I'm in a similar situation and have been searching the threads for advice. JoeG44, I hope you don't mind me jumping into your thread.
We're in the process or a remodel and will be installing spearkers in at least 3 zones (kitchen (2x 6" Speakercraft in ceiling speakers), master bed (same), living room (5.1 system yet to be determined).
I'm baffled as to the best way accomplish this. The speakers are all wired to a central location in the basement. The house is also hardwired for network. I've looked at the Sonos system, I love the wireless remote and network access, but I'm not clear on how it will be wired into the system if I have my own amp/receiver.
If I opt to go with a multizone receiver, how to I incorporate a simplistic wireless remote (like Sonos) that I can either pull music from my PC or from the net?
As I'm already over budget on the home remodel, price is a significant concern. Any advice is appreciated.