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Antipodes CX+EX

  • Excellent & Separate Server
  • Excellent & Separate Renderer
  • Exceptional Naturalness, Transparency & Musicality

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Antipodes CX+EX Solution

For the ultimate sound quality. The CX+EX solution enables the Server and Renderer apps to run without any interference from each other, and be both run on the ultimate hardware for each task.

In this solution, the CX is used just to run the Server function that it was optimised for, and this is achieved by simply turning off the Renderer apps, giving complete priority to the Server function. And the EX is used just to run the Renderer function that it was optimised for, and this is achieved by simply turning off the Server apps, giving complete priority to the Renderer function. The CX and EX include Direct Ethernet capability, enabling the CX to be connected to the EX with a dedicated, very low noise signal, insulated from extraneous network noise.

With both units running in their optimal mode, and linked by Direct Ethernet, the CX+EX solution provides the absolute state-of-the-art in both sound quality and usability.

The CX is designed so that you can add your own storage disks, enabling you to 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. You can also run the CX from external storage on a NAS or a USB drive. Of these alternatives, the NAS sounds much better than a USB drive. Compared to internal SSDs, playing from a NAS will lose a little impact and precision, and navigating a large library will be less ‘snappy’.

  • The CX is dedicated to run just the Server app (eg. Roon Server)
  • The EX is dedicated to run just the Renderer app (eg. Roon Ready)
  • The CX is linked direct to the EX with a short high quality Ethernet cable
  • Both are managed over your network by connecting just the CX to your network
  • Internal Storage is connected to the CX
  • Any ripper used (such as the Antipodes P1) is connected to the CX
  • The EX plays out to a DAC via USB
  • Or the EX plays out to a P2 and then from the P2 to the DAC

The results are stunning – not just combining the exceptional transparency of the CX with the exceptional musicality of the EX, but lifting both aspects to a completely new level of naturalness and separation.


Antipodes Control Panel

  • Use any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone to manage your CX and EX
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Assemble Your Music Library

  • Add internal storage to your CX to enable playback from internal storage
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  • Rip your CDs to internal storage on your CX using any USB Optical Drive, or with optimum precision using an Antipodes P1
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  • Copy your music files to the internal storage of the CX over your network
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  • Manage your music on your desktop/laptop/nas and synchronise the library on the CX to it
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  • Setup automatic synchronisation to backup the files on your CX to external storage on your network
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  • Backup the files on your CX to a USB drive
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  • Add files on external storage (desktop/laptop/nas) to the music library of your CX
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Integration With Your System

  • The CX+EX involves a Direct Ethernet connection between the CX and EX, and also allows concurrent playback, direct to a DAC via USB, Direct to a DAC via Ethernet; and streaming to devices on your network that are compatible with Roon, Squeezebox, DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome, SONOS or Plex
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  • Control playback on your CX from any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone
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The Antipodes CX+EX Solution offers a choice of best-of-breed applications, selected via the Antipodes Control Panel.

Music Playback Options

Complete Playback Solutions

DLNA Server Options

DLNA Renderer

Other Playback Options


Casework Color Silver or Black Silver or Black Silver or Black Silver or Black
Passive Fanless Silent Cooling
All Case Parts CNC Machined From Solid Alloy Block
USB Output
– 5v On/Off Options
– PCM to 32bit/768kHz
– DoP to DSD512
– Native DSD to DSD512
Stereo Analog Output
– Processes PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– Transcodes other formats before conversion
Low-Noise Ethernet Direct
Isolated USB Input
Word Clock Link
S/PDIF Output
– RCA and BNC options
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
AES3 Output
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
I2S Output
– PCM to 32bit/384kHz
– DoP to DSD256
– Native to DSD512
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
– Server Apps
– Renderer Apps
– Admin Apps
User-Installable Storage – Two 2.5″ 7mm Sata 0-8TB 0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping App
Medium Power Quad Core Celeron
– Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power 6 Core i7 For Server Apps
– Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
– 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Width 240mm 240mm 240mm 240mm
Depth 290mm 290mm 290mm 290mm
Height At Front (Including Feet) 90mm 90mm 30mm 30mm
Weight 7.5Kg 7.5Kg 2.9Kg 3.1Kg
– 2 Years
– Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
– 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage


6 Moons Review Of The CX+EX Solution

Srajan Ebaen, editor of, has penned a significant review of the CX+EX Solution. For the purposes of comparisons, Srajan borrowed a C.E.C. TL-2N belt-drive transport from Kevin & Lynn Scott of Living Voice, that had bested all other music servers, to date.

“Now the [CX+EX] proved to be the belt drive’s equal. Full Stop.”

“on sheer build quality, these Kiwi challengers eclipsed all other audiophile servers I’d hosted until then”

“In this component sector, Aurender, Innuos and Lumin have become some of the most elite brands. After my time with the Solution from the Down Under, I think that not only does Antipodes Audio belong into the same league but today might just rule it.”

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HiFi Russia Review Of The CX+EX Solution has published a very interesting review of the CX+EX solution, comparing it to two commonly solutions used by audiophiles, with very insightful comments on the comparisons. The review is in Russian but Google Translate will reveal its message.

“The test was carried out in three steps – first we connected our DAC to the iMac / Roon computer directly via USB. Then they switched to the connection via Intel NUC / Roon ROCK Server UPnP, Sonore ultraRendu. And finally, they connected a bunch of Antipodes Audio CX + EX to the DAC.”

“Antipodes Audio CX + EX added a significant amount of detail and strengthened the sound foundation, but here is how they differ dramatically – speed, dynamics, suddenness and range of sound drops when the music explodes and suddenly suddenly breaks into breathtaking silence . Real High End!”

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HiFi Advice Review of CX+EX

“ took all of 3 seconds before I loudly exclaimed: “Holy Shit!” The difference was not subtle, it was huge! Wow man, everything the EX does so well was still there, but magnified [by the CX+EX Solution]. The soundstage was now even larger, both wider and deeper and even more enveloping, the delivery more powerful, with even more impressive dynamics.”

“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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