Shanling M2X-The Mid Range DAP ( Roundup Review)

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-Tidal support – For never-ending streaming of music (ONLINE mode only)

– USB Bluetooth transmitter – For high quality wireless sound from any computer

– Advanced USB output – For use with any external USB DAC, now including compatibility with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes

 -MTouch 2.0 system

– Bluetooth 4.2, two-way connection

– LDAC, AAC, apt-X, SBC support

– 2.5 mm balanced and 3.5 mm single-ended output

– USB DAC function

– DLNA & Airplay support

– OTA upgrades

– 3.2 inch touch screen

– Single micro SD card slot

Article Review

Headfonia Review

Design & Build Quality


I can only write good things regarding the Shanling M2X design. The brand shrunk the M5S and got rid of the awkward lower section on the front panel. The screen size is the same but for me, that made a huge difference in term of design. The player is made of a CNC milled aluminium case, smoothly polished, anodized and tinted, sandwiched between two plates of curved glass. If you ever had an iPhone X/XS in the hand, you get the idea : amazingly smooth touch and gorgeous design.

This time, Shanling shipped us the M2X with a neat leatherette case, but hat is only for reviewers. It is for sale separately though, and you should get one. It’s a smart move, even if the player looks astounding without it, it’s best to keep it covered. This is one of those player you would feel very sorry to drop, such as the SR15 or the SP1000m from Astell&Kern.

Quality/price ratio is very high. There is no gap or flaws on any part of the player, the M2X is a true jewel in this regard. Of course, if you’ve already read our picture Sunday of the Shanling, that’s no surprise to you.


The layout is almost identical to the Shanling M5S we reviewed before.

Even if the M2X embeds a touchscreen, Shanling kept the multi-function scroll-wheel. Provided by ALPS, it’s clickable and rotative, allowing you to rise or lower the volume and turn on/off the player. The scroll wheel is made of the same metal and colour than the main body, again a seamless design.



I tested the Shanling M2X with various products, including the following: LZ A6, Toneking T88K, KZ AS06, Fearless Audio S6 RUI and Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX. I did not use any attenuator. Source files were stored on a 200 GB SanDisk microSD card and were mostly made of FLAC files in standard resolution.

I pleasantly noticed that the Shanling M2X has no background hiss whatsoever. Even using highly sensitive earphones, there is no trace of background noise. The M2X is therefore usable with theoretically any headphones without requiring any attenuator.

On the other hand, the good amount of power it outputs is enough for it to be able to drive full-size headphones without much effort and without requiring an external amplifier, though it can only do so much and volume can be limited with higher-impedance headphones. The HD 6XX I tried offered plenty of volume, though, so I guess it will do for most people (unless they want to blow their eardrums, that’s it).

The Shanling M2X has very clean output and no apparent colouration, so it comes out as a source ideal to drive practically every headphone on the market. It is really dynamic, in the sense that it separates low-volume sounds from high-volume sounds very well, transitioning from one state to the other quickly and doing a great job at portraying both at the same time. It’s also fast, as it sounds more immediate and impactful than other sources. Music really sounds lively and vivid when played on the M2X. I write all this even though I usually refrain from making such comments on solid-state players as most sound just the same, but I could hear the difference clearly from other sources such as the xDuoo XD-05 or the iFi nano iDSD BL.

I could not hear any difference in sound when using the balanced output, save for the additional power that allows the M2X to drive higher-impedance headphones.

Twister6 Review

Design and build quality.

I have been a big fan of the design of the M0, which I thought was really well thought out and implemented.

The M2X has the same sleek type of design with a few notable changes. The screen is now a 3.2 inch touch screen and the overall size has grown to 98 x 60 x 16 mm, which is very similar to my Astell & Kern AK70 (Mk I) be it a little thicker. I find this size very good for portable use and it feels perfect when I hold it in my hand either with the case or without.

The right side still has only the volume button that doubles as on/off for both the screen (single push) and the device (hold). On the left side is the micro-SD card slot, which supports up to 2TB cards that is the only memory you will have (no on-board memory).  On the same side the M2X also offers three physical buttons for playback control. On the bottom the USB port and 3.5mm headphone out have been joined by a 2.5mm balanced out.

The build quality I find really good and the way I usually measure that is by how much I feel the need to use a case.

Shanling of course sent along a case and it is very nice, fits snugly and does not impede use except for the fact that the hole for the balanced out is not big enough to accommodate the plugs from my balanced cables by Effect Audio and PlusSound, two of the more popular brands of aftermarket cables.

However, I have had no qualms about using the M2X without the case, which for instance is something I never liked doing with my AK70. The AK70 for some reason did not inspire the confidence I have with the M2X and that could simply be psychological, as the AK70 is very well built (mine has the dents and scrapes to prove it), but I tend to attribute it to the way the M2X is designed.

The edges are nicely rounded, seams feel very smooth and it gives the impression of solidity. I still would not recommend dropping it from a roof or tossing it from a running start, but I feel it can take the type of light bumps that would occur with regular use and without babying it. It does look very nice though, so I would not be surprised if some people baby the M2X just to keep it in that pristine condition.

I said with the M0 that I thought it was an award winning-level of industrial design, and the M2X is very similar. It is a minimalist design, yet fully functional, and my only point of criticism would be that the on/off function of the volume dial is too sensitive.

It is too easily pushed and responds quickly, meaning that I often accidentally turn it on while, say, removing it from its case, or turn on the screen while it is in my pocket. It seems to happen less with the M2X than the M0, but that could also be simply down to size because the M0 is so small it is very hard not to accidentally touch the dial.

In the case of the M2X there is no risk though of the player accidentally turning off though, as it asks for confirmation after the off button is held for a few seconds. Still, I have had a few times where the M2X screen came on in my pocket and suddenly tracks started changing causing general confusion and mayhem in my brain.

Soundproofbrosaudio Review ( Thai Language) 

SHANLING M2x MUSIC Player รุ่นล่าสุด จัดเป็นรุ่นกลาง ราคาไม่แรง และมาพร้อมฟังคชั่นมากมาย มาพร้อมชิป DAC AK4490 * 2 ตัว ที่รองรับการถอดรหัสสูงสุดถึง 32bit/768kHz , DSD256 ไฟล์ lossless FLAC MP3 กับไฟล์อื่นๆ ก็เล่นได้อย่างสบายลื่นไหล นอกจากนี้ยังรองรับ Bluetooth 4.2 กับ codec ยอดนิยมหลากหลาย ทั้ง LDAC / Qualcomm aptX / AAC ในส่วนของระบบปฎิบัติการเครื่องเล่น ได้เลือก MTouch 2.0 รุ่นพัฒนาที่ใช้งานได้ลื่นไหลกว่าเดิม ควบคุมการเล่นได้ง่ายด้วยทัชเมนูเพียงปลายนิ้ว วัสดุภายนอกถือว่าดีเลยเดียว ขนาดไม่เล็กไม่ใหญ่จนเกินไป หน้าจอสีสันสวยงาม ทัชสกรีนลื่นไหลดี ชาร์จแบบ Type-C USB ซึ่งทำให้ง่ายและรวดเร็ว


กลาง mid

เนื้อเสียงปานกลางค่อนไปทางหนานิดๆ เสียงร้องเด่นชัด รายละเอียดเครื่องดนตรีในย่านนี้ฟังง่าย ครบถ้วน มีความลื่นไหลดี

สูง high

ปลายเสียงทอดไปพอประมาน ไม่ถึงกะฟุ้งฟริ้ง แต่ไม่ทึบ เนื้อเสียงเปิดพอประมาณ ไม่แหลมไม่สาก

ต่ำ bass low

เนื้อเบสหนา แต่ไม่บวม ไม่ทับย่านอื่นๆ ลงได้ลึก อิมแพคดี ฟังสนุก เวที soundstage กว้างสมจริงฟังแล้วไม่อุดอู้ มิติ เสียงแยกชัดเจน การวางลำดับเครื่องดนตรี รวมถึง รายละเอียดทำออกมาได้ดี


SHANLING M2x เป็นเครื่องเล่นรุ่นกลางๆ ที่คุ้มค่าตัวนึง วัสดุดีเมื่อเทียบกับราคา ขนาดพกพากำลังดี ใช้งานง่าย Touchscreen ลื่นไหลกว่ารุ่นก่อนอย่างเห็นได้ชัด สามารถทอลองฟังได้แล้วที่ Soundproofbros ครับผม

Youtube Review ( 17K followers, Porta.Fi) ( 13K follower Bad Guy Good Audio Reviews) ( Less than 1k followers, Audiophile Heaven) (Russian, 17K followers,

The Shanling M2X is the company’s latest mid-range portable music player and it will be a “streaming” DAP. The company has announced that the M2X has Tidal support, and it will have a “USB Bluetooth transmitter” for high quality wireless sound from any computer.

It will also feature “advanced USB output” for use with any external USB DAC and it’s going to be compatible with DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver modes.

Shanling didn’t specifically mentioned that it will feature a WiFi connection or at what speed. But I’m guessing it will have WiFi connectivity considering that it will support Tidal streaming, OTA updates and there’s a WiFi signal icon on the notification area of the M2X.

It does have Bluetooth 4.2 and will support two-way connection. It will also support LDAC, AAC, apt-X and SBC.

The M2X is based on the company’s MTouch 2.0 system. It has a 3.2″ inch touch screen display and will have a 3.5mm single-ended and 2.5mm balanced output ports. Its main storage will be via a single micro SD card slot.