Bur Sony house sound is usually a bit coloured. Not sure how it will stand against audiophile level DAPs.
I'm hoping I'll be going to HK next year then I'll be able to do a redwine mod for only $60..
I'm gonna invest in a pair of JH Roxanne(s) when they come out, more for listening to music while I stick to my Sony MDR CD900ST for work. I assume I have to stick with something higher like a AK120 but the one thing I hate is analytical sound but at the same time I love detail.
I wanna enjoy music not use my earphones as stethoscopes so I'm gonna have to wait for the JHs to come in before auditioning the AK120 hopefully the combination will be detailed without being too cold sounding like I had with a Sony EX1000/iBasso DX100 combo.
But In the end I need to invest in a lower cost DAP for general use for music playback over a PA system that's micro SD compatible so I can swap out my music collection and add/replace tracks at will. Right now I only have an iPod classic with about max capacity for my own music and an external hard drive with about 500GB of music for background music and audio cues which I use a MacBook pro to playback from.
It'll be great to sometimes just bring a DAP with all the SD cards and, if I need to compile a playlist or add music, I can do it with any available laptop instead of lugging around my Mac and a ton of other things with me.
Since I need reasonably good SQ, Fiio X3 (or X5 if it's out around Xmas) I figure. I don't trust iBasso's horrifying and buggy UI on the DX100 (although I haven't had time to check out any off the DAPs recently). I had problems navigating and reading my SD cards especially after start up on the DX100. I'm not an Android user but I've been told that the OS was painfully old and it certainly sucked.
The one thing that I'm suspicious off is that in Singapore, lots of people have bought or pre-ordered X3, and within a week you see them selling it off online. Even those people who have bought one recently from the local stores that allow auditioning are selling it off. For the pre-orders, I can understand as some claim that they were trying it out and some claim that it's not to their taste....but still the sheer numbers in just one community is a bit dodgy.
I must admit though, that (un-named) community are full of wannabes and posers so I wouldn't trust their judgement at all, not on anything they talk about, Computers, Cameras, Hifi and generally all tech stuff........
Having heard them all this would be my ranking by sound:
Ak100 > DX50 > X3
Not that much difference from AK100 to DX50, and the DX50 plays better with a wide variety of earphones. Given the price difference, I would chose the DX50.
But if you were to include the modified AK100, the RWAK 100, that player would win hands down.