Things designed by the same design team always seems to work better together than with "strangers".
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best sound quality for your computer files will be with a separate DAC, some are built into modern pre-amps
a good SS pre-amp will be just fine (I say that as a guy with 2 tube pre-amps)
you could use the DACs built into your iphone or mac at least for a while
you say 500/1,000 but what is your total budget?
speakers are the most critical thing to spend $$ on...
The Dyna is a good choice. But make sure the preamp is fully warmed-up, a full minute or more, BEFORE you power up the amp. And make sure you power down the amp and wait 30 seconds or so BEFORE you power down the preamp. The PAS 3X can shoot some stupid voltages downstream during the power up / power down process.
The PAS 3X has a rather decent phono stage. It can be further improved with a swap out of higher quality caps and resistors.
The PAS 3X / ST 35 combo can be nicely musically satisfying.
ok, if you are set on those speakers
2nd big sound quality issue would be room treatments
if you still have $1k left after that, I'd buy pre-amps either from a dealer who will let you try it in your home, or from mail order with a return privilege.
Emotiva has adherents but there are a lot of reports of quality control problems
Well regarded names include nad, Rotel, and Parasound - the latter may be just a tad over $1k but many would say it is well worth it.
be sure the pre-amp has the control functionality to fit your needs - many lack that these days
whatever you do, do NOT waste $$ on expensive interconnects, but it is often wise to run balanced cables and use balanced components
Just an update to all - I did end up going with the Dynaco PAS 3X awhile back. Very happy I did! It's versatile, warm, and fits my needs perfectly. I was lucky to find one in great condition on ebay. I ended up getting some Klipsch Fortés to pair it with as well, which gives the perfect amount of dynamics that I was looking for.