Saturday PADs: refurb LG V20 for $100

You don’t have to spend the big bucks if you want to get a solid Android phone with good audio/phile innards and with a big screen to boot when you are watching music videos or concerts or when you want to use elaborate equalization curves.

All that brings us to the refurbished scratch and dent LG V20 (unlocked) offered for $100 with free shipping for Prime members [or $6 flat shipping for non-members] and with a 90-day Woot warranty. Limit up to three per customer at the sale price.

As a refresher, this has the Quad DAC, a headphone jack, 4GB RAM, 64GB on-board and microSD storage, removable battery, USB-C, 5.7-inch screen, Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530, etc. This came out in the Fall of 2016.

Speaking of daily deals, the Best Buy website offers the new condition MEE Matrix Cinema Wireless Over Ears for $90 with free US shipping or free store pick up if possible.

The above offers end on Saturday 6/8/19 at 11:59pm central time ~ or earlier if they sell out…

Acoustic Research M200 DAP for $100 [MD]

The DAP market has more and more options competing, despite the avalanche of smartphones available in the market. Another $100 competitor in this field is the Acoustic Research M200, and it is currently offered at the Massdrop website for $100 with free US shipping. International shipping is under $15 for many countries.

The DAP offers balanced or unbalanced audio output and supports bluetooth with apt-X HD. It takes memory cards up to 256GB, and it is one of the new generation of USB-C charging ports…

In the cart, you have two optional additions: +$10 for a case (two color choices) and +$80 for the E10 in-ears to be added to your order. These are shown in the main product description so you don’t have to get into the shopping cart to see them…

The offer will ship in late May 2019 from Massdrop.

Tue (EU): Libratone, Victure budget DAPs, Klim Fusion

Spring is coming to the Amazon Germany daily deals until APR-15, and the Tuesday round of offers has some headphone sales as well:

+ Libratone Q Adapt ANC/bluetooth on-ears for 109 euro
+ neckband bluetooths for 134 euro
+ Q Adapt ANC earphones (Lightning cable) for 89

+ Victure budget digital audio players (mixed in with action cameras) ranging from 19 to 24 euro; the 19 euro model even comes with basic earbuds

+ Klim Fusion earphones and gaming headsets as part of a larger Klim gaming-theme sale. The earphones go for 15 euro in multiple spring-like colours, while the gaming headsets range from 30 to 52 euro

+ on the PAD side, there’s an Xperia XZ2 sale, the Compact goes for 399 while the XZ2 main goes for 599, with Android 9 available after they got released with 8. Of PAD interest, these are IP68, have a microSD slot, 64GB on-board storage, SnapDragon 845, apt-X HD, bluetooth 5.0, QC 3.0, NFC, USB OTG, USB-C Type 3.1, etc. Note however that they DO NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack…

Monday (EU): Sony Audio Sale (headphones, DAPs), Beats X, and More!

Audio is YUGE for Monday at the Amazon Germany Gold Box that is headlined by a big Sony Audio sale that includes (among others):

+ NW-A916 A45 digital audio player for 125 euro in various color options

+ H900N ANC/bluetooth over-ears for 174 euro in many color options

+ WI-1000X neckband bluetooth earphones for 174

+ NW-WS414 waterproof mp3_player/earphones AiO for 79 euro

+ also bluetooth and other speakers and car audio options

But that’s not all when it comes to audio. There are parallel sales on Anker/Soundcare headphones and bluetooth speakers, and 49 euro Ultimate Ears bluetooth speakers in many delicious colors, and a couple of Arbily sub-50 bluetooth earphones too.

Apple too is part of the sale as their Beats X neckband bluetooth earphones are on sale for 74 euro in two color options.

Denon too is part of this sale with a couple of bluetooth speakers and a couple of receivers… And there’s a few Huawei P20/M20 type of phones of PAD interest…

Acoustic Research M200 DAP for $100 [MD]

If you prefer the dedicated use of a digital audio player, Massdrop is back with yet another option. Running for the next four days and change [from posting time here], you can get the new condition Acoustic Research M200 DAP for $100, a battle-point between various brands, including the entry-level Fiio X1 II.

Giving in to the bluetooth industrial complex, this model too has built-in bluetooth support (including apt-X HD), but it offers USB-C charging which may be a welcome change for those on the Type C bandwagon. It even has 32GB of on-board storage, in addition to the microSD card which supports up to 256GB.

