Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier for $350

If you like the idea of Massdrop but hate waiting, some of their products are “in-stock drops”. These are products that are available at their facilities and will ship within one business day [shocking fast by Massdrop standards, I know!] of purchase. The “drops” [aka offers] open and close every 24 hours, so don’t panic by that “XX hours left”.

Which brings us to the new condition Massdrop x THX AAA 789 Linear Amplifier offered for $350 with a 1-year manufacturer warranty since this is a “Massdrop x” product.

NOTE: adapter is not included for outside the US use, but it has a switching power supply (100-240 VAC) per the product description…

SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $130 [MD]

Yet another SMSL product is running at the Massdrop website. For the next two days and change [from posting time here] you can get the new condition modest-looking SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $130 with free USA shipping. You can select between silver or black (but there is no Raiders edition!). It will ship from Massdrop in late December 2018 and as usual with SMSL products, there is no mention of warranty in the listing.

SMSL Sanskrit 10th SK10 DAC for $75 [MD]

It’s red DAC time at the Massdrop website where for the next five days and change (from blog posting time] they are offering the new condition SMSL Sanskrit 10th SK10 DAC for $75. Melisandre would definitely approve of the red, but you can also select the blue color scheme at checkout 🙂 These will be shipped by Massdrop in mid-December 2018. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp for $200 [MD]

Another Massdrop darling brand is back with another unlocked offering. It is the new condition DarkVoice 336SE OTL Headphone Amp going for $200 with your choice of 110V or 220-240V power supply during checkout. This will ship at the end of the year by Massdrop. There is no mention of warranty in the listing…

Tenhz P4 Pro IEMs for $80 [MD]

Another Massdrop headfoolia offering that came out of the gate strong. It is already fully unlocked with 5+ days to go [from blog-posting time]. “It” is not the Stephen King “It” but the new condition Tenhz P4 Pro IEMs going for $80, shipping in mid-December from Massdrop itself. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

This earphone has four balanced armatures and MMCX cable. This is the first time I’ve heard of this company, so I literally “know nothing Jon Snow”…

Mitchell & Johnson MJ1 Headphones for $90 [MD]

Never a dull moment at Massdrop. Fully and unlocked and raring to go is the new condition Mitchell & Johnson MJ1 Headphone going for $90 with five days and change left in the offer [from blog-posting time]. This will ship in mid-December 2018 from Massdrop itself. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

These have wooden earcups and use “electret” driver but does not require a specialized electrostatic amplifier. The name of the company may remind of …shoes, but it’s a London-based hi-fi company 🙂

New at Massdrop (Thursday 9am ET): Hifiman Edition XX Open planars for $600

UPDATE: the shipping estimate has been revealed, it is the end of May 2019, that’s almost seven months from now, so patience is a virtue even for the patient ^_^

Massdrop strikes again! The date of interest this time is Thursday November 1st at 9am eastern! At that very point in time, after the Halloween festivities are over, they will launch a brand new custom co-brand headphone, the Hifiman Edition XX, an open-back planar-magnetic over-ear headphone. The verbiage at Massdrop says that at 20 ohm, an amplifier is not required, it can be driven from a laptop or portable media player. But what about the Sandisk Clip Plus? 🙂

The price is revealed in the listing, it will be $600 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. It will come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty which makes sense since it is a Hifiman x Massdrop co-operation.

The big unknown that will be revealed tomorrow is the shipping estimate. This is a new product, so I’m guessing don’t expect it to arrive in 2018 🙂

SMSL SH-8 Head-Amp for $160, SU-8 DAC for $200, Both $340

Massdrop strikes again! Unlocked and ready for purchase with an early December 2018 shipment date is the new condition SMSL SU-8 DAC & SH-8 Headphone Amp drop [aka offer]. There are three options in this listing ~ you select them at the checkout. The SU-8 DAC goes for $200, the SH-8 amp goes for $160, or you can buy both for $340 [a $20 off combined purchase discount; stingy?] There are discussions, reviews and links for these models over there at the aforelinked MD webpage…

Hifiman Mega Mini DAP for $60 [MD]

It’s DAP time now at Massdrop. Hifiman makes digital audio players as well, and their new condition MegaMini player is currently on offer at Massdrop for $60 with orders shipped by Massdrop in late November 2018. Music is stored on a microSD card, and this DAP supports capacities up to 256GB. A manual and a cable are the other things included in the box [in addition to the player [obviously] and the packaging materials].

