Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp (Flask) down to $51

A trio of Prime-eligible sellers have drip-dropped the price of the new condition Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp (the “whiskey flask”) down to $51 with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. Amazon’s own price remains at $55.

Or you can get the Q1 bundled with these iRiver A&K IEMs for $60 with free shipping. The IEMs are the Astell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones.

Note that the Q1 is the “previous generation” model. The “current generation” is the “Q1 II” which loses the whiskey for a more conventional look for $100.

Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp + AK iRiver ICP-AT1000 IEMs for $80

The Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp goes for $76 in new condition at various authorized Fiio Dealers such as Adorama and various at Amazon but for $4 more, you can get it bundled with Astell&Kern (iRiver) ICP-AT1000 earphones, sold in this bundle by seller “ProStudio Sound & Music” with the orders Fulfilled by Amazon, so you get Prime shipping, and Amazon customer service and support.

Used Fiio K5 DAC/amp with built-in Dock for $86

The new condition Fiio K5 DAC/amp with its built-in Dock goes for around $110 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, there is a “Used – Very Good” condition listing (cosmetic imperfections; damaged original packaging) offered for $86~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The K5 averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 39 customer reviews and has 50 answered questions. It picked up a couple of each since the last time I posted about it.

Speaking of Fiio, note there are some Fiio + A&K iRiver IEM bundles running. Check our previous Fiio posts for those.

Fiio Q1 portable DAC/amp + A&K ICP-AT1000 IEMs for $60

The first generation Fiio Q1 is currently on sale for $55 by a trio of fulfilled by Amazon (Prime eligible sellers), but wait, there’s another option!

β€œPRO Studio Sound & Music” fulfilled by Amazon, the same seller offering the [A3 or E11K] + A&K IEMs is also having a similar bundle, this time with the Fiio Q1. This time the listing is clear, this the Q1 portable DAC/amp, along with the AStell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones, together going for $60 with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (Prime shipping).

Fiio [E11K or A3] head-amp + Astell & Kern ICP-AT1000 earphones for $60

It’s not clear from the listing whether the packaging you will receive will be the Fiio A3 (the new naming scheme) or the Fiio E11K (the old naming scheme). Regardless, you will get one of the two, bundled with the Astell & Kern (iRiver) ICP-AT1000 earphones, together going for $60 with free shipping, sold by “PRO Studio Sound & Music” with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you have an extra layer of protection there.

This is a fairly new listing, created mid-October 2017, so the date is not helping figure out whether the packaging will be of the A3 or the E11K. Essentially you are getting the A&K earphones for $5 more versus the the A3 on its own.

The earphones on their own are currently marked as a holiday season sale for $40 at B&H Photo, while an eBay search only finds random scattered listings, nothing serious/concrete for these.

Fiio A3 portable head-amp for $55 w/FS

More Fiio action, the new condition Fiio A3 portable headphone amp is now discounted to $55 with free expedited shipping from B&H Photo, an authorized dealer.

Fiio F5 Balanced In-Ears for $55

It’s back on sale again, a couple of “fulfilled by Amazon” sellers have the new condition Fiio F5 Balanced IEMs on sale for $55 with free shipping. The balanced in their name is for the detachable cable, not balanced armature.

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.

Audio Technica M50X + Fiio A3 head-amp for $129

And we have another Audio Technica M50x bundle for $129, this time you get a free Fiio A3 portable headphone amplifier instead of a $30 Netflix Gift Card. The Fiio A3 goes for $60 on its own, so you are getting a better value with this bundle assuming you want/need the Fiio A3 or don’t mind gifting or selling or trading it. Of the average consumer, you will find more takers on $30 Netflix in the hand than $60 audiophile technobabble for future use πŸ™‚

This is sold by the BuyDIG Rakuten store. No coupons, no rebates, just add to cart and checkout. BuyDIG creates some value combos, but not every combo they create is ideally suited to be used together. For example, if you find that you can drive your M50x well enough from your phone or DAP, you can use the Fiio A3 with some of your other headphones. Likewise, sometimes they bundle microSD cards with headphones. You obviously can’t stick the microSD card into the headphone, but you can use it with your phone, tablet, DAPs, Roku box, laptop, etc.

Fiio A1 headphone amp drops to $22

The portable and compact Fiio A1 headphone amp, in the silver color scheme, is on sale for $22 (instead of its usual price of $27) at Amazon by Amazon actual. Limit up to three of them per customer at the sale price. It averages 3.7 out of 5 based on 210 customer reviews and it has 90+ answered questions.

[DEAD] Official Fiio Store 11.11 Specials at AliExpress: Fiio X DAP with IEMs or DAC/amp bundle

These Fiio 11.11 bundle sales expired…

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[DEAD] Used Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp for $48

This sold out at this lower used price…

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Used FiiO A3 portable headphone amp for $47

The new condition FiiO A3 portable headphone amp goes for $60, but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it in “Used – Like New” condition (minor signs of use, all accessories, original packaging) for $47 [was $50] with free shipping by marketplace seller “The Camera Box” (99%, almost 12,000 ratings) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from “The Camera Box” and it is not Prime eligible.

