Cowon Plenue D DAP for $189

Jet Audio is discounting the gold/black color-scheme of their Cowon Plenue D digital audio player to $189, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so they are Prime eligible. The other color scheme is over $200. Together they average 4.1 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews and they have nearly as many answered questions.

They have a 32GB internal memory and a microSD slot as well. This runs their own DAP OS. No Android.

Pionner XDP-100R DAP for $269

The new condition Pionner XDP-100R DAP in the silver color scheme is on sale by Electronics Expo (authorized dealer) across various internet sellers. It goes for $269 through Sears and for $270 Prime-eligible fulfilled by Amazon, and $279 through Walmart.

This has a 32GB internal storage along with two microSD card slots, and a 4.7-inch 720p touchscreen display. It runs Android (Google Play app access).

[DEAD] 16GB Bassplay P3000 High Resolution DAP for $50

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Focal Elear + Astell & Kern AK 100 II for $1150

Hide your wallet or call your Spouse CFO to get pre-authorization for this! The Focal Elear headphones are now available as a bundle at Adorama! For $1150 with free shipping you can get the new condition Focal Elear with the Astell & Kern AK 100 II together!

The Elear go for $1000 on their own while the AK 100 II has a regular price of $900, but it is currently on sale for $539 at select dealers. This is a limited time offer!

So in other words, you can see this offer as buy the Focal Elear and add the AK 100 II for $150 more. You can always sell or trade or gift the Astell which is a DAP, DAC and amp.

Adorama is an authorized dealer of both. This is a limited time offer!

Astell and Kern AK 100 II DAP and DAC/amp for $539

If you like the Astell and Kern AK 100 II DAP, DAC and amp combo, but you are not tempted by Focal Elear bundle, you have another option: the AK 100 II is on sale in new condition for $539 at B&H Photo and a couple of recognizable sellers at

Sony NW-A35 Walkman DAP for $148

As part of the 2017 Sony audio line-up, the new condition Sony NW-A35 Walkman, in the 16GB storage option (fear not, it also takes microSD cards), is on sale for $148 in three color schemes by various sellers including Amazon actual at This supports DSD playback, along with Bluetooth including LDAC.

[DEAD] Sony NW-ZX100HN-SM DAP for $399

This limited time offer expired…

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Refurbished Zune HD for $70

Between smartphones and a resurgent media player market, there are plenty of choices to play music with a portable device. But if you happen to be looking for a good old Microsoft Zune HD, it is available in certified refurbished condition for $70 by a marketplace seller with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is Prime eligible.

Used Astell & Kern AK Jr DAP for $180

We previously mentioned that the Astell & Kern AK Jr. Hi-Res Music Player is on sale for $249 in new condition, but if you are comfortable buying used DAPs from reputable dealers, you can get it in Used Condition, rated a 9/10, at B&H Photo for $180 with free shipping.

PS: if you are curious about this device, B&H also has over there its 27-page PDF manual. This is a link directly to the PDF file.

Astell & Kern AK Jr. Hi-Res Music Player for $249

More DAP sale action, the new condition Astell & Kern AK Jr. Hi-Res Music Player is on sale for $249 with free shipping by a fulfilled by Amazon seller along with B&H Photo. This has 64GB on-board storage and a microSD storage (up to 256GB cards).

Fiio X5 DAP (2nd Generation) for $180

The Fiio digital audio player (DAP) has grown in all directions now-a-days. If of all the available models out there it is the new condition X5 II the one you want, it is curerntly on sale for $180 with free shipping at New York’s B&H Photo.

PS: I don’t have this model, but I have a text and pictures unboxing of the Fiio X1 (first generation). A review of it is coming 🙂

[DEAD] Monday: Astell&Kern AK120 II DAP for $749

This daily deal expired…

Good until Monday at 11:59pm ET, you can get the new condition Astell&Kern AK120 II DAP for $749 with free shipping at B&H Photo where it is one of their daily deals. This supports up to 5.6 MHz DSD.

[DEAD] 8GB FecPecu MP3 Player for $18+

This lightning deal expired, but these DAPs are among the recurring lightning deals, so it will probably come back in the future…

Good until 3:40am ET, the new condition 8GB Fecu Metal MP3 player is a lightning deal sale for $18.31 in the black color scheme (and more in the other colors), sold by FecPecu, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon so they are Prime eligible.

This DAP which can play a lot more than MP3 files (APE, WAV, OGG, FLAC, WMA, etc) averages 4.1 out of 5 based on 25 customer reviews. It also takes microSD memory cards up to 64GB.

