Shanling Q1: Portable Music Player 

15th January 2020

Shanling Audio is attempting to channel the 50s look with a new and rather dinky music player, the Q1

The Shanling Q1 was first announced through the company’s Kickstarter campaign but it will be released internationally, as a regular product too.

Shanling Q1: Portable Music Player 

Based on the ESS Sabre ES9218P chip, the multi-coloured dinky unit only weighs 137g and runs on the MTouch OS, developed by Shanling.

It’s engine is a dual-core Ingenic X1000E CPU running at 1Ghz and the device supports up to 24bit/384kHz and up to DSD128.

Shanling Q1: Portable Music Player 

The Q1 arrives with a 68mm IPS LCD touch screen (360 x 400 pixels), two-way Bluetooth (it can output SBC, AAC, AptX and LDAC) and an expandable SD slot up to 2TB plus a USB port. 

Made from a Zinc Alloy construction the curvy-edged design appears in sharp contrast to some music players out there, the rather pointy Astel&Kerns, for example. 

The physical interface is a mixture of buttons and volume wheel 

Shanling Q1: Portable Music Player 

The 1100 mAh battery is rated up to 21 hours of play and a 3.5mm headphone jack (80 mW of power into 32 Ohms) that can work as a 2V line-output 

The package will arrive with a USB-C cable and silicone case in matching colour. 

Shanling Q1: Portable Music Player 

The standard Q1 price is $119. There were Kickstarter price specials but I’m pretty sure those offers have now ended.

Kickstarter rewards will be shipped February 2020 while the general market release will be March 2020.

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