Yep - always a compromise isn’t it? What I would really like is an AVR that had all the extraneous cr&p that I will never used stripped out of it. I am thinking networks stuff, zone stuff, a thousand DSPs I will never go near, video processing, the full CMS that my unit has and so on and on. But then someone will say "hey - those are the very features I want most, man". And they have a point. So the AVR manufacturers put everything in to give them the broadest possible market appeal, and in doing so they create the highest possible volume of sales - and that brings the price down. So, in reality, I am not paying a cent for all those features, and their very inclusion probably means I am paying less for the full bells & whistles unit than I would for my stripped-down unit.
I think you need your own AVR company, they would sell like hot cakes I heard one dealer calling mine the "kitchen sink' of pre's, I found out he also sold $8,000 to $10,000 pre's and I had to question his statement. Imagine the mark up on them at that price point. It is what it is and I can't afford to put 10 grand in a single piece.