8GB Tensun MP3 Player with microSD for $25 after coupon

If you like to explore budget Chi-Fi mp3 players, the 8GB Tensun MP3 with microSD slot (up to 64GB) drops from $30 to $25 when you enter coupon code R7JWEYMN at checkout, sold by Tensun, with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so it is Prime eligible. It supports various formats and averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 24 customer reviews and has a dozen of answered questions. It also includes a pair of basic-looking earphones.

I haven’t seen or touched this. It is slightly tempting to do a budget chi-fi DAP group review, but I would need 240 hours per day for that 🙂

[DEAD] 8GB FecPecu MP3 Player with Bluetooth for $23

This lightning deal expired. It was $4 off the current price. With prices so low, there is a pretty low ceiling on how much they discount them ~ unless it’s a fire sale 🙂

Good until 5:34pm ET today, as one of the lightning deals at Amazon, you can get the 8GB FecPecu MP3 Player with Bluetooth for $23~ in two color options. This plays a number of audio files, but not DRM files. It has 8GB storage of its own, and can support microSD cards up to 64GB.

SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player for $28

The green and pink color schemes of the new condition SanDisk 8GB Clip Jam MP3 Player are on sale for $28 at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three per color per customer. This is not a lightning deal. When browsing around the listings, note that there is a mix of new condition and certified refurbished, so pay attention to each listing in the Amazon search results.

They have a microSD slot, so you can have a lot more than 8GB of music stored on this player. In addition to DRM-free audio formats, it also plays Audible (DRM). They come with a 2-year warranty (the new condition models).

Used HiFiMan HM-650 DAP for $299

If you are comfortable with used DAPs and beat up boxes, the HiFiMan HM-650 is available in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged box, all accessories included) for $299 with free shipping by HeadAmp Audio Electronics with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free Prime shipping. The new condition price is $450.

PS: a number of Hifiman IEMs are currently on sale – check the Hifiman posts here if interested.

XDuoo X3 DAP for $83 to $90

If you are comfortable buying from non-famous eBay sellers, the XDuoo X3 digital audio player (DAP) is offered in new condition for $83~ with free shipping by eBay seller OverSeaOutlet (99.1%, New Jersey). Two units are available as of the time of writing.

If you prefer a more better known seller, Massdrop has it running for $90 with free shipping, available in three different color options. The sale runs for the next five days, it will ship end of June 2017, and as usual, “all sales final”.

Fiio X1 DAP for $70 + S&H [MD]

Unlocked at the members-only Massdrop site is the new condition Fiio X1 (first generation) digital audio player going for $70 plus shipping. The offer runs for the next six days but may end earlier if the 64 available units are claimed (39 of them are claimed as of posting time).

These will ship in late June 2017, and all sales are final as usual. They will ship from Massdrop.

I am listening to music through this as I am writing this as a matter of fact 🙂 The promised review is still in the works, but I already posted a utilitarian text and pictures unboxing (no audio, no slideshows, no video, no annoyances).

If you don’t want to deal with Massdrop and forgo the option to return it if you don’t like it, you can get it for $79 Prime eligible in the gold color scheme.

Further complicating decisions is that Fiio released a 2nd Generation model which goes for $100 and adds Bluetooth. I’ve only used the first generation, so I can’t compare them.

[DEAD] Memorex MR4240 Portable AM/FM Pocket Radio for $10

As of 5/30/17 AM recheck, this sale ended, ruining my lo-fi DAP joke 🙁

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Used TEAC HA-P90SD DAP/amp for $239

The red color scheme of the TEAC HA-P90SD DAP and amp is currently available in “Used – Acceptable” condition for $239~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual. There’s also a “Used – Like New” option for $290~.

[DEAD] Thursday: Astell & Kern AK 120 II DAP for $749

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[DEAD] Open-box 32GB iPod Touch (6th Gen) for $160 after coupon

This eBay coupon ended, but they seem to bring similar ones out every few weeks…

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[DEAD] 4GB Sony Walkman NWE393 for $40 [16GB for $70]

This sale ended too…

If you like the basic “mouse ears” style Sony mp3 players, the 4GB NWE393 Walkman is on sale for $40, while the 16GB (model NWE395] goes for $70. These do not have memory card slots, so they are only of interest if that amount of storage is good enough. But you can stuff a lot of spoken word / podcasts, even on 4GB 🙂 You can find them all by traversing the various storage and color options at the listing.

Audeze LCD-X and iFi micro iDSD Black + Fiio X5 III for $1800

And another bundle to make your wallet cry, this is a bundle of three, again centered on an Audeze planar headphone, the LCD-X (aluminum and lambskin leather), along with the iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition and the Fiio X5 (3rd generation), all together, going for $1800 at with free shipping for a limited time.

