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ANTIPODES K50

Server – Player – Reclocker

World Price – USD17,500 (plus applicable duties & taxes)

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Antipodes K50

The K50 is our biggest ever selling model, integrating Server, Player and Reclocker functions in a single chassis, and delivering class-leading sound quality (learn more about Server/Player/Reclocker functions).

Server

The K50 employs a high-power V6H computing engine to run Server apps (such as, Squeeze Server, Roon Server, HQPlayer Server, Plex Server, etc). Users can easily install their own SSD storage – 3 disks, up to 24TB. The Server computing engine has 32GB of RAM installed, offers an external Direct Stream link to play to the Ethernet input on a DAC, and has a high-speed proprietary link to stream to the Player engine.

Player

The K50 employs a mid-power V6X computing engine to run Player apps (such as Squeeze (Squeezelite), Roon (Roon Ready), HQPlayer NAA, MPD, etc). The Player computing engine has 8GB of RAM installed, offers a USB Audio output to play to the USB input on a DAC, and provides galvanically isolated transmission to the Reclocker engine.

Reclocker

The K50 employs a FPGA managed, oven-controlled high-end clock, fed by a high-quality power supply employing Graphene super-capacitor smoothing, and discrete line drivers for S/PDIF (RCA & BNC), I2S (RJ45 & HDMI), AES3 (3-pin XLR) outputs. Because this reclocker is superior to the reclocking in almost any DAC available at any price, the synchronous outputs (S/PDIF, AES3, I2S) of the K50 provide you with the best sound quality.

Design

The K50 was designed to be both highly revealing and highly musical, and many have found it to be more naturally musical than competing music servers at any price. To make this technology available to a wider audience, we created the K-Series Modular Options (see below). This allows a lower entry price, with options to upgrade to K50 level as funds permit.

K-Series Modular Options

ANTIPODES K41
$10,000 plus tariffs & taxes

The K41 includes just the Server engine from the K50. This allows customers to begin with a K41, playing to the Ethernet input on their DAC, and to upgrade later by adding a K21 (for USB output) or K22 (for USB and reclocked synchronous outputs S/PDIF, AES3 and I2S). Shifting the Player and Reclocker roles from your DAC to the Server improves the architecture of the total solution to lift overall sound quality. Users can easily add up to three SSDs (up to 24TB).

ANTIPODES K22
$9,000 plus tariffs & taxes

The K22 includes just the Player and Reclocker engines from the K50, to play to the USB, S/PDIF, AES3 or I2S inputs on a customer’s DAC. The K22 can also run Server apps, but is only medium-powered so is not suitable for very large libraries (>8TB) or heavy DSP functions. The K22 can have one SSD added by the customer (up to 8TB). The customer can upgrade later by adding a K41, improving Server app responsiveness and significantly enhancing sound quality.

ANTIPODES K21
$6,500 plus tariffs & taxes

The K21 includes just the Player engine from the K50, to play to the USB input on a customer’s DAC. The K21 can also run Server apps, but is only medium-powered so is not suitable for very large libraries (>8TB) or heavy DSP functions. The K21 can have one SSD added by the customer (up to 8TB). The customer can upgrade later by adding a K41, improving Server app responsiveness and significantly enhancing sound quality.

“Class A+ all the way.”

“the Antipodes K50 really did represent the best sounding music server I’ve yet hosted”

Ralph Werner – FAIR AUDIO

“the K50 adds an overwhelming sense of natural flow and deep soundstaging, making other server/streamer sources sound flat and relatively technical in comparison”

Christiaan Punter – HI FI ADVICE


Specifications

K50K41K22K21
Price Before Duties & Taxes$17,500$10,000$9,000$6,500
Direct Stream Ethernet OutputYesYesNoNo
USB Audio 2.0 Output
– PCM to 32 bit/768kHz
– DoP to DSD256
– Native DSD to DSD512
YesNoYesYes
S/PDIF Output on RCA & BNC
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
YesNoYesNo
S/PDIF Output on ToslinkYesNoYesNo
AES3 Output on XLR
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
YesNoYesNo
I2S Output on HDMI & RJ45
– PCM to 32bit/384kHz
– DoP to DSD256
– Native DSD to DSD512
YesNoYesNo
Slide-in user installable storage– 3 Bay SSD
– Up to 24TB
– 3 Bay SSD
– Up to 24TB
– 1 Bay SSD
– Up to 8TB
– 1 Bay SSD
– Up to 8TB
Hardware Modules– V5.7H
– V5.1X
– R2i
– V5.7H– V5.1X
– R2i
– V5.1X
Internal – 3 x HSL80.1 Power Supplies3121
AC Supply
– 110-120VAC 60Hz
– 220-240VAC 50Hz
YesYesYesYes
Width445mm or 17.5″445mm or 17.5″445mm or 17.5″445mm or 17.5″
Depth370mm or 14.5″370mm or 14.5″370mm or 14.5″370mm or 14.5″
Height120mm or 4.7″78mm or 3.1″78mm or 3.1″78mm or 3.1″
Weight19kg or 42lb11.9kg or 26.2lb11.5kg or 25.6lb10.8kg or 23.8lb
2 Years Warranty Extendable to 3 Years with RegistrationYesYesYesYes