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Originally Posted by misha0209 View Post

Yeah, i'm considering a few amps, but not dead set on one so far.
i will probably not have the $ til middle of the year.
the only important buy i'll be making til then is a black dragon premium for the hd800.
sometime in april, a dealer here will bring in the HDVA600, and BHA-1, and i'll be taking my setup there for a 1 day audition on both.
i will post some impressions, probably on this thread.
i'm considering only balanced solutions so far. so:
HDAV600
Bryston BHA-1
Schiit Ragnarok (especially looking forward to this one, not yet released)

so far these are in my price range in my part of the world.
i will accept any proposals (in fact i thank anyone providing any).

sadly GSX and b22 are out of my price range.
you would not believe what you have to pay in europe for a BHA-1. unless you are from europe, and asked around...

@Maxvla
 did you write a few thoughts on your rig? you do have the same dac and headphones as me, so i'd really appreciate it.
also, when you get the GSX a comparison with the BHA-1 with the hd800 and x-sabre would be incredible!!!
I don't have the BHA-1 anymore, but I will do my best to compare from memory. I am also hoping the Ragnarok turns out great. I intend to compare them side by side.
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Originally Posted by misha0209 View Post
 

 

i'm considering only balanced solutions so far. so:

HDAV600

Bryston BHA-1

Schiit Ragnarok (especially looking forward to this one, not yet released)

 

so far these are in my price range in my part of the world.

i will accept any proposals (in fact i thank anyone providing any).

 

 

 

I recently picked up one of the new Questyle CMA800R current mode amps and have been using it for about 3 weeks with the X-Sabre and HD800.

 

It's not balanced, but I consider it superior to the Bryston or the Sennheiser amps. 

 

I'm still getting it all set up and broken in here but so far with the HD800 it's been nothing short of a revelation.

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Yeah that Questyle sure gets along nicely with the HD800. X-Sabre being a good match to that chain as well - keeps it from getting too razor sharp analytical.
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Originally Posted by BleaK View Post
 


Thank you! I am astounded by how well the Vali plays with HD800, however I think I might prefer a SS amp going upwards. I think a GS-X is a bit out my pricerange atm. It would be nice if matrix made a high end amp for HD800 that stacks with the X-sabre :wink_face:

 

Have you tried the Quattro? I know it's not "high end" as such, but it does pair really nicely with the X-Sabre. I'm waiting on some upgrade op amps to arrive and will post some impressions on the review I did. For now though, it sounds very good with the T1s and X-Sabre.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-quattro-amp/reviews/10346

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Originally Posted by Sanlitun View Post
 

 

I recently picked up one of the new Questyle CMA800R current mode amps and have been using it for about 3 weeks with the X-Sabre and HD800.

 

It's not balanced, but I consider it superior to the Bryston or the Sennheiser amps. 

 

I'm still getting it all set up and broken in here but so far with the HD800 it's been nothing short of a revelation.

 

 

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Originally Posted by project86 View Post

Yeah that Questyle sure gets along nicely with the HD800. X-Sabre being a good match to that chain as well - keeps it from getting too razor sharp analytical.

 

The Questyle looks really good. Out from your review project that chain shound sound pretty good!

 

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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

Have you tried the Quattro? I know it's not "high end" as such, but it does pair really nicely with the X-Sabre. I'm waiting on some upgrade op amps to arrive and will post some impressions on the review I did. For now though, it sounds very good with the T1s and X-Sabre.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/matrix-quattro-amp/reviews/10346

 

Thank you for the tip, I'll check it out!

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Anyone else using JRiver?

 

I'm finding that after today's update to 19.0.108 DSD no longer worked with the X-Sabre ASIO driver. 

 

You have to go back into the audio device settings and check the DSD over DoP box. Seems that this was disabled by the update.


Edited by Sanlitun - 1/29/14 at 7:16pm
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I haven't noticed, but I haven't been using my X-Sabre much lately with all this demo stuff from Violectric and Matrix I've been reviewing.
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Using Daphile http://www.head-fi.org/t/650686/matrix-x-sabre-dac-review-and-impression-thread/705#post_9941741 with my X-Sabre, the new version brings improvement for DSD playback. Now you can choose between the SqueezePlay and Squeezelite player. The added player Squeezelite fills up the pause gaps with "DSD silence" while SqueezePlay switches to PCM silence (relay clicks).

 

And indeed! There are no more relay clicks to hear when skipping to the next/previous tracks and also after the last song of a DSD album or playlist the DAC remains in "DSD mode". *Thumbs up!*

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f10-music-servers/call-testers-daphile-16767/

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X-sabre in the house and burning in! This thing is heavy! I went with the silver one and it is so far the best looking equipment (beside the hd800) I have owned, looks really nice. I am enjoying the sound right out of the box, so far so good!

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Originally Posted by BleaK View Post
 

X-sabre in the house and burning in! This thing is heavy! I went with the silver one and it is so far the best looking equipment (beside the hd800) I have owned, looks really nice. I am enjoying the sound right out of the box, so far so good!

 

It gets even better (not by miles though) and it doesn't take long (10-15 hours or so I think).


Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

It gets even better (not by miles though) and it doesn't take long (10-15 hours or so I think).


Enjoy!


Thank you! :beerchug:

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Honestly the comparability of this thing is horrendous. I have to keep going to change the playback device on Jriver MC to the xsabre, then back to speakers. If I unplug it, it doesn't go to laptop speakers automatically. It doesn't work with Firefox or ITunes. Kinda pissing me off, anyone know a fix? I'm on windows 8.


Apart from that, its pretty sweet! Much better than my M1DAC I think smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post

Honestly the comparability of this thing is horrendous. I have to keep going to change the playback device on Jriver MC to the xsabre, then back to speakers. If I unplug it, it doesn't go to laptop speakers automatically. It doesn't work with Firefox or ITunes. Kinda pissing me off, anyone know a fix? I'm on windows 8.

hmm, how is your system hooked up, and what output setting are you using in jriver (eg wasapi asio etc)? i never had any playback problems on win7 64bit. also hope you got the newest driver from x-sabre's website and not the one the usb stick

post #839 of 884
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post

hmm, how is your system hooked up, and what output setting are you using in jriver (eg wasapi asio etc)? i never had any playback problems on win7 64bit. also hope you got the newest driver from x-sabre's website and not the one the usb stick
JRiver is fine on Wasapi and Asio, it just doesn't switch automatically to built in speakers if I unplug the DAC, which is fine. It doesn't work in iTunes or Firefox is the issue
post #840 of 884
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Originally Posted by DutchGFX View Post
 
JRiver is fine on Wasapi and Asio, it just doesn't switch automatically to built in speakers if I unplug the DAC, which is fine. It doesn't work in iTunes or Firefox is the issue

do you have x-sabre set as the default playback device in in windows? also wasapi is exclusive, so if you have jriver on in wasapi mode, no other sound will play (need to close jriver).

 

the audio output doesn't switch part is windows' problem, it doesnt automatically fallback to another output device when the default one is unavailable. your speakers are not hooked up to the dac? do you have surround or something? i would just hook them up to the dac for convenience (use rca splitters)

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