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

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

USB DAC MQA Full Decoder DSD1024 PCM32Bit / 768kHz


X-SABRE PRo MQA Version Full Decoder DAC


With this modernized version of the X-Sabre PRO, Matrix offers a 32bit DAC based on a ES9038PRO chip. This new release adds support for the Master Quality Authenticated technology (MQA) to the already impressive technical capabilities of the X-Sabre PRO.

This 32 bit DAC is able to decode digital DSD stream & PCM (including MQA), making it an extremely complete high-fidelity device.


Test and measurement 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 by the measurement forum Audio Science Review

DAC HIFI MQA DSD PCM Audio Matrix

DAC MQA (Full Decoder)


The X-Sabre PRO MQA has a MQA full decoder. This is the most advanced class of MQA decoder,. IT can natively handle natively authentication, the complete stream reconstruction (Origami Unfold to Core) while incorporating specific compensation to the platform-oriented decoding.

This approach, (FLAC's cousin) provides rich details while greatly reducing file size.
It is thus a very attractive tool for streaming high-definition music with a sound quality comparable to FLAC while saving up to 50% bandwidth (with equivalent resolution and frequency). This provides a multitude of benefits from the perspective of load times, the quality of the required network and fluidity in the succession of tracks.

ES9038PRO Chip


The X-SABRE PRO is equipped ES9038PRO chip. This chip has 8 channels and powerful internal DSP units. It offers a wide range of reconstruction filters and can decode natively DSD while keeping compatibility with DOP or dSC flow in the case of multiple sources.

In addition,DAC ES9038PRO is well-known for its exceptional performance, with a THD under 0.0002% and a signal/noise ratio of 134dB.

Matrix XSABRE DAC ES9038PRO
X-SABRE Matrix pro audio DAC AES, I2S, LVDS, Optical, Coax ...

Wide connectivity


SABRE DAC X-PRO has an impressive connectivity since it offers USB, Coaxial, Optical, AES / EBU and I2S / LVDS via HDMI as input.

The I2S port offers excellent transmission performance which also allow to establish short and very high speed interconnects.

Finally, the I2S input provides MATRIX-PRO with the ability to to process DSD files up DSD1024 (45.158Mhz).

Advanced electronic circuit

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In order to fit in all types of audiophiles installations, Matrix Audio's X-Sabre PRO has a clock configuration function that can select between 9038PRO reference clock and its own ultra-low noise internal clock. A dedicated software controls this setting to significantly enhance the decoding of the audio stream.

All clocks are built with high frequency Crystek audio oscillators. They enjoy an extremely low phase noise of -169dB and provide clock signals with pinpoint accuracy. Two oscillators brings sample rates 44.1kHz & 48kHz with their multiple and the third is the reference clock of the ES9038PRO chip.

No fewer than 10 power-supply groups ensure the proper functioning of each unit of the circuit. A dedicated LDO ultra low noise regulator ES9311 with two internal power supply groups (noise 1μVrms) powers the left & right channels of the analog circuit.

Interfaces XMOS XU216 & AK4118

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To make the most of the excellent capabilities of ES9038PRO decoder, the X-Sabre PRO USB interface embeds XMOS XU216 (asynchronous) and a S / PDIF interface AK4118.

These very performance components allow the DAC to work in the best conditions to enjoy an excellent computing power and multi-channel processing capability.

dac with adjustable gain

Setting High Gain + 18dB


The Line Output of the DAC can be configured with a digital gain of + 18dB. It is therefore not necessary to add an additional preamplifier for active speakers to low gain. The X-SABRE PRO can also be used with a power amplifier for increased flexibility and practice.

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

Specifications
TypeDAC
DAC chipSABRE ES9038PRO 32Bit
Number of channelsx8 Delta Sigma
140dB dynamic
HyperstreamDAC
Digital inputsAES / EBU
Coaxial
Optical
I2S
USB
Supported FrequencyAES / EBU: PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / DCS)
Coaxial PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / DCS)
Optical PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4, 192kHz / DSD64 (DoP / DCS)
I2S (PS AUDIO): PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4, 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, 176.4, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz / DSD64 / 128/256 (DoP / DCS) DSD64 / 128/256/512 ( ASIO Native)
Analog OutputRCA
XLR
Signal / Noise RatioXLR: -134dB 20Hz-20kHz
CAR: -129dB 20Hz-20kHz
THD + NXLR: <0.00012% @ 1kHz
CAR: <0.00018% @ 1kHz
Frequency responseXLR: 20Hz-20kHz
CAR: 20Hz-20kHz
CrosstalkXLR: -151dB @ 1kHz
CAR: -143dB @ 1kHz
Output LevelXLR: Fixed 4.5Vrms @ 0dBFS DAC Fashion / adjustable 0-4.5Vrms @ 0dBFS PRE mode
RCA: Fixed 2.25Vrms @ 0dBFS DAC Fashion / adjustable 0-2.25Vrms @ 0dBFS PRE mode
OS supportWindows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 (requires driver)
Mac OS X10.6.4 (native)
Android (OTG imperative)
iOS (Apple Camera Kit imperative)
Package Contents
MATRIX X-SABRE PRO MQAx1
remote RM2x1
Power cablex1
USB-A to USB-B cablex1
 
Data sheet
InputXLR
InputOptical
InputSPDIF
InputI2S via HDMI
OutputRCA
OutputXLR
DAC / ADC ChipES9028PRO
Max sampling rate768kHz
Max sampling rateDSD1024
ColorSilver
NetworkingNo
Remote ControlYes
 
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De construction magnifique, ce convertisseur était paraît-il, avant l’acquisition que j’en ai fait, l’un des tout meilleurs au monde, si ce n’est le meilleur, du moins aux mesures. Rien que cela ! Quelque 200 heures d’écoute plus tard, je confirme sa très grande qualité : très belle dynamique, très fouillé, riche en détails et micro détails, scène sonore bien organisée, sans dimensions excessives ou surréalistes. Le fait qu’il décode les fichiers mqa est un réel plus. Comme d’autres avant moi, je ne peux que recommander à 400% ! Ce n’est en aucun cas un achat que l’on peut regretter. Une valeur sûre, très sûre.
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