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Matrix Audio Element X Streamer | Audio Emotion
Matrix Audio Element X Streamer | Audio Emotion
Matrix Audio Element X Streamer | Audio Emotion
Matrix Audio Element X Streamer | Audio Emotion
Matrix Audio Element X Streamer | Audio Emotion

Product Description

Product Information

Matrix Audio's brand-new element series has a simplified visual design removing unnecessary elements. It features simple visual lines with a precision CNC anodising aluminium case.

Fully Integrated Solution

Full support for TIDAL, QOBUZ with full ROON certification.

Start From The Core
Matrix Audio spent more than a year incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. Then Matrix Audio developed a high-quality audio system based on Linux. The element series is Matrix Audio's 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.

MA Player
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.

MA Remote App
Matrix Audio 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). Matrix Audio will continue to improve their app with updates and also develop a similar app for iOS users in the near future.

AirPlay & DLNA
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 Decoding and Recoding
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.

ES9038PRO/ES9311/Femtosecond Clock
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 Matrix Audio's years of development and tuning experience with ESS best chip to date their have achieved the full potential of this hardware.

Brand New USB Interface
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.

Hyper Control
Matrix Audio wanted to eliminate the weaknesses of traditional analog potentiometer based volume controls and digital based volume controls. So Matrix Audio 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 Matrix Audio to combine the audio quality advantages of an analog volume control along with the precision of a digital volume control.

Pre-Amplifier
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.

Full Balanced Headphone Amplifier
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.

High Performance Power Supply System
Matrix Audio's linear power supply is the foundation of their's excellent sound quality. Matrix Audio 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 of the separate internal systems.

Double-Shell Structure
Different materials have their own resonant frequency. The element X is designed as double-shell structure. The inner shell uses stamp galvanised steel with multi-strip reinforcing ribs to ensure excellent strength and the external shell is made of 4mm aluminium. 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.

Digital Input Specifications

COAXIAL & OPTICAL PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz,
96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
IIS LVDS PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz,
768kHz DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP),
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz, 22.4MHz, 45MHz (Native)
USB Audio PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz,
\768kHz DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP),
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)
USB Storage Device element X can use the devices which conform to
the USB mass storage standard and supports FAT,
FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS file formats, but is not
guaranteed to be compatible with all storage
devices or memory cards.

Line Output Specifications

XLR SNR: > -131dB
THD+N: <0.00012%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@120kHz
Crosstalk : >-145dB
Output Level: 4.5VRMS@0dB ,15.8VRMS@+10dB
RCA SNR: > -124dB
THD+N: <0.00012%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@105kHz
Channel Crosstalk : >-137db
Output Level: 2.3VRMS@0dB , 8VRMS@+10dB

Headphone Output Specifications

XLR4 and Dual XLR3 SNR: >-117dB
THD+N: <0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@50kHz
Output Impedance: <1.5Ω
Output Power: 1700mw@33Ω, 1180mw@300Ω, 650mw@600Ω, 1%THD
Gain: +18dB@Low Gain, +28dB@High Gain
TRS 6.35mm SNR: >-112dB
THD+N: <0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@50kHz
Output Impedance: <1.5Ω
Output Power: 1150mW@33Ω, 308mW@300Ω, 152mW@600Ω, 1%THD

Network Specifications

LAN 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard

MA Player Specifications

Format Supported MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC,
FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
PCM Sampling rate PCM 16/24/32Bit 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz,
96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz,
705.6kHz, 768kHz
DSD Sampling rate DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz

Power Specifications

Power Voltage 230V position is fit for
AC220V-240V 50/60Hz 115V position
is fit for AC100V-120V 50/60Hz
Stand-by Power Consumption <1W
Sleep Power Consumption <4W
Max Power Consumption <25W

General Specifications

Dimensions (L×W×H, including protruding parts) 340×281×60mm
Weight 4.2kg

Manufacturer Site

Specifications

Brand
Matrix Audio
Condition
New
Product Code
MTRX-ELMNTX
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Customer reviews

(1 Customer reviews)
Write a review

...operationally it proves pretty much impossible to throw off course, with the Matrix proving smooth, yet elegantly to use...superbly scaled and never less than thrilling are the headlines here.

It's snappy, tight and punch sound is to be applauded, while the exemplary bass warmth and detail retrieval are highly impressive.

...perfectly highlighting the Element X's weight, slam and speed.

...the level of grip, control and drive remains undaunted. The sound is open and airy.

The Element X brings out all the fabulously over the top dynamics with apparent ease.

...all the freshness and detail of the piece brought to the fore along with a wonderful sense of the studio acoustic wrapped around the stunning performances. Every ounce of the passion, dexterity and lightness of touch is there in all its glory. The warmth and spirit of the sessions comes through beautifully...

It gets right to the heart of the performance, juggling picking out subtleties or throwing bombast at you with equal aplomb.

Plug in, switch on and prepare yourself for one hell of a ride.

