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.

Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note DAP for $1700 [MD]

Audiophile jazz and blues fans, open those wallets wide 🙂 Running for the next four days and change, fully unlocked at Massdrop is the Astell & Kern AK240 Blue Note Digital Audio Player for $1700 with free US shipping.

This DAP is a collaboration between AK and Blue Note records to celebrate Blue Note’s 75 years of Jazz and Blues. The DAP has a blue color and Blue Note logo but more importantly it includes 75 Blue Notes albums, remastered at 96kHz/24-bit. The albums are not loaded on the DAP Apple/U2 style (ha!) but instead come with a nice little tower of microSD cards, an homage mayhaps of the old days of CD tower stacks 🙂 It is a very nice looking gift if you have the financial flexibility to buy or gift it.

This ships at the end of March 2018 from Massdrop with all sales final.

Phones as DAPs: LG V30 for $22.50/mo on 24-mo plan [$540 total]

If you are not tempted by the new AI version of the LG V30, the one with the goofy name of “ThinQ” revealed at MWC 2018 [yes, it has a headphone jack], Verizon Wireless is having a $300 off trickle-monthly promotion on the new condition LG V30 if you buy it on a 24-month installment plan. The monthly price will be $22.50 and at the end of the 24 months, you own the phone. That’s because the discount is applied monthly, instead of up front. That makes it $540 for the phone with ownership at the end of the 24 month cycle.

If you want to buy the phone upfront, it doesn’t look like it’s eligible for the $300 off discount. This is only a good deal if you plan to have Verizon Wireless service in the next 24 months.

Ends Sat PM: refurb Beats X for $46, open-box 16GB iPod Touch 6 for $120, Etc

Blinq is having a Featured Sale that includes some audio-related products running until Saturday at 11:59pm eastern. The coupon is applied automatically in the cart, but in case of technical issues, you can also find the coupon at the aforelinked page.

The coupon is a 25% off discount, and it drops the prices of the following items as follows:

+ open-box iPod Touch 6 (16GB, blue) for $120~
+ three left; this has a Lightning connector

+ open-box iPod Nano (16GB, 7th generation, blue) for $130~

+ factory refurbished Beats X bluetooth earphones for $46~ in black or blue

+ see them all at the Blinq Featured Sale
+ free shipping on all purchases regardless of price
+ 30-day money back guarantee on purchases

Because of the nature of Blinq (they pick up returns and overstocks and sell them to consumers) the risk of something having to be returned is higher than buying something brand new sealed in box, so the free shipping and 30-day returns go a long way towards mitigating the risk. Unless you hate returning things with a passion 🙂

HIDIZS AP60 Ⅱ DAP for $100 after coupon

Surprise, surprise! This is why we price-check things 🙂 The new condition HIDIZS AP60 Ⅱ digital audio player goes for $130, BUT when you look closely on the product page, it has a $30 OFF clip-on coupon. You clip that coupon (click on the little box or the coupon text) and you get $30 off, making it $100. You don’t have to type anything with clip-on coupons; just click. The coupon is available for multiple color schemes of this DAP!

If you are not familiar with Amazon’s clip-on coupons, follow the visual cues in this annotated partial screenshot below:

Phones as DAPs: refurb HTC One M8 for $90

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, if you are looking for a double figures Android DAP without breaking the bank, the refurbished HTC One M8 is offered as a “Scratch & Dent” for $90 at part of the longer running Woot deals, this one is good until March 1st (or earlier if sold out). Limit up to ten per customer.

This is a Verizon + GSM unlocked phone, with 2GB RAM, 32GB on-board and microSD card (of particular music interest obviously), Snapdragon 801, 5 inch screen, etc. It comes with a 90-day Woot warranty.

Shipping is free for Prime members (must login to Woot with our Amazon Prime account), otherwise it’s the usual $5 flat for everything you buy during the central time zone calendar day.

Phones as DAPs: LG G6+ (Quad DAC, 128GB, USA warranty, Unlocked) drops to $470

If you want a quad DAC in your Android smartphone but for one reason or another don’t want the LG V30, there is now a US warranty alternative, the LG G6+, new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty, in the Amazon Prime Exclusive version dropping from $520 to $470 with free Prime shipping.

