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Matrix element M2 MQA DAC/Amp/Music Streamer

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Presents the power of music

The element M2 is the second iteration of the element M DAC/Amp/Streamer. This full-featured, surprisingly compact streamer will bring your traditional two-channel system into the high-res streaming audio world. 

New UI, new impression

The M2 is equipped with a 3.46 inch LCD touch screen. The screen displays information during playback and allows you to perform operations more conveniently. The newly added playback touch keys make the new generation of element music streamers easier to use.

Richer than rich

If you own a huge library of digital audio, the M2 allows you to easily browse and play music from USB drives or NAS. If you prefer high-res online streaming, you can easily access TIDAL, Qobuz, Spotify and Internet radio. Roon Ready, DLNA/UPnP and AirPlay 2 expand your streaming experiences to tablets, smart phones, laptops, and more. 

MA Remote app

Download the MA Remote app on your phone or tablet to easily browse your entire library, stream music from TIDAL, Qobuz, and other providers, and control the M2. You can also use the app to manage configurations and firmware updates. 

Full of power, full of details

Use the newly-added 4.4mm balanced headphone jack to conveniently pair various headphones. The built-in headphone amplifier has also been upgraded with a 4-channel full-balanced architecture. The fully symmetrical circuit design allows the left and right channel signals to pass through a nearly perfectly symmetrical amplification circuitry, providing loads of output power at low distortion. 

Everything In your hand

The new RM4 remote control is made of premium aluminum and comfortable plastic. It features added playback control functions, making it more convenient to switch tracks, play, pause and perform other operations. With 2 programmable buttons, you can set your frequently used functions through the MA Remote App. 

HDMI ARC 

When connected to display devices such as TVs and projectors with HDMI ARC functionality, the digital audio from the HDMI signal can be transferred to element M2 for higher quality playback. If the display device supports HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) protocol, the playback on element M2 can be controlled by the display device.

Asynchronous or synchronous

In Async mode, the master clock of the D/A chip comes from the built-in Crystek CCHD-950 femtosecond clock, and the clock from the front-end device will be abandoned. In Sync mode, the built-in femtosecond clock will be turned off, and the D/A chip depends on the clock of the front-end device completely.

Isolated Design

There are two independent power supplies dedicated for the ARM processor and the digital audio processing parts of the element M2. They use independent circuit units and are joined by several optocouplers to achieve complete electrical isolation. The audio circuit part uses an independent linear power supply to present a pure music background.

Product highlights

  • DAC chip: ES9028PRO
  • Full-balanced headphone amplifier
  • 4 digital inputs
  • 4 outputs
  • HDMI ARC support
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • Supports MQA, MP3, WMA, WAV, AIF, AIFC, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, ALAC, M4A, DSF, DFF, CUE, AirPlay 2, DLNA/UPnP, TIDAL Connect, Spotify Connect, vTuner
  • Remote control
  • New UI

Specs

Hardware platform

  • CPU: NXP i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9
  • D/A chip: ES9028PRO
  • Clock source: Crystek CCHD-950

Digital input

  • Coaxial and optical: 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, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)
  • 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)
  • HDMI ARC: PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

Line output

  • XLR
    • SNR: >-128dB A-weighting
    • THD+N:<0.00020%@1k, <0.00022%@20Hz-20kHz
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@85kHz
    • Crosstalk: >-145dB
    • Output Level: 4VRMS@0dB
  • RCA
    • SNR: >-125dB A-weighting
    • THD+N:<0.00022%@1k, <0.00023%@20Hz-20kHz
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.05 -3dB@85kHz
    • Channel Crosstalk: >-130dB
    • Output Level: 2VRMS@0dB

Headphone output 

  • 4.4mm balanced
    • SNR: >-119dB A-weighting
    • THD+N:<0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 4VRMS
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@85kHz
    • Output Impedance:<22Ω
    • Output Power: 1800mW@33Ω, 1000mW@300Ω, 540mW@600Ω, 1%THD
    • Gain: +18dB
  • 6.35mm single-ended 
    • SNR: >-116dB A-weighting
    • THD+N:<0.00055%@20Hz-20kHz 2VRMS
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±0.1 -3dB@85kHz
    • Output Impedance:<11Ω
    • Output Power: 1200mW@33Ω, 280mW@300Ω, 140mW@600Ω, 1%THD
    • Gain: +18dB

Network

  • LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • WLAN: 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz

Trigger

  • Trigger in: DC 6-12V<10mA
  • Trigger out: DC 12V/50mA MAX

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: DSD 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 /44.1kHz, 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
  • AirPlay 2: The audio specs depend on the service provider
  • DLNA/UPnP: The audio specs depend on the service provider
  • TIDAL Connect: The audio specs depend on the service provider
  • Spotify Connect: The audio specs depend on the service provider
  • vTuner: The audio specs depend on the service provider

Power specs

  • Power voltage: AC 100V-120V 50/60Hz / AC 220V-240V 50/60Hz
  • Standby power consumption: < 5W
  • Maximum power consumption: < 50W

Weight and size

  • 7.71lbs (3.5kg)
  • Size: 11.02” x 10.20” x 2.28” (280mm x 259mm x 58mm)

What’s included

  • RM4 remote control
  • Power cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty card

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