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Shanling M9 Plus Flagship Portable Android Player

Shanling M9 Plus Flagship Portable Android Player - MusicTeck

Introducing Shanling M9 Plus

Firstly, the M9 Plus is based on the same Android platform as the original M9, but it enjoys all the improvements that our software team implemented over the past 20 months of development. Beautiful 6-inch 2k screen, with a speedy Snapdragon 665 octa-core CPU running open Android 10 system, packing 8GB RAM for smooth multitasking, generous 256GB internal memory for all your apps and MicroSD card with support up to 2TB.

Overall construction follows the high standards set by the M9, with an expertly crafted CNC aluminium body, this time shortened by 0.5cm, for a bit more compact dimensions. Audio outputs on M9 Plus were simplified and now offer our standard combination of 3.5mm Single-ended and 4.4mm Balanced outputs.

Audio circuit of the M9 Plus was the biggest question, because where could we go after our favourite AKM AK4499 was discontinued? There were countless prototypes with rival DACs, wild experiments with less common solutions, but in the end it was the returning AKM who brought us the obvious choice, the new AK4499EX. This flagship DAC chip proved to be a great performer in the Shanling H7, but that was just a start, with the M9 Plus pushing its performance so much further in the quest for Hi-Fi sound.

Shanling’s Quad DAC design started with our old-school CD players, it was revived with M6 Ultra last year, but it was the M9 Plus that pushed it to the extreme. That’s why we squeezed FOUR AKM AK4499EX DACs into a portable player, getting access to an 8-channel audio design for the totally independent balanced circuit. Quad DAC design offers an increased current output and overall improved dynamics, better SNR and lower background noise, with all four DACs being active for the balanced output. All four DACs are manually tested and paired for ideal matching in the audio circuit.

Alongside DACs we are adding two units of AKM AK4191 Delta-Sigma modulators, the crucial partner for AK4499EX and the extra step that makes this new generation of AKM sound stand out next to its legacy. Crystal oscillators were upgraded to 90.3168MHz / 98.304MHz versions, the in-house developed I/V conversion circuit was adjusted for ADA45253 and the whole DAC section got its own independent XC9519 power supply chip.

The amplifier section adopts our proven OP+BUF architecture, now featuring MUSES 8920 J-FET and BUF634 combination for smoother and finer sound, with an improved power supply for increased stability and total power output at 1120 mW @ 32 Ohm. And of course, all accompanied by ELNA Silmic II and Panasonic Tantalum capacitors, so important for the warmer and smoother Shanling’s house sound.

Specification

  • Size: 147mm x 82mm x 22mm
  • Weight: 379g
  • Display: 6-inch 1080x2160
  • System: Open Android 10
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory: 8G RAM & 256G ROM & Micro SD card slot
  • DAC System: 2x AKM AK4191 & 4x AKM AK4499EX
  • USB Input: XMOS XU316
  • Bluetooth version: 5.0
  • Bluetooth Transmitter: LDAC / LHDC 5.0 / aptX HD / aptX / SBC
  • Bluetooth Receiver: LDAC / SBC
  • WiFi: 2.4G/5G, SyncLink / DLNA / AirPlay / OTA upgrade
  • Battery life: 18 h SE /11 h BAL
  • Battery capacity: 8350 mAh, supports QC3.0 fast charging

Single-ended output:

  • Output Power: 4.08V @ 32Ω (520mW)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 40kHz (0.2dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0008%
  • Separation: 75dB@32Ω
  • Dynamic range: 123dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 123dB
  • Noise floor: >115dB (<1.7uV) (low gain)
  • Output impedance: less than 1Ω

 

Balanced output:

  • Output Power: 6.0V @ 32Ω (1125mW)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 40kHz (-0.2dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0007%
  • Separation: 115dB@32Ω
  • Dynamic range: 126dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 126dB
  • Noise floor: >113dB(<2.3uV) (low gain)
  • Output impedance: less than 1Ω


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Wiley K.
Shanling M9, Xelento 2, and Luxury & Precision W4

I'm a Canadian and this is my second time to purchase audiophile gears from Musicteck. I was last year that I had purchased the Shanling M6 Ultra from Musicteck, Andrew was helping me to pick that DAP. I was very happy with that DAP and is still listen to it now. This time again, I'm very happy and satisfied with their professional services and opinions. Meanwhile, the delivery processing was very fast and smooth. My orders had arrived in front of my door within less than 10 days. if not because of the Xelento 2 had to back ordered, it should be right at my door less than 5 days. After I got my orders, I was very exciting and nervous, because this is my first time to spend on high end audiophile gears. When I started listening the first song, I just simply out of breath and then the rest of that night I couldn't stop playing my new toys and kept on listening until the next morning. The sound is so warm and relaxing, they kept comforting my already exhausted body and mind after finishing whole day of work. The Shanling M9 is really amazing, it is one single sophisticated high tech DAP which doesn't let me down at all. Once you listen to and play with it, then you know why it is worth the price. I personally think it is even more outstanding when comparing with the other top of the line portable DAP which has almost the same features as the Shanling M9 Plus but with less power from a very well known Korean band. The performance of M9 Plus is really suit to my personal music taste. It can generate warm vocal and enough mellow bass which makes me fully enjoy the player continuously for long time without any ear fatiguing. Due to the characters of Shanling M9 Plus, my newly ordered earphone from Musicteck, the Xelento 2 is amazingly match with M9 Plus just like perfectly matched. Meanwhile, my little USB DAC/AMO dongle , the L&P W4 just perfectly transfer my cellphone to an hifi grade DAP, I don't have to carry my audiophile gears with me when I am going out. It is so convenience to let me enjoying music all the time whether I'm at home or outside. For that I have to specially thank a person who is Andrew from Musicteck helped me to pick the most suitable audio gears for all my music enjoyment with a great price. He had patiently given out his professional opinions and recommendations according to my personal music need, then he gave me a great deal that no music lovers and audiophile fanatics could refuse I still can't enjoy my type of music like now. I'm a music lover which kind of addict to music. I can't use words to explain my emotion and the happiness I feel now, especially English isn't my first language. By the way, I had also purchase the Cayin newly released N7 with using the 1bit DAC recently. Although it sounds total differently than the Shanling M9 Plus, it has its own charisma which tend to be more analogue than digital. The sound is more natural and clear. Thanks to its modern day technology, the 1 bit DAC has improved a lot and become more sophisticated, a lot of errors have been fixed. Unlike the old days, the cost of R&D has dropped a lot and that's why the finished product become more affordable in the market nowadays. In conclusion, I'll contact and request Musicteck for all my music and audiophile gears need, because they can provide professional advice and recommendations. Besides, their customer service and price are the BEST in my own opinion.