Shanling - M3 Ultra

Portable Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

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Why Shanling is Special

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Designed in China

Established & Reputed

Trust us, our reputation in the audio world speaks for itself!


This headphone or gear comes from a well-respected brand known for its high-quality audio equipment, so you can be confident in your purchase.


If you see a product marked as “🎖️ Established & Reputed”, it means you're getting a top-tier device from a brand that's earned its stripes in the audio industry.

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Born in 1988

Why we love this DAP

Value for Money

Great sound always doesn't have to come with a fancy price tag.


Every once in a while we come across a product that give you a lot more value for the price.


If you see products marked as "🥜 Value For Money" you can be sure you're getting a great bang for your buck.

For Enthusiasts on a Budget

We are here to help you find the best bang for your buck.


This headphone or gear is made for all passionate hobbyists who want top-notch gear without breaking the bank.


If you see a product marked as “🪴 For Enthusiasts on a Budget”, get ready to indulge in your music with high-quality, affordable products that keep your wallet happy and your enthusiasm alive!

Use Wirelessly with Bluetooth

Enjoy the convenience of seamless wireless connectivity


This headphone or gear indicates that the product supports wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, freeing you from the tangles of cords and cables.


If you see products marked as “✂️ Use Wirelessly with Bluetooth”, enjoy the freedom to stream music, make calls, and more, all without being tethered to your device, giving you the flexibility to move around and multitask with ease.

Battery Life

No need to be connected to the power socket with these devices.


This headphone or gear promises long-lasting battery performance, ensuring your device keeps up with your adventures without missing a beat.


If you see products marked as “⏳ Battery Life”, be rest assured that you'll enjoy extended usage time, whether it's for uninterrupted music playback, extended gaming sessions, or all-day productivity, keeping you powered up throughout your day.

Battery Capacity

Power that keeps your music going.


This headphone or gear has ample battery capacity, promising you plenty of juice to power through your day with gusto.


If you see products marked as “🔋 Battery Capacity”, rejoice in the knowledge that your device is equipped with a robust battery, providing you with extended usage time and reducing the frequency of recharges, so you can focus on your favourite tracks.

Storage

Storage is important. Even in this era of streaming music, you’d want to make sure you have enough space to store your amazing collection of music on your player. Imagine a long flight, it’s your offline files you’re going to be listening to.


Keeping your entire collection of Hi-Resolution music in one place is the most convenient way of carrying your music library. However, Hi-Resolution files are heavy. Most songs in a FLAC format can be about 100mb per track. So more space is always better.


Most players support both internal storage and expandable storage via an external memory card. Make sure you check both - the internal memory on players, and consider the maximum supported size of the expandable storage. It’s best to keep your library of offline files in expandable storage and use the internal storage for saving files from streaming apps.




At the time of writing this article, MicroSD cards for 256 GB were easily available and affordable for less than Rs. 2000. Higher capacity cards are also available, but that seems to be the sweet spot.

Built like a Tank

No need to worry about durability.


If you're seeking a headphone or gear with a strong, rugged build, this snapshot indicates that this is the one for you.


If you see a product marked with “🪖 Built like a Tank", it means this product is crafted with metal in its design, ensuring exceptional robustness and durability.

Why it Sounds Amazing

DAC Chip

Know the secret to your pristine audio.


This headphone or gear reveals the secret sauce behind superior audio quality, highlighting the presence of a high-performance DAC chip for pristine sound reproduction.


If you see products marked as “⚙️ DAC Chip”, expect to experience your music with unparalleled clarity, detail, and fidelity, ensuring that every note and nuance is faithfully reproduced for your listening pleasure.

Power Output

When you need that juice to get the best out of your products.


This headphone or gear packs a punch, revealing the product's impressive power output capabilities, ensuring it can handle even the most demanding products with ease.


If you see products marked as “🚀 Power Output”, you're in for a treat with robust performance for driving high-fidelity products without breaking a sweat.

Balanced Output

Upgrading from single-ended to balanced can be the easiest way to improve your sound.


This DAC, Amp or Hi-Res player offers a balanced output, ensuring pristine audio quality with minimised interference and enhanced clarity for your listening pleasure.


If you see a product marked as "⚖️ Balanced Output”, get ready for a symphony of crystal-clear tunes, free from any unwanted noise drama!

