Originally Posted by uelover
Interesting. Is it because of the clinical aspect of it (and thus the resulting bass) that makes you feel that the SQ of the RWAK100 does not come close to the DX100? I am trying to separate the notion of 'SQ' from 'personal preference'
Good point- if I'm being honest with myself, I'm sure that some of my preference for the DX100's presentation of bass is because I prefer its overall naturalness over the RWAK100's neutrality.
Having said that, I still believe that the DX100 to be the more capable player. I've been comparing the two now with my LCD-3s, and I can say that the RWAK100 seems more artificially detailed because it thrusts the uppermids/highs to the forefront. The details are still present with the dx100, but it doesn't have the digital tinge that the rwak100 has. I also find that the soundstage to be more open with the dx100.
It's worth saying that I'm sure these differences are exaggerated because the dx100's internal amp is much more powerful than the rwak100s' (I'm actually quite impressed that the RWAK100 can even drive the lcd-3s!). If you compared the two using an external amp, the differences wouldn't be nearly as large, but comparing the units as they are, to my ears, its very clear that the dx100 (running version 1.3.5) is the better DAP in terms of pure sound quality.
*It might sound as if I prefer the dx100, but actually if I could only keep one, I'd take the RWAK100! (could be that I'm in the honeymoon phase tho)