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Hear Every Detail

Whether you are producing beats on an airplane, or mixing on-the-go, you need to hear with accuracy. Groove will play back “the truth”, no matter where you are.

  • Experience Lossless Audio at 192kHz

  • Compatible with iOS, Mac, & Windows

  • Improve Frequency Response of Headphones

  • 4 DACs for High Dynamic Range and Low Distortion



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The Best Possible Listening Experience

Mix With Confidence

When you mix with headphone converters that boost frequencies or distort, it’s like painting with blindfolds. With Groove’s Quad Sum DAC design, you can trust what you hear.

A New Level of Clarity

Thanks to Groove’s Constant Current Drive, you’ll hear a broader frequency response in your headphones – so you’ll never miss a detail.

An Enjoyable Listening Experience

Groove gives you the ability to hear your favorite tunes in full 192kHz resolution.

Product Details




In The Box

  • ESS Sabre DAC
  • Constant Current Drive™ provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC™, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Asynchronous clocking
  • THD+N: -107 dB with 600 Ohm load @ 16 dBu
  • THD+N: -100 dB with 30 Ohm load @ 10.5 dBu
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB a-weighted
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-20k +/- -0.2 dB
  • Max output level: 225mW into 30 Ohm
  • Max output level: 40mW into 600 Ohm
  • 8 channels ESS DAC (4 DACs per channel)
  • Listen to Hi-Res Lossless Audio on Tidal, Apple Music, Qobuz & More.
  • USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
  • Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
  • Top panel buttons adjust and mute volume
  • Premium Aluminum Build Construction
  • Built in the USA
  • Memory: 2 GB Ram minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • macOS 10.8 or greater
  • No download or installation necessary.
  • Windows 7 or greater
  • Windows Users will need to download our driver.
  • Groove
  • USB-A Cable (1 Meter)
  • USB-C Cable (1 Meter)
  • Carrying Pouch

Turn It Up


Does Groove work with iOS devices? arrow down

Yes. With iPads & iPhones that have USB-C ports built-in, just connect directly using the supplied USB-C cable and it will automatically be recognized and work. If the iPad or iPhone has a Lightning port, you need to use Apple’s Lighting to USB3 camera adapter with an external power supply.

Does Groove work with USB on-the-go devices? arrow down

No. Groove is a high-performance headphone amplifier and DAC designed to power the most demanding premium headphones. On-the-go devices simply do not provide enough power for high quality headphone drivers.

My Groove gets really warm/hot, is this normal? arrow down


You may notice that the Apogee Groove can get pretty warm when it’s connected to your computer and powered up. This is completely normal and it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it. Audio quality with very low noise and low distortion requires using more current and this creates heat dissipation. In order to get the amazing audio performance it does, Groove requires a decent amount of current, and because of this, it will definitely get warm. If you connect your Groove to your computer and it is recognized by the computer, plays back audio, and starts to feel warm to the touch after a while, this means it is working as expected. If there were a hardware issue with a Groove, it would either not power up at all (which means it wouldn’t get warm) or it would power up, but not play audio.


Don Was
“As president of a record label, I spend a great deal of time listening to music. As a record producer, I’ve spent countless hours in the studio crafting recordings that have captured amazing performances, only to be heard with compromised sound quality. Groove brings back all the fidelity, dynamics and emotion of the original recordings. I won’t listen to music without it, and neither should you.”

Don Was

President of Blue Note Records / Grammy Award Winning Producer

Mike Knobloch
“As a longtime Apogee fan and user, I’ve gotten pretty accustomed to the first-rate sound quality that Apogee’s products provide — even outside of the studio, like with my Duet that’s a staple between my computer and the big monitors in my office. So, I was beyond excited when the Groove came out. Like everyone, I’m always on the road listening to music off of laptops and devices, but there wasn’t really a good, portable, practical and seamlessly integrated headphone pre-amp that would fit into my routine… until now! Groove delivers that same first-rate Apogee quality in a perfect pint-sized package. Kudos to everyone at Apogee for another brilliant, simple and essential product that’s now as much of a staple in my backpack as the Duet is on my desk. I never want to be Groove-less again!”

Mike Knobloch

President, Film Music and Publishing at Universal Pictures

John Rodd
“Apogee Groove makes my headphones sound incredible. Whatever they did with the output stage sounds amazing, as do it’s converters. Highly recommended.”

John Rodd

Music Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer