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Been looking at M0 for a while.
Is balanced the only difference? I’ll probably never need balanced.
M3s has more/better circuitry (by far), and a longer battery life. M0 is more tolerant of large microSD storage with larger library.
M0 has touchscreen, which is good and bad: easy to phatphinger a control (especially volume), and screen is very sensitive scrolling through menus or track listings. M3s controls are pretty intuitive after a little use.
Both support BT 4. Only M3s supports balanced.
I think the M3s has higher reach for lossless files (better bitrate etc) but both support hidef reasonably well.
USB cable shipped with the M0 was definitely superior. Hopefully Shanling have updated the M3s accessory pack.
If you'e buying a workout buddy or a commute cocoon, go for the M0. If not, and you're going seriously audiophile, get the M3s.
(Full disclosure: I have both and am happy with each, and the M3s was the main audio source for my Tin T2 and Massdrop/NuForce IEM reviews.)
Thank you for the detailed answer. It’ll just be for commuting. Now off to find a good deal on the M0.