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Long awaited upgrade to our M6 line is finally here, bringing not only a modernized Android platform, but mainly marking a return of the AKM DACs to the M6 line!
Following the fire at AKM’s factory in 2020, we had to switch many of our products to the rival DACs from ESS, including our M6 and M6 Pro players. While that allowed us to experiment with some new audio designs, the tuning was never completely matching Shanling’s traditional house sound and it marked a shift in the sound of our portable players.
But the sweet AKM tuning is now back with the M6 Ultra. Returning to a slightly warmer and relaxed sound, taking listeners back to the original AKM M6 models and M8. Serving as a perfect alternative to our ESS Sabre based M7 portable player.
M6 Ultra is our first portable player adapting the newest generation of AKM DACs, utilizing four pieces of AK4493SEQ for a unique Quad-DACs design. This multi-DACs concept was inspired by a few old-school Shanling CD players, with an aim to maximise the potential of DACs for a balanced circuit. Now with four DACs, we are able to divide the signal four ways between each of them, achieving a completely independent fully balanced output.
Amplifier design was further adjusted for this Quad-DACs array, allowing for a higher power output than was possible on our previous AKM based M6 models. Offering up to 720 mW @ 32 Ohm output.
Rest of the M6 Ultra follows the high standard set by our latest Android players. Running on a much faster Snapdragon 665 CPU, with an open Android 10 system and an in-house developed Android Global Lossless Output (AGLO) system for an ideal sound performance. Operated through a nicely bright 5-inch 1080p touch screen and all packed into Shanling’s classic aluminium & glass build, this time inspired by the curves of M3X and M8.
With M6 Ultra we are also adding a new color to our portable players, stunning Emerald Green. You can combine it with a matching green leather case or went a more tradition way and opt for a black M6 Ultra and a brown leather case. (Leather case sold separately).
M6 Ultra will be available at international markets in early August at MSRP of 919 USD / Euro.
Dimensions – 127 x 77 x 18 mm
Weight – 263g
Display – 5-Inch 1920 * 1080
Operating System – Open Android 10
CPU – Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
Memory – Ram 4GB, ROM 64GB + single Micro SD card slot
Hi-Res support – 32/768 & DSD512 & MQA 16X
Bluetooth – Bluetooth 5.0, Transmitter: LDAC, aptX HD, aptX, SBC // Receiver: LDAC, SBC
Wi-Fi – 2.4G/5G, supporting DLNA, Airplay
DAC – 4x AKM AK4493SEQ
Analog Circuit – OPA1612 + OPA2211 + LTA8092 + BUF634A
Output Power – Single-ended 240 mW@32Ohm // 720mW@32Ohm Balanced
Output – 3.5mm single ended and 4.4mm balanced
Output impedance - Less than 1 Ohm on both outputs
Battery – 5650 mAh, supporting 18W QC3.0
Battery life – Up to 13.5 hours in single ended and 9 hours in balanced