Antipodes EX - High Value Music Server

Antipodes EX

The EX is made to the same specification level as the highly acclaimed DX Gen3, and was only the second Antipodes music server to get the 'X-Series' designation. The EX can be thought of as a DX in a half-width case.

The EX was the first Antipodes music server to use our newly developed ODAPS2 power supply technology, which reduces high frequency noise without resorting to filtering that would impede the speed of current delivery needed in a music server. This translates to providing fast, clean and highly-resolved transients, with an improved sense of space and fine detail, without any of the harshness you may have associated with digital audio in the past.

EX Three Quarter View

The EX is a superb renderer, coupled with an excellent mid-power server capability. Its full potential is realised when it is performing just the renderer function and receiving an excellent input signal from a CX. Used on its own the EX is a stunning value entry model to the Antipodes X-Series. Upgrading it with a CX to the CX+EX solution, where the CX performs the server function lifts performance to the absolute state of the art.

As with the CX, owners of an EX can use any USB CD/DVD ripper to auto-rip their CDs, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper. The EX is also designed so that you can add your own storage disks, and you can self-install up to 4TB of HDD or up to 8TB of SSD storage. Use of SSDs improves dynamics, high frequency sweetness and speed, and is significantly more musically engaging. If you prefer to have your storage disks pre-installed then your dealer can assist you.

We have added one notable feature to the EX, a good sounding stereo analog output. Customers moving from a CD Player can start with the EX and play direct to their amplifier, and leave adding a high quality USB DAC till later. This was not an attempt to include a high quality DAC. Instead we sought a very inexpensive way to reveal the benefits of getting the digital part right. It is as they say, buzz-word free, limited to PCM and up to 24 bit 192kHz, and other formats can be transcoded on-the-fly for playback.

The reason for the design choices in the EX are:

  • It provides a low entry price to the digital audio high-end because it does not require you to add a DAC.
  • You can upgrade it with a high-quality USB DAC later.
  • You can upgrade it to the absolute state-of-the-art by adding a CX later, to become the CX+EX solution.
  • It is simpler and better sounding to start this way than to get a DAC first and use a standard computer for the server.
EX Rear View

The EX also includes the Direct Ethernet capability included in all current Antipodes models. This enables the EX to feed an Ethernet DAC with a very low noise signal, insulated from extraneous network noise. It also enables the EX to receive a low-noise Ethernet signal from a CX, in the CX+EX Solution.

Application Suite

The Antipodes EX offers a choice of best-of-breed applications, easily selected via the Antipodes GUI.

  • Music Playback Options
    • Roon
    • SqueezeBox
    • DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome
    • MPD
    • Squeezelite
    • HQPlayer Server
    • HQPlayer NAA
    • Spotify Connect
    • SONOS Integration
    • Plex Media Server
  • Administration Applications
    • Find My Antipodes
    • CD-Import Auto-Ripper
    • Playback App Switcher
    • External Drive Mounter
    • Browser-Based Setup GUI
    • SMB Server For File Management & Downloads
  • Play from internal storage
  • Play from external storage on your network - e.g. NAS
  • Play from internet streaming services
  • Play direct to DAC via USB
  • Play direct to DAC via Ethernet - using Antipodes Direct Ethernet
  • Stream to devices on your network - Roon, Squeezebox, DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome, SONOS, Plex
  • Rip CDs using any USB Optical Drive, or with high precision using an Antipodes P1
  • Remote control and setup using any desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone
EX Functionality

CX+EX CX DX EX P1
Casework Color Silver or Black Silver or Black Silver or Black Silver or Black Silver or Black
Sound Quality Ranking (1=Best) 1 2 3 3
Price Level (1=Highest) 1 3 2 4 5
Passive Fanless Silent Cooling
All Case Parts CNC Machined From Solid Alloy Block
USB Output
- 5v On/Off Options
- PCM to 32bit/768kHz
- DoP to DSD512
- Native DSD to DSD512
Stereo Analog Output
- Processes PCM to 24bit/192kHz
- Transcodes other formats before conversion
Ethernet Direct
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
- Server Apps
- Renderer Apps
- Admin Apps
Pre-installed SSD Storage - Two 2.5" 7mm Sata 0-8TB
User-Installable Storage - Two 2.5" 7mm Sata 0-8TB 0-8TB 0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping
Integrated CD Ripper
Medium Power V4X Circuit For Server Apps
- Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power V4H Circuit For Server Apps
- Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal Dual ODAPS1 Linear Regulated Supplies
Internal Single ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
- 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Width 240mm (x2) 240mm 432mm 240mm 240mm
Depth 290mm 290mm 273mm 290mm 290mm
Height (Including Feet) 90mm 90mm 85mm 90mm 30mm
Weight 15Kg 7.5Kg 6.5Kg 7.5Kg 3.5Kg
Warranty
- 2 Years
- Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
- 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
CX+EX CX DX EX P1
EX
Casework Color Silver or Black
Passive Fanless Silent Cooling
All Case Parts CNC Machined From Solid Alloy Block
USB Output
- 5v On/Off Options
- PCM to 32bit/768kHz
- DoP to DSD512
- Native DSD to DSD512
Stereo Analog Output
- Processes PCM to 24bit/192kHz
- Transcodes other formats before conversion
Ethernet Direct
Complete Antipodes Application Suite
- Server Apps
- Renderer Apps
- Admin Apps
Pre-installed SSD Storage - Two 2.5" 7mm Sata
User-Installable Storage - Two 2.5" 7mm Sata 0-8TB
Automatic CD Ripping
Integrated CD Ripper
Medium Power V4X Circuit For Server Apps
- Not suitable for some Roon DSP functions
High Power V4H Circuit For Server Apps
- Enables demanding Roon DSP functions
Internal Dual ODAPS1 Linear Regulated Supplies
Internal Single ODAPS2 Linear Regulated PSU
Power Required
- 110-120VAC 60Hz or 220-240VAC, Switchable
Width 240mm
Depth 290mm
Height (Including Feet) 90mm
Weight 7.5Kg
Warranty
- 2 Years
- Extendable to 3 Years With Registration
- 6 Months On Pre-Installed Storage
EX

Christiaan Punter of HiFi Advice has reviewed most of the top music servers on the market, and in his review he provides insightful comparisons between our entry-level Antipodes EX and the best from the competition, so this review will be of particular interest.

Read the HiFi-Advice Review