I have recently purchased B&W CM9 front, CM5 surround, CC2 center, ASW-12 sub. Looking for A/V receiver in ~USD$2000 range to match the speakers. Any recommendations please. I am very confused with all the options available.
Are you located in the US? Please put your location in your profile, it helps us help you. I recently purchased a Denon AVR4310Ci and am quite happy with it. It's less than US$2k, but there are lots of options in that price range. As stated before, most AVRs in this price range will have the features you need, but will differ in their ergonomics, or sound nuances, or other small differences that can nag at someone spending this much. Some of the "less popular" brands have also had HDMI issues with some equipment...
If it's power you want, the suggestion by eljay is a good one - using the AVR as a Pre-Pro and then purchasing a separate power amp, perhaps only for the fronts, or for 5-7 speakers
if your willing to pay for these speakers (assumming new @ retail) plus add
$ 2k (US) you can afford another $ 500 - $ 1000 (or whatever) ; unless your maxed out, than that's for another discussion on your end - maybe behind closed doors ..
go separates. good multichannel amp with avr, or with dedicated av processor (now or later)
using the AVR as a Pre-Pro and then purchasing a separate power amp, perhaps only for the fronts
this would be a nice option. i have experienced elevated 2 channel (music) listening with my 5 ch amp., but certainly not to the degree a 2 channel power amp would perform up front.