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32bit/768kHz DSD1012 DXD Audio DAC

X-Sabre Pro

32Bit/768kHz DSD1024 Audio DAC


The X Sabre Pro DAC by Matrix Audio is the most advanced DAC you'll ever find at this low a price. Its only possible because it is being sold direct from the overseas factory. Its the only way to give the internet buyers what they want, which is everything the expensive DAC's have for a very low price. So here is a DAC inside a single machined block of aluminum otherwise known as billet . It uses the best performing DAC chip in the world at this time, the ESS Sabre 9038 Pro which can decode *8X DSD and 768 PCM, it has HDMI i2s input It uses Crystek oscillators otherwise known as "Superclocks". All these components do not come all together inside DACS below $5K, so FINALLY here is your shot at having a DAC with $8000 sound for only $1699. Lets go through the features..


X-SABRE Pro is a DAC equipped with ES9038PRO D/A chip, an advanced 8-channel D/A chip which far exceeds the previous generation ES9018S, ES9038PRO fully optimizes the internal DSP units,as well as a heightened listener use experience. Together with the other excellent audio components plus a well-designed circuit layout make X-SABRE Pro's SNR an incredible -134dB !.

Full Port DSD

From now on, the DSD audio stream is not limited to playback through the USB port. X-SABRE Pro supports DoP or dCS from optical, coaxial and AES/EBU input, therefore it supports all music servers with the DoP/dCS output function.

I²S Port

X-SABRE Pro is equipped with a complete set of inputs.including a I²S·LVDS input via an HDMI connector so you may decode the native motherboard language of your server. I²S is a fully differential (balanced) digital signal transmission that avoids the lossy conversion to USB or SPDIF that is only used for about 1M until the DAC decodes and changes it back to I²S signal,for the DAC chip. This conversion degrades signal, and i2s maximizes the transmission performance of the digital stream, to change the data from the short-distance transmission into a high-speed connection between the devices,. You will now get rid of the USB conversion step or S/PDIF re-encoding, and allow the original digital audio stream to feed directly into the D/A chip.

DSD1024 PCM768

X-SABRE Pro not only supports 32Bit/768kHz PCM audio stream playback, but also supports DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512, and even supports DSD1024 with the sample rate of 45.158MHz via the I²S input  !


Asynchronous or synchronous

X-SABRE Pro has a unique clock configuration circuit in a separately available mini chassis, so you can choose to use a ES9038PRO synchronous clock source or external ultra-Low phase noise clock source There is a switch on the converter which is only $399 and can operate as master clock with extremely low jitter and phase noise. The box also converts to AES/EBU

Ultra-Low Phase Noise Oscillator

Digital audio is the art of time control. A high-precision clock is the basis of digital audio playback. X-SABRE Pro builds-in three hi-res audio dedicated Crystek ultra-low phase noise oscillators, the phase noise as low as -169 dBc/Hz. Two for sample rate of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and their multiples, and one for ES9038PRO reference clock, because of this you will hear incredibly accurate, clean sound!

Ultra-low Noise LDO

ES9311Q dedicated ultra low noise LDO, with two groups of clean power supply with as low as 1μVrms noise, respectively power the left and right channel analog circuit of the ES9038PRO to ensure very high SNR performance. Additionally, X-SABRE Pro has 10 groups of low-noise LDO power supplies for each circuit unit.

Different Strokes For
Different Folks

With up to seven kinds of PCM digital filter options, you may select a different filter curve to fine tune the sonic response, and tweak to your taste, room and system. This gives you a high degree of verastility.

Built-in Pre-AMP

The line output of X-SABRE Pro can be configured with a +18dB digital gain. It's not necessary to add an additional pre-amplifier for low-gain active speakers and X-SABRE Pro can work directly with your power amplifier to eliminate the extra component of preamp, and all its cables. The XLR outputs on this DAC are not just jacks on a single ended piece. this output is actually fully differential (truly balanced) for the best noise rejection.   

Touch & Enjoy

The touch control screen is a significant function of X-SABRE Pro, all the information is intuitively displayed on the circular display, such as input channels, digital audio formats, sample rate, volume, etc. 

CNC Precision Molding

Matrix has improved the precise diamond cutting design to a new level for X-SABRE Pro. The exterior of the product features a perfect combination of utility and art. The BILLET aluminum CNC precision machining process to create incredible mechanical strength, excellent noise shielding performance plus a weight and density that keeps signal degrading vibration away.  .

Remote Control

We added infrared remote control to X-SABRE Pro. The delicate remote control, illustrates Matrix's notion of making everything better. Focusing on details, we provided more convenient operation on the device. Furthermore it is a solid metal face. 

A New Peak

Low-temperature drift and non-inductance resistances, Noratel toroidal transformer, Neutrik connectors, etc., X-SABRE Pro is a collection of high-quality components for the highest performance anywhere near this price.  

Digital Input AES
  • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
  • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
  • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
PS Audio Standard
  • PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
  • DSD DSD64/128/256 (DoP/dCS) DSD64/128/256/512/1024(Native DSD)
  • PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
  • DSD DSD64/128/256 (DoP/dCS) DSD64/128/256/512 (ASIO Native)

Analog Output XLR
  • SNR : > -134dB 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
  • THD+N : 
    • <0.00012% at 1kHz A-Weighting
    • <0.00015% at 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
  • Frequency Response : 20Hz-20kHz (+0.01dB/-0.02dB)
  • Crosstalk : > -151dB @1kHz
  • XLR Output : 
    • 4.5Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE
    • 0-4.5Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE
  • SNR : >-129dB 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
  • THD+N : 
    • <0.00018% at 1kHz A-Weighting
    • <0.00030% at 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
  • Frequency Response : 20Hz-20kHz (+0.01dB/-0.02dB)
  • Crosstalk : >-143dB @1kHz
  • XLR Output : 
    • 2.25Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE
    • 0-2.25Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE

System Support
  • Windows7/8/8.1/10 systems need to install the supplied drivers.
  • Mac OS X10.6.4 and above version without installing drivers.
  • Most Android devices can be connected via OTG cable.
  • The iOS devices can be used via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
  • Linux ready... of course

Power, Accessories, Warranty & Miscellaneous Power Voltage
  • 230V position is fit for AC220V-240V 50/60Hz
  • 115V position is fit for AC100V-120V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption
  • <10W
  • (L×W×H, including the protruding part)
  • 300×218×45mm
  • 11.8×8.6×1.8in
  • 3.7KG (8.15LB)
  • RM2 Remote Control
  • AC Power Cord
  • USB Cable
  • Two year manufacturer's Warranty. 




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