Shanling have lifted the veil on their next device – the nano-sized M0.This company has given us some genuinely awesome products so far. Their flagship M3s has been getting some seriously high praises, whilst the M2s is, what we still maintain to be, quite possibly the best value DAP on the market when we take into account all of its sound, features, great build quality, and excellent display.
Well, for starters, it’s tiny! Measuring in at 40mm x 13.5mm x 45mm, that means that the M0 is 63% smaller than the M2s, and even 36% smaller than the M1. Heck, it’s even 9% smaller and 2g (0.07oz) lighter than the smallest DAP that Fiio has ever produced, the M3!
Shanling have also given the M0 a really decent display sits at about 220PPI, it featureس a touch-display, though – which is a first from Shanling!
The DAC chip employed here is an ES9218P from the Sabre line manufactured by ESS Technology. This chip allows the device to not only decode up to 384kHz/32-bit PCM formats, but also up to DSD128.
One concern you might have with such a compact device is that it wouldn’t be very powerful. Well, it isn’t all that powerful, but still a fair amount more than what you might actually expect. In fact, Shanling have stated that the M0 is capable of outputting up to 80mW into a 32-ohm load. That’s more than double what the M1 and Fiio’s M3 is capable of!
Shanling has also given the M0 a Bluetooth 4.1 chip allowing the device to handle not only the AptX format, but Sony’s LDAC too!
Further specs include a SNR figure of 118dB, a distortion figure of as low as 0.004%, and an output impedance of 0.17-ohm. It’s unclear whether or not there will be a lineout functionality via its 3.5mm output, but it does seem like Shanling have incorporated both USB input and output via the USB-C port.
The built-in 640mAh lithium battery is also able to give the M0 a non-stop runtime of up to 15 hours and a deep-sleep standby of up to 30 days.
Storage-wise there does not seem to be any built-in storage available, but the user can insert a micro-SD card of up to 512Gb.
So, given the size and capability, maybe, just maybe, the M0 would topple the M2s off its throne as being the best value transport DAP out there.