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Shanling M5s now with TIDAL - Dual AK4493EQ DAC, fully balanced, Wi-Fi, 2way LDAC BT, 3.2 Touch screen, FW 3.5

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by Shanling, Aug 14, 2018.
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  1. geagle
    We want details :)
    maira and superuser1 like this.
  2. Koolpep
    Hmmm, subscribed - very intriguing...
  3. maira
    Yupp. This kind of piece-by-piece marketing is a bit annoying, but they are teaching it at University for 20 years now... .
    geagle and ngs428 like this.
  4. ngs428
    Hopefully not another 3 days before some actual information. I hate these announcements of announcements.
  5. crabdog
    They work though. Got us all in here bouncing off the walls in anticipation :wink:
    Joe Caldino likes this.
  6. duaned
    Probably something I can't afford!
    crabdog and 450408 like this.
  7. Luke Thomas
    I’m sure this is out of my budget. Can you guys direct me towards a player less than $500
  8. Marburger
    very tempting. already started to sell off my old stuff :))
  9. geagle
    If you want to stay with Shanling, both the M3s and the M0 offer excellent quality, sound wise, and very very good quality/price ratios. M3s offers more, and costs more. M0 has a few different strengths/unique selling points: touch screen, very tiny size. The Sony NW-ZX300a from JD/Joybuy is another easy possibility that comes to mind (the ZX300A is the same as the ZX300, but with 16gb onboard storage instead of 64, it's aimed at the chinese market, and costs a lot less than the ZX300).

    M3s and ZX300A are similar level in sound reproduction, with the M3s offering 2.5mm balanced and being more neutral with maybe a hint of dryness and the ZX300(A) offering 4.4mm balanced and being a little warmer (but not overly so). From the user interface point of view, I very much prefer the ZX300, tbh :) . Either of them would be a good candidate as main DAP, IMO.

    The M0 is an amazingly small device with an amazingly nice sound... no balanced output. GREAT as a portable device (the others would be portable too, they're not bricks :) - but this sort of really disappears:) ).

    I'd advise you to go to each device's specific thread to understand better each of them. All 3 are good, IMHO, and well within your budget.

    Edited to add: there's currently a shortage of M3s around... Shanling has said that the M3s should be available again in September with limited quantities at select vendors.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  10. Luke Thomas
    thx , the search begins for Blutooth. wifi, and digital transport, ( to use with a different dac)
  11. abitdeef
    Where’s the beef?!!
  12. ngs428
    Cayin N5iis $500 or N5ii $300, Opus 1s $400, Shanling M3s $300.

    Edit: also possibly the new Shanling flagship.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  13. abitdeef

    I would hold off just a bit, Shanling’s daps are very reasonably priced. I think this new dap might well be in your under $500 dollar category.
    ngs428 likes this.
  14. Thearcade12
    I too think that this new flagship is going to be priced under $500. I want all streaming features since i will be going to use it with my phone.
  15. artpiggo
    3.5 Pro balanced?
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