Massdrop unlocked: Fiio X5 second gen for $318

The second generation is now fully unlocked (= lowest price during this promotion) at members-only Massdrop for $310 plus $8~ flat shipping. Shipping estimate is mid-October 2015.

If you can’t wait, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition for $300~ by All About Office through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It ships from “All About Office” (99%, 8856 transactions/12 months), so it is not eligible for Prime shipping.

Weekly Headphone Offers with Frys Coupon Codes

Every Sunday, Fry’s reveals their weekly promo code deals, which run from Sunday AM until Saturday PM, following the “Weekly Ad” cycle of most retailers. To use these promo codes, you must needs be subscribed to their email newsletters, because the promo codes included there are unique for each subscriber. With that intro out of the way, these are the offers for the week of 9.27 thru 10.3 in 2015:

* Sennheiser HD 518 open-back over-ears for $60
* JVC HANC80 (active noise cancelling) for $30
* Neil Young’s Pono DAP for $300
* Audio-Technica Turntable (AT-LP60-USB) for $87

Massdrop Unlocked: FiiO E10K for $67

A new round of specials is up at members-only Massdrop, and as of the time of writing, with 7 days to go (from blog-posting date) the FiiO E10K USB DAC/amp is fully unlocked (= the lowest price possible under this offer), going for $63 plus $4 flat shipping.

Also offered there, but not fully unlocked, with five days to go, is the FiiO X5 2nd Generation Player that could go as low as $318~ shipped. Meanwhile the Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp Combo, with six days to go, could go as low as $160~ shipped.

Used Fiio X3 (2nd gen) DAP for $170 [was $160]

The second generation Fiio X3 DAP (digital audio player) is currently available inand for $170 in “Used – Very Good” condition by All About Office there (ships from there, not Amazon) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

UPDATE (9/20/15): the “Used – Good” condition for $160 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual sold out.

Massdrop: Fiio X1, SMSL M8 DAC, BD MXP 50

New offers are up at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. The following have 6-7 days to go. As of the time of writing they are not fully unlocked. They are:

  • Fiio X1 DAP could go as low as $85 shipped
  • Beyerdynamic MXP 50 iE iems as low as $33 shipped
  • SMSL M8 Desktop DAC (IN: USB, TOS/Coax, OUT: RCA) as low as $180 shipped

8GB Sandisk Clip Jam for $35~ (limit 3 per color)

We are going high (Astell & Kern) and Low in digital audio players. On the low front, the 8GB Sandisk Clip Jam is currently on sale for either $35 or $36 (depending on color), with a limit of three per color per customer at Amazon by Amazon actual.

The $35 is actually $34.99, so you have to get over $35 for free shipping (eg $1.47 for this small AmazonBasics camera case (repurposed for small earbuds or small DAPs).

Keep in mind, the newer models are not Clip+ level 🙂 The Clip Jam averages 3.3 out of 5 based on 200+ customer reviews and has 49 questions answered as well.

Fry’s Promo Codes (Sept 13-19): Pono DAP for $300

Neil Young’s heavily discussed (and oft-ridiculed) Pono digital audio player is discounted to $300 for the week of September 13-19 at Fry’s stores and their website. To get the discount, you have to be on their emailing list. They sent emails with personal coupon codes that get you the discounts. As of the time of writing, amazon.com did not price-match it.

Massdrop unlocked: JayBird BlueBuds X Sport for $121 [plus more new offers]

Added to the members-only Massdrop and already reaching the lowest price possible during this offer (aka fully unlocked) are the JayBird BlueBuds X Sport bluetooth in-ears going for $116 plus $5~ flat shipping. Also added, but not fully unlocked as of the time of writing, with 6-8 days left, are the following products:

* Musiland Monitor 02US Dragon DAC/Amp could go as low as $109~ shipped
* Colorfly C4 DAP could go as low as $508~ shipped
* Sony PHA-3 Portable DAC/Amp could go as low as $708~ shipped

Astell & Kern T5p Tesla + 64GB Jr DAP for $1200

Bundle time again, this time we have the Astell & Kern T5p Tesla Audiophile Headphone (special Beyerdynamic edition) bundled with the 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr. DAP together for $1200 with free shipping at Beach Camera. No coupons, no rebates.

Shure SE846 IEMs + Astell & Kern AK Jr 64GB DAP for $1050

If you happen to want both the Shure SE 846 IEMs and also the 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr digital audio player (and dac/amp), you can get them together bundled for $1050 with free shipping at Adorama. No coupons/rebates, just add to cart… Offer ends 8/30/15.

