Originally Posted by Briangiannini
I am not sure about your budget, but have you considered Antipodes? I have been very pleased with mine. It will rip CDs, has internal storage, and will run ROON core as well as serve as an endpoint. In fact, you can load all kinds of software and use it as a source for the whole house. Support and the US distributor have been great. The distributor is local for me in Atlanta. The down side is that Antipodes is expensive and there are little quirks. For instance, if you are ripping a CD while listening to music and the CD gets stuck in a loop, you have to reset the system to get the CD to eject.
The reason I am offering a suggestion is that I have been following your journey with the XD 600s. It would be very convenient for me to run my Antipodes directly into the XDs and I appreciate your feedback. Last weekend, I had a chance to listen to the XD 600s locally, but was not very impressed. Come to find out, they were new, had the old software, and were being used with room correction that outputs an analogue signal. Hopefully I will get to hear them again in a better set-up.
Hi Brian,it is funny you mention Antipodes,my local dealer suggested their music server to me,as he carries them i guess.I had never heard of them before last week,i have done some research and they seem to get good reviews.I asked about them on E.S.A.C.,and the founder(CD lehner) thought they are overpriced,and look like someone just slapped together some off the shelf componets,put a fancy box around them ,and put a big price tag on them.
I am demoing a Naim Unitiserve in a couple of weeks,because i thought about getting a Naim Core(new product)but there appear to be some bugs to work out with that unit.Which Antipodes model do you have?I appreciate your feedback on them,because it would be easy for me to get one of those.As far as the XD 600's go,the update makes a big difference,and i find digital input,hard wired to be the best source,i am not sure why anyone would apply room correction,because they have switches on the back that are supposed to help with that,but i have not played with those too much myself.Does the Antipodes unit you have,also have an RCA out,because the ones i looked at were USB out?