Shanling - UP2

Portable Bluetooth DAC & Amp

Sale price₹ 6,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 7,999
Discontinued
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Customer Reviews

Based on 49 reviews
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SBR (Hyderabad)
Sounds Amazing - Issue with power - Clueless if its charging

hi, Its an amazing experience for the sound quality at this price point with aptxHD and LDAC , however there is no charger provided and using the regular USB-C charger is a concern. There is no feedback to the user if the device is charging or not and red light indicator is not visible everytime. Even after charging it for an hour or so at time the device does not switch on leading to anxious moments if its dead.

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Arun (Chennai)
Overrated Underpowered

I was hoping for a lot more power from a dedicated amp, albeit a portable one. I have a mac book pro as my source and a senn HD598 soon to be replaced by a beyer 770 pro 80ohm. The average power output from this device makes me very skeptical this will even meet the bare minimum requirement for the beyers, let alone bring out the best in them.
They are not entirely to be blamed though. They have been very transparent with their specs. I guess I just paid 5k to get a frame of reference by knowing what 67mW of power feels like. I'd be careful with an amp that pushes less than 100mW, that too 80ohms, moving forward.
This is, however, my initial impression. I'll be back with an update after I burn in this device for at least another 200 hours.

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Manas (Mumbai)
Thumbs UP2

I used the HIdizs Sonata II before moving on to this and I can say it is an undoubted upgrade. It definitely has more power than Sonata (though Sonata isn't that bad either), but the real difference is in the presentation. While the Sonata was cluttered and forward, this is more laid-back and detailed. I had a V30 before this and I can safely say that it matches the SQ of V30 in high impedance mode (V30 was a little brighter I feel). I'm not sure if this will be enough for power hungry earphones, but most of my collection is under 50 ohms with high sensitivity. So it shouldn't be a problem at all. My only real gripe is the control knob, which is manageable but not the most elegant mechanism...lots of accidental clicks already. Otherwise, an absolutely a great buy.

Thank you so much for leaving this detailed review.

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Hafis K M (Thrissur)
Decent Product, Read full review.

Although it supports different codecs, If you phone doesn't support that you will be screwed. If you phone supports LDAC and Aptx it will lock onto LDAC by default. You have to go to developer option and Manually change. Even if it supports Aptx Low Latency I found that gaming through this won't be a good idea.I played pubg using UP2 using Aptx LL and LDAC, still a there is tiny lag. It's not a deal breaker because the Latency depends on many factors ( Which smartphone you are using , Interference between other singnal etc) But I still didn't get the perfect latency while gaming. For media it's Perfect for me. I plugged my V-Moda Crossfade LP2 and that tiny thing packs quite punch 😊 I would give a five star if I got perfect latency while gaming

Thank you so much for sharing your review with us!

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Siddhant Tambe (Pune)
Buggy, but does the primary job perfectly well.

My Gear: Sennheiser HD 599SE + Shanling UP2
Codecs heard: AptxHD, LDAC
Streaming service: Spotify Premium at "Very High" quality.

Personally, I do not have a point of reference, as this is my first AMP DAC. However, as far as being an Amplifier goes, it does the job perfectly well! 👍🏻👌🏻
The issues however are well noticable (and wanted to make me reduce my rating to 3, but at the given price, 4 is okay).
Issues:
1. The device comes with default firmware version of 1.2.5 which is extremely buggy. You WILL HAVE TO upgrade the firmware as soon as possible.
2. Firmware upgrade works only via PC. The Shanling Controller App fails each time you try to upgrade the firmware.
3. After upgrading, the volume remains the same as what it was the last time (thankfully), but the multi-functional button is absolutely unable to set the expected volume instantly.
For ex: If you turn the knob once clockwise, it will not increase the volume (you will have to turn it twice), but then if you turn the knob counter-clockwise, it will reduce the volume instantly.
This is the most irritating thing when the volume you wish is to be set.
4. There are occasional delays when starting to play a song, or when one song ends and another begins. This happens almost randomly, so it's hard to pinpoint to a specific time when it happens.

I may upgrade later on if the volume thing starts bothering me too much.


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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!


