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12 14% ₹ 988 ₹ 852
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6 14% ₹ 1,909 ₹ 453
9 15% ₹ 1,300 ₹ 699
12 15% ₹ 993 ₹ 914
18 15% ₹ 686 ₹ 1,352
24 15% ₹ 533 ₹ 1,800
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 14% ₹ 3,752 ₹ 258
6 14% ₹ 1,909 ₹ 453
9 14% ₹ 1,295 ₹ 652
12 14% ₹ 988 ₹ 852
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 13% ₹ 3,746 ₹ 239
6 13% ₹ 1,903 ₹ 421
9 14% ₹ 1,295 ₹ 652
12 14% ₹ 988 ₹ 852
18 15% ₹ 686 ₹ 1,352
24 15% ₹ 533 ₹ 1,800
Tenure Interest% Installment Interest
3 13% ₹ 3,746 ₹ 239
6 13% ₹ 1,903 ₹ 421
9 14% ₹ 1,295 ₹ 652
12 14% ₹ 988 ₹ 852
18 15% ₹ 686 ₹ 1,352
24 15% ₹ 533 ₹ 1,800
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DESCRIPTION

BRINGING THE RETRO MUSIC PLAYER BACK

The design of the Shanling Q1 is inspired by the retro look of the 1950s. This stylish retro design includes smooth curved edges and distinct chrome finishes. With its uniquely coloured shells, these are sure to stand out. The ESS Sabre ES9218P Hi-Fi DAC/AMP offers a premium and powerful sound output, blending style & great sound together.

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PORTABLE. POWERFUL. PREMIUM PLAYER.

The Shanling Q1 is an extremely compact and portable music player which can be easily carried in your pocket. It comes with a 7H tempered glass and zinc alloy unibody for added durability. The classic analogue volume wheel makes controlling your music very seamless.

21 HOURS OF MUSIC PLAYBACK WITH A HIGHLY OPTIMIZED OS

The Q1 houses Shanling's very own MTouch OS with a user-friendly and feature-rich 2.7-inch touch interface. This is a 3rd gen OS that comes with regularly updated features. The power-efficient design allows this player to last up to 21 hours of continuous playback.

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UPTO 2TB CARD SUPPORT. DOUBLES UP AS USB DAC. HIGH QUALITY SOUND FOR AUDIOPHILES

Enjoy high-quality sound with a wide range of file formats (including DSD128). You can expand the memory with an external memory card of up to 2TB. You can also use it as a Bluetooth receiver/ transmitter or USB sound card.

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CONTROL EVERYTHING FROM YOUR PHONE USING THE SYNCLINK APP

Use your Android smartphone or tablet as a high-end remote with SyncLink. It lets you control your Shanling Q1 without the hassle of wires.
Note: To use the SyncLink function, you need to install the Shanling Music app that's available as a .apk file in the zip file with the firmware update.

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SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
OUTPUT POWER 80 MW @ 32 Ohm
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE <0.2 Ohm
CHANNEL SEPARATION 76 DB
RECOMMENDED HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 8-300 Ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz ~ 40kHz
DISTORTION 0.004% ( A-Weighting, Output 1KHZ 485mV)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 118dB ( A-Weighting )
DYNAMIC RANGE 105dB
HI-RES SUPPORT Up To 384kHz / 32bit, DSD64 & DSD128
CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
SYSTEM MTouch OS By Shanling
DAC MODEL ESS Sabre ES9218P
BATTERY LIFE Up To 21 Hours (Depending On Usage)
DEEP STANDBY Up To 20 Days (Depending On Usage)
BATTERY 1100 MAh Lithium Battery
CHARGING TIME 2 Hours (Depending On Usage)
STORAGE Up To 2 TB Micro SD Card (Purchase Separately)
OUTPUT 3.5mm Jack Headphone Output
BLUETOOTH Two-way Bluetooth 4.2
BLUETOOTH CODEC Two-way LDAC, AAC, SBC, Transmit only aptX
USB DAC Up to PCM 24/192
DESIGN & BUILD
DIMENSION 75*62*16.5 mm
SCREEN 2.7 inch 360*400 touch screen
WEIGHT About 136.8 G
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. Shanling Q1 Music Player
2. Silicone Case
3. USB Cable

COMPARISONS

 

