Wadia 861 or Audio Aero Capitol 2
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I've never heard any of the $4000+ players, but I have owned several of the more moderately priced players tha have remote volume control. Of the ones I've owned, I really like the Resolution Audio Opus 21 ($3500 new, $2500+ used) or the much less expensive Quad 99 CD-P ($1500 new, $800+used).
I think the RA Opus 21 is fantastic and it comes with a 30 day trial direct from RA (with a restock fee, I think). I also think the Quad 99 CD-P is a great value and is much better than the price would reflect.
I'm very frugal and have sold all of my expensive audio gear, but I only paid $800 used for the Quad and it's staying!!! I do miss the Opus 21, but I was having trouble justifying the money I had tied up in it. Yes, it was worth it, but I'm building a new house and the money was better spent elsewhere.