HIGH-END AUDIO PRODUCT DESIGNS FOCUSED ON HOW THE HUMAN EAR ~ BRAIN ~ EMOTION SYSTEM WORKS
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."
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.