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Warranty
Screen Size 2.7inch 1.54inch 3.4inch 3.2inch
Weight 136.8g 33g 112g 147g
DAC Chip ESS Sabre ES9218P ESS Sabre ES9218P Cirrus Logic CS4398 AKM 4490EN
Sample Rate 32bit/384kHz 32bit/384 kHz 24-Bit/192kHz 32bit/384 kHz
Battery Life 21 Hours 15 Hours 10 Hours 10.5 Hours
Balanced Outputs 2.5 mm
Digital Outputs USB-C USB-C Micro USB USB-C
Internal Storage 0 GB 0 GB 16 GB 0 GB
External Storage 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD
Output level 80 MW @ 32 Ohm 80 MW @ 32 Ohm 1.85 Vrms Unbalanced 180mW@16 Ohms/106 MW@32 Ohms
Balanced 212 MW@16 Ohms/120 MW@32 Ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 118dB 117dB
Bluetooth Version v4.2 v4.1 v4.1 v4.2
Bluetooth Codecs LDAC, aptX & AAC LDAC & aptX aptX HD LDAC, aptX and AAC
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Expert Verdict The Q1 is feature-packed at any price. I love the Q1’s big buttons, easy to use GUI and hardware interface, nice screen, solid body, and quality sound."
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"It sounds good, performs good and the amount of features were just enough to convince me to make this decision. I recommend the M0 to everyone who has an active lifestyle, who has good IEMs."
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    1 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this Shanling Q1 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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    Headfonics

    "The Q1 is feature-packed at any price. I love the Q1’s big buttons, easy to use GUI and hardware interface, nice screen, solid body, and quality sound."

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    Stuff

    "There’s a whiff of 6th-gen iPod nano about Shanling Q1, but sorry, Jony Ive, Apple’s tiny portable music player never looked this cool." "

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    Head-Fi

    "Its few flaws in UI and haptics aside, the Q1 is the best DAP I’ve reviewed in recent memory. And, while it lacks a unique sound signature, it sounds great."

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    Twister6

    "Q1 takes M0 to a new level - bigger and more user-friendly screen, playback buttons, easier to grip volume wheel, longer battery, and improvements in sound."

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 17 reviews
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    N.
    A Must Have for Audiophiles, the Best Budget DAP

    IEM Used: LZ-A6 Mini with Magaosi TY-01 cable

    Files played: FLAC(32bit/96 KHz), MP3(320 kbps)

    Phone vs DAP:
    This is my first DAP. Before this I was using UAPP/Poweramp on an Android phone(Redmi K20 Pro). Compared to the phone, audio from a DAP sounds much fuller and fleshed out. It may not be apparent at once, especially if one uses UAPP on Android. But over the duration of my listening session, I noticed various sounds which were not audible to me on a phone. Audio coming from a DAP sounds accurate while that from a phone sounds artificial.

    Build Quality:
    Q1 is built to last. Full zinc alloy body with metallic finish looks awesome, and feels sturdy in hand. It’s a really heavy device for its size. The only cons is that the physical buttons are very soft and can be pressed easily by accident.

    Software:
    Q1 uses a custom OS(MTouch 3.0) based on Linux. It can be updated from the Shanling website. One can access My Files, Settings, Equalizer, My Music, etc from the main menu. Navigation is intuitive and very comfortable. There is also an Equalizer with 10 bands and 8 presets(+3 custom presets). The only cons is lack of search option in My Music, but I guess it’s the same with most DAPS in the market.

    Audio Quality(without Equalizer):
    I paired it with LZ-A6 Mini. The audio signature is neutral and flat. Background is black. There is no noise/hiss. Whatever sound signature one gets will be based entirely on the signature of the IEM one uses.

    The bass is very good and controlled. There is no bleeding. Mid bass is good and tight.
    The midrange is also great. Vocals sound full and rich. Instruments sound precise.
    Treble is extended and sounds transparent. Decay is fast. Treble performance depends much on the IEMS used.

    Sound stage is awesome. Its wide and also has a lot of depth. Instrument positioning is accurate. Paired with a good IEM its sure to give one a 3D effect, placing the listener right in the center of recording room.

    One can get really awesome sound quality when playing MP3 files, but FLAC is where Q1 really shines. One can hear the intricate details in a music not heard while playing the same FLAC file on a phone/PC.

    External DAC:
    Q1 can also be used as a DAC. Previously I had never used a DAC before, so when I connected the Q1 to my PC in DAC mode and listened to the audio, my mind was blown! Audio sounds MUCH better from a PC when using a DAC. Even if one doesn’t buy a DAP, but uses a PC for audio purposes, one must at least get a DAC.

    Wireless:
    Q1 supports 2-way audio through Bluetooth and can play files with aptX or LDAC which is awesome. Even though wireless audio is no match for wired, still, when required Q1 gives the best available in wireless audio.

