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The Onkyo and other networked AVRs are great values for a single source, single-zone setup (and for a 2-zone, 2 source setup, too, when paired with a small zone amp). Once you cross to more than two zones, using an AVR begins to be a limiting factor, as you lose flexibility and the control mechanisms don't scale well.
So if you're planning a 4-zone system, starting with one of the zone-based streamers will allow you to expand/extend by buying additional units over time. With an AVR, you'll be "stuck", and any upgrade would mean replacing it or using a mish-mash of products.
So either way, you hook up all four rooms (rooms are "zones", I think you meant "single source") to the device in question, ensuring that there's proper impedance matching (either with a speaker selector or by verifying that the volume controls have that function). The limitation of this single-source/amp arrangement is that all connected rooms will come on/off together - so you may turn on rooms you weren't expecting - and will need to turn the volume controls up/down in each room to handle that.