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Listen to your music with recording studio quality

Portable USB DAC and headphone amp for Mac and PC

 

Meet Apogee Groove™

Apogee Groove is the best portable USB DAC and headphone amp for listening to music on your Mac or PC. Groove takes the same high quality audio technology found in the world’s most prestigious recording studios and delivers it to your laptop. Connect Groove to your computer’s USB port and your headphones or powered speakers to Groove’s audio output. It’s that easy. Groove’s output provides ample power at any impedance and Apogee’s Constant Current Drive™ technology makes your headphones sound their best. You’ll be amazed by the difference in sound quality – the precise stereo image, punchy bass and stunningly clear high-hats.

 

Recorded by Apogee. Played by Groove.

For 30 years Apogee has been an innovator and industry leader in digital audio recording. From rock to classical, hip-hop to country, and reggae to jazz, the world’s most successful artists, producers and audio engineers rely on Apogee gear to capture GRAMMY winning recordings. Now, for the first time, Apogee Groove takes this same recording studio technology and makes it available in a simple take-anywhere device dedicated to delivering the ultimate listening experience.

 

Highlights

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

Compact and portable (95mm L x 30mm W x 16mm H)

Premium aluminum build quality

Built in the USA

 

Hear Every Detail In Stunning Clarity and Fidelity

Whether you’re building your FLAC file collection or subscribing to a premium music streaming service, you are investing in a higher quality listening experience. Groove unlocks the full potential of that experience, revealing definition, clarity and details like you have never heard before.

Work on Your Music Anywhere

With professional headphones, your laptop and Groove, you can mix or make music anywhere. Groove’s reference quality sound insures you will hear every detail of your project as it would sound in the studio.

Groove’s Unique Circuit Design

Constant Current Drive™

Make any Headphones Sound their Best

Groove’s Constant Current Drive output stage dynamically compensates for the nonlinearities – acoustic, mechanical or electrical – of any connected headphones, resulting in lower distortion and a more linear frequency response. Whether listening through earbuds or “hi-fi” headphones, you’ll discover a new level of fidelity, clarity and detail.

Quad Sum DAC™

Groove also features a Quad Sum DAC design which employs four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class.

ESS Sabre DAC Technology

ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offers unequaled dynamic range, ultra low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity free from input jitter.

What is a DAC and why is it important?

If you’re a music lover and you want the best listening experience, one of the key ingredients in the quality of your sound is the digital-to-analog converter or DAC.

 

A DAC takes the digital information on your computer and translates it into analog sound you can hear through your headphones and speakers.

 

Not all DACs are created equal

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.

Apogee Groove 30th Anniversary Models

Apogee celebrates 30 years of digital audio excellence

 

To commemorate Apogee’s 30 years of digital audio excellence, the Groove 30th Anniversary Edition features performance enhancements and a custom machined aluminum body available in silver and gold.

Features:

USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC

Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio

ESS Sabre DAC

Enhances your iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora or other music listening experiences

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 adjust and mute volume

Compact and portable (95mm L x 30mm W x 16mm H)

Premium aluminum build quality

Built in the USA

D/A conversion :

THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 16 dBu

(-109 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 16 dBu-Anniversary Edition)

THD+N: -100dB with 30 Ohm load @ 10.5 dBu

(-101dB with 30 Ohm load @ 10.5 dBu-Anniversary Edition)

Dynamic Range: 117dB a-weighted

(119dB a-weighted-Anniversary Edition)

Frequency response: 10Hz 20K +/- 0.2dB

(10Hz 20K +/- 0.1dB-Anniversary Edition)

Max output level:

225mW into 30 Ohm

40mW into 600 Ohm

8 channel ESS DAC (4 DACs per channel)

In the box

Groove

USB Cable (1)

Carrying pouch

Product booklet (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information)

Instructions for download of software and complete documentation

System Requirements

Mac OS:

Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster

Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended

OS: 10.8 or greater

Connection and power: Any available USB port

Driver: Mac Core Audio.  No download or installation necessary.

Windows OS:

PC or laptop manufactured after January 2006

Intel Core 2 @ 1.6 GHz or AMD equivalent

Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum

Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) or greater

Connection and power: Any available USB port

Driver: Register to download from Apogees website

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