Audio products designed for superior sound by focusing on time-domain accuracy
antipodes is pronounced an-tip-uh-deez - and refers to our corner of the world. These are our reference servers, always on display and in our system.
The Antipodes CX+EX Solution is physically the same thing as a CX and an EX, with the CX dedicated to running only the server app and the EX dedicated to running only the renderer app. With this configuration, the reduction in noise levels in each unit is dramatic, and with the new direct Ethernet connection between them, the CX+EX solution is jaw-droppingly superior to anything Antipodes has offered before.
The CX+EX solution is the absolute ultimate music server system, with the low-noise optimisation of both units having a big impact on the final result. You can start with just an EX, or just a CX, and add the other unit later to get to the CX+EX Solution.
A CX and EX can be placed side by side and be the same foot-print as a full-width component. They should not be stacked directly on top of one another as they need cool air to enter from underneath the unit and for warm air to exit through the top plate.
Owners of the CX+EX solution can use any USB ripper to auto-rip their CDs, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high quality ripper, to the CX. The CX is designed to that you can add your own storage disks, and you can self-install up to 4TB of HDD or up to 8TB of SSD storage. Use of SSDs improves dynamics, high frequency sweetness and speed, and is significantly more musically engaging. If you prefer to have your storage disks pre-installed then your dealer can assist you.
The EX stereo analog output is dramatically enhanced when you upgrade an EX to CX+EX, so much so that it can make more sense to add a CX rather than a high quality USB DAC as the next step for your EX. This adds more support to our view that very simple DACs can sound wonderful if they receive an excellent digital signal. The benefit of high quality DACs is still apparent, but cannot make up for a poor server.
The current Antipodes DX is the third generation of our flagship one-box model, integrating autoripper, server & renderer functions, and is a Stereophile Class A+ Recommended Component.
The DX has not only enjoyed the reputation of arguably the world's best music server for several years, it is unique in providing exceptional digital audio sound quality together with one-box simplicity and ease of use. Ongoing development has continued to keep the DX at the head of the pack. The key to the increased performance of the third generation DX is the new V4X circuit developed originally for the DX, but which is now also used in the Antipodes EX.
But the DX is not just a full-width version of the EX with an integrated ripper. The reason the DX outperforms the EX in sound quality is that it uses dual power supplies and this improves the separation of the server function from the renderer function.
Our experience developing and refining the DX, since the first generation DX was released in 2014, has led to the new Antipodes EX and CX, and these new models offer different combinations of features and benefits, but the DX remains the ultimate one-box solution.
The DX has two Ethernet ports. You can use one to connect to your network (necessary for remote control and other functions) and use the second to provide a low-noise dedicated feed to an Ethernet DAC. In this configuration you do not need any other connection from your Ethernet DAC to the network because it is able to communicate through the DX. While it is smarter than this, you can simply think of the DX as doing the same job as a high quality, linear regulated psu powered, Ethernet switch.
The DX has four USB ports - two black ports and two blue ports. All four ports receive exactly the same quality of USB signal and each is separately generated. However you may find that DAC compatibility and that sound quality are different. This is because the 5vdc feed on the USB output is different. The reason these different options are offered is to enable you to achieve the best sound quality with different DACs.
It is worth repeating that each of the four ports is independently derived so they do not interfere with each other, and each of them receives exactly the same quality of digital audio signal. How the presence of the 5vdc feed affects the audio quality is dependent on your USB cable and the design of the DAC. Which port you need to use for compatibility with your DAC is dependent on the design of the DAC.