ConclusionWe have been inundated with affordable Chinese dacs lately, so it is important for manufacturers to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. In our opinion, the Matrix Audio i-pro 3 succeeds in doing just that. The reproduction is what we expect in this price range but in terms of versatility and user-friendliness, the i-pro 3 goes a few steps further. The i-pro 3 is a pleasure to use and leaves no feature out. Every component performs exceptionally well and the beautiful screen is the icing on the cake. The price-quality ratio is particularly high here, which is why we give the Matrix Audio i-pro 3 an Alpha Approved.
The Matrix Audio i-pro3 is an extremely versatile device that you can go several ways with. You can use it initially purely as a streamer or Roon Endpoint and use the dac on board. Later you can connect a separate dac to play a level higher. Or you can use the i-pro 3 as a serious headphone amplifier because it has enough gravy to drive even tricky headphones. Even as a preamplifier, it performs more than adequately. However you choose to use the humble i-pro 3 it will not disappoint!