Just released last March, the Shanling M5 has a lot to offer anyone looking for a dedicated digital music player. Solidly built to stand up to daily travel yet lightweight in the hand, it’s made from black anodized and brushed aluminum, with a carbon-fiber backplate that lends a premium feel. Displayed on the 3-inch high-definition screen, the menu and file system is especially intuitive, and should be familiar to anyone who has used a pre-2010 iPod.
Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of color: black or silver.
Upgraded from its predecessors, the M2 and M3, the Shanling M5 uses the MUSE8920 low-pass filtering amp and the AKM AK4490 as its primary DAC chip, which supports files up to which supports files up to 32 bit/192 kHz. The sound is clean and warm with a wide soundstage well-suited for a range of genres, and the customizable EQ makes for gapless playback.
On the top of the Shanling M5, you’ll find a 3.5-millimeter jack and a combined line out and coaxial port. On the left side, there’s a power/wake button, along with a slot for a micro-SD card that supports up to 128 gigs of external memory. The bottom panel houses a micro-USB port for data transfer, charging, or connecting to your computer to be used as an external, plug-and-play DAC/amp. Inside, a 3,400-mAh rechargeable lithium battery gives the DAP up to 9 hours of playing time at relatively high levels between charges.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is Mar 30, 2017 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.