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Element X – Mrežni plejer

The flagship model of the element series, element X combines years of development and tuning experience with the industry-leading ESS ES9038PRO DAC chip to push the hardware to its full potential. Matrix Audio’s brand-new element series has a simplified visual design, removing unnecessary elements. It features simple visual lines with a precision CNC anodizing aluminum case. More than a year went into incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. They then developed a high-quality audio system based on Linux. The element series is their first product that transforms into a full-featured audio source with built-in music playback for streaming media over your network or files from a local disk.

The element series runs a powerful audio playback system that supports all the popular formats. Simply connect a USB drive or configure a NAS storage device to browse your music library and enjoy up to 768kHz PCM and 22.4MHz DSD. We have developed an Android app for the element series so users can browse and play their music from any smart device connected to the same local area network (LAN). We will continue to improve our app with updates and also develop a similar app for iOS users in the near future.

Listening to network streaming media has become a normal part of life today. The element series also enables you to play music from your smartphone or other mobile devices via AirPlay & DLNA for convenient wireless streaming. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The element series include MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. Visit How it works for more information.

The element X is the series flagship model using the industry-leading ESS ES9038PRO D/A converter along with the professional grade ultra-low noise LDO ES9311 and the Crystek CCHD-950 femtosecond clock. By combining our years of development and tuning experience with ESS best chip to date we have achieved the full potential of this hardware. With the rapid development and release of high-quality music formats, the processing requirements are also higher than ever before. The element X is equipped with the brand-new XU216 XMOS processor which can easily handle decoding and unfolding of the highest bit rate MQA format.

We wanted to eliminate the weaknesses of traditional analog potentiometer based volume controls and digital based volume controls. So we designed a hybrid digital volume control for the element X which uses an array of relays along with the built-in DAC chips internal digital volume unit. This enabled us to combine the audio quality advantages of an analog volume control along with the precision of a digital volume control. When using active speakers, there is no need to add a pre-amplifier since the element X has a built-in very high-quality analog pre-amplifier section that is configurable with up to +10 dB of analog gain.

The element X is also a dual-mode headphone amplifier based on the LME49600 and consisting of four independent amplifier units. In balanced mode it can drive a pair of balanced headphones or in single-ended mode, it can drive two single-ended pairs of headphones each having its own independent stereo amplifier. Our linear power supply is the foundation of our excellent sound quality. We use a customized Noratel toroidal transformer along with Nichicon audio grade capacitors. The element X also has multiple levels of isolation LDO, with a well-designed four-layer PCB to help reproduce the original sound as accurately as possible by removing interference from the separate internal systems.

Different materials have their own resonant frequency. The element X is designed as a double-shell structure. The inner shell uses stamp galvanized steel with multi-strip reinforcing ribs to ensure excellent strength and the external shell is made of 4mm aluminum. The combination of the two metals eliminates the fixed resonant frequency of each material and greatly reduces the negative impact that case resonance can have on the sound quality.

Element P – Mrežni plejer / Pojačalo

Element P is your one-stop destination for hi-res music streaming with speaker connections, a streamlined body, and support for every popular format. Matrix Audio’s brand-new element series has a simplified visual design, removing unnecessary elements. It features simple visual lines with a precision CNC anodizing aluminum case. More than a year went into incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. They then developed a high-quality audio system based on Linux. The element series is their first product that transforms into a full-featured audio source with built-in music playback for streaming media over your network or files from a local disk.

The element series runs a powerful audio playback system that supports all the popular formats. Simply connect a USB drive or configure a NAS storage device to browse your music library and enjoy up to 768kHz PCM and 22.4MHz DSD. We have developed an Android app for the element series so users can browse and play their music from any smart device connected to the same local area network (LAN). We will continue to improve our app with updates and also develop a similar app for iOS users in the near future.

Listening to network streaming media has become a normal part of life today. The element series also enables you to play music from your smartphone or other mobile devices via AirPlay & DLNA for convenient wireless streaming. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The element series include MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. Visit How it works for more information. Everything you need in one unit, an excellent quality audio source, DAC, and speaker amplifier all-in-one. The high-quality integrated power amplifier was developed for traditional passive speaker users. Just add a pair of passive speakers to the element P and you have a complete stereo Hi-Fi system.

In the brand-new element P, we still accept the industry leading ESS Company’s solution, high performance ES9028PRO D/A chip and ultra-low phase noise femtosecond clock CCHD-950 from Crystek as a basic guarantee for high-quality sound, we adopt MUSES72320, a resistor divider’s control mode for volume control of analog section , which retained the original sound quality to the maximum extent. With the rapid development and release of high-quality music formats, the processing requirements are also higher than ever before. The element P is equipped with the brand-new XU216 XMOS processor which can easily handle decoding and unfolding of the highest bit rate MQA format.

