Massdrop: HD5xx cable, Matrix, Topping, etc

Four more items were added to Massdrop, one of which is fully unlocked as of the time of writing, the Sennheiser HD-5xx ZY Cable goes for $25~ shipped. This fits these models: HD518, HD558, HD595, HD598. Basically current HD 5xx open-back line-up plus good old 595.

Not fully unlocked at the moment are the following items, the Matrix M-Stage HP2 DAC-Amp that could go as low as $210 shipped, the portable Topping NX1 amp that could go as low as $36 shipped, and the TTPOD T1S IEMs that could go as low as $32.50~ shipped. All the items mentioned in this post end in about 6-7 days from blog-posting date here.

Audio Technica AT-HA2 headphone amplifier for $59 (ships from Japan)

If you like buying headphone gear from Japanese sellers, the Audio Technica AT-HA2 headphone amplifier is currently going for $59 with free shipping (from Japan) by seller “Style from Japan” through Amazon.com. Please note the standard free shipping does not offer a tracking number. The shopping cart did not have other options for expedited shipping. The delivery estimate is about one month after purchase. If you don’t feel comfortable with any of these, do not proceed!

Three Amps added to Massdrop, one fully unlocked

It’s been a very busy week at Massdrop, three more items were added, each with six days left (from blog-posting date). Of the three, one is fully unlocked, the red Calyx Audio PaT DAC/Headphone Amp goes for $89 shipped. The other two are not there yet, the Creative Sound Blaster X7 Amp/DAC combo could go as low as $310 shipped, while the Lake People G109 Headphone Amplifier could go as $460 shipped. As usual, I only post the initial listing for each item there, I cannot individually track each offer as time goes by.

Used Sony PHA-3 Headphone Amp for $656

The Sony PHA-3 Headphone Amp is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $656, and “Used – Very Good” for $678 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. As usual with used items, both supplies and prices can change more often than usual, so there’s a YMMV component (no pun intended) depending on when you read this.

[DEAD] Used FiiO E09K for $87

As of a 5/29/15 re-check, they got scooped up at $87… The desktop FiiO E09K is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $87 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The listing says minor cosmetic imperfections and damaged original packaging. This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 95 customer reviews.

Massdrop: STAX, Moe, xDuoo

More action at Massdrop, three more items got added, with their offers expiring in about seven days from blog-posting date. As of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked. They are:

* STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System as low as $1010 shipped
* Moe Audio MOE-SS01 IEMs as low as $42~ shipped
* xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp as low as $135 shipped

Shipping Soon: Apogee GROOVE Portable USB DAC/Amp for $300

If you like to be among the first to try out new amps and DACs, the new Apogee GROOVE Portable USB model for Windows and Mac (USB 2.0) is estimated to begin shipping in 2-4 weeks at Amazon with a price of $300. Supports up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution and Built in the USA per the listing.

Used Teac HA-501-B Dual Monaural Headphone Amplifier for $430

The Teac HA-501-B Dual Monaural Headphone Amplifier is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition in original but damaged packaging according to the listing by Amazon Warehouse Deals for $430 (was $447~) with free shipping. The refurbished price is $600 and the new condition price is $850… Price updated here 5/26/15…

Used Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier for $360

More Sony action, their PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier is offered in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $360 (was $343) by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. A just-launched marketplace seller offers it for slightly less but that’s if you are a more high-risk shopper… Price updated here 5/26/15…

Refurbished Fostex HP-P1 head-amp for $400

We continue our mini DAC-Amp marathon with the Fostex HP-P1 headphone amplifier offered in refurbished condition for $400 with free Prime shipping by Audiotopia (97%) with the order fulfilled by Amazon.

Used Sony PHA1A Portable DAC/amp for $223

The new condition Sony PHA1A Portable DAC-amp goes for $300 at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some, you can get it for around $223 (was $202) in “Used – Good” condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals, in the silver color scheme… Price updated here 5/26/15…

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

The Denon DA-300USB DAC and amp is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition for $380 with free shipping by OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals. Per the listing, “item was a return in one of our retail stores. In original box with all manuals and accessories. One Year Warranty provided by OneCall, an Authorized Denon Reseller”. The new condition price at authorized dealers is $500.

[DEAD] Used Marantz HD- DAC1High Definition USB DAC Amp for $530

These sold out… The Marantz HD- DAC1High Definition USB DAC and headphone-amp are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition or around $530 (was $482) by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They go for $800 in new condition… Price updated here 5/26/15…

Massdrop: Shure SE215 Blue, SE535, Bravo V2, etc

A new round of offers went up at members-only Massdrop. These expire in seven days from blog-posting date and as of the time of writing, none of them is fully unlocked, which is the lowest price possible under a particular offer over there. The new additions are:

+ Shure SE215 Blue IEMs as low as $115 shipped
+ Shure SE535 IEMs as low as $380 shipped
+ Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier as low as $88 shipped
+ Cayin C6 Portable DAC/Amp as low as $140 shipped
+ SMSL M8 DAC (desktop) as low as $180 shipped

[DEAD] Used Bravo V2 head-amp for $51

As of 5/26/15, the discounted used prices got scooped up… If you are comfortable with used gear, the Bravo V2 headphone amp is currently available in “Used – Good” condition for $51 by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD). There’s only one listing by AWD actual available as of the time of writing.

