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24 15% ₹ 1,455 ₹ 4,910
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6 14% ₹ 5,206 ₹ 1,237
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6 13% ₹ 5,191 ₹ 1,148
9 14% ₹ 3,531 ₹ 1,777
12 14% ₹ 2,694 ₹ 2,323
18 15% ₹ 1,871 ₹ 3,688
24 15% ₹ 1,455 ₹ 4,910
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ESS Sabre ES9219C
Dual DAC Chip

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32 GB
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DESCRIPTION

SHANLING'S SMALLEST PORTABLE ANDROID MUSIC PLAYER IS HERE!

By far the smallest music player from Shanling, the M3X features a 4.2-inch touch screen in a 3:2 ratio. It has 768 * 1280 resolution and 356 PPI. Designed to easily fit into your pockets, the Shanling M3X can be managed efficiently using one hand.

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PACKS A NEW-GEN DUAL DAC CONFIGURATION + TANTALUM CAPACITORS FOR A HI-FI SOUND

Using the new-gen Dual ES9219C Sabre DAC/AMP, the Shanling M3X allows you to enjoy your music in Shanling's Hi-Fi sound while also optimising the battery life. The integration of AVX tantalum capacitors into the audio circuit of the M3X helps it to enhance the bass response.

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WITH ACCURATE SOUND OUTPUT AND SUPPORT TO HIGH-GRADE MQA PLAYBACK


Powered with two Japanese KDS active crystal oscillators and Shanling's enhanced FPGA coding technology, the Shanling M3X offers accurate audio response while decoding PCM or DSD data, up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD256. The all-new DAC of the player adds native hardware support to MQA technology. This allows full support of the MQA playback with 16x rendering for high-quality music streaming.

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AN OPEN-ANDROID BASED MUSIC PLAYER FOR AN ULTIMATE USER-CONVENIENCE

Open up to the world of music software, podcasting apps and streaming services with Shanling M3X's open Android system. Engineered with Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 processor, the Shanling M3X comes with 2GB RAM, 32GB Memory and a MicroSD card slot There is an option to use the player in a simplified Prime mode.

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ENJOY HI-FI SOUND WITH AGLO TECHNOLOGY & UP TO 23 HOURS OF PLAYTIME

With a 3200 mAh battery, the Shanling M3X offers the best-in-class 23 hours of battery life that can easily get you through the day. Moreover, the super-efficient audio circuit and special single DAC mode optimise the battery life of the M3X. With the Integrated AGLO technology, the Shanling M3X ensures accurate and full-quality audio processing.

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DOUBLES UP AS A BLUETOOTH/USB DAC, SUPPORTS SE 3.5MM & 4.4 MM BALANCED OUTPUT


With support to high-quality Bluetooth Codecs like the LDAC, you can connect the Shanling M3X to Bluetooth headphones or speakers to enjoy great sound. You can even use the M3X as a high-quality Bluetooth receiver by pairing it to your smartphone. Use it as a USB DAC for your computer or as a Digital USB transport for standalone USB DAC. It supports up to 32bit/384kHz and DSD 256. Unleash the true potential of the Shanling M3X by switching from the single-ended 3.5mm to balanced 4.4mm output. This requires increased power output but it leads to a powerful audio performance as well.

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SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
WEIGHT 168g
DIMENSIONS 109 x 72 x 15.9 mm
SCREEN Sharp, 4.2 inch, 768 X 1280
CPU 8-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
SYSTEM Open Android 7.1
HI-RES Up to PCM 32bit/384kHz & DSD 256
MQA Full unfolding, 16X
GAIN High,Low
MEMORY 2GB RAM + 32 GB ROM + Micro SD card slot
AUDIO CHIP ESS Sabre ES9219C X 2
OUTPUT POWER Up to 240mW @ 32Ohm (Bal)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE < 1Ohm
BATTERY CAPACITY 3200 mAh
BATTERY LIFE 23 hours (3.5mm, single DAC) / 20 hours (3.5mm, dual DAC) / 19 hours (4.4mm Balanced)
SUPPORTED FILES DSF / DFF / ISO / DXD / APE / FLAC / WAV / AIFF / AIF / DTS / MP3 / WMA / ACC / OGG / ALAC / MP2 / M4C / AC3 / M3U / M3U8 / OPUS / ISO (except DTS)
WIFI 2.4G & 5G
USB USB-C, with USB DAC and USB transport function
BLUETOOTH VERSION 4.2
BLUETOOTH CODEC TRANSMITTER LDAC / LHDC / aptX HD / aptX / SBC
BLUETOOTH CODEC RECEIVER LDAC / SBC
3.5MM OUTPUT
CHANNEL SEPERATION 75 dB @ 32Ω
DYNAMIC RANGE 121 dB
NOISE FLOOR >114 dB (1.8uV)
OUTPUT POWER Single DAC :32 mW @ 32Ω
Dual DAC :101 mW @ 32Ω
4.4MM BALANCED OUTPUT
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 Hz - 40 kHz (-0.5 dB)
CHANNEL SEPERATION 115 dB @ 32Ω
DYNAMIC RANGE 121 dB
NOISE FLOOR >112 dB (2.4uV)
OUTPUT POWER 240mW @ 32Ω
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS 1. Shanling M3X
2. USB cable


