The release of the CORE has been delayed. The reason is to incorporate newly developed technology that enables us to add high quality USB outputs to the CORE. We were asked for this option several times by audiophiles and retailers, and so we accelerated a project that was already working on this capability.
The powerful i3/i5/i7 CPUs have a complexity to their architecture and operation that makes them much more electronically noisy than the simpler CPUs. The issue is not so much about the power level but the unnecessary levels of activity and complexity. But we can now run certain i3/i5/i7 CPUs in such a way that electronic noise interference generated is dramatically reduced, without crippling the CPU performance. We regard this as a major breakthrough, unique to Antipodes Audio.
The CORE will be available in two models, a CORE Server and a CORE Duet, both powered by an external ODAPS linear power supply for optimum performance. The CORE Server will only run Server apps, and user feedback so far has confirmed to us that sound quality is markedly improved compared to using a standard computer. The CORE Duet will run both Server and Renderer apps and delivers stunning audio quality via USB.
You can purchase the CORE as either a Server or a Duet, and upgrades from Server to Duet are purchased online on this site and delivered in a remote Teamviewer session.
Note that the CORE uses a full Quad Core i5 CPU. There are four physical cores, as is the case with all desktop i5 CPUs. You should be aware that there are variants of the i3/i5/i7 that are cut-down versions of the desktop chips, usually using fewer cores, run at low power, and cheaper, that cannot be compared to the full desktop i5 used in the CORE. These cut-down chips are used in notebooks, laptops and NUCs and are not equivalent to desktop chips that use the same i3/i5/i7 names.
The CORE is not a standard computer. Doing the Server right affects the sound quality of Renderers you play to, but it is much more important now that we have integrated high quality USB digital audio output.
With this innovation on the horizon, we decided not to release the original CORE Server design because it would not be able to be upgraded easily to a CORE Duet. We will be able to announce the release date for the CORE soon.