It's likely that the Classe remote was meant to control an integrated amp or preamp as well as a cd player, hence the volume controls. However if the DR-1 is just a transport as you say it wouldn't have a volume control as it would need to output a digital datastream to a dac in order to play music. There are full-function players with volume control and dacs as well, but never transports. Hence unless you DAC has a volume control you'll have to use a preamp of some kind. Hope that helps.
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