headphone amp Stories January 12, 2016

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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

headphone amp 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

headphone amp Stories December 10, 2015

expiredGet the most out of your headphones w/ these FiiO DAC and Amplifier deals: E12 Portable $100 (Reg. $140), more

Adorama is currently offering Black Friday pricing on a handful of FiiO Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) and Headphone Amplifiers for your iMac, iPhone, iPad or Android device. In case you’re not familiar, DACs are an excellent companion to any portable audio setup. If you’re using wired headphones to enjoy your music with an iPhone or Android phone, a digital-to-analog converter will help make the music come alive. Amplifiers give an extra boost of power to connected headphones that smartphones simply can’t provide.

Our top-pick from the sale is the FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Headphone Amplifier for $99.99 with free shipping. That’s good for $50 off the original listing, $29 off Amazon’s current listing and the lowest price we can find. Features include an aluminum body, 850mW of maximum power for driving headphones, volume control and up to 12 hours of battery life. Rated 4.6/5 stars by 267 Amazon customers.

You’ll also find the FiiO E17K Alpen 2 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for $109.99 shipped (Reg. $150) and FiiO’s more powerful E18 DAC & AMP for Smartphones on sale for $119.99 shipped (Reg. $160).

headphone amp 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.

headphone amp 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.

headphone amp 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.

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