Need help choosing a receiver. Any help is appreciated.
I'm moving into a new home and installing a 5.1 Surround Sound System, 6 interior rooms of background music and 2 patio speakers. I will be purchasing a new receiver and I'm having trouble deciding between the Denon AVR 2312 or 3312.
This is what I'd like to accomplish. I want the receiver to power a 5.1 system in my living room. Then I have an existing 8 room 4 zone russound abus hub with a-kp keypads. I'll be using this to run 6 rooms of background music and would like to only run one stereo input into the hub from the denon receiver to share all the sources that i'll have hooked into the receiver. I don't mind if it won't play digital through to the russound hub. Then I'll be installing two patio speakers out back and i'd like to power these directly off the receiver's amp to provide them more power since the abus keypads are limited.
So what I'm unsure of is if the 3312 has the ability to run everything listed above or would it be more cost efficient to buy the 2312 and also a 2 channel external amp to power the patio speakers.
Also, if anyone as experience with hooking an abus system to a denon receiver I sure could use the help on how to properly hook them up together.