Audeze LCD-2 with AK 100 II for $1150 to $1200

More Audeze action, this time we have two versions of the LCD-2 bundled with the Astell & Kern AK 100 II on sale for a limited time at authorized dealer Adorama as follows:

+ AUDEZE LCD-2 Lambskin + AK for $1150
+ AUDEZE LCD-2 Rosewood + AK for $1200

[DEAD] Thursday: Fiio X5 II DAP for $175

This daily deal expired…

The new condition Fiio X5 II DAP is on sale for $175 with free shipping at B&H Photo until 11:59pm ET on Thursday (or earlier if sold out). Only the black color scheme is on sale.

Audeze LCD-3 + AK AK100 II DAP + iFi micro iDSD Black Label for $2050

Yesterday we featured some of the lower priced iFi models, today, it’s the make your wallet cry bundles. We start with a $2050 bundle of three different audiophile products, all together offered by Adorama, authorized dealers of the three:

  • AUDEZE LCD-3 Planar Magnetic Headphones with Case, Zebrano & Lambskin Leather headphones
  • Astell & Kern AK100 II DAP in Smoky Blue
  • iFi micro iDSD Black Label Edition

Strategically, even if you need two of the three, you can get the bundle, and gift or trade or sell the one you don’t want.

This is a limited time offer, but there are no coupons, and no rebates. The promotion is running as long as you see the sale price over there.

[DEAD] Saturday: 128GB iPod Touch (6th Generation) for $350

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Refurbished Sony NW-A26HN DAP for $200

A more advanced variation of the Sony “mouse ears” digital audio players, the Sony NW-A26HN is available in manufacturer refurbished condition in the 32GB denomination (WITH a microSD card slot on the side) and with a 90-day warranty by Secondipity through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This link shows the lowest price per color. To see details for each individual color, expand them using the “See all offers for this product” next to each color’s name.

These have “HiRes” marketing/branding, and play FLAC, WAV, ALAC along with the more common file names. They stream via bluetooth, and promise up to 50 hours of battery life. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 30 customer reviews.

Used Pioneer XDP-100R DAP for $219

The Pioneer XDP-100R DAP is currently on sale for $300 in new condition, but if you want to save more, you can get them in “Used – Like New” condition for $219~ with free shipping by Electronics Expo through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This is available in both black (previous link) and in silver color schemes. They ship directly from Electronics Expo (East Coast, not Prime eligible). They average 4 out of 5 based on 36 customer reviews.

Pioneer XDP-100R DAP for $300

DAP-DAP time! The new condition Pioneer XDP-100R is on sale for $300 in new condition in the black or silver color scheme by Electronics Expo (East Coast B&M retailer) with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping if you are a Prime member. This averages 4 out of 5 based on 35 customer reviews and has nearly 60 questions answered. More questions than reviews can be a sign of a niche-interest in a product.

NuForce Primo8 In-Ears for $200 + S&H

It’s Nuforce time at Massdrop (MD), the Primo8 In-Ears go for $200 plus shipping and handling, with the offer running for the next three days, and shipping late May 2017. All sales are final on this offer too, which will ship from MD, and carries a one-year warranty per the listing.

Also unlocked there, but with two days to go, is the XDuuuuooo X10 digital audio player going for $140 with free shipping on this critter. It takes two microSD cards, has a dedicated LineOUT (optical). The volume buttons are on the side on their own, the power button is not near by, so you don’t have the accidental power-button presses when trying to change the volume like you get with many smartphones and some other DAPs (eg Fiio X1 on the left hand side).

PS: a new installment of This Week In Headphoolia should be posted by late Sunday night.

[DEAD] Thursday: Sony Walkman mp3 players: 8GB for $50, 16GB for $70

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Fiio X1 II DAP for $80 with promo code (Fry’s B&M only)

Another one of the weekly Fry’s personalized promo code offers is headphone-related, this time it is a B&M in-store only offer, on the new condition second generation of the Fiio X1 digital audio player for $80 when you use your promo code. It is available in three colors. Limit one per household. This typically goes for $100, while the first generation goes for $80 at authorized Fiio dealers. The offer runs until Saturday 4/8/17 close of business or earlier if sold out.

This is very YMMV since you have to be able to find it at a local Fry’s B&M store.

I haven’t seen the second generation model, but I have the first generation. So far I posted a text-and-pictures unboxing post. More in the pipeline but no promises on when they’ll get posted 🙂