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Screen Size 4.2inch 3.2inch 3.6inch 5.5inch
Weight 168g 10g 178g 310g (Black)
405g (Stainless steel)
DAC Chip ESS Sabre ES9219C X 2 2x AKM AK4493 Dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 2X AK4497EQ
Sample Rate 32bit/384kHz 32Bit/384kHz 32bit/384kHz 384kHz-32bit
Battery Life 23 Hours 11 Hours 21 Hours 11.5 Hours
Balanced Outputs 4.4mm 4.4mm 2.5 mm 2.5mm & 4.4mm
Digital Outputs USB-C USB-C USB C USB-C
Balanced Outputs 32 GB 0 GB 64GB 64 GB
External Storage 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD
Output level Unbalanced: Single DAC :32 MW @ 32Ω
Dual DAC :101 MW @ 32Ω
Balanced: 240mW @ 32Ω
Unbalanced 2.0Vrms
Balanced 4.0Vrms
≥206mW(32Ω)
≥588mW(4.3V)(32Ω )
Signal to Noise Ratio Balanced 119dB
Unbalanced 118dB
Balanced 123dB
Unbalanced 122dB
Balanced ≥120dB
Unbalanced ≥120.5dB
Bluetooth Version v4.2 v5.0 v4.2 v5.0
Bluetooth Codecs LDAC / LHDC / AptX HD / AptX / SBC LDAC & AAC LDAC, aptX HD & SBC SBC/AAC/aptX/aptX HD/LDAC
Tidal Streaming
Downloadable Apps
MQA Support
Expert Verdict "A qualitatively almost superlative sound for a DAP in this price range. Powerful amplification, with an almost imperceptible level of background noise."
Head-Fi
"It is perfectly in control of the bass and it never becomes too much. The mids are more narrow but have that extra bit of energy and precision, focus. The treble section is soft, easygoing and lighter."
Heafonia
The SR25 is a new premium product that brings the philosophy of Astell&Kern to provide music the way it was meant to be heard, without compromise to an affordable, high quality player.
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Customer Reviews

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Ash (Nagpur)
Exceptionally low noise floor-Highly recommended at this price point

This DAP has exceptionally low noise floor, possibly because of the absence of an OP-AMP in the Audio circuit. However, despite the lack of an OP-AMP, the power is more than sufficient for even low sensitivity Planar headphones like the Sundara.
The software is very responsive (huge improvement from the HiBY series) and the size is just perfect for single handed use.
Nothing much to say about the DAC chip ... the 9219C it is just an iterative upgrade to the 9218P found in LG cellphones, though there are 2 of them here.
A suggestion- Don't rely on OTA upgrade to the Firmware as the servers are extremely slow. Download the official Firmware from the Shanling site and side load it by putting it in root of the MicroSD card.
Note: There is a world of difference between the Unbalanced and the Balanced outputs on this DAP with every single earphone I have tested. The 3.5mm output, while very good in itself, pales in comparison to the 4.4mm.
Will highly recommend this DAP at this price point. Unless you can get the DX160 (with its weaker CPU and bad BT/WiFi), the next jump to a slightly more powerful DAP would land you in plus Rs. 60,000/- bracket.

Hey Ash, thanks for taking time and sharing this awesome feedback! :)

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Sanjay Mandal (Kolkata)
Thanks HEADPHONEZONE

Buy from Headphonezone, Many many thanks to Headphonezone for free and superfast delivery. Sound quality of m3x is vary Good, but it doesn't fill my all requirements like FIIO DAP. My primary dap is FIIO M11 PRO,and also I have FIIO X5 2nd, it is my secondary dap for outdoor use. It's Sound quality is nice but doesn't support online remote control with a headset. And no option to playing through folder. But I had expected it. Otherwise it is a very good dap. Lightweight and very nice build quality.

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Girish M
If you are a music enthusiast, do give this a try!

Pros:

1. Sound quality is awesome. Although I am using it with fairly non-audiophile set of earphones/headphones - RHA MA-750i and Sony WH 1000-XM4 and haven't yet tried the balanced output. I have JBL system in my car. I thought my iPhones were quite good with that system until I heard the system come alive with M3X.
2. Build quality - This feels fairly premium in your hands.
3. Ability to use 3rd party apps - I use Apple Music and I was able to easily sync my playlist on this device. Also ability to wirelessly stream Hi-res lossless through XM4 with LDAC is added advantage.
4. This supports an assortment of codecs which is quite useful.

