Picture Sunday: Shanling M0

Shanling M0

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post where we share some very first impressions of equipment. Check out recent Picture Sunday posts HERE. Shanling M0 is a review sample directly from the company.

Shanling has made some very nice digital audio players lately. Yet I’m not sure it could get nicer and prettier than this one; the M0. As the model name suggests, this is the smallest Shanling DAP available. What makes it extremely sweet and sexy though, is the design language of Shanling that we loved from the other two DAPs they sent us.

The Shanling M0 is fabulously compact and tiny, which would make it a great workout and travel companion for many people out there. You get a fully functional DAP with many features in a size of a Bluetooth module, which is impressive. It is also different from the Shanling M3s and M2s navigation-wise. I suggested Shanling to switch to touchscreens with next products but seems like they’ve already made their decision. The M0 is operated with a small touchscreen, which is responsive enough to use it comfortably. The software is shaped to be simplistic and practical with smallness of the screen as well. The responsiveness can be improved with updates, but it’s still easily manageable.

Shanling M0

Shanling M0

I’ve called the M2s a “Tiny Musical Wonder” but I might put a headline like “Super Tiny Wonder” to M0’s review, which will be online here soon. Sound-wise I just gave it a brief listen with a few songs. Overall it sounds balanced with good dynamics, and I think it sounds quite flat and neutral. It’s a very promising sound but of course I need to listen much more than that, since it just arrived yesterday. I’m thinking to shoot a short video of it to show the software and ease of use, but let’s see how my planning goes with other stuff.

Have a nice Sunday and keep an eye on Headfonia for the best reviews.

Shanling M0

Shanling M0

Picture Sunday: Shanling M0
4.1 (81.67%) 24 votes

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As a lover of personal audio, Berkhan always seeks perfection in his reviews. He chooses a simplistic expression of sound at all times, and tries to maintain his photography enthusiasm at the same level with audio. Sometimes the photography wins, and sometimes his love for music takes him over and he puts that camera aside. Either way, he will always do his best.

22 Comments

  • Reply June 3, 2018

    Brian

    You couldn’t even mention what sort of capacity it has?

    • Reply June 4, 2018

      dale thorn

      512 gb with a flash card.

    • Reply June 4, 2018

      theo

      Generally these music players don’t tend to have internal storage available to the user.

    • Reply June 4, 2018

      Shanling Audio

      Shanling M0 has no built in memory, but has slot for micro SD card, supports up to 512 GB cards.

    • Reply June 5, 2018

      Berkhan

      It has none

      • Reply June 5, 2018

        dale thorn

        It has none? No MicroSD slot?

        • Reply June 6, 2018

          Berkhan

          The device doesn’t have a capacity in itself I mean 🙂

          It was a reply to Brian.

    • Reply June 10, 2018

      keing douglas

      es evidente de que el shanling mini m0.. tendra una review… propia completa… esto es solo una para empezar.. creo que este shanling tiene mejor sonido que el fiio x1 mk2… y es mas bonito y mas portátil.. es una ganga.. tampoco llega a un sonido como el fiio q1 mk2.. pero se usa independientemente.. y cabe en cualquier el lado.. jeje

    • Reply June 10, 2018

      keing douglas

      it is clear that the shanling mini m0 .. will have a review … its own complete … this is just one to start .. I think this shanling has better sound than the fiio x1 mk2 … and it is more beautiful and more portable .. it is a bargain .. does not come to a sound like the fiio q1 mk2 .. but it is used independently .. and it fits on any side .. jeje

    • Reply June 10, 2018

      keing douglas

      this every time is placed more exciting .. for less than 200 usd. can have a decent player … of course … I speak of the combination of a shanling m0 with an ibasso it01 … it is a bargain of sound … of course I could spend a little more in a cayin n3 .. is also good for the money .. and sounds the best for the price .. ohbio better than a shanling m0..I guess .. but it is worth 45 dollars more …

  • Reply June 5, 2018

    Allen Feinberg

    I can’t stop listening. I have never enjoyed a hi-fidelity piece of equipment so much in my life. Imagine a wireless teeny tiny thing like this holds all 257gb of my music and it sounds as good as anything. I have lots of excellent players from Pioneer/Onkyo, Fiio, OPUS. I receive the Bluetooth with an Auris bluMe receiver hooked up to some real equipment and this tiny thing broadcasts from all over the home in true high-res, hi-fidelity stereo. It is beautiful to look at too. What an amazing product!

    • Reply June 5, 2018

      Berkhan

      Great to hear positive impressions. Let’s see how my testing will go.

      • Reply June 11, 2018

        Allen Feinberg

        I’m looking forward to it. Honestly, I replaced a second system’s DAP with an M0 Bluetoothing through another bluMe. I compared in a well set-up A/B comparison playing Darkside of the Moon. The comparison was to a wired Pioneer XDP 100-R with every imaginable adjustment to make it sound as good as I could and the M0 wiped the Pioneer every time. Hard to believe. I think that this product was geared specifically for aptX Bluetooth. It sure does excel at that and it is pretty responsive for such a teeny, tiny player!

        • Reply June 11, 2018

          Berkhan

          Cool! I’ll test the Bluetooth as well. Keep an eye on us!

  • Reply June 10, 2018

    Han

    This vs the Hiby R3 will be an interesting comparison 🙂

  • Reply June 16, 2018

    Nicklaus

    Can you use it like this: Phone -> BT -> M0 -> USB C out -> External DAC?

    • Reply June 18, 2018

      Berkhan

      Wow. So much for simplicity.

      I need to try and see but I don’t think it can serve as an external DAC with BT connection.

  • Reply July 13, 2018

    Allen Feinberg

    The 2.0 firmware is a big improvement and the 2.1 smooths things out even more. I can scan through my entire library in less time than anything, with good control, with one hand! I am a novice, but I paired the M0 up to some Bluetooth headphones, two different pair I purchased from a major place. Both pair sound different. One pair is aptX and shows as aptX on the player. The other pair is not aptX, but sounds great also. Both pair transmit across a good distance in my home and I can exercise with no wires. The M0 transmits almost all over my home. The M1 does not transmit nearly as far as the M0.

    I do think the wired connections sound superior, but this Bluetooth thing is new to me and there has been a big improvement in the sound, or I would not be listening so much.

    • Reply July 13, 2018

      Berkhan

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the player. Let’s see how my review goes soon.

  • Reply July 13, 2018

    Sahil

    Waiting for your full review! When will it be live?!

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