[DEAD] Used iPod Touch (5th generation, 16GB) for $70 w/free s&h

This sold out already…

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Teac HA-P90SD DAP and Head-Amp for $550

The Teac HA-P90SD digital audio player (and headphone amp too) is currently on sale for $550 in the red color scheme (in-stock now) and the black color scheme (ships 1-4 weeks) at Amazon. Takes microSD cards up to 128GB. It has a multi-function input that takes analog or optical or optical (one input jack). Slider button indicates line vs digital. Plays DSD in addition to the usual formats (FLAC, WAV, mp3, aac, wma, etc).

Audeze LCD-XC + 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr DAP for $1800

We have a trio of Audeze-centered bundles at Adorama. We start with the Audece LCD-XC + 64GB AK Jr DAP offered for $1800 with free shipping. No coupons/rebates needed. These are limited time offers.

Audeze LCD-3 + 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr DAP for $1950

The Audeze LCD-3 planar magnetics are bundled together with the 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr digital audio player for a limited time for $1950 with free S&H at Adorama.com. They are back-ordered as of the time of writing, but you can still place an order if you want to lock up the price in place.

Audeze LCD-2 + Fiio X3 + Fiio E12 amp for $1000 total

Audeze and Fiio together? Why not? If that sounds appetizing, the Audeze LCD-2 planar magnetic headphones are bundled with the Fiio E12 Mont Blanc headphone amp and the Fiio X3 digital audio player, all together as a bundle (no coupons/rebates), for a limited time for $1000 with free S&H at Adorama.com.

Astell & Kern AK Jr DAP bundled with select Westone In-Ears with combined purchase discount

If you are interested in the AStell & Kern AK Jr 64GB Digital Audio Player, and also interested in getting a pair of Westone earphones, Adorama has created a number of bundles that offered combined purchase savings versus buying these separately. The offers expire on 8/28/15. They are:

Massdrop Unlocked: ZY Cable for Sennheiser HD-5xx for $25 shipped [also: xDuoo, Sony DAP]

Fully unlocked with seven days to go (as of blog-posting date) on members-only Massdrop are the ZY Cables for the Sennheiser HD598 and 595 and 558 and 518 headphones, going for roughly $25 shipped.

Also added there, but not fully unlocked as of writing time are the xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp (RCA, USB inputs) that could go as low as $135 shipped, and the Sony NWZ-A17 Walkman digital audio player that could go as low as $260 shipped.

Used Fiio X3 (first gen) with 64GB microSD and coax kit for $186

The first generation Fiio X3 digital audio player, bundled with a 64GB Snadisk MicroSD memory card and a coaxial connection kit is offered in “Used – Very Good” condition (repackaged) for $186 by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. A marketplace seller with just 5 total ratings has it for slightly less if you are a more adventurous shopper.

The second generation X3, in new condition and without the Sandisk and coaxial goes for $200 or $170 Used – Like New (store display in original box).

Speaking of the X3, the Fiio HS3B protective case is down to $5 in new condition. It is fulfilled by Amazon, however, it is part of the Add-On program, so you need to place an order of $25+ before you are allowed to buy it. If you buy it together with an X3, you are obviously over $25. Or you can reach $25+ by getting six of these (they are priced $4.99 each but I round prices in the blog for simplicity).

Used 64GB Sony Walkman NWZA17SLV DAP for $240

The 64GB Sony Walkman NWZA17SLV digital audio player is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition (store return) by OneCall thru Amazon Warehouse Deals for $240. It ships direclty from OneCall (WA). The new condition price at authorized dealers is $300.

OneCall is an authorized Sony dealer and the online “persona” of the Huppin’s brick and mortar stores from the great State of Gonzaga (formerly known as the State of Washington).

64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr DAP for $400

On the digital audio player front, the 64GB Astell & Kern AK Jr is on sale for a limited time for $400 at Adorama. Offer ends 8/17/15 or earlier if sold out.

[DEAD] Used Fiio X1 DAP for $77.50

Just like the previous time, the used option at this price got scooped up real fast… The Fiio X1 digital audio player goes for $100 in new condition, but if you prefer to save some, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition in the gold color scheme for $77.50 with free shipping by Aamzon Warehouse Deals actual. Supplies may be limited. The description says damaged original packaging.

Pono Music player for $300 with Fry’s promo code

The Fry’s weekly email subscriber ad for the week of August 9-15 (2015) that comes with the personalized promo codes includes an offer for the new condition Neil Young much hyped/talked/maligned Pono digital player going for $300 after promo code, instead of its starting price of $400. The promotion is good online or at their brick and mortar stores. Limit one per customer.

PS: these not general use coupons. You receive them when you sign up for their e-mail newsletters. The coupons are unique to each email address and typically can only be used once (or whatever the limit per item).

