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Matrix Audio Mini-i 3 DAC

$855.00
In Stock

This is the 4th generation product under the mini-i series name from Matrix Audi… More details

Evolution:

This is the 4th generation product under the mini-i series name from Matrix Audio continuing the classic design and superb build quality. The new Mini-i 3 uses a two-color aluminum shell in silent black and space gray with a 3.3-inch LCD screen and a brand new user interface. The Mini-i 3 provides improved user experience and stunning good looks.

Features

  • Two-color aluminum shell with an embedded 3.3-inch LCD screen and a brand new user interface.
  • Support AirPlay2
  • 4.4mm balanced headphone AMP
  • Bluetooth 5.0 support LDAC/APTX HD, 5GHz and 2.4GHz dual-band Wi-Fi (available for mini-i Pro3) and Ethernet connections
  • Analog input
  • ES9038Q2M DAC chip
  • IR remote supported

Embrace Streaming Media:

Matrix introduces streaming functionality into the Mini-i series audio DACs, so you can easily enjoy a huge selection of music sources. You can playback bit-perfect music streams through the Mini-i 3 over a LAN, or push music to Mini-i 3 from an iPhone, iPad, or any MAC computer on the network using AirPlay.

Roon Ready:

Roon finds the links between your music collection and the millions of tracks available on Internet, so you can start with the music you know, then explore and discover new music. The Mini-i 3 act as an endpoint in Roon streaming media system, they transparently discover and connect to Roon without any configuration, and bit-perfect audio is delivered from Roon to Mini-i 3.

Balanced Headphone AMP

The Mini-i 3 features a fully balanced headphone amplifier. This allows the left and right channel signals to pass through a nearly perfect symmetrical amplifier circuit, providing ample headphone output power with low distortion and low noise. The output power of single-ended headphone connection is increased by 50%, and the balanced headphone output is increased by 3 times compared to the previous generation. The addition of a 4.4mm balanced headphone jack makes it easier to connect various popular balanced headphones.

HD Bluetooth

When the Mini-i 3 connected to an LDAC enabled Android device over Bluetooth, up to 24Bit/96kHz high-res audio can be transmitted. The aptX HD technology allows compatible devices to transmit 24Bit/48kHz high-res audio wirelessly over bluetooth. The enclosed antenna system covers the different bands available on the Mini-i 3 for Bluetooth

Connect to everything

Like the previous generation, Mini-i 3 also have various digital audio input ports. They are first models with IIS LVDS input port in entry product line, it means Mini-i 3 can get a performance improvement through external audio interface. The USB Type-C connector improves the connection reliability and transmission efficiency of digital audio signal.

Digital and Analog Sources All-in-One

The Mini-i 3 have multiple input and output ports witch act as a transportation hub in your audio system. Whether it is a digital audio signal from a TV, set-top box, game console, HTPC, or analog audio equipment such as a vinyl turntable, it can be connected to a digital audio system with the help of Mini-i 3.

Intuitive Graphical UI

We have created an elegant UI for the Mini-i 3, which are the first models to include a 24-bit color LCD display from Matrix Audio. You can view the input channels, streaming methods, device configurations, and additional information on the display clearly and intuitively. Even filter curves and the IIS interface definitions are displayed graphically.

The Best Component

We re-designed every details of mini-i 3, the exterior and the internal structure have been adjusted and verified repeatedly, even a small part on the PCB has been carefully considered. The power supply of mini-i 3 has been greatly improved, both the maxmium power and the noise level are totally beyond its previous generation.
*Mini-i 3 uses high precision active oscillators.

Continued Development

To improve the functionality and performance of the Mini-i 3, we will continue to release new firmware updates adding exciting new features and further refinements to the user experience. Only a few simple steps are needed to keep your product up to date.

element Series Comparison

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Mini-i 3
DAC:
ES9038Q2M
 
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-C (x1)
Line Out:
RCA (x1)
XLR (x1)
Headphone Out:
1/4" TRS (6.35mm)
4.4mm TRS
 
Output Level:
1/4-in: 1270mW @33ohm / --- @ 120ohm
257mW @ 300ohm / 133mW @ 600ohm
4.4mm: 1900mW @33ohm
950mW @ 300ohm / 510mW @ 600ohm
Network
LAN: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
 
 
Sampling Rate Support:
PCM up to 768kHz
DSD up to 11.2MHz
MA Player: ---
---
DLNA: ---
Volume Control Mode
Digital Volume
 
