Shanling M8 Digital Audio Player (Apos Specials)
Note: This product is an Apos Special. That means it’s new, final sale, and carries the manufacturer’s warranty.
High-end portable bursting with bells and whistles
Since their founding in 1988, Shanling has primarily produced CD players, turntables, and other home electronics. It wasn’t until 2014 that they produced their first portable player, the M3, a robust and multi-functional device that’s been iterated to near-perfection since.
The M8 is the most recent iteration and Shanling’s flagship portable. Boasting two top-of-the-line AKM DAC chips, Bluetooth 5.0, MQA decoding, and much more, the M8 is an endgame portable with more bells and whistles than a marching band.
AKM AK4499EQ x 2 DAC
The AK4499EQ DAC chip is Japanese manufacturer AKM’s premiere digital-to-analog decoding chip. Used in only the highest of high-end audio equipment, it supports 32-bit audio with 4 channels, native DSD512 and PCM 768kHz. It also features six digital filters for deep sound profile customization.
Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0
The M8 features a low-latency Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0 chip. This chip is able to both send and receive Bluetooth signals, enabling you to pair the M8 with a pair of Bluetooth headphones or use the M8 to receive music from another device, such as a laptop, phone, or tablet.
In an effort to reduce the number of outputs crowding the device, Shanling has outfitted the M8 with a single output port that can be modified with various sockets. These sockets (which include a 4.4 balanced, 2.5 balanced, 3.5 pro, and 3.5 single-ended) make it possible to connect a variety of headphone types--all without pointless clutter.
The M8 supports full MQA, or Master Quality Authenticated, decoding. MQA is one of the hottest recent trends in hi-fi music, and it’s easy to understand why. MQA is an audio codec like MP3 or FLAC, but unlike MP3, which only delivers about 10% of the quality of the original studio recordings, MQA files deliver the full uncompressed studio quality. It allows you to hear everything that lesser codecs leave out--just as the artist intended.
The M8 includes AGLO, or Android Global Lossless Output, a Shanling proprietary technology that processes the music from all apps on the M8 at its full quality, without any degradation from Android’s processes.
8-Core Snapdragon 430
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 Octa-core processor, the M8 is a lag-free music machine. With 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, it can handle transfers, downloads, and playback with blistering speed.
7000mAh Battery with 14 hours playback
The M8’s 7000mAh battery lasts up to fourteen hours with a single charge. If that doesn’t make your jaw drop, then consider this: you could fly from LA to Geneva, listening to the M8 non-stop, and still have some juice left over at baggage claim.
Single Block of Aluminum
The chassis of the M8 is constructed from a single block of aviation-grade aluminum with a CNC machine. This ensures maximum durability, natural shielding, and no extraneous screws.
2x AK4499EQ DAC
Qualcomm Bluetooth 5.0
Interchangeable sockets: 2.5, 3.5, 4.4, 3.5 pro
8-core Snapdragon 430
7000 mAh battery
Screen: 5” 1080 x 1920 touchscreen
System Open Android 7.1
Supported file formats: DSF/ DFF/ ISO/ DXD/ APE/ FLAC/ WAV/ AIFF/ AIF/ DTS/ MP3/ WMA/ ACC/ OGG/ ALAC/ MP2/ M4A/ AC3/ M3U/ M3U8
Hi-Res: Up to 32 bit/ 768kHz & DSD512
Gain: Low, High, Turbo
Storage: 64GB built-in and micro SD card slot (up to 2TB)
DAC: AKM AK4499EQ x 2
Digital Filters: 6
Transmitting codecs: LCAC/ LHDC/ aptx HD/ aptX/ SBC
Receiving codecs: LDAC/ LHDC/ aptX HD/ aptX LL/ aptX/ AAC/ SBC
Low Gain: 18mW@32Ω
High Gain: 48mW@32Ω
Turbo Gain: 260mW@32Ω
Frequency response: 20Hz - 40kHz (0.5dB)
Channel separation: 75dB@32Ω
Signal-to-noise ratio: 121dB
Dynamic range: 121dB
Noise floor: >115dB (1.7uV)
Output impedance: <1Ω
Low Gain: 71mW@32Ω
High Gain: 184mW@32Ω
Turbo Gain: 840mW@32Ω
Frequency response: 20Hz - 40kHz (-0.5dB)
Channel separation: 115dB@32Ω
Signal-to-noise ratio: 123dB
Dynamic range: 123dB
Noise floor: >113dB (2.1uV)
Output impedance: <2Ω
WiFi: 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi file transfer/ SyncLink/ DLNA/ AirPlay/ OTA Updates
Charging: DC 5V/2A, support QC3.0
Battery life: up to 14h (SE)/ 9h (Bal)
Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.1 x 0.7” (138 x 80 x 20mm)
Weight: 12oz (342g)
Shanling M8 Portable Player
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