INTRODUCING THE HI-RES CERTIFIED ANDROID DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER - THE SHANLING M3 ULTRA

Shanling has been at the pinnacle; when it comes to designing portable Hi-Res Digital Audio Players. The M3 series Digital Audio Players garnered success and were widely accepted; by the audiophile community. Shanling has included another dependable Digital Audio Player in the M3 series, the M3 Ultra. The Shanling M3 Ultra has all the necessary functionalities like Bluetooth 5.0 support, WiFi, Powerful headphone outputs, and Open Android 10 OS and is a successor to the highly acclaimed M3X. It has dual Hi-Res certification. The M3 Ultra has "Hi-Res Audio" and "Hi-Res Wireless Audio" certifications from the Japan Audio Society. Shanling has designed the M3 Ultra to have a compact form factor that allows you to carry it anywhere when you are on the move.
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FEATURES DUAL DAC CHIPS FROM ESS SABRE WITH MQA SUPPORT

Shanling engineers have included dual DAC chips from ESS Sabre in M3 Ultra's circuitry. It hosts dual ES9219C delivering the most detailed and analytical sound processing. Around them, an advanced audio circuit with dedicated amplifiers and carefully picked capacitors pushes the sound tuning of M3 Ultra further towards the traditional Shanling's house sound. The ES9219C is capable of playing Hi-Res files with support for PCM 32bit/384kHz (Pulse Code Modulation) and DSD256 (Direct Stream Digital). The M3 Ultra also supports 16X MQA, allowing you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording.
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RICORE AMPLIFIERS DELIVER EXCEPTIONAL POWER OUTPUT WITH TWO-LEVEL GAIN SETTINGS

Shanling with the M3 Ultra has introduced dedicated headphone amplifiers in its circuitry. At the heart of amplification lies a pair of Ricore RT6863 headphone amplifiers. The headphone amplifiers help M3 Ultra to deal with the headphone's load, reducing distortion and improving dynamic range. The Shanling M3 Ultra has two level gain settings for your use cases, low gain for sensitive IEMs and high gain for demanding headphones. Offering up to 260 mW @ 32 Ohm, M3 Ultra provides enough power even for demanding headphones. And the inclusion of low gain mode, alongside highly accurate volume control, makes it an ideal source for even the most sensitive earphones/in-ear monitors.

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IDEAL SOUND PROCESSING WITH FPGA & KDS CRYSTAL OSCILLATORS

The Shanling M3 Ultra has fully balanced circuitry. It includes four premium ELNA capacitors. The Four 47μF Japanese SILMIC II capacitors represent a crucial part of the audio circuit, playing a role in the new sound tuning of the M3 Ultra. This design represents their unique sound characteristics, making the sound warmer, smoother and more natural. The M3 Ultra also features in-House Developed FPGA & KDS Crystal Oscillators. Shanling's self-developed FPGA with two low-phase noise 45MHz / 49MHz active oscillators, pushing phase noise to low levels and assuring constant ideal sound processing. The circuitry also features DC-DC voltage regulators to maximise power output and improve power stability.

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SUPPORTS BLUETOOTH 5.0 AND WIFI WITH A WHOPPING BATTERY LIFE OF 20.5 HOURS

The Shanling M3 Ultra is an all-in-one Digital Audio Player that supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G. Equipped with a Qualcomm WCN3980 wireless module, supporting 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi and MIMO technology, M3 Ultra has a fast and stable internet connection. With Bluetooth 5.0, the M3 Ultra has improved wireless connectivity and increased stability. It supports dual Bluetooth modes: Transmission & Reception. It supports Bluetooth codecs such as LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, and SBC when in transmitter mode. In Reception mode, it supports LDAC & SBC. Apart from the functions of a standalone Android player, M3 Ultra also supports NAS, DLNA and Airplay streaming, fitting easily into any established home Hi-Fi system. To support all these functionalities, Shanling has included a massive 3500mAh battery. The M3 Ultra has a whopping battery life of 20.5 hours SE (Single-ended), 14.5 hours Balanced, and 45.5 hours when operated in Bluetooth mode. The M3 Ultra can be "operated" in Single or Dual DAC modes. It also supports QC3.0 18W Quick Charging.
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PHENOMENAL PROCESSING POWER WITH ANDROID 10 SUPPORT AND AGLO TECHNOLOGY

The Shanling M3 Ultra is upgraded to the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, a modern CPU providing more than enough processing power for applications and assuring swift system performance. The M3 Ultra Offers the same system performance as Shanling's high-end players and represents a significant jump forward compared to the original M3X. The M3 Ultra has a new system platform with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory that improves performance. The M3 Ultra's primary features include support for the Android 10 OS and AGLO technology. Android 10 platform, a fully open system giving you access to millions of apps, fits all your needs. And with a built-in AGLO technology, Android Global Lossless Output, all your music will be processed correctly and at its full quality, without any degradation caused by the Android's built-in sample rate conversion.

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EXQUISITE BUILD QUALITY WITH COMPACT DESIGN AND 4.2-INCH SHARP SCREEN

The M3 Ultra is built around a smaller 4.2-inch Sharp screen, making for an ideal balance between system usability and device portability. And Shanling's improved "Cut-Out" design fits nicely into hands and pockets. The main chassis is CNC machined from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminium, making for very rigid construction and helping with interference shielding. It is sandwiched between durable glass plates for a sleek look. The M3 Ultra is available in classic black or brand-new stunning Emerald Green.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling - M3 Ultra 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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Headfonics

"The Shanling M3 Ultra will appeal to the listener that wants a smooth sound presentation and a device that doesn’t lack features that can also be used as a standalone for those who want to simultaneously go portable."

