Overview      DX      EDGE      CORE      DS Range     

All Models Rip, Store, Manage & Play Your Music Files To A DAC
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The DX

RIPPER - SERVER - RENDERER

DX Gen3 - Medium Power With NEW V4X Circuit
DX Gen2 - Medium Power V3.5X 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 DAC & Networked Players
Play From Internal & External Storage
Full Size With Optimised Internal Power Supplies

STEREOPHILE CLASS A+ RECOMMENDED COMPONENT

The 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

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

The 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
Play to an EDGE or a DX to increase power and improve sound
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

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

The DS Range

Two RIPPER-SERVER-RENDERERs

Each DS Model Includes An Integrated Ripper & Pre-Installed Storage

DS Base uses HDD Storage and a Semi-Switched PSU
- uses the Medium Power V3.5L Circuit

DS Core is a version of the CORE
- uses the NEW V4H circuit combining high power and great sound
- play direct to USB DAC using our latest USB technology

A DS Base can now be upgraded to the DS CORE at one of our four Antipodes Service Centers


FAQ

  • What Are The 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:

    1. DX
    2. DS Core
    3. CORE
    4. EDGE
    5. 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 or DS 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 DS Core or 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 DS Core or 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 DS Core. Or consider using one of those 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, but is arguably the best value for money of the three. The EDGE is not a DX, but it 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.

    One reason for the lower cost of the EDGE is that you can add your own SSDs and your own USB CD drive for ripping. Adding these is a piece of cake, and the most complex part is going to your local computer store to buy them. 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. If you are prepared to do a little simple and easy DIY then the EDGE has to be considered based on value for money.

  • What Sounds Best?

    The DX is king. The DS Core, CORE and EDGE perform at about the same level as each other, but there are differences. Compared to the EDGE, the DS Core and CORE are fuller, more refined and have significantly better bass definition and control. The DS Base is on the bottom rung, but only lacks in refinement, and if playing from internal SSD or from a NAS, it can perform at a very high level.

    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. We expect to move away from providing SPDIF and AES3 over time as customers are preferring to use higher bit-rate file formats, including upsampling their ripped CD files. 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.

  • 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.


The Antipodes DS Range, EDGE, CORE & DX combine the Server and Renderer functions in a single device. But you can use the powerful CORE as a separate Server and either of the excellent sounding EDGE or DX as a separate Renderer, if you prefer a two box solution.

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.

ROON SERVER & ROON READY

roon

SQUEEZEBOX & SQUEEZELITE

squeezebox

MPD (DLNA RENDERER)

mpd

HQPLAYER NAA

hqplayer

DLNA SERVER SOLUTIONS

dlna

SONOS INTEGRATION

sonos

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. For example, we highly recommend the use of a CORE as a separate server to play to an Antipodes EDGE or DX. You can also use a CORE to play to an existing Roon Ready DAC or 'networked' DAC.

Select The Models To Compare

DX Gen3
DX Gen2
EDGE
CORE
DS Core
DS Base
DX Gen3 DX Gen2 EDGE CORE DS Core DS Base
The DX The DX EDGE CORE DS 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 Premium Linear Power Supplies
External Linear PSU Brick
External Semi-Switched PSU Brick
DX Gen3 DX gen2 EDGE CORE DS Core DS Base