Cons:

1. Sluggish UI - Since I am used to iPhones, this UI feels sluggish. May be I am expecting too much. But since people buy DAPs just to listen to music, the least the manufacturers can do is to give a solid user experience for navigation.
2. Old Android version - This comes with Android 7.1. Some other devices come with Android 9 (Sony if I am not wrong).
3. Bluetooth - M3X has 4.2 while some other devices are already on 5.0.

Overall, this is a solid DAP and a great upgrade over music streaming via phones. I guess you just need right pair of earphones/headphones to enjoy these to the fullest. Why have I given 5 starts even if there are certain loose points which I have mentioned above? That's because the rating is for the sole purpose which this device serves and promises - top notch sound quality.

PS - Why has RHA disappeared from Headphone Zone website? They had some great range of earphones!

HI Girish,
We are glad you had a comfortable shopping experience with us & it is delightful to read such positive reviews on your product! Cheers & Welcome to the club!

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Balasubramanian P. (Mumbai)
The WOW factor is the sound stage and instrument seperation

WoW!!. What a DAP. It took some time for me to move from thinking whether i need a dedicated DAP and then came the confusion which one to buy. M3X is no joke. The real music comes when you play FLAC files. I am dominant Bluetooth headphone user. I have a Beoplay H95, B&W PX, Sennheiser Px550, Bose QC 35, Jabra 75 & 65 and each sounded different. so what earphone/headphone you use also matters. Generally reviews won't cover how music sounds on a Bluetooth headphones. Though with limitations Bluetooth has the sound is awesome. No phone can be compared with this DAP. With wired cable it is at a different level. I am experiencing it for the first time. This DAP will not disappoint you.
I hear the best with my Beoplay H95 and then B&W PX. It is not bass heavy, The highs are good, soundstage is excellent and very good instrument separation. The downside is the volume knob. Not so good. But who needs it when you have the touch screen.

It is very tough To find a 4.4 male to 3.5 female adapter. No where it is available. So i am not able to enjoy how a dual DAC sounds. Headphonezone help me with an adapter.
Stock shanling music player is not to my expectation. I use Poweramp and it's awesome. You can download almost any app and Amazon music works fine for me

Conclusion: M3X is a good value for money. I will say it is more than a mid range DAP. I am now tempted to get the M8.

I am very happy to see a dedicated site available in India for Headphones and DAP's. I just received the product in a day.

Hey Balasubramanian, we are pleased to see your positive feedback and we are so happy to hear that you are loving our products and services! Happy listening! :)

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Suman chakraborty (Kolkata)
Good DAP

I moved from fiio x3 ver 2 to this DAP. So far its nice experience.
Con: the current firmwire does not support gapless playback. Shanling needs to address this.

Hey Suman, we're glad to see your positive feedback, thanks for sharing it with everyone

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Karthik Kannan (Bengaluru)
Best android DAP under 30K! Headphone zone reliable as always

I was using sony A105 before this and I liked the sound of it overall but 2 main problems I wanted to be solved 1) battery - A105 hardly comes for 3 to 4 hours on a full charge 2) not enough power to drive power hungry headphones

I used multiple dac / amp combos but I was still missing a good dap which I can carry around and use with my hifiman 400 se , kbear believe iem etc which are quite power hungry. I am pleased that shanling m3x has met my expectations!

I am primarily using tidal on it and with the 16x unfolding the processing of tidal master happens at 700khz!! Unbelievable sound clarity and it easily drives all my headphones quite easily

Only problem so far is the lack of an inbuilt equalizer which works on ott apps. M3x is tuned a bit coldly with elevated lower treble / upper mids and for some songs it comes across as very aggressive. If you use a warm headphone / iem it kind of offsets it but if you are using say dt990 which then without an eq you might feel overwhelmed with the treble.

But good value for money and I am really enjoying it. Gold job from HPZ as always !

HI Karthik,
Glad to hear that you are loving your M3X & thank you for this sweet note. Cheers & Welcome to the club buddy!

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Naveen T (Bengaluru)
Sound quality is amazing..!

Bought this after seeing a few positive reviews online, This has android OS so could side load streaming apps as well. The sound from the device is very good only issue I think is the volume knob doesn't feel that premium no issues other than that, getting good battery life as well.
Used it with 1more quad driver IEM.

Hi Naveen, Thank you so much for sharing your honest review with us. We really appreciate it.

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HARINDERJIT SINGH (Moga)
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Hey Harinderjit,
Thank you for the awesome ratings!

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Neeraja Krishnadas (Ernakulam)

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Hey Neeraja,
Thanks for the awesome ratings!

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