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post #16 of 1026
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I have not listen to the Zero or the Aune but was told the Zero is more in the league of the Mini-i. The Aune may be very good but just looks like a portable built into a desktop form.
The Mini-i is a balanced DAC and that is why it cost as it does. If you do not need balance than you are just wasting money.

I truly enjoy the sound of the Mini-i's headphone out but it is no match for a true stand alone headphone amp. The Mini-i connected to my headphone amps has brought the amps to another level. I think you will need a true amp to hear the potential of the K601. The Mini-i gives you the option of going SE or balance in the future. That is why I bought mines.
post #17 of 1026
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Originally Posted by sunneebear View Post
I have not listen to the Zero or the Aune but was told the Zero is more in the league of the Mini-i. The Aune may be very good but just looks like a portable built into a desktop form.
The Mini-i is a balanced DAC and that is why it cost as it does. If you do not need balance than you are just wasting money.

I truly enjoy the sound of the Mini-i's headphone out but it is no match for a true stand alone headphone amp. The Mini-i connected to my headphone amps has brought the amps to another level. I think you will need a true amp to hear the potential of the K601. The Mini-i gives you the option of going SE or balance in the future. That is why I bought mines.
Thanks for the reply, allthough it's not exactly what I was hoping to hear.
I've been reading a lot on this forum and learned a lot the last couple of months.
I've come to the conclusion that I'd like to buy a DAC /HP-amp combo; I'll use my mac mini for lossless audio and will be listening from my headphones, but also from my stereo speakers (unbalanced amp). So I need a good DAC as well as hp-amp. I know seperates can accomplish better results, but I'm on a budget. I've read a lot of good things about the Zero, but also horrible stories when it comes to durability...
There's much less info on the Aune, but FWIR it will be able to compete with the Zero easily.
I was hoping that the Matrix mini would be the next step up, also when used unbalanced. And of course the choice of inputs is an extra luxery...

For me, right now, it's between the Matrix (great design BTW) and the Aune, and I'm trying to prevent to have regrets when buying the second...

Thans for your input!
post #18 of 1026
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Originally Posted by SjoerdB View Post
Thanks for the reply, allthough it's not exactly what I was hoping to hear.
I've been reading a lot on this forum and learned a lot the last couple of months.
I've come to the conclusion that I'd like to buy a DAC /HP-amp combo; I'll use my mac mini for lossless audio and will be listening from my headphones, but also from my stereo speakers (unbalanced amp). So I need a good DAC as well as hp-amp. I know seperates can accomplish better results, but I'm on a budget. I've read a lot of good things about the Zero, but also horrible stories when it comes to durability...
There's much less info on the Aune, but FWIR it will be able to compete with the Zero easily.
I was hoping that the Matrix mini would be the next step up, also when used unbalanced. And of course the choice of inputs is an extra luxery...

For me, right now, it's between the Matrix (great design BTW) and the Aune, and I'm trying to prevent to have regrets when buying the second...

Thans for your input!
Matrix, no regret. AUNE, it's also good but you may want to upgrade some day.
post #19 of 1026
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If you are also using a speaker amp then the Mini-i makes a great preamp.
post #20 of 1026
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If you are also using a speaker amp then the Mini-i makes a great preamp.
Does it matter that I'm using an integrated amp instead of a power-amp when using the Matrix as a pre-amp?
post #21 of 1026
Thread Starter 
Some integrated amps like NAD have jumpers that can be removed so it can be used as a separate pre-amp and power amp. If your integrated amp has this feature than the Mini-i can be used.
post #22 of 1026
got mine this afternoon i think it sounds alot better then HeadRoom Ultra Micro Amp which i returned made my ears itch every time i used it
post #23 of 1026
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got mine this afternoon i think it sounds alot better then HeadRoom Ultra Micro Amp which i returned made my ears itch every time i used it
I've shipped out 9 mini-i's so far to the US and Japan. Really glad to hear that you guys all like it.
post #24 of 1026
coolfungadget welcome aboard! If you have not done so you should apply for "Member of the Trade" status. Good luck.
post #25 of 1026
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Matrix, no regret. AUNE, it's also good but you may want to upgrade some day.
And how will it compare to the ZERO '09 dac, with OPA627? I've heard that the OPA627 is considered an upgrade compared to the OPA2604 used in the Matrix Mini-I. Is the Opamp switchable?
post #26 of 1026
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Miguel, when I first got this unit I said the headphone out sounded tubey and non fatiguing somewhat like the Xin Reference. Well that was comparing the Reference to how I normally use it, connected to the LOD of my ipod. I recently connected the Reference to the line out of the Mini-i and what I heard was just amazing. The Mini-i took the Reference to another level. Of course I maxed out the pot on the Ref. and used the Mini-i as a pre. The Ref. suddenly had the power of a desktop amp. Something that I always wanted from the Ref., to use as a home/ desktop amp. I email Dr. Xin a few times about this but got no answer. I now want to remove the pot altogether but then I wouldn't be able to use it with my ipod. The Xin Ref. paired with the Mini-i is far ahead of the Mini-i's headphone amp output but the Mini-i's sound signature is still one of my favorites. I still use it by itself most of the time.


SjoerdB, from the pics, I don't think you can swap opamps.

So far, this is my first piece of audio equipment that I can give five stars to in all aspects. Sound, features and price.
post #27 of 1026
Who knows e-mail adress to e-bay seller coolfungadget who has matrix dac - Matrix mini-i 24/192 Balanced DAC + Headphone Amp - eBay (item 350235725907 end time Oct-02-09 20:13:10 PDT) ) - I dont have e-bay account, but need to ask a few question about shipping
post #28 of 1026
sunneebear which version of the Reference do you have?
post #29 of 1026
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* Digital Output:
- Coaxial RCA
- 44.1-192kHz
- Support AC3, DTS
Exactly how does it support AC3 and DTS? Does it decode and downmix it to 2 channel? (so you can listen to AC3 or DTS content with headphones) Or does it just do a pass through to it's Coax SPDIF output to a separate home theater decoder/pre/processor?

-Ed
post #30 of 1026
Thread Starter 
Miguel, I have the RE1F running Panasonic 22000s.
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