MATRIX ELEMENT X Streamer DAC ES9038PRO XMOS WiFi Femtoclock 32bit 768kHz DSD1024

MATRIX ELEMENT X Streamer DAC ES9038PRO XMOS WiFi Femtoclock
Matrix presents the Element X, a high-end network drive that is versatile, powerful and aesthetically pleasing. It opens the doors of high-fidelity music streaming and integrates cutting-edge technologies that enable it to support high-resolution files or even to ensure sound reproduction of astonishing richness, precision and depth.

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Matrix Element X

Streamer DAC ES9038PRO XMOS WiFi Femtoclock 32bit 768kHz DSD1024

Matrix presents the Element X, a high-end network drive that is versatile, powerful and aesthetically pleasing. It opens the doors of high-fidelity music streaming and integrates cutting-edge technologies that enable it to support high-resolution files or even to ensure sound reproduction of astonishing richness, precision and depth. Its extremely well thought-out and meticulous design will delight any audiophile who wants to offer their HiFi audio system complete wireless connectivity.

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The Element X Core

At the base of the Element X is a powerful Quad Core ARM processor, which is responsible for processing the data. Matrix has also developed a high-quality audio system based on the Linux operating system. Unlike the brand's previous products, Element X has the ability to read files stored on your network or locally, while performing a Digital / Analog conversion. It is therefore an extremely complete product.

The ARM processor incorporates a powerful audio playback system, supporting a wide range of file formats and high sampling rates: 768kHz in PCM and native DSD up to 22.4MHz (DSD512). To enjoy your favorite songs, simply connect a USB storage device to Element X or connect a NAS to it.



Test and review by Audio Science Review

"Needless to say, the Element X comfortably takes the crown of the best DAC I have tested."
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ES9038PRO DAC, ES9311 LDO and Femtoclock

The Matrix Element X features the latest high-end DAC chip from ESS: the ES9038PRO. This ensures a disconcertingly accurate reproduction, while offering a beautiful dynamic and a wide sound image. It comes with an ultra-low noise LDO ES9311 and a Femtoclock Crystek CCHD-950. Matrix has worked for many years with ESS chips, they provide DAC integration to maximize performance.

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USB XMOS XU216 Interface

With the rapid development of high quality audio formats and the new user requirements inherent in these developments, Element X had to support many high resolution formats. Its USB interface XMOS XU216 allows it to read PCM files up to 768kHz and DSD up to DSD512. This interface also supports MQA files, a high quality format that is becoming more and more popular.

Hyper Control

In order to benefit from greater accuracy than a traditional potentiometer volume control and to avoid the dynamic disadvantages of a digital volume control, Matrix integrates a hybrid volume control design into its Element X. Thus, the device uses the digital volume of the relay matrix and DAC chip and combines analog control to maintain the advantages of each system.

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Preamp section

If you want to use the Element X with active speakers, it is not necessary to add a preamplifier. Indeed, the latter has a configurable analog preamp section with a gain of +10dB.

Balanced headphone amplifier

The Matrix Element X also features a balanced headphone amplifier, based on four independent TI LME49600 high-fidelity audio buffers, so it is perfectly possible to use a headphone in symmetrical mode. When used in unbalanced mode, this section behaves like two independent stereo amplifiers, allowing two unbalanced headphones to be associated with it.

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A complete and efficient connectivity

The Matrix network player has a built-in connector, allowing you to connect many devices to it to create a versatile and powerful audio system. This includes two Toslink Optics and two Coaxial SPDIF inputs, as well as I2S LVDS via HDMI and USB-B 2.0. In addition, there are 2 USB-A 2.0 ports for your storage devices (USB sticks, hard disks, etc.), a Micro SD slot and of course an RJ45 port. A pair of antennas greatly improves the reception distance of the device.

On the output side, the Element X offers on its rear side RCA Stereo and XLR but also on its front side two 6.35mm jacks, also usable in XLR 3 poles, as well as a XLR 4 poles balanced.

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Control playback from your smartphone

For a simple and intuitive control of its reader, Matrix has specially developed an Android application. This allows you to browse and launch your audio files, whether they are stored on storage devices connected to the device or your local network. Matrix will also provide regular updates to improve the user experience and develop an iOS version of the application.

DLNA & Airplay

Today, media streaming via a local network has become commonplace. As a result, Matrix Element X supports DLNA and AirPlay protocols to allow you to stream your music directly from your smartphone or other compatible mobile device.

