ANTIPODES AUDIO STEPS UP WITH NEW MUSIC SERVER RANGE
Suddenly things changed for Antipodes Audio.
All of under two months ago we highlighted Antipodes Audio's new servers and model updates.
Then out of the wild blue yonder, a key supplier went to the wall leaving significant models tottering on an audio limb.
Faced with adversity, Antipodes Audio responded in the manner our New Zealand cousins are famous for.
Without breaking stride, founder and designer, Mark Jenkins, looked at the models affected such as the DS, DS GT, Edge and Core models and decided in typically courageous Kiwi fashion, to completely redesign each.
Importantly, each of the revamped models would be designed and built in-house giving Antipodes Audio complete control of its desirable products from go to woah.
The flagship DX server was the first model to get a makeover. This led to models now comprising the new Antipodes X-Series modular Solutions.
The building blocks for the new series are the EX, CX, P1 and P2.
Launching the new models, Warwick Freemantle, Director of Pure Music Group which distributes Antipodes Audio in Australia, told StereoNET:
Antipodes Audio's new concept allows audiophiles and music lovers an attractive and affordable entry to “no-compromise” computer audio through the new Antipodes EX.
Alongside its digital outputs, the EX sports great quality stereo analogue outputs, so that a customer who is replacing a cd player needs only the EX and won’t have to find money to buy an extra DAC.
Antipodes Audio also explains that the EX is a much higher quality model than any of the discontinued models, but that it’s cheaper to buy an EX than buying a lower priced server plus a DAC to get a similar sound quality.
Antipodes' new CX is the same as the EX, but the CX does not have stereo analogue outputs.
But the CX carries a much gruntier computing engine to suit users who’d like to navigate a large Roon library of say, more than 5000 albums quickly and seamlessly.
The CX is also built to make using demanding DSP features such as on-the-fly transcoding and up-sampling to DSD512 a delight rather than a chore.
The CX is a unique model because it offers huge processing power in tandem with high-quality digital audio in a single device.
Buy a CX and EX Solution, and you’ll have a major boost in sound quality. The CX is assigned to running the server app such as Roon Server, and the EX is dedicated to running the renderer app as an 'endpoint'.
In use, the CX connects to a network and it also has a Direct Ethernet connection to the EX.
Extracting the best sound from your CD collection is as easy as adding a P1 platform to either a CX or EX.
Adding a P2 boosts sound quality and provides a way to expand the digital output options. A P2 can be added to an EX or CX. Antipodes wasn’t shooting the breeze when it said the new models provide a modular solution to great sound.
Antipodes will debut the CX+EX Solution at this year’s Munich High-End Show in May and StereoNET will be on hand for the launch.
Pricing is as follows: CX+EX Solution (no storage) $11,000, CX (no storage) $6950, DX (no storage) $7150, DX with 1TB SSD $8400, with 2TB $9650, with 4TB $12,150, with 8TB $17, 150, EX (no storage) $4650, P1 (black only) $900
For more information visit Antipodes Audio.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.