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New Matrix Audio mini-i 4 and mini-i Pro 4 Streamers.

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Not much to say, just that the new mini 4 Series was released today, July 5th of 2023. Roon Ready is still under certification but the specs and new features make this new mini 4 Series the best mini Series so far, and to my point of view, even better than the element i2. Price is cheaper than the old mini 3 Series which makes these new Streamers from Matrix Audio a very good option compared to the EverSolo DMP-A6 and Bluesound NODE X.

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Just incredible competitive prices for both devices. Matrix audio with their customer support, software updates and these inputs and outputs.. and HDMI eARC with Roon...

I might actually need 2 of those. One for the TV setup and one for the computer setup.

Nice one matrix audio.
 
Nice product for desktop, yet it still lacks the one thing their higher priced alternatives offer. A simple 12v trigger if you wish to connect to external power amp.
 
Wouldn't something like this work?



Anyway. I'm still blown away by the streamer especially that they give such a discount for the headphone amp that is not included.

Sure the headphone amp is probably enough for 95% of users but it's nice that they finally offer a streamer like this for people that want to use another amp.

So far it was always that you got something thrown in these units that you are not going to need or is more like a nice gimmick.. like the headphone amp in the Mini i3.

All these inputs with the touchscreen. Nice one. And it's from a brand that won't release a new version of this amp in 6 weeks and drop support at the same time for the old device.
 
The more I check, the more I get convinced that there is no point on getting the element i2.

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However, there is no mention on which Clock is used in the mini 4. Also the weight difference is double. mini 4 Pro is 1.3Kg and element i2 is 2.6kg. Makes me wonder what kind of power supply are they using in the mini-i Pro 4 and if the chassis is full aluminum like in the element i2.
 
Not much to say, just that the new mini 4 Series was released today, July 5th of 2023. Roon Ready is still under certification but the specs and new features make this new mini 4 Series the best mini Series so far, and to my point of view, even better than the element i2. Price is cheaper than the old mini 3 Series which makes these new Streamers from Matrix Audio a very good option compared to the EverSolo DMP-A6 and Bluesound NODE X.

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What's the price??
 
Gorgeous units.

What does this Filters button do?

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That’s a shame.

Was hoping for a full suite of DRC filter options.
 
That’s a shame.

Was hoping for a full suite of DRC filter options.


You can create your own room correction filters and load convolution filters into roon.

I use convolution filters with my headphones and room correction with housecurve for my loudspeakers.
 
Right.

It’s just that these devices are so much more than just roon endpoints.
 
Right.

It’s just that these devices are so much more than just roon endpoints.

DAC + roon endpoint with headphone amp and airplay.
Would be cool if roon could support digital inputs as source but I don't expect that a fancy DAC like this has RME ADI DAC DSP features and roon etc..

If someone wants that just buy a rme DAC + a raspberry pi.
 
Shouldn’t this be able to perform a little DSP-ing?

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I’m not asking much - a 2x10-band PEQ would already put it miles and miles ahead of anything like it.
 
Shouldn’t this be able to perform a little DSP-ing?

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I’m not asking much - a 2x10-band PEQ would already put it miles and miles ahead of anything like it.

I can only imagine that the main target group for matrix audio is Roon User's and people that use a computer and do their DSP there.

Maybe the faster CPU was necessary for the touch screen. But it was already a potato cpu in 2017 when it was released.
 
Well all I can say is that if you don’t have Roon, the devices that this thread is about definitely do not look like mainly Roon devices, mainly targeted at a Roon audience.

If you struggle to see that I suggest we leave it at this.

Feel free to have the last word if you want.
 
I can only imagine that the main target group for matrix audio is Roon User's and people that use a computer and do their DSP there.

Maybe the faster CPU was necessary for the touch screen. But it was already a potato cpu in 2017 when it was released.

The element 2 Series have NXP i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9 which is a much better CPU.
 
The OLD mini-i 3 series is for sure a more focused Roon streamer as it lacks support for DLNA, MA Remote app, TIDAL and Qobuz Connect and Spotify. The New element 2 series, X-SABRE 3 and mini-i 4 series are definitely stand alone streamers that can be used fully out of the Roon ecosystem.
 
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