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Shanling - Q1

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Chi-Fi
Excellence

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Travel

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

Bluetooth with
LDAC, aptX & AAC

21 Hours of
Battery Life

ESS Sabre ES9218P
DAC Chip

80 MW @ 32Ω
Power Output

2TB External
Storage

Battery Capacity of
1100 mAh

Super Lightweight
Design

Handy, sturdy and portable build makes the Q1 a fantastic to-go DAP for any beginner audiophile. It delivers Shanling's signature sound, with a little colour making for a great on-the-go listening experience.
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DESCRIPTION

BRINGING THE RETRO MUSIC PLAYER BACK

The design of the Shanling Q1 is inspired by the retro look of the 1950s. This stylish retro design includes smooth curved edges and distinct chrome finishes. With its uniquely coloured shells, these are sure to stand out. The ESS Sabre ES9218P Hi-Fi DAC/AMP offers a premium and powerful sound output, blending style & great sound together.

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PORTABLE. POWERFUL. PREMIUM PLAYER.

The Shanling Q1 is an extremely compact and portable music player which can be easily carried in your pocket. It comes with a 7H tempered glass and zinc alloy unibody for added durability. The classic analogue volume wheel makes controlling your music very seamless.

21 HOURS OF MUSIC PLAYBACK WITH A HIGHLY OPTIMIZED OS

The Q1 houses Shanling's very own MTouch OS with a user-friendly and feature-rich 2.7-inch touch interface. This is a 3rd gen OS that comes with regularly updated features. The power-efficient design allows this player to last up to 21 hours of continuous playback.

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UPTO 2TB CARD SUPPORT. DOUBLES UP AS USB DAC. HIGH QUALITY SOUND FOR AUDIOPHILES

Enjoy high-quality sound with a wide range of file formats (including DSD128). You can expand the memory with an external memory card of up to 2TB. You can also use it as a Bluetooth receiver/ transmitter or USB sound card.

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CONTROL EVERYTHING FROM YOUR PHONE USING THE SYNCLINK APP

Use your Android smartphone or tablet as a high-end remote with SyncLink. It lets you control your Shanling Q1 without the hassle of wires.
Note: To use the SyncLink function, you need to install the Shanling Music app that's available as a .apk file in the zip file with the firmware update.

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SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
OUTPUT POWER 80 MW @ 32 Ohm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE <0.2 Ohm
CHANNEL SEPARATION 76 DB
RECOMMENDED HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 8-300 Ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz ~ 40kHz
DISTORTION 0.004% ( A-Weighting, Output 1KHZ 485mV)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 118dB ( A-Weighting )
DYNAMIC RANGE 105dB
HI-RES SUPPORT Up To 384kHz / 32bit, DSD64 & DSD128
CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
SYSTEM MTouch OS By Shanling
DAC MODEL ESS Sabre ES9218P
BATTERY LIFE Up To 21 Hours (Depending On Usage)
DEEP STANDBY Up To 20 Days (Depending On Usage)
BATTERY CAPACITY 1100 MAh Lithium Battery
CHARGING TIME 2 Hours (Depending On Usage)
STORAGE Up To 2 TB Micro SD Card (Purchase Separately)
(music library limited to 20,000 files)
OUTPUT 3.5mm Jack Headphone Output
BLUETOOTH Two-way Bluetooth 4.2
BLUETOOTH CODEC Two-way LDAC, AAC, SBC, Transmit only aptX
USB DAC Up to PCM 24/192
DESIGN & BUILD
DIMENSION 75*62*16.5 mm
SCREEN 2.7 inch 360*400 touch screen
WEIGHT About 136.8 G
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. Shanling Q1 Music Player
2. Silicone Case
3. USB Cable

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  • Warranty & Media Reviews

    1 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this Shanling Q1 comes with a 1 year warranty from Shanling that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

    Read more about Shanling's warranty in India.

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    Portable music player

    VGP Awards
    Dec, 2019

    Headfonics

    "The Q1 is feature-packed at any price. I love the Q1’s big buttons, easy to use GUI and hardware interface, nice screen, solid body, and quality sound."

