Hi. I am somewhat of a noob on home audio distribution. My new house is almost complete, and it has been wired for in-ceiling speakers in most rooms (along w/ 5.1/7.1 in family and media rooms). I am in the process of selecting equipment, and my question is about distribution of music to a number of rooms (likely 4).
I will have an a/v receiver in the family room distributing 5.1. I want to distribute music to 4 other rooms. I don't care about independent selection of content in each room (they can all hear the same content). I would like volume control knobs in each room (already wired). I want to be able to control the content/distribution using iOS devices.
My a/v guy is likely going to suggest sonos, but I wonder if I can just do this with a new Apple TV -- which would access content off my PC (wired into home network) and which could play streaming content (e.g., Pandora) from iOS devices. Can I use zone 2 of the a/v receiver to distribute the audio to the 4 other rooms? Any particular receiver to keep in mind (also needs HDMI switching for 5.1 system). Each room would have its own volume control (not sure how that is hooked in). Would I need some sort of separate amplifier for the other 4 rooms?
Thanks for any insight.