Shanling - M3 Ultra

Portable Hi-Res Digital Audio Player

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7 Day Replacement Guarantee

In case you receive the Shanling - M3 Ultra with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

Please make sure that the product is in the original packaging with all the accessories it came with. We'll also need an unboxing video and images of the parcel to investigate about the discrepancy. You may be asked to share images of the product and the packaging received for us to determine the damage or defect prior to approving the return request. The free replacement will be shipped only once the original order is returned.

A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

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Warranty & Services

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.

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Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAPs are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, DAPs like these would be ideal.


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


These DAPs 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!


Best Suited for Portable Use

For those who value them, being able to carry their favourite DAP when they are on the move is invaluable.


These DAPs offer the ultimate portability experience without sacrificing sound quality. If you’re someone who appreciates cutting-edge engineering, quality sound and portability, then look no further.


Designed to be trusty companions, these DAPs are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability & Hi-Fidelity!


Bluetooth with
LDAC & aptX HD

Battery Life

DAPs 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 DAPs 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 DAPs 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 ES9219C
Dual DAC Chip

Upto 260mW @ 32Ω
Power Output

Metal
Build

32 GB
Internal Storage

Battery Capacity of
3500mAh

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.

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.

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