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…

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…

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.

SMSL M8A DAC for $180 w/FS [MD]

Another offer has been unlocked at the members-only shopping cart that is Massdrop, they are offering the new condition SMSL M8A DAC for $180 with free shipping, with a mid-January 2018 shipment estimate. Massdrop will do the shipping and all sales are final. No mention of warranty is mentioned.

SMSL IDEA DAC/Amp for $70 [MD]

Another new offer has become fully unlocked today at members-only Massdrop. It is the new condition SMSL IDEA DAC/Amp going for $70 with free shipping. The offer runs for the next four days or so. It comes with three different types of USB cables and can support up to DSD 512. The shipping estimate is CES 2018 (early January 2018). They ship from Massdrop and all sales are final.

If you prefer much faster delivery and the option to return them if you don’t like them, two of the three color options (black or red) are available for $86 by ShenzhenAudio with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime members get them in two days or so. The gray color ships directly from Shenzhen and it’s not Prime eligible, so there is a Massdrop-level of wait there 🙂

[DEAD] Used (but troubled) SMSL T2 2X6J9 Tube amp for $29

This sold out in this condition/price combo…

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[DEAD] SMSL sApII Pro TPA6120A2 Headphone Amplifier for $56

This offer expired…

If you don’t mind waiting for this to arrive from Asia, the new condition SMSL sApII Pro TPA6120A2 HiFi Stereo Headphone Amplifier + Power Adapter in the Silver color scheme is on sale for $56 with free shipping by Shenzhen Audio through NewEgg flash. They ship from Asia, so they will take longer to arrive. Offer ends Tuesday night.

SMSL SD-793II DAC/amp for $60 [ships from China]

If you are not in a hurry to receive this, Shenzhen Audio (ships from China), through NewEggFLASH is offering the new condition SMSL SD-793II DAC/amp for $60 with free shipping. It will take 2-3 weeks for the free shipping method. This has coaxial and optical input, and RCA output, along with a headphone out (it looks like a 1/4″ in the picture, but I could be wrong). There is no USB input. Offer ends on Tuesday 7/25/17.

SMSL M8A DAC for $180 [MD]

Another offer has reached the “fully unlocked” status at the members-only Massdrop shopping site. It is the new condition SMSL M8A DAC going for $180 with free shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days and it is expected to ship late May 2017. This too is an “All Sales Final” offer. I wish they put that higher up on the page, so people wouldn’t miss it when buying and then have frustrations with Massdrop. It would benefit both the seller and the buyers if this was make more prominent.

SMSL M6 DAC/Amp for $143 [MD]

Another day, another Massdrop mad drop (ha!). The SMSL M6 DAC/Amp is unlocked for $135 plus $8~ flat shipping over there. It is available in neither or black and will ship in mid-March 2017. The offer runs for the next six days. It currently beats the eBay and amazon.com prices of $170.

Speaking of MD, these two have two days left in them before the expire:
+ AKG K812 for $939~ shipped
+ xDuoo TA-01 DAC/Amp for $129~ shipped

SMSL Icon Lightning DAC/Amp for iOS for $58 [MD]

The “Apple tax” is not high on this one, the SMSL Icon Lightning DAC/Amp for iOS is fully unlocked on Massdrop going for $55 plus $3~ flat shipping. It is estimated to ship early January 2017 and the offer is running for the next eight days.

SMSL M3 USB DAC/Amp for $69 [MD]

Straddling both portable and desktop use, the SMSL M3 USB DAC/Amp is unlocked at members-only but free-to-join Massdrop for $65 plus $4~ flat shipping. Despite the small size, it offers various input and output and power options, and it also has sampling rate lights (options range from 44 to 192). Check reviews and forums for more details. This runs from the next four days (from blog-posting date) and is estimated to ship early December 2016. Note that the headphone out is 1/4″, not 1/8″, but an adapter is included (and if you are reading this post, you probably have a drawer full of 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapters).

SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp for $35 [MD] or $40 now

Tiny USB DAC/amps continue to increase in popularity as more and more smartphones become the centerpiece of people’s digital lives. Or some market-research-mumbo-jumbo like that 🙂 Which brings us to the SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp, with a microUSB input and a 3.5mm output, going for $32 plus $3~ flat shipping at Massdrop with eight days left to go from today (= blog-posting date). It comes with both USB and an OTG cable and a 1-year warranty thru Massdrop. Shipping estimate is late November 2016.

If you don’t want to wait for that long, a marketplace seller has it for $40 at Amazon, and the order is fulfilled by Amazon, so if you are a Prime member you get it in about two days after you order.

SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp for $35 shipped [MD]

The parade of small USB DAC/amps continues with the SMSL IDOL+ DAC/Amp currently going for $32 plus $3~ flat shipping at the members-only (but free to join) shopping website Massdrop. There are seven days left in the offer, it comes with a 1-year warranty from MD (not the manufacturer) and shipments will begin in mid-October 2016.

Massdrop Unlocked Trio: XDuoo X3 DAP for $98 and more

A trio of new offers are currently fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop, with all three offers having about seven days to go from today. They are:

  • XDuoo X3 DAP for $94 plus $4 shipping
  • FX Audio DAC-X6 DAC/amp for $62 + $8 S&H
  • SMSL Ivy Micro-USB DAC/Amp for Android for $20 + $3 S&H (this is tiny)

Shipping estimate is early-to-mid October 2016, a slightly different date for each one of the above items.

NOTE: The SMSL Android model requires a micro-USB port (we have to say that now that USB-C is becoming more common) and the phone must have the necessary support for audio to flow through the micro USB port).

