Tuesday 18 January, 2022

MATRIX X-Sabre 32bit/384kHz DSD DXD Audio DAC ES9018 XMOS

This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 April, 2013.


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The X-SABRE is a high quality D/A converter which support the DSD and DXD signal playback. It used the ESS Technology ES9018 Sabre Reference 32bit chip, and cooperates with XMOS 32BIT/500MIPS high performance digital signal processing unit, make it easy to playback the DXD and the DSD signals via the USB interface.
The pellucid lever switch and LED display to make you understand the working status information quickly, even if you the first time to use it.
The X-SABRE with the COAXIAL, USB, AES / EBU input mode, you can change the channel by lever switch on the front panel. High quality gold plated terminals can ensure the reliable connection and to make a lossless signal transmission.
The USB 2.0 asynchronous interface support the 1Bit/2.8224MHz or 5.6448MHz DSD signal and the 24 Bit/352.8kHz DXD signal playback. The PCM signal support up to 32 Bit/384kHz sample rate. It will provide you the ultra high-quality audio signal playback.
The aluminum unibody shell by CNC, although the manufacture processing is so complex, but it has incomparable integrity and mechanical strength. The separate compartments on each internal circuit unit, so it has a strong anti-jamming capability.
The design of the diamond cutting style, there are three high strength stainless steel nail at the bottom, it can minimizes the vibration,and to keep it in the best work status.
Unlike conventional sigma-delta implementation, the ESS Sabre and Sabre32 converters incorporate innovative patented circuits to deliver spectacular music free from clock jitter common in digital audio systems. The results are exceptionally wide dynamic range, ultra low distortion, accurate sound stage and jitter-free music clarity.
X-SABRE is using the XMOS X-CORE 32Bit/500MIPS digital signal processing unit which is used in the field of professional audio, powerful processing capabilities, it's the most advanced USB Audio Class 2.0 digital audio solution now. Achieve signal asynchronous transmission and playback, support low latency ASIO, KS and other professional audio software interfaces, support for Windows and Mac OS X.
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) is the Sony and the Philips joint developed the high-resolution digital audio specifications, it used 1bit/2.8224MHz or 5.6448MHz sample rate which is 64 times or 128 times of CD format(44.1 kHz) sample rate. The dynamic range up to 120dB at the 20-20kHz frequency domain, it can be included in the frequency domain above 100kHz. Due to the sampled waveform is extreme close to the original analog waveform, so the DSD audio specifications can provide more excellent sound effects to you.

DAC Specifications:

ESS Technology ES9018 SABRE Reference 32-bit DAC

8 mono to 2 stereo configuration, four D/A converters per channel


Digital Input:

Coaxial:             16-32bit / 44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k

AES/EBU:           16-32bit / 44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k

USB:                  16-32bit / 44.1k / 48k / 88.2k / 96k / 176.4k / 192k / 352.8k / 384k

                            DSD×64(2.8224MHz)/ DSD×128(5.6448MHz)

                            Support Window XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS

                            Window XP/Vista/7/8 system need to install the driver.

                            Support Mac OS X 10.6.4 above version, no need to install the driver.


Analog Output:

RCA Output Level:       2.2Vrms at 0dBFS

XLR Output Level:       6.8Vrms at 0dBFS (XLR:1=GND,2=hot,3=cold)

Frequency Response:  20Hz-20kHz +/-0.1dB

SNR:                          124dB 0dBFS Unweighted

                                   127dB 0dBFS A-weighted

THD+N:                      0.0003% @1kHz 0dBFS

                                   0.0003% @1kHz -1dBFS

                                   0.0003% @1kHz -3dBFS

Channel Separation:    -145dB @20Hz

                                   -143dB @1kHz

                                   -136dB @20kHz


Power:AC 220V 50/60Hz(AC 110V 50/60Hz)

Power consumption:<10W





Driver Disk×1

User Guide×1

Note: not contain the power cord


  • Shipping Weight: 4kg
  • Manufactured by: MATRIX

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