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post #16 of 67
Any news on the sound?
post #17 of 67
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f5/mat...hp-amp-441960/


sunneebear received his and I have been running mine in for the last five days or so. Very happy with the sound. Been trying the headphone out mostly, have not connected any amp yet. Headphone out is very good. Has a tad of warmth, sounds almost hybrid-like.
Going to try several amps in the coming days, but so far I am very pleased.
post #18 of 67
jtam,

It has a digital pot not analog one.
1. I wonder if this makes the Mini-i any cleaner?
2. With the headphone ON, the Mini-i functions as a pre-amp.
3. In this mode, is the digital pot better in a sense of connecting to a outboard headphone amp that does not have a pot? (Similar to a speaker power amp).
If I build a headphone amp without a pot, would it not be "cleaner" to use the Mini-i as a pre-amp?
post #19 of 67
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Originally Posted by sunneebear View Post
jtam,

It has a digital pot not analog one.
1. I wonder if this makes the Mini-i any cleaner?
Yes, comparing to a analog pot installed on the same place.

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2. With the headphone ON, the Mini-i functions as a pre-amp.
Yes.

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3. In this mode, is the digital pot better in a sense of connecting to a outboard headphone amp that does not have a pot? (Similar to a speaker power amp).
If I build a headphone amp without a pot, would it not be "cleaner" to use the Mini-i as a pre-amp?
Less pots, less distortion. I guess the answer is yes here.
post #20 of 67
Competitor with benchmark or lavry?
post #21 of 67
At the cost of $350 Buy it now, I don't think there is any competition with those brands.
post #22 of 67
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At the cost of $350 Buy it now, I don't think there is any competition with those brands.
Certainly not in the realm of American made, and designed goods.

It does look good, I wonder the quality of the pcb and circuit.
post #23 of 67
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Certainly not in the realm of American made, and designed goods.

It does look good, I wonder the quality of the pcb and circuit.
Index of /ebay/matrix_minii

Some pics of the interior and user's manual.
post #24 of 67
I have to say they look a lot nicer than most of the "uses the right ICs but built like dogshi*" products from China. I can't tell from the pictures the quality of the pcb thou, the solder points are better than the norm for China thou. Are you the OEM or the reseller coolfungadget?
post #25 of 67
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Originally Posted by thisbenjamin View Post
I have to say they look a lot nicer than most of the "uses the right ICs but built like dogshi*" products from China. I can't tell from the pictures the quality of the pcb thou, the solder points are better than the norm for China thou. Are you the OEM or the reseller coolfungadget?
I am the exclusive reseller on eBay for this brand.
post #26 of 67
Forgive my ignorance, bu the Headphone out is Single ended? Not Balanced ? so if I want "Balanced" i'll need to get a seperate balanced amp? I'm at work and cannot access eBay and the Pics of the front of the until in the thread are a bit dark, but I only see one 6.3 headphone out.
post #27 of 67
Yes you are correct. It is primarily a dac. The SE headphone out to me is just a extra. It is probably some very simply circuit but I was surprised at how good it sounds.
post #28 of 67
Thanks, I am looking at buying my first balanced DAC/Amp combo and of course was hoping to get into balanced heaven on the cheap. This sounded so good and may still be a way to go if I end up getting separates.
post #29 of 67
If this had at least a single RCA single ended analog input (for use as a headphone amp only) it would be a giant killing device.
post #30 of 67
How does this compare to the Little Dot DAC1 which also has balanced output, using the same D/A as the DacMagic and uses the WM8804 receiver with ultra low 50ps jitter. A duel crystallizer reclock for a jitter free signal. LM4562/LME49720/LME4910 used for it's ultra low distortion.

I'd be interested to find out what digital receiver this Matrix uses. Hmm, if I was to move to a low budget DAC with balanced output, might still lean towards the DAC1 just from reading or just jump for the DacMagic...
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