Cheaper yes, equal no. I don't like the sound of both the DACs you mentioned. To me the AK DAC in the SXFI is just pure wonder, it has the amazing AK silkiness with just the perfecr amount of definition and stereo separation. Oh and did I mention the super accurate cues in games? Honestly, to me it's the best sounding DAC at around $100. I wouldn't trade it for any other (not the (Dragonfly or Cyrus or FiiO, you name it), except maybe a FiiO BT DAC if I needed to get rid of wires. PS. My previous DAC was a FiiO Q1ii, and it was nice sounding for sure but the in-game cues weren't nearly as good and it wasn't quite as good sounding with music as the SXFI.