Massdrop: Burson Audio Soloist SL Headphone Amp as low as $530

The Burson Audio Soloist SL Headphone Amp is now on offer at members-only Massdrop, and it could go as low as $520 plus $10~ flat shipping if enough people commit to buying it. It has seven days from blog-posting date to fully unlocked. It only needs six commits for that.

Used Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable head-amp with two outputs for $27.50

The Creative Sound Blaster E1 Portable Headphone amp with dual headphone jacks goes for $35 in new condition but if you are comfortable with used amps, you can get it for around $27.50 by Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Very Good” condition. There are MANY listings at this condition/price, so price pressure may build and cause further discounting, so this is something perhaps to keen an eye out for in the next few days for a better price.

Audeze LCD-2 + Fiio X3 + Fiio E12 amp for $1000 total

Audeze and Fiio together? Why not? If that sounds appetizing, the Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphones are bundled with the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc headphone amp and the Fiio X3 digital audio player, all together as a bundle (no coupons/rebates), for a limited time for $1000 with free S&H at Adorama.com.

Fiio E17 + Sennheiser HD 650 + Apogee Mic for $600

And now we have a triple bundle! For $600 with free shipping, you get the Sennheiser HD 650 headphones, the Fiio E17 Alpen 2 USB DAC-Amp, AND the Apogee Electronics MiC 96k Pro USB Microphone for iPad/iPhone at Adorama. Just add to cart, no coupons/rebates needed. Offer ends by 8/31/15.

Fiio E17 + Audio Technica M70x for $300 together

If your interests intersect at the Fiio E17 Alpen 2 USB DAC-Amp and the new Audio Technica M70x closed-back over ears, you can get them together as a limited time bundle promotion for $300 with free expedited shipping at Adorama.,Offer ends by 8/31/15.

Used Schiit Bifrost Uber (USB 2nd Gen Input) DAC for $478

The Schiit Audio Bifrost Uber DAC (USB 2nd generation input) is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging) for around $478 with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. In new condition, this goes for $520 + shipping (at least $15 for the slowest shipping method) directly from Schiit.

Massdrop Unlocked: ZY Cable for Sennheiser HD-5xx for $25 shipped [also: xDuoo, Sony DAP]

Fully unlocked with seven days to go (as of blog-posting date) on members-only Massdrop are the ZY Cables for the Sennheiser HD598 and 595 and 558 and 518 headphones, going for roughly $25 shipped.

Also added there, but not fully unlocked as of writing time are the xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp (RCA, USB inputs) that could go as low as $135 shipped, and the Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman digital audio player that could go as low as $260 shipped.

Massdrop: Creative E3, Gustard X12

Two new offers were added to members-only Massdrop, which, as of the time of writing, are not fully unlocked, but they have 6-7 days to go:

* Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC/Amp Combo could go as low as $123~ shipped
* Gustard DAC-X12 USB Version could go as low as $452~ shipped

[DEAD] Used Bravo Audio Ocean Mini Valve Class A amp for $98

This got scooped up too…

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Massdrop: Audeze LCD-X + Gustard H10 could go for $1700

Say goodnight to your wallet. A new offer up at Massdrop is a bundle of the Audeze LCD-X + Gustard H10 for $1700 with free shipping. This needs only five to commit to unlock and it has seven days (from blog-posting date) to get there. It is estimated to ship mid-September, so too late if you are planning to buy this for your eight year old as a back to school gift 😉

Auvio portable headphone amp for $20 {limit 5}

If you like to explore or experiment upon or compare budget portable headphone amps, the Auvio headphone amp (it doesn’t appear to have a model name) is currently on sale for $20 with a limit of five per customer by a marketplace seller wit the order fulfilled by Amazon so it is eligible for free 2-day shipping. It averages 4 out of 5 based on 17 customer reviews

Sennheiser HD 600 with Fiio E17 DAC/amp and AT2020USB+ for $400

Adorama is offering a bundle of threes. For $400, you get the new condition Sennheiser HD600 along with the Fiio E17 USB DAC/amp and the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone. No coupons, no rebates, just add bundle to cart and checkout. Offer ends by 8/30/15.

In parallel, they have the same offer but with the HD650 instead for $500.

If you don’t need the AT mic, you can always gift it or sell it or trade it…

Used Fiio E18 KUNLUN Smartphone USB DAC/Amp for $124

One more used Fiio offer, the E18 KUNLUN Smartphone USB DAC/Amp is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition with the description “comes in original box. All cables and accessories included. Authorized FiiO reseller” for $124 with free shipping by seller “All About Office” (99%, 8500+ ratings) thru Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships from All About, so it is not eligible for Prime shipping benefits.

