Shanling M3s - dual AK4490 DAC, 2.5 balanced out, aptX BT, HiBy link, USB out, FW 1.6

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Shanling, Sep 1, 2017.
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  1. kukkurovaca

    With the SE425 in case and in pocket after an hour's commute on public transit: 105 degrees on the side of the player facing the case.
  2. Dobrescu George
    You should be able to use any charger you have around without any issues. I have been using a Xiaomi Charger for ages, along with a Samsung Charger. Both work quite well.
  3. Arum16
    Thanks Dobrescu.
    Better safe than sorry :relaxed:
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  4. Dobrescu George
    No worries!

    The basic rule of thumb is that both the device and the charger should have regulators built-in that should protect both. Usually the charger has two modes, if it can also support Quick Charge, so it should detect that your device cannot Quick Charge and not send more than it can take.

    On the other hand, using too low power chargers can be bad for your devices actually. As a recent study points out, that can lead to batteries being warm for too long, wich does more damage than one Quick Charge at higher AMPerages.
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  5. Love Music
    I see. Wonder how this compares to other daps in the same price range like ibasso etc. Or if it is comparable to higher priced daps
  6. Dobrescu George
    I think the only iBasso DAP that is currently produced is DX200. IT should compete directly with AP200 from HIDIZS, which I also have, and maybe X5-3, although X5-3 is far more expensive.

    Very few current DAPs in this price area. I mean current, like produced this year.
  7. Love Music
    Oh, I meant like the dx80, x5iii, ak Jr or higher priced ones like cowon, ak or Sony zx300 etc.
  8. DBaldock9
    While travelling for the Christmas / New Year's Holidays, I've got my Asus Eee PC 1215B Netbook, which I modified upon purchase in 2011 (installed a 1TB drive, & 8GB of RAM). Originally, I installed Win 7 Ultimate on it, and it ran fine for a number of years - but then it became really laggy and nearly unusable - so, now I'm running Mint Linux. This netbook has two USB-2.0 ports, and one USB-3.0 port, to which I've connected a "Plugable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Charging Hub with 60W Power Adapter with BC 1.2 Charging Support for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Mobile Devices" -

    I've got 4 of my USB DACs along with me (iFi Micro iDSD, Shanling M3s, Cayin N3, Zishan Z2/Walnut F1), and all of them are plugged into the USB-3.0 hub.
    While the Z2 uses the same AK4490 DAC as the M3s, and the Walnut F1 is a Balanced output Amplifier, the only one that is a true Balanced solution, is the M3s - since it decodes the USB digital audio using a pair of AK4490 DACs, driving a pair of Amplifier chips, for the Balanced output.

    Three of the four units are recognized, and usable, by Mint Linux (streaming YouTube audio) - the iFi Micro iDSD, Shanling M3s, & Zishan Z2/Walnut F1 - but the Cayin N3, which does go into DAC mode, isn't detected by the Sound Device Selector Screen in Administrative Tools. I did try swapping the USB-C cables, between the M3s & N3, but that didn't make any difference.
  9. SteveOliver
    The DAP comes with a USB C cable, so yes you need to provide your own USB power socket.

    It really doesn't matter what charger you use, get the best one you can afford, and its better to get at least a 2A one.

    The circuity will only draw the current it requires so you can use a 2, 3, or even a 10A charger if you want.
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  10. Arum16
    Thanks SteveOliver.

    I must have a charger available somewhere home, from all the cell/smart phone i've been ording :).
    I was uncertain if would originate a too steep charging curve to the DAP unit.

    Thanks :thumbsup:
  11. EagleWings
  12. gazzington
    whats this dap like? Is it much better than the m2?
  13. PinkyPowers
    M2 or M2s? It's been too long for me to comment on the M2.

    To my ears, the M2s is a really good budget DAP, but the M3s sounds more like a mid-tier. It's definitely an improvement.
  14. hqssui
    Excellent review. Thanks. Unlike M3 s, the original M3’s control wheel is awesome as you could change volume, skip track/traverse through the menu , no matter which screen you are in. Even though it is a huge DAP , I love to carry it around as I could operate it blindly. I hope next generation M3 will bring back that feature.
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  15. Himas
    @Shanling Will you add functionality to create user playlists in future?
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