Shanling provided the M0 free of charge for the purpose of my honest review, for good or ill.
When Shanling asked if I wanted to review their newest and lowest price player, I instantly said yes. Not because I didn’t have enough on my plate. I did. Shanling can attest to that by the lateness of this review. I had to work my way through quite a few other articles before I could get to this one. But I wanted to test this thing, as Shanling is a company which regularly surprises me with the quality of their gear. My curiosity over what they could accomplish at $109 was simply too great.
I thought the M2s was small! This takes things to the fringes of reason. Shanling wasn’t focused on mere size, either. They packed this thing as full of features as any of their larger players.
UI is clean, intuitive, and quick. It’s Shanling’s first attempt at touchscreen navigation, and they really handicapped themselves by designing around such a miniscule surface. Nonetheless, they came up with something which works well. It’s simplistic, yet functional.
And of course, Shanling couldn’t do away with their famous volume wheels. Thank God!
I love the color, and that curved screen, while silly, adds a nice touch of “quality” to the overall aesthetic. Furthermore, the display is one of the richest, and most accurate I’ve ever seen in a DAP. The M0 implements a USB Type-C connection for charging and communication with your computer.
Briefly I tested the LDAC feature, where my Galaxy S8 connected to the M0, sending audio from my phone to the DAP. Since I have only a few albums stored on my phone, and I don’t stream, this feature didn’t get much use. I just wanted to make sure it worked. It did. Flawlessly.
What did get a lot of use was Bluetooth output to a wireless headphone. My Bang&Olufsen H9 played FLAC files off the M0 without so much as a hiccup, for as long as I wanted. Range is decent, too. I was able to leave my room and take a few steps down the hall before any dropouts occurred. If I had to guess, I’d say somewhere around 15-20 feet. Shanling’s Bluetooth is stable as f**k. I wish I could say that about every DAP claiming wireless functionality.