Apogee Stories October 9, 2018

Apogee Jam+ is the latest USB interface from the world renown audio company. Designed as the company’s next generation mobile recording solution, it also provides professional quality inputs and outputs for your Mac/PC as well. The latest version comes with updated features and will be available starting today from the Apple Store and authorized Apogee dealers. expand full story

Apogee Stories January 22, 2018

Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… expand full story

Apogee Stories May 12, 2016

expiredAudio Upgrades: Beyerdynamic DT-770 Over-ear Headphones $139 (Reg. $200), Apogee Groove DAC $235 (or less), more

Amazon offers the Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO Closed Over-Ear Headphones for $138.55 shipped. That’s good for $61 off the original price and regular going rate and retailers like Adorama. Today’s deal is a saving of $31 off our previous mention and the best available. These headphones have a closed, diffuse-field design with 250 ohms of resistance and “adjustable, soft padded” ear-pads. Rated 4.5/5 stars by 555 Amazon customers. 

Adorama offers the Apogee Groove USB Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for $235 shipped. That’s good for $60 off the original MSRP, down $15 from Amazon’s already low sale price and the best available. Even better, if you don’t mind a rebate, you can save an additional $25 by filling out the form on the page.

Improve your mobile or desktop audio setup with the Apogee Groove. Simply pair this with your MacBook at the coffee shop and you’ll be enjoying your music in a whole new light. Originally released last spring, this DAC is made from aluminum and offers a built-in amp, four converters, plus USB connectivity. It is capable of reproducing high-fidelity 24-bit audio at 192kHz, which is perfect for FLAC files. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

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Apogee Stories October 22, 2015

Podcasting/Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface + Sennheiser HD600 + Condenser Mic $400 shipped ($655 value)

Adorama has a very interesting podcasting/home recording bundle on sale right now. You can grab the Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones plus a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface and a Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone for $399.99 shipped. Combining all three items, that’s nearly $300 off the original listings, $255 off the current prices and the best we have seen.

Outside of the very expensive Apogee interfaces, the Scarletts are some of our favorites on the market. In combination with the MTR101 Condenser, your home recordings will certainly sound much better. While Sennheiser’s reputation as a headphone maker speaks for itself, the open-back HD 600s feature Kevlar reinforced cables and Neodymium ferrous magnets to offer a much more professional monitoring situation.

While reviews on this particular mic are scarce, just about all of the affordable Samsons have favorable reviews on Amazon. Both the headphones and the interface have 4+ stars from hundreds. 

Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones:

  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure excellent transient response
  • Neodymium ferrous magnets maintain optimum sensitivity and excellent dynamics
  • Sophisticated design, elegantly finished in black and gray
  • High-quality open metal-mesh earpiece covers
  • Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced oxygen-free-copper cable with very low handling noise

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

  • Two award winning Focusrite microphone pre-amps
  • Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone:

  • Includes MTR101 Condenser Microphone, pop filter and shock mount
  • Large, 1-inch diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Internally shock-mounted capsule reduces handling noise and external vibrations
  • Rugged die cast construction

Apogee Stories May 19, 2015

Apogee’s new aluminum USB headphone amp and portable DAC is now available

Back in January Apogee unveiled its portable Groove USB headphone amp and DAC, and today the company is announcing its worldwide availability. Apogee has long since been known as a recording industry leader in digital-to-analog audio gear, and you’re going to be paying for it with Groove.

You’re getting a quad sum DAC (4 DACs per channel) that can reproduce high fidelity 24 bit audio at 192kHz and an interesting feature known as “Constant Current Drive”. This allows Groove to adapt to your particular set of headphones, adjusting the output wattage specifically for your set-up.

The USB connected DAC/amp is built from “premium” aluminum and will set you back $295. While certainly a steep price considering some headphones aren’t even that much, it will be interesting to see what a company like Apogee can do with a great pair of cans and some high quality FLAC/AIFFs or streaming from something like Tidal. We are starting to see the Groove pop up at retailers like Amazon and B&H, as well as on Apogee’s web store and at brick and mortar locations.

Apogee Stories December 6, 2014

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Don’t worry, all of our favorite good looking accessories, iPad docks and Bluetooth speakers are on the way. For now its all about how to amplify your home Mac set-up and integrate it with iOS. Mainly geared towards Mac/iOS musicians, here are some of my favorite pieces of gear to crank your home studio/office up a notch:

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