 
USB Storage
---
 
Supported Formats
---
 
MA Player
AirPlay
Roon Ready
---
IR Remote
Power Supply
Linear 20W
8.8" x 8.1" x 1.9" (223x205×48mm)
3.75 lb (1.7kg)
Mini-i Pro 3
DAC:
ES9038Q2M
 
USB chip
XMOS XU216
PCM 16-24Bit 768kHz
MQA max 24bit/384kHz
DSD 11.2MHz (DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz (Native)
Clock
Crystek CCHD-950
Ultra Low Phase Noise
Femtosecond Clock
Digital Input:
Optical (x1)
Coaxial (x1)
IIS LVDS (x1)
USB-C (x1)
Line Out:
RCA (x1)
XLR (x1)
Headphone Out:
1/4" TRS (6.35mm)
4.4mm TRS
 
Output Level:
1/4-in: 1270mW @33ohm / --- @ 120ohm
257mW @ 300ohm / 133mW @ 600ohm
4.4mm: 1900mW @33ohm
950mW @ 300ohm / 510mW @ 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 11.2MHz
MA Player: ---
---
DLNA: ---
Volume Control Mode
Digital Volume
 
 
USB Storage
---
 
Supported Formats
---
 
MA Player
AirPlay
Roon Ready
Full MQA Support
IR Remote
Power Supply
Linear 20W
8.8" x 8.1" x 1.9" (223x205×48mm)
3.75 lb (1.7kg)
element M
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
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.

Specs

Technical Features

CPU
NXP i.MX 6UL Cortex-A7 @900MHz
D/A Chip
S9038Q2M
USB Chip
XMOS XU216
PCM16-24Bit 768kHz DSD 11.2MHz(DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz(Native)
Clock
SiTime SiT8103 Low Phase Noise Clock
Volume Control Mode
Digital Volume
Output Level
1/4-in: 1270mW @33ohm / 257mW @ 300ohm / 133mW @ 600ohm
4.4mm: 1900mW @33ohm / 950mW @ 300ohm / 510mW @ 600ohm
ARM
Signal-core
MA Player
Not Support Local File Format
PCM Sampling Rate: Up to 769kHz
DSD Sampling Rate: up to 11.2 WHz
Airplay: Supportive
Roon Ready: PENDING
IR Remote
Yes
Power Supply
Noratel Linear Power 20W

Power

Power Voltage
230V position is fit for AC 220V-240V 50/60Hz 115V position is fit for AC 100V-120V 50/60Hz
Standby Power Consumption
Less-than 2W
Maximum Power Consumption
Less-than 20W

Warranty Information

  1. *Matrix provides the return service and bare the shipping cost, if the product is defective due to non-human factors within 7 days from the date of purchase.
  2. Matrix provides free replacement and bare the shipping cost, if the product is defective due to non-human factors within 30 days from the date of purchase.
  3. Matrix provides free-repair service and bears the shipping cost within 1 year from the date of purchase.
  4. Matrix will continue to provide free-repair service after purchasing for more than one year, customers only need to bear the cost of parts and the shipping costs.
  5. The cables, accessories and gifts in the products are not covered by the warranty.
  6. Damage to the product due to incorrect power supply, or due to modifications to the circuit or components, or purchases from unauthorized dealers will not be eligible for a free lifetime warranty service.
Mini-i 3 Mini-i Pro 3
D/A chip ES9038Q2M ES9038Q2M
USB chip XMOS XU216
PCM16-24Bit 768kHz
DSD 11.2MHz(DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz(Native)
XMOS XU216 PCM16-24Bit 768kHz
MQA max 24Bit/384kHz
DSD 11.2MHz(DoP)
DSD 22.4MHz(Native)
Clock SiTime Low Phase Noise Clock Crystek CCHD-950 Ultra
Low Phase Noise
Femtosecond Clock
Digital Input Optical
Coaxial
IIS LVDS
Buletooth
Network
USB Type-C
Optical
Coaxial
IIS LVDS
Buletooth
Network
USB Type-C
Line In RCA RCA
Line out RCA and XLR RCA and XLR
ARM Signal-core Signal-core
Headphone Output TRS 6.35mm and TRS 4.4mm TRS 6.35mm and TRS 4.4mm
MQA Support Not Support Decoder+Renderer

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