Matrix Audio Element M - HiRes Streamer DAC
Discontinued: Replaced by element M2 w.e.f. May 2022
The Matrix Audio element M is a Roon Ready Streamer DAC that delivers HiRes Audio in all it's glory to your audio system. With AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz the internal ESS Sabre DAC makes audiophile streaming a reality. A high quality discrete headphone amplifier is built in, and a class leading remote control is included. Balanced Outputs and Preamplifier functionality are the cherry on this cake.
Element M is the newest member of the element family, it continues the design language of concise and steady. Matrix Audio looked for a balance between performance, functionality and price on Element M, hoping to provide a desktop two-channel stereo simplification solution for mid-range active speaker and headphone users.
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 aluminium case. Matrix Audio spent more than a year incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. Then they 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.
Element M 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
- AirPlay & DLNA
- MQA Decoding and Rendering
- ESS Sabre
- High-Quality Headphone Amp
- Multiple Control Methods
- Double-Shell Structure
MA Remote App
MA Remote app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones now. 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 and Qobuz streaming service. In addition, it’s also ROON Ready. Find Matrix device and control through ROON Remote, making playback faster.
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 Rendering
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 playback MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.
Element M is positioned as the mid-range of the entire series and is also the most cost-effective product. Matrix Audio used an ES9028PRO advanced D/A solution and SiTime low phase noise clock, combined with their development experience with ESS chips, to maximize its potential performance.
High-Quality Headphone Amp
Matrix Audio 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.
Multiple Control Methods
The RM3 infrared remote control is standard for element series products, Matrix Audio provide 5 different kinds of address code to avoid interference with other audio devices. On the other hand, MA Remote has a '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 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 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.
- Coaxial & Optical: PCM 16-24Bit upto 192kHz / DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
- IIS LVDS: PCM 16-32Bit upto 768kHz / DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz, 22.4MHz, 45MHz (Native)
- USB Audio: PCM 16-24Bit up to 768kHz / DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)
- Format Supported: MP3 , WMA , WAV , AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
- LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
- WLAN: 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard
- Headphone Output:
- SNR: >-111dB@2VRMS
- THD+N: <0.0006%@1VRMS
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@47kHz
- Output Impedance: <0.6Ω
- Output Power: 1320mW@33Ω，248mW@300Ω，124mW@600Ω，1%THD
- Gain: +12dB
- 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
- Dimension: 275×281×60mm(L×W×H, including protruding parts)
- Weight: 3.7kg
- Accessories: RM3 remote control, Power cable, USB cable, WiFi antenna x2