    Pros:
    Build quality, Audio quality, external DAC, 2way BT with aptX & LDAC, 2TB sd card support

    Cons:
    Buttons easy to press accidently, No search in My Music

    Should you but it?
    If you call yourself an audiophile, but still listen to music on a phone/PC, hell yeah! Just go ahead and order it!
    But if you are not an audiophile and haven’t heard about FLACs, stay away.

    Hey Nafees, thank you so much for sharing such an elaborate and well written review with us. This will definitely help a lot of customers to make an informed decision.

    S
    S.V.
    Awesome

    I have just been using it for a day now... but all I can say is that it has surpassed all my expectations. I would recommend it to anyone. Absolutely superb.

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    N
    N.
    A Must Have for Audiophiles, the Best Budget DAP

    IEM Used: LZ-A6 Mini with Magaosi TY-01 cable
    Files played: FLAC(32bit/96 KHz), MP3(320 kbps)

    Phone vs DAP:

    This is my first DAP. Before this I was using UAPP/Poweramp on an Android phone(Redmi K20 Pro). Compared to the phone, audio from a DAP sounds much fuller and fleshed out. It may not be apparent at once, especially if one uses UAPP on Android. But over the duration of my listening session, I noticed various sounds which were not audible to me on a phone. Audio coming from a DAP sounds accurate while that from a phone sounds artificial.

    Build Quality:

    Q1 is built to last. Full zinc alloy body with metallic finish looks awesome, and feels sturdy in hand. It’s a really heavy device for its size. The only cons is that the physical buttons are very soft and can be pressed easily by accident.

    Software:

    Q1 uses a custom OS(MTouch 3.0) based on Linux. It can be updated from the Shanling website. One can access My Files, Settings, Equalizer, My Music, etc from the main menu. Navigation is intuitive and very comfortable. There is also an Equalizer with 10 bands and 8 presets(+3 custom presets). The only cons is lack of search option in My Music, but I guess it’s the same with most DAPS in the market.

    Audio Quality(without Equalizer):

    I paired it with LZ-A6 Mini. The audio signature is neutral and flat. Background is black. There is no noise/hiss. Whatever sound signature one gets will be based entirely on the signature of the IEM one uses.

    The bass is very good and controlled. There is no bleeding. Mid bass is good and tight.
    The midrange is also great. Vocals sound full and rich. Instruments sound precise.
    Treble is extended and sounds transparent. Decay is fast. Treble performance depends much on the IEMS used.

    Sound stage is awesome. Its wide and also has a lot of depth. Instrument positioning is accurate. Paired with a good IEM its sure to give one a 3D effect, placing the listener right in the center of recording room.

    One can get really awesome sound quality when playing MP3 files, but FLAC is where Q1 really shines. One can hear the intricate details in a music not heard while playing the same FLAC file on a phone/PC.

    External DAC:

    Q1 can also be used as a DAC. Previously I had never used a DAC before, so when I connected the Q1 to my PC in DAC mode and listened to the audio, my mind was blown! Audio sounds MUCH better from a PC when using a DAC. Even if one doesn’t buy a DAP, but uses a PC for audio purposes, one must at least get a DAC.

    Wireless:
    Q1 supports 2-way audio through Bluetooth and can play files with aptX or LDAC which is awesome. Even though wireless audio is no match for wired, still, when required Q1 gives the best available in wireless audio.

    Pros:

    Build quality, Audio quality, external DAC, 2way BT with aptX & LDAC, 2TB sd card support

    Cons:

    Buttons easy to press accidently, No search in My Music

    Should you but it?

    If you call yourself an audiophile, but still listen to music on a phone/PC, hell yeah! Just go ahead and order it!
    But if you are not an audiophile and haven’t heard about FLACs, stay away.

    Thnx for reading till the end! :)

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    M
    M.S.
    The worth successor to the M0

    Having owned a M0 earlier, I can say that the Q1 is much improved M0 with almost everything including the SQ is a big upgrade. The screen is easier to use now that its a lot bigger, the wheel is much better in build as well but it a tad smaller than I would have liked. The SQ is improved as well especially in stage width and in BT. The bigger dimensions have enabled Shanling to put in 3 hard ware buttons but they are an ergonomic disaster especially in their placement being on the left of the screen and I cant even remember how many times I had unwanted presses while shutting it down or using the scroll wheel on the right of the screen. USB DAC functionality works great with my Thinkpad Laptop and my Android phone. BT sound quality is better than the Shanling UP2 that I also own. Battery life is absolutely smashing and it lasts days without recharging. So in all one of the best DAPs that one can buy below 12k.

