ANTIPODES CX MUSIC SERVER NOW SHIPPING
An evolution of the brands Core, the CX is made to the same specification level as the flagship DX Music Server, but without the CD ripper.
It uses Antipodes' new linear regulated power supply which is said to have brought massive performance gains with it.
Utilising designer Mark Jenkins' high power V4H circuit, the CX uses a full desktop 4-Core i5 processor and runs at a low clock rate, about half of its full speed capability.
With the recent popularity of Roon and its introduction of DSP, high processing demands are placed on the music server which can, in turn, affect sound quality. Jenkins says the CX is equipped with enough processing grunt to handle these demand and larger music collections.
We also want to caution users to 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 more noise interference, DSD loses immediacy compared to PCM, and higher bit-rates can improve high frequencies but reduce performance in the lower frequencies. You really need to experiment to decide what suits you and your other equipment best. The nice thing with the CX is you have the luxury of doing just that.
The Antipodes Audio CX is Roon Server and Roon Ready, as well as catering for Squeezebox and Squeezelite. It also works with all popular platforms including DLNA/UPnP/OpenHome, HQPlayer NAA, Spotify Connect, SONOS Integration, and Plex Media Server.
On the output side it's equipped with USB Audio 2.0 Output (PCM to 32bit / 768kHz PCM, DoP to DSD512, Native DSD to DSD512), and an Ethernet Direct Output.
The CX Music Server without HDD/SSD storage sells for $5,895. You can option hard drives when ordering (expandable with up to two 2.5" 7mm HDDs or SSDs) while a P1 CD ripper is also available at extra cost. The CX comes with a 2-year warranty that can be extended to 3-years by online registration.
Shipping now, the Antipodes CX Music Server sells in New Zealand from $5,895 RRP (depending on configuration).
For more information visit Antipodes Audio.
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