Used (store display) Fiio E17K DAC-Amp for $110

The Fiio E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC and headphone amp is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition with the description “store display in original box” for $110 with free shipping by seller “All About Office” (99%, 8500+ ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships from All About Office so it is not eligible for Prime benefits.

Massdrop Unlocked: Sony 10R for $98, UE CIEMs for $700

Two new offers launched and are already fully unlocked at Massdrop as of the time of writing (with seven days left in each). First up, the closed-back Sony MDR-10R headphones go for $98~ shipped, with choice of white or black at checkout. Next up, the Ultimate Ears Custom IEMs are going for $700 with free shipping. You have to send your audiologist impressions to UE’s Irvine (Southern California) labs. Shipping estimate per the listing is late September (2015), so not if you have deadlines or special occasions.

Also listed, but not fully unlocked is the DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp that could go as low as $235 shipped. This too has seven days left (days count from blog-posting date, not the date you may be reading this in the future).

Fiio A3 portable head-amp plus 3.5 to RCA cable for $62

The new Fiio A3 portable headphone-amp currently goes for $60 but if you also happen to need a 3.5mm to RCA cable and don’t want to bother chasing it down separately, you can get the A3 bundled with an Extreme Audio cable of that ilk for $62 by ProStudio thru Amazon. That’s an extra $2 for the cable. The order is fulfilled by Amazon so you get the usual shipping options (free 2-day Prime or $35+ free slow shipping).

Audio-Technica ATH-M70X + Apogee Groove portable DAC/amp for $350

Another combo deal (no fries) offer from Adorama. For $350 total, without rebates/coupons, you can get this bundle, the Audio-Technica ATH-M70X closed-back headphones and the portable Apogee Groove DAC/amp. The offer ends by 8/20/15.

Used Onkyo DAC-HA200 DAC/amp for $147

The Onkyo DAC-HA200 DAC/amp is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging, cosmetic imperfections) for around $147 by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

V-MODA VAMP Verza Amp/DAC/Battery for $400 (or $332 used)

The V-MODA VAMP Verza amp, DAC and battery pack (for mobile devices) is currently on sale for $400 by V-Moda thru Amazon. Or if you want to save some more, it goes for $332 in “Used – Good” condition via Amazon Warehouse Deals (there are more listings in “Used – Very Good” for $354). This averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 23 customer reviews.

Open box Audioengine N22 Desktop Amp for $158

The Audioengine N22 Desktop Amp goes for $200 in new condition, but if you want to save some, you can get it in Open Box “Used – Like New” condition from OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals for $158~ with free shipping (it from OneCall (WA), so no Prime 2-day). There are two listings as of the time of writing. OneCall is the online persona of Huppin’s in the State of Washington…

UPDATE (8/10/15 PM): only one listing left – the other one sold out…

Used Fiio E09K Desktop Amp for $87

The Fiio E09 desktop headphone amp (and dock) is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $87 (damaged original packaging, cosmetic imperfections) or in “Used – Like New” for $93~ (may come repackaged) by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

As usual please keep in mind that prices and quantity of used items change a lot more often than new items. The deals posted in the blog here are as of the time of writing. There’s no simple way to automatically re-write the posts when the prices change or they sell out.

[DEAD] Used Schiit Magni 2 Uber amp for $143

As of a late 8/9/15 re-check, this sold out at $143…

The Magni 2 Uber headphone amp from Schiit Audio is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged) for around $143 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There is a detailed list of the differences between the Uber and non-Uber on their website, with preouts being one of the primary ones.

TIP: the names Magni and Modi can be easy to confuse, so here’s an easy mnemonic to quickly tell them apart when reading about them: the Modi is a DAC (it has a D in its name). The Magni is an AMP (it has an A in its name).

Sennheiser HD 600 + Apogee Groove DAC/amp for $400

If the stars align and you want both the Sennheiser HD 600 headphones and the new Apogee Groove portable DAC/amp, you can get them both together as a bundle for $400 with free shipping (no coupons/rebates) at Adorama.com. Offer ends by 8/15/15 or earlier if they run out.

Massdrop: Alpine Hearing Protection Earplugs for $17

Fully unlocked at the moment (and with seven days to go from blog-posting date) at Massdrop, you can get them Alpine Hearing Protection MusicSafe Classic Earplugs for $15 plus $2~ flat shipping. These are strictly for hearing protection, not for music playback.

