I had a listen; would be rude not to.
Can't offer my opinion as anything useful, I only listened briefly, but I do prefer the Matrix considering its price. To my ears, there's not any clear differences. There probably is, but that would take longer listening to discern them.
But it is German, nicely put together, looks good, is a good size, and the gain switch is where it should be. All the power was usuable too - the fine volume control is just that, and you get plenty of use of the dial on either gain setting.
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