MATRIX X-SABRE PRO MQA FULL DECODER DAC USB I2S ES9038PRO 32Bit/768kHz DSD1024 Black

MATRIX X-SABRE PRO MQA FULL DECODER DAC USB I2S ES9038PRO 32Bit/768kHz DSD1024 Black New
With this updated version of the X-Sabre Pro, Matrix offers us a 32bit DAC based on an ES9038Pro chip. This new version adds support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology to the already impressive technical capabilities of the X-Sabre Pro.

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Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA

DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

With this updated version of the X-Sabre Pro, Matrix offers us a 32bit DAC based on an ES9038Pro chip. This new version adds support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology to the already impressive technical capabilities of the X-Sabre Pro.

This 32bit DAC is thus able to manage DSD and PCM digital streams (including MQA), making it an extremely complete high-fidelity converter.

Testing and measurements by Audio Science Review

That beauty runs deep when it comes to performance as Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA unseats its own brother to take the crown of the best DAC I have ever measured. Considering that the list now includes nearly 160 DACs, this is an incredible achievement. "
Test et mesures du Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA par Audio Science Review
Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

MQA DAC (Full Decoder)

The X-Sabre Pro MQA is equipped with an MQA decoder (integral decoder / full decoder). This is the most advanced class of MQA decoders, capable of natively managing Stream Authentication, Origami Unfold to Core and integrating file platform-specific compensation at the decoding level.

This approach, similar to FLAC, allows to obtain files rich in details while strongly limiting the size of the files. It is therefore a very advantageous tool for fans of high-definition streaming music who will be able to enjoy a listening quality comparable to FLAC while saving up to 50% bandwidth (at equivalent resolution and frequency). This offers a multitude of advantages in terms of loading times, the quality of the network required and the fluidity of the runway sequence.

ES9038Pro

The X-Sabre Pro is equipped with the ES9038Pro chip. This 8-channel chip has powerful internal DSP units and offers a complete panel of reconstruction filters. It is mainly able to natively decode the DSD while maintaining compatibility with DoP or dCS streams in the case of multiple sources.

In addition to these important capabilities, the DAC ES9038Pro is best known for its exceptional performance, with a THD below 0.0002% or a signal-to-noise ratio of 134dB

Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

Ultra-complete connectivity

The DAC X-Sabre Pro MQA has an impressive array of connectors including USB, Coaxial, Optical, AES/EBU and I2S LVDS via HDMI.

The I2S port offers excellent transmission performance and allows short distance and very high speed interconnections.

Finally, this I2S input allows the X-Sabre Pro MQA to process DSD files up to DSD1024 (45,158Mhz).

Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

High precision electronic circuitry

In order to integrate as well as possible with all audiophile installations, the X-Sabre Pro MQA from Matrix Audio has a clock configuration function, capable of activating the ES9038Pro's own asynchronous clock, but also its own ultra-low noise internal clock. Dedicated software controls this setting to significantly improve the decoding of audio streams.

Both clocks are operated by Crystek high-frequency audio oscillators. The latter benefit from an extremely low phase noise of -169dB and provide clock signals of dreadful accuracy. Two oscillators are in charge of 44.1kHz and 48kHz sampling rates and their multiples, while the third is the reference clock of the ES9038Pro chip.

No less than 10 power supply units ensure the proper functioning of each unit in the circuit. A dedicated ultra-low noise LDO ES9311 controller with two own power supply units (1µVrms of noise) provides power to the left and right channels of the analog circuit.

Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

XMOS XU2016 & AK4118 Interfaces

To get the most out of the ES9038Pro's excellent capabilities, the X-Sabre Pro MQA features an XMOS XU2016 USB interface (asynchronous) and an AK4118 S/PDIF interface.

These high-performance components allow the DAC to work under the best conditions in order to benefit from excellent computing power and multi-channel processing capacity.

Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir
Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA DAC USB I2S ES9038Pro 32bit 768kHz DSD1024 Noir

High Gain +18dB Setting

The line output of the DAC can be configured with a digital gain of +18dB. Therefore, it is not necessary to add an additional preamplifier for active speakers with low gain. The X-Sabre Pro MQA can also be used with a power amplifier for greater flexibility.

Mlink trigger only works with other Matrix devices which have a Mlink input.

Technical characteristics

Specifications
Product typeDAC
DAC chipSabre ES9038Pro 32bit
Channel numberx8 Delta Sigma
140dB dynamic
HyperStream DAC
Digital inputs1x AES/EBU
1x Coaxial
1x Optical
1x I2S LVDS via HDMI
1x USB-B
Analog output1x Balanced XLR
1x Single-ended RCA
Supported frequencyAES/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) : 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)
SNRXLR : -134dB 20Hz-20kHz
RCA : -129dB 20Hz-20kHz
THD+NXLR : <0.00012% @ 1kHz
RCA : <0.00018% @ 1kHz
Frequency responseXLR : 20Hz-20kHz
RCA : 20Hz-20kHz
CrosstalkXLR : -151dB @ 1kHz
RCA : -143dB @ 1kHz
Output levelXLR : 4.5Vrms fixed @ 0dBFS DAC Mode / 0-4.5Vrms adjustable @ 0dBFS PRE Mode
RCA : 2.25Vrms fixed @ 0dBFS DAC Mode / 0-2.25Vrms adjustable @ 0dBFS PRE Mode
CompatibilityWindows 7/8/8.1/10 (driver needed)
Mac OS X 10.6 (native)
Android (OTG needed)
iOS (Camera Kit Apple needed)
General
Supply voltageAC 220V-240V 50/60Hz (230V position)
AC 100V-120V 50/60Hz (115V position)
Consumption< 10W
Dimensions300 x 218 x 45mm
Weight3.7kg
Housing materialAluminium
ColorBlack
Package1x Matrix X-Sabre Pro MQA
1x RM2 Remote Control
1x USB Cable
1x Power cable
 
Data sheet
InputOptical
InputUSB-B
InputAES/EBU
InputSPDIF
InputI2S via HDMI
InputUSB 2.0
OutputRCA
OutputXLR
DAC ChipES0938PRO
Max sampling rateDSD1024
Max sampling rate768kHz
ColorBlack
 
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