Also added there with the same expiration date, but not currently fully unlocked is the PS Audio Sprout amp/DAC that could go as low as $510 shipped. It already made enough progress towards that goal that it will probably get there.

[DEAD] Ends Wedn 1am ET: Sony UDA1 USB DAC for PC Audio for $205

This offer ended but typically items keep returning one way or another to Woot until they are completely sold out. However, I have no clue if/when this may return there…

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ASUS Xonar DG headphone amp PCI card for $20 after $10 mail-in rebate

Just like clockwork, a new month is here, and so is a new monthly $10 mail-in rebate (MIR) for the ASUS Xonar DG PCI card that is also a headphone amp. The current card price is $30, making it a $20 after MIR at amazon.com. The PDF form shown over there says limit two per product per household per promotion. This PDF MIR expires 8/31/15. This card averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 600+ customer reviews.

Massdrop: Fostex, SoundMagic, xDuoo

Fostex the people! (I can’t resist making that music pun). Added at Massdrop, but not fully unlocked yet are the Fostex TE-05 in-ears that could go as low as $125 shipped. Also added, also not fully unlocked as of the time of writing, but have seven days to go (as of blog-posting date) are the SoundMAGIC PL21 IEMs that could go as low as $17~ shipped, and the xDuoo TA-03 DAC/Amp that could go as low as $260 shipped.

Massdrop unlocked: SMSL M8 Desktop DAC for $180

The SMSL M8 desktop mini DAC is now fully unlocked at members-only website Massdrop (it is free to join to see prices, login-wall needed because some prices are below the MAP (minimum advertised prices) dictated by the Corporate Welfare System) for $180 with free shipping. It has eight days left in the offer (from blog-posting date, not the date you are reading this). It has many inputs ( coaxial, USB, optical) and RCA output and supports DSD as well.

Also added there, with also eight days is the Bravo V2 hybrid headphone amplifier (Class A Tube Amp, Shu Guan 12AU7 tube) that could go as low as $88~ shipped.

Used Schiit BitFrost Uber DAC for $343

The Schiit Audio BitFrost DAC is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition (original, damaged packaging) for $343~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

[DEAD] Used HIFIMAN EF2A USB Headphone Amplifier for $112

As of re-check, the $112 offer got scooped up, the lowest price as of early 8/1/15 is $130… The HIFIMAN EF2A USB Headphone Amplifier is currently available in “Used – Acceptable” condition for around $112 by Audio Advisor with the order fulfilled by Amazon so it is eligible for the free 2-day Prime shipping. This hybrid tube amp averages 4 out of 5 based on 67 customer reviews.

Open box Audioengine D1 DAC for $140

The Audioengine D1 DAC goes for $170~ in new condition but if you want to save some, you can get it for $140 with free shipping in “Used – Like New” Open-box condition by Gramophone thru Amazon, who is an authorized dealer per their listing. It ships from Gramophone which is located in Maryland. Gary Williams not included!

Massdrop: Creative Sound Blaster X7 LE DAC/amp for $410

Added to Massdrop today, with seven days left (as of blog-posting date) is the Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition DAC/amp that could go as low as $400 plus $10~ flat shipping. This is a do-it-all type of DAC/amp, serving speakers and headphones alike. It is not a dedicated headphone amp. One of the pictures over there shows all the connectors at the back (zoom in). It has both 1/4″ and 1/8″ headphone inputs on the front.

Here’s a seven minute video with Creative guy talking about it:

Optionally, you can add to your order the Creative E-MU XM7 Bookshelf Speakers for +$120 (they go for $270 on their own – eg amazon.com).

V-MODA VAMP Verza DAC-Amp for Smartphones for $400

The V-MODA VAMP Verza portable DAC-amp designed with smartphones in mind is now available in new condition for $400 with free shipping in the black color scheme by V-Moda Direct thru Amazon. There are nine units left as of the time of writing. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 23 customer reviews.

Used Sony PHA1A Portable DAC-amp for $229

The Sony PHA1A Portable DAC-amp goes for $300 at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some but still get it from authorized dealers, it is available in “Used – Like New” condition for $228~ by OneCall thru Amazon with two units left as of the time of writing. Original box with everything included says their listing.

Used Teac HA-P50 portable headphone amp for $160

The black color scheme of the portable Teac HA-P50 headphone amp is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $160 by Amazon Warehouse Deals.