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Music Streaming Services
February 2015

Add TIDAL, QOBUZ, DEEZER, SPOTIFY etc.
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All Antipodes servers are able to play from internet streaming services and internet radio, as well as from existing internal storage. Some servers may need to be upgraded (online) if still using mpd for playback.

Just Contact Us if you need any assistance.

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Play From External Storage
February 2015

Antipodes has standardised playback from external storage so you can easily add this capability yourself.
1. Play music stored on a NAS.
2. Play music stored on an external drive.
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If you have an earlier Antipodes Server and want to add this capability we can update you in an online session. Just Contact Us - even if your Antipodes server already has the capability and you need assistance.

Continue Managing Your Library With iTunes
January 2015

Many of our first-time customers have come from using iTunes to manage their music library. Customers can now synchronise their Antipodes library with their existing iTunes library. This means you can go on using iTunes to manage your music and all changes will be mirrored on your Antipodes server, ready for playback.
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Now In The USA
January 2015

Antipodes Audio Limited, established in New Zealand in 2004, has established Antipodes Audio Americas LLC for local distribution, sales and support. See the Contact page for further details.

Quick Tips

Most ripping software is designed to get you a decent rip in just a few minutes. The problem is it means a lot of error correction is used. The difference between a typical rip and an excellent rip is very significant. Getting an excellent rip requires two things: the right software (not all ripping software has a 'paranoid mode' which keeps ripping till it gets the best possible result) and the right optical drive (many optical drives include additional processing which means a perfect rip is impossible). We have assembled both of these ingredients for you in Antipodes music servers, enabling you to get the best possible rips and therefore the best possible sound. Some other combination of software and optical drive may be capable of just as good a result but we have taken the uncertainty out of it for you. But you do need to appreciate that a perfect rip does take more time, and can fail with non-compliant disks (with the Redbook standard). A common non-compliance problem is when a 'hidden' track is inserted at some point in the disk, but there are other examples. You may need to rip non-compliant disks on a more forgiving, if less accurate, device.

It is not enough to use a lossless file format. For the best sound you should use an uncompressed format (this applies to PCM files - you don't have to worry about DSD files). The difference is audibly clear in a good system. Compressed lossless formats include standard FLAC and ALAC (Apple Lossless), and should be avoided. Because they are lossless, the problem is just temporary, and you can convert them to an uncompressed format for better sound. For example, it is fine to download a high-resolution PCM file in standard FLAC - just uncompress it for playback. On a Mac use XLD, and on a PC use dBpoweramp to uncompress them. Uncompressed formats include WAV, AIFF and Uncompressed FLAC. Antipodes music servers rip CDs to uncompressed FLAC. AIFF and FLAC files have the advantage of being able to be tagged, and have internal resilience against the natural errors that can develop with physical storage media. But WAV files don't, so WAV files may deteriorate and develop ticks and pops over time, and even become unplayable.

Antipodes music servers can play music stored on a NAS (or another computer). Or the Antipodes music server can act as the NAS and stream to players around your network, including other Antipodes servers. This can be done either by using DLNA (between UPnP devices) or by mounting the storage on the player (with devices that are compliant with NFS sharing). DLNA is more complex than mounting, but mounting requires significant memory resources. Antipodes music servers have the memory and computing resources to use mounting, and the result is superior sound to using DLNA. DLNA also suffers much more from stability problems, is more reliant on the quality of the network, and the remote control playback software often struggles. By being able to mount the remote files, you can use better remote control software, enjoy solid system stability, and better sound.

If you purchased an Antipodes music server with less than the maximum amount of internal storage, you can add to the storage by taking it to your local dealer or by sending it to a service centre near you. Contact your dealer for a quote. But remember, you can add to storage by adding playback from a NAS or plugging in an external disk to the server (earlier servers may need a quick online update to gain this functionality).

Most software updates can be performed quickly in an online remote assistance session. For an update from v2.2 to v2.3 operating system, or if a storage disk fails, you will need to take the server to your dealer or send it to a local service centre near you.

If you are having a problem, please appreciate that problems are almost never due to a server fault and commonly relate to a setup step needing to be repeated for some reason, usually related to a foible in your network setup or in your DAC's input. Therefore please first follow the setup procedure set out in the user guide (also downloadable), as this will resolve the problem in the vast majority of cases, and narrow down the problem in the cases when it doesn't. When contacting support, please indicate the setup step that fails. If you simply want help with something you don't understand, contact us describing what you want to achieve. Because our support is email-based, clarifying the problem area up-front will speed the whole process for you.



Compatibility

Entirely managed and controlled via your computer, tablet or smartphone (whether Windows, Apple or Android), plus compatible with:

All common audio playback standards like USB Audio 2.0 and DLNA.

Popular network sharing standards like NFS and Samba.

Popular music file formats.

Popular home automation systems and devices.

Popular internet radio and music streaming services.

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Testimonials

“Between the three of us, we got hold of every server and streamer that are considered the elite. There was always something more relaxed and musically engaging when the Antipodes DX was involved. Just something different that made it always come out on top. Mike, the vinyl junkie, was more adamant calling it 'vastly superior'. The most surprising finding is that it was not just with the USB DACs. Using the DX as a DLNA server with the Lumin, Linn and Naim always improved the sound, removing grit and grain and adding better flow to the music.”

Peter Thompson

“As a guitar player, I listen to a lot of guitarists to learn from or just admire what they do. Nothing has had such a big impact on this as the Antipodes Reference interconnects I got a couple of months ago. They took a while to sing, but the purity of the upper note ring, sparkle and shimmer on guitar is mesmerizingly truthful. It has changed the whole experience of reproduced music for me because it lets me hear the real sound of real instruments. I hadn't realised it was my cables that had been getting in the way - they are just cables, right?”

Mark Wilson

“I got the DX because I was told it was the best, but it was mainly so that I could just have good quality music playing without rushing back to the turntable or CD player all the time. After two months I decided to store the turntable - and it cost 4 times the DX. It is not so much that the DX is better, it is more that I really don't find the need to play vinyl any more given how good the DX is. After 8 months now, I am so convinced of its musicality with any style of music that I have nearly sold all my vinyl and then it will be the turntable. I didn't know I needed this till I got it...”

Albert Turnbull