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While there is no cost or performance-based reason to prefer a 2-channel receiver or integrated amp to an AVR receiver there is, at least for me, an ergonomic reason. For example..
I don't like the infinitely rotating knob of AVR's. ..I like being able to know where the volume is set by simply looking at the score line on the knob. This makes it easy to know whether my wife or kids left the volume cranked before turning it on. ..And while many AVR's allow you to contour the bass/treble to taste (indeed, most allow room-correction which is useful) and the ability to switch to mono, I prefer having these switches and knobs on the faceplate of the component so I can make adjustments quickly rather than having to scroll through a bunch of menus. ..In short, some prefer the simplicity of a Stereo Receiver or Integrated Amp to the complexity of an AVR. ..But these amount to ease of use considerations rather than cost or performance. And yes, you may end up paying more money for less complexity b/c of economies of scale.