Optionally, in the Massdrop shopping cart, you can add a color case for $10 more, and/or you can add the E10 IEMs for $80 more.

Orders will ship in late April 2019 from Massdrop. There’s no mention of warranty in the listing.

Tue (EU): Jabra Move bluetooth on-ears for 30 euro [also budget mp3 players]

It’s partly budget audio day at the Amazon Germany Gold Box for Tuesday FEB-06-2019 where four different color schemes of the new condition Jabra Move bluetooth closed-back on-ear headphones are on sale for 30 euro each. Not a bad price for a basic no-frills BT on-ear set… It is interesting that (as far as I can recall) this has never dropped this low at Amazon USA. Jabra is an EU-based company after all…

The Jabra is the headliner for Tuesday so it’s easy to spot, but there’s more! Hidden behind the action camera item is a sale on various Victure brand items< that in addition to the action and hunting cameras, it features a variety of budget mp3 players with a clip-type thing going for 22 euro (8GB on-board, microSD slot, FM, bluetooth), and a more elongated model going for 26~ euro (similar specs). There’s also a couple of hybrid dictaphone / mp3 players in similar price ranges…

Thur (EU): Sony audio sale including NW-A45 DAP

A Sony Audio sale is among the numerous deals of the day for Thursday DEC-13-2018 at the Amazon Germany Gold Box and among the items offered:

+ Sony Walkman NW-A45 DAP for 139 euro

+ two Sony Sports Walkmen (DAP + music player in one) for 80 and 128 each

+ PS-HX500 turntable for 300, various stereos and speakers, car audio, and a radio too

Sunday: Pioneer XDP-30R DAP for $140

DAPs are the coachroaches of digital gadgets ~ they refuse to be killed by the smartphones 😉 Good until Sunday at 11:59pm ET, you can get the new condition Pioneer XPD-30R digital audio player for $140 with free shipping and handling.

Astell&Kern SR15 DAP for $595

The new condition Astell&Kern A&norma SR15 digital audio player (not sure what the “A&norma” thing is) is on sale for a limited time for $595 with free shipping at B&H Photo and also at Amazon offered there by a variety of the usual audio-selling marketplace sellers (WWS, EE, HiDef, HeadAmp, etc) and also by OneCall on eBay and by World Wide Stereo through eBAY

Tue (EU): Sony Walkmen (NW-A45, NW-ZX300, etc) sale and more

Sony audio is one of the Amazon Germany Gold Box deals of the day for Tuesday November 20 in the year of 2018 including:

+ NW-A45 Walkman for 139 in different colors

+ NW-ZX300 Walkman for 552 euro

+ NW-WS625 waterproof sport Walkman with earphones for 128

+ XDR-V1BTD DAB + Radio (Bluetooth speaker) for 130 in different colors

+ a couple of receivers and a more!

Monday PADs: LG V30+ (LS998) for $399

For Monday in the pacific time zone, among the daily deals at NewEGG, you can get the new condition LG V30+ (model LS998) for $399 with free shipping from marketplace seller BREED [a rather unfortunate seller name if you ask me]. This phone of course is of PAD interest. PAD being “phones as DAPs”. With its famed quad DAC, 128GB of on-board storage that can fit plenty of digital music and streaming downloads, along with a microSD card, 6-inch screen and Snapdragon 835 that should be able to handle music and video apps for years to come, and IP68 water/dust-proofness to survive life as a DAP, and such…

Mon: unlocked LG V30+ for $400

It’s PAD time once again! Among the Monday deals of the day at Amazon you can get the new condition factory unlocked LG V30+ smartphone for $400 with free shipping, sold and shipped by marketplace seller BREED. Being the “+” model, it comes with 128GB of storage, so if you prefer to store your music on-board or use high-capacity formats (WAV, etc), then it’s a plus. This being a V-series of course, it is well-known for its quad DAC and such…

PS: I am tempted to get one of the V30* models as a PAD and turn it into a universal music and music-video player since my Fiio and Clips can’t stream or play videos…

PADs: Used LG V40 for $639

If you want to use the LG V40 flagship smartphone at a DAP but balk at the full new condition price, fear not! New York’s finest B&H Photo is offering it in USED condition for $629 in “condition 10”. This is the factory unlocked North American variant, in the “aurora black” color scheme.