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Headfonia

"The Shanling M3U digital audio player is a robust, durable, and elegant device. Overall, the Shanling M3U is a fantastic entry/mid-tier digital audio player that offers great performance and versatility in a compact and portable package."

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Audiophile-Heaven

"If you’re looking for a high-quality DAP, with superb build quality, nice aesthetics, and a more intimate vocal presentation, good dynamics and driving power, and with a modern design, Shanling M3 Ultra is a huge upgrade."

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Head-Fi

"Good feel, good weight, good features, and good sound - there's nothing significant to take points off for on it. Now, if someone wants to send me a high-end DAP to compare to this, but at this price, I can't imagine doing better."

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Customer Reviews

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Marcello (Delhi)
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BUILD QUALITY - no major complaints, except that volume wheel is slightly mushy and loose, has tactile feel but very slight movements can accidentally change volume. Also should have had a separate power button instead of combining it with volume the mushy feel does not inspire confidence when pressing it for lock/unlocks. Jacks on top is completely user prefrence, i like it top makes cable management easier when connecting it with PC and when lying down. SD Card flap is fragile so need to handle with care.

SOFTWARE - everything works as it should as in stock android, one annoying thing is that they removed the option to swap navigation buttons in 3 button layout and also removed the home bar accent for guesture controls so accidental triggers for back and recents when scrolling from bottom in some apps do happen often, should have allowed users to adjust back guesture padding and sensitivity in such a small screen. overall just stick to guestures for navigation. Don't have complaints with the launcher it just does its job. one more omission is battery saver mode of android, would have helped battery life. All modern streaming apps work without RESAMPLING. tried Tidal and Qobuz as well, works without any issues, further the LED indicates correct Samplerates in all scenarios in streaming as well as in USB mode, NO UPSCALLING. few things i miss are systemwide EQ (although its rare for all DAPs except HiBys') and overcharge or battery protection, maintaing battery % automatically when plugged in. no freezes and lags thanks to SnapDragon 665 but avoid opening more than 3-4 apps in background due to lack of RAM.

BATTERY - Battery life in Balanced mode is upto 9-10 hrs if in high gain and adequate volume of 45-50% similarly in dual dac mode in 3.5mm its 10-12 hrs, but in single dac mode and low gain its almost 15-18hrs sometimes 20 but not always. personally i just run it in single dac mode in 3.5mm when travelling or when not doing any critical listening and When at home or near a Power Source just switch to balanced mode. For moderate to Above average gear there is enough power to run them at good volumes, if there are harder to Drive Stuff, move to higher budget segment DAPS instead.

SOUND - Slightly warm instead of neutral like other DAPS. It was intended as such in its implentation. Sound has a lot of Weight and Body. Bass is really well implemented good control and speed and plenty more than other DAPS. Midrange is nice not too forward but not recessed either, vocals are clear and accurate, but slightly held back in very upper midrange to not make it shouty. Treble is Good but does not have that high upper treble presence, lacks that airy detail and space. Soundstage is more or less dependent on the Gear thats plugged in, it just opens up sound stage for all equipment but its contributions are diminishing for highend equipments. Sounds best in balanced output.

CONCLUSION - If you are looking for DAPS in this budget price segment, whats more important is its useability and gear pairing. in terms of useability i would say since its android 10, its not going to go obsolete for apps anytime soon, also below this price segment things like tempotec V6 or Sony DAPS have a lot of minor compromises which add up overtime. Its only competitors are HiBy R6 (Gen 3), Fiio M11s and Ibasso DX170. All of them more expensive than this by 4-6k. However if you own a lot of bright gear or you want some sub bass in your listening experience, this is the only one of them thats going to sound the most appropiate to that aspect. It Paired Really well with my Moondrop Kato. Also Tried the 7Hz Timeless and DT1990 on them and the pairing goes really well together.

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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Dharmaraj Danielraj (Chennai)
SHANLING M3 Ultra

Perfect ergonomic design. Comfortable to handle. Strong build quality.
Sound quality is great and detailed one, using both IEM(I am using NOBLE AUDIO IEM - Kumble Khan) also works great with Blue Tooth audio RHA TRUCONNECT2.
Downloading TIDAL App(Thanks to Mr.IAN PEREIRA for downloading it) and It sounds great and enjoy both MQA and other HIGH RES and other formats.
Internal device storage at this price range is okay. External storage of up to 2 TB is enormous.
The screen looks beautiful and bright and the screen size is good enough for typing and other tasks. The SHANLING inbuilt player also the interface works smoothly with out lagging.
This DAP is great at this mid range level price point.
I am not able to get a case for it because it is smooth to hold and slippery. Portable and pocketable.
The HEADPHONE ZONE store is the best place to buy all the audio needs .
The people are dependable and prompt and helpful in every aspect.
God bless them and enlarge their territory and their business.

This makes us really happy and we appreciate the genuine feedback! We're glad that you have such positive thoughts about our team and the company.