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Meizu M6 SL Full Review

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Design

The Meizu M6 SL is small. It measures a measly 78x46.5x7.3mm. The 2.41" screen takes up almost all the real estate on the front of the player with only a touch strip located on the right side. The mini-USB and headphone jack are located along the right edge with the hold button located on the top. Aesthetically the M6 SL is beautiful. It has a beautiful piano black (or white) finish with a scratch resistant screen and it is built very solidly. The M6's touch strip control on the right side is used to scroll through the menus and also works as a button. This sometimes proves to be extremely annoying. The touch strip tends to be sensitive and when trying to scroll it sometimes interprets your touch as a click instead of a scroll. The newer firmware makes the strip less sensitive easier to use. The 4 sides of the strip can also be clicked to navigate. The controls take a little time to get used, but are very simple and intuitive. The interface does have some quirks getting to certain screens though. Trying to locate the EQ while listening requires several clicks. Despite using a touch strip, the player’s most basic functions can still be used inside a coat pocket without needing to see the screen; play/pause, skip, volume.

Features

The Meizu M6 SL has almost all of the features any user would want in a DAP. It plays a plethora of music, video, and picture formats (MP3, WMA, WMALossless, APE, FLAC, AVI, Xvid, Jpeg, BMP, GIF ). It also includes a photo viewer, FM tuner, voice recorder, games, calendar, calculator, and stopwatch. Some of these features will be extremely useless for most people, but it is nice that they were included for the few who might actually use them. The M6 can be connected to your PC in either MSC or MTP mode , meaning that it can be used as a USB flash drive or synced through WMP, Winamp, Media Monkey, etc. MSC allows you to use the M6 on Windows, Mac or a Linux OS. The player may only be used in one mode during each connection. Both modes seem to work well, but it crashed and needed to be reset when prematurely disconnected. This is obviously not recommended for any USB device though. Resetting was simply though. Simply hold down the play/pause button for a minute and the DAP resets itself (all files are is still intact). Transfer speeds were average for both modes. One feature that many users dislike is that the unit refreshes it's music library every time it is disconnected. For an 8gb library it took almost a minute. One of the best features is that the firmware can be easily upgraded (or downgraded). You simply copy the resource.bin file into the root directory. You can also download or create custom skins for the player making your M6 distinctively yours.

Performance

The M6 SL has a fantastic sound signature. It uses a Wolfson WM8987 DAC. It is very natural with an open sound stage especially when playing lossless audio codecs. There is subtle hiss at very low volumes (<5), but does not seem to get louder when the volume is increased. Some hiss is typical of almost all DAPs and its presence on the M6 is lower then on many DAPs I have tested. Many users complain that there is a stutter at the end of songs which have no silence. I have listened to the M6 for several weeks and have not experienced this once. It may be that I encode my own music or purchase it rest from a reputable online store. There are also many sound enhancement features included; bass boost, treble boost, spatializer, EQ, and volume restricter. I was very surprised by the bass boost feature. It adds a significant amount of bass without it becoming muddy or overpowering. The 10 band EQ is fully customizable with +/- 15 db at each tone. The spatializer, however, is one the worst sound enhancements I have ever heard on a DAP.

One of the downfalls of the M6 is that it takes almost 15 seconds to turn on. For those who constantly pause your music, this can be a real pain. The M6 turns off after 120 seconds and will take another 15 seconds to turn back on. Meizu has rated the battery life at 26 hours for audio and 4 hours for video. I have not directly tested this, but through experience feel that it is slightly over rated.

The screen of the M6 is extremely bright and detailed. The frame rate is only 20 frames per second, however, which is 10 frames short of what the human eye can detect. I have not played many movies on it, but it seems to be more then sufficient for occasionally watching short shows. I would not expect many users to be watching full length movies on a 2.41" screen, but it will play them nonetheless. Some users have complained that the audio will not match up after a video is fast forwarded. The FM tuner included is pretty strong and comes in fairly clear. The quality mainly depends on the signal that the station is broadcasting (many pop stations enhance the bass before transmitting).

Summary

The good: Supported audio formats, build quality, and of course sound quality.

The bad: Sensitive controls, start up time, max 8gb, usually shipped from over seas

The bottom line: The M6 is one of the best flash DAPs on the market, especially in this price range.
post #2 of 11
Very nice review.

Strange it would take your SL 15 seconds to boot.

It took my SP only about 5 seconds from power button, to "ready to play"


And one note. The human eye can detect upto about 60 frames per second, not 30.
post #3 of 11




You might want to describe the actual sound quality a little more and what earphone/IEM you're using.

I find M6SL and UE Super.Fi 5 Pro to have incredible synergy, giving you a balanced, coherent sound from top to bottom, NOT recessed in the midrange. The presentation hits such a rare combination of detail, smoothness, extension at both ends, bass definition and power, speed and warmth with lossless files that I can honestly say I don't get the itch to go right back to my Senn HE60 or K1000 setup even after listening to M6SL/SF5Pro for hours.

But much more importantly, all this goodness happens without any EQ or DSP to "help" anomalies or weaknesses, and the whole package is jut involving and musically interesting while doing full justice to the fun factor.

When the fundamentals are so right, a relatively cheap combo like this can give you complete musical satisfaction; and while the uber home rigs *are* better, it's no great shakes
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by DKaz View Post
Many users complain that there is a stutter at the end of songs which have a few seconds of silence. I have listened to the M6 for several weeks and have not experienced this once.
The stutter occurs mostly on songs with no silence at the end.
post #5 of 11
the codec support does actually not seem that good. yes it has flac which is much more important than ape or wma lossless. other than that, only wma and mp3. mp3 is a given and wma is a codec i think that is trying hard but may never get too far.

so basicaly, it has mp3 and flac. i have the older meizu m6 and i love the sound as long as not played with sensitive iems. my um2 hissed more than anything, even almost as much as the shuffle g2.

if that were fixed and this could play aac i would love it. the original was just so thin and pocketable that i loved it. just a few omissions otherwise it would be great.
post #6 of 11
great review, I want to pair my future grado sr60s with the m6 SL since they aren't sensitive at all.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Butti View Post
The stutter occurs mostly on songs with no silence at the end.

You are correct. I have edited the review.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
i have the older meizu m6 and i love the sound as long as not played with sensitive iems. my um2 hissed more than anything, even almost as much as the shuffle g2.
The hissing is quite low on the new M6 SL. I did not own the SP version, so I can not compare. Many poeple on the Meizu forums have owned both and agree that it is greatly reduced.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post
yes it has flac which is much more important than ape or wma lossless. other than that, only wma and mp3.
The Meizu Players also support Ogg Vorbis.
post #10 of 11

anyone tried the meizu comparing to tera , hm801  , vgf-ap1l  ,??  as far sound quality  dynamic  plus  fidelity  ?:beerchug:

post #11 of 11
How can anyone compare the Meizu with the Tera.
I think people who write all this never heard the Tera.
PM and we can arrange a Tera music audition.
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