Music makes life better, or at least many of us think that way, nothing like walking down the street or driving through the highway while listening to our favorite songs and enjoying it with the comfort and quality of a portable player, a pleasant sensation since there is no need for other large players or that your cell phone’s battery is discharged, for this we have the new Xiaomi ShanLing M0, with a minimalist design and small size, a 1.54-inch screen and 240×240 pixels plus the MTouch Operating System and most importantly, great power in both its battery and audio, you can complement this experience with a few headphones as powerful as the Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Foldable Headset, but without further ado let’s start with the review.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Package
The packaging of the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 Portable Player has the following dimensions: 15 centimeters high, 15 centimeters wide, 15 centimeters thick and weighs a total of 2 kilograms. Inside of the package, we will find:
- 1x Xiaomi ShanLing M0.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Design and Construction
Compact and durable, the portable player has dimensions of 4 centimeters high, 4.5 centimeters wide, 1.35 centimeters thick and weighing about 38 grams.
The presentations of this player come in an attractive range of strong colors, gray, dark blue, red, dark violet and black.
With a wheel inserted on the right side of the device, you can keep control of the volume accurately as well as turn on or off this music player.
With an elegant and minimalist curved design, coupled with a unibody construction and a selection of attractive bright colors, the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 will easily adjust to any style. This device has a slot to insert a Micro SD card, an output port for 3.5 mm headphones and as a last touch: a rotary volume control.
We all have different personalities and tastes, but Xiaomi has us covered with the separately sold cases of the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 which are made with PU leather material in the beautiful colors red, brown, black, dark violet and dark blue. Or the transparent plastic carcass with a stainless steel clip.
Advanced plate technology allows the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 to be small and comfortable while delivering performance at a higher level. Inside are multiple Microvia HDI plates and special high-density PCB plates. Compared to an ordinary PCB board, it provides better electrical performance and helps reduce the interference in the circuit signal.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Screen
It has a touch screen of 1.54 inches with precise control and also features a curved tempered CNC glass, plus the double curved aluminum body makes the design of the device visually attractive and comfortable to use.
The Xiaomi ShanLing M0 uses an LG touchscreen, which also offers precise control, bright colors and a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Hardware
Offering a unique audio solution thanks to the integrated ESS ES1818P Chip for a high-quality music experience, with the Xiaomi ShanLing M0, the company has set itself the goal of developing the most practical portable player that at the same time offers true Hi-Fi sound. The ESS ES9218P chip is the key point for all the above mentioned to happen.
This special high fidelity solution was designed primarily for portable devices, it is small enough to fit in the reduced size of the M0 (the opposite of its old version the M1, whose size compared to the m0 is larger) and, therefore, of great energetic efficiency which allows for a longer life-span of the battery.
Its 32-bit Quad DAC hardware, 118dB 10.004% at 1384KHz and the integrated headphone amplifier offer clean and powerful audio output, with an extremely quiet background and very low output impedance.
The Xiaomi ShanLing M0 does not have internal memory, the only storage medium is via Micro SD TF card (not included) up to a maximum of 512 GB of supported capacity.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Operating System
The Xiaomi ShanLing M0 uses the new operating system MTouch developed by ShanLing, the M0 system is completely focused on music playback, without any redundant software that affects the reproduction of sound. MTouch OS is fast and easy to use, only a few finger movements are used to control everything and with its original user interface design, it offers several theme options.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Audio
The lossless and high resolution music player supports multiple audio formats mentioned below:
- DSF / DFF / MP3 / MC / ISO / DXD / APE FLAC WAV / AIFF AIF / DTS MP3 / WMA / AAC / OGG / ALAC MP2 M4A AC3.
The Xiaomi ShanLing M0 has an HI-RES audio certified by the Japan Audio Association for high-resolution audio performance. The M0 is the smallest music player to receive such certification.
- It has a lossless DSD support format DSD64, DSD128 (.iso, .dsf and .dff).
- FLAC compression levels from 0 to 8 & support up to 384 KHz / 24 bits.
- APE FAST supports up to 192 KHz / 24 bits, 384 kHz / 16 bits.
- The extra high level supports up to 96 kHz / 24 bits.
- Normal support of high level at 192 KHz / 24 bits.
- Does not support ISO files in DST format.
- Supports DXD 384 KHz / 32 bits.
- AI FF / AIF 192 KHz / 32 bits.
- ALAC 192 KHz / 24 bits.
- WAV 384 KHz / 32 bits.
- DTS support.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Connectivity and Interface
It supports aptX Bluetooth version 4.1, which is two-way wireless because it can transmit music to speakers and headphones, but also receives the signal from phones or other sources and the limited receiver model supports codec to SBC and LDCA.
Designed with a bidirectional type C USB interface, the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 music player can be used as an external sound card and as a digital transport to different converters that go from digital to analog and its power supply is independent. Compatibility may be limited by the DAC USB input implementation and finally the audio output port for 3.5 mm headsets.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Specifications
- DAC model: ESS ES9218P.
- Output power: 80 mW at 32 ohms.
- Output impedance: 0.16 Ohm.
- Channel separation: 70dB.
- Recommended impedance for headphones: 8-300 ohms.
- Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz (-0.5dB).
- Distortion: 0.004% (A-Weighting, 500mV Output).
- Signal noise ratio: 118dB (weighting A).
- Ground noise: <3uV (High Gain).
- Dynamic range:> 105dB.
- Sampling rate: up to 384 kHz / 32 bits, DSD 128.
- There is no Xiaomi logo on it.
- It has a clock function.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Battery
The Xiaomi ShanLing M0 has great power for its small size thanks to a non-removable high-density battery of 630mAH, depending on its use, the battery life will be approximately 15 hours, in standby mode, it can last 30 days, these last two also depend on the type of use. The battery has a surprisingly long duration and is charged by the data interface type C in approximately 2 hours.
Xiaomi ShanLing M0: Availability and Price
Currently, the Xiaomi ShanLing M0 portable music player is available on the Aliexpress online store for $113.99 (€97.89), if you wish to purchase it you can go to the page through the link that we provide below:
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Xiaomi ShanLing M0 Review