Portable USB DAC and headphone amp for Mac and PC

SRP £190.83 + VAT

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.

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

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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 Hyper-stream 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.

  • 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
  • Multicolour 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 aluminium build quality
  • Built in the USA
System Requirements
Mac OS
Mac OSIntel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
OS10.8 or greater
Memory2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
Connection and powerAny available USB port
DriverMac Core Audio. No download or installation necessary.
Windows OS
Windows OSPC or laptop manufactured after January 2006
OSWindows 7 (32 and 64 bit) or greater
Intel Core::2 @ 1.6 GHz or AMD equivalent
Memory1 GB RAM minimum
Connection and powerAny available USB port
DriverRegister to download from Apogee’s website
In the box
In the boxGroove, USB Cable (1′), Carrying pouch, product booklet (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information), Instructions for download of software and complete documentation
ConnectionUSB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
RecordingUp to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
MeteringMulti-color LEDs for status and level indication
ClockAsynchronous clocking
ControlsTop panel buttons adjusts and mute volume
Dimensions95mm L x 30mm W x 16mm H
ConstructionPremium aluminium build quality
D/A conversion
THD+N-107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 16 dBu
THD+N-100dB with 30 Ohm load @ 10.5 dBu
Dynamic Range117dB a-weighted
Frequency response10Hz – 20K +/- 0.2dB
Max output level225mW into 30 Ohm
Max output level40mW into 600 Ohm
DAC8 x channel ESS DAC (4 DACs per channel)