The current Antipodes DX is the third generation of our flagship one-box model, integrating autoripper, server & renderer functions, and is a Stereophile Class A+ Recommended Component.
The DX has not only enjoyed the reputation of arguably the world's best music server for several years, it is unique in providing exceptional digital audio sound quality together with one-box simplicity and ease of use. Ongoing development has continued to keep the DX at the head of the pack. The key to the increased performance of the third generation DX is the new V4X circuit developed originally for the DX, but which is now also used in the Antipodes EX.
But the DX is not just a full-width version of the EX with an integrated ripper. The reason the DX outperforms the EX in sound quality is that it uses dual power supplies and this improves the separation of the server function from the renderer function.
Our experience developing and refining the DX, since the first generation DX was released in 2014, has led to the new Antipodes EX and CX, and these new models offer different combinations of features and benefits, but the DX remains the ultimate one-box solution.
The DX has two Ethernet ports. You can use one to connect to your network (necessary for remote control and other functions) and use the second to provide a low-noise dedicated feed to an Ethernet DAC. In this configuration you do not need any other connection from your Ethernet DAC to the network because it is able to communicate through the DX. While it is smarter than this, you can simply think of the DX as doing the same job as a high quality, linear regulated psu powered, Ethernet switch.
The DX has four USB ports - two black ports and two blue ports. All four ports receive exactly the same quality of USB signal and each is separately generated. However you may find that DAC compatibility and that sound quality are different. This is because the 5vdc feed on the USB output is different. The reason these different options are offered is to enable you to achieve the best sound quality with different DACs.
It is worth repeating that each of the four ports is independently derived so they do not interfere with each other, and each of them receives exactly the same quality of digital audio signal. How the presence of the 5vdc feed affects the audio quality is dependent on your USB cable and the design of the DAC. Which port you need to use for compatibility with your DAC is dependent on the design of the DAC.
"The resulting clearly superior sound quality should be justification enough but another big selling point is that the DX not only includes integrated complete and user-friendly Roon functionality but also offers the best Roon sound that I have heard so far."
"Thing is, the Antipodes really manages to improve considerably on the already high standard set by the Aurender [N10] and it does this in technically as well as musically meaningful ways."
"..the DX sounded extraordinary in the very low frequency range, delivering impeccable volume and detail, and was impressive with suitable recordings. The sense of detail and speed was also maintained in the upper low frequency range, and this resulted in very good performance in the reproduction of micro dynamics and rhythm, which appeared balanced in volume and speed, full and with proper presence in space.
"The midrange was characterized by excellent reproduction of detail, without traces of compression and without being too laid-back or aggressive, even at high levels. The listener faces an utterly clear image with a very good sense of depth and motion, and good recordings have a strong sense of realistic presence in space. This behavior becomes particularly clear in the case of vocals (solo and chorus) which were rendered with impeccable articulation, detail and tonal colors."