The EXOGAL Vortex Streaming Hub family provides the simplest way for you to play your digital media into an EXOGAL system. The integrated Network and USB hubs make it easy to bring all your music sources together, whether it's digital media on a network NAS drive, a USB external hard drive, streamed off a computer, or streamed from the Internet, as well as from CD players or other media devices. And the Vortex family requires virtually no network configuration meaning it's simple to set up. Just plug it into your network and listen!
The EXOGAL Vortex family is a line of streaming devices that allow you to choose the appropriate features that best fit your listening style. They all include our new Advanced EXOGAL Clocking System which is a high-precision, ultra-low jitter Master Clock that intelligently synchronizes all EXOGAL products, both upstream and downstream. The entire Vortex family is compatible with all existing EXOGAL products (some older Comets may require a free firmware upgrade!) The entire Vortex family streams and plays network files and all the popular streaming services and as you move up the family line you gain additional convenience features as well. All members of the Vortex family are Roon and DLNA compatible endpoints.
The VORTEX X1
The entry-level EXOGAL Vortex X1 is a network-only streaming endpoint that works with computers, files stored on a file server on your network, and internet-based streaming services.
The VORTEX X2
The EXOGAL Vortex X2 has all the functionality of the X1, with the addition of a full-featured USB hub.
The VORTEX X3
The EXOGAL Vortex X3 has all the functionality of the X2, with the addition of a four TOSLINK inputs and two Coax inputs. This allows the X3 to connect to digital audio players such as CD players, as well as home theater and video systems such as cable and satellite receivers, video games, and video streaming boxes. This allows your EXOGAL system to be the high-quality audio output of all your entertain-ment choices—not just your music.
The VORTEX X4
The EXOGAL Vortex X4 has all the functionality of the X3, with the addition of a high-quality headphone amplifier and a front mounted 1/4” headphone jack. The X4 by itself is capable of acting as an integrated, dedicated headphone listening station including streaming, DAC and amplifier all in one compact, beautiful package.
How do I choose which components I need for my system?
The EXOGAL Vortex family makes it possible for a listener to pick and choose their system components in ways that have never been possible until now. This kind of freedom can cause a lot of confusion and consternation so allow us to help you understand how to pick and choose your components.
I have a non-EXOGAL amplifier that I love...
Well, clearly you haven’t heard an Ion! But seriously, we get it. You’ll need a Comet (for those analog RCA or XLR outputs to your amplifier) and then you can use any Vortex family member (X1-X4) depending on your streaming needs. (an X1-4, and a Comet)
I have a few analog components like my turntable and phono stage that I just can’t part with...
You’ll need a Comet (for those analog RCA inputs) and then you can use any Vortex family member (X1-X4) depending on your streaming needs. Plug the Vortex into the Comet’s EXONET input, and connect an Ion to the Comet’s EXONET output and you’re all set! (an X1-4, a Comet, and an Ion)
With my speakers, I really need a subwoofer...
You’ll need a Comet (for those analog RCA outputs to your subwoofer) and then you can use any Vortexfamily member (X1-X4) depending on your streaming needs. Plug the Vortex into the Comet’s EXONET input, and connect an Ion to the Comet’s EXONET output and you’re all set! (an X1-4, a Comet, and anIon)
I’m all digital, all the time and my speakers are full-range...
All you need is one of the non entry-level Vortex family members (X2-X4) depending on your streaming needs. Plug the Vortex into the Ion’s EXONET input and you’re good to go! (an X2-X4 and an Ion)
I’m all digital, and I only listen through headphones...
All you need is the Vortex X4. Plug in your headphones and enjoy the music! (an X4)