Antipodes comes from a research background, and for this reason we don't have products in every category of audio, just in the ones where we
have discovered unique insights that enable us to produce better products.
We began with audio cables in 2004. Nearly all audiophile cables are based on the application of electrical theory that is not just too simplistic, but is also inappropriate for the application - and this applies to both analog and digital cables. Antipodes has developed signal transmission theories that are targeted to each task, leading to unique cable geometry that preserves phase accuracy - something other cables fail to do, mainly because their designs create inappropriate impedance interfaces. In blind listening tests we have confirmed the importance of this to engage fully with the emotion in the music. In perfecting the time-domain accuracy of our cables we have also developed our own unique wire-making technology, and we manufacture and use only pure cotton insulation.
In 2009 Antipodes began full-time research into new ideas that we had developed on why digital sources fell short of analog sources in engaging the listener in the emotion of the music. As with cables, we found that the prevailing digital audio theory was far from being supported by reality, only more so. We found that media conversion, buffering, resampling, reclocking etc, were nowhere near being 100% effective at eliminating up-stream jitter and noise interference with the digital signal - they just translate the problem into a different one. This drove us to focus on music server development because both CD players and Ethernet Streamers are heavily dependent on 'fixing' a badly molested digital signal during the playback process. By contrast, music servers can be designed to preserve timing, and minimise noise interference with the digital signal, throughout the playback process - by fine attention to all parts and all processes involved, with management of the residual noise at a global level. Because this flies in the face of the accepted digital audio theory, we have regularly conducted public blind listening tests to show that methods like reclocking fail to fix up-stream distortion of a digital signal. Done right, a music server can not only provide great access to your music but can beat any CD transport because of the shortcomings of reading the CD during the playback process.
Antipodes Audio products allow reproduced music to sound more real. This approach doesn't deliver the hyper-reality sometimes favoured by audiophiles, and which is usually a product of unnatural emphasis due to smearing and ringing, but it delivers the full emotional intensity and fine nuance of the music. Our products are not designed to blow your socks off. They are designed to let the music do that.