Shanling M3 Ultra

The M3 Ultra is Shanling’s newest portable high-definition digital music player, replacing the M3X. Built on the same architecture but with an improved processor and Android 10 version. It also features the latest-generation SABRE Dual DAC Chipsets, Dual ES9219C chips and its amplification section uses two independent TR6863 chips. These chips allow the M3 Ultra to decode high-resolution PCM audio streams up to 32bit/384kHz and Native DSD up to DSD256. They also offer the possibility to play MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) format for a sound as close as possible to the studio recording.

On the outside the M3 Ultra still has a 4.2-inch screen, for the ideal balance between system usability and device portability. Aluminium frame keeps the same overall design, just with a few small adjustments, including a new solution for the MicroSD card door. And offering a standard combination of 3.5mm single-ended and 4.4mm balanced outputs.

On the inside, that’s where all the important things changed. Android platform was upgraded to the octa-core Snapdragon 665 and Android 10, refreshing M3 for swift system response and app compatibility going forward. Of course, still combined with the Android Global Lossless Output (AGLO) system for an ideal Android sound performance. Bluetooth was updated to the newer 5.0 version, supplying two-way high-resolution connectivity. Supporting LDAC, AptX, SBC, and AAC during receiving, and LDAC, SBC, and AAC during transmission. Power handling is up to 260 mW@32Ω and battery life is an astonishing 20 hours (singled ended output) with the included 3500 mAh battery cell.