INTRODUCTION
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Current model Antipodes digital sources use the Antipodes GUI. Antipodes digital sources manufactured prior to 2016 were shipped with the VortexBox GUI.

This page provides user guide information for key functions for devices using the Antipodes GUI. If your Antipodes uses the VortexBox GUI then you can download the VortexBox Quick Guide or the Reference Guide.

If you cannot find what you want here, or if you need personal assistance please email Antipodes Support.


PHYSICAL INSTALLATION
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Connections

Set the Antipodes on its own shelf with good ventilation. Make 3 connections to the back panel of the Antipodes:

  1. Mains power (DX) or DC from the External PSU (DS Models)
  2. Wired Ethernet connection to your network
  3. Signal output to your audio system (not required for CORE Models) - USB, S/PDIF, AES3 or Analog
Cables

Audiophile cables - power, Ethernet, USB, S/PDIF, AES3 - will generally improve the sound quality experienced. The principal reason is the reduction in noise interference. All cables are both an antenna and transmitter to some degree and will pick up noise and transmit noise to nearby cabling. Audiophile cabling is designed to reduce these impacts and the reduction in noise interference entering the system results in better quality audio. This applies to all cables connected to your system regardless of their function. Don't leap to the conclusion that screened cables must be better as the use of screening introduces its own problems and so is a trade-off. Let your ears be the judge, but do try better cabling.

Network

This may be the first time you have had to connect an item in your audio system to your network. Antipodes devices are controlled over your network from computers, tablets or smartphones so must be connected to your network. Ripping CDs requires a connection to the internet to gather metadata. Ideally, get an expert to install wired Ethernet from your router to your audio system as this will give you the best performance, particularly for internet streaming services. If that is not practical then you can bridge between your audio system and your router by using wifi access bridges or powerplugs, but performance may or may not suffer, depending on the circumstances.



DUET & TRIO Example:
DS GT Use Case


SEPARATE SERVER & RENDERER Example:
DS Edge Use Case
POWERING ON & OFF
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To power on an Antipodes Digital Audio Source, first make the rear panel connections and ensure the power supply is on. Then click the front panel power button briefly, and wait 2 minutes for the Antipodes to power up fully before proceeding.

To power off an Antipodes Digital Source, click the front panel power button briefly, and wait a few seconds till the front power light extinguishes. Note that a minor incompatibility in the design of your DAC's USB input may hold a service open on the Antipodes and prevent shutdown, and the power light will remain on. If this happens, power off by clicking the front panel switch, wait 20 seconds and then complete the shutdown by holding the front panel button in until the power light goes off. Only after the power light has gone off is it safe to remove power from the rear of the Antipodes. Failure to shutdown correctly may require the Antipodes to be serviced.

StandBy Mode

To maximise sound quality all critical power supply capacitors remain powered when power is applied to the rear of the Antipodes, even when the Antipodes is off at the front panel. This is called standby mode. If you wish to shutdown your Antipodes for extended periods we recommend you leave the Antipodes in standby mode, that is, powered at the rear of the Antipodes. If power is removed for more than a few minutes, the Antipodes may take up to three days of being powered to return to its optimum sound quality. Leaving the Antipodes in standby mode avoids this warm-up period.

There is a downside to putting your Antipodes into standby mode with some DACs, due to the way different DACs are designed. Your DAC may power down its USB input when you put the Antipodes into standby and may fail to power the USB input back up again when the Antipodes is restarted. The problem is caused by poor design of the DAC's USB input.

The simplest solution is to restart your DAC after restarting your Antipodes. Restarting your DAC may mean turning it off at the back panel and back on again. And DACs with external power supplies may need the power to be turned off and on again at the external power supply, or at the wall if it does not have a power switch.

THE ADMIN GUI
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You never need to connect a mouse, keyboard or screen to an Antipodes device. To setup an Antipodes device, make the three connections described in the "Physical Installation" tab, turn it on and wait 2 minutes. Open a browser on a computing device (eg, computer or tablet) and browse to myantipodes.com. This will show you the Antipodes devices connected to your network.

myantipodes.com


Click on the Manage button to open the GUI for that device.

GUI Home


The GUI needs little explanation. It is intuitive and you can just look around and try things. But the next tabs show you some basics for getting started with playing music. If you cannot open the GUI for any reason or are confused about how to accomplish something in the GUI, please contact Antipodes Support for assistance.

MANAGING DEVICE NAMES
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All Antipodes are shipped with a pre-set Device Name noted in your Quick Guide, and this name is used by your network router. For most models the name is 'antipodes'. If you use more than one Antipodes in your network (such as a CORE playing to an EDGE) then you may need to change the system names of some of the devices so that they each have a unique name. You can see all of the device names used by the Antipodes devices by browsing to myantipodes.com.

At the GUI, click on the Settings menu item.

GUI Settings


Click on the System Settings icon.

