Shanling - EC Mini

CD Player & DAC

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1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAC & Amps are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, a set of DAC & Amps like these would be ideal.


You can expect these DAC & Amps to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAC & Amps is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.


These DAC & Amps deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!


Bluetooth with
LDAC, aptX & AAC

Battery Life

DAC & Amps with built-in batteries offer easy operation without the annoyance of wires.


Battery life is a measurement of battery performance. It is the amount of time your DAC & Amps will still have enough juice to power your headphones or IEMs. It can be summed up; as how long a battery will last before your DAC & Amps need to be recharged.


Nothing interferes with your music, thanks to the high-performance and long-lasting battery. No interruptions, just pure sonic bliss!


4.4mm
Balanced Output

ESS Sabre ES9219MQ
Dual DAC Chip

Upto 2TB
of Storage

Upto 248mW@32Ω
Power Output

Battery Capacity of
6800mAh

Metal
Build

Volume Controls

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This design feature allows you to have complete control over the desired volume according to your listening preferences.


SHANLING JOINS IN THE RESURGENCE OF THE PORTABLE CD PLAYER SEGMENT WITH THE EC MINI

The Shanling EC Mini is a versatile and compact device that functions as both a portable CD player and a dedicated digital audio player. It offers support for Audio CD playback, allowing you to enjoy a nostalgic musical journey with your favourite CDs. Additionally, the EC Mini provides modern music playback capabilities, featuring MicroSD card support and bi-directional USB functionality. It offers a range of connectivity options, including 3.5mm and 4.4mm headphone outputs, as well as an RCA analogue pre-output. This makes the Shanling EC Mini a perfect fusion of classic CD players and contemporary digital audio players, catering to a diverse range of music enthusiasts.
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FEATURES TWO ESS SABRE DAC CHIPS FOR DEDICATED AND ACCURATE AUDIO DECODING

Shanling has meticulously crafted the EC Mini, incorporating a dedicated audio decoding chipset. This compact device boasts a dual DAC configuration, featuring two ES9219 ESS Sabre DAC chips renowned for their superior sound signal decoding capabilities. These DACs excel at handling 32-bit/384kHz PCM signals and native DSD256 signals, ensuring exceptional audio quality. The dual DAC setup enhances the EC Mini's overall performance, delivering low Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise (THD+N), high Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), and impressive Dynamic Range (DNR) performance.
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EMBEDDED WITH PREMIUM QUALITY INTERNAL COMPONENTS FOR ACCURATE CD PLAYBACK

Shanling has meticulously engineered the EC Mini to provide enduring durability and user comfort, focusing on top-tier CD playback components. This transportable player is equipped with a Philips CD drive and a Sanyo HD860 Laser, known for their precision in CD and MQA-CD reading and playback. These components have already proven their excellence in CD players from Shanling. Shanling Audio, a highly experienced brand in the audiophile industry, has harnessed its years of expertise in crafting high-quality audio products to design the EC Mini. It features premium components like a dedicated LTA8092 Pre-Amp chipset, dual RT6863 headphone amplifiers, KDS low-phase, and ultra-low noise oscillators, and Panasonic, and ELNA capacitors, ensuring a blissful and exceptional music-listening experience.
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MULTIPLE INPUT AND OUTPUT OPTIONS FOR EASY CONNECTIVITY WITH VARIOUS DEVICES

The Shanling EC Mini offers a versatile range of input and output options, making it more than just a dedicated CD player. It provides comprehensive digital playback support, accommodating microSD cards of up to 2TB in capacity. Additionally, it features Bluetooth V5.0 with support for advanced high-definition protocols such as LDAC, AptX, AAC, and SBC, with the added convenience of bidirectional Bluetooth connectivity. On the output side, the EC Mini boasts dedicated 3.5mm and 4.4mm headphone output ports, as well as RCA analogue pre-out support, offering a wide array of connectivity choices to suit your needs.
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INDEPENDENT POWER SUPPLY AND REMOTE PLAYBACK WITH SHANLING COMPANION APP

The Shanling EC Mini incorporates the renowned 18650 battery power supply found in the Shanling H7, featuring a substantial total capacity of 6800mAh. This impressive battery capacity ensures extended usage times, offering up to 25 hours of playback when using a MicroSD card and up to 7.5 hours when playing CDs. Moreover, the EC Mini seamlessly integrates with the latest Shanling Eddict Player application, available on both Android and iOS devices. This app enables you to use your mobile device as a remote control for the EC Mini, granting you control over CD playback and local MicroSD card playback, enhancing your user experience. To download the app click here.
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SIMPLE AND COMPACT DESIGN AND UTILISES INGENIC X1000 PLATFORM FOR MUSIC PLAYBACK

The Shanling EC Mini is a meticulously crafted and compact device. While hardware buttons facilitate CD playback control, the addition of a small 2.33-inch touchscreen on the top enhances the versatility of the EC Mini. The design is focused on ensuring it can seamlessly fit into various listening spaces. It features a simplified, downsized design with rounded edges on its metal body for easy portability. The EC Mini also incorporates the Ingenic X1000 platform, which is commonly used in Shanling's devices, and serves as the foundation for its array of advanced features. Furthermore, it runs a customised version of the in-house MTouch system, specifically optimised to ensure smooth and seamless music playback

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling - EC Mini 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.

Setting the Standard for Audio Excellence Since 1988

Founded in 1988 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Shanling has been a key player in the audio industry for over 30 years. Specializing in audio products, it gained recognition for its Hi-Fi stereo amplifier and expanded into Hi-Res portable music players, amplifiers, headphones, DACs, and more. Committed to innovation and integrity, Shanling incorporates patented technologies like SONY LDAC, Hi-Res from the Japanese Audio Association, and others, ensuring top-notch product quality. Renowned for its dedication, Shanling has become a trusted name in the industry, prioritizing customer satisfaction.

