Matrix Audio - DACs and headphone amplifiers

On this page you will find the modern products of Matrix Audio. The Matrix Audio products have the most modern techniques and components, are excellently built and sound very good. As a result, they will provide years of use and listening pleasure.

 

X-SABRE Pro (MQA)

This is the new flagship model of Matrix Audio, including MQA support.
It is an upgrade of the very good X-SABER DAC. The latest generation of top DAC chip has been used, namely the ESS Saber 9038PRO. Compared to the previous generation, the 9018S, this new DAC chip has improved internal DSPs and offers even better performance and more possibilities. Together with excellent audio components and the massive CNC milled housing, this results in a top class Digital Analog Converter.

This DAC sounds detailed, powerful and spacious but also neutral, melodic and friendly. This is something that is not always expected from DACs with ESS Saber chipsets. But the sound of a DAC is obviously not only determined by the DAC chip.
A reviewer of this DAC knows how to summarize correctly: "If you want a modern DAC that is easy to use and that can decode any audio file, the Matrix X-Saber Pro from now on will be my first recommendation." (soundnews.ro)

The X-Saber Pro DAC is now also available with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated Coding) support. It is a MQA full decoder DAC that can completely decode the original MQA signal without being dependent on audio players (for more information read the following link). MQA encoded audio files sound even better than good high resolution audio files / streams and are increasingly available, via Tidal and others.

In addition, the latest XMOS USB transfer chip (XMOS XU216 USB) and S / PDIF receiver chip (AK4118) are used.

 

Some features:

  • MQA full decoder, supports up to 24bit/384kHz MQA audio via USB port.
  • Next to USB, COAX, Glass Fibre,  AES/EBU there is also an I2S (HDMI format) digital input.
  • Unlike other DACs, the X-SABRE Pro can decode DSD via all inputs, and not just the usual USB input.
  • Can playback up to DSD1024 and PCM 768kHz/32bit.
  • Selectable Synchonous of Asynchronous Clock Mode.
  • 3 Crystek ultra-low phase noise oscillators, for 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz (and multiples thereof) and as reference clock for the ES9038Pro.
  • ES9311Q ultra low noise LDO (voltage regulators), with separated supply for left and right channel of the ES9038Pro DAC chip.
  • 7 different PCM filters for finetuning the sound.
  • No pre-amplifier required. Output can be amplified with +18dB, for feeding active speakers directly for example.
  • Round display with information about the input, audio format and volume etc.
  • Can be controlled via the front and with remote.
  • Very high quality components, like: Noratel transformer and Neutrik connectors.
  • Click here for a review of this model.


Specifications:

  • Size: 300mm(B) x218mm(D) x45mm(H)
  • Weight: 3.7 kg
  • Colors: Black and Silver
Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro DAC (MQA)

€ 1.895,00

  • 6 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

X-SABRE Pro

This is the new flagship model of Matrix Audio, without MQA support.
It is an upgrade of the very good X-SABER DAC. The latest generation of top DAC chip has been used, namely the ESS Saber 9038PRO. Compared to the previous generation, the 9018S, this new DAC chip has improved internal DSPs and offers even better performance and more possibilities. Together with excellent audio components and the massive CNC milled housing, this results in a top class Digital Analog Converter.

This DAC sounds detailed, powerful and spacious but also neutral, melodic and friendly. This is something that is not always expected from DACs with ESS Saber chipsets. But the sound of a DAC is obviously not only determined by the DAC chip.
A reviewer of this DAC knows how to summarize correctly: "If you want a modern DAC that is easy to use and that can decode any audio file, the Matrix X-Saber Pro from now on will be my first recommendation." (soundnews.ro)

 

Some features:

  • Next to USB, COAX, Glass Fibre,  AES/EBU there is also an I2S (HDMI format) digital input.
  • Unlike other DACs, the X-SABRE Pro can decode DSD via all inputs, and not just the usual USB input.
  • Can playback up to DSD1024 and PCM 768kHz/32bit.
  • Selectable Synchonous of Asynchronous Clock Mode.
  • 3 Crystek ultra-low phase noise oscillators, for 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz (and multiples thereof) and as reference clock for the ES9038Pro.
  • ES9311Q ultra low noise LDO (voltage regulators), with separated supply for left and right channel of the ES9038Pro DAC chip.
  • 7 different PCM filters for finetuning the sound.
  • No pre-amplifier required. Output can be amplified with +18dB, for feeding active speakers directly for example.
  • Round display with information about the input, audio format and volume etc.
  • Can be controlled via the front and with remote.
  • Very high quality components, like: Noratel transformator and Neutrik connectors.
  • Click here for a review of this model.


Specifications:

  • Size: 300mm(B) x218mm(D) x45mm(H)
  • Weight: 3.7 kg
  • Colors: Black and Silver
Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro DAC

€ 1.695,00

  • 6 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

X-SABRE

This is the former top model of Matrix Audio. A top DAC chip has been used, namely the ESS Saber 9018S. This DAC is built with excellent audio components. Together with the sophisticated design, the solid CNC milled housing, results in a top class Digital Analog Converter.

Some features:

  • USB, COAX, Glass Fibre and AES/EBU digitale inputs.
  • Can playback up to DSD128 and PCM 384kHz/32bit.
  • XMOS U-Series USB Audio chip (Asynchronous).
  • XLR and RCA outputs.
  • Can be controlled via the front.
  • Very high quality components, like: Noratel transformer and Neutrik connectors.
  • Click here for a review of this model.

