Shanling

Shanling - UA2

Portable Balanced DAC & Amp

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Chi-Fi
Excellence

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Commuting

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

2.5mm Balanced
Output

ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M
DAC Chip

Pair with Laptop via
USB-C to USB-A adapter

Upto 195mW @ 32Ω
Power Output

Metal
Build

Super Lightweight
Design

DESCRIPTION

ELEVATE TO HIGH-RES MUSIC LISTENING WITH THE SLEEK & COMPACT UA2

An advanced USB DAC/AMP from Shanling's UA line, the UA2 features a powerful ESS ES9038Q2M DAC along with an RT6838 amplifier to deliver a high-grade sonic experience. Sporting a compact and portable design, the UA2 is a powerhouse DAC/AMP designed to help you enjoy Hi-Res Audio of up to PCM 32/768 and DSD512, on the go.

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WITH STANDARD USB-C CONNECTOR, INTERCHANGEABLE CABLE & NINTENDO SWITCH COMPATIBILITY

Connectivity is easy with a USB-C connector which allows you to connect UA2 to almost every modern-day smartphone for high-grade sound. The cables are interchangeable for flexibility and upgradability. The portable UA2 is compatible with Android, Personal Computers, and iOS (lightning cable sold separately). There is a dedicated mode in the UA2 for Nintendo Switch compatibility.

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IDEAL FOR STANDARD HEADPHONES ALONG WITH STANDARD CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

With a power output of up to 95mW at 32 ohms, the Shanling UA2 can drive regular headphones with absolute ease. Additionally, you get two output connections with the UA2 - a standard single-ended 3.5 mm output for regular headphones and a 2.5 mm balanced output for balanced sound output.

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WITH A NOISE ELIMINATING LOW-DROPOUT REGULATOR & A LED INDICATOR

With a low-dropout regulator, the UA2 is able to keep the levels of background noise in check ensuring that the sound stays clear and free of noise and hiss. This makes the UA2 a perfect match for sensitive earphones. Keep an eye on the current sampling rate through the LED indicator. This lets you know if you are playing the high-quality DSD format. It also allows you to check if you are connected to your gaming console.

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TAILOR THE SOUND TO YOUR PREFERENCE WITH THE DEDICATED COMPANION APP

Open a whole new world of settings with the Companion App which allows you to personalize your sound. Get better control over the Shanling UA2 with this App. It lets you tweak different gain modes and digital filters to ensure the sound is fine-tuned to match your music taste.

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SPECS

3.5MM SINGLE ENDED OUTPUT
OUTPUT POWER 2V @ 32Ω 125mW@32ohm
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 – 50000kHz (-0.5dB)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 121dB @ 32Ω (A-Weighting)
CHANNEL SEPARATION 76 dB @ 32Ω
DYNAMIC RANGE 122dB @ 32Ω (A-Weighting)
THD+N 0.0008% @ 32Ω (A-Weighting @0.5V)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 0.8 Ω
2.5MM BALANCED OUTPUT
OUTPUT POWER 2.5V @ 32Ω (195mW@32Ω)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 – 50000kHz (-0.5dB)
SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO 116dB @ 32Ω (A-Weighting)
CHANNEL SEPARATION 109 dB @ 32Ω
DYNAMIC RANGE 120dB @ 32Ω (A-Weighting)
THD+N 0.0008% @ 32Ω (A-Weighting @0.5V)
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE 1.6 Ω
SPECIFICATION
DIMENSION 54 x 18 x 9mm
WEIGHT 12.6g (Without cable)
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. Shanling UA2
2. USB-C to USB-C cable
3. USB A adapter

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Warranty
Ideal For Smartphone Smartphone Smartphone Smartphone & Desktop
Weight 12.6g 12g 11.1g 15g
DAC Chip ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M Dual Cirrus Logic CS43131 Cirrus Logic CS43131 ESS SABRE ES9281
Sample Rate 32bit/768kHz 32Bit/384kHz 32Hz/384KHz 32bit/384kHz
Inbuilt Battery
Battery Life
Balanced Outputs
Outputs 2.5mm 4.4mm 3.5mm 3.5mm
Digital Inputs USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C
Output level 125mW@32Ω 195mW@32Ω 1V/62 mW 16Ω 1.4V/62 mW 32Ω 2V/27mW 150Ω
Signal to Noise Ratio 133dB 120dB
Expert Verdict


"Paired with a good pair of IEM’s, like the or the new iBasso IT00 and you’ll be good for quite some time, on a tight budget. A great bang for a buck, that goes straight into my recommendation list."
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FAQs

Warranty

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling UA2 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
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Naisadh Kumar (Delhi)
Great Value for the price !

What's Bad - The only downside is that this drains a lot of battery from my phone. The only downside which made me give 4 stars.