[DEAD] Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL with Creative E1 head-amp for $190

As of 5/23/15 the prices went up, but these are recurring offers…
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Massdrop: Sony A17 DAP, HD 800 cables, and more

Four more offers were added to Massdrop, with all ending in about seven days (from blog-posting date), with the exception of the Numarks which end in nine days. As of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked…

+ Sennheiser HD 800 ZY Cable as low as $103 (you can choose type at checkout)
+ Numark Redwave DJ Headphones as low as $55
+ TCG Audio Skina Headphone Amp as low as $50
+ Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman as low as $260 (goes for $300 at amazon)

Massdrop: JayBird BlueBuds X Sport (BT) for $115

A number of new offers have been posted at members-only Massdrop today. All the items mentioned below end in about seven days from today (with today being the blog-posting date, not the date you reading this). Of them, the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport are fully unlocked (the lowest price possible) going for $110 plus $5 shipping. The lowest price at amazon is $122 at the moment.

The rest are not unlocked (= reaching their lowest price possible during this offer) as of the time of writing (shipping is included in the price mentioned below):

+ SYUN MIX-1 budget IEMs as low as $24 (go for $33 at amazon by Lend Me UR ears)
+ Spracht Konf-X ANC Buds as low as $52.50
+ xDuoo TA-02 Tube Amp as low as $90
+ Gustard U12 USB Interface as low as $140

Massdrop: BeyerD DT990 Premium (600 ohm) fully unlocked for $248

Warm up your DACs and AMPs, the 600 ohm are coming! Fully unlocked at the moment at members-only Massdrop is the new condition Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium (600 ohm) going for $240 plus $8 flat shipping. The sale ends in about seven days from today (today being the blog-posting date, not the date you may be reading this).

A lot of other items went up at Massdrop, but as of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked. Fully unlocked is when they reach the lowest price possible during a particular offer. These offers expire in seven days from today:

+ Takstar PRO 80 Headphones as low as $67 shipped
+ Astrotec AX-35 Hybrid IEM as low as $55 shipped
+ xDuoo UA-05 DAC/Amp as low as $188 shipped
+ QLS QA360 Music Player as low as $470 shipped (hooray for the DAP rival, not so hooray for the $prices$)

Massdrop: Shure SE 846 and TCG

Two more items are offered at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop.com. The Shure SE 846 in-ears could go as low as $780 shipped with seven days left in the offer, while the TCG TRD3 desktop DAC-Amp could go as low as $168 shipped with six days left. Days left as of blog-posting time, not as of the time you may be reading this.

Massdrop: Yuin, Sieveking, SMSL

Three more items have gone live at Massdrop, with expiration times being 5-7 days from today (today = blog-posting date). None of them are fully unlocked as of the time of writing:

+ Sieveking Omega Headphone Stand as low as $140 shipped
+ SMSL VMV VA-2 amp (silver or black) as low as $98 shipped
+ Yuin Pk3 Earbuds as low as $29 shipped (only needs one person to unlock)

Massdrop: Astrotec, Shanling, Matrix

Three more items were added to Massdrop, with offers for the first two ending in seven days, while the last ends in 14 days (from the blog-posting date):

+ Matrix M-Stage HP2 Amplifier/DAC as low as $250 shipped
+ Shanling M3 DAP as low as $308 shipped
+ Astrotec Lyra Earbuds as low as $100 shipped

[DEAD] Used Marantz HD-DAC1 for $581 (was $619)

As of a 6/3/15 re-check, this sold out in used condition… The Marantz HD-DAC1 USB DAC and headphone amp is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $581 (was $597, was $619) and “Used – Like New” for $658~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The new condition price is $800. There are four listings of this, so there is the possibility of price pressure causing the used prices to drop… Price updated 5/5/15…

Refurbished FiiO D3 (D03K) for $18

The FiiO D3 (D03K) is available in refurbished open-box condition for $13 plus $5 flat shipping by Micca Distributor (98%) through amazon.com. A Micca six foot optical Toslink cable is included. It goes for $30 in new condition. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 1370+ customer reviews.

Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier for $409

The Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier is currently on sale for $409 with free shipping, in new condition, by Amazon.com actual. Limit five per customer during this sale.

Shipping soon: Schiit Audio SYS Passive Preamp for $60

The SYS Passive Preamp from Schiit Audio (yes, I vow not to make any “schiit” jokes in 2015) is expected to re-start shipping very soon, the estimate at Amazon.com is May 10 for $60, sold by Schiit with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping.