 Specifications:

  • Size: 260mm(B) x205mm(D) x48mm(H)
  • Weight: 3.6 kg
Matrix Audio X-Sabre DAC

€ 1.095,00

  • 5 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 1-3 dagen

Quattro II

This is the new generation of the popular multi functional DAC/Headphone amplifier. In the DAC section the ESS Sabre 9018S is found with a XMOS U series Asynchronous USB interface. In the amplifier section the LME49600 audio buffer and LME49720 opamp are used. This guarantees a stress free, stable sound to love. The Quattro II can decode DSD via all its different inputs.  

Some features:

  • USB, COAX and AES/EBU digital inputs.
  • Can decode up to DSD256 and PCM 384kHz/32bit.
  • XMOS U-Series USB Audio chip (Asynchronous).
  • XLR and RCA outputs.
  • Headphone output: 1000mW/33 Ohm, 140mW/300 Ohm and 80 mW/600 Ohm.
  • Can be controlled via the front and with the remote.
  • Very high quality compoments, like: Noratel transformer and Neutrik connectors.
  • Click here for a review of this model.


Specifications:

  • Size: 232mm(B) x205mm(D) x49mm(H)
  • Weight: 1.8 kg
Matrix Audio Quattro II DAC/Hoofdtelefoonversterker

€ 795,00

  • 3 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

MINI-I PRO2S

The MINI-I PRO2S is a high quality DAC and headphone amplifier. The DAC is based on the Sabre ES9026PRO chip. This is a chip from the latest generation high end DAC chips from Sabre. This DAC can also process DSD audio via all digital inputs and not just via the usual USB port.
The MINI-I PRO2S also supports aptX. This allows wireless high-quality audio to be enjoyed.

In addition to the DAC functions, the MINI-I PRO2S can be used as a high quality headphone amplifier and as a pre-amplifier. It can therefore be connected directly to a power amplifier or active speakers.

 

Some features:

  • USB, COAX, Optical and AES/EBU digital inputs.
  • Can play back up to DSD256 and PCM 384kHz/32bit.
  • XMOS U-Series USB Audio chip (Asynchronous).
  • XLR and RCA outputs.
  • Headphone output: 820mW/33 Ohm, 210mW/300 Ohm and 110 mW/600 Ohm.
  • Bluetooth audio PCM 16Bit/48kHz aptx/AAC/SBC (Bluetooth 4.0)
  • Can be controlled via the front and with the remote.


Specifications:

  • Size: 205mm(B) x168mm(D) x47mm(H)
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
Matrix Audio MINI-I PRO2S DAC/Headphone amplifier

€ 645,00

  • 2,5 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

MINI-I AMP

This class D amplifier can serve as a stereo or mono power amplifier, is powerful, very efficient and has the same appearance as the MINI-I PRO2S. This makes it possible to build a very good sounding, small and complete system. The amplifier is built based on the widely appreciated 125ASX ICEPower module from Bang & Olufsen.

 

Some features:

  • Stereo mode: 2 x 120 Watt at 1% THD+N, dynamic range 117dB
  • Mono mode: 1 x 450 Watt at 1% THD+N, dynamic range 121 dB
  • 1 x RCA input pair (for stereo mode)
  • 1 x XLR input (for mono mode)

 

Specifications:

  • Size: 205mm(B) x160mm(D) x47mm(H)
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
Matrix Audio MINI-I AMP

€ 545,00

  • 2,5 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

X-SPDIF 2 USB Interface

The X-SPDIF 2 is a newly designed high quality asynchronous USB signal converter. The input USB signal is converted to an AES, coaxial, optical or even I2S (or IIS) output. If your DAC does not have a good USB input or no USB input at all, you can convert the signal to a jitter free and stable signal via one of the four outputs.

 

Some features:

  • USB input
  • COAX, Optical, AES/EBU and I2S digital outputs.
  • Can decode up to DSD512 and PCM 768kHz/32bit.
  • XMOS XU208 USB Audio chip (Asynchronous).
  • XILINX Spartan FPGA supports XMOS with jitter reduction and DSD DoP conversion.
  • ACCUSILICON femto clocks for 44.1kHz en 48kHz (and multiples thereof) signals.
  • External power supply, can optionally be replaced for high end power supply.
  • USB bus power is disconnected when external power supply is connected for even better performance.
  • CNC machined Aluminum chassis for best electromagnetic shielding performance and to minimize the impact of mechanical vibration.


Specifications:

  • Size: 142mm(B) x133mm(D) x38mm(H)
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2

€ 389,00

  • 2,5 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen

X-Hi Card

De X-Hi USB card is developed is designed to increase the USB audio quality of your computer. It is a plug-in card for the motherboard of your computer. It improves the data transport and reduces noise. This makes your computer sound much better as an audio source. Very precise clocks and a USB 3.0 chip from Texas Instruments provide an independent stable USB audio stream with very low jitter values. The USB ports of your computer are avoided and the sensitive audio stream does not have to share data channels with other USB devices.

The quality of the USB audio stream can be further improved by feeding the X-Hi USB card with an high quality external power supply (9 to 12 Volts).

 

Some features:

  • High quality USB 3.0 output
  • PCIe x1 Gen2
  • USB power supply can be switched off
  • CNC machined Aluminum chassis

 

Specifications

  • Size: 114mm x 64mm x 23 mm
Matrix Audio X-Hi USB 3.0 PCIe Card

€ 189,00

  • 2,5 kg
  • Available
  • Levertijd: 10-15 dagen