With a 6-inch screen, this can be great for music videos and concerts too, and/or some of the more luxurious music playback and equalizer apps. With 6GB of RAM, it should be able to handle Android music and video streaming apps for years to come. It has 64GB on-board storage plus microSD slot.

On the other hand, if you prioritize on the quad DAC and you are not revved up to get the latest “phone” specs, the new condition unlocked LG V30+ goes for $495 after a $5 off (!) clip-on coupon. This is a USA warranty model. Being a “+”, it has 128GB on-board.

Sandisk Clip Jam (8GB) for $30

The lime-green and red-orange color-schemes of the new condition Sandisk Clip Jam mp3 player are on sale for $30 with Prime shipping at Amazon’s website. These are newer models, after the legendary “Clip+”. They come with a 2-year warranty and support mp3, AAC, WMA, WAV and Audible’s DRM for audiobooks.

In addition to the 8GB on-board, they also have a microSD slot for additional storage. I don’t have this newer model, but I am frequently rotating between my three “Clip+” models which also have on-board storage plus microSD. You can view the music separately or together in the player.

It looks like this model however, unlike the Clip+, it does not have the Rockbox option

Hifiman Mega Mini DAP for $60 [MD]

It’s DAP time now at Massdrop. Hifiman makes digital audio players as well, and their new condition MegaMini player is currently on offer at Massdrop for $60 with orders shipped by Massdrop in late November 2018. Music is stored on a microSD card, and this DAP supports capacities up to 256GB. A manual and a cable are the other things included in the box [in addition to the player [obviously] and the packaging materials].

The “drop” (aka offer in Massdrop speak) runs for the next five days and change {from blog-posting date}.

PADs: Unlocked LG G6 for $250 [Monday only]

From the “Phones as DAPs” (PADs) department, good until Monday 10/22/18 at 11:59pm eastern time, you can get the new condition, unlocked, carrier-free LG G6 for $250 with free shipping at B&H Photo. This is in the Ice Platinum color scheme.

NOTE: this is the international version phone but it comes with a 1-year warranty from B&H Photo itself…

Hifi Walker HX DSD DAP for $88 after coupon

It didn’t take long for Chi-fi to come up with DSD digital audio players, and for a limited (unspecified) time, Amazon is offering a 20% off clip-on coupon on this small-ish Hifi Walker HX DAP with 16GB on-board and one microSD memory card slot. It supports up to DSD 128 (5.8 MHz), with Bluetooth 4.0 (with apt-X) that works in your choice of receiver [use it amp your smartphone/tablet/etc music] or transmitter [play music on your bluetooth headphones/speakers/etc].

It averages 3.5 out of 5 based on 20 customer reviews and has 39 answered questions, so it looks like the DSD support generated some curiosity interest among some fans.

The name is more likely word-play on the more famous Sony Walkman, another defining characteristic of Chi-fi we know and love [VE Monks FTW! ~ it is the two year anniversary of my Monks purchase 🙂 ]

Its current price [as of the time of writing] is $110, with the 20% off dropping it to $88 or so.

Wedn: Pioneer XDP-30R DAP for $150

It’s DAP time among the deals of the day B&H Photo, good until Wednesday October 17 at 11:59pm eastern time. It is the new condition Pioneer XDP-30R offered for $150 with free shipping in the black color scheme.

This is not an Android DAP [but supports TIDAL and Tune IN Radio streaming], but it has some advanced features, such as balanced outputs, two microSD card slots [and 16GB on-board storage], dual SABRE, dual-band Wifi, bluetooth, small touchscreen for operations, DSD support [up to 5.6 MHz], AAC up to 192/32, They also promise MQA support with a future firmware update.

As we’ve seen with smartphones [and other devices too], promises of future updates often remain promises, so keep that in mind if this is a major decision point in your purchase!

It averages 4.2 out of 5 based on a dozen customer reviews at B&H, and 3.5 out of 5 based on 20 customer reviews at Amazon where it also has 17 answered questions by “viewers like you”…

Wedn: Sennheiser PX684i neckband earbuds for $20 w/FS; LG V30S ThinQ for $600

There are two headphone-related offers at the B&H Daily Deals running until Wednesday at 11:59pm eastern (or earlier if any of them happens to sellout ahead of time).

