If u want something that will not cost a fortune try one of the Dynaco players CDV-2 or CDV Pro ... vacuum tube output, analog volume ... very nice players but only available used and getting rare
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I've owned the following players with VC built-in:
Theta Miles (balanced)
Quad 99 CD-P
Quad 99 CD-P2
Musical Fidelity CD-pre 24
EVS level-2 mod'd Oppo 970
I've also owned the following DACs w/built-in VC:
Birdland Odeon Lite
Monarchy Model 33
I'm currently using the Oppo 970 mod'd by Ric Shultze at EVS. The VC in the Oppos is digital, so you do lose resolution as you lower the volume. However, it hasn't really bothered me since I have low powered amps and keep the volume control up pretty high.
If you are just curious, hook up you Oppo direct to the amps. Don't forget to turn down the volume using the buttons on the remote before you turn on the amps. BTW, this is true with any CD-Amp direct connection. If you aren't careful, you'll blow something up, and it may be your ears (or worse yet, your speakers!).
Thank's for your answers guys.
I really don't like the sound of the Oppos, I use it only as transport for the CI Audio (and a Classe CDP is a far better matching transport). I'm searching for a better source with tubed output, under 5000 USD new or used. I've auditioned the Ayon CD-2 and it sounds great, but is volume control is digital, not analog like the Carys or the Audio Aero.