Massdrop: lots of Amps, DACs, and DAPs

A number of headphone-related products have launched on Massdrop the last couple of days. As a reminder, Massdrop is members-only, and you can only see the offers and individual product pages if you are signed in with a free Massdrop account. Their offers are limited time only (typically a week, sometimes limited by quantity). Some of them return after a few weeks, others don’t.


  • MEElectronics Air-Fi Venture AF52 as low as $46 shipped
  • Brainwavz S0 earphones as low as $33 shipped
  • Yuin Pk3 Earbuds for $29 shipped (fully unlocked)


  • TCG Titan Portable USB DAC/AMP could go as low as $93 shipped
  • portable SMSL SAP-7 headphone amp as low as $50 shipped
  • tiny Cozoy Astrapi DAC/amp (think along USB Flash Drive size) for as low as $90 shipped
  • Grace Design m920 desktop as low as $1506 shipped
  • Colorfly C4 3-in-1 as low as $508 shipped
  • Shanling M3 DAP (digital audio player) could go as low as $308 shipped (not to be confused with Larry Shandling!)

[DEAD] Ends Thur 1am ET: Klipsch X5 in-ears for $80

This daily deal expired…
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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

Westone Adventure Series BETA Earphones for $80 w/coupon

BuyDig has a coupon promotion, use coupon code 1ST10K to get the Westone Adventure Series BETA Earphones for $80 with free shipping. The coupon code expires 3/15/15.

These average 3.5 out of 5 based on 40 customer reviews at amazon.

Used JBL-J22i in-ears for $19.50

To the Amazon Warehouse Deals we go where we find the “Used – Like New” white JBL J22i in-ears (3-button) for under $20. It has multiple listings, so there is the possible of the price dropping further down because of market-driven forces.

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.

Massdrop: Westone W40 IEMs as low as $450

The Westone W40 IEMs are offered at members-only Massdrop with the lowest price possible through that offer being $450 shipped. As of the time of writing, there are zero purchases but the offer has six days left from today (today = blog-posting date).

They go for $500 in new condition, and in used condition, they go for $384 by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 4.5 out of 5 based on 43 customer reviews over there.

[DEAD] HifiMan RE-400 in-ears for $72~

As of a 3/6/15 re-check, the price of the RE-400 at went up to $80 again…
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Used Musical Fidelity EB-33 In-Ears for $29.50 (was $40)

The Musical Fidelity EB-33 In-Ears are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $29.50 (was $32.50, was $40) with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 3.2 out of 5 based on 4 customer reviews…

Price updated 3/9/15.

Sennheiser MM30G in-ears (Galaxy) for $20 w/free S&H

The Samsung Galaxy (Android) version of the Sennheiser MM30G earbuds is currently on sale for $20 with free shipping by Adorama on Amazon. The iOS version goes for $23. Together they average 4 out of 5 based on 281 customer reviews.

Street by 50 Cent In-Ears for $30 or $31.50

The Street by 50 Cent In-Ears are offered at Costco’s website with free shipping. Members pay $30. Non-members can also purchase them, but they pay a 5% surcharge, so you pay $31.50 instead. They are available in either white or pink color schemes.

PS: many items on the Costco website can be purchased by non-members, but not all. The items that are only available for Costco members have a “Members Only Item” sign on their pages/descriptions.

Unlocked at Massdrop: Just Mobile HeadStand for $41 shipped

Fully unlocked (aka the lowest price possible during this offer) at Massdrop is the Just Mobile HeadStand going for $35 plus $6 shipping. There are three color choices available, you select the color during the checkout process. The offer ends in about 5 days from today (today = blog-posting date which you see in every post here). This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 58 customer reviews at amazon.

Needless to say, if you are simply looking for something utilitarian, anything from a banana holder to a coffee mug holder to a simple over-the-door hook can serve as a headphone holder at a fraction of the price. You may win Martha Stewart points, you may not win GQ points with the utilitarian approach 😉

Not fully unlocked as of the time of writing are the Blue Ever Blue 1001SV in-ears, with the lowest price possible being $93~ shipped.

[DEAD] Symphonized NRG Wood in-ears for $16.50

As of 3/2/15, this is back to the usual price of $25…
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Massdrop unlocked: Shure SE215 Blue LE for $115

At members only website Massdrop, the blue limited edition of the Shure SE 215 in-ears is fully unlocked (= lowest price possible) for $115 with free shipping. The offer ends in about seven days from blog-posting date.

[DEAD] Klipsch S4i rugged in-ears for $32 + shipping

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AKG K518 LE On-Ears for $30 + $5 shipping

Woot Plus has a sale of AKG headphones that features the new condition on-ear K518 LE DJ headphones in either white or red, for $30 per pair, with a limit of three pairs per color. This sale also includes the refurbished AKG K495NC (active noise cancelling) for $150. This AKG sale ends by March 3 (2015).

With the same expiration date, also at Woot Plus, there is a sale on Monster headphones featuring the Inspiration Over-Ears for $100, and the DNA On-Ears (iOS) for $95, and the Inspiration In-Ears for $50.

Shipping at Woot is $5 flat for everything you buy during a single day.

Fully Unlocked (Massdrop): AKG K7XX for $200 and more

If you are a fan of the AKG K7XX open-back headphones, the tuned for Massdrop AKG K7XX (actual model name, the Xs are not stand-ins or variables), is offered fully unlocked (= lowest price possible) for $200 with free shipping. The K7XX is based on the K702 65th anniversary edition. Per the listing, these are the final 1000 units of the first edition of this particular headphone. As of the time of writing, 41 units got purchased from this listing. The listing ends in about seven days from today (= blog posting date).

Massdrop is the only retailer to buy it from, but that hasn’t stopped some people from trying to sell it on eBay at a high premium ($340).

