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Unless you live in China or South Korea, the only place to pre-order an X-Sabre Pro is from Matrix Audio X-SABRE Pro

Their matrix parent site redirects to that URL if you click on the X-Sabre Pro image. Might I add that it's currently discounted for any/all pre-orders. As far as I know, pre-orders for the X-Sabre Pro are limited to 100 units. After that the price will go back to MSRP.

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Where would you find something to drive the I2S LVDS interface at DSD1024? It is the highest res DSD you will never hear lol.

 

Maybe something that HQ Player can upsample to in the future..

Synology DS1515+ >  PS Audio P10 > Innuos Zenith Mk II running Roon Core > IsoRegen/LPS-1 > Lyngdorf TDAI 2170 > Tekton Double Impact Speakers

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I will have mine next Thursday apparently, just need to source some HD samples only heard dsd128 to date on my Vega

X Sabre Pro ------------------- Auralic Merak--------------------Audio Physic Scorpio Plus+

J River 21-----------------------Intel NUC-------------------------DS 1815+

Technics SL1210---------------Cyrus One------------------------AKG 701

 

Westlake FDAC and VFets on order

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Many Thursdays have passed...

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Many Thursdays have passed...

 

indeed, and not had lots of opportunities to listen, so it has been on a source loop and listening to telly of an evening up till now :)

 

I am generally happy with it, but from recent memory its not quite same performance as my Vega/Taurus setup, some more running in may help. Also I have no access to ultra high def material where I would expect it to perform better.

 

Having also recently moved house, I have most likely lost some perspective for comparative testing.

 

perhaps better waiting for a more appropriate review from another source in meantime.

X Sabre Pro ------------------- Auralic Merak--------------------Audio Physic Scorpio Plus+

J River 21-----------------------Intel NUC-------------------------DS 1815+

Technics SL1210---------------Cyrus One------------------------AKG 701

 

Westlake FDAC and VFets on order

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Anybody out there have any further listening feedback or reviews of this X-Sabre Pro DAC?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Metrum Onyx DAC, Matrix X-SPDIF2 DDC, Snake River Boomslang Digital cable, Verastarr Nemesis USB cable;

Backert Rhumba 1.2 Preamp; Coincident M300B Frankenstein mkII SET monoblocks

Omega Super Alnico HO Monitors (Cherry finish) / Martin Logan Depth i Subwoofer

Macbook Pro (mid-2012, 2.3GHz i7, 16Gb RAM, 512Gb SSD), HQPlayer, Tidal, Roon;

Cabling by Cerious Tech (Graphene SC, Blue PCs), Verastarr (IC and PC) and Teo Audio (GC IC)

 

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Heres two new reviews both very good and worth reading: this one Polish
 
 
This DAC is certainly looking good on paper possibly better than the Benchmark Dac3 soundwise. 
 
I'm looking at the Holo Spring or this Dac. The x-Sabre does have two good things its a preamp and it can take PCM upsamples to 768.
 
'The Burras' has owned one since January, he could offer an overview of the sound.
 
 
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I have been using this for several months and am completely happy.  See sig. for my chain in which it is used. Detailed, clean, minimal coloration yet nicely musical.

Desktop: HQ Player --> Singxer SU-1 --> Matrix X-Sabre Pro --> Feliks Audio Elise Mark II

Headphones: ZMF Auteur (Walnut) / Focal Clear MG 

Nearfield Active Speakers: Audioengine HD3 

Power Conditioning: Furman Elite-15 PFi

 

 

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