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On 2/11/2024 at 5:43 AM, Confused said:

Consider that there are many very good quality NAA "end point " type devices at fairly low prices, this makes the $19K asking price seem a little steep to me, although no doubt it is a fine product.

The more affordable K21 or K22 are intended to be their streaming endpoints.  The K50 is equivalent to a K22 plus a K41, but in a single chassis.
 

Their lineup used to feature an S30, which was their even more affordable streaming endpoint.  The S series was discontinued but I have a feeling it will be resurrected at some point.  

Digital:  Sonore opticalModule > Uptone EtherRegen > Shunyata Sigma Ethernet > Antipodes K30 > Shunyata Omega USB > Gustard X26pro DAC < Mutec REF10 SE120

Amp & Speakers:  Spectral DMA-150mk2 > Aerial 10T

Foundation: Stillpoints Ultra, Shunyata Denali v1 and Typhon x1 power conditioners, Shunyata Delta v2 and QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation and Infinity power cords, QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation XLR interconnect, Shunyata Sigma Ethernet, MIT Matrix HD 60 speaker cables, GIK bass traps, ASC Isothermal tube traps, Stillpoints Aperture panels, Quadraspire SVT rack, PGGB 256

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On 2/8/2024 at 10:53 AM, stevebythebay said:

And I know the MU1 favors connection out via AES to a DAC.  Is that the case with the K50?

With the previous generation of the K50, the synchronous outputs were considered superior to USB as the synchronous outputs were reclocked with a high quality clock.  Antipodes thought that they made the right bet favoring the synchronous outputs but the market demanded that they emphasize USB.  So with the latest generation K50, USB is now also reclocked thus leveling the playing field.  The choice of outputs will be more about what the DAC favors.  

Digital:  Sonore opticalModule > Uptone EtherRegen > Shunyata Sigma Ethernet > Antipodes K30 > Shunyata Omega USB > Gustard X26pro DAC < Mutec REF10 SE120

Amp & Speakers:  Spectral DMA-150mk2 > Aerial 10T

Foundation: Stillpoints Ultra, Shunyata Denali v1 and Typhon x1 power conditioners, Shunyata Delta v2 and QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation and Infinity power cords, QSA Lanedri Gamma Revelation XLR interconnect, Shunyata Sigma Ethernet, MIT Matrix HD 60 speaker cables, GIK bass traps, ASC Isothermal tube traps, Stillpoints Aperture panels, Quadraspire SVT rack, PGGB 256

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