Massdrop: Gustard and Musiland Unlocked

New offers have gone up recently at members-only website Massdrop. Of those, the Gustard DAC-X12 (USB Version) is fully unlocked for $452~ shipped with about seven days left from today (today being the blog-posting date). Also fully unlocked, with five days to go is the Musiland Monitor 02US Dragon DAC/Amp for $119 shipped.

In progress but not fully unlocked are the SoundMAGIC HP200 over-ear headphones that could go as $158~ shipped, and their PL21 earphones that could go as low as $17~ shipped. Also happening are the Yuin PK2 earbuds (actual earbuds, they do not go into the ears) that could drop down to $50 shipped.

Massdrop: Shure SE846 unlocked for $780 (and many more not yet)

At members only shopping club Massdrop.com (you have to login over there in order to see the offers but it is free to get an account), the Shure SE 846 in-ears are fully unlocked for $780 with free shipping. This is the lowest price under this particular offer. It ends in about seven days from today, with today being blog-posting date, not the date you are reading this.

A few more items are live at Massdrop with a 6-7 day expiration from today, but none of them are fully unlocked as of the time of writing. Here they are:

  • Fostex TH-600 as low as $520
  • Sony MDR-1A as low as $250
  • MEElectronics A151P (2nd gen) as low as $36
  • iBasso DX90 as low as $335
  • Mayflower Electronics CMOY amp as low as $72

Refurbished FiiO D3 (D03K) with TOSlink cable for $17

Micca Distributor, is offering refurbished open-box FiiO D3 (D03K) DACs with a 6 foot optical TOSLink cable for $13 plus $5 flat shipping. The new condition price is $30. These are shipped from Micca through Amazon Warehouse Deals, so they are not eligible for Prime benefits. This averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 1300+ customer reviews.

Schiit Fulla now available thru Amazon for $90

The Schiit Audio Fulla tiny USB DAC/Amp is now available for purchase at Amazon.com. The seller is the manufacturer, with the order fulfilled by Amazon.com, if you are a Prime member, you get free 2-day shipping. This tiny creature has eight customer reviews so far with an average of 5 out of 5. This is really made in USA per the description.

Massdrop: ER4-S, Geekout, and DTX 72

Three more offers are up at Massdrop. As of the time of writing, none of them are fully unlocked, but they have six days left (from blog-posting date). They have two in-ears, the Etymotic ER4-S Micro Pro could go as low as $245~ shipped, and the Beyerdynamic DTX 72 iE could go as low as $45 shipped. There’s also the tiny little red Geek Out 1000 USB DAC/Amp that could go as low as $201~ shipped.

ASUS XONAR DG Headphone Amp Sound Card for $16 after $10 MIR

A new month is here (yes, it’s already April 2015, time sure does fly faster these days), which means, among many other things, there is a new monthly mail-in rebate promotion from ASUS on their bang for the buck ASUS Xonar DG headphone-amp sound card. The price is $26~, you submit the $10 mail-in rebate, and the price becomes $16~ after MIR. This is an actual mail-in rebate.

Each rebate round is good for a calendar month (eg April 1-30, 2015). The PDF form of the current month and previous months is available at the previously linked page. This average 4.1 out of 5 based on 555+ customer reviews, with over 100 questions answered by other customers.

Massdrop: Shure SE215 for $86 (and more)

Fully unlocked at the moment at Massdrop are the good old Shure SE-215 in-ears for $80 plus $6 flat shipping. This offer is good for about six days from today (today being blog-posting date, not the day you are reading this).

Also up at Massdrop, but not fully unlocked as of the time of writing are the Astrotec AX-35 Hybrid IEMs that could go as low as $55 shipped, while the desktop xDuoo TA-03 DAC/Amp that could go as low as $260 shipped.

Refurbished Sony PHA3 headphone amp for $760

The Sony PHA3 headphone amp is currently offered in manufacturer refurbished condition with a 90 day warranty for $760 with free shipping by Secondipity through Amazon Warehouse Deals. Check to make sure Secondipity is the actual seller. It goes for $1000 in new condition at authorized dealers. It averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 7 customer reviews

Massdrop adds DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp

Another desktop amp is offered at members-only Massdrop, the DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp could go as low as $235 shipped, with six days left (from blog-posting date) on this offer.

