I bought the 3008 for $1049 off newegg for the Multi EQ and the 3 zones and was NOT impressed for the price. While my pioneer elite (its old) makes some noise when switching channels....the Onkyo rattled the basement when changing (very loud solid state). The Dolby TRuHD and DTS MAudio did not show well on the screen (ie, never) the Multizone was misleading. I am in the same boat as you though in looking for 7.1 in the main room, 2 in the bar, and 2 outside. Here is what bugs me about ALL brands so far so maybe everyone can help me as well. All basic definitions on 7.1 indicate 2 front, 1 center, 2 side, and 2 rear (rear surrounds). All mulitzone amps say 7.1 or 5.1 in main room with zone 2 or 3 on but here is what I find misleading. All amps that I have looked at use the REAR SURROUNDS as one of the 2nd or 3rd zones instead of having a separate plug or using the high/wides. It drives me crazy as then I cannot set up 7.1 using the rear surrounds. Am not opposed to buying a cheaper receiver and another amp but cant seem to find anything that will work right. Seems like I need to buy a 9.1 AVR and an AMP or a 7.1 and 2 amps which is nuts. Suggestions anyone? Again, want 7.1 in Main (only need 5.1 if zone 2 or 3 is on but 7.1 with rears when not on), zone 2 stereo, and zone 3 stereo.
Oh, 3008 sound was decent but not as good as the 12 year old Pioneer Elite.