Originally Posted by musicheaven
It's like asking a Toyota car dealer which brand is best, of course Toyota
no. it's more like asking a BMW dealer to recommend Volkswagen new car
seriously DX50 is nearly three times cheaper than AK100 stock version.
DX50 is bigger, has only one card slot, GUI fewer options.
AK100 impedance issue, like mentioned here, so matching IEMs will be a must.
AK100 has smaller form factor, looks more polished and shiny, GUI is slightly better IMHO too.
however given the AK price i am sure you may be more afraid to see scratches on a 700$ DAP than on a 250$ DAP
sound wise like someone mentioned it here AK100 will sound more clean and refined and blacker space will make overall very enjoyable and enveloping musical presentation.
DX50 will stand out in detail while keeping space and stage very well under control. overall it might sound more packed and narrow through Phone Out... then throw in good amp via Line Out and DX50 will turn into a superb machine pushing it closer to AK100.
in the end i would not trade my RWAK for DX50 because i find RWAK superior in some musical aspects... however DX50 sounds like a very good alternative to AK100 if you want to save money for something else like good IEMs or amp.
so it boils down to personal preferences. from cost perspective i can say DX50 offering is hard to beat and you have some cash left for a better IEM or amp. with AK100 it is absolute solution which will cost you what it costs.
from seeing various threads i conclude that people are more willing to forgive certain flaws on cheaper gear but will go ballistic about smaller issues on more expensive gear.
so to put this all into car industry perspective:
- you want a very good family car? then pick VW Passat
- you want impress girls and gain ultimate power control at expense of comfort and else? then BMW 3