We choose the ICEpower 250ASX2 class D amplifier module from Denmark as the core power amplifier in the element P. The rated power output is 230 Watts per channel at 4 Ohms, which can easily drive any speakers from small bookshelf models to small or medium sized floor-standing models. We used a linear power supply on the front-end instead of the ICEpower module’s provided front-end output circuit. This prevents superimposed noise from the module’s power supply from entering the pre-amp section. The linear power supply consists of a customized Noratel toroidal transformer along with Nichicon audio grade capacitors and incorporates a multi-channel linear LDO supplying power to the digital and analog circuitry in the front-end of the element P.

Different materials have their own resonant frequency. The element P is designed as double-shell structure. The inner shell uses stamp galvanized steel with multi-strip reinforcing ribs to ensure excellent strength and the external shell is made of 4mm aluminum. The combination of the two metals eliminates the fixed resonant frequency of each material and greatly reduces the negative impact that case resonance can have on the sound quality.

Element M – Mrežni plejer

Element M is the newest member of the element family. It furthers the concise and steady design elements, creating a balance between performance, functionality, and price. Element M provides a desktop two-channel stereo simplification solution for mid-range active speaker and headphone users.

MA Player

Matrix Audio developed MA player as a powerful audio playback system based on the Freescale quad-core ARM computing platform. It supports all the popular audio formats. Simply connect a USB drive or configure a NAS storage device to browse your music library and enjoy up to 768kHz PCM and 22.4MHz DSD. We have developed an Android app for element series products, you can browse and play music from any mobile device connected to the same local area network (LAN). We will continue to improve our app and integrate popular streaming service in the app.

Listening to network streaming media has become a normal part of life today. The element series also enables you to play music from your smartphone or other mobile devices via AirPlay & DLNA for convenient wireless streaming. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning British technology that delivers the sound of the original master recording. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream or download. The element series include MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. Visit How it works for more information.

Element M is also the most cost-effective product. We use ES9028PRO advanced D/A solution and SiTime low phase noise clock, combine with our development experience with ESS chips, to maximize its potential performance. We developed a new low-impedance headphone amplifier consisting of discrete components for Element M. This headphone amp has a bipolar input stage that effectively rejects common-mode distortion. The output stage is set in a high quiescent current state, giving you an intriguing mellow sound performance.

The RM3 infrared remote control is standard for element series products, we provide 5 different kinds of address code to avoid interference with other audio devices. On the other hand, MA Remote has ‘Virtual Remote Control’ feature, you can proceed all the setting operations of the unit through the app. Different materials have their own resonant frequency. The inner shell uses stamp galvanized steel with multi-strip reinforcing ribs to ensure excellent strength and the external shell is made of 4mm aluminum. The combination of the two metals eliminates the fixed resonant frequency of each material and greatly reduces the negative impact that case resonance can have on the sound quality.

Element i – Mrežni plejer

With the help of MA player, no matter at the desk, beside your TV, in the bedroom or dining room, element i is always waiting for your playback commands. Get rid of computers, as long as you are on the same Wi-Fi or wired network, use Airplay, DLNA or playback your collected digital audio. This is Element series, seeking harmony points in the two dimensions of “listening” and “looking”, making it simple and strong.

MA Remote app now both available for Android and iOS natively. Browse and play your own high-quality digital audio, or enjoy hi-res streaming audio, whatever you want. MA Remote is now integrated with TIDAL service, Qobuz is also coming. In addition, it’s also ROON Ready. Find element audio device and control from ROON Remote, making playback faster. The Element i has a discrete component headphone amp with up to 1300 mw of power, it can easily drive various high-resistance full-sized headphones and high-sensitive IEMs. The excellent dynamic performance and inaudible background noise, make you concentrate to the music. The device can be controlled by IR remote and MA Remote app, you can easily control the volume and input channels even if connecting to active speakers or power amplifiers.

element i aim to cost-effective, but the hardware is still powerful enough: the Freescale i.MX6 series dual-core ARM processor is used as the master core of the MA player, the D/A converting module is using the ES9028PRO 8-channel D/A chip from ESS and XU208 audio interface from XMOS. As an entry model, we keep the IIS LVDS port, which allow element i to connect to USB interface with femtosecond clocks. element i is powered by an external power supply. Audiophiles can upgrade their external linear power supply according to their requirements and explore the potential of element i. Even so, the power conditioning section in element i is never compromised. Each circuit unit still uses multi-channel low-ripple LDO independently, as the basis of good sound performance.

Mini-i Pro 3 – Mrežni plejer

The main evolution of the Matrix Mini-I-3 lies in its functionalities since it now includes a complete network drive. The device can work with a wide range of digital audio sources. The Mini-i 3 can easily receive bit-perfect audio streams via a LAN connection or from an Apple device with AirPlay. The Mini-i-3 functions as a Roon terminal, allowing a simple, transparent remote connection that does not require any configuration to achieve bit-perfect audio stream.

