I don't know how a car truly drives until I drive it. I would not give an absolute on the sound of something or put it into a hierarchy without actually hearing something.
I have not heard the DX50 but I hope that it sounds better than the stock AK1000 because the stock AK1000 did not impress me. The highs lack and the transparency is wanting, IMO. I modified mine by getting rid of the 22ohm resistor and the sound improved, IMO, up to another level (whatever that means). I would still hope the DX50 is better than my modified AK100 but time will tell as I realize the DX50 will need time to form the caps and to do burning in (there are thermal changes to resistors and there are many resistor both on the board and in the chips). There is also a change from the traces and the board they are mounted on. (This is something supported by the likes of Quicksilver Audio and Cary Audio, who are very knowledgable).
Hope to have a DX50 in a few days, who know out here in the bush of Alaska.
Edited by jamato8 - 9/15/13 at 9:27pm