Here is my need: this system will be in a family room with a TV above the fireplace. Inputs for this amp will be a STB (uverse), squeezebox, and dvd-player (soon to become a BD player). I will be connecting the STB and dvd video outs directly to the TV, so I don't need any fancy video switching. All of these components have digital and analog audio out. I want to output to two speakers beside the tv as well as two speakers on our back porch. So I either need stereo A/B speaker outputs or I guess I could always hook up a speaker selector.
The catch is that the space for this device is very narrow. I'm thinking I could fit something only 14" wide. Also, I don't want to break the bank as I am in the middle of upgrading a dedicated media room. So I'm hoping for a couple hundred dollars max.
Bottom line: looking for a small (width) device that can handle switching between 3 audio inputs (digital preferred) and output to speakers in two areas (but I may be able to do this with a speaker selector)