Thanks for the reply. First off, I am not sure how the basement speakers are wired (I still have some investigation to do!). I have labeled speaker wires for the Living Room, and Master Bedroom. Then I have four speaker wires that are not labeled, two of which are taped together. This means I have a total of 9 speaker wires, but 11 speakers...not sure what to make of that.
The Sonos looks really interesting. I like the fact that it seems very flexible, and I could add amps over time since it is a little over budget. I was also looking at the Russound MCAC5 for $1400 from Amazon, but then I would need a Sonos connect on top of that. What would be the advantage of the Russound/NuVo vs the Sonos Connect:Amp units?