The Antipodes EX is an evolution of the Antipodes EDGE, but the EX is made to the same specification level as our flagship DX, becoming only the second Antipodes music server to get the 'X-Series' designation. The EX uses the same V4X circuit for signal handling that is used in the DX and the only difference driving relative audio performance is that the EX uses a single internal ODAPS2 power supply and the DX uses internal Dual ODAPS1 Power Supplies, allowing for greater separation of the server app and renderer app in the DX.
Other differences from the DX are that the EX uses the half-width form factor, user-installable storage and does not have an integrated ripper. The EX is built in four separate chambers, separating wiring and switches, the power supply, storage disks and signal handling from each other. And the EX is the first Antipodes music server to use our newly developed ODAPS2 power supply technology, which reduces high frequency noise without resorting to filtering that would impede the speed of current delivery needed in a music server. The EX is a superb renderer, and its full potential is delivered when it is performing just the renderer function and receiving an excellent input signal. Used on its own the EX is a stunning value entry model to the Antipodes X-Series. Upgrading it with a CX to the CX+EX solution, where the CX performs the server function lifts performance to the absolute state of the art.
Owners of an EX can use any USB ripper to auto-rip their CDs (Soundline recommends The Asus Zen Drive), or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper. The EX comes without storage as standard, but can be added to it. Customers can add storage to the EX (Soundline recommends the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD as a starting point) by purchasing any 2.5" SSD drive and giving it to Soundline to fit and install.
One key feature to the EX, a high quality 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. Instead we sought a very inexpensive way to reveal the benefits of getting the digital part right. It is as they say, buzz-word free, limited to PCM and up to 24 bit 192kHz, and other formats will be transcoded on-the-fly for playback.The reason for the design choices in the EX are:
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.
- Medium Power V4X Circuit
- Fanless All Alloy
- Separate Screened Chambers Construction
- ODAPS2 Level 3 Internal Linear Power Supply
- Stereo Analog Output (RCA)
- USB Audio 2.0 Output
- PCM to 32bit / 768kHz PCM
- DoP to DSD512, Native DSD to DSD512
- Ethernet Direct Output
- 1-8TB via 2 2.5" SSD drives
- Roon Server & Roon Ready
- SqueezeBox & Squeezelite
- HQPlayer NAA
- Spotify Connect
- SONOS Integration
- Plex Media Server
- Admin Applications
- Find My Antipodes
- CD-Import Auto-Ripper
- Playback App Switcher
- External Drive Mounter
- Browser-Based Setup GUI
- SMB Server For File Management & Downloads
- Less Than 25W While Running
- 240mm (w) x 290mm (d) x 90mm (h)
- 24 Months Return To Vendor
- Extendable To 36 Months By Online Registration