The current Antipodes DX is the third generation of our simple and complete one-box model, integrating pre-installed storage, autoripper, server & renderer functions, and is a Stereophile Class A+ Recommended Component.
The DX has not only enjoyed the reputation of arguably the world's best music server for several years, it is unique in providing exceptional digital audio sound quality together with one-box simplicity and ease of use. Ongoing development has continued to keep the DX at the head of the pack.
The DX Gen1 was first released at the end of 2013. It was updated to the Gen2 in order to more effectively handle Roon when the Linux version of Roon was first released. And it was updated to the Gen3 when we finished development of the V4X platform in 2017.
The V4X platform includes the Direct Ethernet capability included in all current Antipodes models.
The V4X circuit is the key to the increased performance of the third generation DX. The V4X circuit is also used in the Antipodes EX.
Most Gen1 and all Gen2 DX models can be readily upgraded to the Gen3/V4X specification. If you wish to upgrade your DX to the latest specification, please measure the width of the backplate on your DX. The width of the backplate on upgradable models is 423mm. Unfortunately we are not able to upgrade some very early Gen1 DX that are materially narrower than that size requirement. Then contact us for a quote. Upgrades are able to be completed at Antipodes service centres in New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Canada and USA.
"The resulting clearly superior sound quality should be justification enough but another big selling point is that the DX not only includes integrated complete and user-friendly Roon functionality but also offers the best Roon sound that I have heard so far."
"Thing is, the Antipodes really manages to improve considerably on the already high standard set by the Aurender [N10] and it does this in technically as well as musically meaningful ways."
"..the DX sounded extraordinary in the very low frequency range, delivering impeccable volume and detail, and was impressive with suitable recordings. The sense of detail and speed was also maintained in the upper low frequency range, and this resulted in very good performance in the reproduction of micro dynamics and rhythm, which appeared balanced in volume and speed, full and with proper presence in space.
"The midrange was characterized by excellent reproduction of detail, without traces of compression and without being too laid-back or aggressive, even at high levels. The listener faces an utterly clear image with a very good sense of depth and motion, and good recordings have a strong sense of realistic presence in space. This behavior becomes particularly clear in the case of vocals (solo and chorus) which were rendered with impeccable articulation, detail and tonal colors."