This went for $500 before Amazon removed the Lockscreen Ads from their “Prime Exclusive” phones and increased their price by $20 to $520. So now it’s down $50 (or down $30 from the previous previous price) but without lockscreen ads.

Limit one per customer at the moment. The shipping estimate is currently a variable “1 to 2 months”. Amazon tends to be conservative on the estimates (so as not to over-promise something they can’t deliver on time), but still, if you want this by a specific time in the near future, there are no guarantees for delivery when you need/want it! So keep that in mind.

Sony Walkman NW-ZA17-SLV DAP for $230 w/free S&H

Here comes another Sony offer at Guitar Center. This time it is the new condition Sony Walkman NW-ZA17-SLV digital audio player going for $230 with free shipping or store pickup.

Note that most sale items are not eligible for coupon code PRESDAY18 which is 15% off products priced $199 or higher. The discount is larger than the coupon percentage anyway.

TEAC HA-P90SD DAC/amp/DAP for $230 w/FS

The Guitar Center President’s Day sale is a gift that keeps on giving! In new condition, you can get the black color scheme of the TEAC HA-P90SD DAC/amp/DAP for $230 with free shipping or free ship to store (aka store pickup). No coupon is needed, the price you see is the price you pay during this promotion.

Colorfly C10 DAP for $180 w/free S&H [MD]

Some DAP (digital audio player) deep cuts (the music term, not a deep discount reference) action, running at members only but free to join Massdrop for the next four days and change is the new condition Colorfly C10 DAP for $180 with free US shipping. This is only available in the blue color scheme. It ships in late March from Massdrop with all sales final.

It has 32GB on-board storage plus a microSD slot. It is running on Linux, and it has a line-out jack, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone out. The DAC is a Cirrus CS4398.

I need to find my prehistoric 32MB (yes, megabyte) DAP and see how it does today. I believe it used AA or AAA, so it shouldn’t have built-in battery is dead issues 🙂

Phones as DAPs: LG G6+ with Quad DAC for $520 (Prime only)

Starting today (February 7 in 2018), Amazon is no longer selling their Prime Exclusive phones with Lockscreen and other Ads. Instead they are sold ad-free. Their prices went up by $20 since yesterday to counter the ad removal. Of audio interest, the LG G6+ with its Quad DAC and 128GB on-board storage is now going for $520 with free shipping. This is a US warranty model, unlocked, and working with US carriers. Only Prime members can buy them.

Phones as DAPs: LG V30 (Unlocked, USA Warranty) for $675; LG G6+ Prime Ads (128GB, Quad DAC too) for $500

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, especially if you are looking to get both a new phone and a new DAP, the new condition, factory unlocked, with USA warranty LG V30 is currently on sale for $675 with free shipping in the cloud silver color scheme at B&H Photo. You can also get a second year of warranty by registering the product online with LG.

Considering all the specs of this model, it can be used as a DAP long after it may be considered too old to be your main phone. The Quad DAC, 64GB onboard and microSD, Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 18:9 (easier playlist management), 802.11ac, NFC, FM radio, IP68, Qi charging, are more than good enough to handle music streaming apps for many years to come.

LG G6+ for $500 with Prime Lockscreen Ads
If you want a Quad DAC, but prefer a slightly smaller screen and slightly smaller price, Amazon is offering the Prime exclusive LG G6+ for $500. You will get Amazon Lockscreen Offers and Ads, which is why you pay a lower price. The G6+ model has the quad DAC in the US version, with 128GB on-board storage, microSD, 4GB RAM, Snapdragon 821, 18:9 screen, IP68, and so forth.

I haven’t used any of Amazon’s “Lockscreen Ads” phones/tablets, so I don’t know how annoying or helpful they can be [helpful if you are an Amazon bargain hunter]. The ads on the Kindle e-book readers are not annoying and occasionally useful [in finding deals], but e-ink screens limit the type of advertising, while smartphones have a lot more [annoying] ads options 🙂

Seller Refurbished LG V20 for $210
If you want an even better price, the LG V20 is offered seller refurbished for $210 with free shipping by eBay seller “Guarantee Cellular” (96.3%, Brooklyn) is Titan or Silver color schemes. This is a higher risk purchase, but they offer a 30 day guarantee. Still if you hate the idea of having to return something, you may want to avoid this. Over 480 units have been sold from this listing so far.

