I'm using a Parasound Halo C2 with my B&W surround (802D, HTM2D & N805S) system. It has all the features you want and than some. You should be able to pick up a nice used one for around $2,000.
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A good Pre/Pro will vastly improve your sound.
I would recommend a Bryston but the XLR-in requierment kills that. It's easily my favorite and I prefer it strongly. I hate to sell mine but life has demanded I simplify.
I dont recall if the EAD 8800 had balanced inputs but it was slightly warmer than the Bryston. Either IMO, would be substantially warmer and less grainy than the preamp section of a 3806.
The Krells have balanced ins. But, I would not characterize the Showcase as warm sounding. The HTS will be out of budget.
The Primare has balanced ins (I like it too) but it does not have the 5 or more balanced outs.
I'll keep thinking on this.