Can the Matrix mini-i serve as a preamp? In other words, could you bypass your MF preamp? I'm curious about it and have been reading reports on Head-Fi and elsewhere, but haven't been able this find this info. Thanks.
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Just to chime in, I've been using the Matrix for 3 months and the sound opened up in about two weeks of daily listening.
I'm using the XLR out and feeding it via HiFace BNC. I'd say the strong points of the DAC are air around vocals (they take a step forward from the rest), articulate bass, sweet treble, good depth (layers are easy to see) and realistic soundstage (wide and not concave or U shaped).
USB sounds a little dull but BNC sounds to best to me. Compared to the Oppo BDP83SE the Matrix is less detailed but they are comparable for casual listening. Now, compared to the Ayre QB-9 it's no comparison - but you know 8x the dollars, even audiophile flavor, should get you something...
I have my Matrix mini-i DAC for about a year and I sadly lost its IR remote controller.
I am trying to use a universal IR transmitter to control it using LIRC or WinLIRC, but I cannot find the controller transmit specification anywhere.
If anyone has it configured with LIRC already or is able to scan the sequences transmitted by Mini-i's remote controller, could you post it here please?
The values I'm after are at least PRE_DATA, BUTTON CODES and POST_DATA, or better a complete config file, for example as is this http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/nad/SR712 for NAD. It should be fairly simple as the controller only has 5 buttons.
Thank you very much for posting or pointing to this information!