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

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Is the sound better?
I lose a very small amount of micro details when the Pro iCan is connected to the balanced out of element X, but I gain a lot of resolution and punch with the option to tweak the bass and 3D. Both have pros and cons, I use the element x built in amp when listening to classical, instrumental, orchestra, acoustic and some jazz. The pro iCan for rock, alternative, heavy metal,..
 
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??? Details, as opposed to resolution? You lost me.
Element X is a very detailed and has excellent clarity IMO, adding pro ican to the element x (as an HP amplifier) reduced those details and clarity. Not too much but just a small amount specifically on the highs, the treble extension was reduced because of the fact that the pro ican is a warm sounding headphone amplifier especially on tube mode. But as I’ve mentioned on the previous post, when I use the element x + pro ican I gain a lot of punch, body and resolution,.. more heavy and thicker sounding compared to just the element x alone. To my ears, the element x sounds thin (lacks bass) with a lot of details. There are times that I just want to listen and relax without all the details and clarity thrown into my face that’s why I added the pro ican to the chain.
 

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Can anyone tell me if my Element X is using the MQA filters when playing FLAC stream or files?
There have been several posts on various forums saying this is the case with any DAC that incorporates MQA.
 

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Can anyone tell me if my Element X is using the MQA filters when playing FLAC stream or files?
There have been several posts on various forums saying this is the case with any DAC that incorporates MQA.
I only know of Mytek Brooklyn having this issue, quite well documented.
 
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