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Wyred 4 Sound STP-SE which is on sale. Owned one for seven years and it plays and sounds great with anything. Also there is the ability to upgrade it in the future.
Works with your amp as I've used it with Kismet and Khartago in the past. The AVA is also a great choice just not as flexible for the future.
The LDR3000P is Tortuga Audio’s flagship passive preamp
Or their other passive: Tortuga LDR3.V2 Passive Preamplifier
With around a hundred Watts and Klipsch speakers; I’d go passive, too. I was a minimalist, for decades. One of the purest presentations I ever had, was with a Placette in my system. Virtually nothing to break/go wrong, as well. ie: https://tmraudio.com/components/preamplifiers/placette-audio-passive-line-stage-stereo-preamplifier-... New: just slightly over budget: http://www.placetteaudio.com/passive_line.htm What I owned: http://www.placetteaudio.com/remote_control.htm As an experiment, you could try something like this, first: https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Precision-Passive-Controller-Preamplifier/dp/B07GRLV7XG