Shanling Audio M9 Portable Audio Player


A symphony of clarity, depth, and richness


From its Sleek Aesthetic to Intuitive Controls

The M9 is the first player to adapt Shanling’s new design approach, inspired by their 25th anniversary edition Hi-Fi line. Using precise CNC machines, creating the main chassis from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminium, with a complex wave pattern on the sides. And adding glass panels to front, back and top of the player, for a clean and smooth look.

The M9 adapts a system of interchangeable headphone sockets, providing all the needed connection standards while keeping a cleaner look and better optimised internal design. Four different sockets are included alongside each M9.

M9 player includes MQA technology, which enables you to playback MQA audio files and streams, delivering the sound of the original master recording. ‘MQA’ or ‘MQA Studio’ indicates that the product is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. ‘MQA Studio’ indicates it is playing an MQA Studio file,which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.

True to Life Colours

The main screen of M9 is a beautiful 6-inch LCD panel from Sharp, offering a 2160 x 1080 resolution, stunning colors and great viewing angles. And it looks even better fitted into the “floating screen” design of the front panel. A simple secondary screen was added to the notch, providing you with a constant display of time, charging, volume or playing sampling rate – keeping you informed without any need to turn on the main screen.

Long Lasting Battery

With a massive 8350 mAh battery, M9 extends its playback time up to 18 hours on single-ended or 10 hours on balanced output. To support such a battery Shanling have added an 18W Qualcomm quick charging adaptor, making sure it can be recharged in a short time.

Significant CPU Upgrade

Running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU, with eight cores, 11nm architecture and Andreno 610 GPU, providing more than enough processing power for any modern applications. Also allowing for a longer battery life thanks to the lower power consumption and its reduced heat emission is very welcomed in a Hi-Fi grade device.

Bursting With Power

To provide even more power for the most demanding full-size headphones, M9 utilises a new system with a hardware gain adjustment, offering up to 460mW @ 320 in single-ended and 920mW @ 320 in balanced output.

Ultimate AKM Sound

Audio circuit is based around two AKM AK4499EQ DACs. This best-in-class DAC was basis of the acclaimed M8, but sadly, it was discontinued last year. M9 is using their last remaining stock of these DACs, all manually paired for each unit of M9, for the ultimate sound performance.


  • Dimensions: 152 x 82 x 22mm
  • Screen: 6-inch 1080 x 2160 Touch Screen
  • System: Open Android 10
  • Audio formats: DSD(“.iso”,”.dsf”,”.dff”)/DST ISO/ ISO / DXD / APE / FLAC / WAV / AIFF / AIF / DTS / MP3 / WMA / AAC / OGG / ALAC / MP2/
  • Hi-Res Support: 32 bit / 768 kHz, DSD 512
  • Memory: 8GB RAM LPDDR4X & 256G UFS2.1 & MicroSD card slot
  • DAC: AKM AK4499EQ X2
  • Digital Filters: 5 Preset Filters
  • Bluetooth: Version 5.0
  • Bluetooth Codec Support
  • As Transmitter: LDAC/LHDC/ aptX HD/ aptX / SBC
  • As Receiver: LDAC / SBC

Single-Ended Output:

  • Output Power
    • Low Gain: 0.86 V@32 Ohm (23 mW)
    • Medium Gain: 1.39 V@32 Ohm (60 mW)
    • High gain: 2.74 V@32 Ohm (235 mW)
    • Turbo Gain: 3.84 V @ 32 Ohm (460 mW)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 40 KHz (0.2 dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0007%
  • Channel separation: 75 dB @ 32 Ohm
  • Dynamic Range: 122 dB
  • Signal-To-Noise: 122 dB
  • Noise: >116 dB(<1.6 uV) (Low Gain)
  • Noise: >110 dB(<3.0 uV) (Turbo Gain)
  • Output Impedance: <1 Ohm

Balanced Output:

  • Output Power:
    • Low Gain: 1.70 V@32 Ohm (90 mW)
    • Medium Gain: 2.72 V@32 Ohm (230 mW)
    • High gain: 3.84 V@32 Ohm (460 mW)
    • Turbo Gain: 5.42 V @ 32 Ohm (920 mW)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 40 KHz (0.2 dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0007%
  • Channel separation: 115 dB @ 32 Ohm
  • Dynamic Range: 125 dB
  • Signal-To-Noise: 125 dB
  • Noise: >113 dB(<1.6 uV) (Low Gain)
  • Output Impedance: <1 Ohm
  • WiFi: 2.4G/5G-SyncLink/DLNA/ Airplay / OTA Updates
  • Battery Life: Up to 18h (Single-Ended) // 10h (Balanced)
  • Battery: 8350 mAh, Supporting QC3.0 charging

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