SMSL SD-793II DAC/Amp for $62 [MD] or $65 Now

SMSL is slowly expanding their line-up of DACs and amps, and one of them, the SD-793II DAC/Amp is currently unlocked at Massdrop for $57 plus $5 flat shipping with a late August shipping estimate.

If you don’t want to wait, a handful of possibly-price-matched marketplace sellers offer it for $65 with the order fulfilled by Amazon, so you get free shipping and if a Prime member, you can have it within a couple of business days (give or take depending on various known and unknown variables). This averages 4.4 out of 5 based on 112 customer reviews and has 80+ questions peer-answered.

This has optical or coaxial digital inputs, but no USB audio input. Check the customer pictures for a sideways picture of the back side (RCA out, Digital inputs).

SMSL Ivy Micro-USB DAC/Amp for Android for $23 [MD]

With the continuing popularity of smartphones as primary DAPs for many, the portable DAC/amps continue to multiply like audio wabbits, including micro-USB models, such as the SMSL Ivy Micro-USB DAC/Amp for Android, currently fully unlocked at Massdrop for $20 plus $3~ flat shipping. The offer runs for the next seven days with a shipping estimate of early September 2016.

If you miss the drop or don’t want to buy from Massdrop, it goes for $29 with free shipping by Shenzhen Audio through amazon.com. It ships from Shenzhen, so it’s not eligible for Prime. However, judging by the shipping estimates, this looks like it may be shipping out of China, not the US.

SMSL IDOL USB DAC/Amp for $43 [MD]

On the tiny USB-input 3.5mm-output DAC/amps front, Massdrop now has the SMSL IDOL DAC/Amp fully unlocked going for $30 plus $3~ flat shipping. The shipping estimate is early August 2016, fairly soon by Masdrop standards 🙂

SMSL Ivy Micro-USB DAC/Amp for Android for $23 [MD]

This looks like it might even be smaller than the Fiio E6, it is the SMSL Ivy Micro-USB DAC/Amp for Android, fully unlocked at members-only Massdrop for $20 plus $3~ flat shipping. This takes microUSB audio and outputs it via 3.5mm. It comes with a zippered case and ships in early August 2016.

SMSL M6 DAC/amp for $143 [MD]

Another offer is now ready to go at its lowest Massdrop price during this particular promotion window, it is the SMSL M6 DAC/amp going for $135 plus $8~ flat shipping. This has six days to go from today (being blog-posting day) and will ship in early July 2016.

SMSL Audio Sap-7 Portable headamp for $33

If you like nice buttons on your portable budget headphone amps, and not cryptic multi-function nano-buttons, currently in progress at Massdrop is the SMSL Audio SAP-7, available in three different colors for $30 plus $3 flat shipping. You can pick the color during the checkout process. Shipping estimate is early June 2016.

If you want it faster, one marketplace seller at Amazon, HJR Headphone Shop (ships from the state of Washington) offers it thru Amazon for $35 with free shipping. This ships directly from them, so no Prime shipping benefits.

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

Massdrop unlocked: SMSL M8 Desktop DAC for $180

The SMSL M8 desktop mini DAC is now fully unlocked at members-only website Massdrop (it is free to join to see prices, login-wall needed because some prices are below the MAP (minimum advertised prices) dictated by the Corporate Welfare System) for $180 with free shipping. It has eight days left in the offer (from blog-posting date, not the date you are reading this). It has many inputs ( coaxial, USB, optical) and RCA output and supports DSD as well.

Also added there, with also eight days is the Bravo V2 hybrid headphone amplifier (Class A Tube Amp, Shu Guan 12AU7 tube) that could go as low as $88~ shipped.

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

Massdrop: Shure SE215 Blue, SE535, Bravo V2, etc

A new round of offers went up at members-only Massdrop. These expire in seven days from blog-posting date and as of the time of writing, none of them is fully unlocked, which is the lowest price possible under a particular offer over there. The new additions are:

+ Shure SE215 Blue IEMs as low as $115 shipped
+ Shure SE535 IEMs as low as $380 shipped
+ Bravo V2 Headphone Amplifier as low as $88 shipped
+ Cayin C6 Portable DAC/Amp as low as $140 shipped
+ SMSL M8 DAC (desktop) as low as $180 shipped

Massdrop: Yuin, Sieveking, SMSL

Three more items have gone live at Massdrop, with expiration times being 5-7 days from today (today = blog-posting date). None of them are fully unlocked as of the time of writing:

+ Sieveking Omega Headphone Stand as low as $140 shipped
+ SMSL VMV VA-2 amp (silver or black) as low as $98 shipped
+ Yuin Pk3 Earbuds as low as $29 shipped (only needs one person to unlock)

Massdrop Unlocked: Fostex TH-900 for $1116

A new round of offers are up at members-only Massdrop. As of the time of writing, the Fostex TH-900 headphones are fully unlocked for $1116 shipped, with the offer expiring in about seven days from today (today being blog-post date, not the date you are reading this).

Also added but not fully unlocked, with the same seven days from today expiration period are the following three items:

  • TTPOD T1S IEM as low as $32.55 shipped
  • SMSL M8 as low as $180 shipped
  • CEntrance DACmini CX Amp/DAC as low as $400 shipped

Please note I can’t keep track of individual offers as the days go by, that is up to you if you find any items that are of interest. You can only see the offers at the Massdrop website if you are logged on with a free-to-get account. Otherwise the links point to their empty home page. Since most people don’t have a Massdrop account, posting dead links would frustrate the majority of people reading this, so I am not posting any links.

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.