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  1. The CX is a more high power server, the EX is intended as lower power streamer. On their own website, Antipodes uses the terms server and renderer. Here they state EX is the best renderer and CX the best server: https://antipodes.audio/product/antipodes-cx/ In this review you will find a description of the SQ of both when functioning stand alone: https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/network-player-reviews/antipodes-cx-ex-part2/ I only have first hand experience with the EX stand alone and the EX / CX combo, so can’t comment first hand on the SQ of the CX stand alone. My gut feeling however says it’s better to use the best renderer directly connected to your DAC instead of the best server.
  2. Iconoclast started in 2015 and there is another thread on AS regarding this cable brand, see:
  3. Hi @BigAlMc, a possible explanation for the difference in SQ gap between the Hong Kong and Netherlands test could be that first test used the full options version of the SoTM (list price $ 1,900) including external clocking and the second test used the basic version (list price $ 800) with the standard power supply (not the SPS-500). Also the Dutch test was a blind test and the HK seems to be sighted.
  4. Comparison of ER with full option SoTM switches here: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/sotm-snh-10g-network-switches-x2-the-new-king-of-usb-network-gadget-setup.27758/page-12
  5. The results are in: https://www.alpha-audio.nl/review/zeven-switches-voor-streaming-audio-getest-blind/2/
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    Antipodes CX

    @magnuska: could you please share where I can find the base software upgrade for the EX? It was my understanding the EX uses Sonicorbiter, which is at version 2.7 for some time now. Thanks.
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    Antipodes CX

    I also have just the EX and had an in store demo of first only the EX and then the EX / CX combo (both with Roon). In that system I didn’t find the gain in SQ significant enough to justify the additional costs of the CX. With the recent Roon 1.7 upgrade my experience is the EX performs better on SQ, suggesting the additional improvements to be gained with adding the CX might even be smaller with Roon nowadays. Christiaan Punter from the review site Hifi Advice however was really impressed with the EX / CX combo compared to just the EX, see https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/network-player-reviews/antipodes-cx-ex-part1/
  8. Roon SQ also seems better since the update. Perhaps due to the streaming optimizations and performance improvements listed in the release notes?
  9. Well, I saw the influence of Ethernet cables was already shortly discussed, so I thought why not drop the other bomb... 😉 For now I’m anxiously waiting for delivery of my ER with stock supply from Joel with Metawave, but of course curious if I would be missing out on a further SQ upgrade when using the stock supply.
  10. Anyone who has experimented with different power supplies on the ER yet? Maybe one of the beta testers?
  11. @Superdad: could you please share if during your tests the standard and upgraded power supply for your ER were connected to the same power distributor as the power cables of your other components, such as the DAC and the power amp? The reason I ask is that even if the quality of the power supply would not influence the performance of the ER, the standard SMPS brick might 'contaminate' the power for other components if connected to the same power distributor.
  12. @sockpit: I haven't purchased the subs yet, so no hum (yet). Mainly interested in isolating the sub that can't be connected to the power strip based on the findings in this topic:
  13. I'm considering buying one or two REL subwoofers for use in my 2-channel system. I have a class AB amp. REL advices to place the subs in the corners on the room for best SQ. Assuming this is correct, in my system this means at least one of the subs can't be connected to the same power strip as the other hifi components. As most of you will be aware, RELs preferred connection of its subs to a Class A/B amplifier is not with RCA or XLR cables, but with a cable that has a Speakon connection on the subwoofer end and three bare speaker wires (or spades) on the amplifier end, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIenhBQEtE4 When connecting subwoofers to the amp through RCA interconnects, products like the Jensen IsoMax or Blue Jeans Cable subwoofer isolation transformer can isolate the subwoofers from the rest of the system, if I understand correctly. My question is if a similar solution exists for the REL speakon cables. Thanks in advance for your answers.
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