I like everything about DX229 except it lacks a little bit of extra openness and bass is a bit more boomy comparing to N8. It still sound better than r2r2k so it's my main portable dap. I have not been using any other daps for over 2 weeks. Strangely, my Solaris is more enjoyable using the cheap 3.5mm copper cable than leo2 or octa silver cable. Sounds smooth.