Does it include analog volume control? Will it be equivalent to the volume control of teh Ref series preamps?
Spoke to Kal yesterday about another issue and the new Ref CD-9 came up. As far as the "red book" CD side of the house, Kal said the CD-9 is better (no surprise) than the CD-8, principally because the CD-9 uses upsampling which greatly improves the sound and bandwidth. I think, but am not sure, that Kal said the DAC is the same, but as stated, the upsampling feature is the main improvement.
OTOH, the "other side of the house" . . . well that's all new and designed to provide flexibility for all sorts of new formats and inputs. Frankly, I didn't understand a word he said because I am resisting going down that "DAC" (pun) road. If anyone gets a chance to hear the new CD-9, please report back.