Matrix Audio Element X Streamer

Matrix Audio

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Our brand-new element series has a simplified visual design removing unnecessary elements. It features simple visual lines with a precision CNC anodizing aluminum case.

  • We spent more than a year incorporating a quad-core ARM processor (Freescale i.MX6) into Matrix products. Then we developed a high-quality audio system based on Linux. The element series is our 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 X 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. Click HERE to learn more about MA player.

    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.

  • 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 of the separate internal systems.

  • Technical

    Digital Input

    COAXIAL & OPTICAL PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHzDSD 2.8MHz (DoP)
    IIS LVDS PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHzDSD 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, 768kHzDSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP)DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)

    Line Output

    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

    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

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

    MA player

    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

    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.