Over the years, Shanling has maintained strong relationships with high-end manufacturers, solidifying its position as one of the most respected companies in the audio industry. The spirit of innovation and dedication to quality continues to drive Shanling as it evolves and expands its range of audio products, catering to the needs of audio enthusiasts worldwide.

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"EC Mini works great as a desktop device, compact enough to fit onto cluttered office desks or small bedroom tables.The most unique feature on the EC Mini might be its USB output."

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Surendar Balakrishnan (Chennai)
Nice little 'transportable' CD player

Packing and accessories:

Shanling EC Mini comes in an attractive blue colour box giving the user an enjoyable unboxing experience. The real size image of the player’s top view embossed on the box is a beautiful touch. The unit is securely packed with lot of foam material. The only accessory included is a USB cable along with four tiny gel pads to be attached to the bottom of the player. There is a quick start guide and a small size Shanling product catalogue included in the box.

Design and build quality:

The player is well build and really heavy at around 1.27kg for its size 19x15X3.5cm. It has a very simple and plain design. An 5.5x2cm touchscreen display placed on the top appears very small. But serves the purpose well. Considering that this is a battery operated device, the small screen size is well justified. Songs search forward and backward buttons for CD playback are placed near the display on the top of the unit.

The front face has the slot for CD loading along with power, volume and CD playback buttons with 4.4mm balanced and 3.5mm unbalanced headphone outputs located on the left side. The rear side has RCA pre amp-out, micro SD card slot and a Bi-directional USB C DAC input/output which serves as both input and output for USB digital audio. Another USB C port is present for charging purpose only. Other than this there are charging indicator light, a reset switch and a ‘In Vehicle mode’ button. When this button is enabled, EC Mini will automatically power on once it detects charging. It will also automatically power off once charger is disconnected or turned off.

Usability:

The player may not be suitable for use on the go like the early Sony Discman models, but ideal for indoor use. Considering the small size and the range of features this unit offers, it is pretty easy to use. The slot CD mechanism is smooth. The buttons on the front appears little cluttered at first look but I didn’t face much difficulty in using them.

The touchscreen display is located on the top. Small size of the display means there is some ‘getting used to’ required. Users with big fingers might find it little uneasy to navigate. The menu is simple with options for touch CD playback, input and output selection, gain and equalizer settings. The unit offers 2 levels of gain.

Using this player as CD transport with an external DAC does not require any specific change in setting. Just connect the external DAC to the Bi-directional USB DAC input/output port and the EC Mini will automatically detect and display a message ‘Audio Connected’ on the screen. The process is smooth but this is not mentioned anywhere in the quick start guide.

Sometimes the player may stop abruptly while in operation and all the buttons may go unresponsive. This happened once during my first 2 days of usage and it was quite frustrating. This is where the reset button on the rear side comes in handy. The button is too small and need a sim card ejector pin to operate. Pressed the button once, the unit got reset and came back into action immediately.

Since this device is not WiFi enabled, firmware updates can be made only by downloading the update file from Shanling website and placing it in a micro SD card. Also I wish this player has an option to power through DC adaptor bypassing the battery for desktop use. Sony Discman models from back in the days always had this option.

Sound:

I am not an expert in putting the nuances of sound in words. While listening through headphones by connecting to the 3.5mm unbalanced output, the unit sounded crisp, clean, detailed and transparent. Once connected to the 4.4mm balanced output, I noticed an increase in volume and slight improvement in overall sound. Using the player as CD transport with Shanling EM7 made the sound even better reflecting the fine qualities of EM7. Overall a very nice sounding player at this size. My listening experience so far is entirely by playing audio CDs and did not try local digital files or external source. Works fine with Bluetooth but the sound quality is not in par with playing CDs directly.

Conclusion:

Overall, Shanling EC Mini is a nice little product. With its very good build and sound quality, this is an ideal player for someone who is looking to add a CD player to their desktop headphone listening set up. This can be used as standalone player or as a transport with other DAC/Amplifier. It shines at both. Moreover it can be used as a headphone DAC/amplifier by connecting to other sources or streaming through Bluetooth.

Thanks a lot for your detailed and genuine feedback, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well. It'll also help our fellow customers to make the right choice!

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Subhadeep (Kolkata)
Versatile

I have been using the ec mini for a couple of days. Initially I was unable to get the analog output which one needs to dig into the menu and switch on. There was also a hard reset which I had to do due to the player suddenly becoming unresponsive.
But when I started my serious listening sessions playing cds, connecting with my Chord Mojo, a broad smile came to my face. The sound is superb, precise, insightful yet warm and full. Although the in built dac is good but it is slightly too warm and slightly less incisive for my taste. The Bluetooth with LDAC is also wholesome and enjoyable. It is physically heavy and well built and I hope for it to last a long time.
Thank you Headphone Zone for bringing to the market such a versatile and practical product.

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Psysword Rizvi (New York)
Killer little CD player

Wonderful USB charging and a battery so mobile. Needs a steady surface so it's not a discman. But CD quality over USB is amazing into my topping dx9. CD player needs a firmware upgrade, a few resets and it's playing beautifully. Great CD warmth and a great way to actually own your music. Glad for this CD resurgence. Highly recommended.

Hey there, thank you for the great review and ratings! So delighted that you are loving your purchase. Hope you had a comfortable shopping experience. Cheers!