GUI System Settings


Type in a unique name and click on the 'Save changes' button. Some names and characters cannot be used or your network will fail to discover your device on the network. Unless you have expertise in this area we strongly recommend that you use names with ONLY lower-case letters and numbers - no spaces or other characters - and begin the name with a unique word like 'antipodes', 'ds' or 'dx', for example 'dxbedroom', 'dsedge1', etc. This is important to avoid unnecessary problems for your audio system.

After saving the change, you need to reboot your Antipodes for the new system name of your device to be recognised by your network.

MANAGING THE SOFTWARE
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At the GUI, click on the Apps menu item.

GUI Apps


Click on the Software Manager icon.

GUI Software Manager


The first tab allows you to update the system software. This will also update the installed apps.

Select the second tab to see the Installed Apps, and uninstall apps you don't wish to use. Just click on the app to uninstall it. We recommend you uninstall apps you do not intend to use as it reduces CPU activity that could impact sound quality, if only marginally. They can be installed again very simply at any time.

Select the third tab to see the Available Apps you can install. Just click on the app to install it.

SETUP AUDIO OUTPUTS
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The main purpose of Trios and Duets is to play direct to a DAC - over USB, S/PDIF or AES3 (if fitted) - using the Roon, SqueezeBox or MPD playback solution. The playback solution you choose will probably be based on the combination of sound quality and feature set you prefer. Each of these playback solutions uses a different protocol for communications between the server app and the renderer app, and this plus renderer app design, causes there to be differences in sound quality between these solutions.

To use one of these three apps, you need to tell the system whether to use the Analog, S/PDIF (which also covers the AES3 output if fitted) or the USB output, because different audio output drivers need to be loaded for each of these options. Some models will show a different set of output options based on what is fitted. Loading one driver only at a time is important for sound quality, and that is a key reason why we include this setup step. At the GUI, click on the Settings menu item.

GUI Settings


This screen displays all of the installed Apps for which there are optional settings. Squeezelite and Roon Ready are Renderer Apps. Squeezelite is the Renderer App for SqueezeBox Server. Roon Ready is the Renderer App for Roon Server. For example if you wish to use Roon then you will need to set the digital audio output that Roon Ready should use. Click on the Roon Ready icon.

RoonReady Settings


Each renderer setup screen has a range of available settings. For Roon Ready there is a Volume Control Setting and a setting for how to handle DSD files. If you are not sure about any setting just leave it at the default, and just select the desired output and click to 'Save changes'. You can now use your Control Point software to play music.

Note that there is no need to set the output option in the Antipodes GUI if you use HQPlayer or use Roon Core for playback, because for these options the output is set within the respective server applications and not at the Antipodes GUI.

To use Roon Core for playback, at the GUI go to Settings and click on the Roon Server icon. Check the option to 'Enable local playback in Roon Server' and save the changes. Roon Core will enable all of your outputs if you want this feature but, as noted above, you will get noticeably better sound selecting just one output in the Roon Ready setup as shown above.

AUDIO APP SWITCHER
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Once you have set the audio outputs for your Renderer Apps, you can use the Audio App Switcher to switch between the playback solutions. This is particularly useful when you are testing which playback solution you prefer. At the GUI click on the Apps menu item.

GUI Apps


Now click on the Audio App Switcher icon.

GUI App Switcher


The Audio App Switcher screen shows which App is active, and allows you to instantly switch between Apps by just clicking on the appropriate button.

MANAGING FILES
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If you have a Desktop or Laptop computer, you can manage files that are on your Antipodes, using your computer in exactly the same way that you manage files located on your computer. There are also file management apps available at the app store for your tablet.

Open your file management software (eg. File Explorer on a Windows device or Finder on a Mac). You will see the Antipodes under the Network or Shared tab, and the name displayed is the Device Name described in the 'Managing Device Names' tab. The location of your music files on any Antipodes is '\files\music\flac' (or \storage\music\flac). The word 'flac' is used primarily to distinguish from mirrored compressed files created by the FLAC Mirror app.

You should put all of the music files you want to play on the Antipodes in the flac directory, and if you want separate directories for different file types then we suggest it is simpler if you create them under the flac directory. Your Antipodes already knows to look in the flac directory for your music files, so any files under it will be automatically included in your library for every music server app. If you put music files in a directory that is not under the flac directory you will not be able to select and play them until you tell each music server app to include this new location in its library.

You can use your file management software to copy to and from the Antipodes and delete files. Similarly, when downloading new music from the internet, do this on your computer and set the download location to '\\antipodes\files\music\flac' (replacing 'antipodes' with the Device Name if it is different).

Managing Files


Similarly, you can change the music tags on your files by using suitable software on your PC or Mac. Start the software and browse to the music stored in \\antipodes\files\music\flac. When you make the changes they will be saved to the Antipodes. If you don't have tagging software, we recommend you use Mp3tag, or purchase JRiver or possibly dBpoweramp. These apps have a very broad range of functionality that will come in very handy over time. JRiver is particularly handy for tagging DSD files.