New Shanling Streamers - EM5 & EA5
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Shanling started as a traditional Hi-Fi company, designing and manufacturing machines for home hi-fi and stereo speakers. But in last few years, we focused more on the portable market, with our players, earphones and Bluetooth products. But this is changing in 2021 and we are going back to our roots of home audio.

Following our unique M30 modular desktop system, we are going to release two more products for desktop and stereo speaker systems. Let us introduce our new EM5 and EA5 streamers.


Availability: Summer 2021

Price: Under 1 000 USD / Euro


Both of these devices are built around the same digital player system, offering access to main streaming services, DLNA, Airplay, Bluetooth and local playback. All controlled through the touch screen on top of the device or via app on your phone or tablet.

EM5 is designed as a DAC/AMP for high-end headphones, with a range of different connectors, including balanced XLR and 4.4mm. It can also be used as a DAC and pre-amplifier when combined with a separate power amplifier or active speakers.

On the other hand, EA5 is working as an all-in-one streamer. While it lacks the balanced outputs and offers just a single ended headphone output, it adds in a full integrated amplifier, so it can be used directly to power your speaker system.

Which one will be the right one for you?

We will release more details and full specifications at later date.

Em5 45.jpgEA5 45.jpg
 
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Not enough information to even consider getting excited about. Needs power specs for the amplifier and more detail on the streaming capabilities and software. The announcement seems premature.

Also having the touchscreen control on the back of the unit is bad bad bad design.
 
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Not enough information to even consider getting excited about. Needs power specs for the amplifier and more detail on the streaming capabilities and software. The announcement seems premature.

Also having the touchscreen control on the back of the unit is bad bad bad design.
It will have same streaming and software capabilities as our M30.

Touchscreen on back of device? It will be on top.
 
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It will have same streaming and software capabilities as our M30.

Touchscreen on back of device? It will be on top.
That is the back of the top. Both of these devices are designed for headphone user ergonomics. The integrated amp isn't necessary in most desktop setups, as powered speakers can be used with a DAC in a nearfield monitor setup. For a living room 2 channel, putting the capacitative buttons at the back is an error in judgement and a missed opportunity to appeal to a broader audience. A touch screen with album art is fully in your capabilities; you make DAPs for Pete's sake.
 
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That is the back of the top. Both of these devices are designed for headphone user ergonomics. The integrated amp isn't necessary in most desktop setups, as powered speakers can be used with a DAC in a nearfield monitor setup. For a living room 2 channel, putting the capacitative buttons at the back is an error in judgement and a missed opportunity to appeal to a broader audience. A touch screen with album art is fully in your capabilities; you make DAPs for Pete's sake.
There is full touch screen on front of the top, running closed Android system. There are no capacitive buttons.
 
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@glassmonkey

One can see the touchscreen's outlines in the first rendering/mock-up. If @Shanling doesn't mind, I've highlighted for illustration below:

Em5_45.jpg


What can be seen in the upper half looks more like the internal component layout's schematic, but I have to say that I initially mistook it for the touchscreen as well.

@Shanling

Is the volume controlled digitally or fully analogue (with the typical disadvantage of some channel imbalance in the analogue volume potentiometer's lower attenuation range)?
How many inches is the screen?


While I'm personally not in the market for any of the two devices (if I were, I would get a Raspberry Pi and external touchscreen for my RME ADI-2 DAC or alternatively a RasPi and inexpensive tablet PC), the concept and pricing seems interesting.
 
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There is full touch screen on front of the top, running closed Android system. There are no capacitive buttons.

I can’t wait for the launch, love Shanling’s tuning, best in the business. We’d love to set up an experience tour on AudioTiers.com!
 
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That touchscreen needs to be as big as the schematic to look visually balanced. I would still hold that having touchscreen on front fascia, like NAD10 is better. Also, smooth volume knobs don't tend to feel as premium. Put some texture on that thing. Personally, I would have hearkened back to the first generation Shanling DAPs and put a bigger volume wheel (bigger diameter, but flatter than knob), top-mounted in a corner, with the 'tread' of the wheel just over the edge of the front fascia, potentially with some Naim Uniti style lighting. That would allow both units to use the same chassis, but have a big touch screen on the front.

The aesthetics of this look like they are copycatting a Sony Headphone amp. It's the wrong target for an all in one integrated amp for speakers. It's probably fine for headphone only people.
 
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That touchscreen needs to be as big as the schematic to look visually balanced. I would still hold that having touchscreen on front fascia, like NAD10 is better. Also, smooth volume knobs don't tend to feel as premium. Put some texture on that thing. Personally, I would have hearkened back to the first generation Shanling DAPs and put a bigger volume wheel (bigger diameter, but flatter than knob), top-mounted in a corner, with the 'tread' of the wheel just over the edge of the front fascia, potentially with some Naim Uniti style lighting. That would allow both units to use the same chassis, but have a big touch screen on the front.

The aesthetics of this look like they are copycatting a Sony Headphone amp. It's the wrong target for an all in one integrated amp for speakers. It's probably fine for headphone only people.
I own the TA-ZH1ES by Sony and this is far from being a copycat. I wish Shanling good luck with this device. Looks awesome.
 
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@glassmonkey

One can see the touchscreen's outlines in the first rendering/mock-up. If @Shanling doesn't mind, I've highlighted for illustration below:

What can be seen in the upper half looks more like the internal component layout's schematic, but I have to say that I initially mistook it for the touchscreen as well.

@Shanling

Is the volume controlled digitally or fully analogue (with the typical disadvantage of some channel imbalance in the analogue volume potentiometer's lower attenuation range)?
How many inches is the screen?


While I'm personally not in the market for any of the two devices (if I were, I would get a Raspberry Pi and external touchscreen for my RME ADI-2 DAC or alternatively a RasPi and inexpensive tablet PC), the concept and pricing seems interesting.
I'm waiting for some photos that will show it clearly, will post it here when I get it.

Volume is controlled in digital domain.
For now we are running with 4.2 screen, but it might be adjusted.
Is the top made of real glass or plastic?
Glass.

What streaming options will have em5?
- tidal / dlna / e.t.c ?
Tidal, Spotify, Qobuz, Deezer, Amazon HD, more to be added.
DLNA, Airplay, Bluetooth.
 
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If i already own the Sony TA-ZH1ES, would i just need your streaming device to maximize my experience? I’m looking into getting Spotify forifs variety
 

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