Used Creative E1 portable head-amp for $31.56 w/FS

The Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable headphone amplifier goes for $40+ in new condition (Fry’s), but if you are comfortable with used condition, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition (original packaging) for $31.56 with free Prime shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual

Creative SoundBlaster Jam Bluetooth On-Ears for $30

Starting on Monday at 3am ET, as one of the NewEgg Shell-shocker deals of the day, you can get the new condition Creative SoundBlaster Jam Bluetooth On-Ears for $30 with free shipping. I’m posting this as a heads up. The sale will go live on Monday at 3am eastern.

Creative Aurvana Live! for $56

This is not the lowest price ever, I believe that was around $45 in new condition, but if you don’t want to wait for future sales, the new condition closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana LIVE! is on sale for $56 at amazon.com offered at this price by Amazon actual and also by Creative’s own (fulfilled by Amazon) store. It averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 310+ customer reviews.

[DEAD] Used Creative LIVE Closed Over-Ears for $34

This used option sold out…

If you are a fan of the closed-back over-ear Creative LIVE headphones and don’t want to wait for future sales of the new condition option, at the moment there is a “Used – Very Good” condition listing (small scratches; damaged original packaging) going for $34~ with free shipping by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. This may not last long since the new condition price is currently $60. They average 4.2 out of 5 based on 310+ customer reviews.

[DEAD] Used Creative Aurvana Gold BT/ANC for $53

As of 11/18/17 re-check, the used options are sold out…

If you do not object to Bluetooth 3.0, the Creative Aurvana Gold headphones are available in “Used – Like New” condition for $53~ with free shipping at Amazon Warehouse Deals.

These support Bluetooth 3.0, with apt-X and AAC, with NFC support (NFC is used for touch-pairing as opposed to over the air dog-fights), touch controls, 3.5mm audio playback, and such. They average 3.4 out of 5 based on 54 customer reviews and they have 18 answered questions.

[DEAD] Creative Outlier One Bluetooth Earphones for $26

This sale ended…

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Creative Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth On-Ears for $28

Amazon has another clip-on coupon, you click the green thing there and you get a $10 off discount for a limited time on the new condition Creative Sound Blaster Jam Bluetooth On-Ears, dropping them from $38 to $28 with free shipping. They average 4.3 out of 5 based on 400+ customer reviews and they have 80+ questions answered. The clip-on coupon only works if Amazon actual is the seller, not other marketplace sellers.

[SOLD OUT] Used Creative LIVE Closed Over-Ears for $29

As of 11:56pm ET recheck, the used option got scooped up and is no longer available at this price…

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[DEAD] Used Creative Aurvana Gold Bluetooth (apt-X, AAC) with ANC Over/On-Ears for $47

As of a 8/24/17 re-check, this too sold out at the bang for the buck USED price…

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Used Creative Outlier Bluetooth On-Ears for $39

The Creative Outlier bluetooth on-ears go for $70 in new condition, but if you prefer used, you can get them in “Used – Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) for $39~, and in “Used – Like New” (damaged original packaging) for $45~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. They average 4 out of 5 but base on only nine customer reviews. And that’s the number of answered questions they have.

[DEAD] Lightning Deals: Brainwavz HM2 On-Ears for $29.50; Creative X7 for $282

These lightning deals expired…

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Creative Flex Ultra-light On-Ears for $20

On the lightweight headphones front, the new condition Creative Flex Ultra-light Closed On-Ears are on sale for $20 by the Creative Amazon store, with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping as a Prime member. They only have one customer review so far from early June, so they may be more of interest to those of you who like to “discover” or “test” headphones that are not on the mainstream or off the radar.

The grills are decoration, they are not open. Zoom in the pictures in the gallery over there, and you’ll see there’s nothing behind the grills.

Creative Sound Blaster Jam Lightweight Bluetooth On-Ears for $35 (limit 3)

Not quite as featherweight as the Panasonic HT-21, but they look lighter than the mythical average on-ear bluetooth headphone, the new condition Creative Sound Blaster Jam are on sale for $34.99 at Aamzon by Amazon actual with up to three units per customer during the sale. Non-Prime members need to buy something worth at least $0.01 to get free shipping.

