MATRIX X-SABRE PRO DAC USB I2S ES9038PRO 32Bit/768kHz DSD1024 Silver

MATRIX X-SABRE PRO DAC USB ES9038PRO 32bit/768kHz DSD1024 Silver

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Discover the brand newcomer Matrix Audio, the DAC X-SABRE PRO. The latter has benefited from a complete update of the X-SABRE model, and has the newest generation of D / A (Digital to Analog) chips. Happy heir to the previous generation, this model X-SABRE PRO takes advantage of many features additions to make it the new flagship of the range of DAC Matrix.

This DAC is equipped with the latest ESS SABRE ES9038PRO chip, which was first put on the Chinese market before being opened to the world. Matrix is fully exploring its very strong 8-channel chip potential. Compared to the previous ES9018S generation, the ES9038PRO fully optimizes internal DSPs, and further improves performance and user experience. The best audio components and circuit arrangements have been chosen so that the signal-to-noise ratio of this chip reaches the incredible value of -134dB.

ES9038PRO DAC Chip

As of now, the DSD audio stream is no longer limited to USB port playback, the X-SABRE PRO supports DoP or dSC from optical, coaxial, or AES / EBU input. Convenient and ergonomic for connecting a digital music player that supports DoP / dCS output.

This DAC Matrix is equipped with portsthe most complete inputs of the series, in addition to the USB, Coaxial, Optical, AES / EBU ports, this X-SABRE PRO is added an I2S / LVDS input via an HDMI port. The transmission performance of this I2S port is simply excellent and allows for short distance and very high speed interconnections.

The new DAC X-SABRE PRO not only supports playback of PCM 32Bit / 784kHz audio streams, but also supports the DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, and even the DSD1024 with 45.158MHz sample rate via the D-port. I2S input.

PCM DSD1024 via I2S input port

This DAC has a clock circuit configuration unit, which can choose to use the synchronous clock of the ES9038PRO or the ultra low noise external clock of the circuit. Correlate with the DAC control software for synchronous or asynchronous operation to dramatically improve music playback.

Digital audio is the art of time: The high-precision clock provides the foundation for digital audio playback. The X-SABRE PRO is built around 3 high-resolution Crystek audio oscillators, with a phase noise as low as -169dB. Two oscillators for sampling rates of 44.1kHz / 48kHz and their multiples, and an oscillator for the reference clockES9038PRO.

The ES9311 dedicated low-noise LDO controller has two separate power supply units (noise as low as 1μVrms), which supplies the left and right channels of the ES9038PRO analog circuit respectively. The DAC X-SABRE PRO also has 10 ultra low noise power packs for each circuit unit.

ES9311 ESS Technology

The line output of the DAC can be configured with a digital gain of + 18dB. There is no need to add an additional preamplifier for low-gain active speakers. The X-SABRE PRO can also be used alongside a power amplifier for more flexibility and convenience.

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DAC specifications:

  • ESS Technology: SABRE ES9038PRO 32Bit (Technical specifications in file attached below)
  • 8 Channel Delta Sigma / Dynamic Range 140dB / HyperStream DAC

Digital inputs:

  • AES / EBU : PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / dCS)
  • Coaxial : PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / dCS)
  • Optical : PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / dCS)
  • I2S (PS AUDIO / RASPDAC LVDS) : PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz / DSD64 / 128/256 (DoP / dCS) DSD64 / 128/256/512/1024 (Native DSD)
  • USB : PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz / DSD64 / 128/256 (DoP / dCS) DSD64 / 128/256/512 ( ASIO Native)/ Li>

Analog outputs:

  • Signal to noise ratio: -134dB 20Hz-20kHz (XLR) / -129dB 20Hz-20kHz (RCA)
  • THD + N: <0.00012% @ 1kHz (XLR) / <0.00018% @ 1kHz (RCA)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz (XLR and RCA)
  • Crosstalk: -151dB @ 1kHz (XLR) / -143dB @ 1kHz (RCA)
  • XLR output level: 4.5Vrms fixed @ 0dBFS DAC Mode / 0-4.5Vrms adjustable @ 0dBFS PRE Mode
  • RCA output level: fixed 2.25Vrms @ 0dBFS DAC Mode / 0-2.25Vrms adjustable @ 0dBFS PRE Mode


  • Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10: Requires to install the driver (available as an attachment)
  • MAC OS X10.6.4: Recognized natively (No need to install driver)
  • Most Android devices can be connected via OTG cable
  • IOS devices can be connected via the Apple Camera Kit


  • Power supply: 230V AC (50 / 60Hz) / 110V AC (50 / 60Hz)
  • Power Consumption: <10W
  • Dimensions: 300x218x45mm
  • Weight: 3.7kg
  • Silver color
  • Comes with: RM2 Remote Control / Power Cable / USB-A to USB-B Cable


This MAT DACRIX X-SABRE PRO is compatible thanks to II2S input, with our streamer

Mapping I2S / LVDS
A synthesis of main IIS on LVDS pinouts mapping is available here.

matrix audio sabre Xpro DAC

matrix audio sabre Xpro DAC

matrix audio sabre Xpro DAC

Data sheet
InputI2S via HDMI
InputUSB 2.0
Max sampling rate768kHz
Max sampling rateDSD1024
Components / ChipES9038PRO
Channel2 channels (Stereo)
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