Amazon Prime Day 2018 – Audio Deals

This year Amazon’s black friday-ish Prime Day will actually last a day and a half starting on July 16 at 3pm Eastern time. Now an annual tradition, this mid-summer attempt at jumpstarting some brand loyalty along with sluggish summer sales still requires a prime membership to activate. Previous years have garnered some interesting deals for those who love a good bargain, and even a few partnerships with audiophile brands like KEF, ELAC, Martin Logan and AKG. Audiophile DAP-maker Astell and Kern has contacted us saying they will have some special discounts going for the sale, but stay tuned for those links as the deals have not posted just yet. They are up!

We’ve compiled a list of some of the click bargains we have come across for audio products. This feed will stay live until the show is over, so check back for an updates as your personal time allows (or add to your shopping time at work).  If you don’t have a prime membership, you can get one here. For audiophiles there is a lossy music streaming service that is included to Amazon-connected devices, but it is really the pinnacle of voice-command convenience when paired with an Alexa-powered endpoint. The selection isn’t bad, but their is a second tier to the service with a wider catalog that costs a little more. Add: To sweeten the deal a little further, Amazon is offering 6 months free of this service with the purchase of any Echo.

Amazon is of course pushing their own ecosystem with authority during the event. If you are already a sub, or have been eyeballing the system for a while, this sale is a good time to pick up pretty much any Amazon streaming products for a decent discount.

There are more elegant solutions on the market, but for a quick fix of on-demand tunes you can now purchase the second generation Echo Dot for $35 and connect via SE line out to your stereo. The platform currently supports Spotify, Pandora, Deezer and the horrid-sounding SirusXM among others. Its not a high resolution throughput just yet, but the quality can be good to amazing from the right source and will give you a hardy fix of your favorite songs with a wave of your tongue. The video version is also available for $100 off now until the end of the Prime Day sale.

While the budget enthusiast might get a kick out of two piece setup above, there are even several more endpoint solutions (imagine that!) from Amazon. Here’s a list of just of few of them on sale today.

Fire TV Stick with Remote

Echo Show

Echo 2nd Generation

Fire TV with 4k an Remote

Echo Spot

Fire TV Cube

If you don’t have prime yet you can actually sign up for a free trial and then just cancel that subscription after your products arrive if you want to take advantage of the sale pricing. Another trick for those who already have prime and an Alexa-power endpoint is to ask the automated assistant “Alexa what are your deals” as she will usually have a unique set of options separate from what you can find on the web.

Here are a few of the other deals to get everyone going, keep in mind that more will be added and some of these will fall off over time, the sale is more of a fluid, moving beast for many products.

ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair)

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver

JBL LSR305 5″ 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor

Fender 6899000002 MXA2 Bundle with FXA2 Pro In-Ear Monitors & PreSonus HP2 Headphone Amplifier

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – Black (HD 4.50 Special Edition)

Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black

Comply Sport Pro Premium Memory Foam Earphone Tips (Medium, 3 Pairs)

Symphonized NRG 3.0 Earbuds Headphones, Wood In-ear Noise-isolating Earphones

Edifier R2000DB Powered Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers – Near-Field Studio Monitors

Shower Speaker – Hydro-Beat Box FULLY Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker

Mumford and Sons – Babel LP

Cars – Complete Greatest Hits

Jethro Tull Aqualung – Steven Wilson Mix

The Lumineers – Cleopatra LP

Douni (A7) 20W Portable Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Speaker with Enhanced Bass

Fluance RT80 High Fidelity Vinyl Turntable Record Player with Premium Cartridge, Diamond Stylus, Belt Drive

Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset

VAVA MOOV 28 Wireless Headphones Sports Earphones in Ear Earbuds with 9 Hours Playtime

Astell and Kern Amazon Storefront & All The Deals

KEF Q100 Bookshelf Loudspeakers – Black Oak (Pair)

An $17 DAC with headphone output

Ultimate Ears BLAST Portable Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control (waterproof)

Urbanears Hellas On-Ear Active Wireless Bluetooth Headphones