Yes I was thinking something along the lines of the BP 26 and BDA-3 combined would be a nice addition and keep the price down relative to a more pricy unit that would allow for a Phono Stage internal and the active crossover for our speakers internal.
No HDMI but maybe a really sophisticated Headphone amp as an option.
Yes a slightly more expensive BDA-3 with those capabilities will do great! HDMI, while great, isn't really needed if it's going to increase cost due to licensing or what not. Most consumer AV devices that I have output HDMI and optical. Coax is practically gone. If there are multiple optical, then I suppose people can connect those AV directly to the DAC. However, most people, including myself when it comes to AV and convenience for the family prefer to have HDMI from all these AV devices go to the TV directly and then take the optical out from the TV to the DAC. This way you don't need to change inputs when watching different source or have to remember which is which. My family appreciates it more, so I've left it that way with my Emotiva DC-1.
If there is going to be an option for a serious headphone amp in there, that would be most welcome. That actually might be exactly what I need and could replace my Dangerous Source. A DAC, analog inputs, remote volume control, headphone amp...that could be a HIT!
Is this headphone amp going to be on the same level as BHA-1 or lower or perhaps something even better or new (maybe stuff from the BP17)?