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I'm not quite a newb to the board, but took a long break from AV equipment as I was either between homes and formal HT installation, or busy with other stuff. A bunch of equipment has recently been diagnosed as ill, or needing replacement, and in the process, I've had some enthusiasm re-ignited to try some dedicated 2 channel listening with a good set of speakers, and a good amp.
Having read this thread, it seems that:
Oppo 980H, Meridian 508.24, Cambridge Audio 840C, Bel Canto CD-1, Wadia 830 and Primare CD31 are all options that have balanced outputs.
I've written each the posters to get some additional details, but rather than start a new thread, I'd like to see if anyone reading this has something to contribute.
Specifically, I'm looking to have a CDP with balanced outputs that are for sure variable outputs that its remote would control. I seek to absolutely bypass the preamp, and go straight to a bryston amp that is fully balanced.
Not too much online for specifics on older models in terms of details of whether the outputs are variable in level or not, and as a relative newbie to balanced CDP, not sure if that is a given to be present, common, or rare aspect to the balanced output CDP.
Strongly prefere to buy a good quality used CDP that matches the above....will be looking for listed models, but very curious what has changed since the OP started the thread.