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Antipodes CX+EX

$11,000.00

  • 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.

The CX combines a server capability that delivers excellent audio quality in any configuration, with a very good renderer capability. Its full potential is realised when it is performing just the server function and sending an excellent output signal by direct Ethernet to an EX. The EX is a superb renderer, coupled with a very good mid-power server capability. Its full potential is realised when it is performing just the renderer function and receiving an excellent input signal by direct Ethernet from a CX.

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 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.

  • 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

This enables the CX to give complete priority to the server app, and the EX to give complete priority to the renderer app, and communications between them is isolated from network traffic and managed for the best sound quality.

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.

Functionality


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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Applications

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

Specifications

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Casework ColorSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or Black
Sound Quality Ranking (1=Best)123
Price Level (1=Highest)1234
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
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
– Server Apps
– Renderer Apps
– Admin Apps
User-Installable Storage – Two 2.5″ 7mm Sata0-8TB0-8TB0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping App
Integrated CD Ripper
Medium Power V4X Circuit For Server Apps
– Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power V4H Circuit For Server Apps
– Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
– 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Width240mm (x2)240mm240mm240mm
Depth290mm290mm290mm290mm
Height (Including Feet)90mm90mm90mm30mm
Weight15Kg7.5Kg7.5Kg3.5Kg
Warranty
– 2 Years
– Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
– 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
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Reviews

HiFi Advice Review of CX+EX

“..it 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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