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Shanling M2s Hi-Res DAP with AK4490 + MUSE8920, Bluetooth, & USB Out

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by nmatheis, Apr 7, 2017.
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  1. nmatheis Contributor
    Thanks to a couple headfi buddies for helping me out with changing the thread title!

    You know who you are :)

    Thanks to golov17 for tipping me off to this upcoming DAP from Shanling, an update to the original Shanling M2.

    Translated from a Russian forum:

    "New audio player Shanling M2s is in monoblock format of aircraft grade aluminum, the front and rear panel covers 2.5D glass, the front panel adorned Retina 3 inch screen. To adjust the volume using the potentiometers legendary Japanese production of ALPS. For ease of use on the left side are three physical buttons are located. Navigation is traditionally carried multifunction wheel.

    Shanling M2s autonomy of 9 hours of continuous operation, the standby time of about 300 hours. The player is equipped with a Type-C interface, the presence of stated Bluetooth 4.0 with support Apt-X, is also implemented option works as an external DAC. As used AK4490 DAC converter DSD256 with hardware support, op amp MUSE8920, with improved amplifier circuit that provides low distortion and high efficiency. The player will be available in two colors: Black and noble Glam Blue. The declared cost of M2s 1098 yuan equivalent of 160 USD. The release is scheduled for the 28th of April."

    Shanling M2s webpage: LINK

    Introductory Video

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    Last edited: May 3, 2017
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  2. nmatheis Contributor
    Shanling DAP Specifications Comparison.jpeg

    Just something I cobbled together that I thought might be handy for people considering purchasing a Shanling DAP...

    Shanling M2s + Mojo vs Cayin N3 + Mojo Measured Output

    Vist Post 729 for further context and explanation...

    Shanling M2s vs Cayin N3 USB Out to Mojo with CFA Orion.jpg
    Last edited: May 30, 2017
  3. gordolindsay
    Good time to be in the market for a dap! Really wanting to try something from Shanling.
  4. originalsnuffy
    Yes, more participation from @Shanling please!
  5. mochill
    I'm here
  6. audionewbi
    I asked them a while ago about upcoming flagships and their reply was may. Can this be one of the two daps they are releasing?(potentially could be more than two)
  7. nmatheis Contributor

    Something tells me we'll see an M5 refresh soon, too...

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  8. musicday
    This looks very interesting,is that native DSD 256? Another great transport for Hugo2. Wish they can add bigger batteries for longer playback time.
  9. originalsnuffy
    Looks like a great option / alternative in the sub $200 category. I like the look of the volume control.

    Wish it had a line out. Wonder if it will have OTG ? Its peers have that now.

    Definitely looks like something to consider along with the Shanling M1 and Cayin N3.

    This sub $200 space has become really exciting lately. I suspect it will put pressure on FIIO to go all out on the X3 III
  10. actorlife
    I wonder why they didnt include a line out. Cant cost that much to implement the N3 has it. I wonder it they add anything the N3 does not? Besides bigger screen and sexiest look. I guess they want to leave it to the M5. Still weird. Damn many choices out there for everyone at a low cost Bravisimo. :p
  11. nmatheis Contributor
    Why are you guys assuming it doesn't have LO? I'm betting it'll just be a shared HO/LO to conserve space. A lot of small DAPs are doing that these days.

    In any case, I've emailed my contact at Shanling and am hoping to get some official specs and pics to add to the threat soon...
  12. mochill
    Balanced out plz
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  13. Niyologist

    At least a balanced circuit board.
  14. audionewbi
    My only issue is MUSE8920, there are  alot better sounding opamp out there. However for that price and the features speculated in the video this device seems too good !
  15. nmatheis Contributor
    Seems to be a go-to opamp for Shanling. Someone there obviously likes the sound it introduces in the audio chain [​IMG]
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