Yea! I concur. I have the X3 and the DX50 3rd batch. What a wonderful step forward with high-end audio!
I enjoy both and recommend each. I use the X3 for travel (yes, I know, it is plastic) with the UE Capital IEMs. I've put the DX50 next to my bed with the Shure SE535 IEMs.
I'll give my opinion on a few items that may have been mentioned before:
- The X3 buttons are configured in a very clumsy way.
- The rubber sleeve for the X3 is UGLEY but protects it from scratches (but probably not drops).
- The X3 sounds very nice through the digital co-ax with an outboard DA and through the headphone jack for each of my UE Capital and Shure SE535 IEMs.
- The DX50 has a beautiful touch display. I like it and find it almost as intuitive as the big buttons on the front.
- I would take the DX50 with me for travel if it had a sleeve or a case. I don't want to scrape up the beautiful brushed aluminum finish so I keep it in the bedroom.
- The DX50 also sounds very nice through the digital co-ax with an outboard DA and through the headphone jack for each of my IEMs.
I experimented with lower quality headphones and reaffirmed for myself that a good coupling of the X3 or DX50 with a quality IEM is a must!
Since the X3 and the DX50 each use the WM8740 DAC, it makes sense that they sound similar. The bass bump on the X3 is not a show stopper for me. Some music sounds better on the X3 and some sounds better on the DX50. It is a great time to invest in audio again.