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Matrix Audio Element M Streamer

$1,799.00
In Stock

The newest member of the family, element M provides a desktop two-channel stereo simplification solution for mid-range active speaker and headphone users.

New Member of the Family

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.

Matrix Audio element M streamer

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.

MA Remote

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.

Matrix Audio element M streamer with DLNA and AirPlay technology

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.

Matrix Audio element M streamer with MQA technology

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 play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. Visit How it works for more information.

Matrix Audio element M streamer circuit board

ESS Sabre

element M is positioned as the mid-range of the entire series and 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.

Matrix Audio element M streamer circuit board

High Quality Headphone AMP

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.

Multiple Control Methods

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.

Double-shell Structure

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.

Matrix Audio element M streamer deconstructed

Element Series Comparison

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element X
$2,999 USD
Quad-core DAC:
ES9038 PRO+
ES9311
USB chip
XMOS XU216:
PCM 16-24Bit 768kHz
DSD 11.2MHz (DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz (Native)
 
Clock
Crystek CCHD-950
Ultra Low Phase Noise
Femtosecond Clock
Digital Input:
Optical (x2)
Coaxial (x2)
IIS LVDS (x1)
USB (x1)
Line Out:
RCA (x1)
XLR (x1)
Headphone Out:
4-pin XLR
Dual 3-pin XLR
1/4" TRS (6.35mm)
Output Level:
1/4-in: 1150mW @33ohm / --- @ 120ohm
308mW @ 300ohm / 152mW @ 600ohm
XLR: 1700mW @33ohm
1180mW @ 300ohm / 650mW @ 600ohm
Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN: 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard
Sampling Rate Support:
PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 22.4MHz
MA Player: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Roon: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 256 *
DLNA: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Volume Control Mode
Hyper-Control
Relays Array
Digital Volume
USB Storage
TF Card Slot (x1)
USB Host (x2)
Supported Formats
MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
MA Player
AirPlay/DLNA
Roon Ready
Full MQA Support
IR Remote
Power Supply
Noratel Linear 40W
13.4" x 11.1" x 2.4" (340x281×60mm)
9.3 lb (4.2kg)
element P
$2,499 USD
Quad-core DAC:
ES9028 PRO
 
USB chip
XMOS XU216
PCM 16-24Bit 768kHz
DSD 11.2MHz (DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz (Native)
 
Clock
Crystek CCHD-950
Ultra Low Phase Noise
Femtosecond Clock
Digital Input:
Optical (x2)
Coaxial (x2)
IIS LVDS (x1)
USBx1
Line Out:
n/a
 
Speaker Out:
x2 ([email protected]Ω)
 
 
Output Level:
---
 
 
 
Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN: 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard
Sampling Rate Support:
PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 22.4MHz
MA Player: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Roon: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 256 *
DLNA: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Volume Control Mode
MUSES 72320
Resistor Divider
 
USB Storage
TF Card Slot (x1)
USB Host (x2)
Supported Formats
MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
MA Player
AirPlay/DLNA
Roon Ready
Full MQA Support
IR Remote
Power Supply
Noratel Linear 25W
13.4" x 11.1" x 2.4" (340x281×60mm)
10.4 lb (4.7Kg)
element M
$1,799 USD
Quad-core DAC:
ES9028 PRO
 
USB chip
XMOS XU216
PCM 16-24Bit 768kHz
DSD 11.2MHz (DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz (Native)
 
Clock
SiTime Low Phase Noise Clock
 
 
Digital Input:
Optical (x1)
Coaxial (x1)
IIS LVDS (x1)
USB (x1)
Line Out:
RCA (x1)
XLR (x1)
Headphone Out:
1/4" TRS (6.35mm)
 
 
Output Level:
1320mW @33ohm
--- @ 120ohm
248mW @ 300ohm
124mW @ 600ohm
Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN: 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard
Sampling Rate Support:
PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 22.4MHz
MA Player: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Roon: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 256 *
DLNA: PCM 768kHz/ DSD 512
Volume Control Mode
Digital Volume
 
 
USB Storage
TF Card Slot (x1)
USB Host (x2)
Supported Formats
MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
MA Player
AirPlay/DLNA
Roon Ready
Full MQA Support
IR Remote
Power Supply
Linear 30W
10.9" x 11.1" x 2.4" (275x281×60mm)
8.1 lb (3.7kg)
element I
$990 USD
Dual-core DAC:
ES9028 PRO
 
USB chip
XMOS XU208
PCM 16-24Bit 384kHz
DSD 5.6MHz (DoP)
DSD 11.2MHz (Native)
 
Clock
SiTime Low Phase Noise Clock
 
 
Digital Input:
Optical (x1)
Coaxial (x1)
IIS LVDS (x1)
USB (x1)
Line Out:
RCA (x1)
XLR (x1)
Headphone Out:
1/4" TRS (6.35mm)
 
 
Output Level:
1320mW @33ohm
--- @ 120ohm
248mW @ 300ohm
124mW @ 600ohm
Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN: 2.4GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standard
Sampling Rate Support:
PCM up to 384kHz
DSD up to 11.2MHz
MA Player: PCM 384kHz/ DSD256
Roon: PCM 384kHz/ DSD128
DLNA: PCM 384kHz/ DSD256
Volume Control Mode
Digital Volume
 
 
USB Storage
USB Host (x2)
 
Supported Formats
MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF
MA Player
AirPlay/DLNA
Roon Ready
n/a
IR Remote
Power Supply
20W AC Adapter
9.5" x 8.7" x 2.2" (240x220×55mm)
3.3 lb (1.5kg)

*Sampling Rate of PCM 768kHz/ DSD 256 with Roon requires the latest A10301 firmware update. Earlier firmware versions support PCM 384kHz/ DSD 128.


Awards

Headfonia 2019 Product of the Year Award

Press and Reviews

Sound Perfection Review
Sound Perfection

by Oscar Stewart
Jul. 2019

Headfonia Review
Headfonia

by Linus
Dec. 2019

Specs

Digital Inputs

COAXIAL & OPTICAL Output
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, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 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)

XLR Output

SNR
>-128dB
THD+N
<0.00022%@1k,<0.00025%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 [email protected]
Channel Crosstalk
>-145dB
Amplitude
[email protected]

RCA Output

SNR
>-125dB
THD+N
<0.00028%@1k,<0.00045%@20Hz-20kHz
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 [email protected]
Channel Crosstalk
>-128dB
Amplitude
[email protected]

Single Ended Output:

SNR
>[email protected]
THD+N
<0.0006%@1VRMS
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 [email protected]
Output Impedance
<0.6Ω
Output Power
[email protected]Ω,[email protected]Ω,[email protected]Ω,1%THD
Gain
+12dB

Technical Features

Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN: 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standard
Supported Formats
MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, IFC, 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 M 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
Output Level
1320mW @33ohm / 248mW @ 300ohm / 124mW @ 600ohm
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

Package Includes

  • element M
  • RM3 remote control
  • Power cable
  • USB cable

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