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Antipodes EX

$4,500.00

  • Excellent Renderer
  • Very Good Mid-Power Server
  • Exceptional Musicality

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Antipodes EX

The EX is our entry level model, combining the Server function, the Renderer function and the DAC function in a single device. So the EX can operate as a complete digital source to replace a CD Player.

But we recommend you add a high quality DAC to experience the full potential of the EX. Using just an EX, you can play direct to the USB or Ethernet input on your DAC.

“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).

You can add high quality auto-ripping by adding a P1 Platform. Or you can add further digital outputs (S/PDIF, AES3 and I2S) by adding a P2 Platform.

The EX has less processing power than our CX, but there are only a few Roon DSP features that are too demanding.

For example you can easily play PCM files up to 32bit/768kbps, and DSD files up to DSD512 with the EX. Upsampling to 32bit/768kbps PCM on-the-fly is also well within its capabilities.

Only high intensity computations like transcoding/upsampling to DSD256 and DSD512 on-the-fly are too demanding.

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.

For a dramatic increase in sound quality, add a CX to the EX (the CX+EX Solution). In this configuration the CX is dedicated to the Server function and the EX is dedicated to the Renderer function.

The CX+EX Solution delivers the ultimate in sound quality, so an investment in our entry-level EX is also a stepping stone towards our best sounding solution where the EX is dedicated to just the Renderer function.

When operating the EX as just a Renderer, the extra headroom allows it to complete this task with a fluid yet dynamic and highly resolved presentation.

Functionality


Antipodes Control Panel

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

  • Add internal storage to your EX to enable playback from internal storage
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  • Rip your CDs to internal storage on your EX 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 EX over your network
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  • Manage your music on your desktop/laptop/nas and synchronise the library on the EX to it
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  • Setup automatic synchronisation to backup the files on your EX to external storage on your network
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  • Backup the files on your EX to a USB drive
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  • Add files on external storage (desktop/laptop/nas) to the music library of your EX
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Integration With Your System

  • An EX can be connected to play concurrently, direct to a DAC via either USB(or Analog), Direct to a DAC via Ethernet; and stream 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 EX from any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone
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Applications

The Antipodes CX 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

CXEXP1P2
Casework ColorSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver or BlackSilver 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
– XLR
– PCM to 24bit/192kHz
– DoP to DSD64
I2S Output
– HDMI
– 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 Sata0-8TB0-8TB
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
Depth290mm290mm290mm290mm
Height At Front (Including Feet)90mm90mm30mm30mm
Weight7.5Kg7.5Kg2.9Kg3.1Kg
Warranty
– 2 Years
– Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
– 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
CXEXP1P2

Reviews

Fair Audio Review of Antipodes EX

Fair Audio Review of EX

Ralph Werner of Fair Audio (www.fairaudio.de) has written a comprehensive review of the Antipodes EX in German. This reviewer has spent the time to clearly identify and describe how the EX sounds and is well worth the read even via Google Translate.

“With the Antipodes EX, it’s as if someone had torn open the windows and properly ventilated. No fog, no cloud, no haze can be discerned in the sound image, which is particularly noticeable in the transparency and transparency of the virtual stage.”

“The New Zealander is just closer – closer to the singer, who stands in front of you and gives a serenade, closer to the bowed cello string and the woody textures and tonal nuances of this beautiful instrument. Closer but also to impulses, be it a battered cymbal or a forced played piano, be it a sharply tapped e-bass or guitar string. For some listeners, that may seem surprisingly “fresh and straight” at first. In my opinion, this is not artificial hardship, but an authentic one… this unfiltered fine-dynamic accuracy.”

“As a third strength in addition to excellent resolution / impulse behavior and the great spatial representation of this – sorry – go through super horny bass. Logically, the chain must be able to pass that, of course, a box with Schlabberbass “repaired” by any music server in the world. But if the base is right, the Antipodes EX makes a difference again – even in the basement. Anyway, I have the impression that with the EX as a player not only more substantial, but also deeper and more defined in the lower octaves. Getting all three at the same time is as rare as it is beautiful.”

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HiFi Advice Review of EX

“The Antipodes EX has a powerful, dynamic delivery with full tonality and very realistic textures. In addition, it has a smooth and refined delivery, with zero hash, zip, zing or other forms of harshness or brightness. In fact, the EX is probably as dynamic as the DX2 and at the same time as finely resolved as the very best servers and endpoints that I have heard. More specifically, it’s every bit as refined, focused and “hi-res” in presentation as the Aurender N10 was, but with a fuller, tonally more textured sound. It has great PRaT but also lets the music breathe and flow freely and it has superb lyrical capabilities. Technically immaculate as well as emotionally highly involving, the Antipodes EX is my current reference for Roon playback.”

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HiFi Advice have more comments on the EX in its review of the Antipodes CX+EX.

HiFi Advice Review of CX+EX

Christiaan Punter (Founder/Editor of HiFi Advice) first listened to the Antipodes EX as a renderer only, with Roon Server running on his computer. Then he heard how much better the EX sounded when it ran both the Server and Renderer apps. Then we sent him a CX to use as a Server feeding the EX as a Renderer, and he immediately discovered both how important the Server device is, and what a breakthrough product the CX is.

“..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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