OUR VERDICT:

- Superb speec, drive and precision.

- Flexible and laden with features, this is a superb performer with a wide variety of headphones and sources.

HiFi Choice | | February 2021

Product Information

Matrix Audio's brand-new element series has a simplified visual design removing unnecessary elements. It features simple visual lines with a precision CNC anodising aluminium case.

Fully Integrated Solution

Full support for TIDAL, QOBUZ with full ROON certification.

Start From The Core
Matrix Audio spent more than a year incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. Then Matrix Audio developed a high-quality audio system based on Linux. The element series is Matrix Audio's 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.

MA Player
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.

MA Remote App
Matrix Audio 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). Matrix Audio will continue to improve their app with updates and also develop a similar app for iOS users in the near future.

AirPlay & DLNA
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 Decoding and Recoding
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.

ES9038PRO/ES9311/Femtosecond Clock
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 Matrix Audio's years of development and tuning experience with ESS best chip to date their have achieved the full potential of this hardware.

Brand New USB Interface
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.

Hyper Control
Matrix Audio wanted to eliminate the weaknesses of traditional analog potentiometer based volume controls and digital based volume controls. So Matrix Audio 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 Matrix Audio to combine the audio quality advantages of an analog volume control along with the precision of a digital volume control.

Pre-Amplifier
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.

Full Balanced Headphone Amplifier
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.

High Performance Power Supply System
Matrix Audio's linear power supply is the foundation of their's excellent sound quality. Matrix Audio 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 of the separate internal systems.

Double-Shell Structure
Different materials have their own resonant frequency. The element X is designed as double-shell structure. The inner shell uses stamp galvanised steel with multi-strip reinforcing ribs to ensure excellent strength and the external shell is made of 4mm aluminium. 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.

Digital Input Specifications

COAXIAL & OPTICAL PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz,
96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
IIS LVDS PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz,
768kHz DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP),
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz, 22.4MHz, 45MHz (Native)
USB Audio PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz,
176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz,
\768kHz DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP),
DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)
USB Storage Device element X can use the devices which conform to
the USB mass storage standard and supports FAT,
FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS file formats, but is not
guaranteed to be compatible with all storage
devices or memory cards.

Line Output Specifications

XLR SNR: > -131dB
THD+N: <0.00012%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@120kHz
Crosstalk : >-145dB
Output Level: 4.5VRMS@0dB ,15.8VRMS@+10dB
RCA SNR: > -124dB
THD+N: <0.00012%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@105kHz
Channel Crosstalk : >-137db
Output Level: 2.3VRMS@0dB , 8VRMS@+10dB

Headphone Output Specifications

XLR4 and Dual XLR3 SNR: >-117dB
THD+N: <0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@50kHz
Output Impedance: <1.5Ω
Output Power: 1700mw@33Ω, 1180mw@300Ω, 650mw@600Ω, 1%THD
Gain: +18dB@Low Gain, +28dB@High Gain
TRS 6.35mm SNR: >-112dB
THD+N: <0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@50kHz
Output Impedance: <1.5Ω
Output Power: 1150mW@33Ω, 308mW@300Ω, 152mW@600Ω, 1%THD

Network Specifications

LAN 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard

MA Player Specifications

Format Supported MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC,
FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
PCM Sampling rate PCM 16/24/32Bit 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz,
96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz,
705.6kHz, 768kHz
DSD Sampling rate DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz

Power Specifications

Power Voltage 230V position is fit for
AC220V-240V 50/60Hz 115V position
is fit for AC100V-120V 50/60Hz
Stand-by Power Consumption <1W
Sleep Power Consumption <4W
Max Power Consumption <25W

General Specifications

Dimensions (L×W×H, including protruding parts) 340×281×60mm
Weight 4.2kg

Manufacturer Site

product review overlay image
(1 Customer reviews)
Write a review

...operationally it proves pretty much impossible to throw off course, with the Matrix proving smooth, yet elegantly to use...superbly scaled and never less than thrilling are the headlines here.

It's snappy, tight and punch sound is to be applauded, while the exemplary bass warmth and detail retrieval are highly impressive.

...perfectly highlighting the Element X's weight, slam and speed.

...the level of grip, control and drive remains undaunted. The sound is open and airy.

The Element X brings out all the fabulously over the top dynamics with apparent ease.

...all the freshness and detail of the piece brought to the fore along with a wonderful sense of the studio acoustic wrapped around the stunning performances. Every ounce of the passion, dexterity and lightness of touch is there in all its glory. The warmth and spirit of the sessions comes through beautifully...

It gets right to the heart of the performance, juggling picking out subtleties or throwing bombast at you with equal aplomb.

Plug in, switch on and prepare yourself for one hell of a ride.

OUR VERDICT:

- Superb speec, drive and precision.

- Flexible and laden with features, this is a superb performer with a wide variety of headphones and sources.

HiFi Choice | | February 2021

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