The DYE Matrix is an electropneumatic paintball marker manufactured by DYE Precision. The first DYE Matrix, the Matrix LCD, was based on the E Matrix, the rights to which DYE purchased in 2003. Subsequent models featured completely different bodies and milling, though internally, they function essentially the same.
The DYE Matrix line is often abbreviated “DMx,” with x being a number corresponding to that year’s model (e.g. the 2007 model is abbreviated DM7, the 2006 model is the DM6, etc.). To date, there have been six versions of the DYE Matrix, starting with the 2003 Dye Matrix LCD, and culminating in the current iteration, the DM8.
All Matrixes dating back to the E Matrix have been designed around a balanced spool valve
design. Rather than utilize a hammer that strikes a poppet valve
, the bolt functions simultaneously as the valve, alternately opening and closing based on air flow from the solenoid. The solenoid is controlled through electronics, activated by a trigger microswitch.
For the past 3 years Dye has released a new model every year at PSP World Cup.
DYE produces several less-expensive variations of the Matrix under the Proto Paintball brand. Although the quality of the Dye Matrix markers are still present. The main difference between the Proto variation and the Dye is that the Dye has a longer bolt, which makes it operate at lower pressure and therefore less kick, a slightly varied low-pressure regulator, as well as cosmetic milling differences.
Proto Matrix (PM)
The Proto Matrix line began with the 2005 model (the PM5). It uses the same balanced spool-valve design and the same FUSE style bolt system. Though when compared with the higher-end DM model, the PM lacks an Ultralite (UL) frame and Dye Ultralite barrel. When the PM5 was first released, it came with a standard Proto frame and a one-piece Proto barrel. However, with the release of the PM6, a Proto two-piece barrel was introduced and is now standard with PMs, though the same style of Proto frame remained until the 2008 Proto Matrix. The PM8 the latest Matrix released under the Proto label, now comes standard with the Dye Ultralite frame installed, as opposed to being a separate drop-in upgrade.
Proto Matrix Rail (PMR)
Unlike the DM and PM, the PMR operates using an "unbalanced" spool-valve design. This design cuts down on the cost of the marker, but also results in lower gas efficiency. This marker is basically Proto's DYE DMC. This product was made to compete with Planet Eclipse's Etek Ego and other guns in that price range but since the price drop from $500 to $275, many players are saying it is competition to the Ion (reason the SLG was made) when it was not made for that. The PMR does not have a Low Pressure Regulator (LPR) but instead has a new technology called "Boost Forward Technology". Other cost-saving features as compared to its siblings include a composite (rather than aluminum) trigger and trigger frame, composite plastic feedneck, plastic back cap, one-piece (rather than two-piece) barrel. Although the Proto Matrix Rail SE comes with an aluminum back cap, aluminum eyplates, aluminum EDGE trigger, aluminum EDGE trigger guard, aluminum clamping feedneck and an aluminum two-piece barrel. The Proto Matrix Rail does have the same rate of fire as the Proto Martix PM7 at up to 30 balls per second and comes with Semi-auto, PSP 3-shot, Millennium mode, and NXL full-auto(hidden mode). The PMR only weighs only about 2 lbs.
Proto Super Light Gun (SLG)
Unlike the line of Dye and Proto matrix, the SLG is not a matrix although it does share some characteristics and says matrix on the top of the box. It is an electropneumatic marker that uses the "unbalanced" spool-valve design and has a mechanical solinoid unlike the normal solinoids from Dye. It is basically Dye Precision's version of the ION. It cost around $200 although the new UL SLG is around $300. The SLG does not have a UL frame is there is no planes from Dye on making one for it although there is a UL SLG new for 2009 that has a composite UL , hyper3, and new milling. The standard SLG comes with a hyper3 regulator and composite grip frame, eye covers, and backcap. The stock barrel is 11" and single piece. The stock board is able to 30 balls per second and comes with Semi-auto, PSP 3-shot, Millennium mode, and NXL full-auto. It weighs a little under 2 lbs.