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It's been awhile since I've spent much time with Apogee's audio gear. In my early Engadget days, I reviewed both the Jam and MiC, two portable recording accessories that turned the iPad into a tracking center for guitars, vocals and podcasts. Earlier this year, the company revealed the Groove, put...

June 9th 2015 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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When it was announced back in January, Apogee promised to deliver its Groove USB headphone amp and digital-to-analong converter (DAC) this spring. Well, the company kept its word as the audio accessory is now available for $295. What does a few hundred dollars buy you? Groove touts up to 24 bit/19...

May 19th 2015 at 3:22pm 0 Comments
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The chatter surrounding high fidelity listening devices and services picked up over the last year or so (thanks, Neil Young), and Onkyo hopes its new 3-in-1 device will lure you to the land of high definition. The company's aluminum-wrapped DAC-HA300 is not only a portable music player for audioph...

March 30th 2015 at 11:28pm 0 Comments
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If you're looking to improve the sound coming from your laptop while working on the go, Apogee may have the fix. At this week's NAMM trade show, the company announced Groove: a small USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amp that aims to boost quality without taking up a considerable amount of...

January 22nd 2015 at 11:02pm 0 Comments
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Let's be honest: Wireless speakers are a dime a dozen. The options are seemingly endless, and new ones arrive on an almost daily basis. Companies have begun to push the boundaries of design as of late, making options that are an aesthetic step above the larger outfits. Tubecore's Duo certainly doe...

April 18th 2014 at 5:21pm 0 Comments
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Audioengine recently released a premium 24-bit DAC (digital to analog converter) that lets you bypass your Mac headphone jack and send the audio through a USB port. The result is an audible and sometimes dramatic improvement in music quality. The D3 is US$189.00, a very reasonable price as high-qual...

December 4th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Have you ever been to a concert and bought a keep-sake CD? Did you find it somehow didn't quite conjure up the same heady, ethereal experience? Musician Barry Stephen Goldfarb evidently did, inspiring him to create Reveel -- a small device that claims to recreate the authentic live sound. By using...

November 8th 2013 at 3:21pm 0 Comments