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Who installed the Russound system? Are you near a city? Maybe you just haven't found the right AV company/integrator.
Because you're most interested in audio, and controlling a couple 5.1 systems, and you're not made of money, perhaps a whole-house control system isn't for you.
I'd use 2 receivers/AVRs for the 5.1 zones, research the Russound streamer more, add zones to the Russound system, and spend the money on some nice remotes for the hearth room and basement 5.1 systems.
Find a new integrator, one who doesn't do Control4. Ask around at work for references, and the builder may have other recs.
I'd be nervous having a builder run my cables. Find a company that does this professionally. Although i's not rocket science, it's easy to screw up.
There is often a disconnect between the knowledgeable installers and the salesman, within AV companies.
You'll have a much better basement theater if you find a good AV company. They'll consider room acoustics, projector location, lighting options (dimming, control), and AV control, while the builder and anyone else won't have a clue. You want to involve him/them before doing anything to the basement space.
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