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Antipodes CX+EX Review

Antipodes CX+EX Review

Christiaan Punter “There comes a time when a reviewer just lacks the superlatives to describe the latest experience and for me, this is it. This combination is, quite simply, the very best digital front end that I have heard.”

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Antipodes EX Review

Antipodes EX Review

ANTIPODES EX REVIEW: Christiaan Punter of HiFi Advice has reviewed most of the top music servers on the market, and in his review he provides insightful comparisons between our entry-level Antipodes EX and the best from the competition, so this review will be of particular interest. “The Antipodes EX has a powerful, dynamic delivery with […]

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Audio Shows

Audio Shows

2ND-HALF 2018 AUDIO SHOWS: Around October each year we get busy going to, or just supporting, audio shows around the world. The image above is from the Xfi show in the Netherlands.  We love working with the Aequo loudspeaker team and it does not hurt that their elegant loudspeakers sound fantastic.  We also showed with […]

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Antipodes Modular Series

Antipodes Modular Series

ANTIPODES MODULAR SERIES: 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 […]

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Modular Series Sound Quality Hierarchy

Modular Series Sound Quality Hierarchy

THE SOUND QUALITY HIERARCHY: Achieving great sound quality with a music server is mainly about two things. The first factor is the minimisation of noise interference.  Sound quality is diminished if high frequency noise sits on top of (is at a higher frequency than) the bit rate of the digital signal.  Why?  Because it creates […]

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PCM, DSD, Upsampling & Transcoding

PCM, DSD, Upsampling & Transcoding

UPSAMPLING & TRANSCODING: There is a lot of hype around high bitrate files, DSD, Native DSD versus DoP, Upsampling, Transcoding PCM to DSD etc.  A lot of very skilled digital engineers point to the questions being more about making trade-offs, not about which is better – and we agree.  There are sound technical arguments you […]

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PCM File Formats

PCM File Formats

PCM FILE FORMATS: This article includes some recommendations.  These recommendations come mainly as a result of controlled blind listening tests over a number of years and with a number of groups of audiophiles, and also from several years of full-time experience.  This is not the place to present theories to support these recommendations, because of […]

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DAC Compatibility

DAC Compatibility

DAC COMPATIBILITY: Antipodes music servers use Linux native USB drivers.  These drivers are 100% compatible with the USB Audio 2.0 Standard. The situation for USB inputs on DACs is not so straightforward.  What you need to ensure is that your DAC’s USB input is also compatible with the standard, but there are DAC manufacturers that […]

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Design Approach

Design Approach

OUR DESIGN APPROACH: BACKGROUND Antipodes Audio has been designing high end music servers since 2009 and launched its first music server for worldwide distribution in 2011.  In the period between 2009 and 2011 we focused exclusively on research and development, and many of the conclusions we drew in that period remain part of our design […]

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PLEX

PLEX

SETUP PLEX MEDIA SERVER: Plex is a media server application that organises video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to media servers, smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices that have compliant player apps. Plex can also be setup as a DLNA server. You can control Plex on a Windows PC, […]

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SONOS

SONOS

SETUP SONOS INTEGRATION: Install and setup this application and your Antipodes Music Server will appear within your SONOS application as a music source. This means you can use your Antipodes music server to rip and store music, play to a high quality DAC in your stereo system, and have the same music available for playback […]

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Spotify

Spotify

SETUP SPOTIFY CONNECT: With Spotify Connect, you can use your Spotify app  on PC, smart phone or table to play Spotify music through your Antipodes. You must have a Spotify Premium subscription. How to set up Spotify Connect on the Antipodes In the Antipodes GUI go to Settings/Spotify Connect, enter a Player Name and then […]

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Shairport

Shairport

SETUP SHAIRPORT: Shairport is an Apple Airport Emulator. This makes the Antipodes work as if it was an Apple Airport device. So you can play music that is on your Apple Airplay device across your network to the Antipodes. Note: because Apple may change the Airplay specification Antipodes Audio cannot guarantee continued reliability of the […]

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MPD Renderer

MPD Renderer

SETUP MPD DLNA RENDERER: If you wish to use a DLNA/UPnP solution and want an Antipodes to perform the DLNA renderer function then you can use MPD. Setup the renderer in the Antipodes Control Panel of an Antipodes that is connected via USB to your DAC: Select the menu item ‘Settings’ Click on the ‘MPD’ […]

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BubbleUPnP

BubbleUPnP

SETUP BUBBLEUPnP: BubbleUPnP Server is a UPnP server application enabling you to: Have secure Internet access to your UPnP/DLNA server content, with BubbleUPnP on a tablet and foobar2000 on a Windows device. Create OpenHome media renderers from any UPnP AV renderer (provides on-device playlist, and multiple Control Point access to the same renderer) Address some […]

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Minimserver

Minimserver

SETUP MINIMSERVER: MinimServer is a UPnP/DLNA AV server that enables the music library on an Antipodes server to be accessed by DLNA-capable devices. MinimServer is not installed on Antipodes servers by default. Therefore you need to install it before you can use it. At the Antipodes Control Panel, select the ‘Apps’ menu item, click on […]

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Squeezebox DLNA Server

Squeezebox DLNA Server

SETUP SQUEEZEBOX DLNA SERVER: You can setup an Antipodes music server as a DLNA Server a number of ways: Use Minimserver Use MiniDLNA Use PLEX But in many cases we find the simplest solution and with the widest compatibility is achieved by installing one plug-in to Squeezebox server to enable it to be a DLNA […]

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MPD Solution

MPD Solution

SETUP THE MPD SOLUTION: MPD can be used as a complete solution, able to perform the server and renderer function with a single app. This contrasts with the more common requirement to have a separate server app and separate renderer app. When using MPD as a complete solution, the first step is to setup the […]

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Squeezebox

Squeezebox

SETUP SQUEEZEBOX WITH SQUEEZELITE: Setup the renderer in the Antipodes Control Panel of an Antipodes that is connected via USB to your DAC: Select the ‘Settings’ menu item Click on the ‘Squeezelite’ icon – this will open the screen shown below Select the correct output driver Select how your DAC likes to receive DSD files […]

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HQPlayer With NAA

HQPlayer With NAA

SETUP HQPLAYER WITH HQPLAYER NAA: HQPlayer Server (embedded) is a version of HQPlayer that runs on Linux servers. The application is pre-loaded on Antipodes servers and can be installed from Apps/Software Manager/Available Apps. HQPlayer Server can play directly through ALSA ( the Linux Audio software on the Antipodes) to a DAC connected to the same […]

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