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I'm not getting why 22 zones is a problem. Lots of homes have that and far more.
And in the real - read non-AVS Forum - world, the greater weight of audio to video is the norm. Far more homeowners want distributed audio than distributed video (and it generally costs less than distributed video).
The real problem is thinking that you can DIY a system like this. Good luck to you if you have a wife or kids. As someone said above, you will be full time tech support...if the system ever works at all.
The problem is that once you decide that along with audio, you also want to have full integration on a single platform (not multiple apps on an iPad that you move in and out of independently) of HVAC, security cameras/alarm, and video distribution, you're talking about Crestron.
Just audio, maybe you could do C4 or some of the others. But if you're trying to integrate all of the above, and/or shades, and/or lighting, etc., you're in the Crestron world...
Which means absolutely forget about DIY. And make sure the firm you hire has stellar programmers and rock solid references and can show you examples of their work (pictures are fine - ask to see the back of equipment racks, not the front). A Crestron system done properly is a joy. Just remember, everyone wants a Mercedes for the price of a Carolla. It doesn't exist.