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I agree, they should be the same and appear that way from everything I can find (pics, specs, etc). One of the reasons Optoma bought them, along with brand awareness, was for their existing models. So I see no reason why they would mess with a well-received design unless it had some issues that needed fixing. 
X-Sabre Pro in the house now. Unfortunately it came during a hectic week and I haven't had time to even connect it. I have it sitting on the rack and it's beautiful though, very similar to the X-Server prototype but with a more polished looking coat on it. I guess that's what the X-Server will end up looking like as well. when it really launches.    I just realized there is an LVDS I2S input, didn't notice that before for whatever reason. That means it should work with...
Yep, if there's one amp that matches the V281 in versatility, it's the Pro iCan. I still like my V281 more, but damn if I wasn't severely tempted to buy the iFi amp anyway. I recently sent back the review unit and I find myself missing it.... very solid amp. 
  The original used the ES9018 chip while the Pro uses ES9038. Both chips were the top offering for their generation, and both have 8 channels on board. This is in contrast with most DAC chips which are stereo aka 2-channel designs. Many (but certainly not all) devices using the ES9018 would configure 4 channels worth for each side of the stereo output. This is sometimes referred to as "4 DACs per channel" which is technically true, though both sets of "4 DACs" actually...
  This!
I'm getting a loaner of the X-Sabre Pro as well, just to have a quick listen. Will give some general impressions when I can (and of course, pics). Curious to see how much different or better it might be compared to the X-Server internal DAC.
 Indeed, the original X-Sabre was a solid (no pun intended) DAC that was very competitive at its price. This thing is a whole other animal, lots of theoretical improvement that hopefully translates to better sound. The tough part is that it's not so easy to improve once you are already at pretty high level (which the original X-Sabre is). So we'll see.    Older systems can still sound great but I find it's the capabilities that are really expanding, at least as much as the...
Good deals to be had with the 25% off - RS 08 is $635, V280 is $1237, and V281 is $1725.
  I really am impressed with what they have done so far. I also hear the Euphony developers may be able to enable Roon Core functionality which would be even better than the current Endpoint option. You could run Roon directly from the X-Server and stream to other rooms or even to your phone while you work in the yard, or whatever. Very versatile, I hope they pull it off. As for a review..... I'd love to if I had the time. I'm so backed up as it is though, no way I can...
UPDATED INFO!   Just got word about the X-Server being delayed a bit. Apparently Matrix wants to focus on production of the new X-Sabre Pro, so the X-Server will not be available until probably March of 2017. Who knows what sort of changes may or may not happen during that time frame.... I keep telling them to work on keeping the price low so we'll see if they take my word for it.    The X-Sabre Pro seems to be the main topic of discussion at this point. Which is...
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