[DEAD] Trio Rhythm 2.8″ LCD DAP (4GB, Stylus) for $10 w/free S&H

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

Back to the DAPs we go with another offer getting unlocked at Massdrop, and running for the next three days and change (from blog-posting date), it is the new condition Colorfly C10 Portable DAP going for $180 with free US shipping. This is only available in the blue color scheme.

The player is running Linux, uses the Cirrus CS4398 DAC, and is CNC-machined aluminum and red sandalwood which makes it look nice (at least in the pictures; I haven’t seen it in person). It has 32GB memory on-board plus a micro SD slot. It will ship from Massdrop in late February 2018 with all sales final.

A warranty card is included in the package, but it does specify any further details on the warranty (or lack there of). Massdrop would improve their credibility if they deterministically mentioned the warranty status of each drop. Consumers build trust and become customers for life when a seller is more open and forthcoming.

Xduoo X3 DAP for $76 w/free S&H [from China]

If you don’t mind waiting, or paying extra for faster shipping, GearBest is having a sale on the new condition XDuoo X3 digital audio players. The silver color schemes goes for $76, while the black color scheme goes for $80. With free slow shipping from China. The gold color scheme is not on sale.

Their button placement may be a unusual if you are used to the more symmetric digital audio players, so you may want to do some “usage visualations” to make sure you are okay with their positioning 🙂

Phones as DAPs: refurbished LG V20 for $230

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, especially if you want one for a big enough screen to watch music videos or music performances, eBay seller Guaranteeee Cellular is offering the seller refurbished LG V20 for $230 with free shipping and 30-day returns and a 60-day seller warranty.

It is available in two color schemes. This is the Verizon version with unlocked GSM. Check bands and such if you are planning to use it as a phone as well. Given the screen size and specs, you can also use it as an in-home/in-office mini-tablet.

Seller refurbished is a higher risk than manufacturer refurbished, as you rely on the seller to stand behind their work. That’s why the price is lower, so that’s a trade-off some are willing to make.

In addition to the praised DAC/Audio module, this has other music-playback friendly features, such as 64GB on-board plus microSD (up to 256GB), 4GB RAM, a previous generation flagship processor (so it won’t have problem using music/streaming apps for many years), 5.7-inch screen, etc.

PS: I have now began putting the “Phones as DAPs” under the Digital Audio Players category

Phones as DAPs: LG V30 (USA warranty, Unlocked) for $675

From the “Phones as DAPs” department, the well-regarded LG V30 is now on sale for $675 with free shipping, factory unlocked, with USA warranty at B&H Photo, a very reputable online and B&M dealer.

Of audio interest, in addition to the well-regarded DAC/amp, this has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage, a Snapdragon 835, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, 802.11ac, water/dust-proof, headphone jack, USB-C charging/connector, and more. All these means it will be able to keep up with music streaming apps for many years to come, and it has the latest Bluetooth version and fast Wifi.

xDuoo Nano D3 DAP for $75 w/free S&H [MD]

More action on the Massdrop front, the xDuoo Nano D3 digital audio player is unlocked for $75 with free shipping for the next four days and change. This will ship in early February 2018, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

This can play up to DSD 256, has a microSD slot (up to 256GB), a 2-inch IPS screen, 8GB on-board storage, and around 20 hours battery life.

XDuoo X3 Digital Audio Player for $85 [MD]

Another offer is now unlocked at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. It is the new condition XDuoo X3 Digital Audio Player going for $85 with free USA shipping. The offer runs for the next four days and change from blog-posting time.

Three color choices are available at checkout. It will ship in late January 2018 from Massdrop and all sales are final.

If you don’t want to wait for that long, $100 will get it you faster, there is a fulfilled by Amazon seller, so Prime members get it in around two days.

