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Matrix Audio X-SABRE 3 DAC/Streamer Official Thread

ThierryNK

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Looking at Kinki and Aelius, these are quite matchup for the X-SABRE. And what is the control of the sabre, no glitches? Have you used a trigger? I still consider this as only combo of DAC with streamer, which is worth of buying, but not sure if it is not better to go with a dedicated dac and Roon Nucleus. Thanks!
Hello
I said "no issues", it means no issues :). Volume control is OK as all digital volume controls in 32 bits and correct implementation. I never use triggers. I do not have yet tested external drives and I am not sure that I will do it. All modern DAC are coming with a network input. It is up to you do decide to use an external drive.
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Hi,
anyone do some tests with filters? Which one could be the best?
I'm not shure but 1 and 6 seems to be better than others.
 
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There is a new firmware for X-SABRE 3, Build 048 but there is no info about it in @MatrixAudio website. Would be great to get the changelog to know what they are fixing in this new firmware.
 

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There is a new firmware for X-SABRE 3, Build 048 but there is no info about it in @MatrixAudio website. Would be great to get the changelog to know what they are fixing in this new firmware.
Hello everyone,
hope someone can help me: the remote Of my sabre 3 is not working; of course has batterys. Has anyone experienced that I
issue?
 
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Hello everyone,
hope someone can help me: the remote Of my sabre 3 is not working; of course has batterys. Has anyone experienced that I
issue?

Go to Settings/Remote Address (11) and make sure to follow the instructions to setup the remote again. Most likely the remote address code got changed. Matrix Audio remotes have up to 5 address codes so if you have more than one MA device on your desk there is no conflict between remotes and devices.
 

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Go to Settings/Remote Address (11) and make sure to follow the instructions to setup the remote again. Most likely the remote address code got changed. Matrix Audio remotes have up to 5 address codes so if you have more than one MA device on your desk there is no conflict between remotes and devices.
Thank you Enrico, I tried several times, still does not work. Any other ideas?
 
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Thank you Enrico, I tried several times, still does not work. Any other ideas?

Was it working before and stopped or it is a brand new unit that came with a non working remote? Matrix Audio remotes come without battery, at least in the US so make sure that battery is inserted the right way:

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Power cycling the X-SABRE 3 could help. Just unplug the power cable for 1 min, plug it back in again and turn ON your unit. That should clear any software related bug. If none of those steeps solve the issue, then I would contact @MatrixAudio and ask for help!!
 

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I've been looking around but can't find any description of how this DAC handles output volume. Is it just digital via bit reduction? Does anybody here know?
 

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Was it working before and stopped or it is a brand new unit that came with a non working remote? Matrix Audio remotes come without battery, at least in the US so make sure that battery is inserted the right way:

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Power cycling the X-SABRE 3 could help. Just unplug the power cable for 1 min, plug it back in again and turn ON your unit. That should clear any software related bug. If none of those steeps solve the issue, then I would contact @MatrixAudio and ask for help!It
 
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Hey guys, Is Matrix x sabre pro mqa is as good as this if i dont need streaming stuff? Would love to see cheaper version of this whitout streaming stuff.

Check for yourself:

 

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Great thread, @enricoclaudio. I'm brand new here after becoming addicted to reading amir's device measurements. The Sabre 3 seems to be what I'm looking for in terms of a streaming DAC. Without getting too far into the weeds, I'd like to hear some thoughts on why one might choose the Sabre 3 over the Element M2 since I'm having trouble deciding between these two. I plan to stream Tidal and I don't currently use ROON, nor do I stream from a local server, but I like the M2 I/O and its headphone amp. I also like the idea of room correction and I'm wondering the best way to introduce DIRAC with the Sabre or M2. Apologies of this is too off topic.
 
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