In 2018, Antipodes Audio added a new approach to its line-up, by introducing a new modular series comprising four products.
With the typical 3 product approach representing “good”, “better” and “best”, a customer buying the more affordable “good” model has to trade-up in order to get to “better” or “best”, and that can be costly.
With the new Antipodes modular series, the “good” model is the EX, the “better” model is the CX, and the “best” model is the CX+EX, where both models are used together in tandem.
The EX and CX are made to the same high quality standards, but the CX has much more computer power than the EX. You can use either the EX or the CX as a music server to play direct to your USB or Ethernet DAC. The CX offers superior sound quality as well as higher power for Roon users wishing to use Roon’s computing-intensive features such as DSP. Normally, a more powerful CPU works against sound quality, but the Antipodes CX turns these tables and our high-power CX offers a significant step-up in sound quality over the EX.
But the CX+EX offers the ultimate in sound quality, competing with CD Transports at several times the price of the CX+EX, and rivaling the best turntable systems at any price.
The modular series also offers two ways to extend the functionality of the solution.
Many customers have already ripped their CD collection and use streaming services or download services for new music. But for those wanting the ultimate ripping solution, the modular series offers the P1 platform. The P1 platform is carved from a solid block of allow and houses a high quality ripper with the ability to read pits 100 times smaller than the pits on a CD. Together with our optimised auto-ripping software, the P1 provides you with the best possible ripping result. The P1 is the same footprint as the EX or CX, so is placed directly under the server to enhance the server’s vibration isolation.
The EX and CX provide high quality USB and Ethernet outputs to feed your DAC, but the P2 Platform (still in development) extends functionality by offering re-clocked outputs including SPDIF and I2S. Like the P1, the P2 is carved from a solid block of alloy to enhance its performance, and to enhance the vibration isolation of the server it is placed under.
With this approach you can start with an EX or a CX. And later you can either upgrade by adding the other server to form the top-of-the-line CX+EX solution, or you can extend the functionality of the servers by adding ripping and an expanded output set.