Have you considerated just using in-line attenuators between your pre-amp and amp? If not, perhaps you should.
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Can you provide more context on your system (i.e., amp, speakers, ICs, etc.)? Also, do you have a price range? This would be helpful to know in terms of a recommendation.
The Lampizator should work well with a passive, if that is the direction you choose to go (subject to your cables and amp).
I had a similar issue to yours (too much gain from the source for my Doshi preamp), and tried the attenuator route, but would not recommend it - I found them colored and they reduced overall resolution of the system.
Good choice - I am a big fan of passives, personally. If you need a passive with remote, the best choice in my personal experience (short of spending $25k plus) is the Slagle Autoformer. My next choice would be some of the newer LDR attenuators, such as those sourced from Tortuga. Donald North Audio purportedly offers a remote controlled passive based on the Silver Rock silver transformer attentuators, which are awesome, but I have never heard the DNA implementation.
If you do not need a remote, Silver Rock is the way to go under $8k. Above that, you might consider the Da Vinci or the Ypsilon passives.
Best of luck.