it's not uncommon for the 'brighter' more aggressive player to be more impressive at first glance;but disappoint over the long term. you seem to be aware of that so you're already ahead of the curve! i don't have any experience with either player; however, i do own a rega jupiter2000 which utilizes the Wolssen DACs. it has a smooth, very natural presentation, good detail but not on par with the mega$$$ players (i'm talking in the $3k and up range). i've lived with mine for a couple years and am very pleased with it. a used one would place at the price point of a new rotel. something to consider...good luck!
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