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post #931 of 1084

Thanks Maxvla and Gibalok. I am probably going to test the Matrix X-SPDIF just out of curiosity.

 

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

X-Sabre uses the tech from Matrix's USB converter. Probably won't make a difference. I don't hear anything different between the inputs.

 

Maxvla, for my peace of mind, can you tell me what you used to compare the 2 inputs? I am trying to determine if perhaps it's a difference of cables / source output at my end.

post #932 of 1084
Computer for USB, Rotel RDD-980 transport for coaxial.
post #933 of 1084
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Computer for USB, Rotel RDD-980 transport for coaxial.

 

Wow. So no differences at all? I wonder why my laptop and X5 sound so different then!?

post #934 of 1084

Which is better? Matrix X-Sabre or Yulong Audio Sabre DA8 DSD 32bit/384KHz DAC?

post #935 of 1084
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

Wow. So no differences at all? I wonder why my laptop and X5 sound so different then!?

 

 

Every computer is different, and transports using SPDIF are not all created equally either.

 

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Originally Posted by mandarynek View Post
 

Which is better? Matrix X-Sabre or Yulong Audio Sabre DA8 DSD 32bit/384KHz DAC?

 

 

I discuss this a lot in my DA8 review. See my profile for the link. They are both quite good in their own ways. 

post #936 of 1084

Anyone have tried the Schiit Wyrd with the X-sabre? Anyone think it will make a difference?

post #937 of 1084
No, but I might get one when I order the Ragnarok when it's out.
post #938 of 1084
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Originally Posted by BleaK View Post
 

Anyone have tried the Schiit Wyrd with the X-sabre? Anyone think it will make a difference?

 

The X-Sabre doesn't use the USB 5v so I doubt it would make much of a difference.

 

If anything I think the best thing to do it to tape over the 5v contact on your USB cable so there is no power in the cable at all.

post #939 of 1084
Wyrd also reclocks the data stream, it's not just a power filter.
post #940 of 1084

Hey guys

I wonder how the X-Sabre compares to the NFB-7. The NFB does crush it on part count alone [3 R-cores, over 40.000uF, size and weight] but that's obviously not my deciding factor. The X-Sabre is slightly cheaper though.

SQ would be pretty similar [at least that's my guess] but I believe the X-Sabre is a bit warmer while the NFB-7 is comparatively brighter.

My current pairing is Compass 2 DAC - SA-31SE - HE-560.

SA-31 is staying as a competent amplifier and the Compass2 is likewise a very competent standalone DAC... I really like the pairing.

But I don't want anything brighter DAC wise, so I suspect the NFB-7 would be the more synergetic option [again, a guess].

The DAC is to stay for some time, and so is the SA31SE. It should be a potential end-game and future proof device [which they both are].

Thanks!

post #941 of 1084

Any tried to use Jriver MC19 to upsample PCM to DSD with the x-sabre? I made it work x64, but with x128 I only get distortion. Anyone know anything about this?

post #942 of 1084
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Originally Posted by BleaK View Post
 

Any tried to use Jriver MC19 to upsample PCM to DSD with the x-sabre? I made it work x64, but with x128 I only get distortion. Anyone know anything about this?

 

Sorry, haven't tried. I use MediaMonkey which doesn't yet support DSD (which is fine for me) and have never found upsampling preferable.

 

Having said that, I'd still be very interested in hearing others' thoughts on this.

post #943 of 1084

Got it to work! Had to use WASAPI instead of ASIO, don't know why but now it works!

post #944 of 1084
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Got it to work! Had to use WASAPI instead of ASIO, don't know why but now it works!

 

How is the sound via upsampling?

post #945 of 1084
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

 

How is the sound via upsampling?


Quite frankly, I like it. It sounds somewhat smoother. Might be placebo (since I used a lot of time getting it right), but that's why we're in this hobby right? ;)

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