The CORE Is Launched
As previously reported, when we announced we were making a high-powered high quality server to play to renderers, many customers contacted us to say they welcomed the high power option to run Roon Server, but they wanted us to add high quality USB audio output to the product. That is not easy to achieve because the electronic noise levels generated by the i3/i5/i7 CPU family have a detrimental effect on the downstream audio quality. But, as it happened, we already had a project working on a solution to that problem running for over a year, and so we accelerated that work and delayed the launch of the CORE. The delay has turned out to be only two months (and 4 days).
The CORE has now been released and is available in two versions.
The CORE Server delivers the original brief to run server applications with ease and play to renderers like the Antipodes EDGE, Roon Ready DACs and other renderers. What sets it apart from using any high power computer is that it is designed to be easy to use, acoustically silent, have very low electronic noise and to use the excellent Antipodes ODAPS external linear power supply to keep switching noise out of your system. The benefits to sound quality of removing noisy steps in the chain are easily heard. Adding to this you get auto-ripping capability and you can easily install your own storage disks.
The CORE Duet variant adds high quality USB Audio output. There is no longer any need to run a separate server and renderer to have it all - the CORE Duet delivers high power and superb sound quality - a dramatic breakthrough. Don't listen to the theoreticians, listen to a CORE instead, and hear for yourself.