The “drop” (aka offer in Massdrop speak) runs for the next five days and change {from blog-posting date}.

Fostex TH-X00 Trio returns to Massdrop in limited quantities and for $20 more

They are back on at the members-only Massdrop in limited quantities, 100 units available per headphone. And they go for $20 more than before! They are the following Fostex TH-X00 Massdrop collaborations, with free US shipping and a 2-year warranty. Note however that these will ship in mid-September 2018, that’s 3.5 months away!

  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Audiophile Headphones for $420 with free shipping and 2-year warranty. Freight forwarding service available for +$15 for outside the US; details at the bottom of the listing over there
  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart for $470 with free S&H and 2-year warranty
  • Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony for $520 with free S&H and 2-year warranty
  • A Feast of Trade-Offs: the new Koss Porta Pro Wireless (BT 4.1, apt-X) for $75 [MD] or $80 NOW!

    Good news, bad news! If you wished there was a bluetooth version of the legendary Koss Porta PROs, we have both! A brand new wireless (bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X) version is now available for purchase at Massdrop. The bad news is that it goes for $75. Up to three headphones per customer. The drop is limited to US (free shipping) and Canada.

    Seven more units need to get purchased before this offer unlocks. The drop ends Sunday night. It will ship in late May 2018 and it comes with just a 1-year warranty, not the legendary Koss limited lifetime warranty.

    This is a feast of trade-offs and silver linings… A hard case is included. No NFC.

    However, if you don’t want to wait for Massdrop, for $5 more you can get them from KOSS fulfilled by Amazon. $80 wiht free shipping ~ free 2-day shipping for Prime members. Two days is faster than late May 2018 🙂 Amazon does not have a limit, you can buy as many as you want.

    Koss KPH30i Rhythm Beige On-Ears for $20 + S&H [MD]

    It’s the return of Cheese-Fi! The new condition Koss KPH30i Rhythm Beige lightweight on-ear headphones are back on at Massdrop for $20 plus shipping. The offer runs until Monday night, and will ship in mid-May from Massdrop. Being a co-operation between the two, it comes with the usual and very generous Koss limited lifetime warranty.

    [DEAD] Expiring Wedn 3am ET at MD: Gustard, Topping, Etc

    These offers expired…

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    VE IEM cables for $10 + S&H [MD]

    Running for the next five days and change from blog posting time at the members-only but free to join Massdrop is the Venture Electronics IEM Cables going for $10 plus shipping with some options presented in the shopping cart (eg 2-pin or MMCX). These will ship in late May from Massdrop with all sales final… VE got in some trouble with the fandom in late February when the company’s founder-owner dabbled in round-about review manipulation…

    Dekoni Earpads for HD580/58X, HD650/6XX for $35+ w/FS

    If you have the Massdrop-exclusive Sennheiser HD6XX or HD58X headphones or their HD650 and HD580 progenitors, for the next five days and change (from blog-posting date), Massdrop is offering the Dekoni Earpads for said headphones starting at $35 with free shipping. The $35 price is for the Elite Velour, with prices increasing for other options (Elite Hybrid is $55, Sheepskin is $60, Fenestrated Sheepskin is $65). These will ship in early May from the vendor with all sales final…

    Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350 returns for $100

    The new condition Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350 is back again as an “in-stock drop” at Massdrop.com for $100 with free USA shipping. The in-stock drops run for 24 hours each, and at the end of the 24 hour cycle, the orders from those 24 hours are processed and shipped. This means you could get your headphones within a week depending on location.

    They come with a 1-year warranty since they are a Hifiman x Massdrop partnership. These are open-back over-ear dynamic headphones, not planar-magnetic.

    You can see them all at our Massdrop In-Stock Drops Tracker

    MEE Audio Earphone Grab Bag for $9 with free S&H [MD]

    This is the lowest priced grab bag as far as I can recall. You pay $9 with free USA shipping and for that you will randomly receive one pair of MEE Audio earphones from the Massdrop MEE Grab Bag sale. The options are:

    These will be randomly selected and ship in early May 2018. You can buy multiple grab bags but each one is randomly selected, there’s no guarantee you will receive different options with multiple grab bags. The offer runs for the next six days and change from blog-posting time here.