Meanwhile two popular closed-back over-ear entry-audiophile headphones continue to be unlocked (lowest price possible), the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro for $165 shipped (ends in two days from blog-posting date), and the AKG K553 studio for $140 shipped, with the possibility of the price dropping to $120 shipped if over 1000 units are committed through this offer (800 commits as of the time of writing, so it’s getting close).

Open-box Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver for $169

The Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth Music Receiver is currently available for $20 less, in open-box condition, for $169 with free shipping, by OneCall at Amazon. This ships from OneCall, not Amazon.

Unlocked at Massdrop: DX 120 iE, Titan 1 earphones

More offers are up and running at members-only Massdrop shopping site, with two of them being fully unlocked (translation: lowest price during this offer). The Dunu Titan 1 IEMs go for $98~ shipped, while the Beyerdynamic DX 120 iE go for $45 shipped. These end in about five days from today (today = blog-posting date, not the date you are reading this).

Also offered but not fully unlocked is the Fostex HP-A4 DAC/Headphone Amp with the lowest price possible being $308~.

Massdrop: Voxoa and Mousai unlocked (plus more in progress)

Another wave of headphone-related products are up and running at members-only site Massdrop. Of those, two items have reached their lowest possible price under these offers (aka “fully unlocked”). The Voxoa Workout Bluetooth Earbuds go for $81~ shipped, while the Mousai MSD192 DAC + Matrix HPA-2 Amplifier are $412~ shipped. Both offers end in about six days from today (today being the blog-post date, not the date you may be reading this).

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Used Denon DA-300USB DAC/amp for $402 (was $376, was $429)

The Denon DA-300USB desktop DAC/amp goes for $500 at authorized dealers, but if you want to save some, it is currently going for $402 (was $376, was $429) in “Used – Very Good” condition with this description “Item will come in original packaging. Packaging will be damaged”, by Amazon Warehouse Deals… Price updated here on 3/25/15 PM.

Massdrop: lots of Amps, DACs, and DAPs

A number of headphone-related products have launched on Massdrop the last couple of days. As a reminder, Massdrop is members-only, and you can only see the offers and individual product pages if you are signed in with a free Massdrop account. Their offers are limited time only (typically a week, sometimes limited by quantity). Some of them return after a few weeks, others don’t.

Headphones

  • MEElectronics Air-Fi Venture AF52 as low as $46 shipped
  • Brainwavz S0 earphones as low as $33 shipped
  • Yuin Pk3 Earbuds for $29 shipped (fully unlocked)

AMPs, DACs, DAPs

  • TCG Titan Portable USB DAC/AMP could go as low as $93 shipped
  • portable SMSL SAP-7 headphone amp as low as $50 shipped
  • tiny Cozoy Astrapi DAC/amp (think along USB Flash Drive size) for as low as $90 shipped
  • Grace Design m920 desktop as low as $1506 shipped
  • Colorfly C4 3-in-1 as low as $508 shipped
  • Shanling M3 DAP (digital audio player) could go as low as $308 shipped (not to be confused with Larry Shandling!)

Unlocked at Massdrop: Audio Technica MSR7 Bundle (and Gustard H10)

Back to Massdrop we go where some new offers are up on that members-only (but free for anyone to join) website. The reason for the login wall is that some of their offers are below MAP (minimum advertised prices) prices, so they can’t have an “open” website with them.

As of the time of writing, two offers are fully unlocked (= lowest price possible during this promotion). Each one has four days left from today, with today being the blog-posting date, not the date you are reading this. They are the Audio-Technica MSR7 Exclusive Massdrop Bundle for $250 that includes the muted Antlion Modmic 4.0 and Brainwavz Zirconia headphone stand, with two color choices at checkout. This offer has a maximum of 400 units (129 purchased as of the time of writing).

The other one is the Gustard H10 headphone amplifier going for $300 plus $11.50 flat shipping.

Used (open-box) Fiio E12 Mont Blanc for $100

If you are interested in the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc portable headphone amplifier and don’t want to pay new condition prices, there’s a listing of a “Used – Like New” condition, with the description below saying “Open box unit, includes all accessories” for $90 plus $10 flat shipping by Pro Studio thru Amazon Warehouse Deals. This averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 200+ customer reviews.

Unlocked at Massdrop: Bravo V2 and Shure SE535

A new wave of offers went up at members-only shopping site Massdrop, and two of those have already reached their lowest price possible. The Bravo V2 amp goes for $60 shipped, while the Shure SE535 IEMs go for $380 shipped. Both expire in about five days from today (today = blog-posting date).

