Shanling M8 Digital Audio Player with Free Leather Case
PORTABLE FLAGSHIP DUAL AK4499 DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER
- High-Performance OP+BUF Headphone Amplification Circuit.
- Qualcomm CSR8675 Bluetooth Chip
- Up to 14 Hours Battery Life, Quick Charge 3.0 Support
- Hi-res Audio, Hi-res Audio Wireless Certified
this DAP is exactly what i was looking for. has all I needed, and no more. I really like the customizable output. battery life is as described. on the large side for a pocket wearable, but still manageable. I cannot think of a mistake... excellent customer service from Musictek!
If I had to explain my perception of the sonic signature of the M8, I'd say that it's almost like it wraps each note with a layer of velvet; soft and smooth but thin enough that the texture and clarity still shine through. Low frequencies blossom without unbalancing the overall sound signature, infusing it with a wonderful fuller bodied warmth while still keeping the music crystal clear and maintaining a wide soundstage. A fantastic balance of musicality and reference-like levels of resolution to my ears. It is without a doubt my go to music player at the moment, as it brings out the best in all of my audio equipment. I am looking forward to my time with it as I've heard that burn-in improves it even further.
The customer service is also excellent, and made purchasing from Musicteck a pleasure.
Like most people on here I’ve had my fair share of DAPs over the last few years: Sony, Fiio, iBasso, Hiby, Shanling, Lotoo etc and I’ve gradually worked my way up the chain from the budget offerings to the TOTL units. I’m currently running a Lotoo PAW6000, Hiby R6 2020, and the Shanling M8 but I’ve also owned the iBasso DX220 Max, Fiio M15, Hiby R8 and Astell&Kern Kann Alpha. The Shanling M8 still has a few firmware issues that need to be ironed out, the biggest bugs relating to volume glitches and MQA playback, but in terms of pure enjoyment, sound quality, dynamics and detail retrieval Shanling have absolutely nailed it with the M8. I simply put this unit into Turbo mode, attach my Dan Clark Aeon Flow Closed 2 headphones, hit the play button and I’m instantly transported to another world. I know this whole hobby is very subjective but the M8 is the closest thing to audio heaven that I’ve yet to experience in a portable rig and I have faith that the firmware issue will be resolved in due course. The icing on the cake has to be the exceptional level of service that Andrew delivers at Musicteck. He really is a top bloke and nothing is too much trouble when it comes to looking after his customers. I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else for my personal audio needs
Once I ordered Shanling M8 , I just want to try and see how this Chinese brand could do comparing to other brands e.g. LPGT/Cayin N8/Hiby R6 2020 and Luxury&Precision LP6Ti&P6 I've owned. Anyway when I receive it today , I was surprised by its sound and extremely surprised!
Really great job from Shanling even if box is too heavy lol
Thank you Andrew for an impressive Xmas gift in 2020. Recommended!
This is by far the best DAP that I have had this year among the most major brands. The sound is full-bodied and analog/tube-like but yet all the details are there with a very deep soundstage. Due to slightly softer treble, you don't get extreme soundstage width (and shimmer) compared to other Sabre DAC based DAPs. Instead, you have a very balanced stage, lot's of air between the instruments, just a fantastic musical experience overall. My favorite N6ii/A01 sounded flat and veiled by comparison.
To top it off, the Android experience is very good. Just as smooth as N6ii. Solid Wifi/BT performance. No noise coming from wireless devices. Solid performer!