Shanling Audio M2X Portable Media Player
Shanling M2X is the third generation of the successful M2 line of digital audio players that includes some exciting updates to the predecessor. Going with the current trend, this powerful little player is geared for wireless streaming with uncompromising sound quality. Now featuring Tidal support, USB transmission and advanced USB output, the M2X is set to be the new go to DAP in this price range.
This iteration Shanling M2X player has been updated with some exciting features. It now includes Tidal support to enable streaming of music when online and USB Bluetooth transmission for high-quality wireless listening. The advanced USB output is compatible with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes.
Shanling have retained the high-quality AK4490EQ DAC chip for the digital conversion in the 32bit realm. Changes have also been made in the headphone amplifier section now with dual TPA6120 amplifier chip and an updated TI OPA1612 low-pass filter. Together these top-shelf component make the M2X a true powerhouse with highest resolution audio output.
- Powerful portable lossless digital audio player with Bluetooth and DSD
- 2.5 mm balanced and 3.5 mm single-ended output
- USB Bluetooth transmitter for wireless sound from any source
- Advanced USB output compatible with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes
- Tidal support enables streaming of music in online mode
- New low pass filter TI OPA1612 and dual AD8397 amplifier chip
- Mtouch 2.0 optimised touchscreen operating system
- Capable of DSD256 and PCM playback up to 32bit/384kHz
- Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX and two-way transmission
New and Improved
This 2019 version M2X player has been equipped with Tidal support to enable streaming of music when online, USB Bluetooth transmission and advanced USB output is compatible with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes. Shanling have also updated the DAC chip, headphone amplifier and low-pass filter.
Lossless Audio Support
Keeping the comprehensive file playback of the predecessor, the M2X supports playback of DSD256 and PCM files up to 384kHz/32bit, and also WAV, FLAC, APE, WMA, ALAC, AIFF, AAC, ISO, DFF, DSF and DTS.
MTouch OS 2.0
Using the MTouch 2.0 operating system developed by Shanling, the system is totally focused on music playback, making it free from any redundant software that affects sound playback. The MTouch is quick and easy to use, with just a few finger slides on the screen you can control everything.
High-quality Touch Display With Perfect Operation
In addition to the high-color and high-contrast touch display, the Shanling M2X scores above all with its excellent operation via the Shanling MTouch 2.0 surface developed in-house. With the intuitively operable and freely configurable user interface, not only is listening to the music itself, but the operation is also really fun.
Wireless Freedom For Maximum Musical Diversity
You decide where your music comes from. Whether from the inserted microSD card (to be purchased separately), via TIDAL (only in online mode, no saving on the microSD card possible), via the domestic NAS or via Apple AirPlay. Simply plug in the headphones, select the source and the fun begins.
Clever 2-way Bluetooth With aptX And LDAC
Bluetooth headphones are enjoying increasing popularity and that is understandable. Great sound and the elimination of the cable connection from the player to the headphones make listening to music easier than ever. With the high-quality connection standard Bluetooth 4.2 and the aptX codec, clean transmission is guaranteed, even with high-quality music files and high data rates. And if the headphones support LDAC: Of course, the Shanling M2X can do that too. The Shanling M2X not only sends music via Bluetooth, it also receives it via Bluetooth. This means that you can also use the player as a high-quality, wireless DAC, Clever, right?
USB-DAC And USB Transport In One – You Decide
In addition to the wireless connection via Bluetooth 4.2, the Shanling M2X can also use music directly and in high quality via the USB interface of your computer. Connect the USB cable, install the driver (under Windows), and let the fun begin. And the Shanling M2X also scores the other way around. It can be coupled with almost any external USB digital to analogue converter and output the music stored on it digitally and untouched via USB.
- DAC: AKM AK4490EN
- Low-pass filter: TI OPA1612
- Amplifier: Dual AD8397
- Hi-Res sound support: PCM up to 32bit/384kHz, DSD up to DSD256
- Bluetooth: v4.2 with aptX
- Dimensions: 98 x 60 x 16 mm
- Weight: 147g
- Battery: 2400mAh
- Battery charge time: 2.5 hours
- Playback: 10.5 hours single-ended mode / 7.5 hours playback in Balanced mode
- Audio Output Single-Ended (3.5mm jack)
- Output power: 180mW @ 16Ω / 106mW @ 32Ω
- SNR: 117dB (A-weighting)
- Output impedance: 1Ω
- Channel separation: 70dB (32Ω)
- Audio Output Balanced (2.5mm jack)
- Output power: 212mW @ 16Ω / 120mW @ 32Ω
- SNR: 116dB (A-weighting)
- Output impedance: 2Ω
- Channel separation: 107dB (32Ω)
Check out some reviews of the M2X player - Soundphile Review / Head-Fi