cyber, i would not do 1:1 comparison between 100$ DAP and 900$ DAP... i have RWAK.
i can assure that RWAK sounds more clean, spaciously detailed and more refined, 3D, imaging, else are just better on this.
without BH there is no contest between these two and even BH would not help lift C3 as much as you perhaps wish for.
however, add BH and C3 turns into a great all rounder and might performer. NO, it will not beat AK100 or RWAK, but it will reward you with fairly intimate, mid centric analogue like presentation. C3+BH is really lovely combination that i keep for pure fun purpose. this cannot replace my RWAK but C3+BH on its own is a very lovely combination and it sounds pretty different too.
on a budget i believe comparisons must be done between C3+BH and new Fiio X3 or perhaps Rocoo BA. however comparing C3 to AK100, AK120 or Ibasso would not make much sense. unfortunately for us this is rare occasion when cheaper gear would best most expensive benchmark DAPs. and considering 8x price of them they surely must sound just better.
but this does not tell anything about C3 which is a great DAP on its own.
what i can say for sure is that C3 with BH easily outshines Cowon and normal (not moded) Apples, and the combination is still portable enough to keep you enjoying it on the go.
Edited by Gintaras - 6/3/13 at 1:18am