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Gustard Launches X26 Pro ES9038 Pro Flagship Desktop DAC

Gustard Launches X26 Pro ES9038 Pro Flagship Desktop DAC

Gustard has released its all-new flagship-grade desktop DAC system, the X26 Pro. A few months back Gustard ceased the production for X26, and now they have unveiled the better, the upgraded X26 Pro. It houses many premium features that make it worthy of the flagship tag such as premium Dual DAC chips, high-performance CPLD technology, an In-house developed K2 ultra-low noise clock synthesizer, full MQA decoding, and many more. The X26 Pro is available on pre-order for 1499.99$, shipments will begin later this month.

Gustard X26 Pro-1

About Gustard:-

Gustard is a premium audio equipment manufacturing brand based in China. They have professional teams specializing in desktop audio systems such as X16, X22, and many more appreciated products.


>High-Performance ES9038Pro Dual DAC chipset.

>XMOS XU216 16-Core USB Signal Receiver.

>Synchronous Clock Implantation Technology.

>Ultra-Low Noise Clock Synthesizer.

>Independent DSP Digital Filter.

>CPLD Digital Processing.

>Hi-Res File Support(PCM decoding up to 32-Bit/768kHz, DSD up to DSD512 natively).

>Full MQA Decoding.

>High-Definition Bluetooth Connectivity.

>Independent Power Supply Architecture.

>IIS HDMI Input.

>Analog LPF Discrete Class-A Circuit.

>Fully Functional Remote Control.

Technical Parameters:-

Sample rate supported by digital input channels:

COAX :PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz;DSD DOP64.
AES :PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz;DSD DOP64.
OPT :PCM 16-24bit/44.1-192kHz;DSD DOP64.
USB :PCM 16-32bit/44.1-768kHz;DSD DOP64-DOP256;NATIVE DSD:DSD64-DSD512.
IIS :PCM 16-32bit/44.1-768kHz;DSD DOP64-DOP256;NATIVE DSD:DSD64-DSD512.
BT Bluetooth 5.0 : PCM LDAC, AAC, SBC, APTX, APTX LL, APTX HD and other high frequency encoding, LDAC can achieve 24B / 96K high code transmission.

* USB input supported operating system:WIN7 SP1/WIN8/WIN10 32-64bit;macOS;Linux.

Analog output performance:

Amplitude frequency response:20-20kHz /+-0.1 dB.
DNR: >128dB.
Crosstalk:-140dB @ 1kHz.
THD+N:<=0.0001% @1kHz.
IMD:<0.0006% @-1dBFs.
RCA Output level:2.5Vrms (VOLUME 00dB).
Output impedance 100 ohms.
XLR Output level:5Vrms (VOLUME 00dB).
Output impedance 100 ohms.
Other specifications:
AC Power supply:AC 115V/230V 50/60Hz.
Power consumption:<60W.
Dimensions:Width 330mm * Height 65mm * Depth 260mm(Excluding protrusions).
Weight:7Kg (including packaging).

Gustard X26 Pro-2

Premium Dual DAC Chipset:-

For flagship-grade performance with the X26 Pro, Gustard has opted for premium DAC chips from Sabre Technologies. They have equipped the X26 pro with a dual DAC chipset featuring two ES9038 Pro DAC chips. It is a 32-bit, 8-channel DAC chip made for high-end devices producing benchmarking results in audio signal decoding with the industry’s highest dynamic range and ultra-low distortion in the output signal.

Built-in K2 Ultra-Low-Noise Synthesizer:-

Gustard has equipped the X26 Pro with their in house developed K2 Ultra-low noise clock synthesizer. It allows the device to achieve ultra-low jitter performance. Benefitting from this, the master clock of the DAC chipset is also controlled by the K2 high-precision clock synthesizer.

Gustard X26 Pro-3

High-Resolution Audio Signal Decoding:-

The premium DAC chips are paired with a premium USB signal receiver chip from XMOS, the XU216. It provides excellent high-res audio signal decoding support with full MQA decoding, PCM support for up to 32-Bit/768kHz, and DSD up to DSD512 natively.

High-Definition Bluetooth Connectivity:-

The Gustard X26 Pro utilized the power of Qualcomm’s flagship Bluetooth chip, the CSR8675 for Bluetooth functionality. It supports seamless Bluetooth V5.0 connectivity with high-resolution codec support such as LDAC, AptX HD, SBC, and more allowing the best wireless audio experience.

DSP Digital Filtering:-

The Gustard X26 Pro features a high-performance digital filter solution developed on the analog device SHARC digital audio dedicated DSP Platform. It features a self-developed high-performance anti-aliasing noise algorithm for a super clean signal decoding.

Independent Power Supply:-

There are two high-quality audio dedicated toroidal transformers separately supplying power for the digital and analog circuits. This allows for super-clean power to all the different components on the audio motherboard resulting in a clean, noise-free audio output.

Gustard X26 Pro-4

Price & Availability:-

The Gustard X26 Pro is available on pre-order at a price of 1499.99$ from our store here. Shipments will begin later this month.

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peter jasz - February 24, 2021

Gustard X-26 PRO: It appears Gustard has considerably improved upon its predecessor (X-26); this model offers considerable ‘technology’ (and hopefully SQ) at a reasonable price point. If Gustard improved upon the performance of the excellent X-22, the X-26PRO may be the ‘go-to’ DAC at this price.


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