We are making a very early pre-announcement of the P2, so that our customers can understand where we are going with the CX and EX music servers. The P2 is machined from a solid block of alloy, providing a vibration isolation platform for the CX or EX, and can be purchased "nude", or fitted with any of a range of re-clocked output modules that we will release later in 2018. Fitting and changing these modules is very simple for a customer to do themselves, or have it done at a dealer's in a few minutes. Any and all available details will be released first on this page and to our subscribers, so please don't bombard us with questions just yet.
Demand for the new CX exceeded our forecasts by more than 300%. We had to expand the size of the first run, delaying the launch by a month. Even so the first run was completely sold out before we caught up with all of the orders. We apologise to the many customers that were not able to get a CX in the first run. The next run is much bigger and will enable us to meet your orders again from mid-September 2018, so we suggest you contact your local dealer to make sure you get one of the next production run.
The Antipodes P1 is an isolation platform for the CX or EX carved from a solid block of a special grade of alloy, that also houses a high-quality ripper. The ripper uses the very latest laser technology capable of reading pits 100 times smaller than the pits on a CD. Connecting a P1 to a CX or EX enables the highest possible rip and auto-ripping to the server's library. The P1 can also be used under a CORE or EDGE. See the P1 product page for more details
The Antipodes EX Music Server is an evolution of the EDGE, but built to 'X-Series' specification level. It is primarily focused on state of the art renderer app performance, and also achieves high quality server app performance. The EX uses our new ODAPS2 internal power supply technology. The EX is an ideal starting point in our range, because it includes a simple DAC, and you can upgrade it later with a separate DAC, and with a CX to reach the state of the art. See the EX product page for more details.
All Antipodes DX, DS Reference, CORE and EDGE music servers use our proprietary ODAPS linear regulated power supply technology. ODAPS simply stands for Optimised Digital Audio Power Supply. The point is that most audio power supplies are focused on rejecting 50Hz or 60Hz ripple, but do a poor job of rejecting RFI and EMI. This is because analog circuits are much less impacted by RFI and EMI noise. But our ODAPS technology is all about rejection of RFI or EMI noise, which has a big impact on digital signals. RFI and EMI filters are a band-aid trade-off often used in servers but our ODAPS technology removes high frequency noise through power supply design without compromising current delivery. Antipodes has now developed the second generation of this technology, called ODAPS2, specifically for the new EX and CX music servers. This involves a different circuit layout and an innovative new power transformer design.
The Antipodes DX, CX and EX each have two Ethernet ports - allowing you to use one to connect to the network and the other to be used as a Direct Ethernet link to a renderer device. Despite the simplistic claims that are often made about Ethernet handling of digital audio, Ethernet can introduce high levels of noise into the receiving device. This is a key reason why a USB connection to a DAC will out-perform an Ethernet connection when the server is low noise - such as with Antipodes Music Servers. But there are times when you will use Ethernet to carry a music signal, such as if you use a CX as the server and either a DX or EX as the renderer. Another example is if your DAC has an Ethernet input and no USB input (making it a renderer device). In these situations, you need to connect two devices to your network, the server device and the renderer device. The best way to do this is by Direct Ethernet. It means that you connect your server device (such as an Antipodes CX) to your network using one of its Ethernet ports, and connect a short high quality Ethernet cable from the server direct to your renderer device (such as a DX, EX or Ethernet DAC). The Direct Ethernet solution in Antipodes servers minimises network 'chatter' on the link and creates a high bandwidth, phase accurate, low-noise direct link between the server and renderer. This provides a dramatic improvement over connecting your server and renderer devices through a noisy switch or over a long length of network.
We de-commissioned our wire manufacturing plant two years ago to re-build it to produce a new generation of wire. The technology took much longer than expected to perfect and we ran out of a lot of our stock of the old wire earlier this year. We call our new technology Open Lattice Long Crystal (OLLC). Traditional long crystal wire suffers from a poor lattice structure, as evidenced by its relative lack of malleability and ductility. Lattice structure is considerably more important than crystal size and our old wire was based on that principle. The new wire technology is based on more than two decades of research into improving the lattice structure in wire, and provides a huge leap forward in speed, resolution and accuracy of timbre. The wire is extremely soft and that has required us to completely re-design the way we make cables, in order to fully protect the wire from stretching, which would otherwise cause signal reflections in the wire. The wire plant is now operational so look out for our new cables in the coming months.