Camelot Uther, any version.
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The Camelot Uther is very good. Try to buy the latest version if it's in your price range.
Birdland Audio Odeon-Ag. I haven't actually heard this DAC, but the reviews were excellent. The 6Moons review commented that the Birdland, direct to amp via it's motorized analog remote volume control, was superior to using the reviewers very good pre-amp between the DAC and amp.
Here's another solution to your desire for better redbook cd playback with the ability to watch DVD concert videos. Any of the Oppo DVD players with full scale mods by Ric Shultz at EVS (www.tweakaudio.com) will have EXCELLENT cd sound quality, EXCELLENT video sound and picture quality and all of the Oppos have remote controlled variable volume control (it is in the digital domain, so it does throw out bits, but it sounds great direct).
I'm using an EVS Level-2 mod'd Oppo 970 right now. It is connected direct to power amp for my 2 channel playback and it is also connected to my multi-channel HT system for DVD playback. It works great, sounds great and only takes up one spot on my combo audio/video shelf.
We like our Uther DAC with volume control. We use it in lieu of a traditional preamp to drive our CJ MV60SE amp. However, the Uther does not allow one to hear very loud music.
Our typical music sources are Itunes via Toshiba laptop/HagUSB converter, OPPO CD/DVD player via digital coax and HD Time-Warner cable converter box via toslink.
post note: sometimes, we're amazed by the sound quality of the live concerts seen/heard on Palladia HD channel.