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    D.V.
    One of the best

    Having no experience in the audiophile territory I bought this after doing a lot of research nd to say this is out of this world is an understatement. Clear distinct nd can transform any audio output 100 times better if you have the files to match the expected quality. All in all worth every rupee :)

    We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. We look forward to serving you again.

    B
    B.
    Kawaaai

    Please end your internal dialogue and buy this gem. I am so glad it exists. Pair a VE Monk Plus with this and concentrate on music listening and not drooling and pining for the next big breakthrough in the aUdiOpHiLe world.
    Friendly advice : Folx with a firm hand grip, the buttons on the left will get pressed with the slightest pressure. Don’t fret, you’ll get used to holding it like a ninja.

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    r.c.
    A fantastic player

    After using it for almost a couple of weeks now i can say this player punches its quality above its weight. First of all its not heavy nor too light, beautiful ergonomics, well crafted and has a splendid look and feel about it. I like the retro feel. Now the most important part is the sound quality. I played heavy metal, hard rock, rock, pop, sound tracks, hindi and telugu film and private classical songs with a usual bit rate of 192 to 320 kbps Mp3. I was totally blown over by the clarity, even at high levels of volume (warning: please don't play music at high levels even for short periods- can be damaging to the ear) , didn't notice any lag or distortion. Later I played the the same songs in lossless formats and whoa, what an amazing difference. Shanling - Q1 is pure delight. If you really want to buy and use a player like shanling you must have access to dsd formats, otherwise i don't see much point in buying a dsd player to use it like a mobile. I used headphones and earphones both wired and wireless which support Ldac, Aptx and AAC and they were impressive and my fav is Ldac. Used noise cancelling and ordinary headphones and once again it was an amazing experience. I would say i found the wired headphones and earphones to produce sound slightly better than the wireless ones. I played Game of thrones soundtrack, The last temptation of christ, Gladiator, The Godfather and many soundtracks by Ennio Moricone , metal and hard rock by black sababth, metallica and many more and they were on par with players that cost twice the amount of Q1.
    Now somethings a bit disappointing, Bluetooth version could have been the latest, the latest firmware has glitches, especially while using the touch screen, also some earphones sometimes stop playing though the music keeps playing. Also the playlist creation is not user friendly. But overall these are software issues which shanling should rectify in their upcoming updates. Leaving these minor quibbles there is nothing much to complain. IF you are looking for a quality player in the budget of 10k to 15k look no further. This is a gem. Go buy it but take my word if you can only use it with lossless formats, otherwise your mobile would be enough.

    A
    A.C.
    Feature packed and a great beginner DAP

    Firstly, thanks to Headphone Zone for making this product available in India at such a good price and so close to its global launch. I’ve been eyeing this one since the kickstarter project.
    This is probably the most affordable Hi-res DAP available for what it delivers both in terms of its sound and available features.

    The Q1 is very well built and feels really good when in use, the colour finish looks elegant and premium. Overall is very plush. The size makes it perfect for anyone who wants to carry it in the pocket often; it’s slightly on the heavier side which isn’t a disadvantage but in fact makes it less unwieldy in the hand.

    In terms of all it can do, the Q1 is a tiny beast. You can use it a Bluetooth receiver to cast music from your phone which sounds impressive. It can also be used as a DAP to play music though wireless headphones and speakers. It doubles up as an USB DAC, a feature I use the most. The Q1 can also be controlled remotely from your android phone through the Shanling app.

    I am not an audiophile per se but certainly a music enthusiast and can tell the difference between the sound out of my 2019 MacBook Pro and this one. I had used a Fiio X5 iii earlier as an external DAC which sounded very spacious and well rounded with deep bass and smooth highs. Compared to that experience, Q1’s sound stage doesn’t feel as wide out of the box but is really precise in reproducing the details and brightening up certain kinds of music. I say this as I use the Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition which is capable of reproducing a really wide soundstage. Jazz and acoustics sound amazing on the Q1 but classical isn’t all that great. The vocals feel slightly forward sounding. This is based on my experience through the first week. I have realised, using high gain improves the sound stage quite a bit and tweaking the equaliser (both of these features are quickly accessible from the pull down menu) makes significant difference. The sound (speaking of it as an external DAC) just as is, probably isn’t very exciting but the host of features can make it a fun equipment for a beginner who is ready to make full use of its features to enjoy music. Additionally playing hi res tracks as opposed to mp3 or AAC is noticeably different.

