The EX is our entry model, but compares favourably with competing models at any price. In fact, the EX is superior to our legendary DX which has been a Stereophile Class A+ Recommended component for several years.
“Technically immaculate as well as emotionally highly involving, the Antipodes EX is my current reference for Roon playback.” – Christiaan Punter of HiFi Advice (www.hifi-advice.com).
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 from a CX. But when used on its own the EX is a stunning value entry model to the Antipodes X-Series. Its greatest strength is its exceptional musicality.
The EX was the first Antipodes music server to use our newly developed ODAPS2 power supply technology, which reduces high frequency noise without resorting to filtering. This translates to providing fast, clean and highly-resolved transients, with an improved sense of space and fine detail, without any of the harshness you may have associated with digital audio in the past.
Owners of an EX can use any USB CD/DVD ripper to auto-rip their CDs, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper. The EX is also designed so that you can add your own storage disks. You can 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.
We have added one notable feature to the EX, a good sounding stereo analog output. Customers moving from a CD Player can start with the EX and play direct to their amplifier, and leave adding a high quality USB DAC till later. This was not an attempt to include a high quality DAC, but to make entry to the high-end of digital audio more accessible:
- It provides a low entry price to the digital audio high-end because it does not require you to add a DAC.
- You can upgrade it with a high-quality USB DAC later.
- You can upgrade it to the absolute state-of-the-art by adding a CX later, to become the CX+EX solution.
- Starting this way is easier and sounds better than getting a DAC first and using a standard computer for the server.
The EX also includes Direct Ethernet capability, enabling the EX to feed an Ethernet DAC with a very low noise signal, insulated from extraneous network noise. It also enables the EX to receive a low-noise Ethernet signal from a CX, in the CX+EX Solution.