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Shanling

Shanling - M3X

Portable Hi-Res Digital Audio Player
Sale price₹ 29,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 33,999
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The Shanling - M3X is eligible for Easy Exchange within 7 days of delivery. Your exchange request will be accepted only once. We want to make sure that you end up with a product that you 100% love. 

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ABOUT PRAVEEN KAMATH

Praveen, our Headphone Guru is an audio connoisseur and staunch Meze fanboy. He loves the RAI Penta and the Empyrean, equally. When not writing about, thinking about or listening to music: He's an avid beerologist too and staunchly believes that the combination of both beats every music setup out there! You'll often find him listening to The Weeknd, The Score and The Script.

ABOUT RAGHAV SOMANI

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

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18 15% ₹ 1,871 ₹ 3,688
24 15% ₹ 1,455 ₹ 4,910
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24 15% ₹ 1,455 ₹ 4,910
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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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Upto 240mW @ 32Ω
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ESS Sabre ES9219C
Dual DAC Chip

32 GB
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Battery Capacity of
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Ideal for Audiophiles

These Digital Audio Players are designed for discerning music lovers. If you are someone who cares about audio quality deeply, you'll want a pair of Digital Audio Players like these. You can expect these Digital Audio Players to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these Digital Audio Players is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision. These Digital Audio Players deliver a spacious and open soundstage that compares listening to music on actual speakers.

Best Suited for Portable Use

The ability to carry your favourite headphone around is priceless for those who value them. These headphones and devices 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 headphones and devices are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability + hi-fidelity.

Battery Life

A good pair of headphones or Hi-Fi devices can make all the difference when it comes to listening to music, watching movies, or playing video games. They can also be a great way to enjoy Internet radio and podcasts, as well as phone calls. To do any of these tasks, they need to offer a good battery life, and these do just that. Packed with a high-performance and long-lasting battery so that nothing comes between you and your music. No interruptions, just pure joy!

Volume Controls

If your Digital Audio Players have volume controls, you will be able to adjust the volume level with a simple touch of a button without having to reach for your source device. Your music keeps playing without being interrupted or accidentally paused during playback. Having volume controls on Digital Audio Players or at least in-line controls on the audio cable may seem unnecessary to some people, but they are, in fact, quite convenient.

The Shanling M3x is my favourite player for under Rs. 30k. Of course, it sounds brilliant, mainly through the 4.4mm balanced output. But I love the Android operating system that allows you to use all your favourite streaming apps on the go. It's super convenient and works flawlessly. In this budget, there isn't a better player.

SHANLING'S SMALLEST PORTABLE ANDROID MUSIC PLAYER IS HERE!

How about you owning a DAP that has a touch screen? You have nowhere to look for as the Shanling M3X features a 4.2-inch touch screen in a 3:2 ratio. It has 768 * 1280 resolution and 356 PPI. The Shanling M3X fits conveniently into your pockets and the palm of your hand. M3X is Shanling's lilliputian music player by far.

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PACKS DUAL ESS SABRE DAC CHIPS WITH TANTALUM CAPACITORS FOR A HI-FI SOUND

Shanling is widely known for producing ultra-portable DAPs in the audio industry. The design and aesthetics are a tribute to the engineers at Shanling that bring us stately products that go through rigorous research and development before being released to consumers. Using the new-gen Dual ES9219C Sabre DAC/AMP, the Shanling M3X allows you to enjoy your music in Shanling's Hi-Fi sound. The inclusion of AVX tantalum capacitors in the M3X's audio circuit helps to improve the bass response.

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KDS ACTIVE CRYSTAL OSCILLATORS AND SHANLING'S ENHANCED FPGA CODING TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS 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 and allows full support of the MQA playback with 16x rendering for high-quality music streaming. There is enough capacity for a consistent and fast response with 2GB RAM, and the 32GB of inbuilt storage space makes it easy to install more apps and store lossless files like MQA, APE, FLAC, WAV, ACC, ALAC, and MP3. With the support of expandable memory, the Shanling M3X has a MicroSD card slot for you to store lossless files.

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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 AND 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 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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SMALL PACKAGE LOADED WITH FEATURES LIKE A BLUETOOTH/USB DAC CAPABILITY AND WIFI CONNECTIVITY

With the introduction of wireless technology, the world has gone surreal for streaming music without having to deal with the annoyance of wires. The engineers created the M3X with Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities so that consumers can stream music wirelessly. With support for 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 a 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 that leads to a powerful audio performance. It supports WiFi 2.4G & 5G.

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1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling - M3X comes with a warranty from Shanling that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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"A qualitatively almost superlative sound for a DAP in this price range. Powerful amplification, with an almost imperceptible level of background noise."

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Customer Reviews

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Skanda S (Tiruchi)
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A great device, let down by shoddy after sales care!