Astell & Kern AK120 II DAP for $730

The new condition Astell & Kern AK120 II DAP (it’s a lot more than a DAP, but if something plays music, I file it under DAP) is currently on sale for $730 with free shipping at B&H Photo and also by a marketplace seller with the orders fulfilled by Amazon.

Astell & Kern AK100 II DAP for $479

A trio of “fulfilled by Amazon” sellers are offering the new condition Astell&Kern AK100 II DAP for $479 with free shipping, including “ProStudio Sound & Music” which is currently the featured marketplace seller on this offer.

Pay $249 for Hifiman HM700 DAP + RE-400 IEMs with Prime Credit Card, Get $50 Statement credit

There’s even a digital audio player (DAP) that’s participating in the Pay with Prime Credit Card promotion. If you are a Prime member paying for the order with one of the two official Prime credit card, you will receive 20% back as a statement credit. In this case, you pay $249 for the Hifiman HM700 DAP + RE-400 IEMs and after your monthly credit card statement closes, you will receive a $50~ statement credit. They have to be sold and shipped by Amazon proper.

This is a limited time offer, expiration date unknown. The offer is running while you see it mentioned on the individual product pages. If you don’t see it mentioned, it means it expired!!!

xDuoo Nano D3 Digital Audio Player for $75 to $80 w/FS

Another new offer has gone live (and fully unlocked) at Massdrop, it is the new condition xDuoo Nano D3 Digital Audio Player offered for $75 with free shipping in early January 2018. They will ship from Massdrop, and all sales are final.

Separately this is offered for $80 with free shipping by Penon Audio on eBAY, shipping from Hong Kong. Depending on where you are geographically, this may get to you a lot faster than Massdrop.

Fiio X1 II DAP for $85

It’s Fiio time! The second generation Fiio X1 digital audio player is on sale for $85 with free shipping at Adorama and also at B&H Photo.

I haven’t seen or used the second generation model, but we have here a text and pictures unboxing of the first generation X1 DAP which has settled on to $80 after the second generation model was released.

Cowon Plenue D 32GB DAP for $189

The black/gold color-scheme of the new condition Cowon Plenue D (32GB + microSD) digital audio player is on sale for $189 with free shipping by Jet Audio fulfilled by Amazon, and also by B&H Photo who has 140+ handpicked Black/Cyber doorbusters.

[DEAD] AGPTEK Bluetooth MP3 Player ROCKER V2 for $55

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[DEAD] AGPTEK A20BS 16GB MP3 Player for $28

This lightning deal expired…

Good until 1:05pm ET, it’s Chi-Fi DAP time, the new condition AGPTEK A20BS 16GB MP3 Player with FM Radio/Voice Recorder and microSD slot is a lightning deal for the very specific price of $27.91 with free shipping in your choice of black, blue or white color schemes. This averages 3.8 out of 5 based on 160+ customer reviews and has nearly 100 answered questions, so there’s definitely some interest in it! This too is part of a very busy Gold BOX.

8GB Sandisk Clip Jam for $25, Clip Sport for $30

Move over fancy DAPs! We are ready to kick out the jams now 😉 The new condition 8GB Sandisk Clip Sport is on sale, new condition, in many pastel-y colors, for $25 by Amazon actual. Limit up to three per color per customer.

If you are feeling more sporty, the 8GB Clip Sport is on sale for $30 with free shipping for all with the same limit of three per color per customer.

Also on sale is the Clip Sport Plus for $52 in new condition. All these sold by Amazon actual.

I am not familiar with the newer line-up of the Clips, but I have the older (classic) Clip and Clip Plus. They are all still working, and of all the clips of my three Clip+ models broke off cleanly (maybe because I never used the clips and they atrophied?) making them even smaller DAPs 🙂

TEAC HA-P90SD-R DAP, DAC/amp for $296

Another Prime-members only, the new condition TEAC HA-P90SD-R DAP, DAC/amp drops to $296 from $370 when you add it to the shopping cart thanks to 20% off automatic in-cart discount for Prime members. This has multiple audio inputs, and plays music from microSD as well, going up to DSD128. This is a red/black color scheme, with the Melisandre RED dominating.

[DEAD] 8GB FecPecu DAP (with microSD) for $20

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