Apogee has today announced a new portable USB DAC and headphone amp called the Apogee Groove, allowing users to get the “same high quality audio technology found in the world’s most prestigious recording studios” on both the PC and Mac.
To use it, all the user has to do is connect the Groove to their computer via a USB cable and then connect their headphones or powered speakers to the audio port on the other side.
Apogee say that this will then allow users to listen to their iTunes Library or streams from services like Spotify in “incredible clarity and detail”.
One of the ways it is said to do this is with something called the Constant Current Drive, sad to allow the Groove to deal with the impedance variations of the headphones that are available today, allowing for a smoother frequency response.
Groove also features a Quad Sum DAC design, which Apogee say will use four digital-to-analog converters per channel for the highest dynamic range and the lowest distortion “of any device in its class”.
Here’s some specs and features that Apogee released today:
USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
ESS Sabre DAC
Constant Current Drive™, Ultra-smooth frequency response for any headphones
Quad Sum DAC™, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
Max output level: 225mW into 30 Ohm
Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
Powered by USB
Top panel buttons for adjusting output level and muting
Compact and portable (95mm H x 30mm W x 16mm T)
Premium aluminum build quality
Built in the USA
As of yet no pricing has been announced for the Apogee Groove, but we do know that it will be available in Spring 2015.
You can find out more about the Groove at the source link below: