One can carry this any where. The size is small and the sound is big.
Wha, wha whaaaa!?!! Yes.
Connect over Bluetooth to an external dac, or headphones.
Or connect to the M0 (as receiver).
Connect via cable using one such as the Shanling L2
Use as a dac for your computer.
Well all daps sound the same, some say, then they say well this one sounds different! Confused? You're not alone. (Gives virtual hug).
So what does the Shanling m0 offer? We have seen earlier above the User Interface screens, the Manual, the Specifications and Features, Two videos: Shanlings quick guide and my Speedy Gonzales vid showing the UI response and a couple of photos showing the use of the Shanling m0 as a source and as a receiver...not to mention simply as a stand alone dap/player.
So what more can I say?
There is a dedicated thread on Head-fi where people are discussing their various successes (mostly) and a few difficulties with pairing of phones etc.
There have already been a couple of reviews released Twister6 and Headfonics and an accurate, short and sweet write up of the m0 by Ryan of THL on Facebook (couldn't avoid reading it as it was on FB) so far. I look forward to reading the other reviews once this is finished. Like many other reviewers I try to avoid reading reviews before I have written mine so as not to color my judgement or cloud my thoughts.
So once again onwards.
I reviewed the Shanling M3s earlier this year:
and thought it a splendid dap. It doesn't have a touchscreen but that did not deter me me from trying to use it as one on many forgetful occasions. *Facepalm.
The Shanling m0 was handed to me as I mentioned earlier in the introduction. It was small as expected and as I didn't have a ready SD Card at the time so it was safely put in a hard shell earphone case for later inspection.
It was small, as I expected, as I hadn't fully demoed to my knowledge or memory the Shanling m1, though I had definitely seen it in the flesh I wasn't too sure of what to expect size wise. (TWSS!).
I had seen some pictures but it was a mystery.
Above in the size section there are several comparisons. Yes, it is tiny...miniscule. "I lost it already" you may be forgiven for saying.
But is the sound as small as the dap? Well I expect to read eventually in the reviews already published when I finish this that they say it is a wee beastie, whose small stature belies the power within.
Such flowery language! Such a shameless hussy of a shill you say!
Well yes and no? yes! no? Shillin like a villain, or an idiot without a village. Regardless I generally do like reviewing gear that I enjoy, that makes life easier for sure. Why waste time on rubbish?
Well what about protecting the poor gormless uninformed public against the faceless mechanisms of the grinding forces of the audiophile factory machine!
Well there are plenty of blogs and sites that deal in the lower end of things, forums to peruse and the ever present court of audio law that is the Facebook comments section where one may delve for truth.
Its a lot less energy and stress spent reviewing an item one likes because generally it is made well and performs well. I don't reject samples I am offered to keep things on a level playing field, I do keep an open mind for all and dedicate as much time to a $50 product as a $1000 product. I am fortunate that the good that arrives on my doorstep outweighs the mediocre at the best of times. It just makes writing easier.
I'm lazy. Spoilt....and a tired parent. Forgive me.
Before I was even reviewing back in the days of the horse and cart one person at a show remarked on a well known personality and said 'He never gives anything a bad review'. 'A person nearby who knew the fellow in question rather well mentioned in response 'Well he never reviews anything that he does not like' - it seemed like a fail safe plan,...great work...If you can get it.
We here in the salt mines of Head pie must deal with the cards we are given comrades!
Luckily the Shanling m0 (As well as other products recently reviewed on Head pie) thankfully falls in the category of being a great product. Build, price, style, UI, form and sound.
Shouts from the two old guys (Staler and Waldorf) on the stage left balcony box of The Muppet Show...
The EQ settings are all presets, no adjustable EQ. (A custom EQ is in the works I read).
No built in memory, so have a micro SD Card handy.
For wired connection to an external dac the Shanling L2 cable should be fine.
After 2.0 FW exfat, FAT32 and NTFS are ok for micro SD card format. FAT32 for any updates before.
Cases are available for your Daps protection.