Shanling M2 DAP

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by nmatheis, Aug 21, 2015.
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  1. nmatheis Contributor
    Hi folks. I know pekingduck scooped this awhile ago in the Obscure Chinese DAP thread, but it's getting close. Shanling is releasing the M2, M3's baby brother. It's going to be a more pocketable version that still retains a lot of the M3's unique character.

    I'll update more as I find out...

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    Last edited: May 13, 2017
  2. nmatheis Contributor
    Official announcement

    Looks much more pocketable than M3 while retaining Shanling's signature command dial / joystick. DSD capable, too.

    Waiting on more info...

    SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE LATE OCTOBER 2015

    TENTATIVE MSRP: $250


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    Here's a table I put together with specs from the various Shanling DAPs...

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  3. hqssui
     
    Thanks nmatheis .. Subbed ..
     
    I have seen your video on Shanling M3 and really liked it. The command dial of M3 is very interesting.
     Seeing this picture of M2's updated dial,  I am worried about the accidental turning of Volume Up dial when it's inside the pocket. 
     
  4. nmatheis Contributor
     
    Hi @hqssui, welcome to the conversation!  
     
    The M3's command dial was never accidentally turned in my pocket, so as long as they maintain a similar level of force required to turn the dial I don't think it'll be a problem.  
     
    The only issue I had with it was not pressing it quite straight in for Play / Pause would sometimes cause songs to skip forward or back.  Once I got used to it, that was a rare occurrence, though.  It looks like the M2 will solve that issue by putting Play /  Pause as the top function on the joystick.
     
    I am happy to see that joystick functions are now printed on the command dial and that FFWD / RWD functions have been mapped to L / R on the joystick instead of Up / Down like the M3.  That was quite confusing for me with the M3 (and Cayin N6).
     
    I'm curious if the rounded center on the M2's command dial is a button and what functionality it'll have.
     
    I'm also curious what kind of outputs the M2 will have, since none of the pictures show that.
     
    And I'm hoping (fingers crossed) that M2 (and M3) will have 120 volume steps for more fine-grained volume control.  Fiio changed from 60 to 120 awhile ago, and I really appreciated how easy it made finding just the right volume for all of my HP / IEM.
     
    (Im)patiently waiting for more information @Shanling [​IMG] 
     
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  5. sepinho
    Awesome! Thank you for compiling whatever information is available. I'll be following this thread closely.
     
  6. hqssui
     
    Thanks nmatheis..
    I was under the impression that the dial(volume up down) was easily turnable and doesnt need much force. Thanks for clearing that.
     
    I suspect the center button is like a 'Select/Enter' button. I hope M2 will have hardware Eq like M3.
     
     
  7. nmatheis Contributor

    I'm glad I could clarify that for you.  It's not like the volume dial is hard to use or anything - just not so easy that's it's accidentally turning on you.
     
    You're probably right about the middle button.  Hopefully it won't be for any critical functions, as I could see it getting accidentally pressed in jeans pockets.
     
    And yes, a HW EQ would be awesome!  Surprised more DAP manufacturers don't do that [​IMG]
     
  8. jackharm
    Looking forward to this!
     
  9. hakushondaimao
    Shwing...
     
  10. nmatheis Contributor

    Wayne or Garth?

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  11. Shanling

    Thanks @hqssui,
     
    You are right on the center button, it is functioning for 'select/enter'.
    You do not need to worry about the accidental turing of the volume-although this wheel will be far more smooth than M3's, we can lock the screen.
     
    M2 will not have hardware treble and bass adjustment since the curcuit design is different from M3's. But the software EQ function is sigficantly improved. 
     
    Shanling Have any question about our players? Just PM me or send me email. Stay updated on Shanling at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/Shanling-Audio-603230783166845/ https://twitter.com/ShanlingAudio https://www.instagram.com/shanlingaudio/ http://www.shanling.com/ frankie@shanling.com
  12. nmatheis Contributor

    Really happy to hear about the improved controls :)

    Sad to hear that hardware tone controls are going away, though :frowning2:
     
  13. audionewbi
    Any eta on M2 release?
    Also I read that a new flagship is under cooking, is that true?
     
  14. nmatheis Contributor

    I saw a post about a new flagship, but that was quite awhile ago with no follow-up. If Shanling is working on a new flagship, I'd be curious what it'll bring us.
     
  15. Shanling

    Today we will release the M2 specifications.
     
    Yes, a DAP positioning higher class than M3 is under development, but we will not call it a flagship.
     
    The flagship is also in our blueprint, and it has to be very innovative, different from all others on the market.Thanks.
     
    Shanling Have any question about our players? Just PM me or send me email. Stay updated on Shanling at their sponsor page on Head-Fi.
     
    https://www.facebook.com/Shanling-Audio-603230783166845/ https://twitter.com/ShanlingAudio https://www.instagram.com/shanlingaudio/ http://www.shanling.com/ frankie@shanling.com
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