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Matrix Music Streamer Mini-i Pro 4 Review

The Matrix music streamer mini-i Pro 4 is a game-changer in the world of digital audio processing and streaming. It seamlessly combines cutting-edge technology with a commitment to delivering unparalleled sound quality, making it a must-have for any audiophile.

The Matrix music streamer mini-i Pro 4 is a versatile and high-performance audio device that will delight audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike. With its rich set of features and exceptional sound quality, it's much more than just a DAC.


One of the standout features of the mini-i Pro 4 is its versatility. It's not just a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) anymore; it's a complete music streaming solution. With support for various network streaming protocols, including Roon Ready (under certification), DLNA/UPnP, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and TIDAL Connect, this streamer opens the door to a world of high-resolution streaming audio. You can effortlessly enjoy your favorite music from various online streaming services with the utmost convenience.

When it comes to sound quality, the mini-i Pro 4 takes it to the next level. Equipped with the latest ES9039Q2M D/A chip from ESS, precision-tuned audio circuits, high-quality components, and optimized circuit layout, it offers an impressive signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and minimal distortion. This means your music will be reproduced with stunning clarity and fidelity, regardless of the genre.

The inclusion of a full-balanced amplifier with both Single-Ended (SE 6.35mm) and Balanced (Pentacon 4.4 mm) headphone outputs provides flexibility for audiophiles with different headphone preferences. The balanced amplifier design minimizes interference and enhances sound quality, effortlessly driving high-impedance headphones to their full potential.

The user interface of the mini-i Pro 4 is both intuitive and elegant. The 3.46-inch LCD touchscreen simplifies operations, while the MA Remote App and RM5 remote control offer seamless control and navigation. You can easily browse and play high-resolution online audio from TIDAL, Qobuz, and HIGHRESAUDIO, and even enjoy internet radio programs.

For those who prefer their Local music collection, the mini-i Pro 4 has you covered. It supports playback from USB storage devices and NAS, automatically indexing your music library for easy access. Finding and playing your favorite tracks based on albums, artists, or genres has never been easier.


The addition of an HDMI ARC input port allows you to enjoy high-quality audio from your TV or projector, enhancing your home entertainment experience. The mini-i Pro 4 supports various audio formats and sampling rates, including PCM up to 768kHz, DSD512, and MQA audio, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of devices.


Whether you're a traditional analog audio enthusiast or a modern digital music lover, the Mini-i Pro 4 caters to your needs with RCA analog inputs and adjustable gain levels (offers three input gain levels). It offers an exceptional audio experience and hassle-free operation for all your audio sources.

Furthermore, the mini-i Pro 4 boasts Gigabit Ethernet and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, ensuring smooth and stable audio streaming to your audio system. Whether you prefer a wired or wireless connection, you can expect a feast of music without interruptions.


The RM5 remote control, designed specifically for the mini-i series, provides a comfortable grip and intuitive button layout. It even includes a programmable button for quick access to your frequently used functions.


In summary, the Matrix music streamer mini-i Pro 4 is a versatile and high-performance device that redefines your music streaming and audio playback experience, is a true powerhouse, offering exceptional sound quality, a wide range of features, and user-friendly controls.

With its exceptional sound quality, extensive connectivity options, and user-friendly interface, it's a must-have for any audio enthusiast. Whether you're a music connoisseur or simply looking to elevate your audio experience, this streamer has you covered. Whether you're streaming high-resolution audio online or enjoying your local music collection, the Mini-i Pro 4 delivers an exceptional high-fidelity listening experience that will satisfy even the most discerning audiophiles.



Specifications:

Hardware Platform

CPU Quad Cortex-A55 2.0GHz

D/A Chip ES9039Q2M


Digital Input

COAXIAL & OPTICAL

PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

DSD 2.8MHz (DoP)

HDMI ARC PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

USB Audio PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz,

352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz

MQA 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz,

352.8kHz, 384kHz MQA or MQA Studio stream

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP)

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)


Line Output

XLR

SNR: 127dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.00008%@1k, <0.00010%@20Hz-20kHz

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@90kHz

Channel Crosstalk: >-146dB

Output Level: 4.4VRMS@0dB

RCA

SNR: 121dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.00015%@1k, <0.00020%@20Hz-20kHz

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@90kHz

Channel Crosstalk: >-133dB

Output Level: 2.2VRMS@0dB


Headphone Output

4.4 mm balanced [Pentacon]

SNR: 117dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.0004%@20Hz-20kHz 4VRMS

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@90kHz

Output Impedance:<22Ω

Output Power: 2200mw@33Ω, 950mw@300Ω, 500mw@600Ω, 1%THD

Gain: +14dB


6.35mm unbalanced [SE]

SNR: 116dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.0005%@20Hz-20kHz 2VRMS

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@90kHz

Output Impedance:<11Ω

Output Power: 1200mW@33Ω, 260mW@300Ω, 130mW@600Ω, 1%THD

Gain: +14dB


Network

LAN10/100/1000 Mbps

WLAN2.4 GHz / 5 GHz


MA player

Controller app: MA Remote App Local Playback

Format Supported:

MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF, CUE PCM Sampling Rate: PCM 16-24Bit 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz MQA 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz MQA or MQA Studio stream DSD Sampling Rate:2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz Roon Ready (Under certification test)


PCM Sampling Rate:

PCM 16-24 Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz MQA 16-24 Bit /44.1 kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz MQA or MQA Studio stream DSD Sampling Rate: DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz





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