[DEAD] Sennheiser HD65 TV for $42; Creative Aurvana Live! 2 for $65

These Tuesday lightning deals expired…

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Creative Aurvana Live (first gen) for $44 [limit 3]

The first generation closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana Live! are currently on sale, in new condition, for $44, at Amazon by Amazon actual with a limit of up to three units per customer. They average 4.3 out of 5 based on 280+ customer reviews.

Note that the second generation is scheduled to be a lightning deal around noon on Monday. Note also that some people prefer the first generation over the second generation model.

[DEAD] Creative Aurvana LIVE2 for $65 [ends 5:54pm ET]

This Green Monday lightning deal expired… Good until 5:54pm ET today (Green Monday) or earlier if sold out, as teased in last night’s Lightning Deals schedule is the closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana LIVE 2 going for $65 with free shipping. The price before the sale was $90 last night. Non-Primes can buy it starting at 12:24pm ET.

This is the second generation model. Some prefer the first generation model which currently goes for $44 (this is not a lightning deal).

[DEAD] Creative WP-450 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ears for $45 (ends 8:10pm ET)

This lightning deal expired too… Good until 8:10pm ET today (Saturday 11/12/16) is the new condition Creative WP-450 Wireless Bluetooth On-Ears offered for $45 with the usual free shipping terms at Amazon (Prime or $49+ order). This averages 3.9 out of 5 based on 210+ customer reviews.

Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/Amp for $320 [MD]

It took a couple of days but the Creative Sound Blaster X7 DAC/amp combo device is now fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop going for $300 plus $20 flat shipping, with five days left in the offer (from blog-posting date). You can optionally upgrade to the Limited Edition for +$100. Shipping estimate is mid October 2016.

Used Creative Aurvana LIVE for $41

The Creative Aurvana LIVE (first generation) go for $51 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, you can shave $10 off the price and get it for around $41 in “Used – Very Good” condition (minor cosmetic imperfections, damaged packaging (maybe)) by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

The headphones average a 4.4 out of 5 based on 270+ customer reviews, and have a very solid “review intensity ratio” (5-stars vs 1-stars) of 21:1 (63% vs 3%).

Creative Sound BlasterX G5 7.1 External Sound Card and Headphone amp for $97

The Creative Sound BlasterX G5 7.1 External Sound Card and Headphone amp is currently on sale for $97 with free shipping by Best Buy on eBay and Amazon by Amazon actual. Check specs and reviews to see if this is something you need/want, as it is not a dedicated headphone amp.

Used Creative Aurvana LIVE for $35

The closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana LIVE are currently available in “Used – Good” condition (no further description of their condition) for $35 by Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) actual, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp for $168 (MD)

Here comes another offer that is now fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop, it is the Creative Sound Blaster E5 USB DAC/Amp going for $160 plus $8~ flat shipping. Offer is good for the next five days (approximately from blog-posting date since their website doesn’t have a specific expiration time). Shipments will begin in early July 2016.

Creative Aurvana Live! for $48

The exclamation point is officially part of the model name, the closed-back over-ear Creative Aurvana Live! is going for $48 with free shipping by multiple sellers, including Amazon actual (look at the detailed listings as some sellers play the game of discounting by a penny or two so they can appear ahead of other sellers). These average 4.3 out of 5 based on 260+ customer reviews.

[DEAD] Used Creative Labs WP-380 On-Ears (BT, NFC) for $50

Rechecking on 3/7/16 shows none available in Used conditions. In other words, the available unit(s) got scooped up…

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Creative Aurvana Live (closed over-ears) for $49

The closed over-ear Creative Aurvana Live headphones that had their share of recommendation list spotlight are currently discounted. As of the time of writing you can get them in new condition for $49.03 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon actual (some of the marketplace sellers have them for a few pennies less). This maybe be a price-match of Jet.com or vice versa. The headphones average 4.3 out of 5 based on 250+ customer reviews.

