Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

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Another comparision between various outputs:

Using USB the Antipodes K50 and Taiko Extreme where very close.
With a BNC SPDIF output the K50 was preferred (slightly)

It’s a nice example of the relevance of the (personal) context and preferences in which a comparison is made (how is it connected, with which DAC, etc, etc..) to find ones personal best (favourite) which integrates with the other variables.

Normally I would refrain from commenting but in this particular case I feel I should. This particular Taiko Extreme server is from our UK distributor. I have recently serviced it (remotely) after it was send out on several demos with subpar results, it was just barely ahead of a Roon Nucleus from the last feedback we received. As it turned out someone, or multiple people had some fun changing parameters on it, I ended up changing over 150 (!!) settings back to default and removed a significant amount of tools and utilities which where installed. This particular unit has also visited @manisandher ’s home, I have no idea though when or where it it was “modified” to this extend.

Our customers typically value having desktop access to have a degree of control on form and function, however in this particular case we may need to lock units down in order to prevent these sort of impressions finding their way online.

We have multiple dealers selling both our servers, Antipodes servers, and even the Grimm mentioned above, they’re all good devices, they also do all sound quite different on which I won’t comment.
 

FredM

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Normally I would refrain from commenting but in this particular case I feel I should. This particular Taiko Extreme server is from our UK distributor. I have recently serviced it (remotely) after it was send out on several demos with subpar results, it was just barely ahead of a Roon Nucleus from the last feedback we received. As it turned out someone, or multiple people had some fun changing parameters on it, I ended up changing over 150 (!!) settings back to default and removed a significant amount of tools and utilities which where installed. This particular unit has also visited @manisandher ’s home, I have no idea though when or where it it was “modified” to this extend.

Our customers typically value having desktop access to have a degree of control on form and function, however in this particular case we may need to lock units down in order to prevent these sort of impressions finding their way online.

We have multiple dealers selling both our servers, Antipodes servers, and even the Grimm mentioned above, they’re all good devices, they also do all sound quite different on which I won’t comment.
Oh boy.. thanks for sharing this, I can imagine you were not quite amused with the state when you accessed it . Good reminder that the condition & history of a device (like previous users) can be added as a relevant variable. As well as service by dealer/manufacturer. Keep up the good work!
 
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looks like, that a stand alone thread about the Grimm MU-1 is the way to go?
@shakti, completely agree with your thinking. There is one already started earlier.
@matthias I am not as frequent a visitor to the forum, but happy to take this topic onto the grimm thread started way earlier. Thanks for your understanding.
 

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Normally I would refrain from commenting but in this particular case I feel I should. This particular Taiko Extreme server is from our UK distributor. I have recently serviced it (remotely) after it was send out on several demos with subpar results, it was just barely ahead of a Roon Nucleus from the last feedback we received. As it turned out someone, or multiple people had some fun changing parameters on it, I ended up changing over 150 (!!) settings back to default and removed a significant amount of tools and utilities which where installed. This particular unit has also visited @manisandher ’s home, I have no idea though when or where it it was “modified” to this extend.

Our customers typically value having desktop access to have a degree of control on form and function, however in this particular case we may need to lock units down in order to prevent these sort of impressions finding their way online.

We have multiple dealers selling both our servers, Antipodes servers, and even the Grimm mentioned above, they’re all good devices, they also do all sound quite different on which I won’t comment.
Sounds like BS. Damage control. Both units are good. Digital audio moves fast and K50 does have a different sound signature, its not impossible for someone to prefer it to a more analytical presentation.
 

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Sounds like BS. Damage control. Both units are good. Digital audio moves fast and K50 does have a different sound signature, its not impossible for someone to prefer it to a more analytical presentation.
I can appreciate your comments, and I’m not judging one way or the other here, but can you offer any any personal experience with either or both units so we can better understand?
Thanks
 
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