Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC - Counterpoint
Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC - Counterpoint
Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC - Counterpoint

Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC

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Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier 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.

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-analogue 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 unequalled 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-analogue converter or DAC.

A DAC takes the digital information on your computer and translates it into analogue 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 a smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC™, 4 DACs per channel for the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Asynchronous clocking
  • Multicolour LEDs for status and level indication
  • Powered by USB
  • Top panel buttons for adjusting the 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 OS: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
  • OS: 10.8 or greater
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • Connection and power: Any available USB port
  • Driver: Mac Core Audio. No download or installation necessary.
  • Power: USB

Windows OS

  • Windows OS: PC or laptop manufactured after January 2006
  • OS: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) or greater

Intel Core 2 @ 1.6 GHz or AMD equivalent

  • Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum
  • Connection and power: Any available USB port
  • Driver: Register to download from Apogee’s website
  • Power: USB

In the box

  • Groove
  • USB Cable (1')
  • Carrying pouch
  • Product booklet (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information)
  • Instructions for download of software and complete documentation


  • Connection: USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
  • Recording: Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • DAC: ESS Sabre DAC
  • Metering: Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
  • Clock: Asynchronous clocking
  • Controls: Top panel buttons adjusts and mutes the volume
  • Dimensions: 95mm L x 30mm W x 16mm H
  • Construction: Premium 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 Range: 117dB a-weighted
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 20K +/- 0.2dB
    • Max output level: 225mW into 30 Ohm
    • Max output level: 40mW into 600 Ohm
  • DAC: 8 x channel ESS DAC (4 DACs per channel)



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100-day returns

We want you to feel reassured that the products you buy from us are built to last for the classroom, in the office or on the road. That’s why we have a 100-day guarantee where you can return the product if anything you buy from us develops a fault within 100-days.
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Expert advice

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