Comparisons

Shanling M6 vs iBasso DX160

The M6 has more sub-bass quantity than the DX160 and there is greater extension. The sub-bass reproduction on the M6 provides a quicker rumble. The mid-bass on the DX160 has additional body which contributes to a fuller slam. There is a punchier presentation on the DX160. The bass texture on the DX160 is rendered in a smoother manner. The bass decay on the M6 is quicker and there is a more agile expression. Each bass note on the M6 is articulated with more nimbleness while the DX160 has a more robust hit. The midrange on the M6 has a leaner presentation with higher transparency level while the DX160 is fuller sounding with a lusher display. The lower midrange on the DX160 has slightly more body and male vocals are expressed well with emotions conveyed effectively. The upper midrange on the M6 has greater forwardness and it helps to create a more vivid female vocals display. The DX160 exhibits an organic vocals performance while the M6 has an energetic showing. Next, the treble on the M6 commands greater extension and there is a brighter presentation. The M6 is able to render an airier feeling than the DX160 which gives a more open top end. The DX160 has more body and there is a smoother expression which contributes to a fatigue-free listen. Lastly, there is a natural expansion in soundstage for both. The M6 has slightly greater width magnitude. The DX160 is able to render more depth and it is less closed in.

Shanling M6 vs HiBy R5

The M6 has more sub-bass quantity than the R5 and it commands greater extension. The sub-bass reproduction on the M6 provides extra rumble. The mid-bass on the R5 has more body than the M6 and the slam is expressed in a fuller manner. The bass decay on the M6 is quicker and the agility increases the overall engagement level. The bass texture on the R5 is rendered more smoothly. Each bass note on the M6 is articulated in a more clinical manner. The midrange on the M6 is more clean and vocals are rendered with greater energy. The transparency level on the M6 is higher with better details retrieval. The R5 is more musical with a smoother vocals display. The lower midrange on the R5 has more body and male vocals are presented in a thicker manner. The upper midrange on the M6 has greater emphasis and the additional forwardness creates a present female vocals display. For the treble section, the M6 has the edge with greater extension. There is no sibilance and harshness on both but the R5 has a slight edge with more body which contributes to a more relaxing listen. The M6 has a brighter presentation with a greater amount of air rendered. The crisp has better definition on the M6 with extra sparkle. There is a more open top end on the M6. Lastly, for the soundstage, both expands more naturally with the M6 boasting greater width magnitude. The M6 has slightly better depth.

Shanling M6 vs Fiio M11

The M6 has more sub-bass quantity than the M11 and the extension is better on the M6. The sub-bass reproduction on the M6 is fuller and it delivers an impactful rumble. The mid-bass on the M6 has additional body and the slam is presented more tightly. There is a punchier presentation on the M6. The bass decay on the M6 is quicker. The bass texture on the M6 is rendered more smoothly than the M11. Each bass note on the M6 is articulated with a higher level of authority. The midrange on the M6 has higher transparency level and vocals are belted out with excellent clarity. The M6 has a more detailed presentation with better engagement. The lower midrange on the M6 has slightly more body which creates a fuller listen for male vocals. The upper midrange on the M11 has a little more emphasis but female vocals can sound thin at times. There is a cleaner and smoother vocals showing on the M6. Next, the treble on the M6 has better extension and there is a more articulate presentation. The M6 has slightly more body with a controlled display. The crisp on M6 has better definition. There is an airier feeling on the M6 and the details retrieval is higher. The M11 has slightly more brightness with extra sparkle. Lastly, the M6 has a more natural expansion in its soundstage. There is greater width on the M6. The depth of the M11 is more closed in.

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