Also launched at Massdrop but not fully unlocked as of the time of writing are the following:

  • Edifier H850 Headphones as low as $48~
  • IEMs: Fidue A63 as low as $42~, TTpod T1S as low as $33~
  • xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp as low as $135

Massdrop: Sony NWZ-A17, GeekOut 450, iFi Nano

A trio of new offers are up at Massdrop. As of the time of writing of this post, none of them are fully unlocked (which is their way of saying, the lowest price possible under this promotion). The offers below expire in 6-7 days from today (with today being the blog-posting day).

We start on the DAP front, with the Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman that can go as low as $260 shipped. It is expected to ship in early April 2015, so keep that in mind if you need to get to it quickly. It goes for $300 at authorized Sony dealers (eg Sony’s eBay store or Amazon).

Next up we have a couple of portable devices, the iFi Nano iDSD USB DAC could go for as low as $175 shipped (it goes for $190 by marketplace sellers at amazon), while the Geek Out 450 DAC/amp could go for as low as $133 shipped (this goes for $200 by marketplace sellers at amazon).

Massdrop Fully Unlocked: TCG U-SKIN Portable DAC/Amp for $73

Portable amps and DACs are another area of growth, and Massdrop now has the TCG U-SKIN Portable DAC/Amp fully unlocked (= lowest price during this offer) for $73 shipped. This offers ends in about one day from today (today = blog-posting date). This goes for $80 on eBay (by HazedConfused) and $100 at amazon.

Next up are the TTPOD T2 in-ears, that could go as low as $83 shipped, but it doesn’t look promising. With one day left, they have 3 commits but they need 15 for the lowest price possible to be fully unlocked. It goes for $80 at amazon, sold and shipped by SHENZHENAUDIO.

Audio Technica ATH-M40x + Creative E1 portable head-amp for $110 total

This is an “if the stars align” type of a deal, if you happen to want both the new Audio Technica ATH-M40x closed-back headphones and the Creative Labs E1 portable headphone amp, they are bundled together for $110 with free shipping by Amazon actual (not by marketplace sellers). Who knew, Amazon is now making its own headphone + amp match-making schemes 🙂

The bundle has only one customer review but it is a detailed one. The headphones on their own average 4.7 out of 5 based on 243 customer reviews, while the E1 portable amp averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 66 customer reviews and has 26 questions answered.

Massdrop: TCG TRD3 as low as $160

The TCG TRD3 desktop DAC/amp is up on offer at Massdrop, with the lowest price possible being $160 shipped. As of the time of writing, it is not fully unlocked. Offer expires in about seven days from today (today = blog-posting date).

Fiio E11K + Audio Technica ATH-M70x for $310 [updated]

If you want both the new Audio Technica ATH-M70x and the Fiio E11K Kilimanjaro2 portable headphone amp, you can buy them together as a discounted bundle for $310 with free shipping by Pitbull Audio on Amazon. The eBay listing is no longer available… This eBay listing has “Best Offer” enabled so you could try to “negotiate” a lower price using eBay’s “Best Offer” mechanism.

The headphones on their own or with smaller value freebies go for $300 (Fiio E6 or accessories).

[DEAD] Used HifiMan EF-2A headphone amp for $112

As of 3/1/15, these sold out at the $112 price… The HifiMan EF-2A headphone amp is currently offered in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $112 by Audio Advisor with the order fulfilled by Amazon.com. This amp averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 62 customer reviews.

Massdrop: Topping NX1 Headphone Amp for $36

The Topping NX1 Headphone Amp is fully unlocked for $36 shipped at members only website Massdrop. This is the lowest price possible through this offer which expires in about seven days. Only registered members to their website can see the offers, everybody else gets redirected to the front page, which is why I don’t include links, because they would create confusion among non-members who would expect to see the offer and instead would get the front page.

On the other hand, if you prefer to shop at mainstream retailers, you can get it for $39 with free shipping, fulfilled by Amazon (sold by various marketplace sellers) where it averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 51 customer reviews, and has 15 questions answered.

Massdrop: TTpod, Bravo, Philips, SMSL, A-Audio

A new wave of headphone-related offers hit Massdrop (members only shopping site; everyone can join for free to see the offers). One of them is fully unlocked (= lowest price possible), the TTPOD T1-E in-ears for $30 shipped. This offer ends in about 7 days from blog-posting date.

