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.
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.
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
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.
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.
To see more, click en.shanling.com
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Simon Tomkins15th January 2020 at 7:36 pm
Hi Paul, have you had a chance to listen? Apologies if you covered it in your article, what is the maximum resolution and bit rate? Are 24-96, 24-192, DSD supported? Regards, Simon.
Paul Rigby16th January 2020 at 11:21 am
Thanks for your question, Simon – just updated the piece with more specs and they are: the device supports up to 24bit/384kHz and up to DSD128. Not had a sample to listen to yet, I’m afraid. Hope to have one in the future.