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MATRIX SABRE PRO MQA DAC
NOTE: If not in stock we can have these units to you usually within 2 weeks. The MATRIX SABRE PRO is a superb Digital to Analogue converter, clever design and hi quality components dropped into a solid CNC machined alloy chassis combined with award winning MQA sound quality capability give you a serious piece of digital equipment that sounds superb! We have compared the Matrix against some well known hi end DAC’s that in the past were the pinnacle of digital conversion, the SABRE holds its own and at a price point that is 3+ times less than some of the comparitors!
MQA Full Decoder
Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists' recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode).
Powerful Hardware Platform
X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability.
X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS 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.
More Sampling Rate Supported
X-SABRE PRO(MQA) can support the Master Quality Authenticated coding technology developed by UK MQA Limited which can decode the MQA audio stream up to 24 Bit 384kHz. When X-SABRE Pro's display is showing "MQA", it means it is decoding the MQA audio authorized by the artist or publisher (MQA Studio). Meanwhile, X-SABRE Pro also can support DSD1024 and PCM audio stream up to 32Bit/768kHz sampling rate.
Asynchronous or synchronous
X-SABRE Pro (MQA) 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 1?Vrms 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.
Multiple Filters Pre-installed
X-SABRE PRO (MQA) pre-installed 7 kinds of PCM digital filter options. You can choose different filters to adjust timbre conveniently. During the MQA decoding progress, X-SABRE Pro can automatically load the MQA audio dedicated filter.
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 & Remote
X-SABRE PRO(MQA) inlaid a piece of black tempered glass in its front panel, and the central round LCD can directly show the input signal channel, digital audio format, sample rate, volume, etc. Without using the remote control, you can operate it by touch the 9 hidden touch-key in the LCD on the front panel.
Components & Workmanship
X-SABRE Pro (MQA) continued the new chapter for Matrix competitive DAC with its accurate sound field performance, amazing dynamic range, more extensive applicability, more convenient operation, more gorgeous appearance and more consummate skill.
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)
IIS LVDS: 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)
NOTE: Please see the X-SABRE Pro (MQA) user manual for the IIS LVDS definition.
USB: PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz MQA 16-24Bit /44.1kHz、48kHz、88.2kHz、96kHz、176.4kHz、192kHz、352.8kHz、384kHz MQA Studio or MQA stream. DSD DSD64/128/256 (DoP/dCS) DSD64/128/256/512 (ASIO Native)
NOTE: Due to the technical specifications of MQA technology, the input bit depth of X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is limited in 24Bit currently.
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.
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
Output Level 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
Output Level 2.25Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE 0-2.25Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE
Power Voltage 230V position is fit for AC220V-240V 50/60Hz / 115V position is fit for AC100V-120V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption <10W
Dimension 300L x 218W x 45H (including the protruding part)
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 24 November, 2020.
- Shipping Weight: 6kgs
- 1 Units in Stock