Dark Yearnings – A Review of the Shanling M5s


My lord, what a fine example of mid-tier. The Shanling M5s does it all, with style, and fits the philosophy of its purpose in form and dimension. Oh, and sounds bloody good while doing so. Shanling has much to be proud of in this, their long-awaited update to the legendary M5. Having some familiarity with the original, I can comfortably say the 5s is a proper evolution of that mighty product. F**k yeah, I’m a fan of this player. It’s virtually the perfect DAP.


The Shanling M5s
Size: 117mm x 59mm x 16mm
Net weight: about 178g
Screen: 3.2 inch HD screen
DSD playback: supported to DSD256
PCM playback: supported to 768kHz–32bit
Bluetooth: support LDAC (bothway), aptX (launcher only), AAC (bothway)
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
support DLNA, AirPlay, OTA online update, HiFi cloud music library.
D/A converter: AK4493EQ x 2
Amplifier: AD8397 x 2
Gain: low gain / high gain
Support format: DSF, DFF, ISO, DXD, APE, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, AIF, DTS, MP3
Sampling rate: 44.1kHz–384kHz
Output: single ended output (3.5 mm) / balanced output (2.5 mm)
Output power: 130mW@32ohm (3.5 mm) / 300mW@32ohm (2.5 mm)
Channel separation: 65dB (32 Ohm) /85dB (300 Ohm) – 3.5 mm
109dB – 2.5 mm
SNR: 121dB
Output impedance: ≤0.3 Ω
Frequency response: 20HZ~20KHz (-0.5dB)
External memory: supported up to 512G TF card
USB interface: Type-C (USB2.0)
Battery: lithium battery for 3400mAH
Playing hours: 16-17 hours (3.5 mm) 9-10 hours (2.5 mm)
Charging hours: 3-4 hours

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Pinky is an artsy twat. Illustration, graphic design, writing. Yet music escapes him, and always has. He builds his own cables, and likes to explore the craftsmanship of others. He's a stabby one, also. At the first hint of annoyance, out comes the blade. I say he's compensating for something... in a big bad way. If we all try really hard as a collective, maybe we can have him put down.

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