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Matrix Audio X-Sabre High Resolution Audio DAC MQA Full Decoder Matrix Audio, in partnership with MQA Ltd., has created the MQA-supported X-SABRE Pro audio DAC to let you experience the abundant music details in the artists' recording room. X-SABRE Pro is an MQA-enabled DAC which can fully decode the original MQA files without any assistance from third party software (MQA Core Decode). Powerful Hardware Platform X-SABRE PRO (MQA) used the ES9038PRO advanced 8-channel D/A chip, and its inner DSP unit and analog circuit have the high performance and better user experience. The new generation XMOS XU216 USB asynchronous transfer interface and new AK4118 S/PDIF receiver chip, with powerful computing performance and multi-channel processing performance, make X-SABRE Pro (MQA) has excellent digital audio conversion capability. IIS Port X-SABRE Pro (MQA) is equipped with the most complete input ports of this series, in addition to optical, coaxial, AES/EBU, USB ports, we even added a IIS·LVDS input via a HDMI connector to differential transmit IIS signal, maximize the transmission performance of the IIS port, to make the data from the short-distance transmission between the chips into high-speed interconnection between the devices, get rid of the USB transmission or S/PDIF transmission re-encoding, and let the original digital audio stream directly into the D/A chip.. Highly regarded, fully loaded DAC. If you are a fan of Audio Science Review this is one of the best measuring DACS, if you're not then it just sounds pretty damn good. For fans of MQA it's a full decoder and renderer and it also has an I2S input if you want to experiment with alternatives to USB. Only selling as I've recently purchased a Chord Hugo TT2. These are just under £2K new and this one is in excellent condition. Purchased from Audio Affair in June 2020, copy invoice will be supplied to new owner. Price is £1495 including UK next day delivery. See also the listing for the Matrix Audio X-SPDIF converter which will convert USB to I2S and is a perfect match to the X-Sabre Pro.
It seems that on Tidal some albums are only available on MQA. Whilst these will play the quality seems inferior to other non-MQA albums. (Comparing Tidal albums to same album ripped) (I have no wish to leave Tidal though). I am about to buy a non-MQA DAC and therefore wondering if there is any merit in swapping my Auralic Aries Mini for a Bluesound Node 2i used just as a streamer and do one MQA unfold? I realise that it not a full unfold but maybe it’s worthwhile? Is there a kind Bluesound owner who could give an opinion on this please?
For various reasons yesterday I was using the Squeezelite version of the Logitech Music Server (LMS) to play music through my Meridian Explorer 2. I wanted to try out Tidal and some MQA tracks, so I added the Tidal app to LMS, and it works which was great except the MQA albums don't light the MQA light on the DAC. I wonder what is going on, does this mean that the files being served up are in fact not bit perfect, or am I being redirected to a non-MQA version of the files even though I'm choosing the MQA files by using playlists set up in the Tidal Desktop app. Very weird. Googling around, I found that this is not just my problem, and nobody has shouted "eureka, got it working" that I have found. P.S. Interestingly, I also tried out Roon, which I got on a the trial period. My laptop does not like this application one bit, it's really slow and clunky for me, but choosing the same tracks brings up the MQA correctly. Unfortunately you can't tell an MQA album from a non-MQA version via Roon, so you have to put each one in a playlist so you can find it again This isn't a thread about the pros and cons of MQA, there are threads for that, I'm a lot more interested in whether or not the Tidal file stream through LMS is effectively corrupted or not. Anybody had any experience?