Shanling M2X Portable Music Player Announced – See Features, Specs, Price and Release Date

Shanling announced their new and upcoming mid-range portable music player – the Shanling M2X. The Shanling M2X sits in between the entry-evel Shanling M0 and the company’s flagship Shanling M5s. It’s also the third generation following the the M2 and M2S. The new Shanling M2X will feature an AK4490 EN DAC chip and will become available starting March (in China first), with a retail price “slightly above $200 USD” according to the company. You can check out the rest of its features and specifications below.

Shanling M2X – The New Mid-Range Portable DAP

The Shanling M2X is the company’s latest mid-range portable music player and I think it will be a “streaming” DAP. The company has announced that the M2X has Tidal support, and it will have a “USB Bluetooth transmitter” for high quality wireless sound from any computer. It will also feature “advanced USB output” for use with any external USB DAC and it’s going to be compatible with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes.

Shanling didn’t specifically mentioned that it will feature a WiFi connection or at what speed. But I’m guessing it will have WiFi connectivity considering that it will support Tidal streaming, OTA updates and there’s a WiFi signal icon on the notification area of the M2X. It does have Bluetooth 4.2 and will support two-way connection. It will also support LDAC, AAC, apt-X and SBC.

The Shanling M2X is based on the company’s MTouch 2.0 system. It has a 3.2″ inch touch screen display and will have a 3.5mm single-ended and 2.5mm balanced output ports. Its main storage will be via a single micro SD card slot. More of its features from the specifications below.

Shanling M2X Specifications

DAC: 1x AKM AK4490EN DAC
AMP: 1x TI OPA1612 acting as the low-pass filter, 2x AD8397 amplifier
Dimensions: 98mm x 60mm x 16 mm
Weight: 147g
Battery: 2400 mAh
Charging Time: 2.5 hour
Battery Life: 10.5 hours of playback via 3.5mm; 7.5 hours via 2.5mm output
Audio Format: PCM up to 32bit/384kHz, DSD up to DSD256

Audio output Single ended (3.5 mm jack):

  • Output power 180 mW @ 16 Ohm / 106 mW @ 32 Ohm
  • SNR 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Output impedance 1 Ohm
  • Channel separation 70 dB (32 Ohm)

Audio output Balanced (2.5 mm jack):

  • Output power 212 mW @ 16 Ohm / 120 mW @ 32 Ohm
  • SNR 116 dB (A-weighting)
  • Output impedance 2 Ohm
  • Channel separation 107 dB (32 Ohm)

Shanling M2X Price and Availability

According to the company, the Shanling M2X will come with a retail price “slightly above $200 USD”. They haven’t set the exact SRP yet; it may start from $200 to $250. Hopefully it will not go beyond $300 USD. The company will release the M2X first in China by March 2019. And it will be released on international markets after that. So hopefully we will see this in the US by April, I guess.

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