Just received the new Matrix Audio Element S streamer drop shipped from China.
Size is similar to the Element I2 minus the volume dial and headphone jacks.
One surprise - they apparently are not including a remote (cheap move)? Also it does not yet work with Roon so I had to test it with Tidal Connect.
How does it sound? I2S into R2R Pontus II DAC, Woo Audio WA22 balanced tube headphone amp XLR in, and Meze Elite with balanced cable:
Compared to Lumin U1 Mini with linear power supply upgrade using USB it sounds clearer, a little more depth, punchier....but mainly clearer like the Lumin has just a slight veil on it or is just slightly rolled off.
Compared to PI 2 Design Mercury 2 with linear power supply - it sounds exactly the same thru I2S connection. So why buy the more expensive Element? Nicer package all in one versus black box with external power supply.
Compared to anything else I have without the I2S connection - there is no comparison. Lots of gear up for sale soon.
Will report more later after it runs for a few days.