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]

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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+.

Massdrop: Cypher Labs, Fostex HP-A8C

Two new additions to Massdrop, neither one fully unlocked as of the time of writing, but they have seven days to go (from posting date). They are on the audiophile price range:

+ Fostex HP-A8C 32-bit DAC Headphone Amp as low as $957
+ Cypher Labs C6iem as low as $403 (NOTE: these are not custom IEMs – the model name may hint of that because of the “C” and “iem” being so close, but they are not custom).

Shipping soon: Schiit Modi 2 USB DAC for $127 (also: Modi for $90)

The brand new Schiit Modi 2 USB DAC is estimated to be delivered January 23-28, going for $119 plus $7.50 by Schiit Audio thru Amazon.com. It ships from Schiit, so not eligible for Prime benefits.

Meanwhile the first generation Modi, in new condition, is down to $90 with free shipping, fulfilled by Amazon.com (sold by Schiit).

Massdrop: unlocked xDuoo TA-01 (also STAX, Fidue, Mousai)

More action at the members-only but free-to-join Massdrop website. Of the latest offers, one is fully unlocked (lowest price possible), the xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp goes for $135 shipped (expires in five days from today). The items below are not fully unlocked as of the time of writing of this blog-post:

+ STAX SRS-3170 Electrostatic Earspeaker System (SR-307 Headphones plus SRM-323S Amplifier) as low $1010
+ Fidue A83 Hybrid IEM as low as $260
+ Mousai MSD192 DAC as low as $300

Fiio D03K DAC for $28 with free S&H

The Fiio D03K goes for $28 at Amazon.com but if you are not a Prime member or planning an order of $35+, you don’t get free shipping. However, if you just want the D03k and nothing else, it goes for $28 with free shipping at BuyDig.com.

Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable headphone amp for $33.50

The Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable headphone amp is currently on sale for $33.50 at Amazon.com by Amazon actual with the usual free shipping options (Prime or $35+ order). It averages 4.0 out of 5 based on 43 customer reviews and if you are curious about it, it has 12 questions peer-answered. This is competing with the likes of the Fiio E6 and such.

Massdrop: Yuin Pk3 Earbuds unlocked for $29

The Massdrop action continues, rain or shine it seems. Right now, fully unlocked as the Yuin Pk3 Earbuds going for $29 with free shipping (that’s the lowest price possible under their tiered system). Ends in about five days from today. Not fully unlocked, with a lowest price possible of $431 is the Little Dot MK IV SE Headphone Amplifier, which offers a choice of 110V or 220V during checkout.

[DEAD] Used HIFIMAN EF-2A head-amp for $112

As of 2/13/15 recheck, the used prices are higher…

The HIFIMAN EF-2A headphone amplifier is offered in “Used – Very Good” condition for just under $112 at Amazon Warehouse Deals by Audio Advisor. This is fulfilled by Amazon, so free 2-day Prime shipping for members. Please note quantities of used items are typically limited and it may sell out by the time you are reading this post.

Massdrop: Bravo V3 unlocked for $73 (also: AKG K812, Fiio X5)

In the land of the Massdrops, the Bravo V3 “naked” headphone amp is fully unlocked for $65 plus $8 flat shipping. This is the lowest price possible. Expires in about five days from today. A couple of other items are offered but not fully unlocked as of posting time, the AKG K812 flagship can go as low as $1080, while the FiiO X5 audiophile DAP can go as low as $300. Check their website for future updates on each individual offers. Unfortunately I cannot “babysit” individual offers throughout their lifecycle.

New at Massdrop: Topping, xDuoo, Ecci

A trio of new offers have “dropped” today at Massdrop (reminder: members only but free to join). None of them are “fully unlocked” (= lowest price possible) as of the time of writing:

+ ECCI PR300 MKII as low as $52
+ xDuoo UA-05 DAC/Amp as low as $188
+ Topping NX1 Headphone Amp as low as $36
+ all are limited time offers

10% off Sennheiser HD800 or HD700 with HDVD800/600 head-amp bundles

Amazon.com has a 10% off sale on the Sennheiser HD800/HD700 headphone and amplifier bundles. The HD800 flagship goes for $3000 with the HDVD800 or $2500 with the HDVA600. Meanwhile the “deputy” HD700 goes for $2350 and $1850 respectively.

Massdrop: RHA MA350 in-ears for $28 unlocked (and more)

Today’s round of Massdrop offers (members only but everyone can join for free) has one fully unlocked item, the RHA MA350 in-ears going for $28 with free shipping. The remaining items are not fully unlocked as of blog-posting time:

  • Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro as low as $155
  • MEElectronics Atlas Headphones as low as $33
  • CEntrance Mini-M8 DAC/Amp as low as $568
  • Grace Design m920 as low as $1406

There’s something internet-funny when you have a $1395 item with $11.06 shipping. Just round the price to $1400? 🙂

Massdrop Amp Day: Cayin C5, LEAR FSM-02V2

Two new related offers have gone up at Massdrop, both headphone amp-related. First up, the LEAR FSM-02V2 Headphone Amp has a lowest possible price of $286. Then, a bundle, the Cayin C5 Portable Amp plus ECCI PR100 MKII IEMs can go as low as $160. As of the time of writing, neither one is fully unlocked. Offers expire in about five days from blog-posting date.

[DEAD] Tue only: Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 + Soundblaster E1 head-amp for $90 [updated]

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Massdrop: DarkVoice, ZY Cable and ECCI IEMs (fully unlocked at $22~)

A trio of new offers is up at members-only (but free to join) Massdrop.com, and one of them, is, as of the time of writing, fully unlocked, the ECCI PR100 Mark II IEMs go for $20 plus $2.39 shipping. The other two are not fully unlocked as of the time of writing: DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp as low as $235 and the ZY Cable Sennheiser Replacement Cable as low as $60. Check their website for future updates – unfortunately I cannot “babysit” individual Massdrop offers.

Massdrop: CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC as low as $410

New action at Massdrop (members only; free to join for everyone), it is the CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC, with the lowest possible price being $410. It is at the halfway point of getting unlocked, with six days left. Check their website for future updates on this offer.

New at Massdrop: BeyerD DT990-250 Pro, xDuoo, etc

Yesterday launched a wave of new Massdrop offers, and today has even more. As of the time of writing, none of the ones below are fully unlocked (= lowest price possible):

+ Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 ohm as low as $180 (only 250 ohm participating)
+ xDuoo TA-02 Tube DAC/Amp as low as $90
+ Hidizs AP100 Portable HiFi Music Player as low as $230
+ Luxury & Precision LP5 Music Player as low as $700 (only 1 needed to unlock)