Nowhere near as shiny audiophile wise as the K7XX, but also fully unlocked are the Moe Audio MOE-SS01 in-ears going for $42~ shipped. Uncle Moe currently goes for $50 at amazon but it only has two reviews there so far.

Last but not least in this Massdrop round-up, not fully unlocked yet (but has seven days left from today) are the Samson SR950 50mm driver over-ears, with the lowest price possible being $55 shipped. They currently go for $70 at various retailers including amazon where they average 4.4 out of 5 based on 14 customer reviews. It’s all 5s and 4s, except for one 1-star review.

[DEAD] Ends Wedn 3pm ET: Kicker Cypher In-Ears for $50

This 3-hour lightning deal expired. It was at *gasp* 0% the last time I checked on it. I don’t know if it ended at 0%…
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Yamaha EPH-C500 in-ears for $30

Also at Groupon Goods, in new condition, in the white color scheme only (the black is currently sold out), they are offering the Yamaha EPH-C500 in-ears for $30 with free shipping per pair. Offer ends around 3/5/15 (give or take).

Used MEelectronics M-Duo in-ears for $27

The black color scheme of the dual driver MEelectronics M-Duos are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $27 at Amazon Warehouse Deals. The other two color schemes go for more. These average 4.1 out of 5 based on 174 customer reviews.

[DEAD] Used RHA MA350 in-ears for $20

As of a 2/24/15 re-checking, this sold out at this used price… The RHA MA350 in-ears go for $40 in new condition, but you can get them for half the price in “Used – Very Good” condition at this point in time at Amazon Warehouse Deals. They average 3.9 out of 5 based on 174 customer reviews.

Monster sale at Woot Plus: Inspiration, DNA

Woot Plus has a sale on various new condition Monster headphones. They offer three models in multiple color options as follows:

+ Inspiration Over-Ears (with ANC) for $100
+ DNA On-Ears (iOS) for $95
+ Inspiration In-Ears for $50
+ shipping is $5 flat
+ offer ends by 2/25/15 at 12am CT

Guitar Center coupon: 10% off $99+ (or 12% off $199+)

Guitar Center has a coupon until 2/28/15, you can get 10% off a purchase of $99+ or 12% off a purchase of $199+ when you use coupon code SPRINGSAVE over there. Over 4600 items are eligible for this promotion. To get to the eligible headphones, select “Pro Audio” and then “Headphones” from the top left selector at the Guitar Center promotion page. Among the participating headphones are Beyerdynamic DTs, Westones, Ultrasones, Fostex, Technics, Sony 75xx, and more.

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.

Ends 2/19/15: $10 credit with $100 Shure SE-215 in-ears

Amazon’s promotion on the Shure SE-215 in-ears expires at the end of day on 2/19/15. You buy the SE-215 in-ears from actual (not marketplace sellers, not fulfilled, not used/refurbs) at $100, and three days after they ship, you will receive an email with a $10 promotional Amazon credit. You must pay attention to buy these sold by actual, either the black or the silver.

Klipsch X7 earphones for $55 w/coupon

The Klipsch X7 in-ears are currently on sale for $55 with free shipping at when you use promo code KLREF over there. Offer ends 2/13/15 (or earlier if sold out).

[DEAD] Starts Tue 9am ET: Klipsch X5 earphones limited time offer

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[DEAD] Lift Audio Icon in-ears for $16 with coupon

As of a 2/13/15 re-checking, the coupon expired…
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MEelectronics A151 balanced armature earphones for $35

If you are fond of balanced armature earphones, the MEelectronics A151 are on sale at by Amazon actual for $35 (without mic) or $40 (with mic), with a limit of five per option per customer. They average 3.7 out of 5 based on 275 customer reviews.

If you need additional or replacement eartips, you can get them by size or as a bundle through MEelectronics’s eBay store.

Massdrop: CustomArt Pro 330v2 IEM

New offer at Massdrop, the CustomArt Pro 330v2 universal IEMs are offered, with the lowest price possible being $400 plus $50 (fifty) shipping. There is a limit of ten units for this offer. They will be shipped by CustomArt, about four weeks after they receive your ear impressions.

[DEAD] MEElectronics EP-M11J-SL-MEE in-ears for $25

This limited time offer ended… Per the Amazon Gold Box, starting at 3pm ET today (Monday 2/2/15), there is a limited time sale on the MEElectronics EP-M11J-SL-MEE in-ears for $25, made with Swarovski crystals. Because bling has its fans, especially among fashion earphones. These average 4.4 out of 5 blinged-out stars based on 22 customer reviews 🙂

[DEAD] Starts Tue 8am ET: Klipsch S4i rugged in-ears sale

This lightning deal expired…
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10% off Bose earbuds (ends 2/21/15)

Various Bose earbud models are currently on sale at their usual 10% discount at, with a February 21 (2015) expiration date. This includes multiple lines of their in-ears (SoundTrue, SoundSport, Freestyle).

Used Woodees IESW101V in-ears for $15

The Woodees IESW101V in-ears (with wooden housing) are currently available in “Used – Very Good” condition for around $15 at Amazon Warehouse Deals, with three different listings, which may slightly increase the chances of future discounts.

Used Meelectronics DP1 EDM in-ears for $6 to $8

More Amazon Warehouse Deals fishing, the MEElectronics EDM Universe D1P In-Ears in the black color scheme are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $6 at Amazon Warehouse Deals but note that the listing over there says “Missing Earbuds” (which I take to mean it’s missing the extra eargels). But it looks like the pink is in “Used – Very Good” condition for $8.38 without any comments about missing parts. The reviews are shared between these in-ears and also on-ears, so the average does not tell the story.