As of the time of writing, the shopping cart says they have three units available at this condition/price combo. The A3 averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 420+ customer reviews.

The Amazon Best Seller Lists are only as good as the people or the AI bots who do the product categorizations, but among the amps shown in their Best Selling Headphone Amps list, they are #1 ahead of the Dragonfly Red, and the newly released $50 Fiio BTR01.

[DEAD] Used Fiio EX1 (2nd generation) IEMs for $34

As of a 4:26pm ET recheck, this sold out in used condition and is no longer available at $34…

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Used Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp for $65 [updated]

The FiiO E10K USB DAC/amp (without a docking station) goes for $76 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, you can get it in “Used – Very Good” condition (damaged original packaging) for $65~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. This is in the black color scheme.

UPDATE 10/23/17 aM: the price of these did not go up. The “Used – Good” for $61 sold out, so the next in line was the “Used – Very Good”…

Together the black and silver color schemes average 4.3 out of 5 based on 670+ customer reviews, and they have over 430 answered questions, so this is a known entity.

[DEAD] Used Fiio K5 DAC/amp with built-in Dock for $81

Used prices of these went up since…

The new condition Fiio K5 DAC/amp with its built-in Dock goes for around $110 in new condition, but if you are comfortable with used, there is a “Used – Good” condition listing (without any further details) offered for $81~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. The K5 averages 4.3 out of 5 based on 37 customer reviews and has 46 answered questions.

FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier drops to $50

While updating the Headphone Deals Summary, we spotted a big price drop. The new condition and brand new FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone Amplifier has dropped from $100 to $50, sold by Tinbel and fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping as a Prime member.

PS: more details on this in our previous BTR1 post.

New and Shipping: portable Fiio BTR1 Bluetooth Headphone DAC/Amp for $100

Fiio has launched a new product and it’s already shipping! It is the new BTR1 bluetooth headphone DAC/amp, all in one portable device, with Bluetooth 4.2 and apt-X support. It has a fashion-y clip as well. I hope that if/when the clip breaks off, it breaks off clean like it did with the good old Sandisk Clip Plus mp3 players πŸ™‚

This has its own mic/remote controls, so it may be one way to “bluetoothize” and “buttonize” your wired un-buttoned earphones/headphones. Note that this is a bluetooth receiver, not a bluetooth transmitter. This is not a DAP, it does not spit out music, it grabs music from your phone or other bluetooth-transmitter playback sources.

As of the time of writing, it is in-stock and shipping for $100 by the Tinbel Store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

Lots of details at the Fiio product page. They also made a 60-second hype video about it, but they mis-typed the named in as “BRT1” in the video [2 to 6 seconds in the video] πŸ™‚

Fiio F3 In-Ears for $20

Also on a straight up sale, no coupon needed, the new condition Fiio F3 in-ears are going for $20 per pair, sold by the Fiio Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so free 2-day shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

These have 14 customer reviews at the moment with an average of 4.3 out of 5.

Fiio F1 In-Ears for $13

This is a straight up sale, not a coupon, you can get the new condition Fiio F1 in-ears for $13, sold by the Fiio Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free 2-day shipping as a Prime member. Non-Prime members need a $25+ order to get free shipping, eg two pairs of these.

These are angled, cube-y IEMs. They currently have just four happy customer reviews.

[DEAD] Fiio F5 In-Ears for $45 w/free S&H after coupon

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[DEAD] Sunday: Fiio X5 II DAP for $180

This daily deal expired…

Good until Sunday 11:59pm eastern time, you can get the new condition Fiio X5 II digital audio player in the black color scheme for $180 with free expedited shipping at B&H Photo as one of their daily deals. Only this color is on sale.

[DEAD] Fiio X3 II Digital Audio Player for $135

This sale ended…

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Used Fiio K1 DAC/amp for $35 w/free S&H and 180-day warranty

The new condition Fiio K1 portable DAC/amp currently goes for $40 at many sellers, but if you want to save some without significantly increasing your risk, you can get them in “Used – Like New” condition with all accessories in original packaging and a 180-day warranty from seller “ProStudio Sound & Music” with the orders fulfilled by Amazon (free 2-day Prime shipping for members) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

The warranty is provided by the seller “ProStudio Sound & Music”. Amazon Warehouse Deals does not offer or promise warranties on the used products they sell, only a 30-day return policy.

Sellers however, partially depending on their authorized dealer status, may offer a variety of warranties. The individual listing for their offer has the details. If you buy one of those, it’s a good idea to take a screenshot to be on the safe side since used listings come and go, and they may not have that particular item available in used condition if/when you may need to convince someone that the product you purchased came with a warranty.

