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Shanling M6 (21) Android Portable Hi-Res Music Player

Product SKU: M6Ver21 Black 32GB


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What is different on M6 (21)?

- Pair of ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M DACs

- New amplifier circuit to go with this new DAC

- MQA support

- Available only as black body with gold wheel

All other aspects are unchanged.

Why is price higher?

This is due to mix of multiple reasons. Higher price of ESS DAC chips, especially given current market situation, different exchange rate between USD and RMB, new certifications needed for M6 (21) and few smaller things.

M6 (21) will support MQA, can this be added to original M6?

No, it’s not possible. MQA certification is tied to the M6 (21) and its analogue circuit, it can’t be used for original M6.

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M6 (21) Portable Hi-Res Music Player

Open Android System | Dual ESS ES9038Q2M DAC | MQA Support | Up to 570mW @ 32 Ohm power | 2.5mm + 3.5mm + 4.4mm Outputs

Powerful on the inside

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU, combined with 4G RAM and 32G ROM, assuring swift and lag-free system performance.

Up to 2TB micro SD card

New DAC For Cleaner Sound

Centre of great sound Dual ES9038Q2M DAC

M6 (21) uses two ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chips, the flagship model of ESS' mobile DAC line, with an integrated asynchronous sampling rate conversion and a THD compensation, for even better Hi-Fi performance. These DACs provide a beautifully clean and neutral sound, with a very impressive measurements.

To match the new ESS DAC chips, we designed a new amplifier circuit, based around OPA2211 acting as a low-pass filter, in combination with proven ADI AD8397.

KDS crystal oscillators FPGA coding technology by Shanling

*Improved algorithm for adaptive clock precision sampling provides better clock signal accuracy and enhanced performance when decoding both PCM and DSD data.

Every component matters

Japanese ELNA Silmic II capacitors

High grade Silmic II capacitors were developed specifically for use in audio products and you can often find them in high-end Hi-Fi machines. To assure premium sound quality of M6, it uses these Silmic II capacitors, four of them in total.

Panasonic Tantalum-Polymer

Tantalum-Polymer capacitors, while more expensive and harder to utilize properly than their simpler counterparts, offer many important characteristics that are crucial for smooth sound tuning of Shanling products.

Noise Free Output

Zero Hiss By using a specially adapted low-noise high-current Low-dropout regulator, we managed to control overall levels of a background noise, keeping the sound clear and without any unwanted noise or hiss. Ideal for even the most sensitive earphones.

Full Android System

Access all your favorite Apps

Want to use some special software music player? In need of sophisticated equalizer app? Or simply want to enjoy convenience of music streaming services? All of that is now available thanks to full open Android OS.

We customized Android system to avoid any sound quality problems caused by its build-in sample rate conversion. With M6, all sounds from any app are output without any conversion, all the way up to 768 kHz.

Shanling Music App

New "Shanling Music" App comes pre-installed as default music player on M6. With simple and fast UI, offering all the features and settings Shanling users are familiar with.

Big, bright and sharp

HD Sharp IPS Screen

Tempered Glass
16 Million Colors
On-Cell Touch Technology
Anti-Fingerprint Oleophobic Coating
4.7 inch

Smooth streaming

2.4G / 5G Dual-frequency Wi-Fi

Enjoy faster transfer speeds, less interferences and smoother streaming with support of 5G Wi-Fi.

Connect M6 to Wi-Fi for quick and easy Over-The-Air firmware updates.

High quality Two-way Bluetooth connection

Easily connect M6 to any Bluetooth headphones and speakers and enjoy premium sound quality thanks to support of advanced Bluetooth codecs. Or turn M6 into Hi-Fi Bluetooth amplifier when paired with any smartphone or tablet.

Codec support:
Two-Way - LDAC & SBC
Transmit only - LHDC, aptX HD & aptx

LED indicator

Keeping Bluetooth under control

Simple indicator showing currently used Bluetooth codec, making it easy to confirm if the highest possible quality is being achieved.

SBC: Blue
LDAC: Green
aptX HD: Yellow
aptX: Purple

Bigger battery Faster charging

Using massive 4000 mAh battery, M6 can last up to 11 hours of continuous play. And thanks to the support of Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0, charging times becomes significantly shorter.

11h continuous play Single-Ended
8h continuous play Balanced

*Actual battery life can vary due to many factors.

Build-in EQ software

With 10 band graphic Equalizer, Shanling Music app allows fine adjustments of M6's audio output.

Dual Hi-Res audio

M6 earned the "Hi-Res Audio" and "Hi-Res Wireless Audio" certifications from Japan Audio Society.


  • Size: 71*17.5*133.5 mm
  • Screen: 4.7 inch 720*1280 Sharp IPS HD screen
  • Weight: 233 g
  • System: Android 7.1
  • Audio formats: DSD(".dsf/.dff/ iso" ) /DXD / DTS/ APE / FLAC / WAV / AIFF / AIF / ALAC / MP3 / WMA / AAC / M4A / OGG / MP2 / AC3 / OPUS / M3U/ M3U8
  • Support up to: 32 bit / 768 kHz DSD512 Hardware
  • Switchable gain: Low, Medium, High
  • Storage: 4GB RAM + 32 GB ROM + External Micro SD card, up to 2TB.
  • D/A converter: ES9038Q2M X 2
  • Digital filter: 7 different filters


  • Bluetooth version: 4.2
  • Codec support:
    • Bidirectional - LDAC & SBC
    • Transmit only - LHDC, aptX HD & aptX

Single-ended output measurements:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 40 KHz (0.5 dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0005 %
  • Channel separation: 76 dB @ 32 ohm
  • Dynamic range: 123 dB
  • Signal to noise ratio: 124 dB
  • Output impedance: 0.3 ohm
  • Output power:
    • Low gain: 12 mw @32 ohm
    • Medium gain: 48 mW @ 32 ohm
    • High gain: 190 mW @ 32 ohm

Balanced output measurements:

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz - 40 KHz (-0.5dB)
  • THD+N: 0.0006 %
  • Channel separation: 111 dB @32 ohm
  • Dynamic range: 126 dB
  • Signal to noise ratio: 127 dB
  • Output impedance: 0.6 12
  • Output power:
    • Low gain: 36 mW @ 32 ohm
    • Medium gain: 143 mW @ 32 ohm
    • High gain: 570 mW @ 32 ohm

  • WiFi: 2.4G/5G, OTA firmware upgrade, Wi-Fi file transfer
  • Life time: 11H (single-ended) 8H (balanced)
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh

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