Can anyone say whether the currently available Denon multi-zone receivers have the same digital input issues with secondary zones (eg. the Denon DRA-397)?
I would really like to purchase a new pre-amp with a great all-around headphone amp with selectable gain so that it will work with a wide range of headphones - in addition to all the modern features that pre-amps generally come with such as bass and treble controls along with a "pure audio" type option to bypass them. A remote. Selectable multiple inputs. The ability to switch between the pre-amp outs and the headphone jack so that the pre-amp outs are not live when listening to headphones. Alternately a receiver with said features - although with powered monitors I don't need the speaker amp. Even a full-featured all-in-one unit with built in high quality DAC.
There seems to be a disconnect on the part of Home Audio manufacturers not understanding the big increase in Headphone usage these days and the importance of a quality headphone output vs. the Headphone Amp makers who rarely include anything but the basics. I know there are a couple of exceptions out there but for the most part I am not finding much.