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.

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