About the AudioControl Matrix Plus
Feed your amps the signal they deserve
Feed your amps the signal they deserve
AudioControl's Matrix Plus 6-channel line driver will ensure that your sound processors and power amplifiers receive strong, clean signals to perform their best. Many car receivers boast 4- and 5-volt preamp outputs, but that's at full power. Turn it down to a normal volume level, send the signal through fifteen feet of RCA cabling, and your amps may end up with just a couple of volts — not enough for good clean amplification. Enter the Matrix Plus.
Boost that signal
The Matrix Plus boosts the signal from your receiver up to 24 dB, right up to the maximum level accepted by your amplifier or processor. The high-voltage level keeps the noise out of your system, while feeding your amps the signal they need to deliver top performance. The Matrix is designed with three sets of inputs and outputs for the traditional front/rear/sub setup, but it can also be used in different situations to boost the signals of up to three separate 2-channel source units — like aftermarket CD, DVD players, or gaming consoles — if needed.
Level-setting with LED indicators
AudioControl makes it easy: turn up the gain knobs until the lights indicate the output levels you want, and you're all set. Lights show you when you've achieved a 1-volt, a 2-volt, or a 5-volt RMS output. "Maximized" lights let you know that you're at top volume and may need to back off on the gain. Balanced inputs reject noise caused by your vehicle's electrical system, but you can switch to unbalanced operation if necessary. The optional dash-mounted ACR-1 wired remote allows you to conveniently adjust the volume while you're on the go
- 6-channel line driver
- provides up to 24 dB of gain (9.5 volt RMS maximum)
- top-mounted controls for easy adjustment
- three sets of RCA balanced inputs and outputs eliminate noise (switchable to unbalanced mode)
- lights indicate 1-, 2-, or 5-volt output, plus Maximized indicator
- frequency response: 10 to 100,000 Hz
- signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB at full output
- optional wired remote level control available (item 161ACR1)
- recommended fuse rating: 1 amp
- size: 6-15/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 8-3/4"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 841-070-8
What's in the box:
- 6-Channel pre-amp Line Driver (black)
- Owner's manual
- QC checklist
AudioControl Matrix Plus reviews
I purchased a scratch & dent Matrix Plus that died in 2 days but my review won't reflect that considering Crutchfield is shipped me a brand new one (2 day delivery) & is allowing me to ship the bad one back after I get it. That's some of the best customer service I've ever experienced!!! Back to the review of the item itself. It's a little larger than I would expect for a basic line driver but not huge by any means. Performance when it worked was great. I could immediately tell the difference in the sound. Boosting the voltage to my front stage made a world of difference. The bass cleaned up on my sub as well but the difference in my mids/highs is what really shined. Having the voltage LED's is a nice feature also to verify no clipping. Adding the ACR-1 was a given to have quick control over the sub channel & it works perfect.
Pros: Voltage boost makes a huge improvement in overall sound. Shines greatly in clearing up mids/highs.
Cons: While not huge, the footprint is a decent size if you're tapped for space. It would also be a better value if the ACR-1 was included as most other brand processors/amps include the remotes.
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Increased my signal to my multiple amplifiers to balance response from each of them.
Pros: Actually boost the signal (audibly)
Cons: Somewhat difficult to find a good install location as it needs to be close to head unit.
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Excellent product made my sound system sound so much louder and clearer use very little gain on my amps
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I cannot believe what I am hearing. This device fixed all of my car audio issues. The imaging is now perfect, dynamics have been restored, frequency response is correct, and I can listen at higher volumes without fatigue. I am blown away thank you so much for making these!
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This is a very nice piece and does exactly what it claims to do. If you have a Head Unit with a relatively low voltage output on the line level connections (say 4 Volts or less) this unit will provide your amplifiers with a nice strong signal even over the long runs of cables required for most installs. In my case, my Pioneer AVH-P3400BH had a pathetic maximum of 2volts, which probably translated to 1.5volts or less after going through 20 feet of twisted pair cable. I had to really turn up the gains on my amps, which in turn amplified all that nice noise in my cars electrical system. Installing this unit really brought my system to life and was well worth the price. Noise is now buried under tons of line level voltage and all amp gains are nearly all the way down. Also the music is much cleaner due to not having to push the head unit's internal line output amplifier past its limit. Transients are much smoother and more precise. A final note, AudioControl always delivers top-notch quality and service. I have several other AudioControl pieces I have purchased over the years and all are still in service and working great.
Pros: Great quality, very attractive, well thought out and solidly constructed. Lives up to manufacture's claims.
Cons: This unit is rather large and as it must be installed as close to the audio source as possible (in this case the Pioneer AVH-P3400BH head unit) some may have trouble finding a suitable location for installation. This is the ONLY thing that prevented me from giving this item 5 stars.
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It absoultely boosted my voltage input to my amplifiers,My mids and highs became more defined and bright. My subwoofers became tighter and cleaner. This has performed as expected coming from AUDIOCONTROL.I highly recommend if anyone wants higher performance from their audio system.
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More details on the AudioControl Matrix Plus
Line Driver: To achieve the best possible signal to noise ratio and dynamic range from your amplifiers, a line driver can increase the head unit's output voltage up to 24 dB (maximum is 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak). The Matrix has three sets of inputs and three sets of outputs.
Input Gain: The input gains are adjustable up to +24 dB, allowing you to increase the head unit's line voltage to the top of your amp's input range; up to 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak. Each of the three sets of outputs has an individual gain control.
Output Voltage Indicators: Each set of outputs has four LEDs to indicate the output voltage; 1 volt, 2 volts, 5 volts, and Maximized (9.5 volts).
Balanced Inputs: Using the balanced differential input circuit cancels noise picked up in the transmission line between the Matrix Plus and the the source unit. The three sets of inputs can be individually set to balanced or unbalanced if needed.
Ground Isolation: The power supply ground is switchable, in case of ground loop noise. The factory position is fully isolated (typically the best choice), but can be changed to Ground or 200Ω.
Input Linking: The rear and subwoofer sections can be linked (independently) to the front inputs, useful if the source unit has only one or two pair of line outputs.
Subsonic Filter: The subsonic filter on the subwoofer output is 18 dB/octave at 33 Hz.
Terminal Block: The power/ground/remote terminal is removable; the wiring is attached to the block, then the block is plugged into the chassis of the Matrix Plus.
Optional Wired Remote: An optional wired remote is available to adjust the subwoofer output level (item number 161ACR1, sold separately).
- Maximum Input Level: 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak
- Maximum Output Level: 9.5 volts RMS/13.5 volts peak
- Frequency response: 10 Hz-100 kHz; +/-1dB
- THD: 0.005%
- S/N Ratio: 110dB
- Input Impedance: 20 kΩ
- Output Impedance: 50 ohms
- Output Gain: -12 dB to 24dB
- Subsonic Filter: 33 Hz, 18 dB/oct
- Power Supply: Transformer isolated PWM DC/DC converter
- Current Draw: 250 mA
- Recommended Fuse: 1 amp
- Weight: 2-1/4 pounds
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