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All Models Rip, Store, Manage & Play Your Music Files To A DAC
All models integrate the Server and Renderer functions in a single device
Or you can use the powerful CORE as the Server and either the EDGE or DX as the Renderer
See the FAQ below for an explanation of server and renderer functions

Models Using The Latest V4 Platform

DX Gen3

RIPPER - SERVER - RENDERER

DX Gen3 - Medium Power With NEW V4X Circuit

The Ultimate In Digital Audio Sound Quality
Pre-Installed Solid Sate Storage
Medium Power For All But Roon's Most Demanding DSP Features
Add A CORE Server For Demanding DSP Features
Play To Your USB DAC & Networked Players
The DX Gen2 is still available with S/PDIF and AES3 outputs
Play From Internal & External Storage
Full Size With Level 4 ODAPS Internal Linear Power Supplies

STEREOPHILE CLASS A+ RECOMMENDED COMPONENT

CORE

SERVER - RENDERER

High Power NEW V4H Circuit

High Processing Power & Exceptional Sound Quality
Supports Roon DSP to DSD512 & PCM32/768 During Playback
Play To Your USB DAC & Networked Players
Add Any USB CD/DVD Drive For Auto-Ripping Your CDs
User-Installable HDD or SSD Storage - No Tools Needed
Play From Internal & External Storage
External Level 2 ODAPS Linear Power Supply

The CORE is the high processor power version of the EDGE for users that need extra power
Or use a CORE as server to play to an EDGE or DX as renderer for the best of all worlds

Models Using The V3.5 Platform

EDGE

SERVER - RENDERER

Medium Power V3.5L Circuit

Affordable Yet Exceptional Sound Quality
Medium Power Supports All But Roon's Most Demanding DSP Features
Add A CORE Server For Demanding DSP Features
Play To Your USB DAC & Networked Players
Add Any USB CD/DVD Drive For Auto-Ripping Your CDs
User-Installable SSD Storage - No Tools Needed
Play From Internal & External Storage
External Level 1 ODAPS Linear Power Supply

The EDGE is designed to deliver as much of the DX sound quality as possible at around half the price

DS Base

RIPPER-SERVER-RENDERER

Medium Power V3.5L Circuit

Simple & Complete Solution
Medium Power Supports All But Roon's Most Demanding DSP Features
USB, S/PDIF & Analog Outputs
Or play to compatible networked players
Pre-Installed Storage
Play From Internal & External Storage
Semi-Switched External PSU

A DS Base can now be upgraded to the V4 DS-X or DS CORE


Model Comparison Table

Select The Models To Compare
DX Gen3
DX Gen2
EDGE
CORE
DS Base
DX Gen3 DX Gen2 EDGE CORE DS Base
The DX The DX EDGE CORE DS Base
USB Output
- PCM to 32bit/768kHz
- DoP to DSD512
- DSD to Native DSD512
S/PDIF Output
- PCM to 24bit/192kHz
AES3 Output
- PCM to 24bit/192kHz
Pre-installed Storage Options
User-Installed Storage
Integrated Ripper
Medium Power V4X Circuit
High Power V4H Circuit
Medium Power V3.5L Circuit
Internal Level 4 ODAPS Linear Power Supplies
External Level 2 ODAPS Linear Power Supply
External Level 1 ODAPS Linear Power Supply
External Semi-Switched PSU Brick
DX Gen3 DX Gen2 EDGE CORE DS Base

Application Suite

Setup and control your Antipodes from your Desktop, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone.

software suite

Choose from best of breed applications now, and in the future, as new or updated applications emerge, fully integrated and optimised.

Three Complete Playback Solutions

ROON SERVER & ROON READY

roon


Roon license required

SQUEEZEBOX & SQUEEZELITE

squeezebox


Still being developed and supported by a large developer community with a large range of plugins, including streaming services and internet radio

MPD

mpd

MPD is principally a renderer app but can play direct from a local library without a separate server app

Two Renderer Applications

HQPLAYER NAA

hqplayer


Provides high quality rendering, playing from the main HQPlayer app on a separate computer

MPD (DLNA RENDERER)

mpd

MPD is a DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome Compatible Renderer

A Range Of Server Applications

Plex Media Server

plex media server


Multi-media server app for playing to Plex players such as Smart TVs

DLNA SERVER SOLUTIONS

dlna


A range of apps providing DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome server capability

SONOS INTEGRATION

sonos


Easily and simply adds your Antipodes as a music source for a SONOS system


FAQ

  • What's The Difference Between A Server & A Renderer?

    Computer Audio Terminology

    REMOTE CONTROL - Use your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone to tell the Server what to play.

    SERVER - The Server organises your music, and displays your library, streaming services and radio stations on the Remote Control's screen. When told to play a file, the Server pushes the music file to a Renderer.

    RENDERER - The Renderer turns the music file into a digital audio signal to send to your DAC.

    DAC - The DAC converts the digital signal to an analog signal and sends it to an amplifier.

    Different products on the market may combine two or more of these functions. For example a Roon Ready DAC or a 'networked' DAC combines the Renderer and DAC functions in a single device.

    Each Antipodes combines both Server and Renderer functions in a single device, but you can also use them as a separate Server or as a separate Renderer.

  • Where Can I Find Prices?

