Apogee Groove Stories February 29, 2016

expiredUpgrade your MacBook’s audio with the Apogee Groove USB Digital-to-Audio Converter for $235 (Reg. $300)

Adorama offers the Apogee Groove USB Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for $295. Applying coupon code 1FEBSAVING drops the final price to $234.99 with free three-day shipping. That’s good for $60 off the original MSRP, $51 less than Amazon, down $5 from our previous mention and the lowest price currently available.

Apogee Groove Stories January 12, 2016

Adorama has another solid home audio bundle today with the best selling Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones and Apogee’s Groove portable headphone amp/DAC for $329 shipped. Combining both items together, that’s $135 under the regular price and the best value we can find. Even at the lowest individual prices we have ever seen on these two items, you’re still saving more than $25: expand full story

Apogee Groove Stories January 4, 2016

Apogee Groove portable USB DAC/headphone amp for Mac & PC $240 shipped (Reg. $295)

Update (1/04 2:20pm): Adorama has the Denon DA-300USB High Resolution Audio DAC Headphone Amplifier for $219.99 shipped (Reg. $455+).

Adorama is offering the Apogee Electronics Groove portable USB DAC and headphone amp for $239.99 shipped. That’s $55 below the going rate from just about all major retailers including Amazon and B&H. While we have seen it discounted as part of larger (and more expensive) recording bundles, this is the lowest direct discount we have ever tracked since Apogee released the Groove DAC. While reviews are some what light here at 4.8/5 stars from only 30 Amazon customers, Apogee is widely considered to be a (if not, the) recording industry leader in analog-to-digital conversion and just about all of its gear has 4+ star ratings.

This mini portable (“Quad Sum”) headphone amp/DAC offers studio quality audio playback on-the-go and is great for driving high-end headphones. It features 24 bit/192kHz audio, USB 2.0 for direct connection with your Mac/PC, and a Made in the USA all-aluminum exterior. You’ll find even more details right here

Apogee Groove Stories September 21, 2015

expiredHeadphones: Symphonized Wooden In-ear $16 (Reg. $25), Sennheiser Over-ear + Apogee Groove DAC $500, more

Update (9/21 1:45pm):

Symphonized via Amazon offers its XTC Genuine Wood In-Ear Noise-isolating Headphones in three different colors for $15.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders for $35+. Today’s deal is nearly 70% off the original price, $9 better than regular going rate and the best price we can find.

These in-ear headphones feature a wooden noise-isolating design, a built-in microphone, and three sizies of silicone ear tips. Symphonized includes a one-year warranty. Over 550 Amazon customers rate these headphones 4.3/5 stars.

Next up, Adorama has the Sennheiser HD 650 Over-ear Headphones bundled with Apogee’s Groove Portable USB digital-to-analog converter for $499.99 with free expedited shipping. This package represents a $659 value as the HD650’s regularly go for $425 or more at retailers like Amazon, while the DAC fetches $230. Today’s deal is $50 less than our previous mention and the best deal we can find on this combination.

The Sennheiser HD650 headphones feature an open back over-ear design, a broad frequency response and weigh about half a pound. Over 350 Amazon users rate these headphones 4.7/5 stars. Apogee’s DAC features a USB connection for improved sound direct from your Mac or PC, built-in volume control and support for up to 24-bit audio. This DAC has received a 5/5 rating from Amazon users since its release earlier this year.

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Apogee Groove Stories August 13, 2015

expiredAudio-Technica ATH-M70x over-ear headphones + Apogee Groove portable headphone amp $329 shipped ($600 value)

Adorama has another interesting combo deal with the Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier and a set of Audio-Technica ATH-M70x Professional Monitor Headphones for $329 shipped.

Combining both items, that’s about $270 under the original prices and the best we can find. The Apogee Groove still fetches $300 on Amazon and has yet to go on sale outside of bundle deals like today’s. On top of that, these bundles don’t usually include a pair of headphones as nice as the $299 Audio-Technica ATH-M70x.

The Apogee Groove has received a 5/5 star rating from 14 Amazon customers and the ATH-M70x headphones have a 4/5 star rating much like the rest of the extremely popular ATH-M series headphones. You can learn more about the Apogee Groove and what it has to offer in our full announcement post.

Apogee Groove Portable USB DAC features:

  • USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC with up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • Enhances your iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Pandora or other music listening experiences
  • Constant Current Drive provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC , 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Premium aluminum build quality, Built in the USA

Audio-Technica ATH-M70x features:

  • M-Series flagship model, tuned for extremely accurate reproduction and carefully crafted using key metal components for lasting durability
  • Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnetsand copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils
  • Extended response accurately reproduces extreme low and highfrequencies while maintaining perfect balance
  • Circumaural design contours around the ears for excellent soundisolation in loud environments
  • 90 degree swiveling earcups for easy, one-ear monitoring

Apogee Groove Stories July 21, 2015

Sennheiser HD650 over-ear headphones + Apogee Groove portable DAC/headphone amp $550 shipped ($755 value)

Update (7/24 11:40am): This deal is now dead at Amazon, but it is still live at Adorama.

Adorama via Amazon is offering the Sennheiser HD650 Audiophile Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones bundled with the Apogee Groove portable USB DAC/headphone amp for $549.99 shipped (matched at Adorama direct). That’s $204 off the current going rate for these items individually and the best price we can find for either. Even at the lowest price we’ve seen for these headphones, you’re saving about $20 more. Apogee’s new Groove DAC has never been on sale before.

The HD650s feature a 10 – 39,500 Hz response, neodymium magnets, and “specially designed acoustic silk to ensure precision damping over the entire frequency range.” They have a 4.7/5 star rating from over 340 Amazon customers.

Apogee has been a leader in DAC technology for many years and its portable Groove solution has seen favorable reviews thus far. You can learn all about it in our announcement post.

If you’ve been waiting for the Groove to go on sale, Amazon is also offering the DAC/headphone amp bundled with other high-end headphones right now from Beyerdynamic as well.

Apogee Groove Stories January 23, 2015

Your personal music collection is one of the most, well personal, things that many of us have in our lives. Everyone has different tastes and likes to listen in their own way. What many consumers do not realize is that they are typically not hearing the music as it was intended. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) before, but today we are seeing a new option that packs everything a DAC offers into a smaller, portable package.

Apogee, makers of recording industry leading microphones, audio interfaces and more, has announced the newest addition to its line of products with the portable USB Groove DAC and headphone amp for Mac and Windows PC. It comes packed with intriguing features and will launch with a special edition model you’ll certainly want to see.

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