Shanling - M6 Ultra

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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

Premium Economy

Sensible spending and class above in quality. 


This headphone or gear offers top-notch sound and performance without much impact on your pocket, promising a delightful experience that exceeds your expectations at an economical price point.


If you see a product marked as “💎 Premium Economy," it indicates that you're getting a high-quality audio product with exceptional sound clarity and reliable performance, all at a budget-friendly price.

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!

Audiophile Community Favourite

This headphone or gear has a seal of approval from our audiophile community.


It is hit among the pickiest of audio enthusiasts. It comes with two thumbs up and is the community’s and one of our favourites.


If you see a product marked as “🦋 Audiophile Community Favourite”, you're in for a sonic treat with top-tier sound quality that will make your ears swoon and elevate your listening experience to new heights!

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 ALL-NEW SHANLING M6 ULTRA, AN ADDITION TO THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL M6 SERIES LINE-UP OF DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYERS

Established in 1988, Shanling specialises in R&D and sales of high-quality portable audio products. With more than three decades of experience in the audio field, Shanling has developed dozens of portable digital audio players (DAPs), earphones, USB DACs, etc. Shanling is well renowned for creating DAPs that have served as industry standards. The design and aesthetics are a tribute to the engineers at Shanling, who bring us products that go through rigorous research and development before being released to consumers. Shanling has produced some of the most dependable DAPs in their M6 series line-ups like the M6, M6(21), and M6 PRO. Shanling has broken the barriers and has come up with some of the latest techs in the M6 Ultra. The M6 Ultra combines the smooth and fast operation you would expect from a modern smartphone with audiophile capabilities. With all-new DAC chips and speedier operability with Android 10, M6 Ultra builds on the lineage of the M6 series line-up of DAPs. The Shanling M6 Ultra debuts; as the company's new Digital Audio Player with optimum performance and great functionality. The audio reproduction on the M6 Ultra is phenomenal. It is linear throughout and provides a full-range experience. The bass, the mids and the treble are well-rounded on the M6 Ultra, which will do justice to any recording you throw at it. The new M6 Ultra is a product built on the exceptional performance of previous generations and the result of the relentless pursuit of technological innovation, with years of tuning and design experience!

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SHANLING M6 ULTRA IS HI-RES CERTIFIED, FEATURES QUAD AKM DAC CHIPS WITH 16X MQA SUPPORT FOR EXCEPTIONAL SONIC PERFORMANCE

Shanling M6 Ultra is a Hi-Res certified by the Japanese Audio Society. It is Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Wireless Audio certified. The M6 Ultra is the first portable player from Shanling, adapting the newest generation AKM DACs, utilising quad AK4493SEQ for a unique Quad-DACs design. The DAC chips that DAP houses are its most crucial component. A team of engineers at Shanling developed the architecture of the M6 Ultra to support high-performance AKM DAC chips with this design aspect in mind. The AK4493SEQ is a stereo premium 32-bit DAC with VELVET SOUND™ technology, achieving low distortion characteristics and a wide dynamic range. The AK4493SEQ integrates a switched capacitor filter "OSR Doubler", making it capable of supporting wide range signals and achieving low out-of-band noise while releasing low power consumption. The M6 Ultra hosts Quad AK4493SEQ DAC chips that support DSD512 (Direct Stream Digital), PCM 768kHz/32Bit Hi-Res formats. The M6 Ultra supports 16x MQA unfolding, enabling master quality sound directly from your device. MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is an award-winning audio technology that allows you to stream the original master recording. Experience music like never before with the latest AKM DAC chips and 16X MQA support. The Shanling M6 Ultra promises to provide clean and organic audio reproduction.
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FEATURES BRAND-NEW HIGH-VOLTAGE LINEARIN OPAMPS AND IMPROVED OP+BUF ARCHITECTURE FUSED WITH TI-OPA1612 THAT Provide DISTORTION-FREE LINEAR POWER OUTPUT

