Shanling - UA3

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Ideal for Audiophiles

These DAC & Amps are designed for discerning music lovers. If audio quality is important to you, a set of DAC & Amps like these would be ideal.

You can expect these DAC & Amps to present you with a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these DAC & Amps is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.

These DAC & Amps deliver a spacious & open soundstage that makes you feel you are sitting at a live concert. Experience the magic and delve into pure sonic tranquility!

Best Suited for Portable Use

For those who value them, being able to carry their favourite DAC & Amp equipment when they are on the move is invaluable.

These DAC & Amps 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 DAC & Amps are cleverly engineered with the latest technology to offer the ultimate combination of portability & Hi-Fidelity!

Ideal for Gaming

Sometimes, DAC & Amps embed a built-in microphone so you can use it while gaming. If you are someone working from home, or a professional gamer, you'll benefit from a DAC & Amp with a microphone.

You can expect these DAC & Amps to offer brilliant microphone quality and clear audio so that teammates can hear you at the other end. Just plug them in, and game your way to victory!


Pair with Laptop via USB

A majority of people use a laptop as the primary source device to listen to music or watch movies. Since the laptop is an essential part of the audio chain there are headphones and devices designed to work a laptop or computer system flawlessly. With the availability of USB connectivity, it becomes easier to pair various devices like an Amp, DAC or even headphones without worrying about drivers or any additional piece of software.

Upto 210mW @ 32Ω
Power Output

Volume Controls

If your DAC & Amps include volume controls or volume rockers, you can easily change the volume with a button press or volume knob turn.

DAC & Amps that have volume controls make its operation incredibly simple; turn up the volume on your smartphone or your source devices and then change the volume on DAC & Amps to the desired level.

This design feature allows you to have complete control over the desired volume according to your listening preferences.

Based on the famous Shanling UA2, the latest UA3 bridges the gap between the UA2 and the UA5. It features a high-fidelity AKM DAC chip and is supported by a powerful amplification chip for a highly engaging music listening experience.


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.


The UA3 is the latest addition to Shanling's successful UA line of devices, and it will be the first to feature an all-new DAC from the relaunched range of AKM DACs, marking a key milestone for the firm. AKM DACs have been a part of Shanling's audio designs for many years, ensuring the company's hard-line Hi-Fi criteria. In early 2022, AKM updated their DAC line, with the UA3 being the first of these designs, utilizing the newly released AK4493SEQ DAC for the first time, bringing AKM's sound to their UA series of portable DAC & Amp. Shanling UA3 has a high-end dual DAC chipset with two RICORE RT6863 amplification chips and brand-new AKM AK4493SEQ DAC chips. The Shanling UA3 will provide you with a transparent and clean sound with the support of DSD512 and Hi-Res up to 32bit/768kHz.



Shanling has designed the UA3 to consume substantially less power from the connected smartphone with their new USB DAC power management. UA3 provides increased smartphone compatibility and battery life of which 60% of the time is spent in standby mode and 40% of the time during playback, this information comes from Shanling's in-house testing. UA3 can process all data with better accuracy and performance, PCM and DSD, thanks to a built-in high precision clock.



A high-fidelity sound is delivered thanks to a sophisticated low-dropout voltage regulator that creates an incredibly black background with no extraneous noise. A more durable 4.4mm connector is used for balanced output, which is equipped with hardware buttons for volume and playback control. Whether you require a balanced 4.4mm connection or a single-ended 3.5mm headphone output connector, Shanling has included both in the UA3. Choose your termination option for your headphones or earphones. Shanling UA3 has a rated power output of 211mW balanced 4.4mm and 125mW single-ended 3.5mm at 32 Ohms.



To gain complete control over the UA3, download Shanling's Eddict Player app. Allowing access to six different types of digital filters, gaining control, and button setting customization, among other things. For iOS systems, Eddict player settings are not available. The UA3 contains little LED lights that indicate the sample rate. Purple - 352/384/705/768kHz, Yellow - 176.4/192kHz, Green - 88.2/96kHz, Blue - 44.1/48kHz. A White indication light is provided for DSD64/128/256/512. The red light will flash in UAC1.0 Mode.



To switch the UA3 to UAC1.0 mode, hold down the middle button when attaching it to a device. This setting ensures interoperability with a broader range of devices, particularly gaming systems, enhancing their sound quality. Android, Windows, Mac, and iOS are all supported. For use with iOS, a special lightning cable can be used. UA3 is compatible with Nintendo Switch, other game systems, and older devices in UAC2.0 and UAC1.0 mode. Driver installation is needed while using UA3 with windows, no drivers are required for use with Mac. Shanling UA3 comes with a variety of peripherals, including a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A adapter for seamless connectivity with PC and gaming consoles.



