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Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp

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Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp
$249.00

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Designed for the discerning audiophile, mixing, and mastering engineer alike, the Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp is a 24-bit 192 kHz USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for both Mac and PC computer systems. The DAC is powered by your computer's USB bus and can be used with either headphones or powered monitors using a Y cable from the unit's 1/8" stereo output.

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Designed for the discerning audiophile, mixing, and mastering engineer alike, the Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp is a 24-bit 192 kHz USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for both Mac and PC computer systems. The DAC is powered by your computer's USB bus and can be used with either headphones or powered monitors using a Y cable from the unit's 1/8" stereo output.

Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and built in the USA from premium aluminum, the device leverages an 8-converter ESS Sabre 32-Bit DAC chip in a novel Quad Sum arrangement. Both the left and right channels of the stereo feed utilize four digital to analog converters which are summed together to lower distortion and improve dynamic range. The device also implements a Constant Current Drive design which provides ample power at any impedance and ensures a smooth and balanced frequency response.

Simply connect the unit to your Mac or PC computer via the included USB micro B cable to enhance the listening experience of your favorite DAW or music program such as iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, and more. LED illuminated volume up and volume down/mute buttons provide hands-on control of your listening experience. An integrated leash loop allows you to attach a leash to the unit to help keep it safe. It also comes with a convenient carrying pouch.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Multi-color 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 aluminum build quality
  • Built in the USA
Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp

Apogee Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amp Features:

  • Portable DAC and headphone amp with the exceptional sound quality for Mac/PC and 2018 USB-C iPad Pro
  • Stellar sound quality from ESS Sabre DAC, Constant Current Drive, and Quad Sum DAC technology
  • Perfect for auditioning mixes accurately away from your studio system
  • USB powered for maximum portability and convenience
  • Simple operation with two top-panel buttons for volume control

What's In the Box:

  • Apogee Electronics Groove - 24-Bit 192 kHz USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier For Mac and PC
  • USB Cable
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Specifications:

Brand Apogee
Manufacture SKU GROOVE
UPC 805676301419
Form Factor Portable
Number of Headphone Channels Single Channel
Headphone Output Power 225 mW into 30 Ohms
40 mW into 600 Ohms
Digital Chipset DAC:
8 x ESS

Connectivity

Analog Audio I/O 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Output
USB 1 x Micro-USB

Performance

Frequency Response D/A Converters:
10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
Dynamic Range D/A Converters:
117 dB (A-Weighted)
THD+N D/A Converters:
-107 dB (at +16 dBu, 600-Ohm Load)
-100 dB (at +10 dBu, 30-Ohm Load)

Digital Audio

Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit

Compatibility

OS Compatibility Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1 (32/64-Bit)
macOS 10.8 or Later
*As of November, 2021: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Processor Requirement Mac:
1.5 GHz Intel
PC:
1.6 GHz Intel Core 2
AMD
RAM Requirements 2 GB, 4 GB Recommended
Required Hardware Available USB Port

Power

DC Input Power 5 VDC at 500mA (USB Bus Power)

Physical

Dimensions 3.74 x 1.18 x 0.63" / 95 x 30 x 16 mm
Weight 0.1 lb / 45.4 g