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.

Massdrop unlocked: Objective O2 head-amp for $70 shipped

Now available at Massdrop is their custom version of the Objective O2 headphoone amp for $70 with free shipping. They are accepting suggestions and voting for tweaks in the comments over there that are multiplying like rabbits. Keep in mind however,  this will start shipping in mid-September 2015, so not for the impatient 🙂

Used Topping NX1 portable amp for $34

The new condition Topping NX1 portable headphone amp goes for $40 but if you want to save a bit and a byte, you can get it for $34 in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging, cosmetic imperfection) by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Used Onkyo DAC-HA200 DAC/amp for $200

The new condition Onkyo DAC-HA200 DAC/amp goes for $300 but if you want to save, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition for $200 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. There’s also a “Used – Like New” for $212~.

Massdrop Unlocked: Macaw GT100S IEM and stand

Two new offers went live and are already fully unlocked at Massdrop, the Macaw GT100S IEMs can be yours for $55 plus $3 flat shipping, while the Just Mobile HeadStand is going for $35 plus $6 flat shipping (= $41 total).

Not fully unlocked yet, is the Aune X2 Mk2 Bluetooth Amplifier that could go as low as $120 shipped. All three offers mentioned in this post end in about seven days from the blog-posting date here (not the date you may be reading this post in the future).

Used Fiio E09K for $93

The Fiiio E09K is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition for just under $93 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. It averages 4.4 out of 5 with nearly 100 customer reviews posted. This is desktop size with a docking station for either the Fiio E07K or E17. The new condition price is $110.

Used Beyerdynamic A20 headphone amp for $323

The Beyerdynamic A20 headphone amplifier currently has two “Used – Very Good” condition listings for $323~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. Both say it’s damaged original packaging, one of them has minor cosmetic imperfections.

Massdrop: Sony Z7, PHA-3, TTpod T2, etc

A new quartet of offers were added today at members-only Massdrop. As of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked, but they have seven days to go, plenty of time for the deals to pickup momentum and reach their lowest price possible (= fully unlocked in their lingo). They are:

  • Sony MDR-Z7 headphones as low as $510 shipped
  • Sony PHA-3 Portable DAC/Amplifier Combo as low as $708 shipped
  • Blue Ever Blue 328R earbuds as low as $20 shipped (actual earbuds)
  • TTPOD T2 IEMs as low as $83 shipped (they go for $90 at amazon)

Monoprice Desktop Headphone Amp for $70 with coupon

Monoprice has a new limited time coupon code, AF10 gets you $10 off an order of $50+ good until the end of day on Monday 7/20/15. With the coupon, you can get the Monoprice 11567 Desktop Headphone Amp for $70. In parallel, for the same time period, they will have a promotion that gets you free shipping with orders over $50.

It is back: AKG K7XX Massdrop Limited Edition for $200

The AKG K7XX Massdrop Limited Edition headphones (open-back over-ears) are back at members-only Massdrop, offered for $200 with free shipping, with seven days to go (from blog-posting date). This offer has 1250 units available. As of the time of writing, over 1000 units are still available. The K7XX (actual product name, not X as a wildcard) is based upon the K702 65th anniversary edition, fine-tuned by Massdropophiles.

Also fully unlocked over there, with about five days, are the Westone W30 in-ears going for around $303~ shipped. Really people, $300 earphones and you have to charge $3.38 in shipping? Come on! 🙂

With about five days left, these offers are running there, but not fully unlocked as of the time of writing:

  • Shure SE215 Blue Earphones LE as low as $115 shipped
  • Little Dot MKIII Tube Headphone Amp could go as low as $225 shipped

Apogee Groove DAC/amp + Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (250 ohm) for $400 after $30 mail-in rebate

If you happen to want to get both the new Apogee Groove portable USB DAC/amp and the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro (250 omh), both in new condition, you can get them for $430 with free shipping at Adorama. Just add the bundle to the shopping cart.

