BAT pres w/remote have a unity gain feature that allows them to be used is pass-thru mode.
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Adcom GFP 750 (good) at about $700 =/- used, or Muse Model 3 Signature (significantly betters the Adcom) at about $2300 new (you will not likely find it used). The BAT SS pre amps like VK40 I believe have it, and the tube units have the unity gain as posted above - be sure to ck features on the specific model you are looking at. It is a great feature if you only have one listening/HT room.
To answer Scotty above, on my BAT VK-30SE you can set the relative level of any of the inputs wherever you want it and then assign that input as a "Fixed" input. No matter what you do with the BAT volume control the level of the fixed input doesn't change. Rather, volume is controled via your Pre-pro of choice.
In my setup that means I set all my home theater levels at my Accurus ACT 3. Center, surrounds and LFE go directly out to amps feeding speakers for those locations. L & R front channels are fed from the ACT 3 to my BAT, and it in turn feeds the 2 channel amps.
Voila! Home theater through the 2 channel setup, all the while maintaining the integrity of the 2 channel setup for serious music.