Save up and get the two Rowland pieces together. You'll be spending money on the pre and not be very happy with the result, so you'll just end up going for the power anyway.
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Does the "Main In" to bypass the preamp on your 8000LX not function, or is it an impedance mismatch issue?
BTW, have you considered the JRDG Capri as an option? Balanced + unbalanced LL outs, latest JRDG power management technology, excellent optional phono stage, and very transparent. You may want to check out Giudocorona's very positive (and informative) A-gon comments on the Capri, and other things JRDG.