Originally Posted by DrGonzo
Then I owe you an apology, because I did take it the wrong way. I am sorry for jumping to conclusions and I will take total blame for that. I've tried to read as many posts on this thread prior to purchasing my DX50 and even now that I have owned it for about 4 days, but it is hard to read all (especially since it is up to 499 pages). I will admit I did miss your posts, but I read so many more horror stories and that is what led me to clean and organize my music library prior to receiving the DX50.
I just hated to hear everyone's frustrations with this player and I felt bad for each and everyone who felt defeated by this device and it's software. I do agree with you that iBasso should have been more diligent in their software releases, but it does appear that they are on the right track.
I never had to deal with the earlier firmware releases, so I did not have to go through the headaches that the veteran owners have. And I also apologize to all who read these posts as coming off as some brash newbie, thinking he know's everything. I am beginning to think that it is not so much of how I prepared my musie library that has allowed me to use this device without the troubles posted in the past, rather I just got on board at the right time when iBasso is starting to release some stable software.
I hate it for you and all the early users that have endured the trouble software from day one, but at the same time I applaud you all that have stuck with it and helped all the newbies like myself to enjoy this player.
I cannot express enough how much head-fi has helped me in this hobby and it is really neat to have the opportunity to communicate with great folks around the globe that share an interest and help each other.
BTW, I you mentioned that you have used/owned the AK100; I'm just curious how that (a $700 unite) compares to the DX50?
Hey DG... no worries and no need for an apology... heck it's a hobby, not a profession! And I guess that is where little guys like iBasso fit in. They are small guys, probably as much enthusiasts trying to make a buck from their interest. I mean that's how Gates and Jobs started off! And going by the firmware updates we get from Windoze and Apple, they still don't get it right after 30 odd years!
Now, about the AK100 vs DX50. The former is a good little DAP but not perfect. The HO impedance issue is well documented. I sold it and got a DX100 instead. As good as they are, it was too big to lug around in my pants pocket so I tracked down a used RWAK100. It was almost perfect, especially with the recent firmware. SQ wise it is about 85% of the DX100, let down mostly by the amp. The DX is also much more versatile. Happy with the DX100, I ordered the DX50 as much as anything to have less costly alternate to the RWAK100 to lug in planes and places like that so if I lost it, I wouldn't lose any sleep. Of course the DX50 has been a big surprise in how good it is for the money. It's SQ is almost on par with the A&Ks but I find it less synergistic with a variety of headphones. Some it is great with and some less so. Whereas the RWAK100 and DX100 seem to drive most of my IEMs and headphones nicely without an amp. The UI of the A&Ks are much nicer to use and look better, especially album art. This to me is the big letdown of the DX50. It looks poor by comparison. After getting the DX50, I thought I'd sell either the DX100 or RWAK100 to fund some new higher-end headphones and the RWAK100 sold first. I did like it better than the DX50, but I would compare them best by saying that while the A&K is a better DAP, it isn't by that much. I'd say it's 80-90% of the A&K. But in terms of value, it's streets ahead. So the A&K are over-priced but nice, and the DX50 a great value alternate that doesn't lose out much to the more expensive AK. But they all have a place and I wouldn't say anyone should by one over the other. It is hard to justify the 3 times price tag for marginally better sound... and I mean marginally. If money isn't an objection though, then go the A&K or DX100 or AK120.
Not sure if that confuses people but hang that's MHO.