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Apogee Unveils Groove USB Digital-To-Audio Converter

Apogee Groove

Digital audio company Apogee has unveiled the Groove, a portable USB digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp for listening to music on your computer. The device utilizes their recording quality audio conversion to provide ample power and sound quality.

“A [digital-to-analog converter] takes the digital information on your computer and translates it into analog sound you can hear through your headphones and speakers,” Apogee writes. “Your computer has a DAC built-in, however without a high quality DAC like Groove, you will miss out on much of the subtlety, detail and dimension of music you listen to – regardless of what headphones or speakers you use.”

The Groove plugs into your Mac or PC’s USB port to deliver up to 24 bit/192kHz audio to either headphones or powered speakers. Apogee explains it can be used to enhance your listening experience or for monitoring in music production. Its Constant Current Drive allows for smooth frequency response with any set of headphones.

The Apogee Groove features an aluminum chassis with multi-color LEDs for status and level indication. It’s available now with a street price of $295.

Apogee Groove Details:

USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
ESS Sabre DAC
Enhances your iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal or other music listening experience
Constant Current Drive provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
Quad Sum DAC, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
Asynchronous clocking
Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
Powered by USB
Top panel buttons for adjusting volume level and muting
Compact and portable (95mm L x 30mm W x 16mm H)
Premium aluminum build quality
Built in the USA

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Josh Dagg

Got a nice DAC chip in it, lets see how the rest of it stacks up.

Sean

Sean

Wait… I’m sorry, did I miss something here? It’s 2015 and they’re releasing a [literally any product] that’s USB 2.0? A standard made obsolete more than five years ago? And they want $300 for this?

Good luck with that, buddies. The rest of us will be buying generic, lag-free interfaces for a quarter of the price.