Shanling ME800 Review

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Specifications 

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the Shanling ME800 performs.

Six driver Hybrid Construction + new special diaphragms

Like the ME700, the Shanling ME800 enjoys a hybrid configuration, matching balanced armatures drivers for the mids and highs, with a dynamic one for the lows. But if the previous model boasted a gold-plated diaphragm dynamic driver, the new ones switched for a “brand-new crystal-plated bio-diaphragm”.

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And yes, I wrote oneS and not one, because the ME800 is equipped with two – 6mm wide – woofers, instead of one. Like a 5.2 configuration in a home-theater, sometimes it’s better/easier to fit two small subwoofers than one big, for both practical, and technical reasons. 

Add to that a pair of custom balanced armatures for “full-bodied” midrange, plus a dual-chamber one for “airy and crisp” highs, and you get a very competent IEM on paper. A clever arrangement, that reminds me of the new FiiO FH9, equipped with even more drivers (6BA +1DD).

Variable signature and tuning

For the first time on a Shanling IEM, you can adapt the sound signature, according to your tastes. Ok, there are only 2 knobs available, for 4 different configurations, but that’s still four times more choices available than usual!

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To do so, all you have to do is push up/down two little knobs located at the top of the IEM. Like the FiiO FA9 or BGVP DM8, doing so will directly affect the filter of the Shanling ME800, leading to more/less bass, and a recessed/boosted upper range.

How does that turn out? Let me give you a quick recap, directly quoted from the website:

  • Balanced: defaults tuning of ME800, most universal
  • Warm: adding bass and thicker mids for dense atmosphere
  • Vocal: more prominent vocals, to make the singers shine
  • Clear: dynamic and energetic sound, with the widest soundstage

If you check the sound signature, you can see that turning the “2” switch dramatically increases the highs, compared to your usual frequency chart. 

So let’s plug them, and see how it goes.

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Full specs

  • Type: IEM
  • Style: hybrid configuration with 4 BA and 2 DD 
  • Drivers: 2x custom BA for mids, dual BA for highs, 2x 6mm DD for the lows
  • Socket: MMCX
  • Cable: High-purity octa-core monocrystalline Furukawa cable, with interchangeable connectors
  • Shell: 3D printed resin, with German Egger Antibacterial Coating
  • Weight: 7g per ear
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz- 40kHz
  • Impedance: 16 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 112dB
  • Sound Isolation (up to): 30dB
  • Cable length: 130cm
  • Connectors: 3.5mm / 2.5mm / 4.4MM
  • Price: $779 / $779

The review continues on Page Five, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.

Page 1: About Shanling

Page 2: Design & Build Quality

Page 3: Comfort & Usage

Page 4: Specifications

Page 5: Tonality and conclusion

4.1/5 - (33 votes)

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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.

2 Comments

  • Reply January 28, 2022

    Joseph Irons

    Thank you for this review. I really liked them. But the price is too high for me. Who knows whether it is possible to take a personal loan in order to cover half the amount?

  • Reply February 15, 2022

    Viacheslav

    Can you please compare to the Fiio fh9? Thank you in advance!

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