Not fully unlocked yet, but these have 6-7 days to go, the budget Bravo V3 Headphone Amplifier can go as low as $73 shipped, the SMSL M8 desktop DAC can go as low as $180 shipped, and the over-ear A-Audio Legacy Elite Over-Ear with active noise cancellation (ANC) can go as low as $205 shipped.

One more thing, with two days left, the Philips Foldie CitiScape – yes, foldie as in folding, but they are not targeted for toddlers – can go for as low as $43 shipped.

[DEAD] Shure SRH 440 with Fiio E6 amp for $105

As of a 3/30/15 recheck, this bundle is not available for purchase…

The Shure SRH 440 closed-back over-ear headphones are among the models you may find in $100 recommendation lists. As such, they have a fairly stable new condition price of $100. But if you happen to also want to get the Fiio E6 portable headphone-amp, they are bundled together for $105 with free shipping by seller “K&M Camera” with the order fulfilled by Amazon.com. This bundle has no customer reviews, but the headphones on their own average 4.3 out of 5 based on 338 customer reviews.

Buy Creative Soundblaster E3 for $130, Get Hitz MA500 in-ears for FREE

The Creative Store has another offer. If you purchase the Creative Soundblaster E3 portable DAC/amp for $130, you can add to your shopping cart the Creative Hitz MA-500 in-ears for FREE. When you add the E3 to the cart, you see the option to add the earphones for free.

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Buy Creative Soundblaster E5 for $200, Add Aurvana Live! headphones for $20 more

The official Creative store has a combined purchase promotion. If you purchase the Creative Soundblaster E5 DAC/Amp for $200, you have the option to add the Creative Aurvana Live closed-back headphones to your order for $20 more. The offer is shown in the shopping cart, after you add the E5 to the cart. You will see something like this:

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ASUS Xonar DG Headphone Amp Sound Card for $18 after $10 MIR

If you are cool with mail-in rebates (MIR), the ASUS MIR promotion for their bang for the buck ASUS XONAR DG Headphone Amp Sound Card continues for February 2015. The price of the card is $28, and after you submit and receive the $10 mail-in rebate, it becomes a $18 after MIR offer. This is a recurring rebate offer that gets renewed monthly, this particular one ends 2/28/15. Details at amazon.com.

Massdrop: Cypher Labs Picollo as low as $308

The portable Cypher Labs Picollo amp is offered at Massdrop, with the lowest price possible being $308 shipped. It is not fully unlocked as of the time of writing. It is available in multiple colors, selectable at checkout with a maximum of 20 per color. Offer ends in about six days from the time of writing.

[DEAD] Used Aune T1 MK2 (Second Generation) for $171

As of a 2/12/15 late PM recheck, the used option sold out… The Aune T1 MK2 (Second Generation) is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $171 at Amazon Warehouse Deals by AWD actual.

[DEAD] Monoprice Desktop DAC/AMP for $89 [limit 10]

This sale ended…
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Added to Massdrop: Centrace portable DAC-amp, Codia stand

Two new offers are up at the members-only Massdrop website, neither one fully unlocked as of the time of writing. The CEntrance Mini-M8 portable DAC-Amp could go as low as $508 shipped, while the Codia Headphone Stand could go for as low as $97 shipped. These offers in about 5 and 4 days respectively from today (today = blog post date).

Massdrop: Blue Ever Blue 328R unlocked (also Aune X1 Pro, FocusRite)

A new wave of offers is up and running at members-only shopping site Massdrop. One of them is fully unlocked, the Blue Ever Blue 328R earbuds for $20 plus $2 shipping. These are actual earbuds, not in-ears. There are two more items, not fully unlocked as of the time of writing: the Aune X1 Pro DSD DAC/Amp could go for as low as $170 shipped while the FocusRite 2i2 could go for as low as $120 shipped.

Unlocked at Massdrop: Woo Audio WA7/WA7d Fireflies for $816

Fully unlocked at Massdrop at the moment is the Woo Audio WA7 or WA7d Fireflies DAC and Tube Amp for $800 plus $20 flat shipping. The offer is good for about six days from today. This is the lowest price possible under this offer. At checkout you select whether you want the WA7 or the WA7d (Toslink digital input). You can also select which power supply to get. Keep in mind, as with most Massdrops, they take a while to ship. The estimate for this one is February 20+.