Is it better to purchase powered speakers or a small amp and passive speakers? I was leaning toward powered to keep things as simple as possible (not that a small 2-channel amp is complex), but especially for an outdoor speaker, there just isn't much to choose from if I go powered. And nothing will be powered from my main zone receiver. These are completely independent zones. Any advice would be greatly appreciate!
+1 on the Sonos being a better option than Airplay. But if you want Airplay this could be a solution.
You can plug the airport express in the back of it. Watch the video.
This could be another option but isn't shipping yet.