    Prices are set by retailers, and vary due to differences in local duties and taxes, so the best we can do is set out a hierarchy of prices and some rough numbers. Retail prices in the USA for the products, with 1TB of storage pre-installed, vary from $3,000 to $7,000, excluding duties and taxes. Expect to pay more in countries with high tariffs and sales taxes (VAT, GST etc).

    From highest price to lowest price, and also in order of sound quality:

    1. DX
    2. CORE
    3. EDGE
    4. DS Base


    We recommend you click the "BUY" menu item at the top of this screen to see our distributors. They will be able to advise prices in your region and your nearest dealer.

  • Do I Need A High Power CORE?

    The first decision to make when deciding on the right model for you is whether or not you need high processing power. High processing power can be of benefit if you wish to use Roon but even then you may not need it.

    One reason you may benefit from high processing power is if you have a large library of say 5,000 albums or more. Roon lets you discover your music in new ways and involves powerful database capabilities. As the library gets bigger, navigation of the library using all of Roon's features slows down. With high processing power you will be able to move around a large library and search your library faster.

    A second reason you may benefit from high processing power is if you wish to use Roon's DSP features. Programs like Roon and HQ Player have proved the worth of these features when done properly, and a powerful server is needed for some functions. All Antipodes products can handle nearly all of Roon's DSP features, but you need a CORE in order to do things like upsample and transcode your music files to high bit rate DSD during playback.

    To be specific, all Antipodes products can play files up to DSD512 and PCM 32bit 768kHz. And all Antipodes products can upsample during playback to any PCM rate and to DSD64 and DSD128. But you need a CORE to upsample to DSD256 and DSD512 during playback.

    Therefore if you decide you want high processing power you should look at a CORE. Or consider using a CORE to run the server function and play to an EDGE or DX.

  • What If I Don't Need High Power?

    The DS Base, EDGE and DX are designed purely for sound quality at their price points, and have adequate power except for the most demanding features in Roon. If you don't want to upsample to DSD256 or DSD512 while playing, then you get better sound quality for your dollar choosing from the DS Base, EDGE or DX.

    The DX is our flagship model and will simply deliver better sound than any other Antipodes product.

    The DS Base is our entry product, but can be fitted with SSDs (best sound), play from a NAS (next best sound) or play from internal hard drives (next best sound).

    The EDGE sits between the DX and DS Base in both price and sound quality terms. The EDGE delivers a large portion of the DX sound quality for a significantly lower price. Whereas the DS Base uses an external semi-switched power supply and the DX uses much superior internal linear power supplies, the EDGE uses an external linear power supply that borrows a lot from the DX power supplies.

  • What Sounds Best?

    The DX is king. The CORE and EDGE perform at a similar level as each other, but the CORE is fuller, more refined and has greater bass definition and control. The DS Base is on the bottom rung, but punches well above its weight.

    With poor quality servers, DSD may be preferred over PCM, because DSD sounds softer and a little distant. PCM is a little pushed forward but with an excellent server we find PCM almost always wins the blind shoot-outs because of its greater immediacy and musical life.

    With poor quality servers, playing over the network to an Ethernet DAC can make sense, but with an excellent server playback via USB sounds clearly better.

    SPDIF and AES3 can compete with USB if done properly, but will generally sound softer and warmer due to higher jitter, and some people will prefer that in some contexts. SPDIF and AES3 interfaces are much less suited to transferring high bit-rates than USB and Ethernet, because they don't have the bandwidth to "square out" a high bit-rate signal.

    You will get the best sound by using either the Roon solution or MPD playing from the local library. Other solutions generally sound softer with less immediacy.

  • How Do I Install Storage And Add A Ripper?

    There are two reasons why we offer you the ability to install your own storage and ripper with the CORE and EDGE. The first one is it will cost you less. The high-volume low-margin computer supply chain can deliver these to you at lower cost than the low-volume high-margin high-end audio supply chain. The second reason is that subsequent storage upgrades will be able to be done without your CORE or EDGE even having to be removed from your stereo system - and will continue to cost you less.

    Installing the ripper is simple. Get a USB CD/DVD drive for around $50 or less (don't get a Bluray drive) and plug its USB cable into a USB port on the back of the Antipodes. That's it. Start feeding disks into it and ripping is automatic. The software will take care of managing the drive to read/re-read and manage ripping speed to get the best possible rip. And you can remove the drive when you don't need it.

    Installing storage is just as simple. Buy a 2.5" 7mm Sata SSD (the most common format) and slide it into a slot at the back of the CORE or EDGE. This is as simple as putting bread in a toaster. Once pushed home it will be held very securely and we provide a tool to grip it securely enough to be able to pull it out again when you need to. The only additional step is to email Antipodes Support so that we can login remotely for about 5 to 10 minutes to setup the storage for you. Antipodes Support are always there to make things work for you, but you can take your product to your dealer and ask them to do it for you if you prefer.

  • How Complicated Is It?

    Playing music is so simple and intuitive regardless of whether you want to use Roon, MPD or SqueezeBox. Just download the necessary app to your Desktop, Laptop, Tablet or Smartphone and start clicking or tapping on what you want to listen to.

    Click on the "RESOURCES" menu item at the top of this screen to see the extensive step-by-step instructions for any task you need to complete. Typically 3 or 4 mouse clicks or finger taps is the most you need to accomplish anything. All tasks are simple, but they may be unfamiliar, and so you may get confused. If you do, simply email Antipodes Support for advice. They can even login remotely and do it for you at the same time as showing you what to do. You will never find yourself stuck.