    The user interface is quite simple and intuitive; it took me a couple of minutes to get used to and doesn’t come in the way of listening to music. The play pause buttons can be too sensitive but can be easily turned off while locked. The volume knob feels good and click although can be hard to turn with silicone sleeve on (comes in the box which is an awesome addition). The included usb-c cable is long braided and feels durable.

    For someone on a tight budget looking for a well performing DAP that can double up as an external DAC the Q1 is highly recommended. It’s very good value for money and may feel a little more than that for an amateur so to speak.

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    i.
    Amazing lil nugget

    Got these in mid Jan 2021 taking the time to really test them.
    I usually pair them with Shure SE wireless earphones but have used it as a Bluetooth transmitter for PC and Mac. I've also tested them with Bluetooth speakers and connected it to transmits from a T.V.

    It's features are mentioned in detail on the product page so I simply concur with what's listed and found everything to work well as advertised.

    Build:
    It's chunky, heavier than it looks feeling premium but fits well in a pocket.

    Accessories:
    A rubber case (highly recommended as the device is slippery). Decent quality braided charging cable, black and 1.5 meters only. The screen protector was bought separately (give it a pass). No charging brick, maybe they think they're the Chinese Apple?

    What I liked:
    It's super portable yet really versatile. I'm so impressed with all that I can do with it. I love that I can watch movies on any device and get really good audio via speakers or earphones, wired and wirelessly. It connects well with all devices tested and has a great battery life. I paired it with a 128GB card filled with FLAC audio...Nirvana in my ears whenever I want. The audio quality, codec options, equalization etc. are just stupendous. I rate this device as the purchase of the year for me.

    It's a great addition to my audiophile journey.

    What I disliked:
    SLIPPERY....use the case! The UI has a flaw, back isn't always back to the last viewed screen/page but right back. The UX is the big issue. Swiping can be too sensitive and takes you right back to the start. The 3 buttons on the side (next, play/pause, back) are way too sensitive as well. To solve this recurring nuisance I just turn off the screen and controls. It's too easy to accidentally press the buttons and ruin a great experience.

    Conclusion:
    It's an amazing lil nugget of audiophile gold. Compact, powerful, versatile, premium at a great entry level price.

    So glad to know that you love them:) We look forward to serving you again.

    Our fans say the nicest things 

    Just so you know you're in good company


    “Thank you headphone zone team for timely delivery especially in this situation and bringing this product to India I recommend everyone to check this one before considering other alternatives in the market.”

    Sreekesh V

    “Good Purchase with Good Delivery Experience !!!Delivery Experience - Extremely satisfied. The packaging was sufficient and delivered 2 days before the committed delivery experience. Delivered in almost 48 hrs.”

    Kanchan Vaidya

    “Good and quick delivery from Headphone zone and would recommend others to buy from them too. No issues from their end whatsoever.”

    Ankit Sharma

    “Amazing support from Headphones Zone team, this is my second product purchase. Delivery at critical times (COVID19), is just awesome, received my headphones one day before the committed time. Kudos to the team.”

    Purushotham

    "It’s one of the best sites to get premium quality headphones. Their service is unparalleled!! Would recommend 10/10. A Grade service!! "

    Joshua Sudeep

    "Experience was smooth. The Headphone Guru was kind and answered all my queries. The delivery was super fast. The product is genuine This is my go-to destination for everything audio from now on."

    Srinidhi Padukone

    "Their commitment to customer satisfaction is beyond par. I requested them to deliver my replacement earphones to a newer location and they were ready to deliver. Such requests don't get entertained anywhere else."

    Yaseen Samudri

    "It's not one of the best; It is the best! The only website I truly trust to get my Ear candies from. The crew has great knowledge of the various products and I bet this tops off Amazon when it comes to audio gears. Kudos "

    Reagan Lyngdoh

    "Have you done something that you're really passionate about and found out that the results are outstanding? Well, I have just summed up Headphone Zone - a really passionate team."

    Mohit Tannu

    "Awesome experience. I am so so happy and my bf loved the earphones a lot and it was his pre birthday gift. Thank you for the great service as well."

    Jennifer Yonzon

    "Probably one of the best experience I have had right from buying till getting a item serviced. I don't think I have had such a smooth experience with an online shopping website. This is where your search ends."

    Rima Patel

    "Loved the customer support shown by Headphone Zone's team. They are all willing to help and clear your doubts. I can only say that there is no need to worry. Order you dream audio tech RIGHT NOW!"

    Rajat Kaushal

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