Matrix Audio Mini-i Pro 3 £900
Hi-Fi Choice|December 2021
Arguments as to whether this is best described as a DAC or streamer are secondary to its performance

DETAILS

PRODUCT Matrix Audio Mini-i Pro 3

ORIGIN China

TYPE DAC/preamp/ streamer

WEIGHT 1.7kg

DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 223 x 48 x 205mm

FEATURES

Supports: PCM to 768kHz and DSD512

6.35 and 4.4mm headphone out

Outputs: RCA; XLR

Inputs: optical; coaxial; I2S; USB

DISTRIBUTOR Signature Audio Systems

As the most affordable member of Matrix Audio’s range of products, the Mini-i Pro 3 goes further than any other device here in blurring the margin of operating as a DAC and something else entirely. Judged as a DAC, it’s competitive with the other devices in the group as you get a USB input (the only one here via a USB-C port), one optical, one coaxial and a Bluetooth receiver that supports everything bar the Huawei-specific HWA format (which the iFi includes). It has the only I2S connection in the group – on an HDMI-type socket – and it’s one of only two DACs here with an IEC mains socket for power.

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