I have been comparing my modified AK100 (no output resistors) more to the DX50 with the latest firmware. The AK100 is smoother but to me, it does not benefit the music. It lacks the "live" sound sensation of the DX50. As for soundstage, I find them both in the same ballpark. I am not going to get rid of my AK100, as I enjoy it but I don't see any advantage of it over the DX50 in any area. I do like the brown leather case I got for the AK100 though. :^) Sure took a long time for DAPs to come around from the best of the past, IMO, which was the iRiver H120 and H140, which I still have.
Except in build quality, stability, portability and design