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MQA Support

MQA is a high-resolution audio encoding technique with a high sampling rate while ensuring small file sizes. The MQA is therefore an ideal format for enjoying high quality audio streaming.

Strong power supply stage

Power supply is the entry point for all electrical / electronic devices and plays a major role, especially in the case of a high fidelity audio system. Matrix has therefore chosen to integrate a Noratel custom toroidal transformer and high quality Nichicon capacitors into its Element X. There are also power separators and LDOs on a 4-layer PCB. This power supply section provides the entire circuit with a clean electrical signal for a highly transparent sound.

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Shielded housing

As each material has its own resonance frequency, Element X was designed with a double structure. The inner shell uses galvanized metal folded with reinforcing ribs to ensure durability. The outer shell is made of 4mm thick Aluminium. The assembly of these two materials makes it possible to modify their resonance frequencies and reduce the negative impact of resonances on sound reproduction.

Modern design

The Element range from Matrix has removed all unnecessary visual elements to give their devices a modern and high-end look. The Element X thus presents simple lines in a CNC machined Aluminium casing. It will integrate seamlessly into a high-end HiFi system.

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Technical characteristics

Specifications
Product typeStreamer
Supported file formatsMP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSD, DFF
PCM Sampling rateUp to 32bit 768kHz
DSD Sampling rateUp to DSD1024 (45MHz)
Supported protocolsDLNA
Airplay
DAC ChipES9038PRO
USB InterfaceXMOS XU216
Digital inputs
2x SPDIF CoaxialPCM up to 24bit 192kHz
DSD (DoP) up to DSD64
2x Optical ToslinkPCM up to 24bit 192kHz
DSD (DoP) up to DSD64
1x I2S LVDS HDMIPCM up to 32bit 768kHz
DSD (DoP) up to DSD256
DSD (Natif) up to DSD1024
1x USB-B 2.0PCM up to 24bit 768kHz
DSD (DoP) up to DSD256
DSD (Natif) up to DSD 512
2x USB-A 2.0 HostFor storage peripherals
NetworkLAN : 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
WLAN : 2.4GHz/5GHz, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Line outputs
1x XLR 3 poles stereoSNR : > -131dB
THD+N : < 0.00012% @ 1kHz, < 0.00025% @ 20Hz-20kHz
Frequency response : 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.05 -3dB @ 120kHz
Crosstalk : > -145dB
Output level : 4.5VRMS @ 0dB, 15.8VRMS @ +10dB
1x RCA StereoSNR : > -124dB
THD+N : < 0.00012% @ 1kHz, < 0.00025% @ 20Hz-20kHz
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.05 -3dB @ 105kHz
Crosstalk : > -137dB
Output level : 2.3VRMS @ 0dB, 8VRMS @ +10dB
Headphone outputs
1x XLR 4 poles
1x XLR 3 poles stereo
SNR : > -117dB
THD+N : < 0.00055% @ 20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.05 -3dB @ 50kHz
Output impedance : < 1.5 Ohm
Output level : 1700mW @ 33 Ohm, 1180mW @ 300 Ohm, 650mW @ 600 Ohm, 1%THD
Gain : Low = +18dB / High = +28dB
2x Jack 6.35mm TRSSNR : > -112dB
THD+N : < 0.00055% @ 20Hz-20kHz 1VRMS
Frequency response : 20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1 -3dB @ 50kHz
Output impedance : < 1.5 Ohm
Output level : 1150mW @ 33 Ohm, 308mW @ 300 Ohm, 152mW @ 600 Ohm, 1%THD
General
Power supplyAC 220-240V 50/60Hz
AC 100-120V 50/60Hz
Dimensions340 x 281 x 60mm
Weight4.2kg
Package1x Matrix Element X
1x Power cable
1x USB cable
2x WiFi antennas
1x RM3 remote control
 
Data sheet
InputWifi
InputSPDIF
InputUSB 2.0
InputMicro SD
InputI2S via HDMI
InputAirplay
InputUSB XMOS
InputUSB-B
InputOptical
InputUSB-A
InputRJ45
InputDLNA
OutputRCA
OutputJack 6.35mm
OutputXLR
DAC ChipES0938PRO
Max sampling rateDSD1024
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorSilver
 
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MATRIX ELEMENT X Streamer DAC ES9038PRO XMOS WiFi Femtoclock 32bit 768kHz DSD1024
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