Originally Posted by chee006
Originally Posted by kkcc
FWIW, I sold my AK120 after getting the DX50. I upgraded to AK120 from the stock AK100. I also have the HM901 which I'm keeping. Have had the DX100 and X3 but sold them.
These things are all subjective and you can't really tell until you have them side-by-side comparing. And others definitely can't tell you which one is better, even in extreme (in terms of price) case as in X3 vs AK120.... just go with your ears, and keep whatever you like.
Wow mind sharing with us why u sold ur AK120 when you got a lower end DAP? If I had the money I would instantly get the AK120 or even the AK100 but my budget is limited so I got the DX 50 as it is the closest thing to the AK120 (I am looking at you UI)
Coz to me with my IEM/Headphones, my HM901 sound much better than the AK120, which sound different but not necessary always better than the DX50.
DX50 maybe "lower" in price, but certainly not THAT much lower in terms of SQ, if it's lower at all, than the AK120. AK120 is nice for the USB DAC and DSD capability, plus the built quality. SQ wise it is just not that much better than the DX50 so you aren't really missing much in terms of sound there. As for AK100, I think many who have had both won't hesitate to tell you the DX50 actually may pair better with our IEMs than stock AK100.
I just also preordered the sony ZX1 which should have the best UI outside of iDevices. Keeping my finger crossed it would sound good.