Shanling UA5 houses an OLED display on the front that provides easy access to multiple settings directly on the UA5, without any need for an app on the phone. This is a welcome feature for portable USB DAC/AMPs available. It has a volume wheel for an independent volume control. Also serving as a menu navigation.
Shanling UA5 features a premium dual DAC chipset housing ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chips and two dedicated Ricore RE6863 Amplification chip. It is offering quality high-resolution signal decoding with ultra-low distortion and high SNR ratings. Users get to experience a transparent and clean sound performance with the Shanling UA5. Hi-Res support up to 32bit / 768khz and DSD512.
Compatible with Android, Windows, Mac and iOS. Special lightning cable needed for use with iOS. UAC2.0 and UAC1.0 mode compatible, for use with a Nintendo Switch and other gaming systems or older devices.
3.5mm+4.4mm Headphone Output Ports
Doesn’t matter whether you need a balanced 4.4mm connection or a single-ended 3.5mm headphone output port, Shanling has equipped the UA5 with them. Pair your headphones or earphones with your choice of termination option. UA5 has a rated output power rating of up to 137 mW @ 32 Ohm SE // 211 mW @ 32 Ohm Balanced, more than enough to power your headphones with ease.
Full USB Power and Hybrid Battery Power Mode
Possible to switch between full USB Power and Hybrid Battery Power mode. In Hybrid mode, DACs and amplifiers are using clean power from the build-in 220 mAh battery. When Hybrid Battery Power mode enabled, certain sections of UA5 will still be running on USB power, like USB Controller and FPGA. But the crucial parts of DAC and amplifier will instead use a cleaner power from the battery.
In our testing, this set-up proved helpful in three scenarios: - Consistent analog performance and noise floor, independent from the quality of USB power of the connected device. - Reduced power drain from the connected device, which can be crucial when running it with smartphone. - Reduced power demand allows for a compatibility with certain devices, that are normally unable to provide enough power for USB DAC/Amps.
UA5 is of course capable of running in a standard USB Powered mode, in which the battery is completely disconnected and all sections of UA5 runs out of USB power. UA5 will automatically switch to this mode when the battery runs too low.
Input: 1x USB-C
Outputs: 1x Single-ended Jack 3.5mm 1x Balanced Jack 4.4mm