Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA)
With the bar already set incredibly high with the X-Sabre Pro, Matrix Audio sought to take the design all the way in launching X-Sabre Pro (MQA). Steve Guttenberg, CNET's resident Audiophiliac, has nodded his approval.
In addition to full rendering and decoding of Tidal Masters tracks, its ESS Sabre ES9038Pro DAC chip receives additional support in the latest XMOS and FPGA technology.
The proof is in X-Sabre Pro (MQA) sounding exceedingly transparent and spacious. But if there's need for more, here's it taking the gong as AudioScienceReview's best measuring DAC ever. Praise doesn't come much higher. Yet it takes top marks on Audiophile Style for a non-clinical, natural sound that highlights "this isn't yesterday's Sabre DAC" to the writer.