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I think Onkyo and Integra may have processors in your range. Receivers can of course be cheaper processors than dedicated processors.
Receivers may have less output voltage than your typical dedicated processor. That could result in not being able to drive your amp to full power. I think they are often measured around 1 volt RMS.
The Yamaha RX-Z7 measured very well as a preprocessor, and might be had for $1200 on closeout (but for some reason, you are dismissing Yamaha with no good explanation.)
Whether there's an audible difference, I could not say.
"But this one goes up to 11"