Matrix X-Sabre Pro ES9038PRO 32Bit/768kHz DSD1024 Audio DAC

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  • The pure DAC X-SABRE finally ushered in her comprehensive upgrade.
  • X-SABRE Pro is a DAC equipped with ES9038PRO D/A chip.
  • DSD audio stream is not limited to playback through the USB port.
  • X-SABRE Pro is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series.

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Gorgeous Upgrade

The pure DAC X-SABRE finally ushered in her comprehensive upgrade. X-SABRE Pro dress up a new generation of the world's top D/A chip, not only inherited the fine lineage of previous generation, but also added a number of convenience features, all above to make it transformed into a new generation flagship DAC of Matrix.

 

ESS SABRE PRO

X-SABRE Pro is a DAC equipped with ES9038PRO D/A chip, that has been first put into mass production in China or even around the world. Matrix fully explored this advanced 8-channel D/A chip's potential, compared to the previous generation ES9018S, ES9038PRO fully optimizes the internal DSP units, further improve the performance and customer use experience. We selected the excellent audio components and well-designed circuit layout to making X-SABRE Pro's SNR reached an incredible -134dB.

 

Full Port DSD

From now on, DSD audio stream is not limited to playback through the USB port, X-SABRE Pro support DoP or dCS from optical, coaxial and AES/EBU input, convenient to connect digital music player which with the DoP/dCS output function.

 

I⊃2;S Port

X-SABRE Pro is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a I⊃2;S·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit I⊃2;S signal, maximize the transmission performance of the I⊃2;S port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.

 

DSD1024 PCM768

As a new generation of Matrix flagship DAC, 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 IS input port.

 

Asynchronous or synchronous

X-SABRE Pro has the clock configuration circuit unit, can choose to use ES9038PRO synchronous clock source or external ultra-Low phase noise clock source, cooperate with software control to free convert ES9038PRO work mode between synchronous or asynchronous, and greatly improved the playability.

 

Ultra-Low Phase Noise Oscillator

Digital audio is the art of time, high-precision clock is to ensure the basis of digital audio playback, X-SABRE Pro build-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, you can hear the accurate sound!

 

Ultra-low Noise LDO

ES9311Q dedicated ultra low noise LDO, with two groups clean power supply as low as 1Vrms noise, respectively provide to the left and right channels analog circuit of ES9038PRO to ensure excellent SNR performance, in additional, X-SABRE Pro also has up to 10 groups of low-noise LDO power supply for each circuit unit.

 

Different Strokes For Different Folks

With up to seven kinds of PCM digital filter options, select a different filter curve to fine tuning the timbre, easy to meet different customers in the pursuit of subtle differences on timbre.

 

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. X-SABRE Pro also can work with power amplifier more conveniently and flexibly.

 

Touch & Enjoy

Obviously, the new added circular screen is a new significant function of X-SABRE Pro, all the information can intuitively displayed on it, such as input channels, digital audio formats, sample rate, volume and etc. The tempered glass inlaid in the front panel supporting touch control.

 

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 power and art. The aluminum CNC precision molding process to create the perfect mechanical strength and excellent interference shielding performance.

 

Remote Control

We added infrared remote control to X-SABRE Pro. The delicate remote control, illustrating Matrix's notion of making everything better. Focusing on and carefully depicting every details, we provided more convenient operation on the device, meanwhile you can enjoy high-quality music contentedly.

 

A New Peak

Audio dedicated low-temperature drift and non-inductance resistances, Noratel toroidal transformer, Neutrik connectors, etc., X-SABRE Pro is a collection of high-quality components selected by Matrix. Better sound, more applicability, more convenient operation, more ornate appearance, and more precision manufacturing process, X-SABRE Pro has created a new top of the Matrix DAC.

 

Technical

Digital Output

AES:PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)

COAXIAL:PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)

OPTICAL:PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)

I2S(PS AUDIOstandard):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)

USB: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)

 

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.

 

Analogy Output:

XLR

> -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

RCA

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

RCA Output

2.25Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE

0-2.25Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE

Power

Power Voltage230V position is fit for AC220V-240V 50/60Hz

115V position is fit for AC100V-120V 50/60Hz

Power comsumption:<10W

Dimension 300×218×45mm(L×W×H, including the protruding part)

Weight  3.7KG

 

Package

RM2 Remote Control*1

Power Cord*1

USB Cable*1

 

Customer Questions & Answers

MatioSan
MatioSan

Hi,  can i plug my linux laptop into the I2S port with an HDMI cable ?

12/14/16 8:20 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi MatioSan,It can't do that.Thank you.

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salvatore
salvatore

Hi, how can you use the I2S input matrix

12/22/16 11:36 AM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi salvatore,Audio equipment with iis output interface can connect.as simple as coaxial.Thank you.

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Arco
Arco

Hi,    How is this DAC compare to the Gustard X20u Pro?    Thanks, Arco

12/27/16 8:33 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi Arco,    Good day.  Matrix X-Sabre Pro is almost same Gustard X20U PRO.Almost same input port.  Matrix X-Sabre Pro has ES9038PRO Chip and can play DSD1024.  Gustard x20u pro has ES9028PRO Chip.  Please see the details.The both DAC is great.    Best Regards  Kerwin  Shenzhenaudio

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sebastiao J T
sebastiao J T

por favor,    X Matrix PRO tem fontes de alimentação diferenciadas ?  Tem pre amplificador ?, pode ligar-se a um power e regular o som ?  Obrigado

12/29/16 7:04 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi Sebastiao,Fuselagem com uma chave de voltagem. Built-in digital pré-amp,.Thank you.

