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Buy Apogee GROOVE+AA3 Portable USB DAC & Headphone Amplifier with 3 Year Assure Premium Service Plan: Amps - ✓ FREE DELIVERY. This is a review and measurements of the Apogee Groove portable DAC and headphone amplifier. It is on kind loan from a forum member. Apogee Groove review: Despite its size, Apogee's dinky amp kicks out a big, tonally transparent sound with plenty of bass and detail, which.


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Apogee Groove Driver

Apogee Groove (New) - Apogee Electronics

During music playback, they Apogee Groove to color to green and are fully analog. Each has individual intensity which once maxed out, lights up the one above it.

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Overall, I am very positively impressed with fit, finish and quality of the physical unit. Let's get into measurements and see if the high price is justified by objective data.

Measurements Let's start with our usual dashboard at 2 volts to see the fidelity as if it were Apogee Groove DAC: Hey, this is quite good for a portable product! It puts it in the tier 2 of codecs tested as far as distortion and noise: The Chord is nearly three times its price with very high claims of objective fidelity so this is quite an Apogee Groove. It is milder here because the noise floor is higher. Jitter performance is visually disappointing but audibly transparent: Linearity is also quite good for a portable device, losing accuracy above 18 bits: Dynamic range is very good and falls in Apogee Groove middle of pack max volume: Let's look at the all important, distortion versus power at ohm: Once again, the Apogee Grove comes close to performance of Chord Mojo, producing the same 71 milliwatts of power.

To put this in perspective, typical smartphone audio dongle outputs 1 to 10 miliwatts of power. So this is quite an important jump as Apogee Groove relates to high impedance headphones such as the popular Sennheiser HD and its clones.


Same measurements with 33 ohm though, generated odd results: At around 1. This produced total power Apogee Groove 78 milliwatts which is way short of specified milliwatts.


I even tested one channel with the same results. Unfortunately we have some bad news when it comes to output impedance: Oh, no. Why did you do this to us Apogee? You were doing so well. Groove also uses Apogee Groove Constant Current Drive output stage Apogee Groove dynamically compensates for the non-linearities of any connected headphones — be they acoustic, mechanical or electrical.

Apogee Groove review

The result is lower distortion and a more linear Apogee Groove response. Apogee Groove — Performance With the Groove connected to a Samsung laptop at one end and Audio Technica cans at the other, I raided the music library and ended up getting my gob well and truly smacked. What struck me straight away was the sheer transparency of the sound.

Subtle licks of sibilance on vocals, Apogee Groove feathery top edge of a snare drum, the metallic pang of a cymbal — Groove lets Apogee Groove all through. The Constant Current tech provides enough punch and attack to keep you engaged, coupled with a convincing sense of scale when the music demands it. Kick drums are remarkably beefy Apogee Groove not too full-on. The result is a tight, well-balanced sound with plenty of breathing space.


Its combination of balance, transparency and detail is crucial criteria for getting the mix just right. Accurate placement of instruments, smooth panning Apogee Groove prominent vocals make you feel immersed in the music. Should I buy the Apogee Groove?

Groove may seem expensive for what it is, Apogee Groove one listen through a decent pair Apogee Groove headphones and it begins to make sense. This portable amp draws you in with its transparency and keen eye for detail, then keeps you engaged with punchy bass, attack and superb imaging.

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