Shanling M9 Announced - New High-End Player
Aug 10, 2021 at 4:00 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 143
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This year we saw changes in our line of portable players, with M6 and M6 Pro switching to ESS DACs, due to the shortage of AKM DACs. And few months ago, this issue caught up with M8 too. Right now, you can still find M8 in stock at some of our international sellers, but these are the very last units of M8. From now on, you can consider M8 to be discontinued.

With M8’s discontinuation, we are taking different steps than we did with M6 21 and M6 Pro 21. Instead of just making M8 with ESS DACs, we will be introducing a brand-new model, start of a new generation of Shanling Portable players that will bring many new elements to our portable line.

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Introducing Shanling M9

With M9, we will be taking a big step forward in the Android platform. Moving to newer and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU and upgrading to Android 10, which will assure better performance and app compatibility for the foreseeable future.

Overall design of the player will also undergo quite significant changes, making it stand out more from our previous players. Alongside this goes a new higher-quality display, 6-inch AMOLED screen at 2K resolution.

Next big question is, which DAC should we use in M9? It was developed around the AKM AK4499 DAC, sounding amazing and it would be shame if it would go to waste. As such, we decided to take our leftover stock of AK4499 DACs and use them for a limited run of M9. We are not yet sure how many units will be in this run.

After this limited run, we will switch to different DAC for M9.


We expect to release M9 in late fall.
 
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Aug 10, 2021 at 4:16 AM Post #3 of 143

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Wow.
Hopping will continue the current direction of M8
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 4:27 AM Post #4 of 143

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Following this development for sure, also interested if it will include a true dedicated 4.4mm lineout for amps like C9.
Also the Android10 should help with purchasing decision and long-term fit. Looking forward to more info :beerchug:
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 5:17 AM Post #5 of 143

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lol, damn just bought the m8. Love it though
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 5:19 AM Post #6 of 143

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With Android 10 for the new M9 I’m hoping Shanling will also update their 2020 models with at least Android 9…
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 5:21 AM Post #7 of 143

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With Android 10 for the new M9 I’m hoping Shanling will also update their 2020 models with at least Android 9…
This would cheer me up too!
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 5:50 AM Post #8 of 143

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good 👍
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 6:23 AM Post #9 of 143

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Looks rather interesting, nice design and seems to be less bulky. AMOLED display is a bonus but probably but a 2K display it's just too much. A shame we will need to wait a year or so for the M7 with the same SoC and Android 10. The M6 Pro 21 is tempting me but probably it's better wait for now.
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 6:35 AM Post #11 of 143

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Honestly I rather do without the Amoled and 2k reso with a smaller screen to cut down on cost and increase battery life. If I want a media entertainment player I’d rather use an iPad.
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 7:36 AM Post #14 of 143

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I love AMOLED screen idea. If it is large as 6.5” then it is good to watch movies too!!!

I love M8 and also M30, so I look forward to seeing this
I am just looking at my other DAPs and wondering which one makes way… :ksc75smile:
 
Aug 10, 2021 at 7:38 AM Post #15 of 143

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why not just make it a 5G phone with camera as well. i would switch to m9 from iphone pro max.
When you put in cellphone features, sound performances will suffer horribly. That is due to the interferences, parasitic losses and so on…I especially do not want to have a ring tone while I am listening to my music lol
 

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