Bel Canto DAC3 does that. Has remote control of digital inputs and volume. It also has balanced outputs.
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Some more options:
- PS Audio PWD
- Esoteric D70 (older, but among the very best you could buy at any price around 2004)
- Wadia 27 or 27ix (same as with the D70)
- Audio Aero Prima
- Weiss Minerva and DAC2
- Berkeley Alpha
- Tact 2.2XP (and you get room correction to boot)
- Theta Gen.VIII (too bad I cannot audition this one)
- McIntosh MDA1000 (in my view too expensive for what you get, but then there are audiophiles paying those prices so there might be something)
I put together this list from reading reviews and a lot in A'gon and AAsylum, then decided to get a preamp instead of a DAC with volume control so can't say much about the sound of these. I couldn't help but wonder if the Bel canto DAC3 (a great unit of today) could outclass a D70 or Wadia 271x (best money could buy 6 years ago). I'll let you decide!! :)
The Zodiac Gold is one of the best sounding DAC Preamp combos out there. The Wyred4Sound DACs are quite boring to listen to in comparison.
The Zodiac Gold has a precision stepped attenuator for the analog output volume control. It has a single ended and balanced analog input along with AES/EBU Digital in a pair of SPDIF coax inputs and a pair of toslink inputs too. USB too up to 24/192K on PC and 24/384K on a Mac.
It has superior clocking technology to any DAC under $20K i.e. lower jitter.
The headphone amp has its own volume control too.
It comes with a remote control that allows you to choose inputs and volume control
I have used it with great satisfaction and sell them.
Neal Van Berg
I'll second Zdiac Gold +Voltikus. It has a full function high quality pre with relais attenuator built in and sports the best clock by a country mile. Beyond that it offers 2 analogue inputs, one of which is balances and gives you Aes/EBU, SPDif and USB2.0 inputs. It sounds great, too and I am a user ratherthan dealer