Matrix X-Sabre DAC review and impression thread
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I was going to post that it would great if they had a newsletter to receive updates on the new stuff via email but I discovered that there is an option once you create an account on the website.
 
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Just curious if anyone ever compare the X-Sabre with Gustard's such as the X-20?  Feeling those two products might target similar audiences?
 
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I built a TDA1541A based Dac at 300$, and the combo of the new one and a Singxer SU-1 just easily beats X Sabre when it comes to vocal jazz which is my favorite music. And so goes X Sabre.
 
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The X saber Pro is almost here, but we still have non a word on it. Thats weird- first es9038 based dac on a planet, and everyone are silent.
 
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Maybe before launching they find out that there is/are a/some Samsung Note 7 - like problem(s)
 
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The Matrix Pro is actually out already. I've been discussing it as part of another thread - see HERE for a bit more. You'll have to wade through some discussion of their X-Server though.
 
I had an X-Sabre Pro in for a bit, just to test it out. Very, very impressive. I think you'll be hearing a lot more from happy users as they continue shipping from the pre-orders. This is a significant leap forward over the first (already very nice) X-Sabre.
 

 
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The Singxer sounds good with this, but I find that there is a certain signature to the various XMOS devices and to some extent the Singxer and the USB input on the X-Sabre are pretty close.
 
I actually prefer the Audiophilleo over the Singxer on this DAC. The Audiophilleo is old and gets a bad rap these days but it is a truly excellent device with a unique sound.
 
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Has anybody had hands-on experience with X-Sabre (not the Pro) vs. Quattro II? Quattro II seems to have the same DAC chip, plus display and remote. And it is cheaper and newer than X-Sabre. Thoughts?
 
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The Audiophilleo is old and gets a bad rap these days but it is a truly excellent device
 
I have to agree with you there. Many self-proclaimed "experts" have trashed the Audiophilleo (especially a frequent posted who was recently banned) but imho it's still a superb device and blows most of these newer budget models away. I happen to like the Singxer more but the Audiophilleo is certainly competitive. 
 
  Has anybody had hands-on experience with X-Sabre (not the Pro) vs. Quattro II? Quattro II seems to have the same DAC chip, plus display and remote. And it is cheaper and newer than X-Sabre. Thoughts?
 
Sorry, have yet to hear the Quattro II. Looks pretty nice, especially considering the price, but for whatever reason it hasn't generated much buzz around here. 
 
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  Sorry, have yet to hear the Quattro II. Looks pretty nice, especially considering the price, but for whatever reason it hasn't generated much buzz around here. 
No worries. I bought myself one. From Matrix Digi USA.
 
http://matrix-digi-usa.com/quattro-series/quattro-II-dac
 
I should get it by the end of this week. Once I have the chance to listen to it for a few days (paired with Matrix HPA-3B amp I just got), I will come back here and post my impressions.
 
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I have to agree with you there. Many self-proclaimed "experts" have trashed the Audiophilleo (especially a frequent posted who was recently banned) but imho it's still a superb device and blows most of these newer budget models away. I happen to like the Singxer more but the Audiophilleo is certainly competitive. 
 
 
In my system the AP is the more resolving device and imparts a real sense of correctness, where the timing of everything just seems to be right on. I have never heard anything better for piano, AP just gets that resonance, timbre and sense of room space like no other. The king of imaging.
 
The Singxer is more fluid and musical, but as well a touch more soft in its imaging. 
 
One thing about external DDCs and the X-Sabre is that it seems that they raise the noise floor a bit over the internal USB interface. That famous X-Sabre blackground really only fully manifests itself over the built in USB, and I tend to prefer it over the SPDIF DDCs.
 
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Got mine paired with liquid carbon. Just one word to describe. AMAZING. It brings out 'new' soul to my hd6xx :dt880smile:
 
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Has anyone paired the Matrix X Sabre with a Jotunheim or balanced amp? Just wondering as the X Sabre has unusual XLR power output compared to other DACs.
 
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