Sony ES vs Rotel


Which of these two Japanese brands do you prefer for sound quality? Mainly their source components but you can even base it off of their amps too if you'd like.
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Rotel is not a Japanese brand that I know of unless they were bought out recently. They are based and designed in the UK and made in Taiwan, or maybe China. I forget. Of the 2 brands, I prefer Rotel, but there have been some very nice Sony ES components, as well.
Rotel has always been a Japanese brand. In fact it is still family-owned with headquarters based in Tokyo. They do share the same distributor as B&W Speakers and are usually partnered with B&W at dealers and various shows.
Obviously, this is a very subjective question. For sound
quality from source components, I prefer Sony ES over Rotel.
My perception of Rotel has always been "a quality product
at a real world price," similar to NAD. That's not a
negative, but for my money I'd prefer one of the classic Sony
products, i.e. SCD-1, SCD-777 or any of the copper clad 9000
series. The Sony 5400ES gets positive reviews on this forum
frequently. The only negative with Sony products is that if
the laser ever fails, which seems to happen frequently, it can
be a costly repair.
Has anyone compared Sony's new HAP-Z1ES network audio player to any of the latest Rotel CD players (RCD-1072, RCD-1570)?

I'm curious to see how they stack up in a direct comparison.
I'm with TonyKay and his point of view on this issue. I have owned both. I currently use a copper clad Sony S9000ES as a transport in my tertiary system (office). Bought somewhere around 2000-2001. Still going strong. Best, Rob
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Has anyone compared Sony's new HAP-Z1ES network audio player to any of the latest Rotel CD players (RCD-1072, RCD-1570)?

I'm curious to see how they stack up in a direct comparison."

I would say don't sell a 1072 until you have a different player place and you know that you like it better. I haven't heard a 1570, so I can't say the same. The only Sony I've directly compared the 1072 to is my Sony 9000ES. For CD's, the Rotel is a much better player. Not only that, I had a problem where my system didn't sound right with the 9000 in it. I couldn't figure out what the problem was, the system just sounded bad for some reason. After some experimenting, I found that when I unplugged the Sony, my system sounded normal again. The fix ended up being a JPS Labs Digital AC+ power cord. It has a filter on it that keeps the noise generated by the Sony's power supply from effecting the other components. If anyone is still using one of these players, the JPS cable is a very nice upgrade. I haven't heard one, but I suspect the 5400 would compare much more favorably with the 1072.
Sony's HAP-Z1ES is extraordinary.