Shanling products are always known for their optimum build quality. A simple and durable construction precisely crafted from a single block of aluminum, with a smooth matte finish. Extremely light making it a perfect accessory for portable usage. Shanling UA3 comes with a high-quality copper USB-C to USB-C cable. It may be changed to other cables with different constructions and lengths to match Android, PC, and iOS devices. The hardware and software volumes of the linked device can be controlled directly by the UA3.

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling - UA3 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.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Gautam (Kolkata)
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Very powerful and musical DAC dongle

Top notch AKM chip based DAC.
It is very smooth, warm and detailed sounding powerful DAC.

For those who love Slice or Maaza mango drink over Thumbs up or Coke.😉

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

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Shanling - UA3

Thank you for your valuable review!

Aditya Raj (Patna)
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This is an amazing upgrade from the cheap yet impressive dac dongle Abigail

I had been using Abigail with my Tforce Yuan Li Dark Soul for a few months. I learned that Yuan Li needs much more power to shine. So I kept looking for a perfect dac that has enough power and also has a 'velvety' sound signature.
After listening through UA3, it significantly improved the sound quality in all the aspects. Bass got accentuated and I am loving how tight and deep it is now. Vocals are impressively forward and the soundstage has widened. I am absolutely loving it. I am getting all this from the single end 3.5mm jack. I'm getting a 4.4 mm cable soon to have even better immersive experience.
The build quality is just awesome. Go for it!

Thanks a lot!!! We appreciate the genuine feedback and we'll share your thoughts with the brand as well.

akshay (Mumbai)
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An Excellent DAC for the money

This little powerhouse of a DAC has certainly exceeded my expectations from a Dongle DAC. Wanted to try an AKM based chip and Lotoo PAW S1 is costing almost 50% more than this DAC, where as this DAC also has a better AKM chip. So the sale made it easier for me to buy this DAC over Lotoo one.

My main DAC is Ifi Zen DAC V2 and it's cetreianly my best DAC but UA3 comes a close second. It's certainly better than my JDS labs ODAC or Fiio E17.

Like advertised, this one has velvet smooth sound signature and which is tad bit smoother than the Burr Brown based Zen DAC V2 which has slightly crisp treble and tighter Bass.

I don't have a frame of reference for similarly priced DACs but i am perfectly happy with this purchase and at 8k this is certainly worth buying for non criticale listening which most people won't do with IEMs or portable headphones anyways.

I didn't face any connectivity issue however I read some other website reviews for UA3 and couple of them mention the compatibility issue. For me though, this DAC worked out of the box without a single issue.

The type C Cable provided seems but too tight for my liking and also could have been longer especially considering this DAC has Type A adapter in the box.

Hi there, we are so happy you took out time and elaborately reviewed the product. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better and informed decision.

Pradeep Kulkarni (Hyderabad)
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Returning this product, malfunctioning after purchase, worked only for 3 days

Sajid Qureshi (Mumbai)
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Shanling UA3

Sounds clean, is powerful enough for IEM's, not so good for headphones and with good reason as it is just a Portable DAC/AMP. Not very resolving or detailed but good for casual listening. The 4.4mm balanced output is obviously more powerful and if your IEM has a 4.4mm termination then it can make the music sound louder, clearer and better and will probably handle the quietest files. A reasonable option at the price. I believe for something more sophisticated you may have to shell out more bucks. So, all in all a reasonable price to performance ratio.

Hey there, thank you for the great review and ratings! So delighted that you are loving your purchase. Hope you had a comfortable shopping experience. Cheers!

V.K. (Delhi)
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Most VFM Portable DAC Under 10k

The build quality is top-notch, with a solid aluminum casing that feels durable and premium. The controls are easy to use, with intuitive buttons
When it comes to sound quality, the UA3 does not disappoint. AKM DAC Provides its Signature Velvet Sound with excellent detail and clarity. The amp provides ample power to drive my Sundara. The USB-C input also allows for fast and stable connection to a variety of devices.

Overall, the Shanling UA3 is a fantastic choice for a high-quality portable DAC . Its exceptional sound quality, premium build, and convenient features make it the most VFM Dac Below 10K IMO

Hey Vinayak, thanks a lot for this lovely review and we are glad you are enjoying it! Keep the music playing.

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