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Shanling M5 Ultra: High-end portable player

Shanling M5 Ultra is a new player based on the combination of AKM AK4499EX + AK4191 chips. The player’s feature is not the classic Android OS, but their proprietary MTouch. Let’s see if the...

Shanling M5 Ultra
Shanling M5 Ultra

Shanling M5 Ultra is a new player based on the combination of AKM AK4499EX + AK4191 chips. The player’s feature is not the classic Android OS, but their proprietary MTouch. Let’s see if the eternal Android haters will rejoice.

Shanling M5 Ultra

Shanling M5 Ultra sets new standards by boldly abandoning smooth round lines and adopting aggressive angular shapes and edges. The precision aluminum frame and machined glass panels exude sophistication and durability. The 4.7-inch HD touchscreen, trio of hard buttons, and illuminated volume wheel provide intuitive navigation and control.

Shanling M5 Ultra

Powered by the Ingenic X2000 platform and equipped with the latest generation MTouch system, the M5 Ultra offers unrivaled functionality. Customize the main menu for quick access to files from your MicroSD card and enjoy seamless integration with the built-in Tidal Online Streaming app (coming soon with firmware update). Enjoy a variety of playback modes including USB DAC, DLNA, Airplay and Bluetooth receiver, now enhanced with Bluetooth 5.2 support.

Building on our experience with the H7 and M9 Plus, the M5 Ultra combines the Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 based balanced amplifier with AKM’s flagship AK4499EX DAC and AK4191 modulator. Featuring the M9 Plus’s improved I/V conversion stage, the M5 Ultra delivers smooth, slightly warmed-up sound with deep sub-bass, rich soundstage and plenty of detail. With an amplified amplifier delivering up to 1100mW @ 32 ohms, the M5 Ultra is one of the most powerful portable players, rivaling our flagship M9 Plus.

Shanling M5 Ultra redefines the boundaries of high-end portable audio, combining cutting-edge design, unprecedented functionality and immersive sound quality. Experience the pinnacle of portable audio excellence with the M5 Ultra and embark on a journey of audio bliss like never before.

Shanling M5 Ultra

Technical details of Shanling M5 Ultra :

  • AKM AK4499EX + AK4191
  • Amplifier: Dual TPA6120A
  • Platform: Ingenic X2000
  • System: MTouch designed by Shanling
  • Screen : 4.7-inch touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • Memory : MicroSD card slot
  • High resolution support : PCM 32bit/768kHz and DSD512
  • USB input : XMOS XU316
  • Wi-Fi : 2.4/5G, supports DLNA, Airplay, NAS and OTA updates
  • Bluetooth : version 5.2 with bidirectional support for LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, AAC.
  • Companion app: Eddict Player via SyncLink
  • Connectors: 3.5mm unbalanced, 4.4mm balanced, USB-C
  • Battery: 6000 mAh
  • Single-ended output:
    Power: 315 mW at 32 ohms
    THD+N: 0.0009%
    Channel separation: 75 dB
    S/N ratio: 121 dB
    Output impedance: 4.7 ohms
  • Balanced output:
  • Power: 1100 mW at 32 ohms
    THD+N: 0.0007%
    Channel separation: 110 dB
    Signal-to-noise ratio: 124 dB
    Output impedance: 6.6 ohms
  • Battery life: Up to 11 hours
  • Dimensions: 120 x 75 x 19.5 mm
  • Weight: 247 g