We start with the earphones, they are earbuds, of the neckband type. IT is the new condition Sennheiser PMX 684i In-Ear Neckband Sports earbuds with iOS remote control buttons for $20 with free shipping.

Next up, on the PADs front (Phones as DAPs), the new condition factory unlocked LG V30S ThinQ Smartphone (128GB onboard) is offered for $600 with free shipping with two different color options to pick from. This was among the last Snapdragon 835 smartphones with a headphone jack [the latest models have the 845], with 128GB of on-board storage plus microSD slot for even more FLACs and WAVs and such, Android 8.0, 6″ screen, a solid 6GB RAM which should be more than enough for all your music streaming and equalizing and visualizing needs, Bluetooth 5.0, apt-X HD, FM radio, USB Type C version 3.1, and so forth. And of course the famous V-series DAC technology.

PADs: LG V30S ThinQ unlocked for $680

For a limited time, New York’s B&H Photo is offering the new condition factory unlocked LG V30S ThinQ smartphone for $680 with free expedited shipping. It is available in two color schemes. It comes with a 1-year warranty out of the box, but if you register it with LG, you get a second year of warranty coverage!

The LG V-series is praised for its audio components, and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike certain other flagship smartphone lines. The nice screen is also a plus if you like to watch a lot of music videos or concerts on it! Note though that this uses the Snapdragon 835, while the brand new flagships are using the newer 845.

It comes with 128GB of on-board storage, which may be more than enough for some music collections if you also utilize a lot of music streaming, but if you need more, it also takes microSD cards up to a theoretical 2TB.

Phones as DAPs: Sony XZ1 Compact for $370 [LDAC]

If you like a more compact Android phone as your “Phone as DAP” (PAD), and you prefer new condition and factory unlocked with a previous-generation flagship Snapdragon, and you like your PAD to support LDAC, the new condition “Sony XZ1 Compact” is on sale for $370 with free shipping by Amazon actual in the black color scheme with up to four per customer at the sale price. This is an old fashioned sale, not a lightning deal.

It supports LDAC, has a Snapdragon 835, 4.6″ display (yes, under 5 inches!), 4GB RAM, 32GB on-board, GSM, Android Oreo, USB-C charging, QC 3.0, AND a headphone jack!

[DEAD] Wedn Phones as DAPs: refurb LG V10 for $120, V20 for $180

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[DEAD] PADs: $25 off preowned iPhone SEs ($164+ after coupon)

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Honor 7X with Honor Bluetooth Earphones for $225 (with Band 3 for $254)

From the “PADs” department (Phones as DAPs”), the official Honor Store is offering for a limited time the Honor 7X phone along with the Honor bluetooth earphones for $225, or you can add the Band 3 wearable to the bundle and pay $254 instead. This has a 3.5mm headphone jack, 18:9 display (think playlist editing), 32GB on-board storage and microSD (up to 256GB), microUSB, Bluetooth 4.1 with LE (Low Energy), etc…

[DEAD] HIFI Walker H2 Bluetooth DAP for $119

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Running until 2:40pm ET today (Wednesday 4/11/18) in the Amazonian Gold Box is the new condition HIFI WALKER H2 Bluetooth DAP for $119 with free shipping. The price before the sale is $140.

It plays music from a microSD card (up to 256GB supported) and also supports Bluetooth 4.0 with apt-X support. It can play Native DSDs (up to 128-bit 5.6 MHz), and has the Burr Brown PCM5102 DAC from TI. It averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 56 customer reviews and has 99 answered questions.

[DEAD] Onkyo DP-S1 DAP for $179

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ONKYO rubato DP-S1(B) DAP for $199 w/FS

Surprise-surprise, the latest Newegg e-Newsletter sale has a DAP among the many techie products it features! It is the new condition ONKYO rubato DP-S1(B) offered for $199 with free shipping, sold by Electronics Expo through NewEgg. No promo code, and no mail-in rebate needed! Just add to cart and proceed to checkout.

There is also a headphone sale in this lot, the new condition Philips FS3BK lightweight on-ears going for $15 with free shipping, sold and shipped by Newegg actual.

Both offers are good until Thursday night or earlier if sold out.

