At the time I bought it, the DCX1E was almost certainly the least expensive Martin you could buy. It's still a Martin though, and the craftsmanship is flawless. My only complaint is that the guitar is a touch brighter sounding than I'd like, and the Fishman pickup exacerbates things. Still, it was the best sounding instrument in its price range on the day I picked it up.
This was a more affordable Martin with a fishman. It's BIG, mine sounds quite mellow, I put super light strings on it to brighten things up a bit. My friend has a Taylor Big Baby, and this is the exact opposite of that, it's got higher action and it's boomy. The cheaper laminate back and sides, is quite attractive actually. I used to play this live all the time, it never let me down. Not the coolest looking, or sounding acoustic out there, but it covers all the bases and has its own nice vibe.