My own feeling is that using the Matrix Mini-i with the balanced hook up is what makes it a special product for the price (and somewhat more). There really is no comparison between the SE operation and the balanced...(nor should there be since the balanced Matrix Mini-i DAC outputs twice the power to the amp). I'm looking forward to comparing the DacMagic with the Matrix Mimi-i (both balanced into a LD MKVII+).
Also...can't help noticing the similarities in the PCB layout of the two Matrix products with the Mini-i looking like it has a more populated circuit board.
Edited by Hellenback - 10/15/10 at 5:23pm