You could throw in a Leema Pulse, a Harman HK990, you could throw in any number of amps, but the point remains that a £1000 AVR was as good as a very highly regarded Exposure 3010s. Are we to go round every stereo amp to find one that sounds better but doesn't offer the required functionality?Whatever does it for you but I am sure if you let another five different people decide the outcome would be different. Particularly if you substituted the Exposure for a Creek Evolution 50A.
However, at the end of the day it all comes down to whatever you prefer.
Personally, the only one I have heard that came in with a chance was the Anthem MX520 but these go for around £1650 probably out of budget for many looking to set-up a system.
And I wasn't buying for five other people...