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    Stuff

    "There’s a whiff of 6th-gen iPod nano about Shanling Q1, but sorry, Jony Ive, Apple’s tiny portable music player never looked this cool." "

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    Head-Fi

    "Its few flaws in UI and haptics aside, the Q1 is the best DAP I’ve reviewed in recent memory. And, while it lacks a unique sound signature, it sounds great."

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    Twister6

    "Q1 takes M0 to a new level - bigger and more user-friendly screen, playback buttons, easier to grip volume wheel, longer battery, and improvements in sound."

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    YouTube Reviews

    Watch the most popular YouTube reviews for the Shanling - Q1

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 31 reviews
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    Nafees (Bengaluru)
    A Must Have for Audiophiles, the Best Budget DAP

    IEM Used: LZ-A6 Mini with Magaosi TY-01 cable

    Files played: FLAC(32bit/96 KHz), MP3(320 kbps)

    Phone vs DAP:
    This is my first DAP. Before this I was using UAPP/Poweramp on an Android phone(Redmi K20 Pro). Compared to the phone, audio from a DAP sounds much fuller and fleshed out. It may not be apparent at once, especially if one uses UAPP on Android. But over the duration of my listening session, I noticed various sounds which were not audible to me on a phone. Audio coming from a DAP sounds accurate while that from a phone sounds artificial.

    Build Quality:
    Q1 is built to last. Full zinc alloy body with metallic finish looks awesome, and feels sturdy in hand. It’s a really heavy device for its size. The only cons is that the physical buttons are very soft and can be pressed easily by accident.

    Software:
    Q1 uses a custom OS(MTouch 3.0) based on Linux. It can be updated from the Shanling website. One can access My Files, Settings, Equalizer, My Music, etc from the main menu. Navigation is intuitive and very comfortable. There is also an Equalizer with 10 bands and 8 presets(+3 custom presets). The only cons is lack of search option in My Music, but I guess it’s the same with most DAPS in the market.

    Audio Quality(without Equalizer):
    I paired it with LZ-A6 Mini. The audio signature is neutral and flat. Background is black. There is no noise/hiss. Whatever sound signature one gets will be based entirely on the signature of the IEM one uses.

    The bass is very good and controlled. There is no bleeding. Mid bass is good and tight.
    The midrange is also great. Vocals sound full and rich. Instruments sound precise.
    Treble is extended and sounds transparent. Decay is fast. Treble performance depends much on the IEMS used.

    Sound stage is awesome. Its wide and also has a lot of depth. Instrument positioning is accurate. Paired with a good IEM its sure to give one a 3D effect, placing the listener right in the center of recording room.

    One can get really awesome sound quality when playing MP3 files, but FLAC is where Q1 really shines. One can hear the intricate details in a music not heard while playing the same FLAC file on a phone/PC.

    External DAC:
    Q1 can also be used as a DAC. Previously I had never used a DAC before, so when I connected the Q1 to my PC in DAC mode and listened to the audio, my mind was blown! Audio sounds MUCH better from a PC when using a DAC. Even if one doesn’t buy a DAP, but uses a PC for audio purposes, one must at least get a DAC.

    Wireless:
    Q1 supports 2-way audio through Bluetooth and can play files with aptX or LDAC which is awesome. Even though wireless audio is no match for wired, still, when required Q1 gives the best available in wireless audio.

    Pros:
    Build quality, Audio quality, external DAC, 2way BT with aptX & LDAC, 2TB sd card support

    Cons:
    Buttons easy to press accidently, No search in My Music

    Should you but it?
    If you call yourself an audiophile, but still listen to music on a phone/PC, hell yeah! Just go ahead and order it!
    But if you are not an audiophile and haven’t heard about FLACs, stay away.

    Hey Nafees, thank you so much for sharing such an elaborate and well written review with us. This will definitely help a lot of customers to make an informed decision.

    S
    Sanjay Vijayan (Ernakulam)
    Awesome

    I have just been using it for a day now... but all I can say is that it has surpassed all my expectations. I would recommend it to anyone. Absolutely superb.

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    N
    Nafees (Bengaluru)
    A Must Have for Audiophiles, the Best Budget DAP

    IEM Used: LZ-A6 Mini with Magaosi TY-01 cable
    Files played: FLAC(32bit/96 KHz), MP3(320 kbps)

    Phone vs DAP:

    This is my first DAP. Before this I was using UAPP/Poweramp on an Android phone(Redmi K20 Pro). Compared to the phone, audio from a DAP sounds much fuller and fleshed out. It may not be apparent at once, especially if one uses UAPP on Android. But over the duration of my listening session, I noticed various sounds which were not audible to me on a phone. Audio coming from a DAP sounds accurate while that from a phone sounds artificial.

    Build Quality:

    Q1 is built to last. Full zinc alloy body with metallic finish looks awesome, and feels sturdy in hand. It’s a really heavy device for its size. The only cons is that the physical buttons are very soft and can be pressed easily by accident.

    Software:

    Q1 uses a custom OS(MTouch 3.0) based on Linux. It can be updated from the Shanling website. One can access My Files, Settings, Equalizer, My Music, etc from the main menu. Navigation is intuitive and very comfortable. There is also an Equalizer with 10 bands and 8 presets(+3 custom presets). The only cons is lack of search option in My Music, but I guess it’s the same with most DAPS in the market.

    Audio Quality(without Equalizer):

    I paired it with LZ-A6 Mini. The audio signature is neutral and flat. Background is black. There is no noise/hiss. Whatever sound signature one gets will be based entirely on the signature of the IEM one uses.

    The bass is very good and controlled. There is no bleeding. Mid bass is good and tight.
    The midrange is also great. Vocals sound full and rich. Instruments sound precise.
    Treble is extended and sounds transparent. Decay is fast. Treble performance depends much on the IEMS used.

    Sound stage is awesome. Its wide and also has a lot of depth. Instrument positioning is accurate. Paired with a good IEM its sure to give one a 3D effect, placing the listener right in the center of recording room.

    One can get really awesome sound quality when playing MP3 files, but FLAC is where Q1 really shines. One can hear the intricate details in a music not heard while playing the same FLAC file on a phone/PC.

    External DAC:

    Q1 can also be used as a DAC. Previously I had never used a DAC before, so when I connected the Q1 to my PC in DAC mode and listened to the audio, my mind was blown! Audio sounds MUCH better from a PC when using a DAC. Even if one doesn’t buy a DAP, but uses a PC for audio purposes, one must at least get a DAC.

    Wireless:
    Q1 supports 2-way audio through Bluetooth and can play files with aptX or LDAC which is awesome. Even though wireless audio is no match for wired, still, when required Q1 gives the best available in wireless audio.

    Pros:

    Build quality, Audio quality, external DAC, 2way BT with aptX & LDAC, 2TB sd card support

    Cons:

    Buttons easy to press accidently, No search in My Music

    Should you but it?

    If you call yourself an audiophile, but still listen to music on a phone/PC, hell yeah! Just go ahead and order it!
    But if you are not an audiophile and haven’t heard about FLACs, stay away.

    Thnx for reading till the end! :)

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    R
    R.R. (Bengaluru)
    Good entry level DAP, software leaves much to be desired

    Pros: Super portable, feels high quality. Love the always-on album art display on a square screen and sleep function. Comes with a matching case and screen guard. The supplied USB cable is good quality braided cable. Sound quality with good earbuds is nice. EQ works well and is recommended to enhance the sound.

    Cons: Software is not that great, but that's the case with most of the DAPs out there. No bookmark function for audiobooks/podcasts and managing playlists is pain and buttons are too sensitive.

    Overall a good value for money

    Great service by Headphone zone, got it in 2 days despite the lockdowns.

    Going with 4 stars due to poor software

    Hi Rishul, We appreciate your feedback and we are always happy to take suggestions from our followers. We are grateful for the time that you took to write such a detailed review!

    M
    Mayur Shinde (Jabalpur)
    The worth successor to the M0

    Having owned a M0 earlier, I can say that the Q1 is much improved M0 with almost everything including the SQ is a big upgrade. The screen is easier to use now that its a lot bigger, the wheel is much better in build as well but it a tad smaller than I would have liked. The SQ is improved as well especially in stage width and in BT. The bigger dimensions have enabled Shanling to put in 3 hard ware buttons but they are an ergonomic disaster especially in their placement being on the left of the screen and I cant even remember how many times I had unwanted presses while shutting it down or using the scroll wheel on the right of the screen. USB DAC functionality works great with my Thinkpad Laptop and my Android phone. BT sound quality is better than the Shanling UP2 that I also own. Battery life is absolutely smashing and it lasts days without recharging. So in all one of the best DAPs that one can buy below 12k.

    B
    Bishal (Hyderabad)
    Kawaaai

    Please end your internal dialogue and buy this gem. I am so glad it exists. Pair a VE Monk Plus with this and concentrate on music listening and not drooling and pining for the next big breakthrough in the aUdiOpHiLe world.
    Friendly advice : Folx with a firm hand grip, the buttons on the left will get pressed with the slightest pressure. Don’t fret, you’ll get used to holding it like a ninja.

    r
    ravi chandra (Hyderabad)
    A fantastic player

    After using it for almost a couple of weeks now i can say this player punches its quality above its weight. First of all its not heavy nor too light, beautiful ergonomics, well crafted and has a splendid look and feel about it. I like the retro feel. Now the most important part is the sound quality. I played heavy metal, hard rock, rock, pop, sound tracks, hindi and telugu film and private classical songs with a usual bit rate of 192 to 320 kbps Mp3. I was totally blown over by the clarity, even at high levels of volume (warning: please don't play music at high levels even for short periods- can be damaging to the ear) , didn't notice any lag or distortion. Later I played the the same songs in lossless formats and whoa, what an amazing difference. Shanling - Q1 is pure delight. If you really want to buy and use a player like shanling you must have access to dsd formats, otherwise i don't see much point in buying a dsd player to use it like a mobile. I used headphones and earphones both wired and wireless which support Ldac, Aptx and AAC and they were impressive and my fav is Ldac. Used noise cancelling and ordinary headphones and once again it was an amazing experience. I would say i found the wired headphones and earphones to produce sound slightly better than the wireless ones. I played Game of thrones soundtrack, The last temptation of christ, Gladiator, The Godfather and many soundtracks by Ennio Moricone , metal and hard rock by black sababth, metallica and many more and they were on par with players that cost twice the amount of Q1.
    Now somethings a bit disappointing, Bluetooth version could have been the latest, the latest firmware has glitches, especially while using the touch screen, also some earphones sometimes stop playing though the music keeps playing. Also the playlist creation is not user friendly. But overall these are software issues which shanling should rectify in their upcoming updates. Leaving these minor quibbles there is nothing much to complain. IF you are looking for a quality player in the budget of 10k to 15k look no further. This is a gem. Go buy it but take my word if you can only use it with lossless formats, otherwise your mobile would be enough.

    D
    Darshan V (Bengaluru)
    One of the best

    Having no experience in the audiophile territory I bought this after doing a lot of research nd to say this is out of this world is an understatement. Clear distinct nd can transform any audio output 100 times better if you have the files to match the expected quality. All in all worth every rupee :)

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    E
    Eeshan Dev Durwaas (Chhindwara)
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    Best DAP under 10K

    I upgraded from a FiiO M3K to Shanling Q1 and in my opinion, it is totally worth it. I am not a fan of streaming, that is why I went with Shanling Q1 instead of Activo CT10. Perfect DAP for listening to offline music. FiiO M3K has more bass and treble energy and details aren't as good as Shanling Q1. Shanling Q1 is much more neutral and natural sounding and micro-details are great for the price if paired with a decent IEM or headphones.
    In the UI dept, Shanling Q1 is good. this is the best UI one can get under 10k and is huge improvement over M3K's touch-scrolling UI.
    Battery life is great too! if you listen to music 2-3 hours daily, it will last 4-5 days easily.

    Overall, in my opinion, this is simply the best DAP one can get under 10k.

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