Shanling Audio Teases New M9 Flagship Digital Audio Player

Today (via Twitter) Shanling Audio teased a new flagship Digital Audio Player coming this fall:

Introducing Shanling M9

With M9, we will be taking a big step forward in the Android platform. Moving to newer and more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU and upgrading to Android 10, which will assure better performance and app compatibility for the foreseeable future.

Overall design of the player will also undergo quite significant changes, making it stand out more from our previous players. Alongside this goes a new higher-quality display, 6-inch AMOLED screen at 2K resolution.

Next big question is, which DAC should we use in M9? It was developed around the AKM AK4499 DAC, sounding amazing and it would be shame if it would go to waste. As such, we decided to take our leftover stock of AK4499 DACs and use them for a limited run of M9. We are not yet sure how many units will be in this run.

After this limited run, we will switch to different DAC for M9.

The M9 will replace the current M8 flagship, which is being discontinued. The specs and design on the new player look really good, with the initial units using dual (top-of-the-line) AKM Dac chips, a fast Octo-Core Qualcomm 665 Snapdragon SOC, a BIG 6″ screen, and Android 10 OS. This means it will have the hardware of a solid mid-range smartphone with a lot less demand on its resources. That means it should have pretty snappy operation. The casing looks really sleek and high-end as well. We can’t wait for more details!

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