Creative Aurvana Platinum for $160 (BT, ANC)

The Creative Aurvana Platinum brown-themed over-the-ear headphones are currently on sale for $160 by Creative Lab’s own store, with the order fulfilled by Amazon. These headphones have many buzzwords, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, aptX, Multi-Point, Active Noise Cancelling, HD Voice, etc. They also play music via 3.5mm input sources, so it’s not just Bluetooth. They also promise lag-free audio, which is never a guarantee with bluetooth (an issue when watching videos). These average 3.6 out of 5 based on 58 customer reviews. Their starting price was “Beats Studio”, aka around $300 🙂

Massdrop: Audio Technica M50x + Creative E1 portable DAC-Amp for $177

Bundle time at Massdrop, fully unlocked for $170 plus $7 flat shipping is the combo of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones and the entry-level Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable DAC/amp (USB or 3.5mm input, two headphone outputs). So if you happen to need both right at this time, it’s not a bad price. But if you don’t need both of them or right away, you can get better prices on each item individually.

For more on the Creative E1, there are 180+ customer reviews at Amazon. The E1 shares the same product page with two other models, so for E1-only reviews, use this pre-filtered reviews list (unfortunately they don’t provide averages on the filtered review lists).

The Massdrop offer mentioned in this post ends in about seven days from blog-posting date.

Massdrop Unlocked: AKG M220 Semi-Open Headphones for $70 shipped

The AKG Massdrop bromance continues with another iteration of the AKG M220 Semi-Open Studio Headphones, fully unlocked at the moment for $70 with free shipping. This will ship in mid November. Already some enterprising sellers are selling it, at a small premium, for $80 shipped through amazon.com.

Other offers at Massdrop (but not fully unlocked as of posting time):
* Calyx Audio PaT DAC/Headphone Amp could go as low as $85 shipped
* Creative Sound Blaster X7 Amp/DAC combo could go as low as $320 shipped

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.

Tiered coupons at Creative Store (best is $50 off $250+)

The Creative (Labs) online store has a trio of tiered coupons _without_ any exclusions! They have headphones (over-ear and in-ears) and amps and other sound-related hardware. The coupons are as follows:

  • $50 off a $250+ order with GRAB50
  • $25 off a $150+ order with GRAB25
  • $15 off a $100+ order with GRAB15

Free shipping with orders of $35+. Some items are already discounted, the coupons are on top off those discounts. The coupons are limited time offers but it does not mention when they expire.

Used Creative Sound Blaster E1 portable head-amp with two outputs for $27.50

The Creative Sound Blaster E1 Portable Headphone amp with dual headphone jacks goes for $35 in new condition but if you are comfortable with used amps, you can get it for around $27.50 by Amazon Warehouse Deals in “Used – Very Good” condition. There are MANY listings at this condition/price, so price pressure may build and cause further discounting, so this is something perhaps to keen an eye out for in the next few days for a better price.

Massdrop: Creative E3, Gustard X12

Two new offers were added to members-only Massdrop, which, as of the time of writing, are not fully unlocked, but they have 6-7 days to go:

* Creative Sound Blaster E3 USB DAC/Amp Combo could go as low as $123~ shipped
* Gustard DAC-X12 USB Version could go as low as $452~ shipped

Massdrop: Creative Aurvana Live 2 as low as $78

The Creative Aurvana Live 2 closed-back headphones are up on offer at Massdrop with the lowest price possible during this promotion being $70 plus $8~ flat shipping. As of the time of writing, this is not fully unlocked, but it has about six days left (from blog-posting date) to reach the magic number of 25.

Meanwhile the first generation model (also known as CAL! for short) continues to be offered for $50 by a couple of marketplace sellers with the order fulfilled by amazon.com.

Creative Aurvana Live for $50

The closed-back Creative Aurvana Live are currently offered in new condition for $50 with free shipping by a couple of marketplace sellers, with the order fulfilled by Amazon (= eligible for free Prime 2-day shipping). They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 230 customer reviews.

If you prefer used, you can get them for $37.50 (Good) to $40 (Very Good) condition by Amazon Warehouse Deals.

Massdrop: Creative Sound Blaster X7 LE DAC/amp for $410

Added to Massdrop today, with seven days left (as of blog-posting date) is the Creative Sound Blaster X7 Limited Edition DAC/amp that could go as low as $400 plus $10~ flat shipping. This is a do-it-all type of DAC/amp, serving speakers and headphones alike. It is not a dedicated headphone amp. One of the pictures over there shows all the connectors at the back (zoom in). It has both 1/4″ and 1/8″ headphone inputs on the front.

Here’s a seven minute video with Creative guy talking about it:

Optionally, you can add to your order the Creative E-MU XM7 Bookshelf Speakers for +$120 (they go for $270 on their own – eg amazon.com).