We know that 2020 for a lot of people has been a challenging year, and since this is another holiday season, we feel that’s a great reason for Apos to spread some cheer! Therefore, we are happy to announce our special offers for this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
2020 Holiday Price Matching
Since it is the time of year when new deals come up frequently, Apos is extending our 30-day price matching policy all the way through the end of the year, so you can enjoy a worry-free shopping experience with Apos all season long. For more information regarding timelines and criteria for price-matching with authorized sellers, please read our 2020 Holiday Season Price Matching Extension announcement.
We are excited to release some new Ensembles for you in time for the holidays! Apos Ensembles have been specially curated by our team of audio professionals to provide you equipment groupings that deliver a superior listening experience. On top of that, you’ll realize considerable savings from what you would normally pay for all items purchased individually.
If you are looking to add a set of headphones, IEMs, or another piece of equipment to your Ensemble, please click the “Request a Headphone Pairing” button on the Ensemble page and that will start a chat with our Support Team who will assist you with pairing suggestions and ways to save even more money.
In addition to our previously released Ensembles, we recently put together the following for you:
- TOPPING-50s Ensemble: D50s DAC, A50s amp, power supply, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
- SMSL-9 Ensemble: SU-9 DAC, SH-9 amp, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
- TOPPING-90 Ensemble: D90 DAC, A90 amp, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
- TOPPING-30 Ensemble: E30 DAC, L30 amp, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
- Gustard-16 Ensemble: X16 DAC, H16 amp, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
- SMSL-400 Ensemble: M400 DAC, SP400 amp, interconnect cable, and your choice of headphones.
New Product Releases
We recently announced the following products and have made sure to stock up on them in time for the holiday rush!
The Meze Audio 99-Classics are now available in a rare Maple Silver. These much-loved headphones now feature a white protein headband and earpads, a spring steel crossbar, and beautiful maplewood earcups.
The Gustard H16 amp packs a punch well above its weight-class. This amp is the latest from Gustard and it is fully-balanced, is capable of driving an enormous amount of power without adding noise or distortion...and it is less than $400. It’s truly a great time to be an audiophile!
The SMSL SU-9 Balanced MQA DAC is receiving rave reviews from influencers and it is no wonder why. The SU-9 is MQA enabled, boasts a THD+N as low as 0.000095%, its SINAD ratio holds steady at 120 dB, and SMSL added a much larger display compared to its predecessor.
The SMSL SH-9 Balanced Amp is also earning high marks in its reviews by achieving a THX AAA-888 standard, generating much more power than the previous model, and, yes, it also has a bigger display screen.
The SMSL SP400 Balanced Amp has been recently released and we are thrilled to be an authorized reseller. It achieves THX AAA-888 quality, outstanding SINAD measurements, and features a much larger display screen and fully functional remote.
The Gustard X16 DAC is a one-of-a-kind DAC that uses two of the latest ESS SABRE chips, which have a novel ES9068Q processor. This is the first processor to offer an integrated hardware MQA renderer that unfolds MQA content through all of its input interfaces, not just USB. It also has an XMOS XU216 processor, two ACCUSILICON femtosecond crystal oscillators, and supports native DSD 32-bit PCM.
Savings & DiscountsYou can save with Apos this holiday season in a variety of ways. Not only has all of the hardware in our Apos Ensembles been specially put together to provide you with a superb listening experience, but Ensembles also offer you considerable savings compared to what you would normally pay if you were to buy the items individually.
We have steeply discounted prices — in some cases as much as 30% — exclusively for our customers and community members for some of our top brands, which are listed below:
The discounts are already in effect and you can see the new pricing when you browse through our store. All of your discounted purchases made on Apos still come with our Apos Promise, so if you find a better deal from an authorized reseller, simply start a chat with our Support Team and they'll take care of you.
All customers who buy the Meze Audio Rai Penta IEMs are eligible to receive a free-Silver Plated Cable that is worth $149. The cable’s source jack is plated with corrosion-resistant rhodium, the rarest and most valuable precious metal in the world, and you can select the size connector that is best suited to your system’s needs.
Last but not least: members have already received an email, but it is worth mentioning to the wider community that Apos customers are getting an exclusive 20-30% discount on nearly all Ultimate Ears products. This deal runs from Saturday, November 21st and continues until Friday, December 4th. This season’s discounts from the standard listed prices are:
- UE LIVE now has $660 off for a 30% savings.
- UE 18+ Pro now has $450 off for a 30% savings.
- UE 11 Pro now has $360 off for a 30% savings.
- UE Reference Remastered now has $200 off for a 20% savings.
- UE 7 Pro now has $180 off for a 20% savings.
- Beginning Wednesday, November 25th, till December 4th, all orders for UE 18+ and UE LIVE will get a free WONDERBOOM 2 Bluetooth speaker (this will be added to the orders of UE18+ and UE LIVE automatically).
AKM Manufacturing Facility Fire
As we previously wrote about, there was a catastrophic fire at the AKM facility, causing the entire production line to shut down. AKM has recently stated that they expect manufacturing to resume by April 2021 at the earliest. As a result of this, many of the products that feature AKM chipsets will be extremely hard to get restocked once supplies run out.
We have already seen prices jump more than 20% in the wholesale market for some of the most popular products, ranging from the TOPPING D90 to SMSL M200. Apos was founded on a belief that we will do well as a business by doing good for our customers and community. We still steadfastly stand by that belief and have done everything we can to absorb these increases to our bottom line, but without passing the costs onto you.
That being said, we highly encourage anyone looking at products that feature AKM chips to buy them now while supplies last. At the time of writing, the following 20 products we carry use AKM chips:
- SMSL M9 DAC/Amp
- TOPPING D90 DAC
- Shanling M2X DAP
- SMSL M400 MQA DAC
- xDuoo TA-10 Tube DAC/Amp
- Gustard A18 DAC
- SMSL M200 DAC
- SMSL A6 Amp
- Gustard A20H DAC/Amp
- Shanling M6 DAP
- FiiO Q3 THX Portable Balanced DAC/Amp
- TOPPING D70 DAC
- xDuoo XD-05 DAC/Amp
- xDuoo Basic XD-05 DAC/Amp
- xDuoo XD-05 Plus DAC/Amp
- Gustard X16 DAC
- Gustard A22 DAC
- Apos TOPPING-90 Ensemble
- FiiO M15 DAP
- FiiO K5PRO Desktop DAC/Amp
SMSL SU-9 Giveaway
You’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky?
If so, you should still avoid an angry Clint Eastwood on the streets of San Francisco, but should definitely sign up for our giveaway where you can win an SMSL SU-9! The sign ups end on November 30 and we'll announce the winner on December 1, so don’t delay!
We’ll keep this blog post updated with any revisions or additions on the Specials. As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Support Team and we will be happy to assist you. You can contact us by starting a live chat here on our website, or you can email us at “firstname.lastname@example.org” and we’ll get back to you soon. Happy Holidays!