    Massdrop Headphone Tracker: The In-Stock Drops

    In this post, we try to keep track of the various in-stock headphone-related offers that are available at Massdrop. This tracker is updated manually, that’s why we have a “latest update” date below…

    LATEST UPDATE: April 11 in 2018: the Hifiman HE-350 is back… Added an “INACTIVE” section at the bottom for offers that are not currently available but could return in the future…

    IN-STOCK DROPS

    The In-Stock Drops are a relatively new feature at Massdrop, it is a more conventional online retail experience. These are products that are available at Massdrop facilities and will ship in about 2-3 business days after the daily drop you purchased from closes. The actual “drops” will open and close every 24 hours. In this case, the countdown clock is only for the daily drop, not for the whole offer.

    EARPHONES

    OVER and ON EARS

    DACs, AMPs, DAPs

    GAMING HEADSETS

    CURRENTLY INACTIVE

    FOOTNOTES

    + I only mention warranty above if it is mentioned in the actual product listing (if it’s buried in the text, I may not find it)
    + If you spot any errors, typos and such, please leave a comment and I will update it! I like corrections, my binary feeling does not get hurt if someone points out a correction 🙂

    [DEAD] Expiring Thursday 3am ET at Massdrop: UE900S, AK T1p, AT DSR, Dekoni, Etc

    These particular offers (aka “Drops” in Massdrop-speak) expired, but most of their offers eventually return (in the unspecified future)…

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    Ultimate Ears UE900s IEM for $175 w/FS [MD]

    Another audio product returns at Massdrop, it is the new condition It’s Ultimate Ears time at Massdrop and it’s already fully unlocked! It is the new condition Ultimate Ears UE900s IEMs going for $175 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next six days and change (from blog-posting date). These balanced armature IEMs have MMCX connectors and come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty and will be shipped from Massdrop in early May 2018. All sales are final as usual…

    Astell & Kern XB10 Portable Bluetooth Amplifier with DAC for $80 with free S&H [MD]

    The new condition Astell & Kern XB10 Portable Bluetooth Amplifier with DAC goes for $98 fulfilled by Amazon but if you are willing to wait for a few weeks, you can get it for $80 with free US shipping at the members only but free to join Massdrop for the next six days and change from blog-posting time.

    These will ship from Massdrop in early May 2018 with all sales final. There is no mention of a warranty in the Massdrop product listing.

    FOCAL ELEX Open Over-Ears return for $700 [MD]

    Hot on the heels of the return of the HD 6XX and HD 58X, Massdrop has also brought back another drop, it’s the new condition FOCAL ELEX Open Over-Ears going for $700 with free US shipping. These will ship in late May 2018 from Massdrop with a 2-year FOCAL warranty since this is a co-operation. The offer runs until the end of the month, however, it may sell out ahead of time. 755 units are available and per the stats there, 690+ have been claimed! So don’t sleep on it for too many nights if you are thinking to jump in.

    Magaosi BK50 IEMs for $25 + S&H [MD]

    On the budget side of things, running for the next five days and change from blog-posting time at Massdrop is the new condition Magaosi BK50 earphones going for $25 plus shipping. They are available in two color schemes and they have remote buttons that work with iOS and Android. They will ship from Massdrop in early May with all sales final.

    Back On: Sennheiser HD6XX and HD58X at Massdrop

    The window has opened once again to order these two Massdrop exclusive Sennheiser open-back over-ear headphones with the following deadlines:

    • HD 58X Jubilee for $150 with free US shipping. Offer runs until the end of April 2018 with orders shipping late July 2018 from Massdrop/li>
    • x Massdrop HD6XX for $200 with free US shipping. Offer runs until the end of April 2018 with orders shipping late August 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final and a 2-year Sennheiser warranty.
    • maximum five of each per member. Non-US shoppers pay $15 flat shipping. All sales final. Include 2-year Sennheiser warranty<

    SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp for $50 [MD]

    Another offering is now fully unlocked at Massdrop, it is the new condition SMSL SAP-II Headphone Amp going for $50 with free US shipping for the next two days and change from blog-posting time. These will ship in early May from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

    Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp for $45 [MD]

    For Lightning-connected iPhone, iPod and iPad devices, Massdrop is offering the new condition Advanced Sound Accessport Lightning DAC/Amp for $45 with free US shipping for the next five days and change (from blog-posting time). This will ship in late April 2018 from Massdrop by the vendor. There is no mention warranty in the listing.

    PS: compatible devices are iPhones 5 (and later), iPod Touch 5 (and later), iPad Mini 2 (and later), all the iPad PRO and Airs, and iPad 4 Retina (and later).

