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Antipodes Audio announce DS Edge network streamer (& server)

DS Edge. Antipodes call it an Extensible Renderer – say whaaat? I call it an Upgradeable1 Endpoint2. We’ll tackle the two parts of my terminology revision separately.

1Endpoint means the DS Edge connects to a home network via Ethernet in order to receive digital audio from a server sitting elsewhere on the network. The Edge then sends the audio stream onwards to a DAC via USB or S/PDIF coaxial. That spells a first connectivity advantage over the Sonore microRendu (reviewed here).

Alternatively, the DS Edge will talk directly to an amplifier via a 3.5mm analogue output. Yes, the DS Edge hosts its own DAC – a second connectivity advantage over the microRendu.

Completing the hatrick, the DS Edge ships with Antipodes’ ‘top’ external ODAPS linear power supply. As per the microRendu and AURALiC Aries, power supply quality makes a significant contribution to ultimate sound quality.

In its nascent form the Antipodes DS Edge hosts no content of its own. It plays catch on audio spilling over the network from any NAS, computer or laptop running SqueezeBox, MPD, HQPlayer, DLNA or Roon server software.

However, the Antipodes DS Edge is also 2Upgradeable. A remotely-applied software update adds server capabilities, after which the hardware will parse content from a USB-attached external HDD or from a “tool free” user-installed SSD (up to 8TB).

Alternatively, those preferring to keep the hard drive out of the hifi rack and/or wanting a beefier server solution can add Antipodes’ other forthcoming product, the DS HUB (shipping March 2017).

From the press release: “Regardless of the music server you own now, your best upgrade option may be to add an EDGE, using your existing server to run music server software, and
use the EDGE to render digital audio signals to your DAC. While the EDGE is Antipodes’ least expensive digital audio product, you shouldn’t under-estimate the sound quality possible from this amazing device.”

According the New Zealand manufacturer, the DS Edge complete with ODAPS linear power supply will begin shipping on 20th February 2017 and will sell in the USA for US$2400.

Prices in other territories are TBA – readers are advised to contact Antipodes Audio directly – their customer support is some of the best in the business.

Further information: Antipodes Audio

Written by John H. Darko

John H. Darko

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5 Comments

  1. Interested to hear your assessment of the SQ difference between the microRendu and one of these all-in-one Antipodes machines. microRendu + Roon-server-capable computer + good PSU for the Rendu starts to get $$$ so it’s tempting to just grab the all-of-the-above product. Too bad this doesn’t seem to incorporate CD ripping like some of the other products in the DS and DX lines.

  2. I think John is talking of potential advantages over the microrendu.
    But I would bet a microRendu with LPS 1 power supply takes the cake.
    What about connectivity? The microRendu only has USB out…
    Enter the Mutec MC-3+ Smart Clock USB.
    Add this highly diverse Reclocker and you come in a few hundred bucks shy of the Edge asking price.

    I think this would be a great head to head.

  3. Sounds great, but I’m continually amazed at the high prices of many streamers. Very happy that I have been able to set up a nanopi neo (like a tiny Rasberry Pi) running as Roon endpoint and getting great results. Total cost: $30. Connects to my Mac Mini Roon server via ethernet/RAAT and is powered by a cell phone external battery charger, cutting it off from AC lines completely. I just received a couple more nanopi devices to set up in other rooms. Anyone with basic to moderate computer skills can figure out how to do this and save a lot of $!!!! It is easier than it used to be.

  4. Great, so I can stick this between my SGM 2015 and uber-dollar DAC ? Things are starting to get a little silly at that point, John – even for the cashed-up audiophile. I have no reason to disbelieve Michael Lavorgna when he says the SGM server lifted his system to ‘impeccable’, but look at the rest of the chain – it would bloody well NEED to be ‘impeccable’ ……

    http://www.audiostream.com/content/sound-galleries-sgm-2015-music-server#Aj4pvSUbFQ1F03z3.97

    I know its a mistake to equate dollars with sound quality, but there’s a point where the addition of *another* expensive box would make me wonder what was wrong with the expensive boxes I already owned. Even the REDNET3 is cheaper than the Edge, and that will allegedly solve everything including the Millenium Problems. I’ll need 15 whiteboards and a PhD but it might just give me the cash I need to afford something from our Kiwi cousins, bro !

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennium_Prize_Problems

    Thanks for passing this on, and keep ’em coming.

    McLovin

  5. So, basically the advantage you see is the extra SPDIF and coaxial connections? I would say it is more flexible, yes, but if my equipment does good async USB I am really not too keen on using a technology which has no embedded clock. If your interest is to use SPDIF/COAX, I would possibly look for a blue sound node 2, which is much less expensive than this.

    As to the Sonore mrendu looked like the end of everything last year, but after I saw an analysis of it based on measurements at Audio science review I decided not to buy it. Nevertheless, I still believe in async-usb.

    http://audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/measurements-of-sonore-microrendu-streamer.577/

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