[DEAD] Used Fiio X1 (silver) for $78

As of a 8/3/15 re-check, this sold-out at $78, presumably someone scooped it up. If you missed this one, fear not, I will be monitoring their prices and post a new deal post if there are any future deals…

The new condition price for the Fiio X1 Digital Audio player is $100 but if you want to save some, you can get the silver model in “Used – Very Good” condition (original damaged packaging, cosmetic imperfections) for $78~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Used HIFIMAN HM-901 DAP for $800

The HIFIMAN HM-901 DAP goes for $1000 in new condition but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition, with the description saying mint condition with original packaging and original accessories by authorized dealer HeadAmp through Amazon Warehouse Deals. It is fulfilled by Amazon, so it is eligible for Prime shipping benefits.

Used Fiio X3 (2nd gen) for $170

The second generation Fiio X3 digital audio player goes for $200 in new condition but if you are fond of going used, you can get it for $170 with free shipping in “Used – Like New” (store display in original box) condition by All About Office thru AWD (AWD = Amazon Warehouse Deals). AWD’s own used price is $180.

[DEAD] 8GB Clip Jam (Sandisk) mp3 player for $34.50

This lightning deal expired…
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Used iBasso DX90 DAP for $338

The iBasso DX90 digital audio player is currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $338 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. The shopping cart says there’s only one used left as of the time of writing. It averages 4.7 out of 5 based on 85 customer reviews.

Massdrop: B&W P7, DACmini, C3 DAP, T1-E, etc

Five more offers were added to members-only (but free for anyone to sign-up for) Massdrop. As of the time of writing, they have 6-7 days to go, and none of them is fully unlocked (= lowest price possible during this particular offering). They are:

  • Bowers & Wilkins P7 Headphones as low as $350 shipped
  • Soundmagic P30S Portable On-Ears as low as $42.55 shipped
  • TTPOD T1-E IEMs (or dentist ornaments) as low as $30 shipped
  • CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC as low as $400 shipped
  • Colorfly C3 DAP (TI PCM1770, microSD) as low as $82.55 shipped

Fully unlocked at Massdrop: xDuoo TA-01, Calyx PaT, Havi B3 Pro

Never a dull moment at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop. The latest offers added there three items that are fully unlocked (translation: the lowest price possible during this offer). They expire in about 4-5 days from blog-posting date (not the day you are reading this). They are (with prices below including shipping but not taxes since I can’t calculate those for every State):

  • Havi B3 Pro IEMs for $50 with free shipping
  • xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp (RCA red/white) for $135 shipped
  • the lady in red, the Calyx Audio PaT DAC/Headphone Amp (USB) for $90 shipped
  • Keep in mind, Massdrop products take a while to ship, so if you need them for a vacation or special occasion, do the math and play it safe

Massdrop: Shure SE215 for $86 shipped

If you don’t mind waiting (estimated ship date is mid-July), the Shure SE 215 in-ears, in the black color scheme, are fully unlocked for $80 plus $6~ flat shipping. These, and the other offers mentioned in this post end in about 6-7 days from blog-posting date (not from the date you are reading this). The rest are not fully unlocked as of the time of writing:

  • Sony MDR-XB920/B as low as $128 shipped
  • Shure SRH440 as low as $84 shipped
  • SMSL VMV VA-2 High-Low amp for $98~ shipped
  • QLS QA360 DAP for $470 shipped

Massdrop: BeyerD DT 990 (600), Colorfly C4, SMSL M8

More action at members-only Massdrop, the following offers are running with 6-7 days left as of blog-posting date, and none of them is fully unlocked. They are:

+ Beyerdynamic Manufaktur DT 990 (600 Ohm) as low as $280 shipped
+ Colorfly C4 portable DAP (and DAC and AMP) as low as $508 shipped
+ SMSL M8 desktop DAC as low as $180 shipped

Open-box Fiio X1 for $86

The new condition Fiio X1 goes for $100 which is not a bad price, but if you want to save some more, you can get it for $86 with free shipping in open-box condition, in either color scheme, by seller “All About Office” (99%, 8226) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This model averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 318 customer reviews. Note that it does not have internal storage, so you have to use your own microSD memory cards (up to 128GB).

Used Astell & Kern AK 120 II for $1320

On the four figure DAP front, the Astell & Kern AK 120 II is currently available in “Used – Like New” condition for $1320 with free shipping by Beach Camera thru Amazon.

[DEAD] Refurbished Sony Walkman NWZ-A17-SLV DAP for $200

As of 6/24/15 recheck, these sold out at $200…
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Now shipping: SanDisk SDMX26-008G-G46 Clip Jam for $39

Sandisk is back with another colorful variation of their popular Clip* mp3 player line-up. The new model is the SanDisk SDMX26-008G-G46, with a street name of “Clip Jam”, available in black and four colorful colors, currently going for around $40 (varies slightly by color) at amazon.com. It has 8GB on-board plus the good old microSD slot that makes the Clips such a good value. Promises up to 18 hours of battery life and comes with a two year warranty. There’s no mention of FLAC in the list of supported formats (but supports mp3, aac, wma, wav, and Audible).