Familiar appearance, new experience

With four years of technological expertise and research, Matrix Audio is now ready to announce the X-SABRE 3 and ignite a new generation in the X-SABRE line-up. Housed in a brand-new chassis, with a new user interface and sonic capabilities, the X-SABRE 3 DAC is now transformed to function fully as a network capable streaming host.

The difference in the details

The X-SABRE 3 is not just a remake, but fully redesigned without shortcuts, birthing a brand-new chassis and internal circuitry. The new X-SABRE 3 is 10mm wider and 2mm lower, lending the X-SABRE 3 sleeker, slimmer lines while retaining a sturdy build and look.

Creation based on innovation

We gave the X-SABRE 3 a brand-new high-resolution LCD display, allowing for crystal clear updates on the current operating status of the device. While streaming, album art covers will be displayed, aligning with current technological demands from a user’s perspective. A modern step forward, deserving the title of a new generation in our X-SABRE lineup.

MA Remote APP

X-SABRE 3 adds support for MA Remote App, allowing you to browse and play your music collection in UPnP server, enjoy HD online audio from TIDAL or Qobuz through MA Remote App installed on iPhone, iPad or Android phone, listen to the best of Internet radio stations, adjust every hardware configuration of the device, everything is in control.

Local music streaming

Being a Roon Ready certified device means that you connect to Roon without further configuration, and bit-perfect audio is promised from Roon to your X-SABRE 3. With the Roon app, you can now control the playback, output volume and standby. With softwares that support UPnP or DLNA, you can stream with the original sampling rate in the local area network to X-SABRE 3.

Online streaming

X-SABRE 3 is the first of Matrix’s line up to include TIDAL Connect and Spotify Connect. Detection of the X-SABRE 3 as a playback device with your choice of streaming service and enjoy lossless playback seamlessly. Playback and volume can be controlled via the apps. AirPlay is also supported.

High-speed connectivity

Tucked neatly under a top made from tempered glass is the secret to the capability. A set of 2.4GHz and 5Ghz dual-band Wi-Fi antennas are hidden away from view to retain the elegant lines of the X-SABRE 3. In areas of weak network coverage, a Gigabit Ethernet option is available to maintain stability of connection. High-sampling audio transfers within the local network can count on rock-solid stability for uninterrupted listening.

Sync and Async mode

Switching of the working mode of the D/A chip can be conveniently done through the touch panel of X-SABRE 3. In the Async mode, the master clock of the D/A chip comes from the Crystek CCHD-950 femtosecond clock inside the X-SABRE 3, and the clock from the front-end device will be abandoned; in the Sync mode, the built-in femtosecond clock will be turned off, and the D/A chip depends on the clock of the front-end device completely.

Trigger

The streaming capabilities of the X-SABRE 3 allow more ease of controls via your mobile phone. The standard Trigger port enables you no need to turn on and off the power amplifier manually. When the X-SABRE 3 powered on or entered standby, it will also turn on or off any connected 12V trigger device automatically.

Fully isolated design

As a result of involving network function, faster processing speed and higher clock frequency, it was necessary to place the D/A conversion part and output stage into independent chambers. We isolated the power supply, digital and analog circuitry of X-SABRE 3, and successfully eliminated the noise contamination and source of interference in this flagship of digital audio.

Specifications

Hardware Platform

CPUNXP i.MX 6Quad 4x Cortex-A9 @1.2 GHz
D/A ChipES9038PRO
Clock SourceCrystek CCHD-950


Digital Input

Coaxial & OpticalPCM 16-24 Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

DSD 2.8 MHz (DoP)

 

IIS LVDS

PCM 16-32 Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz,

352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP)

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)

 

USB Audio

PCM 16-24 Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 

352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, 768kHz

MQA 16-24 Bit /44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 

352.8kHz, 384kHz MQA or MQA Studio stream

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz (DoP)

DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz (Native)


Line Output

XLR

SNR: 134dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.00010%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20 kHz

Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz ±0.05 -3dB@86 kHz

Channel Crosstalk: >-151dB

Output Level: 4.8 VRMS@0dB

 

RCA

SNR: 128dB A-weighting

THD+N:<0.00015%@1k, <0.00025%@20Hz-20 kHz

Frequency Response: 20 Hz-20 kHz ±0.05 -3dB@86 kHz

Channel Crosstalk: >-138dB

Output Level: 2.4 VRMS@0dB


Network

LAN10/100/1000 Mbps
WLAN2.4 GHz / 5 GHz


MA player Lite

Controller AppMA Remote App
PCM Sampling Rate: 

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 or MQA Studio stream 

DSD Sampling Rate: 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz
Roon Ready
PCM Sampling Rate: PCM 16-24 Bit /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 or MQA Studio stream 

DSD Sampling Rate: DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz, 22.4MHz
AirPlay 2The audio specs depend on the service provider
DLNA/UPnPThe audio specs depend on the service provider
TIDAL ConnectThe audio specs depend on the service provider
Spotify ConnectThe audio specs depend on the service provider
vTunerThe audio specs depend on the service provider


Weight and size

Weight3.4 kg (7.49 pounds)
Size

Width: 310 mm (12.20 inches)

Depth: 218 mm (8.58 inches)

Height: 43 mm (1.69 inches)


Power Specs

Power Voltage230V position is fit for AC 220V-240V 50/60Hz

115V position is fit for AC 100V-120V 50/60Hz

 

Standby Power Consumption

< 4W

 

Maximum Power Consumption< 33W


Accessory

RM3 remote control 

x1

Power cable 

x1

Quick start guide

x1
Warranty card x1


For improvement purpose, specifications subject to changes without prior notice.

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