B&K PT3 NAD 1600 (think that's the model number, it may be discontinued).
At the high end the TACT makes a digital room correction EQ that can serve as a preamp.
If you have only digital sources, there are a number of DAC's that have a built in volume control and can double as a preamp. See e.g. Monarchy, pro DACs made by Benchmark, and lots of others which escape me at the moment.
I am looking for this feature because I am crazy about my new Audiotron. I dont trust its analog outssince it is a piece of computer equipment, but since it has an optical out I can avoid them for now. I want to seperate my ht gear and my music gear and I was trying to find some kind of preamp (or receiver) that would do what I am looking for. Thanks for the replies I will check into them. Jason
Mike, At this point I was looking to see if it was even an option. If it was an option but not in the price range, I am looking at using my receiver's zone 2 operation. So to answer your question I am looking at all the options regardless of price range. I am thinking that I want to spend no more than $3000 for the preamp & amp/integrated amp or whatever I end up with. Jason