If you want to save some more, there is a $30 mail-in rebate (MIR) offer, bringing it down to $400 after the $30 MIR. Here is a PDF with details on the rebate which is exclusive to Adorama purchases. If you don’t want to bother with the rebate, still $430 is not a bad price for both!

Offer ends by 7/20/15.

Used Schiit Vali for $106

The Schiit Audio Vali small headphone amplifier is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $106 or “Used – Like New” condition for $113~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price by Schiit directly is $120 plus shipping. You get free shipping at Amazon, but you pay for it at Schiit. Currently Schiit’s own new condition prices at their Amazon store are higher than their own direct website.

Used Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable head-amp for $27

The Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable headphone amp is currently available in ample supply from the looks for it in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $27 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. As of the time of writing, there are three (!) pages of listings, with the last page showing “Used – Like New” condition options for $28.55… This averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 190+ customer reviews over there.

Used Fiio E17K for $110

The Fiio E17K USB DAC/amp is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition with the description stating “store display in original box” for $110 with free shipping by seller “All About Office” (99%, 8324 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships directly from the seller so it is not eligible for Prime shipping benefits.

Massdrop: B&W P7, DACmini, C3 DAP, T1-E, etc

Five more offers were added to members-only (but free for anyone to sign-up for) Massdrop. As of the time of writing, they have 6-7 days to go, and none of them is fully unlocked (= lowest price possible during this particular offering). They are:

  • Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones as low as $350 shipped
  • Soundmagic P30S Portable On-Ears as low as $42.55 shipped
  • TTPOD T1-E IEMs (or dentist ornaments) as low as $30 shipped
  • CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC as low as $400 shipped
  • Colorfly C3 DAP (TI PCM1770, microSD) as low as $82.55 shipped

Massdrop: CEntrance DACport DAC/Amp could go $153 shipped

With the mobile phone/tablet explosion, a similar mobile DAC/amp explosion happened. Another one of these was added to Massdrop, the CEntrance DACport DAC/Amp could go as low as $153 shipped. It has about seven days from today to get fully unlocked. On the studio front, with 9 days to go, the Technical Pro Boom and Mic Bundle is fully unlocked for $78 shipped. A number of the previously mentioned items are fully unlocked, but I am only posting each Massdrop offer once. You can find them all at their website if you are interested 🙂

Used iFi Nano iDSD USB DAC/Amp for $216~

The portable iFi Nano iDSD USB DAC/Amp (USB or orange digital input; RCA or headphone out) is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $216~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. It averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 27 customer reviews.

ASUS Xonar DG for $16 after $10 mail-in rebate

July 2015 is here and among the many other things, the new month brings us a new $10 mail-in rebate form for the ASUS Xonar DG headphone-amp PC card. As usual, the rebate form is just for this month (July 1-31). Next month, a new rebate form will come out. The price is fairly stable. It is $26~ before mail-in rebate, $16 after the $10 MIR. Limit two per customer. Other ASUS cards are also eligible, but the $26 DG has the bang for the buck reputation. It averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 600+ customer reviews.

Fully unlocked at Massdrop: xDuoo TA-01, Calyx PaT, Havi B3 Pro

Never a dull moment at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. The latest offers added there three items that are fully unlocked (translation: the lowest price possible during this offer). They expire in about 4-5 days from blog-posting date (not the day you are reading this). They are (with prices below including shipping but not taxes since I can’t calculate those for every State):

  • Havi B3 Pro IEMs for $50 with free shipping
  • xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp (RCA red/white) for $135 shipped
  • the lady in red, the Calyx Audio PaT DAC/Headphone Amp (USB) for $90 shipped
  • Keep in mind, Massdrop products take a while to ship, so if you need them for a vacation or special occasion, do the math and play it safe

Open box HRT MicroStreamer for $135

More portable action, the HRT MicroStreamer is currently available in open-box “Used – Like New” condition for $135 with free shipping by authorized dealer OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals. OneCall is the online persona of the Huppin’s brick and mortar from the state of Washington. This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 47 customer reviews.