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Matrix Element S & alternatives

dscottj

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Matrix Audio announced its first pure streamer recently (April, I think). I'm quite happy with my Element M, but I do miss having a screen that displays what's playing at any one time. $1500 seems quite a lot to pay for a screen, but I'm having trouble getting google/amazon/whatevs to cough up a lower-cost alternative. If I were to go down this road, I'd likely pair it with a Topping DAC.

I know that there are vastly cheaper options with high measured performance, but none of them have a screen. Anyone know of alternatives? Thanks!
 

enricoclaudio

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Pi 4 Touchscreen Display running RopieeeXL would work with any external DAC via USB. It’s also Roon Bridge so it would work as Roon End Point. A Pi 4 with Display cost no more than $250. RopieeeXL is free.
 

Xellence

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Maybe EverSolo DMP-A6? It measured well, and the UI is quite friendly.
Not a pure streamer though, but you can still use it as a digital transport since it has a digital output.

reviewed by Amir here:
 

Ranton

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Go big or go home! If you use Roon, for under $500, you can set up a large touchscreen monitor running off a small, cheap fanless PC as a control point (only works with Windows). Darko did a video on this a few years ago. In my case, I use a Dell P2418HT touchscreen and a MeLE Quieter 3Q Fanless Mini. I think you can get cheaper monitors by Chinese brands, but the Dell has performed well. The experience of running your Roon setup off of a 24" touchscreen is sublime! Works great for displaying cover art across the room, too.
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Go big or go home! If you use Roon, for under $500, you can set up a large touchscreen monitor running off a small, cheap fanless PC as a control point (only works with Windows). Darko did a video on this a few years ago. In my case, I use a Dell P2418HT touchscreen and a MeLE Quieter 3Q Fanless Mini. I think you can get cheaper monitors by Chinese brands, but the Dell has performed well. The experience of running your Roon setup off of a 24" touchscreen is sublime! Works great for displaying cover art across the room, too.
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makes much more sense to use a Rpi4 as Roon endpoint (or NAA endpoint for HQplayer) and a iPad as display / remote. :)
 
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