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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    No issues here. Hell it was just Roon Certified which is great!
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    Monoprice Monolith THX 887 Balance Headphone Amp: New Champ?

    Well, I was considering the Benchmark HPA-4 which adds the preamp, more elaborate volume control, $100 metal remote control that doubles as a weapon, and the cool, albeit unnecessary, touch-screen interface, but I only have the one source atm and I can use my Matrix X-Sabre MQA DAC's remote...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    The headphone jacks and volume control are black! Close enough! LOL
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I've never heard the direct stream, but I've heard good things about them and have respect for the brand. I hope if you do try the Element X that you post your impressions. I'm hoping others can comment on their experience with the unit so I can get out of my own echo chamber.
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I can tell you that I've owned a Benchmark DAC1, DAC2 HGC, and even auditioned the DAC3 HGC over many years to great satisfaction, but sonically for my tastes and to my ears the Matrix Element X is simply better sounding to me at any level of volume attenuation. I enjoyed the volume control of...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I can only subjectively tell you that their hybrid digital/analog attenuation works very well in practice and the preamp section has a very detailed, balanced, and smooth sound in my system with no harshness anywhere whatsoever.
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I am able to stream from Tidal and even MASTER MQA tracks, which displays as 352hz, but the MQA indicator didn't come on for whatever reason. I didn't try it for long this way as I use Roon for Tidal normally, but I played a few tracks.
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I am in communication with Matrix through a Facebook post which has been very responsive towards the minor issues with the Element X. The latest firmware added SMBv2.0 window share support and support for Tidal natively. They are doing a great job being responsive and getting the bugs worked...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    Update: Roon is aware the MQA issues and replicated them in their testing of the DAC. So it would seem I'll just be waiting for a firmware update to resolve these minor issues in the future. Hopefully my work arounds will help anyone using Roon with the Element X until that time. Otherwise, I'm...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    Will do. Thanks for bringing this important point up. The person who responded from Matrix seemed eager to assist with resolving all of my issues, but because of the 12hr time difference it may take longer to get a response as it's 10pm there now. I think their ticketing system isn't working...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    I've made contact with Matrix and explained all this to them and I agree with you completely. I realize it's gaping security risk, but I am glad to at least know how to resolve the issue now on Windows 10 machine with a clean install vs an upgraded version of Windows 10 installed where both...
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    Review and Measurements of Matrix Audio Element X DAC/Streamer/Amp

    Your suggestion regarding SMBv1 did the trick so that's solved. Thanks for the heads up. I tried to modify ntlm through the registry and group policy manager, but this is home edition and not windows 10 pro. I'd really be pissed if I connected my TV via Toslink and it not work with any DAC...
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