I bought one and also the Western Electric tube upgrade. The tubes made the difference in its stand alone tube format. It is cool looking and it was what made me buy it. I also own an Electrocompaniet EMC I without the upsample upgrade. The Shanling easily competes with it for a pure musical sound. They both however cannot easily compete with my Kora Hermes DAC . The Kora makes both units sound another level or should I say a few levels better when each is used as a transport with the Kora. They are even in sound when used as a transport. The Shanling is hard to beat with its looks and versatile features. It can be used without a preamp - has a tubed headphone outlet and glows really cool looking and goes quite well with my Mcintosh blue meters in the dark. It has HDCD and defeatable upsampling. For its price you will be satisfied especially with tube upgrade to the Western Electric. If you like its look than improve things even more with the reasonably priced Kora DAC. Check out more threads on it via the thread search mode.
4 responses Add your response