UK: Free BOSE QC35 II with Huawei P20 or P20 PRO purchase

I don’t usually look for deals in Europe, but this one appeared right in front of me, so I might as well post it! For a limited, in the United Kingdom, Car Warehouse is offering FREE pair of Bose QuietComfort QC35 II ANC/bluetooth over-ears for FREE when you pre-order the Huawei P20 or P20 PRO smartphone from them!

The P20 and P20 PRO (along with the Mate RS) are all without a headphone jack

Colorfly C10 Portable DAP for $180 w/FS [MD]

Another offer running unlocked for the next two days and change (from blog-posting time) at Massdrop is the new condition Colorfly C10 Portable DAP going for $180 with free US shipping. It is only available in the blue color scheme. Orders will ship from Massdrop in early May with all sales final.

Free Essential USB-C Earphones with Essential Phone for $450

The Essential PH-1 from Android “father” Andy Rubin is one of the headphones WITHOUT a headphone jack. To encourage people to give this smartphone a try, especially now that it is getting discounted, Amazon and Essential are including a FREE pair of Essential USB-C earphones with purchase of the new condition Essential PH-1 smartphone for $450 with free shipping. Three phone color schemes are available, including the Amazon-exclusive “Halo Gray”.

The earphones goes for $99 on their own and they have a 1-button remote/mic and support USB Audio Class 2 according to the product description.

For more on USB-C audio, Anandtech explains the USB Device Audio Class 3.0 which allows for digital audio and analog audio over a USB-C port. However, not all smartphones support analog audio over USB-C (by re-assigning pins) which creates confusion and frustration among USB-C users who try to mix and match devices…

[DEAD] Hifiman MegaMini DAP for $84 after coupon

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Astell&Kern Super Junior x AK Jr DAP for $200 [MD]

Never a dull moment at Massdrop. Another offer has fully unlocked, it is the new condition Astell&Kern Super Junior x AK Jr DAP for $200 with free US shipping running for the next four days and change from blog-posting date. These will ship in early April 2018 from Massdrop with all sales final as usual.

This messy name is because this is a special edition of the DAP in collaboration with K-Pop band “Super Junior”. Jealous of the iPhone-U2 collaboration, the DAP will include 20 remastered tracks from the band 🙂

This has 64GB onboard storage and can take up to 400GB microSD memory cards.

NOTE that the back of this blue DAP is autographed by the members of the band. It’s covered in signatures.

Hidizs AP60 Pro DAP for $80 w/free S&H [MD]

DAP DAP time at Massdrop! Fully unlocked and running for the next four days and change (from blog posting time) is the new condition Hidizs AP60 Pro Digital Audio Player going for $80 with free US shipping. This will ship in early May 2018 by Massdrop with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

Among its features is 2-way bluetooth control, which allows your smartphone to control it. An interesting proposition! It also serves as a USB DAC/amp when connected to a computer. It takes microSD cards up to 256GB. But it has not embraced USB-C, it’s still microUSB. It would probably be too expensive to go USB-C 3.1 given the price but at least USB-C would make connecting the cable easier 🙂

Bluetooth-wise it supports version 4.0 with apt-X. The user interface does not have a rotating center dial like the Fiio X1, but it looks to be of similar chunky size, which is good because it falls to the bottom of your pocket ~ harder to fall out 🙂

Fiio X1 II (2nd Gen) DAP for $90

I’m not sure when the price dropped but I just now noticed it. The new condition Fiio X1 II (second generation) digital audio player is now down to $90 with frees shipping at Adorama and various Prime-eligible sellers at Amazon

I haven’t seen or touched the second generation model which does not seem to be doing well review-wise, it averages 3.1 out of 5 at Amazon based on 230+ customer reviews and it has nearly 150 answered questions.

I have and I’m using the first generation model. So far I only posted a text and pictures unboxing. The first generation did better in reviews at amazon.com, 3.9 out of 5 based on 560+ customer reviews and with nearly 500 answered questions.

[DEAD] Astell & Kern AK 100 Mark II DAPs for $465

This sale ended… On the higher end of DAPs, the new condition Astell and Kern AK 100 Mark II are currently on sale for a limited time for $455 at Touch of Modern

Touch of Modern is a website that specializes in modern and harder to find products. ToM has been growing steadily, with over 1 million orders placed in 2016 per their About page.