [corrected the link].

FiiO E1 Portable Head-Amp for 30-pin Apple devices for $7.50

This is only good for 30-pin Apple devices (older iPhones, iPods). The FiiO E1 Portable Headphone Amplifier is now down to $7.50, sold by various marketplace sellers, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. So if you are a Prime member, you get this with free 2-day shipping. If not, you need a $35+ order for free shipping. This averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 99 customer reviews.

Massdrop: CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC could go for $400

Added today at members-only Massdrop is another CEntrance product, the DACmini CX Amp/DAC could go as low as $390 plus $10 flat shipping. It has seven days (as of writing time) to get unlocked. Everyone can sign up for a free Massdrop membership, but they have to keep things behind a login-wall so they can offer items below the dreaded MAP (minimum advertised pricing scheme).

[DEAD] Sale Starts Tue at 10am ET: M-Audio Super DAC and M-Audio Micro DAC (new releases!)

These introductory lightning-deals ended. From what I recall, they were $20 off discounts. In addition to the M-Audio Super DAC and the M-Audio Micro DAC, there was also a smaller one, the Bass Traveler, that is kinda a Fiio E6 competitor but with dual 1/8″ outputs and the word “Bass” repeated 403 times in the product name (exaggeration)…

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Used Sony PHA1A portable DAC/amp for $229

The portable Sony PHA1A DAC/amp goes for $300 in new condition at authorized Sony retailers, but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition for $229 with free shipping by authorized Sony dealer OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD). AWD’s own price is $235~ in “Used – Very Good” condition.

Massdrop unlocked: CEntrance DACport Slim for $100

Fully unlocked right now at members-only Massdrop, and with seven days left to go, the portable CEntrance DACport Slim (DAC and amp functionality) is going for $100 with free shipping. The 3.5mm serves as either headphone out or line-out.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x bundled with Fiio E12 for $185 to $200 (white or green)

If you happen to be interested in both the Fiio E12 and the Audio Technica M50x headphones, Adorama has a couple of bundles for them. No coupon, no rebate, just add the bundle to the shopping cart and proceed. The white M50x with E12 goes for $185, while the limited edition green M50xDG with E12 goes for $200. They come with free expedited shipping. Offers end by 9/4/15 or earlier if they sell out.