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Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier (Mac/PC)

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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 directly to your computer and connect y... Read More

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Description

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 directly to your computer and connect your headphones or powered speakers directly to Groove. It's that easy. You'll be amazed by the difference in sound quality.

Features:

  • USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
  • Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • ESS Sabre DAC
  • Constant Current Drive, Ultra-smooth frequency response for any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Asynchronous clocking
  • Max output level: 225mW into 30 Ohm
  • Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
  • Powered by USB
  • Top panel buttons for adjusting output level and muting
  • Compact and portable (95mm H x 30mm W x 16mm T)
  • Premium aluminum build quality
  • Built in the USA

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 most successful artists and audio engineers rely on Apogee gear everyday to capture their best take. Now, for the first time, Apogee sound quality is available in a simple take-anywhere device dedicated to delivering the ultimate listening experience. Unlock the full potential of your high-res audio files, rediscover your iTunes library and stream Spotify, Pandora or your favorite music services with incredible clarity and detail.

Constant Current Drive
Groove's Constant Current Drive output stage is a truly revolutionary approach to dealing with the wide impedance variations of headphones available on the market today. With Constant Current Drive topology, Groove's output stage's voltage is dynamically œmolded to the impedance variations of the connected headphones, thereby smoothing out frequency response non-linearity that occurs with traditional headphone outputs.

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.

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Product Specs

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
D/A Type 8 channel ESS DAC (4 DACs per channel)
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 Apogee’s website
In the box Groove
USB Cable (1′)
Carrying pouch
Product booklet (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information)
Instructions for download of software and complete documentation

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