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sebastiao J T bastos
sebastiao J T bastos

May I connect the hdmi on my MacBook Pro to the I2s entry of Matrix ?  I have the HDMI connected to TV and wondering if the dac accepts de signal from Mac ???  I never saw any device having that I2s out ?! can you please informe ?    Regards  Sebastiao    

1/2/17 11:12 AM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi sebastiao,    Though the IIS interface, looks like like HDMI, but interface mouth line definitions and HDMI is not the same.And the MBP connection, we suggest that the connection is still a USB interface.  IIS input can only connect with IIS output devices, IIS is like A highway, through D/A chip.  Breakthrough the limitation of the interface transmission.    Best Regards  Kerwin  Shenzhenaudio

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sebastiao J T bastos
sebastiao J T bastos

can you please tell me if the usb line in is powered by matrix or from computer ?  best regards  Sebastiao

1/26/17 8:48 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi sebastiao,the usb line in is powered by matrix.Thank you.

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Mike
Mike

Hello,    I have an Auralic Vega which i want to upgrade, which one is better to upgrade VEGA, Gustard X20 pro orMatrix X-Sabre Pro ES9038PRO??, can you describe difference in sound quality between these two please?    

1/27/17 2:12 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi Mike,    Gustard X20 pro , Matrix X-Sabre Pro ES9038PRO is the top DAC in our shop.  Matrix X-Sabre Pro better than Gustard X20 pro.  Matrix X-Sabre Pro with ES9038PRO can play DSD1024,sounds better.    Thank you.

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sebastiao J T bastos
sebastiao J T bastos

Hi Dear Team    1 - I wounder to know if the quality of X SABRE PRO is the same as working in DAC mode and Pre Mode ??? as I find in DAC mode, sound is a lot more involving and feefear.    2 - I would like to know if USB module uses his own power or instead uses computer power ???  3 - Every time i want to chang filters I have to access the menu and so power down the X Sabre Plus to access the menu ? nothing practical to make a/b computations.  4- Is there any place where i can have a review of this unit ?    Best regards  Sebastiao

1/30/17 8:46 AM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi sebastiao,    Good day.    1. To the best playback quality, please select DAC mode.  2. The USB part is DAC internal power supply, not from the computer for power supply.  3. If you want to make the filter Settings to take effect, decoder must restart automatically, Settings will not take effect.Unfortunately, there is no good way to let the customer directly A/B contrast the difference between different filter.  Article  4. The Chinese test has 2  http://www.tuishao.net/bbs/viewthread.php?tid=143546&extra=page%3D1  http://www.erji.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1972516&extra=page%3D2  English assessment headfonia that has not been released, but fast.    Best Regards  Kerwin  Shenzhenaudio

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Adam
Adam

1) Is this a warm sounding DAC or is the Gustard warmer?  2) Are there sonic advantages to this new PRO chip compared to older chips like the 9018 - I will never use 1024 DSD, as there are no files to play in that quality same for 32/768  (Nice that it is future proof, though!)  3) Do you have other recommendations for a top of the line DAC maybe with tubes, as I like that sound signature...    Thanks

2/3/17 9:15 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi Adam,    1.Matrix X-Sabre Pro more warmer.  2.ES9038 CHIP sound more better.The higher the resolution.  3.Gustard x20 pro. . L.K.S Audio MH-DA003 MK2 .HOLO audio spring is top DAC.    Thank you.

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Audio
Audio

1. Why did you write above: “To the best playback quality, please select DAC mode”? What exactly deteriorates the sound quality in Preamp-Mode? Just that the poweramp has to do more work afterwards or are there additional electronics within the X-Sabre Pro involved, which are deteriorating the signal? Are there op-amps for the analog output/output gain?  2. Are the 4.5Vrms only reduced digitally in Preamp-Mode on XLR-analog outputs?  3. Is the incoming digital signal (e.g. 44khz/16bit) up-sampled to a higher bitrate (e.g. 32bit) before digital volume control is applied? If not that would be bad for the quality for low volume.  4. Line Output Gain (e.g. + 18db): Is this Option also available in DAC-Mode? Is a negative value possible? Is it possible to lower the 4.5Vrms on the XLR-Outputs in DAC-Mode by reducing the output gain?  5. Auto Wake Up in Standby: will the X-Sabre Pro wake up when the signal is restored even several days later?

2/18/17 5:17 PM Asked.
shenzhenaudio.com
shenzhenaudio.com

Hi Audio,  1. In the PRE mode, adjust the volume is accomplished by lower bit rate, therefore, in theory, the smaller digital volume (value), sound quality degradation.Note that this is only in theory, in terms of actual listening.  Analog output part USES the op-amp.  Output gain is "digital gain", no luck.  2. Yes  3. The X-ray SABRE PRO FPGA, into 9038 before all of the signal is not so up - the javax.media.sound.sampled to a who bitrate operation, but in 9038, after 9038 to signal re - sample.  4. Under the mode of DAC, the line output gain is fixed.The PRE mode is adjustable, can be set to gain.  5. As long as not lose power (pull the plug), can automatically wake up when the signal recovery.    Best Regards  Shenzhenaudio

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