The Mini-I-3 incorporates a balanced low noise, low distortion headphone amplification circuit. The latter is accessible via a 6.35mm jack connector as well as a 4.4mm jack connector compatible with most of the most popular balanced headphones. The power of the headphone amplifier has been significantly revised upwards from previous versions with an increase in power of 50% for an unbalanced connection and of 370% for a balanced connection. Unlike previous versions of the Matrix Mini-i series, the Mini-i 3 now uses an integrated antenna to ensure quality wireless transmission without compromising the ergonomics and aesthetics of the device. Its bluetooth receiver supports the LDAC standard and can therefore work with compatible sources to receive digital streams with an impressive resolution reaching 96kHz / 24bit. Likewise, the bluetooth reception circuit is compatible with the apt-X HD standard and supports 48kHz / bit streams with your bluetooth audio sources sharing this standard.

The Pro version of the Mini-i 3 finally integrates 5GHz & 2.4GHz WiFi connectivity allowing a stable and high-speed wireless network connection. The Mini-i 3 Pro from Matrix Audio is a full MQA decoder (Decoding / Redering). It can therefore play MQA streams without resorting to software decoding and thus benefit from this technology without compromising on resolution. This function is exclusive to the pro version and is not found in the standard version of the device. Numerous digital connectors are available as input to allow all kinds of integration into almost all types of advanced audio installations. The Mini-i 3 has its own SPDIF interface with coaxial and optical connector, ideal for connecting your CD players, SPDIF drives, televisions and game consoles.

The USB interface is now accessible via a USB-C connector for a reliable and easy connection. The latter allows operation as a USB DAC to add very high definition audio output to your computers and other USB devices. Finally, there is an I2S receiver directly accessible on an HDMI connector. The latter respects the LVDS pinout and offers very high performance connectivity for your most advanced high fidelity devices.

In addition to its excellent digital connectivity, the Mini-I3 has a very useful analog input for turntables, radios,cassette players… This stereo analog input on an RCA connector is a very elegant and space-saving solution for easily connecting audio sources of different technologies within a single Hi-Fi installation.

Superb 3.3 “screen with GUI

Unlike previous versions of its series, the Mini-i 3 has a 3.3 “24-bit color LCD screen on the front. The display offers a superb color interface which provides a very intuitive solution to control all the functions of the DAC. Active inputs, streaming protocols, device configuration and even filtering options as well as I2S interface definitions.

X-SABRE PRO DAC (MQA) – D/A Konvertor

Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists’ recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode). X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability.

X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.

X-SABRE PRO(MQA) can support the Master Quality Authenticated coding technology developed by UK MQA Limited which can decode the MQA audio stream up to 24 Bit 384kHz. When X-SABRE Pro’s display is showing “MQA”, it means it is decoding the MQA audio authorized by the artist or publisher (MQA Studio). Meanwhile, X-SABRE Pro also can support DSD1024 and PCM audio stream up to 32Bit/768kHz sampling rate. X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has the clock configuration circuit unit, can choose to use ES9038PRO synchronous clock source or external ultra-Low phase noise clock source, cooperate with software control to free convert ES9038PRO work mode between synchronous or asynchronous, and greatly improved the playability.

Digital audio is the art of time, high-precision clock is to ensure the basis of digital audio playback, X-SABRE Pro build-in three hi-res audio dedicated Crystek ultra-low phase noise oscillators, the phase noise as low as -169 dBc/Hz. Two for sample rate of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and their multiples, and one for ES9038PRO reference clock, you can hear the accurate sound! ES9311Q dedicated ultra low noise LDO, with two groups clean power supply as low as 1μVrms noise, respectively provide to the left and right channels analog circuit of ES9038PRO to ensure excellent SNR performance, in additional, X-SABRE Pro also has up to 10 groups of low-noise LDO power supply for each circuit unit.

X-SABRE PRO (MQA) pre-installed 7 kinds of PCM digital filter options. You can choose different filters to adjust timbre conveniently. During the MQA decoding progress, X-SABRE Pro can automatically load the MQA audio dedicated filter. The line output of X-SABRE Pro can be configured with a +18dB digital gain. It’s not necessary to add an additional pre-amplifier for low-gain active speakers. X-SABRE Pro also can work with power amplifier more conveniently and flexibly. X-SABRE PRO(MQA) inlaid a piece of black tempered glass in its front panel, and the central round LCD can directly show the input signal channel, digital audio format, sample rate, volume, etc. Without using the remote control, you can operate it by touch the 9 hidden touch-key in the LCD on the front panel. X-SABRE Pro (MQA) continued the new chapter for Matrix competitive DAC with its accurate sound field performance, amazing dynamic range, more extensive applicability, more convenient operation, more gorgeous appearance and more consummate skill.

X/PDIF 2 – USB to S/PDIF Converter

The newly designed USB Audio Class 2.0 asynchronous digital interface X-SPDIF 2, inherited the excellent quality from its last generation. You can connect the digital audio stream receive devices through the newly added IIS port, to avoid the loss caused by digital signal protocol conversion.

X-SPDIF 2 built-in high-quality femtosecond clock and FPGA processing unit, it can playback up to 32bit/768kHz PCM audio stream and 1bit/22.4MHz DSD audio stream.