Hello all, I'm about to begin a new home construction and would like to figure out the best way to distribute audio from our main living room to multiple zones throughout the house. I'm looking for a very basic setup, without too much expense. My main audio source will be in the living room & my intent is to be able to distribute audio (either music or sound from a football game) to (1) office, (2) kitchen/dining area, (3) outdoor deck, and (4) basement.
Can I do this using the "ZONE" function on an A/V receiver? I'm not entirely sure how that feature works, but can I simultaneously have surround sound in the living room and 2-channel stereo in the other rooms? Or, with the A/V receiver, can I not have surround sound and zone audio at the same time? I've been looking at this receiver (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0077V88W2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2RJFHY4J8L46F&coliid=I9WGHL9ZOAB7C
) but I'm not particularly set on it so I'm open to other suggestions in that sub-$500 price range.
Through searching other posts, I saw mention of the basic system from HTD (http://www.htd.com/Products/basic
) which seems like it'll do exactly what I want, but I want to know if an A/V receiver can do the same thing or if I'll need this type of system in addition to my A/V receiver. This may affect what I can spend on a receiver.
Also, in regards to wiring, will I just need speaker wire or what else will be required?