Long review alert ahead...Do read!
As a device, I have nothing more to add over what everyone else has already written here. Premium looks, and sound that is in a different league and I suppose for that, you could call it great value for money.. I am writing this review for two reasons. To talk about the build quality, and the terrible experience I had when my device suffered damage. Now though this device does look premium, it is very very slippery. Please please buy the case immediately. I learnt this the hard way. The device fell out of my pocket and the back panel broke. Now this is where my issue starts.
I contacted Headphone Zone to get the back panel replaced ( of course, not expecting a free service -that is understood, as it is a mechanical damage ). Now I got a blank, though pleasant answer saying "Sorry, we don't have the back plate in stock, so we will not be able to help!". Totally distraught at a 30 k item becoming a fancy paperweight, I put my dilemma up in the Indian audiophile forum where Mr. Anand Subramanian from Bangalore was kind enough to help! Meanwhile, I wrote to Shanling and they were kind enough to send a replacement back plate. It reached within a week from Shenzhen! The replacement plate cost me $25 plus $50 for shipping ( asked for cheaper shipping which was unavailable ). Spent ₹1300 for customs charges also. No regrets ultimately because it was possible to solve the issue. Anyway better than buying a new piece for 30 k!

Mercifully, my device was in working condition even after this accident. Wonder what would have happened if the touch screen had broken and what the response would have been.

When I later sent an email to Headphone Zone's customer care and asked if they could replace the panel if I ordered it in, they said that it could be considered. I wonder why it was so difficult for them to think of this idea in the first place.

Very disappointed with the casual and lackadaisal approach by Headphone Zone in dealing with this issue. For a company that is supposed to be the sole dealer for Shanling, when I could write to the company and get the spare part with a single email, I think you should do better when someone buys expensive stuff from you. I've been associated with Headphone zone from since when you started and thoroughly disappointed with the service backup. I will think twice before I buy anything like this from you again. And if you really want to get more customers, you need to seriously do that extra bit in after sales service. For me, cost was not a problem, spending for repair. I think you need to have more sensitivity in all this.
Buyers beware before you buy. I hope you guys don't have the kind of experience that I did.

Am taking away 2 stars not for the device, but for Headphone Zone's shoddy response in this situation.

Wowww!!! Thank you for your detailed feedback on this product, we're glad that you have such positive thoughts about the product.

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

Pros:

1. Sound quality is awesome. 4.4 mm Balanced output changes the game altogether. Using it with FiiO FH5S Pro on balanced and Sundara on 3.5 mm unbalanced. Sundara needs amplification hence using it with Topping NX7 AMP.
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.
4. This supports an assortment of codecs which is quite useful.
5. Dual DAC set up is a beast on this one and its easy to set up with laptop or desktop as pure DAC.

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.
4. Crashes quite often for some reason

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.

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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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)
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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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Chandra Sekhar Khaitan (Kolkata)
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Pocket Powerhouse

M3X is smaller version of its sibling M8 but Boy it packs a punch. Aesthetic design. Volume knob is a great advantage as personally I prefer this to push buttons. None of the DAPs in this price range have volume knob. It is based on Android 7.1 which is hailed to be the best version for audio.
The screen is marginally bigger that HiBy R6, it is snappy with good resolution. The quick menu at the top has almost all icons one would perhaps need e.g. Single/Dual DAC option, LO, storage, etc. This is unique and I have not found this even in more expensive DAPs.
The UI is excellent. While it does not have Google Paly store pre-installed, it has APK Pure pre-installed from which one can easily install Google Play store. It is just like one would install any App from Play store.
The 2 GB RAM does not appear to be any constraint and the response is quick.
Now the most important feature - SOUND : As stated earlier, it punches well above it size, the separation / layering is fantastic, output is great and it can easily drive 32 ohm Headphones IEM well even at 30 volume. Precise bass with forward mids and clean high give a smooth output without any trace of fatigue or struggle. It can easily drive cans upto 150 ohms. Internal architecture ensures best battery life.
One can also install HiBy music app (since it has MSEB) or other Apps. However I found the sound layering better on the pre-installed Shanling Music app.
No sign of any heating while playing or charging.
The back is also glass and both the front and back have protective file pre-fixed so no sweat on risk of scratching. There is one set of extra films in the box (albeit not mentioned in the box contents).
All in all it is certainly a great DAP with hardly any stiff competition overall.
If you are considering buying a DAP then you would not go wrong with this one.

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Sajai (Bengaluru)
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Excellent DAP!

I had sold my Sony NW-A105 as it had poor battery backup. Compared to Sony, M3X is excellent, good audio quality, exceptional battery life and smooth Android OS eventhough it has older version of Android than Sony. In purple colour it looks stunning! What I loved is even with blutooth audio (LDAC) its producing puncher and superb audio! I'm loving this!

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