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The Deals DISCUSSION Thread (READ THE FIRST POST!!!)

  1. BRSxIgnition
    Has there ever been a sale or price error on the Sony WH-1000XM3s?

    Hoping to grab them in Canada but not at MSRP.
     
  2. donato
    I had been looking out for these for awhile too ever since I gave up my M2s to my wife. I just recently bought a refurb pair off of a reseller (Secondipity) on Rakuten along with a 20% off coupon. Normal refurb price is $299. With coupon, it brought down to $239 (free shipping) which seemed more reasonable. I'm in California, so I also had to pay sales tax. I'm used to refurbs looking like new in box, but my refurb came without any of the original packaging...just the case, the HPs, and cables. Functionally and cosmetically, everything is otherwise perfect.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
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  3. bwcgrx
    For the record, I've received nothing but great refurbished product from Secondipity. Over the last three years, I've purchased Sony MDR-1000x, MDR-Z7 headphones and a Sony A6500 camera and all have been like new. They've always shipped quickly. I've never had to deal with customer service for returns or issues however.
     
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  4. phthora
    Here's a link to their listings, for those interested:
    https://www.rakuten.com/search/secondipity/
     
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  5. GearMe
    Thanks for reminding me of this deal...read some additional reviews and pulled the trigger.
     
  6. thedragonknight
    They had a sale on ebay once for $240 with a $40 visa gift card if I remember correctly.
     
  7. Ggroch
    Google announced today that its Chromecast Audio device is being discontinued.

    I feel a bit like I did when Logitech shut Squeezebox down. There are certainly a lot more options now....but audio out jacks are rare in the Google Assistant/Smart Speaker environment...and the CCA's Toslink optical outputs are almost unique.

    For those who want one before they are gone Google and others are closing them out at $15.

    UPDATE: Out of Stock at the Google store and Google Store Ebay.

    NOTE: Google Charges for shipping below $35, but is also selling direct on eBay for $15 each, no shipping charges.

    Thanks to RKW on Head-fi's CCA thread for the heads-up.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  8. Slater
    Will these work without the app? Because I imagine they would abandon that next.

    Also, does it have mics in it where it will be spying on all of my conversations? Google likes to do that sort of thing.

    Sorry if it’s dumb questions. I don’t really know too much about the chromecast audio product.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  9. Blueshound24

    In what ways can you utilize the chromecast?
     
  10. Ken G
    There is no “app” per se but rather a protocol like Airplay. As long as they support the protocol on the regular A/V Chromecast, you should be alright to use this.
     
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  11. Ggroch
    It uses the same Google Home App as all other Google Smart Devices. I do think there will probably be no future firmware updates...but it works very well now. As Ken G points out you do not have to use the app...as it shows up as a Spotify Connect device, on Airplay, and DLNA.

    It does NOT have any mics...which is as you state, probably exactly why they are being discontinued. It plays music only basically. It does not help you shop.

    Blueshound: Chromecast Audio (different from a regular Chromecast device) is primarily a way to stream audio to an existing system...anything with a stereo analog or Toslink input. It also works GREAT as a partner to a Google Home or Google Mini...because you can designate the CCA as your music playback device. Then, control using your voice...or with whatever smartphone app. I use mine for Spotify 90% of the time...but like that I can ask my Google Mini to play my stuff, and control the volume.

    A prolonged discussion of how this all works is not appropriate for a deals thread. But, there is a lot of information on Head-fi's CCA Thread.

    Also, there is very recent performance measurement of both the Analog and Toslink Outputs on Audio Science Review's CCA thread. I am not an advanced techy...but from that thread I do not believe you get compression with fast WiFi...so perhaps do not need an ethernet adapter.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  12. barondla
    People are hooking them directly to ethernet cable and using digital optical out to dac. This removes compression and is supposed to sound comparable to $500 endpoints. A ~$15 UGreen ethernet adapter is required. The adapter has
    #'s 30985 and 69573039858 on the package.
     
  13. Ken G
    Agreed. You could easily hook it up to a Chord Mojo and have a semi-portable mini-streamer for music. Also if you’re a non-believer in “digital bits all being the same” you can purchase one of the ifi spdif ipurifier device to clean up the signal.
     
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  14. rkw
    My Chromecast Audio is connected on optical Toslink to my DAC on the stereo system at home. I use it as a convenient way to cast wireless audio from my phone in high quality. I can cast Spotify, Tidal and many other apps from my phone at full digital resolution without getting on the computer and sending it out on USB audio. So for me it's a wireless convenience like using Bluetooth, but in much higher quality.
     
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  15. groucho69
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