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Shanling M5 Impressions & Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by nmatheis, Feb 25, 2016.
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  1. nmatheis Contributor
    Along those lines, I went to test out the Campfire Audio IEM at ALO HQ here in Portland last summer. I used an AK380 they had. Browsing through the music, I noticed Steely Dan's Gaucho album. I'd never heard this "audiophile approved" album before, so I tried listening. I couldn't even make it through one song. It was just godawful for my tastes. I commented on it being on there, and one if the guys there said it's just on there because it's one of those albums people expect to test with not because they enjoyed it. That's definitely not my style. I didn't have Fleetwood Mac in my library until a DAP came around for testing and someone had left it in the internal memory. It was actually pretty sweet, so I got a copy for myself.
  2. theMUKe
    Can you compare the M5 against the M3? Wondering whether the M5 would be an upgrade over M3 in terms of sound quality.
  3. nmatheis Contributor
    I'd compare them if I had both on hand theMUKe...

    Jamming some old skool Rush with M5 + HE400 right now. I've got it cranked to 70/120 on High Gain and it's a med-loud listen for me, so plenty of headroom. Sounds like HE400 typically sounds out of most mid-tier portable gear. Compared with desktop gear with more current, they don't sound as full. I'm happy to say that the M5 does help tame the upper end peakiness. With some gear, I can't listen at med-loud levels for fear of unleashing piercing blasts. This listen is crisp but not overblown and piercing.

    Moving on to some Eagles, again sounds pretty darn good but I'm missing some of the warmth I get with desktop gear - especially in the vocals.

    Cranking out some solo Bruce Dickinson, this setup is exposing what sounds like compression-induced congestion. Man, I wish metal producers weren't so heavy-handed with the compressors. Sheesh!

    That's all for now. All in all, I'm very impressed with the M5. I just got the M2 back and popped it open. I'll do some comparative listening soon...
  4. nmatheis Contributor
    Well, here I am still listening to M5 + HE400, so they must be doing something right.
  5. defguy
     I wonder if the M5's output impedance would have any problems with my Dunu 2000's 16 ohm load? 
  6. nmatheis Contributor
    I'll give the M5 a go with some kow impedance IEM tonight and report back. My gut tells me it shouldn't be a problem. Most times I notice high OI mucking up the sound it's with high sensitivity, low impedance multi-BA IEM with a higher driver count.
  7. defguy
    That would be awesome to find out, since my Alien died/went missing, I've been researching a replacement without too much luck, having a fairly resolving speaker set up makes me a little jaded so my X3's lack of clarity in the vocal range is frustrating
  8. HK_sends
    It should be fine.  I used the DN-2000 to listen to nmatheis' M2 and it sounded fantastic!  Is the impedance that different from the M5?  Of course, that's why he couldn't do a M5/M2 comparison until I shipped it back...[​IMG]
    -HK sends
  9. nmatheis Contributor
    I *believe* M5's OI is just a bit lower than M2's.
  10. moracajay
    Sound quality compared to Aune M2?
  11. nmatheis Contributor
    If I had Aune M2 on hand, I'd let you know. From memory, I think I'd prefer the M5, but the Aune M2 is a very nice DAP, too. I just really like the Shanling house sound a lot. Honestly, if I were trying to get the Aune sound, I'd recommend starting with the 2016 revision of their B1 amp. This will get you Aune sound with a Class A amp and let you use a DAP with a more sophisticated UI. Just a thought.
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  12. nmatheis Contributor
    Been listening to the M5 with the new NuForce HEM multi-BA IEM. Very nice listening experience. Warm / analog yet detailed and spacious. Very happy with the total package of great sound + mature user interface. And now I just read that Shanling is working on a wifi-enabled DAP, which is something I've been waiting for. It's nice to see more streaming capable DAPs in the mix!
  13. leobigfield
    Can't wait to hear a full comparison between the shanling family!
  14. nmatheis Contributor
    Using M5 as a DAC/AMP with my Moto X Pure Edition (aka Moto X Style) tonight. Absolutely no issues at all so far. Just set M5 to USB -> DAC in the settings, connected up with my phone, and started streaming from Google Play. Easy-peasy!
  15. nmatheis Contributor
    Just like the M2, Shanling nailed gapless playback with M5. Absolutely no gap is noticeable when playing a FLAC copy of Lifeforms by Future Sounds of London.
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