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Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA

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Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA

Audiophile DAC

What we like about this DAC

This is one of the best measuring DAC's in audio. Period. That's quite an accomplishment for under $2000. But it doesn't stop there. The build quality, with it's CNC machined aluminum chassis with glass touch panel pushes the boundaries of value for this price point. It has a variety of inputs, a built in volume control, and can play back nearly any format. Whether you are just starting out in this hobby, need a good DAC for your desktop system, or your main system for that matter, the X-Sabre Pro looks and sounds great!

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  • Audio Science Review "Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro MQA unseats its own brother to take the crown of the best DAC I have ever measured. Considering that the list now includes nearly 160 DACs, this is an incredible achievement."

  • Audiophile Style - "The XSP presents itself as simultaneously clean and tonally rich. The sound of an acoustic guitar, for example, comes across just a bit like a multibit DAC on the XSP without the resolution sacrifice and high-end roll-off that comes with many multibit implementations. Overall, I’d call the XSP a neutral, shading to warm, sounding DAC."


Powerful Hardware Platform

X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability.


Ultra Low Phase Noise Oscillator

Digital audio is the art of time, high-precision clock is to ensure the basis of digital audio playback, X-SABRE Pro build-in three hi-res audio dedicated Crystek ultra-low phase noise oscillators, the phase noise as low as -169 dBc/Hz. Two for sample rate of 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and their multiples, and one for ES9038PRO reference clock, you can hear the accurate sound!

Ultra Low Noise LDO Regulators

The ES9311Q dedicated ultra low noise LDO regulator, with two modules (left and right)  as low as 1μVrms noise, respectively provide to the left and right channels analog circuit of ES9038PRO to ensure excellent signal to noise performance, in addition, the X-SABRE Pro also has up to 10 groups of low-noise LDO power supply regulators for each circuit unit.

Tweak with 7 Different Digital Filters

X-SABRE PRO (MQA) pre-installed 7 kinds of PCM digital filter options. You can choose different filters to adjust timbre conveniently. During the MQA decoding progress, X-SABRE Pro can automatically load the MQA audio dedicated filter.

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MQA Full Decoder

Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists' recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode).

IIS Port

X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.

Supported Sampling Rates

The Matrix X-SABRE PRO(MQA) can support the Master Quality Authenticated coding technology developed by UK MQA Limited which can decode the MQA audio stream up to 24 Bit 384kHz. When X-SABRE Pro's display is showing "MQA", it means it is decoding the MQA audio authorized by the artist or publisher (MQA Studio). Meanwhile, X-SABRE Pro also can support DSD1024 and PCM audio stream up to 32Bit/768kHz sampling rate.

Asynchronous or synchronous

X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has the clock configuration circuit unit, can choose to use ES9038PRO synchronous clock source or external ultra-Low phase noise clock source, cooperate with software control to free convert ES9038PRO work mode between synchronous or asynchronous, and greatly improved the playability.

Touch Panel & Remote

There is a small touch panel inlaid on the black tempered glass in its front panel, and the central round LCD can directly show the input signal channel, digital audio format, sample rate, volume, etc. Without using the remote control, you can operate it by touch the 9 hidden touch-key in the LCD on the front panel.

Build Quality

X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has carried on the tradition of the Matrix with it's incredible measured performance. It also continues with exceptional build quality for itps price point. This is a CNC machined chassis that is heavy, solide and exudes quality.


Technical Specifications

Digital Input

  • AES
    • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
    • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
    • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
    • DSD DSD64 (DoP/dCS)
    • PCM 16-32Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
    • DSD DSD64/128/256 (DoP/dCS) DSD64/128/256/512/1024(Native DSD)
    • NOTE: Please see the X-SABRE Pro (MQA) user manual for the IIS LVDS definition.
  • USB
    • PCM 16-24Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz
    • MQA 16-24Bit /44.1kHz、48kHz、88.2kHz、96kHz、176.4kHz、192kHz、352.8kHz、384kHz MQA Studio or MQA stream
    • DSD DSD64/128/256 (DoP/dCS) DSD64/128/256/512 (ASIO Native)

NOTE: Due to the technical specifications of MQA technology, the input bit depth of X-SABRE Pro (MQA)
is limited in 24Bit currently.

System Support
Windows7/8/8.1/10 systems need to install the supplied drivers.

Mac OS X10.6.4 and above version without installing drivers.

Most Android devices can be connected via OTG cable.

The iOS devices can be used via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

Analog Output
> -134dB 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
<0.00012% at 1kHz A-Weighting
<0.00015% at 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz (+0.01dB/-0.02dB)
> -151dB @1kHz
Output Level
4.5Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE
0-4.5Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE
>-129dB 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
<0.00018% at 1kHz A-Weighting
<0.00030% at 20Hz-20kHz A-Weighting
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz (+0.01dB/-0.02dB)
>-143dB @1kHz
Output Level
2.25Vrms Fixed at 0 dBFS DAC MODE
0-2.25Vrms Adjustable at 0 dBFS PRE MODE


  • 300×218×45mm(L×W×H)
  • 11.8" x 8.58" x 1.77"(L×W×H)


  • 3.7KG
  • 8.3 Pounds