Yeah, but I just hate losing the dynamic range when there are solutions that can completely avoid it. I know it's won't necessarily be audible, but stil...
Also, with very few exceptions (like the Benchmark AHB2), the noise of the amplifier will be higher than the one of the DAC8 Stereo multiplied by the voltage gain of the amplifier. So the analog attenuator in DAC doesn't really make sense. An ideal way of implementing the analog volume would be by varying voltage gain of an amplifier, but that is very difficult to do since audio amplifiers like to work in a narrow range of voltage gain.
Would you give up a heads up here if you send the Stereo Dac for review? And do you have an idea already when it would happen?