DAC 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.

DAC Stories December 1, 2015

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Headphones + FiiO ALPEN Dual DAC Headphone Amp $180 shipped ($258 value)

Adorama is offering the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Pro Monitor Headphones in Black with a FiiO E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier for $179.99 shipped. Combining the current value of the headphones and the amp, that’s more than $77 off. Even considering the Black Friday/Cyber Monday prices spotted for both items, you are still saving around $30.

On top of being some of the best selling headphones on Amazon, The ATH-M50x have received a 4.7/5 stars from over 2,500 customers. They have 45 mm large-aperture drivers, copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, sound isolation, 90-degree swiveling earcups and a detachable cable design. The Fiio E17K ALPEN 2 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier also has a 4+ star rating and features digital input, dual-function line in/out port, and standard USB charging.

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DAC Stories October 6, 2015

Beyerdynamic A200p Portable DAC Headphone Amp for iPhone/Android $140 shipped (Reg. $200)

Update (10/8 4:30pm): The price of the below listing has now dipped an additional $20 down to $139.95 shipped.

BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Beyerdynamic A200p Portable Mobile DAC Headphone Amp for iPhone and Android Phones in Black/Silver for $159.99 shipped. This headphone amp still fetches $200 at just about all retailers including Amazon. This is $9 under the lowest price we have ever seen.

Not only will it enhance the quality of the audio coming off your portable devices/laptop, it will also make it louder (if you wish) and includes Lightning, USB and Micro-USB cables along with a leather case and a smartphone strap. Features:

  • The core of the A200p is the Wolfson WM8740 DAC with 24 bit resolution at a sampling frequency of 96 kHz HD audio, crystal-clear sound for mobile devices and laptops
  • Pure digital music data for playback from several type devices such as the iPhone, iPod, iPad via Lightning connector, Android smartphones tablets with Android 4.1 or higher via Micro USB, as well as Mac and Windows version laptops
  • LED display for charging, operation and volume, 3 buttons for music playback/pause and fast forward and reverse, On off switch with locking function
  • Integrated rechargeable battery with up to 11 hours operating time, volume control with 135 level steps

It has received a 3.9/5 star rating from 20 Amazon customers. Be sure to checkout today’s Daily Deals and yesterday’s roundup, for all of our best ongoing headphone deals.

DAC 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.

DAC 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.

DAC Stories April 1, 2015

Most of us enjoy our audio, albeit from iTunes or Spotify or the like, on an iPhone when we are on the go. The reality is that while iPhones are a decent source for audio, the internal make-up isn’t as strong as it could be when it comes to enjoying your favorite tunes.

This is where a digital-to-analog-converter can really come in handy, taking the stress off your device and letting the DAC do all the work. Audio accessory maker Onkyo has a new solution that utilizes the Lightning port instead of the typical 3.5mm jack to provide higher-fidelity audio. expand full story

DAC 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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DAC Stories November 22, 2014

Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Update (11/29 11:00am): Adam Scheidegger is our winner – thanks for following along and entering this Small States contest!

There is a lot of pride that comes with manufacturing in the United States, and we’ve enjoyed sharing the stories behind that pride with you. Before we head into the holiday season, there is one more company that we wanted to make sure you knew about.

JDS Labs out of Collinsville, IL is responsible for one of the coolest products that I have ever used. They take very sophisticated technology and squeeze it into everyday products that make your music sound exquisite. We’ve covered the importance of digital-to-analog converters (DAC) and headphone amplifiers before, but never have we seen them in such a cool package like this.

Let’s learn a little more about JDS Labs.

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