An audio amplifier maintains the detail of the smaller signal while boosting the loudness to a practical level known as linearity. The output signal is a more accurate reflection of the input signal the higher the linearity of the amplifier. Taking this design aspect into consideration a team of engineers at Shanling developed the M6 Ultra to accommodate Quad OPA1612 and Dual OPA2211 in its circuitry. The DAC section of M6 Ultra was designed with four TI-OPA1612, splitting the balanced audio signal between all four DACs achieving a completely independent balanced output. Two TI-OPA2211 are incorporated in its circuitry for low noise and high bandwidth performance. The circuitry is surrounded by top-quality Panasonic tantalum-polymer capacitors, two for each of the four DACs. The M6 Ultra adapts a brand-new high-voltage Linearin LTA8092 opamps, partnered with a well-proven BUF634A, combined with the AKM DACs for a slightly warmer and relaxed sound following in tracks of the M8 and the original lineup of AKM-based M6 & M6 Pro. TI-BUF634A High-Speed Buffer Positioned at the driver stage provides proper current output creating the warmer and thicker sound of the M6 Ultra. Two Japanese KDS active crystal oscillators, 3rd Generation FPGA, and improved Shanling's algorithm provide better accuracy, reduced jitter and enhanced performance of the digital signal transmission. High-quality 100 F WE capacitors are used for refined sound and precise soundstage. The M6 Ultra hosts a balanced amplification circuitry, capable of continuous high power output, with plentiful energy reserves for all music genres. The tone is clean and precise for the most dynamic compositions on the M6 Ultra. A newly designed amplifier allows M6 Ultra to reach higher power outputs than older AKM-based M6 models. The M6 Ultra offers better performance with demanding full-size headphones. It provides an output power of 240mW@32 Ohms Single-Ended 3.5mm and 720mW @32 Ohms Balanced 4.4mm.

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QUALCOMM CHIPSETS FUSED WITH AGLO OUTPUT TECHNOLOGY, TWO-WAY BLUETOOTH 5.0 RENDERING, AND WIFI SUPPORT PRESENT OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE WIRELESSLY

Shanling M6 Ultra with Qualcomm chipsets under its belly has immaculate and precise processing power. 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 at Shanling created the M6 Ultra with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities so that you can stream music wirelessly. With Bluetooth 5.0 support, M6 Ultra is a simple Bluetooth-enabled DAP. You can now stream music directly from M6 Ultra. The M6 Ultra is compatible with Bluetooth speakers and headphones, thanks to the two-way Bluetooth configuration. It supports Bluetooth codecs like LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, and SBC for transmission and LDAC & SBC for Bluetooth reception. In addition, a Qualcomm WCN3980 processor is housed in the Shanling M6 Ultra's seamless wireless module. The MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output) technology and 2.4G and 5G Wi-Fi compatibility ensure a quick and reliable internet connection. The audio in the M6 Ultra will be processed correctly and at its highest quality thanks to the AGLO technology, which ensures that the Android system operates at Hi-Fi levels. The Shanling M6 Ultra also supports NAS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and Airplay streaming. It fits nicely into the home Hi-Fi system.
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DELIVERING 13.5 HOURS OF PLAYTIME WITH FAST CHARGING CAPABILITIES AND EMBEDDED WITH A 5" TOUCH SCREEN LCD DISPLAY

The most important aspect of portable digital audio players is the way they sound, but you also need enough battery power for an uninterrupted listening experience. This design concept is what the engineers at Shanling paid attention to in engineering M6 Ultra to accommodate a 5650mAh battery yielding over 13.5 hours of playtime (single-ended) and 9 hours (balanced). The M6 Ultra delivers a whopping 58.5 hours of playtime when operated in Bluetooth transmitter mode. However, the play time varies with different resolutions, volumes and headphone/IEM loads. The M6 Ultra supports Qualcomm QC3.0 18W quick charge protocol which charges the device rapidly when the player is low on juice. What about getting a DAP with a touchscreen and high-resolution display? You have nowhere to look for as the M6 Ultra features a 5-inch LCD panel from a Sharp full-screen colourful display, with a thin bezel, floating screen, and touch panel providing a better user experience. The screen resolution is 1920*1080 pixels with 441 PPI. On the top of the screen, there's a battery indicator that reveals the M6 Ultra's battery status at a glimpse.

