This Rs. 8,999 audio player promises a lot, despite its small size.
The vast majority of us are substance utilizing a cell phone to tune in to music, and without a doubt for the normal audience, a telephone takes care of business impeccably well. In any case, audiophiles and propelled clients probably won’t be happy with this alternative, particularly thinking about that increasingly more cell phones today are excluding the 3.5mm attachment. A great many people will concur that high-goals sound is best delighted in on a couple of wired headphones or earphones.
That is actually what high-goals sound players, for example, the Shanling M0 are for. This palm-sized convenient music player offers remote and wired availability, so you can utilize it with your best earphones or headphones. Likewise, this ‘Chi-Fi’ item is evaluated at just Rs. 8,999 — the perfect section value go for anybody hoping out the audiophile life an attempt. We audit the Shanling M0 to see whether it’s sufficient to be your first high-goals sound player.
Shanling M0 Music Player Display and features review
The most striking part of the Shanling M0’s structure is its size — this sound player is little enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Its size and shape, just as the turning dial as an afterthought, cause the M0 to take after a smartwatch, though one without lashes. The gadget isn’t extremely thin however and is a reasonable piece thicker than the normal cell phone. Be that as it may, it’s still amazingly pocketable and compact, and you won’t experience any difficulty discovering someplace to put it whether you’re utilizing it or not.
The Shanling M0 has a metal unibody with a 1.54-inch touchscreen on the front. The main physical control on this sound player is the power catch on the right, which bends over as a pivoting dial to modify the volume. The base of the sound player has the 3.5mm attachment and a USB Type-C port (for charging and moving records), while the left has a space for a microSD card. Space is ensured by an enormous fold that we found very difficult to open.
The Shanling M0 has no inward capacity, so you will require a MicroSD card to utilize it. Up to 512GB cards are bolstered, and the business bundle does not have one included. You do get a USB Type-C link for charging, however. The gadget bolsters different record types including packed configurations, for example, MP3 and WMA, just as high-goals arrangements, for example, FLAC, WAV, DSD, and M4A, at up to 32-bit/384kHz goals.
There are three different ways to utilize the Shanling M0 — with wired earphones, with remote earphones, or as a USB advanced to-simple converter (DAC). The gadget has a 32-bit ESS Saber ES9218P quad DAC for use with wired earphones, while remote ones can profit by Bluetooth 4.1 and support for the LDAC and Qualcomm aptX codecs. The Shanling M0 has a 630mAh battery, which kept running for around 11 hours utilizing a mix of the wired and remote network as far as we can tell.
The Shanling M0 keeps running on MTouch OS, a custom UI enhanced for the little 1.54-inch screen. Exploring through the UI depends on signals — swipes and taps are sufficient to get around. While it was at first befuddling to explore the interface, we, in the long run, became accustomed to it and had the option to rapidly get to any place we should have been. You can redo different settings on the gadget, filter through your tracklist, and even set the time with the in-constructed clock.
Shanling M0 performance review
The Shanling M0’s structure factor is its greatest fascination, and maybe the most compelling motivation many individuals would get it over a contending high-goals sound player, yet there is a whole other world to this gadget. It fills in as an able player, covering the rudiments with regards to availability and document configuration support.
We fundamentally utilized the Shanling M0 with the Whizzer Kylin A-HE03 headphones and Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear earphones, just as the OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones to test Bluetooth sound. We additionally utilized the Shanling M0 as an independent DAC with a MacBook Air.
As is normal from a conventional sound player, the Shanling M0 carries out its responsibility by just, well, carrying out its responsibility. Almost no flavor is added to the sound by the sound player, and we found that the characteristics and qualities of the earphones we utilized were generally permitted to radiate through. What the Shanling M0 succeeds in doing is including both increase and volume with insignificant contortion.
True to form, the best outcomes were with high-goals soundtracks. Tuning in to Foster The People’s Call It What You Want in FLAC design with the volume set to the 70 percent imprint, we were dazzled by how uproarious and connecting with the Whizzer Kylin A-HE03 headphones sounded. The punchy inclinations of the headphones were brought out precisely while holding the detail and open nature of the track itself.
Cranking the volume up past 70 percent unquestionably made the sound excessively noisy, however, it was shockingly without perceptible banding.
We at that point proceeded onward to Pharrell Williams’ Gust Of Wind, which we tuned in to in both FLAC and MP3 record designs. There was a discernible distinction in quality when tuning in to the FLAC form, however, the MP3 variant didn’t sound poor using any and all means. Some portion of the credit for this does obviously go to the astounding Sennheiser Momentum earphones that we utilized, yet the Shanling M0 additionally works admirably of computerized to-simple transformation and is fit for driving this headset as well as could be expected.
While the Shanling M0 didn’t exactly draw as much out of these earphones as the more costly Fiio M6, it surely offered a critical improvement over the exhibition of the Apple iPad smaller than normal (2019), which ordinarily fills in as our ordinary sound source gadget. The in-assembled DAC and intensification have a significant effect here, and support for different record arranges additionally helped in making this the perfect starter gadget for audiophiles.
We additionally tried the M0’s remote availability, utilizing the brilliant OnePlus Bullets Wireless. While it’s decent to have the alternative to interface remotely, this isn’t the perfect utilization of the Shanling M0. The sound quality was generally practically identical to that of our OnePlus 7 Pro (Review), which goes above and beyond with help for the aptX HD Bluetooth codec and the capacity to play music from gushing administrations. In the event that anything, we thought that it was simpler and better to utilize our cell phone with remote earphones and headphones than the Shanling M0, yet the usefulness exists for the individuals who need it.
At last, we utilized the Shanling M0 as an independent DAC with our Apple MacBook Air, which we found very valuable as an extra element. The sound quality was improved fundamentally on account of the utilization of the preferable DAC on the gadget over the essential one you jump on the workstation. We observed the sound to be more intense, cleaner, and progressively point by point when utilizing the M0 with the workstation, however, the distinctions were by and by not exactly as unmistakable similarly as with the Fiio M6.
While the Shanling M0 is an OK sound player, its actual USPs are compactness and cost. It’s optimal as both a starter gadget and as an advantageous choice for experienced audiophiles who may likewise have better hardware close by. It’s anything but difficult to utilize, has OK battery life for a result of its size, and takes care of business.
In case you’re open to tuning in to music on your cell phone with remote earphones, the Shanling M0 isn’t for you. Be that as it may, in the event that you have great wired earphones and value the advantages of high-goals sound (or possibly need to attempt), the M0 is the most pocketable and pocket-accommodating approach to begin.
Value (MRP): Rs. 8,999