Best Suited for Portable Use

Bluetooth with LDAC
aptX HD & AAC

Battery Capacity of
400 mAh

Works with Android & iOS

One thing all of our phones have in common is that they have replaced the portable media player. These headphones and devices are perfect to pair with your Android and iOS devices and offer functionality previously unknown. If you’re someone who usually switches between a variety of devices with different OS, then these are suited for you. You can expect these headphones and devices to connect seamlessly without any hassle and even offer OS-specific functionality depending on the device. Headphones and devices designed to work with Android and iOS come in wired and wireless formats. Quite often you will also find Hi-Fi equipment offering direct connectivity to devices with Android and iOS to simplify the connectivity process.


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Wireless Range

You must have most likely noticed that wireless signals do not travel an infinite distance. The farther a wireless signal goes, the weaker it gets. This loss is known as path loss, and it defines the range of connectivity. This range of connectivity is dependent on the wireless protocol in use like Bluetooth. Three classes offer standard ranges of connectivity with Class 1 devices transmitting at 100 mW with a range of 100 meters or 328 feet. Most Bluetooth headsets and headphones are Class 2 devices that transmit at 2.5 mW with a range of 10 meters or 33 feet. Lastly, Class 3 devices transmit at 1 mW with a range of fewer than 10 meters.


A WIRELESS DAC/AMP THAT CAN TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE INTO A HI-FI AUDIO PLAYER

The Shanling UP2 is a powerful wireless DAC/Amp, a perfect companion for your smartphone or any other device. With its wireless capabilities, high-end DAC chip, and more, transform any device into a hi-fi audio player.

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64-STEP VOLUME CONTROL FOR A MORE PRECISE SETTING

The Shanling UP2 allows the tiniest volume changes, which is perfect for sensitive earphones. The volume control is split into 64 steps (unlike the regular 16 steps) for a more precise setting. A multi-functional wheel on the side of the amp lets you control your music easily.

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APTX HD, LDAC CODEC AND ESS SABRE DAC FOR A FLAWLESS PLAYBACK, WIRED OR WIRELESS

Stream hi-res files over Bluetooth with the Shanling UP2. It supports multiple Bluetooth codecs including LDAC, aptX HD, AAC & more. An ESS Sabre ES9218P audio chip helps retain audio quality while the CSR8675 Bluetooth chip ensures seamless connectivity without any dropouts.

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DOUBLES-UP AS A USB DAC/AMP FOR EASY CONNECTIVITY

You can connect the Shanling UP2 to your computer and use it as a USB DAC/Amp. It also acts as an external sound card, simply. You can also connect a USB-C cable and play music without the need for any external drivers.

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11 HOURS OF MUSIC PLAYBACK AND NOISE CANCELLATION TECH FOR CLEAR CALLING

The UP2 comes with a high-quality Knowles SiSonic microphone & a new-gen noise cancellation technology to ensure clear calls. With a battery life that lasts for 11 hours on a full charge, you sure have a worry-free listening experience. Not on active use, it possesses up to 200 hours on standby.

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SHANLING'S CONTROLLER APP TO TAKE ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF YOUR UP2

Take your Shanling UP2's wirelessness up a notch with the Shanling Controller. This nifty app lets you control playback and set up your UP2. You also get added functionality like equaliser support, OTA updates and more. here.

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6 Months Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Shanling - UP2 comes with a 6 Months 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.

SoundPhile

"UP2 is lovely. It's a smart answer to the search for a small and portable Bluetooth source. Size does not always matter, the UP2 is diminutive in size, yet its a compelling device for audiophiles."

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Prime-Audio

"If you're looking for a Bluetooth amplifier with a clean and neutral sound plus a powerful output and excellent build quality then the UP2 is a super easy recommendation."

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RTings

"UP2 is an excellent bluetooth amp that can be safely recommended to anybody looking for a powerful output, clean sound, no lag, and a genius button/wheel design, which makes it easy to operate."

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Headphonesty

"The UP2 is a stellar product. From the design, build materials, connectivity right up to the all-important sound quality that surpasses most smartphones, it excels in every department."

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Headfonics

"To sum things up, I honestly think that both the UP2 and UP4 are capable devices and if you pair your favourite head and earphones phones with either, you will not experience much of a bottleneck here. "

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Prime-Audio

"If you’re looking for a Bluetooth amplifier with a clean and neutral sound plus a powerful output and excellent build quality then the UP2 is a super easy recommendation. "

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