This could work for you http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.pl?preatran&1072386199&class&3&4&. You could use almost any cdp you want.
P.S. I do not know the seller
P.S. I do not know the seller
Wadia, Cary, Resolution Audio, Levinson, Birdland DAC has a volume control also if you wnat to go with a transport. I heard the Resolution Audio Opus 21 with a preamp and without, funny but it sounded the best with the CDP running through the variable output turned up to maximum and going into the preamp versus running the CDP throguh the fixed output and into the preamp, go figure.
By attaching directly onto the amplifier input RCA jacks with the Electronic Visionary System (EVS) Ultimate Attenuators there is no need for another interconnect when running directly from CD to amp, as there is no separate passive preamp box. Available from tweakaudio.com. This stepped volume control solution on your amp means your CD player does not need its own variable volume control.
I would only run a cd player direct until you can aford a preamp or passive attenuator. The preamps (variable outputs) in any cd player I have heard are pure junk and take a lot away from even a great cd player. You dont need to spend a lot of money to up the sound quality of the preamp in a cd player. I would even go as far to say by a cheaper cd player and a good preamp or attenuator.
I've now owned 4 different digital front-ends that had built-in volume control, and I liked all of them very much. I really like the idea of a single pair of interconnects and reducing cost by not buying a pre-amp.
Here are the units I've owned. They are in the order of my preference.
Birdland Odeon Lite DAC (needs a CD or DVD transport for use)
Theta Miles (balanced version)
Cary CD-308 (will be selling soon as I upgraded)
Resolution Audio Opus 21
All sounded really good, but each successive rig was a little better. The RA Opus 21 is a killer unit! The Cary is really good for the price and has some other special features.
BTW, having one remote to control the usual CD player functions AND volume, is a major plus.
Best deal for the $$$ XA7ES Sony bar none ,38 lbs of pure class A ,
This player was a Stereophile most recommended in Class A section for years. This is the best player you can buy used for $900/ $975 on the Gon.
Use the Variable output for now, but I would recomend a good pre amp. It is a must for great sound quality later, trust me , Peplar is on the right track with the passive pre.
So Proy, that's a pretty bold statement "Best deal for the $$$. bar none....".
Have you actually heard All of the $900-975 used CD players w/volume control, in your system?
If not, then you actually have no idea if the Sony is the best....bar none!
I have not heard the Sony in my system. I have heard all of the units I mentioned in my post. I don't know if any of them are the best for the $$$, bar none, but I do know how they sound relative to each other. They are all pretty good, and considering the rapid improvements in digital technology, it is likely that being 10-12 years newer, the Cary may well be sonically better than the Sony, even at half the weight!
Oh yeah, you can buy the Cary for only $800 used. And its transport is 10 years newer!
PS, if you have heard all of these units in your system, nevermind! :~)
Don't forget the Quad 99 CDP.
There has been some discussion of this CD Preamp all in one lately here and on the AudioAsylum - Including one poster who remarked that it had replaced his more expensive Meridian equipment. May be worth examining.