Massdrop: Fostex Flagship duo, Aune T1 Mk2, Blue Ever

Three more items were added at Massdrop, none are fully unlocked as of the time of writing, but they have seven days to go as of blog-posting date. They are:

+ Aune T1 MK2 Headphone Tube DAC/Amp Combo as low as $150 shipped
+ Blue Ever Blue 388B earbuds as low as $21 shipped
+ Fostex Flagship Bundle (TH-900 and HP-A8C) for as low as $1925 shipped (this one only needs one person total to unlock)

Fully Unlocked at Massdrop: Fostex HP-A4 and TTPod and Firestone

Three new offers are up and running at members site Massdrop (free to join), all with five days left (from blog-posting date, not from the day you are reading this), and all three are fully unlocked, which means they have reached the lowest price possible under this particular Massdrop offer. They are:

  • Fostex HP-A4 DAC/Headphone Amp for $308~ shipped
  • TTPODs T1-E IEMs for $30 shipped
  • Firestone Audio Headphone Stand for $40 shipped
  • I cannot calculate sales tax since there are many states and countries

Massdrop: Creative Sound Blaster E3 for $92.55

Also fully unlocked at Massdrop, with seven days left (from blog-posting date) is the new condition Creative Sound Blaster E3 portable DAC/amp going for $90 plus $2.55 flat shipping. This is the lowest price during this offer.

Massdrop: DACmini CX fully unlocked for $400

A new round of offers is up at members-only Massdrop, the ones mentioned below end in 4-6 days from blog-posting date:

+ CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC fully unlocked for $400
+ Fostex TE-05 in-ears as low as $125
+ Fostex TH500RP over-ears as low as $560
+ Colorfly C4 DAP + DAC + amp as low as $508

Free Fiio E6 and Zalman Mic1 with ATH-M40x for $100

The Audio ATH-M40x with the Fiio E6 head-amp and the Zalman Zm-Mic1 mic is bundled together for$100 with free shipping by Firemall fulfilled by Amazon, so it is eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping (for members).

The price of the M50xBL bundle jumped up to $200 as of 4/27/15… The Audio Technica ATH-M50xBL is offered in a bundle with the tiny Fiio E6 head-amp and the Zalman Zm-Mic1 mic for $160 with free shipping, by Firemall fulfilled by Amazon, so it is eligible for free 2-day Prime shipping (for members). The other colors of the M50x are similarly bundled, but they go for $10 to $30 more.

Unlocked at Massdrop: trio of DAC/amps, stand, and Jaybirds

Let’s take a look at some of the recently launched offers at the members-only Massdrop website during the last week. I am breaking them down by Fully Unlocked (which means they reached the lowest price possible over there) and the rest (haven’t yet, there’s no guarantee they will). The offers mentioned below expire in 3-5 days from blog-posting date:

Fully Unlocked
+ JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth earbuds for $115 shipped
+ Topping NX1 Headphone Amp for $36 shipped
+ TCG U-SKIN Portable DAC/Amp for $73 shipped
+ xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp for $135 shipped
+ Just Mobile HeadStand for $41 shipped

Not Unlocked (Yet?)
+ Fostex TH500RP could go as low as $560 shipped
+ Mousai MSD192 DAC could go as low as $300 shipped

Massdrop: unlocked ER20 Earplus shipped for $11

More offers got added to Massdrop, with the ones mentioned here ending in 6-7 days from blog-posting date. One of them is fully unlocked, the Etymotic Research ER-20 Earplugs for $11 with free shipping. These are just earplugs, not earphones! This is limited to 100 units and 81 have been purchased as of the time of writing.

Other items listed but not currently fully-unlocked are as follows:

  • Shure SE215 Blue LE in-ears as low as $115
  • Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman as low as $260
  • Little Dot MKIII Tube amp for $225
  • KLUTZ DESIGN CanCans stand as low as $190 shipped
  • I am adding the shipping price to the totals

Massdrop Unlocked: Fostex TH-900 for $1116

A new round of offers are up at members-only Massdrop. As of the time of writing, the Fostex TH-900 headphones are fully unlocked for $1116 shipped, with the offer expiring in about seven days from today (today being blog-post date, not the date you are reading this).

Also added but not fully unlocked, with the same seven days from today expiration period are the following three items:

  • TTPOD T1S IEM as low as $32.55 shipped
  • SMSL M8 as low as $180 shipped
  • CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC as low as $400 shipped

Please note I can’t keep track of individual offers as the days go by, that is up to you if you find any items that are of interest. You can only see the offers at the Massdrop website if you are logged on with a free-to-get account. Otherwise the links point to their empty home page. Since most people don’t have a Massdrop account, posting dead links would frustrate the majority of people reading this, so I am not posting any links.

Massdrop unlocked: Audeze LCD-2 and Violectric HPA V200 for $1608

Hide your wallets, delete your digital wallets! Temptation is coming 😉 Fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop is the Audeze LCD-2 and Violectric HPA V200 amp combination offered for $1608 shipped. This listing closes in about seven days from today (today being the blog-post date, not the date you read this). This will ship early May, so keep that in mind if you need them right away.