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