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Antipodes Audio CX Available end Jun 2018


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£5,575.00 inc. tax

£4,645.83 ex. tax
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Antipodes Audio CX Available end Jun 2018 Summary

Antipodes CX is made to the same specification level as the flagship DX and incorporates the new ODAPS2 internal linear regulated power supply.

The CX delivers stunning sound quality (even exceeding the audio performance of the excellent DX) and it offers high processing power to handle demanding server features with ease. The CX provides much more processor headroom so running the server app in the same device interferes less with the renderer app. The CX can be upgraded to the CX+EX Solution by adding an EX.  This combination provides a significant audio quality improvement over using the CX alone.

The CX can meet the demands of processor-intensive applications like Roon. The CX uses a full desktop 4 Core i5 processor. To achieve the best combination of processing power and sound quality the clock rate is set at a level where sound quality is not impaired by the CPUs electronic noise (Many i5 implementations (in servers, laptops and NUCs) only have 2 Cores)

In making the trade-off between power and sound quality, Antipodes made sure that the CX could transcode PCM files of any resolution to DSD512 using Roons DSP features, without impairment of sound quality. To achieve this, the user needs should set Roon to use the parallelisation feature.

The CX is a unique product combining high processing power with excellent sound quality - something that was not possible before Antipodes Audio developed the V4H circuit. Users should be careful about assuming using DSP for upsampling/transcoding will sound better than playing the files at their native resolution. Transcoding on the fly generates noise interference, DSD loses immediacy compared to PCM, and higher bit-rates can improve high frequencies but reduce performance in the lower frequencies. You should experiment to decide what suits you and your other equipment best. The CX offers the luxury of doing just that.

If you decide to play your files at their native resolution, the CX is not wasted. The greater processing headroom delivers a refined, rich and full sound that is notable for its scale and ease.

Owners of a CX can use any USB CD/DVD drive to auto-rip their CDs, or add the new P1 platform, with its integrated high precision ripper. The CX is designed so that 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 we can assist you.

Outputs are USB or direct Ethernet. Direct Ethernet means the CX has two Ethernet ports. Connect one to the network for setup and remote control purposes. Connect the second Ethernet port direct to an EX or an Ethernet input on a DAC using a short high quality Ethernet cable. The direct link cuts out noise from the rest of the network and benefits from the very low-noise environment of the CX.

Later in the year the P2 will offer additional features to either a CX or EX. The P1 and P2 platforms are each machined from a thick block of alloy to provide vibration isolation when placed under an EX or CX.

USB Audio 2.0 Output
  • PCM to 32bit / 768kHz PCM
  • DoP to DSD512, Native DSD to DSD512
Dimensions: w240mm x d290mm x h90mm 
Power: 110-120VAC or 220-240VAC (Switchable)





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