Apogee Electronics Groove Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC
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|Apogee Electronics Groove Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC|
|Apogee Electronics Groove|
The controls are simple. It has proper-sized up/down volume buttons that are easy to adjust. Groove is powered via the USB 2.0 connection and is class-compliant for MACs; Groove shows up in the MAC's Sound Preference panel ready to be selected. For PC use on computers manufactured after Jan. 2006, simple download and install the driver available at: Apogeedigital.com/register.
I have been mixing a Pop song in my Pro Tools studio so I was extremely familiar with its mix and overall sound. I connected Groove and plugged in my set of Shure SRH840 headphones. These are the same set I use to check mixes using a studio headphone amp. I found useful the three green and blue LEDs to indicate audio present and when you change the audio volume up or down.
The sound is marvelous--the best I've heard yet from portable headphone/DACs I've used in the past. It sounds like the mix playing directly out of Pro Tools--clear high frequencies and accurate and distinct bass. Groove uses a Constant Current Drive headphone amp circuit to provide a smooth frequency response when used with any set of headphones. There was no problem driving (louder than I can take) the 40-mm drivers in the SRH840s with their 44-ohm impedance.
Another tech detail is the Quad Sum DAC that uses 4 DACs per channel (8 total) for the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion. Groove works at 24-bit and up to 192kHz sample rates so I can quickly listen to master audio files without conversion.
If you use a laptop for "on the go" music production, you should hear how your mixes now sound--better than your computer's DAC and headphone amp. You'll like its small size and it makes a great playback system for mobile FLAC file collectors or if you are subscribing to HD music streaming services such as HD Tracks or Tidal®.
Groove sells for $295 MSRP and for more, check www.apogeedigital.com.
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