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, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper. The EX can be ordered with 8TB of HDD internal storage, or users can self-install up to 4TB of HDD or up to 8TB of SSD storage for their music files. Use of SSDs improves sound quality dramatically.
We have added 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: