Granite Audio 657 - Loved the sound (tube output)! I only sold it to go with a $8500 player.
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Check out the Wadia 302 it not only has remote VC it has adjustible output to match your amps input sensitivity. Written up by Soundstage so you can read a review. I use mine with a tubed PP amp and its the best sound I've had in my hose to date. I'm seeing these appear new and used at very reasonable prices (2500 to 3500). This is a very smooth yet resolving CDP with great bass impact. Love it!
The Opus 21 is a very mice CDP with volume control but it requires a good power cord. The Wadia 861 was a better sounding unit with the stock power cord. The Shanling was just OK compared to these units. I also had a completely modified Shanling and it was not as good as using a few of the $2000 list price DACs. My suggestion is to try an APL or Modwright modified CDP that someone else invested in and is letting it go cheap. You can always resell. I have found that the modifed units can really up the sonics of your system over most stock CDPs that I have heard.