John Darko on the Blue Moon award winning Antipodes DS Reference Music Server

"In the space of three months, Antipodes’ entry-level music server turned everything I’ve hitherto experienced with digital transports upside down in a good way."


Andy Fawcett on the Audiophilia Star Component Antipodes Reference Audio Cables

"One thing I do know – when the final shortlist is compiled of cables that are sufficiently ambitious, innovative and inspired to genuinely be the finest in the world, the Antipodes References must be on it."


Gary Pearce on awarding 5 Stars to the Antipodes DS Music Server

"Antipodes have created a fabulous-sounding, easy to set up and control product. I reckon most could have it up and running within a matter of minutes or so."


Anthony Kershaw - Editor of Audiophilia

"Antipodes’ cables and servers have been reviewed by four Audiophilia writers, each with, let’s say, utterly different tastes in music and gear. We don’t shill. We don’t lie, especially to each other. And each Antipodes component reviewed has received an Audiophilia Star Component Award. That has not happened to one company in the seventeen year history of Audiophilia."

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7 June 2014
Antipodes Audio announces its new music server line-up.

Antipodes DX
Antipodes DXe
Antipodes DXv
Antipodes DS

Antipodes Audio founder Mark Jenkins: "The ultra-low noise floor core technology we first introduced to the market in our flagship DX has now been implemented in two more affordable new music servers, the DXe and the small-footprint DS. The DS, DXe and DX music servers now lead the market with unmatched performance spanning entry-level pricing to cost-no-object performance.

"The technology used in the DS Reference is end-of-life and so we decided to cease offering it while we still have enough parts stock to be able to support DS Reference owners for very many years to come. The DXe replaces and improves on the audio performance of the Blue Moon award winning DS Reference, as well as enabling more internal storage.

"The completion of our line-up coincides with the adoption of the VortexBox v2.3 operating system, improving DAC compatibility and setup ease; and introducing a range of new capabilities.

"Antipodes Audio plans to launch the DXv Media Vault to increase storage for customers with very large music collections, without compromising sound quality. Playing from internal storage sounds considerably better than playing from a conventional NAS, but the new Antipodes DXv Media Vault performs at a level comparable to using internal storage. The DXv is also a superior option for streaming any media file to network connected devices around the home, including high-end streamer DACs."

26 February 2014

6moons gives the DS Reference a Blue Moon Award

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About Us

Antipodes Audio Limited is a specialist audio technology firm located in Auckland, New Zealand, founded by Mark Jenkins. It began marketing audio cables worldwide in 2004, and began marketing music servers in 2009.

Antipodes Audio takes a different, and yet obvious, approach to audio design. The purpose of all art is that humans can experience a deep emotional response to it. Just as seeing the Mona Lisa in the flesh is incredibly moving compared to seeing a small black and white photograph of it, so too is fidelity of reproduction crucial to the enjoyment of music. So it is pointless taking a numbers approach unless we can prove that improving the numbers improves our emotional connection to the music.

While Antipodes Audio uses measurement tools and employs blind listening tests as the final arbiter, we only ever ask our subjects one thing - to tell us if they are getting more, or less, 'into' the music. The idea, sometimes expressed in this field, that 'accuracy' is in conflict with 'musical expression', is ridiculous given the purpose of music. If they are in conflict then the measurement of accuracy is clearly hopelessly flawed. More than any other audio company, Antipodes Audio has focused on the new research emerging in neuroscience about how the ear - brain - emotion process works in humans, and what this can tell us about what is important to focus on in audio product design, so that the music can fully communicate its message.

We have discovered many key insights by taking this approach, but the most significant are: the challenge with audio cables is to preserve time-domain accuracy; and the challenge with music servers is to minimise electronic noise interference with the digital signal. These two insights are implemented obsessively in Antipodes Audio products, enabling you to achieve greater emotional connection with your music.