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EQUIPPED WITH A HIGH-SPEED USB-C CONNECTOR WITH 2 OUTPUTS, ANDROID 10 OS, AND SNAPDRAGON 665 CHIP FOR LIQUID-SMOOTH OPERABILITY

The M6 Ultra has a variety of inputs and outputs for connections with high-speed USB-C transmission. The M6 Ultra has two output ports: 3.5mm single-ended and 4.4mm balanced. Android 10 serves as the operating system for the M6 Ultra. Additionally, it offers open Android OS capabilities. Due to the Snapdragon 665's quick system reaction and smoothness, the M6 Ultra is at the forefront of HiFi players. You can install almost any software or APK to access online streaming. The M6 Ultra's Snapdragon 665 CPU, which is significantly quicker, offers lag-free performance. Even high-resolution media will play back smoothly. The M6 Ultra runs on the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, a modern CPU providing more than enough processing power for applications and assuring swift system performance. The M6 Ultra has a built-in RAM (LPDDR4X) of 4GB and internal storage of 64 GB. You can store and play files with audio formats like DSD(".is0",".dsf",". dff"), DST, ISO, DXD, APE, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALF, DTS, MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, MQA, I, ALAC, MP2, M4A, AC3, M3U, and M3U8. The new Shanling M6 Ultra HiFi Android Player also belongs in the DAP category, with Google Android as the operating system, which ultimately applies to almost all such solutions on the market. A wide variety of apps, above all the apps from various streaming providers, can be easily installed via the Google PLAY Store.

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BUILT TO PERFECTION WITH GLASS AND AVIATION GRADE ALUMINIUM AND BUNDLED WITH ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES

Inspired by M8's design, the M6 Ultra has a robust main chassis machined from a single piece of aviation-grade aluminium. The durable glass plates give a sleek look. The M6 Ultra 2 has an exceptional build quality with an all aluminium body that generates confidence and looks premium. As a part of the design, it is minimalistic in its approach with a robust form factor. The right bezel has a volume wheel, power/lock button and status indicator. The bottom bezel has a USB-C/DAC port and a micro-SD card slot. The single slot microSD on the side is most welcome, allowing you to have additional storage. A single-ended 3.5mm and balanced 4.4mm output ports are on the top bezel. Play/pause, next/previous track, and other multi-purpose buttons are located on the left bezel. The M6 Ultra comes with a manual, warranty card, USB type-C to USB-A cable, and two screen protectors. The M6 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 - M6 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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Customer Reviews

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Manish Singh (Mumbai)
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Asahi Kasei Chip for the win!!

The Asahi Kasei quad chip makes the listening an exceptional experience, and I am saying this after listening to almost all Sabre and Burr Brown chips.
The UI is smooth with Android 10 trinket and 665 snapdragon processor.
3.5Gigs LG Ram is more thn enuff to drive your music player apps. However, the native Shanling App does not offer gapless playing which cud be a bummer. I use power amp and tidal so I dnt have an issue there.
Only gripe I have is the lack of a protective case with such a purchase!otherwise this M6 Ultra is a solid purchase and has a warmer overall,velvety tone to the music. With a balanced cable this DAP will make sure that u feel that u are sitting in the studio production house while listening to the music!!
Shanling has reached a zenith with this upgrade from its previous M6 versions.
Thanks!

Hey Manish, thank you so much for the awesome review!

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G.M. (San Jose)
Smooth as silk!

After using Shanling M3X for almost 2 years, I was looking to upgrade my DAP experience in a price range of INR 70k to 80k. Although I had a great experience with Shanling previously, I was open to other brands as well. After contemplating between Sony's new DAP, Shanling M7 (a higher budget DAP) and Shanling M6 Ultra, finally decided to go with the latter due to following factors: 1. Quad AKM DAC chips which would diversify Dual ESS Sabres which came with M3X; 2. More power than Sony's; 3. Fit perfectly in my budget as compared to M7.

Pros:
1. Ample power to drive my full-sized headphones such as Hifiman Sundara and Sennheiser 660S. No questions about IEMs.
2. Silky smooth, warm and fuller sound as compared to M3X which is more linear.
3. Works very well with neutral IEMs and headphones (connected comment in cons).

Cons:
1. Gets warm quickly and comes without a cover, which I had to buy separately.
2. Due to its warm sound signature, some IEMs or headphones which are already bass forward might sound bassy if the user is looking for a neutral delivery.

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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SIMRAN SIDHU (Gurugram)
What a Sound

It sounds magical and unheard !!!!! Player is good just that I am trying to update it is showing me error after trying to update , It is very good for all music genres, Talking about the soundstage it is wide, clean vocals highs and mids are well balanced.

Thanks for the great review! We're glad you're enjoying the sound of the Shanling - M6 Ultra player!

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N Sarkar (Raiganj)
Sonic experience

Beautiful music player and sound is also very good

Thank you for the review! we appreciate it.