Now shipping from USA: Fiio Q1 Mark II DSD DAC/amp for $100

We have a mini trilogy of Fiio posts. We start with a new arrival at US shores, shipping from Amazon USA (fulfilled by Amazon), so Prime members can get it in two days or so, instead of a long slow shipping wait and customs kerfuffles.

“It” refers to, in this case, the new condition Fiio Q1 Mark II (second generation) a native DSD portable DAC/amp going for $100 with free shipping, sold by the Fiio store [recently launched on Amazon], with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get free 2-day shipping.

This second generation model supports up to DSD 256, and can handle up to 384kHz/32 bit PCM.

The first generation model continues, it is currently going for $70. It does not support DSD and can go up to 96kHz/24-Bit. The first generation averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 110 customer reviews, and has nearly 90 questions answered.

The second generation is so brand new, it doesn’t even have any reviews yet. It was added to the Amazon website just a few days ago.

Fiio opens Amazon store, ships Fulfilled by Amazon

Fiio fans, fret no more! Sorry, I ran out of f-words πŸ™‚ Okay, enough nonsense. Fiio joined the trend of companies opening up virtual Amazon storefronts, by opening up their own Amazon store, with the orders fulfilled by Amazon. This means they are shipped from an Amazon USA warehouse, with free 2-day shipping for Prime members, or the usual $25+ free super-saver-shipping for non-members.

As of the time of writing, the store has a subset of the Fiio line-up, currently having their odd-numbered F-series of IEMs, and the second generation Q1 DSD DAC/amp.

Now shipping from the USA: Fiio F9 IEMs for $90 to $100

It’s raining new headphones these days. Another new Chifi earphone is shipping, from the USA and fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members can get it in two days or so. It is the new condition Fiio F9 in-ears in the red color scheme, sold by FIIO’s Amazon store, with the order fulfilled by Amazon.

The black color scheme is not yet available. They average 5 out of 5 but only based on four customer reviews.

UPDATE #1: but wait, there’s more! the special edition of the F9, in the red color scheme, with an L-shaped plug, is also shipping fulfilled by Amazon for $90 with free shipping!

UPDATE #2: the black F9 SE (with L-shaped plug) is also in-stock for $90!

So you have a choice. Picture #2 in the product gallery of each one of the above options shows you the shape of the plug (straight vs L-shaped).

Used Fiio Q1 USB DAC/Amp for $55+ [updated]

The Fiio Q1 USB DAC/amp, which looks a bit like a whisky flask when standing up, is currently available in various used conditions starting at $55 [was $50] with free shipping at Amazon Warehouse Deals. Check the condition details and the seller to determine which one you might prefer. The flask (oops, I mean, the DAC/amp) averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 100+ customer reviews.

Used Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp for $52.50 + S&H

We continue digging for used deals at Adorama, this time we have the “USED – Demo” condition Fiio E10K USB DAC/amp offered for $52.50 plus shipping (starts at $3.75), with a 30-day return policy, and a 90-day Adorama warranty. Pictures of the devices in the new condition listing.

[DEAD] Fiio A5 portable head-amp for $40 w/free S&H

This didn’t last long. As of a 7/26/17 AM recheck, it is sold out at $40…

I don’t know if this is a price error or not, but the new condition Fiio A5 portable headphone-amp is offered for $40 with free shipping by K&M Camera with the order fulfilled by Amazon. They have a solid profile as a seller, and “fulfilled by Amazon” means you have an extra layer of protection in case of problems.

[DEAD] Used Fiio A5 portable head-amp for $64

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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 πŸ™‚

Open box Fiio A3 portable head-amp for $49

The Fiio A3 portable headphone amp is currently available in Open Box condition (Used – Like New, full warranty) for $49 with free shipping by Maryland’s Gramohpone through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Graomphone and is not Prime eligible. A few other options are available in similar prices depending on the color.

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO for $540 [or bundles for more]

The previously mentioned Beyerdynamic sale also takes us to the DT 1990 PRO Open-back Over-ears going for $540 at Amazon by Amazon actual and a few pennies less by Electronics Expo. A variety of accessories are included.

On the other hand, if you prefer to bundle things, $700 will get you these headphones bundled with the A20 headphone amplifier (another Beyerdynamic product), or $600 will get you three freebies, the Fiio A5 portable head-amp, a Slappa Hardbody PRO case, and a …32GB Sandisk microSD card. You cannot use the microSD card with the headphones, but you can use it on any device that takes microSDHC cards πŸ™‚

USED options

Speaking of open-back BeyerDs in this price range, the Amiron is available in “Used – Good” condition (cosmetic imperfections, damaged original packaging) for $412~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual.

Speaking of used BeyerDs, but on the closed-back side of things, the DT 1770 PRO is available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $418~ and “Used – Like New” for $443~ by Amazon Warehouse Deals actual. There are multiple listings of each used option, so time may force prices lower (other things equal of course).