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Arthur of Matrix USA suggested the LT1364, so I got it and am enjoying it. Have no reason to try any others. The difference from stock OPA2134 is not what I would consider subtle.
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How would you describe the changes? I'm looking to upgrade the op amps un my Quattro amp
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Cheers
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Originally Posted by robbbby View Post
 

Does anyone know if the X-Sabre can stream DSD via DoP on its aes and coaxial inputs?


I was asking the Chinese main office about this in September.

The answer was:

Quote:
Dear Mario,
 
I'm sorry, the digital inputs of X-SABRE can not handle DoP format, it can handle DoP format via USB only.  
 
Best regards.
 
Yang

 

I saw there is a new X-Sabre driver version http://matrix-digi.com/en/Service-and-Support/downloads.html Wondering if there is a firmware update included.

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Hello, I've been lurking for a while.  I appreciate the detailed and thoughtful nature of this forum.

 

Has anyone modded the audio path of the X-Sabre?  A good tech can often vastly improve a well designed chinese product by upgrading caps and resistors to more audiophile grade pieces.  I am intrigued by the molded aluminum case and the isolation it offers.  I would love to know if anyone has done any tweeking to the audio path.

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Originally Posted by holzohr View Post

 

I saw there is a new X-Sabre driver version http://matrix-digi.com/en/Service-and-Support/downloads.html Wondering if there is a firmware update included.

i just tried the update, and even though the installer file name says it is 1.67.1, the installer program still says its 1.67.0, and trying to install it will end up uninstalling the current driver. not sure why, maybe they uploaded the wrong file?

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hello,

 

just wanted to ask if the Matrix X-Sabre or Yulong DA8 would be somewhat good upgrade for my Audiolab M-DAC?

Project86 said he liked it more than the Rega DAC and so on (although he didn't make a direct comparison).

I assume if the X-Sabre is a better DAC than M-DAC so is the Yulong DA8, but how MUCH better?

 

I hope someone can help me out?

thanks

 

 

 

Edit: also if somebody knows a yulong reseller for europe, please let me know.


Edited by amigastar - 1/11/14 at 5:59pm
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I once compared the MDAC and Gungnir and thought the Gungnir was slightly better, but later I upgraded to the X-Sabre. Hope that helps.
Edited by Maxvla - 1/11/14 at 7:45pm
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Originally Posted by amigastar View Post
Edit: also if somebody knows a yulong reseller for europe, please let me know.

Yulong has an european distributor: https://www.pc-hifi-shop.com
I know a french online store: http://www.audiophonics.fr

and the italian: http://www.palmtop.it (the lowest price I've found)

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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by amigastar View Post
 

hello,

 

just wanted to ask if the Matrix X-Sabre or Yulong DA8 would be somewhat good upgrade for my Audiolab M-DAC?

Project86 said he liked it more than the Rega DAC and so on (although he didn't make a direct comparison).

I assume if the X-Sabre is a better DAC than M-DAC so is the Yulong DA8, but how MUCH better?

 

I hope someone can help me out?

thanks

 

 

 

I've only heard the MDAC briefly so I can't be too specific. But to clarify my thoughts on the Rega DAC - I feel the Rega is a really dull, low res sounding unit, which doesn't compete with DA8, X-Sabre, Concero, or even Yulong D100 mkII. I'll admit that in some systems the Rega can sound brilliant - just the thing for taming a bright headphone and amp. For example, K702 driven by a Yulong A100 - I'd take the Rega DAC in that case, probably over any of these others, due to synergy. That said, on its own I don't feel the Rega DAC is very competitive. I place it on the same level as the Musical Fidelity M1 - well known brand, good looks, but that's about it. 

post #807 of 963

@all

thanks for the links and info

 

 

@Project86

Interesting, thanks for your input.

 

probably gonna try to sell my mdac unit and go for the yulong DA8 and call it a day. I liked the DA8 first time i saw it.


Edited by amigastar - 1/12/14 at 6:45am
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Anyone compare this to the M1DAC from music Fidelity? Looking to upgrade from the m1 but not sure if this or the DA8 or the W4S-2 would he my best match to the MF in terms of sound Sig
post #809 of 963

Hello all,

 

nice thread, help me make the decision of getting this piece of equipment, and i must say i am enjoying it very much.

some 192khz tracks are great, as well as DSD :D

i was also pleased to see good old 44.1 sounded nice with this DAC. no edge/digitus to it :)

 

but i continuously try to better gear.

 

so a more technical question.

did someone have a look at the schematic of this thing (or opened it up to see what is connected to what?)

i am especially interested in 2 things:

1. galvanic isolation: does the DAC have it?

2. is the usb XMOS receiver powered by the DAC supply, or by the usb from the PC?

 

thanks for reading :D

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Originally Posted by misha0209 View Post
 

Hello all,

 

nice thread, help me make the decision of getting this piece of equipment, and i must say i am enjoying it very much.

some 192khz tracks are great, as well as DSD :D

i was also pleased to see good old 44.1 sounded nice with this DAC. no edge/digitus to it :)

 

but i continuously try to better gear.

 

so a more technical question.

did someone have a look at the schematic of this thing (or opened it up to see what is connected to what?)

i am especially interested in 2 things:

1. galvanic isolation: does the DAC have it?

2. is the usb XMOS receiver powered by the DAC supply, or by the usb from the PC?

 

thanks for reading :D

 

I think 2 was answered in this thread already. It was tested with a usb cable without power supply and the dac still worked, so it has internal power supply with usb.

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