i am afraid Yes
i tried today C3+BH vs. DX50+T1 vs. RWAK100.
conclusion was sadly simple: you get what you pay for.
DX50+T1 easily unseats C3+BH. cleaner sounding, more black space, detail is better and more effortless. C3+BH nice warm sounding combo but lacks some detail refining and can sound bit dark and muff in comparison. also stage feels more inner centered and closed. on its own C3+BH is great combo but compared to now it got some strong competition.
on the other hand RWAK100 beats DX50+T1 with more refine and dynamic sound, stage depth, black space, ... while detail level will be even and sometimes DX50 will sound slightly more detailed the level of presentation is better on RWAK and is clearly audible which means it is not little.
DX50 is excellent DAP for the money and amped with a good amp will deliver truly high-fidelity sound.
update: listening now to Buddy Guy on DX50 all i can tell is DX50 is detail monster, monster i repeat it :D
Edited by Gintaras - 12/1/13 at 4:03am