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Matrix Audio X-Sabre DAC - Balanced DSD ex Flagship


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Item Condition: Excellent. Work perfectly. Looked after
Shipping Options: Pickup available and you can audition.,Shipping is available at agreed cost.
Suburb or Town: Oran Park,
State: NSW
Payment Method: All payment methods. Paypal add 2.6%. Delivery extra.
Reason for selling: Trying something new

This Matrix X-Sabre has been enjoyed for 6 years. It was their flagship model and features the prior top end DAC chip, (ESS Sabre 9018 32-bit, 8-channel configured in Stereo Quad). Works perfectly. Looks and feels great. Sounds as good as current DACs in the $1000 - $1300 price bracket.

 

I've purchased a Topping D90 AKM and honestly, there is extremely little between them. I did some level matched A-B-A comparisons with several tracks and took notes. The difference is the Matrix has a deeper, more spacious soundstage; and more powerful mid bass. The D90 (AKM4499) is more detailed and distinct with a shallow stage and neutral balance.

These differences are hair splitting and require repeat listens back and forth to differentiate, that's how close it is.

 

I have no preference between them as each has minor comparative strengths. I'm letting go of the older one to try something different with my collection.

 

About the DAC: 

DSD to x128 (5.65MHz)

PCM to 384kHz

USB, Coax & AES inputs

 

Made from a block of aluminium, with internals machined out for shielding. This thing is deceivingly heavy. It's larger & heavier than most modern compact DACs. And has trio of feet. Drivers are included on CD but can also be downloaded. I will also email you the latest files. It had firmware updated  as well. A small manual is also included.

For USB, it's backwards compatible with Windows XP through to Windows 10. MacOS doesn't require driver installation. Works with ASIO and WASAPI USB protocols. COAX works well too. I've even got Optical to work via a cheap SPDIF to COAX converter so I can use it with the TV.

I've used with both Balanced XLR and RCA and enjoy both. I prefer XLR as my amp is also XLR.

 

Reviews:

https://www.matrix-digi.com/en/reviews/20170621167.html

http://passionforsound.lachlanfennen.com/matrix-x-sabre-dac/

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/matrix-x-sabre-dac-review-and-impression-thread.650686/

 

Optional 

Optical to Coax Converter including optical cable and power supply for $25 extra (used twice). Handy for TV audio playback and some computers.

 

 

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