A crossover (with volume control) can handle that task. I use a DBX crossover in my main system.
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Just use a passive preamp, they make very simple units. I bought two a couple of years back. Mine also had RCA or XLR in or out.. I think they were 49.00 or 79.00 good copper traces inside, the IC was thick and the solder joints were good.. The volume pot.. never any static. I used them for a bass volume control, just like you..
I got the volume correct but I needed a better crossover, I went with a 2496 Behringer and bypassed the internal XO. That added active DSP. Best move I ever made on that system.
I quit using the monitors onboard bass section and went with an active XO and full blown DSP for the bass. I use separate MB columns and a servo sub system..
I quit making waves in the neighbors pool too. I’ve got it down to just a ripple.. :-)
I thought about trying a Y, the output from the DAC via RCA plugs would have been very low. Also I checked with the DAC manufacturer and was told not to do that. They said it was OK to run both RCA and XLR at the same time, so that's what I'm trying to get working. I ordered one of those cheap volume controls from Amazon, if that works even a little I'll explore some the more expensive alternatives that have been posted.