    Blue Ever Blue Earphone Grab Bag for $24 w/FS [MD]

    If you like the quasi-mystery and randomness of grab bags, Massdrop is back with another Blue Ever Blue grab bag running for the next five days and change (from blog-posting time). You pay $24 with free US shipping and for that you are guaranteed to randomly receive one of the following earphones:

    To make the most of a grab-bag, assume that you are going to get your least desirable item from the list. If that’s okay with you proceed. If not, maybe save that money and put it towards the outright purchase of the item of choice 🙂

    You can buy up to ten grab-bags per customer, but keep in mind, each selection is random, there’s no guarantee you will receive unique items if you buy more than one. Especially since one of the earphones has a 50% chance.

    These will ship in early May 2018 with all sales final as usual. You can’t return them if you don’t like your randomly selected choice.

    xDuoo TA-10 Balanced Headphone DAC/Amp for $240 [MD]

    Another offer has “blossomed” (okay, unlocked) at the members-only Massdrop, it is the new condition xDuoo TA-10 Balanced Headphone DAC/Amp going for $240 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next four days and change from blog posting time. It will ship in early May from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

    Aune Z1S Anniversary Edition DAC/amp OR X7S Balanced Amp for $200 each [MD]

    Another day, another offer unlocked at Massdrop! It’s the new condition Aune X1S Anniversary Edition DAC/Amp going for $200 with free US shipping. But that’s not all. On the same listing you can instead purchase the X7S balanced headphone amp in silver or black (but no Raiders edition). If you want both, there is a $20 combined purchase discount, you pay $380 instead of $400.

    These will ship in early May 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing. The drop is running for the next four days and change from blog posting time.

    Aune B1S Portable Headphone Amp for $170 [MD]

    I think this is the last one of the currently unlocked offers at Massdrop, we are back to the headphone amps with the new condition Aune B1S Portable Headphone Amp going for $170 with free US shipping, running for the next three days and change from blog-posting date. You have a choice of silver or black, but no Raiders edition 🙂 It will ship in early May from Massdrop, with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

    Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ears for $100 w/FS

    Yet another offer is unlocked with the clock ticking at Massdrop, it’s the new condition Massdrop x NuForce EDC3 In-Ears going for $100 with free US shipping for the next three days and change (from blog-posting time). Maximum ten pairs per customer. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty but it will ship in late May 2018 from Massdrop with all sales final as usual.

    Speaking of Massdrop and NuForce, their new condition Primo8 earphones are running in a parallel unlocked offer (aka “drop” in Massdrop-speak) for $150 with free US shipping. This had been a retired earphone, but a Cylon Resurrection ship was in orbit, so they brought it back 🙂 It will ship in late April 2018 from Massdrop, with all sales final. This too gets a 1-year manufacturer warranty which is also better than no warranty 🙂

    Colorfly C10 Portable DAP for $180 w/FS [MD]

    Another offer running unlocked for the next two days and change (from blog-posting time) at Massdrop is the new condition Colorfly C10 Portable DAP going for $180 with free US shipping. It is only available in the blue color scheme. Orders will ship from Massdrop in early May with all sales final.

    AudioEngine D3 portable USB DAC/amp for $70 w/FS [MD]

    Another offer is fully unlocked at the members-only but free-to-join shopping club that is Massdrop. It is the new condition AudioEngine D3 portable USB DAC/amp going for $70 with free US shipping. The offer runs for the next two days and change from blog-posting time and will ship in mid-April from Massdrop with all sales final. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.

    They are back: Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Custom IEMs for $1250

    If you missed them at their initial launch at Massdrop, fear not! They are back but still in limited quantities. the new condition Massdrop x Noble Kaiser 10 Custom IEMs for $1250 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. The price is $1400 but will drop to $1250 thanks to an instant discount.

    The shipping estimate this time around is late September 2018, a month later than the initial launch which was late August 2018. They come with a 1-year warranty.

    You can make customizations in the shopping cart (nine options of shell and faceplate combinations). Optionally you can add an additional cable to your order (lightning or 2.5mm TRRS balanced) for +$50.

    Ear impressions are not included in the price. You have to get your own and send them to Noble Audio in Santa Barbara (California). They expect to receive these within six weeks of the drop expiration, otherwise your order will be cancelled.

    Ostry KC09 In-Ears for $70 + S&H [MD]

    Running for the next three days and change (from blog posting time) this time we have an IEM at Massdrop, it’s the new condition Ostry KC09 in-ears going for $70 plus shipping. They will ship in early May from Massdrop with all sales final as usual. There is no mention of warranty in the listing.