Prodigy X3 Features
The Prodigy X3 is the direct descendant of the Prodigy XV – at a lower price point. It delivers the same sublime audio as our previous models, but with superior video capabilities with an HDMI 2.0 output and an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) that can handle 4K UHD HDR video up to 30 fps with ease. It’s designed for someone who will not compromise on audio, but is looking to collect a library of 4K video, without breaking the bank. It comes in a mid-size case which can accept future upgrades simply – all the way up to a Reference X3. It can have AES, SPDIF, HDMI 2.0 and the best USB ports with the optional SOtM USB and clock cards upgrade. The Neutrik PowerCon connector is now an option at $100. The Neutrik option offers robust hook-ups and easier upgrades to the power supply. All the digital audio wiring is made by Revelation Audio Labs going through our Prodigy Daughterboard which produces the outstanding sound Baetis is renowned for. The AMD APU is cooled passively and the system is totally silent with no fans at all.
The Prodigy X3 comes with our standard 200W power brick, but can optionally be upgraded to a Linear Power Supply Unit (LPSU) from HD-Plex. The video circuitry gives the Prodigy X3 an HDMI 2.0 output and it can handle 4K HDR video files up to 24 frames per second (almost every single Hollywood movie made, ever). Add one of our external 4K reading drives to back up your UHD library.
The Prodigy X3 is available in silver or black, directly from Baetis.
Prodigy X3 Specs
- Prodigy AES/EBU and SPDIF (BNC or Coaxial RCA) daughterboard with CuPID (copper) cabling. Up to 192 KHz/24-bit
- HDMI 2.0 for 4K UHD video up to 24 fps
- AMD 4-core Ryzen 3 APU
- 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- Built-in Wifi or USB wifi dongle provided
- 256 Gb OS drive SSD (With options to add extra internal SSD storage)
- 1x 3TB External USB 3.1 gen1 drive for media storage/backup
- 7.4 x 5.0 mm barrel DC power inlet (Neutrik PowerCon optional)
- CD/DVD/BluRay reading drive
- Option for SOtM internal USB Hub and clock card, and iFi external power adaptor
- Options for JCAT internal USB card or Pink Faun I2S PCIe cards
- Windows 10 Pro, stripped down to remove “bloatware”
- dBpoweramp CD ripper
- Runs Roon, Tidal, Qobuz, JRiver Media Center 27, Audirvana and any other streaming service available on Windows or the internet
What audiophile grade outputs does the Prodigy X series have?
These systems have our award-winning AES-EBU output enhanced by the Baetis Audio Prodigy daughterboard. The daughterboard also provides a SPDIF output, now available as either BNC or RCA. system. HDMI for high resolution multi-channel output is also included.
Can I run Roon on these models?
Yes, you can run Roon, JRiver Media Center, Audirvana, Tidal, Qobuz (if available) and much more. In fact, any music app that runs on Windows 10 can be run on this unit. All Baetis Audio models can serve as a Roon core, endpoint or both. Your Tidal streaming never sounded so good! Tell us what you want and we can set it up for you.
Can this unit play 4K video with HDR?
The Prodigy XV certainly can! The system is powered by an AMD APU, which handles 4K very well with HDR up to 30 fps. The Intel-powered Prodigy X2 can also display a crisp 4K image but it’s more limited in its HDR capability.
Can I control the unit with a tablet?
Yes, you can use an iOS or Android device to control playback. You can even use another computer, or control the system directly with a wireless keyboard and trackpad from your listening position.
What’s the difference between the legacy Prodigy X2 and Prodigy XV models, and the new Prodigy X3?
The big difference is how they handle video. They sound the same for 2-channel audio, but the XV and X3 models handle 4K HDR beautifully at up to 30 fps. The X2 model works harder to produce a picture that is not quite as stunning. There are a few other minor differences that will not affect most users. The XV and X3 models are very similar, but the X3 model can be offered at a lower price point than the X2 or XV due to changes in component prices. The Neutrik power connector was standard on the Prodigy XV and Prodigy X2 models, but comes as a $100 option on the Prodigy X3. It’s still a lower price than the original Prodigy XV model even with the Neutrik option.
What’s the difference between the Prodigy X series and the Revolution X series?
They are similar, except that the Revolution X series has better-sounding audio and power cabling on the inside. It also now uses the superlative Reference audio chipset on the motherboard, and uses our best Baetis Audio Reference daughterboard for truly spectacular AES-EBU and SPDIF outputs.
Can I get the Prodigy X series with an SOtM USB, an I2S or network output?
In addition to the AES-EBU, SPDIF and HDMI outputs, you can opt for an additional audiophile grade USB, I2S or network output, which means pretty much all DACs are covered. We can even build you a custom Prodigy that has only SPDIF (no AES-EBU), to allow you to add two of the following: USB, I2S and network cards. Foregoing AES and SPDIF allows the addition of all three speciality cards – something that is possible, but not recommended. As usual, speak to us about your needs, and we’ll find a solution for you.
Is there an optical drive in the unit?
The Prodigy, Revolution and Reference X -series are available with or without internally-housed optical drives. If you want to make back up of 4K UHD discs, we’d recommend no internal optical drive and choosing to add an external 4K reading drive instead.
What is the warranty on the Prodigy X Series?
There is a two year parts and labour warranty on these. However, as usual, we always listen to each case on its own merits and do the reasonable thing if you need service outside the warranty period, depending on the circumstances.