NAMM 2015: Apogee Introduces Groove, Portable Headphone Amp

It's portable, it's USB... it's a DAC and headphone amp for Mac and PC from Apogee. They showed it off at NAMM 2015 and we captured it in video.  

Anaheim, California, January 22, 2015 - Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio recording technology since 1985, is pleased to introduce Groove – a new portable USB DAC and headphone amp for listening to music on your Mac or PC. Built upon Apogee’s 30-year history of award-winning digital audio technology for music creation, Groove unlocks the highest possible quality of any headphones or powered speakers you have, allowing you to listen to the music you love with incredible lifelike clarity. 

We spoke to Brad Delava from Apogee at NAMM who told us more about the Groove:


Apogee’s digital audio technology has been trusted by professional recording artists, producers and engineers from around the world to create countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings since 1985. For the first time, Groove puts this same technology into a compact, durable, easy to use interface for consumers, providing a music listening experience of unparalleled quality, as it was originally captured in the recording studio.  

Limited edition of the Apogee Groove.

Limited edition Groove for Apogee’s 30-year Anniversary

Groove’s innovative circuit design provides an even distribution of output power across the audible frequency spectrum, correcting impedance imperfections often found in entry-level headphones and powering even the most demanding high impedance headphones. Setup is easy - simply connect Groove to your Mac or PC with the included USB 2.0 cable and plug your headphones or speakers into Groove’s ⅛” analog output. The result is smooth, detailed analog warmth that will impress even the most discerning audiophile.

To commemorate Apogee’s 30 years of digital audio excellence, a limited edition anniversary model of Groove will also be available. The Groove 30th Anniversary Edition will feature a custom machined aluminum body, performance enhancements and will be available in silver and gold.

Apogee Groove and Groove 30th Anniversary Edition will be available Spring 2015. Visit apogeedigital.com for more info and sign up for product updates.  

 Apogee Groove Highlights

  • USB 2.0 to micro connection for Mac and PC
  • Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • 1/8" Analog Output for connecting to headphones or speakers
  • ESS Sabre DAC
  • Asynchronous clocking
  • Max output level: 225mW into 30 Ohm
  • Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
  • Top panel buttons for adjusting output level and muting 
  • Compact and portable (95mm H x 30mm W x 16mm T)
  • Limited Anniversary Edition features aluminum body and 32bit DAC
  • Premium build quality and design - Built in the USA
  • Price: TBA

Availability: Spring 2015

Web: http://www.apogeedigital.com

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