SMSL M500 MK2 Released

SMSL M500 Mk2 release featured

If you’ve been looking for the perfect all-in-one audiophile unit for your desktop you should definitely consider the new SMSL M500 Mk2. The updated version now has Bluetooth, dual gain modes and double the power.

With Bluetooth 5.0 included, the M500 Mk2 supports Hi-Res wireless audio with LDAC 24-bit/96kHz, aptX, aptX HD, SBC, and AAC. Streaming high-quality music files from your phone, tablet or PC is easy with the M500 Mk2.

At the heart of the device is an 8-channel ESS ES9038PRO DAC chip with Hyperstream II architecture and 7 digital filters like Fast Roll-Off, Slow Roll-Off, and Brick Wall.

SMSM M500 Mk2 features

Are you a Tidal user? The SMSL M500 Mk2 supports full MQA decoding. The chassis is made from CNC precision-machined housing and there’s a 1.9-inch IPS full-angle screen with a tempered glass panel.

SMSL M500 Mk2’s headphone amplifier can now output up to 2W@16Ω. That’s enough power to drive almost any headphones out there.

Another great feature of this unit is its independent volume adjustment function; the headphone volume and preamp volume are independent of each other so you don’t need to worry about accidentally blowing up your headphones, speakers or ears!

Make sure you head over to the SMSL M500 Mk2 page at Apos Audio for more details and to check the latest price.

M500 Mk2 rear panel

Product specifications

  • Inputs: USB, optical, coaxial, Bluetooth
  • Outputs: 6.35 phone jack, RCA, XLR
  • THD+N: 0.00006% (-123dB)
  • HPA THD+N: 0.0001% (-120dB)
  • HPA power: 2W x2 (16Ω), 1W x2 (32Ω)
  • HPA gain: 0dB (low), +9dB (high)
  • Dynamic range: 131dB (XLR), 123dB (RCA)
  • SNR: 131dB (XLR), 126dB (RCA)
  • USB spec: USB 2.0 asynchronization 
  • USB compatibility: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (needs driver), Mac OSX 10.6 or later, Linux (driverless)
  • MQA decoder: USB, optical, coaxial
  • MQA-CD decoder: Optical, coaxial
  • DoP decoder: USB, optical, coaxial 
  • Sampling rate and bandwidth
    • USB: PCM 44.1 – 768kHz (32bit)
    • DSD: 2.8224 – 22.5792MHz (1bit)
    • Optical/coaxial: 44.1 – 192kHz (24bit)
    • DoP: DoP256 (USB), DoP64 (optical/coaxial)
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
    • LDAC: 24bit/96kHz
    • aptX HD: 24bit/48kHz_576kbps
    • aptX: 16bit/44.1kHz_352kbps
    • SBC: 16bit/44.1kHz_328kbps
    • AAC: 16bit/44.1kHz_320kbps
  • Power consumption: 5W
  • Standby power: <0.5W
  • Size: 3.3 x 3.4 x 7.7” (85 x 88 x 197mm)
  • Weight: 1.98lbs (0.9kg)

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