Shanling ME700 Review

Shanling ME700

Specifications 

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the other, you can just go to the next page to see how the Shanling ME700 performs.

Balanced drivers + Gold-Plated Diaphragm DD

It’s a trend now, every brand got to add a hybrid IEM in their catalog. 

Again, each bore has been directly 3D-printed inside the shell for utmost precision. It’s one of my favorite features in modern IEM if you’d ask me, very posh and yet a wonder for the eye.

As a three-way in-ear, we have :

  • 2x Balanced Armature Drivers for the Highs
  • 2x Balanced Armature Drivers for the Mids
  • 1x Dynamic Driver for the lows

Shanling ME700

Each driver has been carefully customized, especially for Shanling. Compared to the previous ME500, the Shanling ME700 is said to offer “higher performance focused on top-grade clarity and detail”, thanks to the bigger driver for midrange and lower treble.

But, the real surprise here, comes from the golden driver. Diamond-Like Coated diaphragm? Seen it, done that. Gold-coated diaphragm? That’s a sight to behold. Plus, Shanling is pretty proud to advertise nice features such as improved dampening, less unwanted vibrations, tighter bass, and lush full sound.

We’ll have to check on that later.

Stainless steel port and SLA shell

As we saw earlier, the Shanling ME700 shell is made of SLA, which is supposed to be skin-friendly medical-grade resin, from Germany. All modern manufacturers rely on this German resin, with good reason if you were to ask: it’s notoriously sturdy, comfy, and should withstand the test of time. For example, my NF-Audio NF-3U is still superb, even after a few years of use now.

Shanling ME700

But, for the socket, nozzle, or plugs, Shanling chose another high-grade material: stainless steel. Yes, it’s not as impressive as gold, but for everyday use, steel is much more adequate thanks to its robustness and stiffness. 

Moreover, the ME700 gets gold-plated MMXC ports (classic), gold plated nozzle (fancy, but not so classic) to complete the Au-driver. Obviously, every adapter provided has been given the same treatment with gold-plated plug, whereas the cables are made of pure silver, instead of copper.

It’s not as eye-catchy as could be the ME500 Platinum, but in its own way, the Shanling ME700 remains a sight to behold.

Isolation

Like all resin-made IEM, the Shanling ME700 are excellent noise-blockers.

If you were to compare those ears with acrylic-made IEM the improvement would be subtle, but real. And, obviously, if you were to put them head-to-head against metal-made IEM like the BGVP DMG, or the ME500 Platinum, the ME700 would win every time.

Shanling M700

Shanling M700

Silicon tips also gave good results, but not as good as the foam, and, as usual, the foam tips give the best results, properly stopping unwanted noises. The green tips were my favorites one, with the right balance of elasticity and comfort.

I use a mechanical keyboard at the office, and I couldn’t hear the click with silicon tips even at low volume, once I’ve plugged the foam one, every unwanted noise is completely out of the picture.

Full specs

  • Type : IEM
  • Style : Hybrid 
  • Drivers : 2x Knowles (Mids) – 2x Knowles (High) – 1x Dynamic Driver (lows)
  • Socket : MMCX 
  • Cable : Octa-core Neotech Silver – 2.5mm TRRS plug
  • Shell : 3D Printed – Medical grade resin
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 40 KHz
  • Impedance: 18 ohms
  • SPL: 106 dB +/-3dB
  • Sound Isolation (up to): 30 dB
  • Cable length: 120 cm (without the 3.5/4.4mm adapters)
  • Price: $549

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

    10 Comments

    • Reply May 28, 2020

      InvisibleInk

      “… has to be paired with a proper DAP, or at least a real USB-DAC, and not just Apple’s little dongle.”

      I wonder what the top performing IEM is for a pairing with the iPhone? Audiophiles and gearheads might spring for some wonderful DAPs, but I reckon the vast majority of customers want something that works well with their iPhones and other smartphones.

      • Reply May 30, 2020

        Roman

        the best shanling review i’ve read until now.
        Thank you very much for this nice creation! ????????????

    • Reply May 28, 2020

      kyku

      I have The Shanling R6 Pro. Can’t wait to pair it with this ????

    • Reply May 28, 2020

      Audioman

      How does the ME700 compare with the FH7?

    • Reply May 28, 2020

      Albe

      I’ve M6 pro, should I go with M500, M500 platinum or M700?
      I like M6 pro and I’m looking for an IEM transparent, airy and clear on highs and, rich mids and deep bass but tight and no Boomy.

      • Reply May 30, 2020

        Roman

        you should go with the me700, the combo M6/M6 pro with me700 is so nice! ????????????
        i got my ME700 31th at the release and i was using it until now with the Shanling M6. On Thursday i get the M6 Pro ????

    • Reply June 1, 2020

      Mark

      I also use my me700 with the M6 Pro .. I played with numerous tips above and beyond the extensive range that come with them. I settled on Comply T200 which were a tighter fit on the me700 than the Comply tips that came included . The bass low frequencies I now get are really outstanding , still controlled but rich and expansive .

    • Reply June 1, 2020

      cyril

      thank you for this review, how about pairing with the Plenue D2 ?
      Thanks in advance.

      Greets Cyril

    • Reply June 24, 2020

      Matt

      Hi,
      Thank you for this great review.
      What about pairing it with ibasso dx150 + amp8 with the 4.4mm adaptater ?
      Thanks

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