What's Awesome - Excellent sound separation and stage. A slight warm sound signature which makes the listening experience very enjoyable.
I have been using this with ATH-M50x and Moondrop Starfield. Blown away by the improvement in clarity.
If you are a rock music lover - in my opinion - Moondrop Starfield + Shanling UA2 = Most value for money eargasm.

Hi Naisadh, Thank you so much for sharing your honest review with us. It is very important to us that each customer of ours gets the best deal on the product they buy. Happy Listening! :)

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sameer uddin (Hyderabad)
Indicator light is always blue

I don't know if any user saw the led indicator turn yellow or green or white. I played DSD files of 24bit 176 kHz and even higher. The light stayed blue all the time. This was one of the reasons of this purchase. Can anyone else confirm this?

Hey Sameer, thanks for your review.We shall reach out to you soon to help you with your LED light query, so be rest assured about it!

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A. Pillai (Ahmedabad)
First amp/dac.

The product itself has made tremendous improvements in the music I listen to. The only source of lossless and high resolution music in India is Apple Music. So I was able to listen to music in all its glory. However, I was just about lucky with it. There is no option on itunes for windows to turn on lossless (at least I haven't found it). If anyone at HPZ knows about it please help me out. Secondly my android phone (Reno 6) is only capable of playing Apple lossless and not Hi res. Thankfully my Galaxy Tab s6 Lite has a bite rate upscaler that seems to be capable of high res via type c. So in my phone I only see a green light even though the music file is hi res. Whereas in my tab it is a yellow light. (There is a chart in the manual about the led light indicator on the UA2 which tells you if you are streaming in high bit rate or low.)

Since this is my first dac, I have nothing to compare with but I can say with surety that I can never go back to the way I listened to music. I am completely spoiled now, using the UA2 with my ath m50x on my tablet is the only way I listen to music. UA2 definitely did the job meeting my expectations if not more. There is considerable improvement in the sound quality. I feel they could be more competitively priced. If you want a good deal go for the bundle with any In-ears. HPZ has really gotten me to really enjoy the music I listen to. This is my 5th purchase from the store and I have never been disappointed.

Hey there,
Glad to read your review on your first amp/dac. We thank you for this lovely review & we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.

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Shameer Mohamed (Coimbatore)
It's a Beast

This review is after 1 month usage., Because am not able to give positive nor negative , intially my mindset was like that
I bought these because of hyped reviews, and it's using the same chip of AQ Cobalt which is 30k & this is 7k only
Also using Ak XB10, Fiio K1 Dac

Am not able find the difference between these 3 dacs ..mild ..I felt
But after started using NEUTRON MUSIC PLAYER , switching on its 64 bit processing & Resampling - Audiophile mode
My Audio Technica M40x sounds like never before in just 60% volume , (Ak Xb 10 dac 100% volume is low compared to UA2 60%)
And because of this much power it's provides, the mobile battery drain very fast, that's why taking 1 star out

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Rabinarayan Mallick (Bhubaneswar)
Good

Warm sound signature, not that smooth like shanling UP4 But produce good amount of detail.

Thank you for sharing your honest review!

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Supriya Das (Kolkata)
Musical and Enjoyable

This is a very enjoyable sounding dac with very powerful amplifier. It can drive hifiman he400i 2020 with adequate power which in my opinion a very power hungry headphone(as it is a planner magnetic headphone). It has above average sound stage in terms of width and depth. It is not a neutral sounding dac , it adds some colours which makes it very enjoyable and relaxing sound producing dac(little bit W shaped). It is little bit warm dac. guitar, piano, cymbals, voice are excellent. The addition of balance connection is the cherry on the top. It not only provide more headroom and power but also it provide more clear sound and more details. In terms of detail retrieval, it is not super detail producing dac. But it does its job very well. With very annalytical iem or headphone it really makes music out of the world. At this price this is a really value for money. there is other option too for neutral sounding dac with more detail retrieval (may be, as I have not heard any of these dac so I m not sure) like earman eagle, hiby fc3, ibasso dc03, e1da etc. But this is worth considering as the balance output outperform them all(in my opinion).

Hey Supriya, we're happy to hear that you are loving your new purchase. Thanks for sharing this amazing feedback with us.

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Hari (Aruppukkottai)
Over Rated explanation and reviews

Performance is not as you explained so please try to stop giving hyper explanation !

Hey Hari, its sad to see that the product is not meeting your expectations. Feel free to let us know what went wrong with your purchase and we will try and make your experience any better.

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Paritosh (Mumbai)
Status indicator light doesn't change colour

I have the same problem as Sameer Uddin in the reviews. The status indicator light doesn't change colour at higher sampling frequencies. It should turn green in my case (picture). But it always stays blue.

Hey Paritosh, we would like to inform you that if you are using your default music player on your phone, there are chances that the LED of the Shanling UA2 will not change as the audio file is compressed in those players. Hence, we would highly suggest you to use streaming services like Tidal and check with your laptop to check the change in the LED of your unit. Our team is already in touch with you to help you with the same.

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Deepak Rohilla (Chennai)

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