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(News) Shanling Introduces M9 Plus: Brand New Flagship Android Audio Player with Quad AK4499EX DACs



Back in 2021, Shanling introduced its flagship Android music player, the Shanling M9. It was a limited-run product due to the limited availability of AKM flagship chips at that time. It was limited to only 500 units worldwide, and not to any surprise, got sold out within a few months of release only. Shanling took its time to bring back the flagship again, and this time, we got an updated flagship from Shanling, introducing the all-new Shanling M9 Plus. Shanling M9 Plus takes the performance to an all-new level with an all-new upgraded circuitry. This time, Shanling has implemented a four-DAC design featuring four high-performance AKM AK4499EX flagship DAC chipsets. They are supported by dual AK4191 delta-sigma modulators. With a newly upgraded amplification chipset and plenty of more new upgrades on the audio circuitry, Shanling M9 Plus brings a pure high-resolution sound to its users!!


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Shanling M9 Plus is launched officially for 2959$, check out more details here.


Newer Quad-DAC Arrangement

The DAC arrangement on the M9 Plus comes as a big upgrade over the predecessor flagship. With the M9 Plus, we now have a quad-DAC arrangement featuring AKM’s current top-of-the-line chips, the AKM AK4499EX. AK4499EX is the current flagship 32-Bit DAC that is implemented in four numbers on the M9 Plus. It is supported by dual AK4191 delta-sigma modulators for enhanced performance here. It gets access to an 8-channel audio design for the totally independent balanced circuit. Quad DAC design offers an increased current output and overall improved dynamics, better SNR, and lower background noise, with all four DACs being active for the balanced output. All four DACs are manually tested and paired for ideal matching in the audio circuit.


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Upgraded Audio Circuit

Taking the overall performance of the M9 Plus to an all-new level of awesomeness, Shanling has equipped the player with upgraded components including premium crystal oscillators for lower jitter(90.3168MHz/98.304MHz), upgraded ADA45253 chip on I/V conversion circuit, etc. Shanling has also upgraded the amplifier circuit. It is based on Shanling’s OP+BUF architecture with MUSES8920 J-FET and BUF634 chips. The resulting performance is clean, refined, and full of dynamics. The upgraded amplification chipset on the M9 Plus allows the DAP to provide a whooping 1120mW of clean output through the balanced connection port.


DAC Section Has Got Independent Power Supply

Shanling has featured an independent XC9519 power supply chipset for the DAC section on the M9 Plus. An Independent power supply provides cleaner performance with a smooth and uninterrupted power supply to the DAC. The Quad DAC definitely requires some juice to sound its best and Shanling has achieved that with the XC9519.


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Smooth User Interface, Open Android OS, and Octa-Core CPU

Shanling M9 Plus is a flagship-grade Android digital audio player. It is loaded with top-quality hardware not only for the audio section but also for the user interface front as well. You get a stunning 6” 2K display screen. The stock experience is super clean, you get a smooth lag-free user interface with Android 10 OS. The device houses an octa-core Snapdragon 665 CPU along with 8 GB of ram for smooth performance and a lag-free experience for the users. You can load and run multiple applications on the M9 Plus effortlessly.


Ever-Lasting Battery Life

Shanling has featured an ultra-high-capacity battery on the M9 Plus. It has a capacity rating of 8350mAh. The M9 Plus has a rated battery life of up to 18 hours on the single-ended 3.5mm output and up to 11 hours through the 4.4mm balanced output. That’s pretty decent for something of such a caliber, M9 Plus is a powerful device with a powerful core chipset and lightning-fast performance as well.


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Pricing & Availability

Shanling M9 Plus has been launched officially worldwide. It is priced at 2959$, feel free to check out more information here.



Shanling M9 Plus