I assume the Element doesn't have vss, while the G6 does, so I don't think they're comparable. I'm sure as an stereo only device, the Element is probably great. I don't like that it has less feature set than the Hel, and more than double the price. Power-wise they're similar too. I personally would take the Hel. I mean it's half the price, has mic input, same usb, analog inputs. It's more versatile. If the Element has better specs but it's inaudible... then that's $200 extra not really doing anything. Those $200 would go a long way to getting a much more powerful amplifier for even more versatility. I'm still sick, and while the LCD-1 review is like 95% done, I haven't been able to play games on it much these past two weeks. Ugh. I'm trying to get some play fine to write in final thoughts and post a review.