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Ok, very new to putting together a system myself. I have only had HTIB and want to step it up a little and am starting with the receiver.

- I am looking for a receiver that can support 3 zones.
- my main room will be 5.1 with center, bass and 4 in wall satellite speakers.
- I already have Wires ran outside to two speakers for the pool
- I have wires ran up to an office for two more speakers.
- budget is $600 - $800

I would like the ability to at least adjust the volume from the two remote zones with a remote if possible.

Thanks for the help!

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Pioneer is usually the lowest price with the best multizone capabilities. However their receivers with 9 internal amps are way upper end and pricey just like every brand. If you are willing to get a cheap 2 channel amp then the VSX-33 will probably work. Controlling the receiver from other rooms is done over the network using smartphones, computers or ipads etc. unless you upgrade to rf or wired ir. Onkyo, Denon and Yamaha all make 3 zone receivers with 9 amp channels also, but usually go for over $1000.
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Pioneer is usually the lowest price with the best multizone capabilities. However their receivers with 9 internal amps are way upper end and pricey just like every brand. If you are willing to get a cheap 2 channel amp then the VSX-33 will probably work. Controlling the receiver from other rooms is done over the network using smartphones, computers or ipads etc. unless you upgrade to rf or wired ir. Onkyo, Denon and Yamaha all make 3 zone receivers with 9 amp channels also, but usually go for over $1000.

Thanks for the info. Looks like my budget just increased. Of the 3 you mentioned do you have a preference? I have been reading some bad reviews regarding Onkyo.

If I can control through my iPhone or iPad then that solves that issue.
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If you can swing the budget, a Denon 4311 is a great receiver and, IMO, a bargain at its current street price of around $1300. It has MultEq XT32, which is great for room correction. It also has a very nice, assignable amp section. Check out the 4311 thread and ask questions there. The next step down in the Denon line is the 3312, and streets around $800. Here are a few links that might be helpful:

Deals thread for 4311:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1388717

The first few posts here explain the differences in the XX12 line:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1334369

Here is the last page in the 4311 thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...74153&page=531
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Actually I currently own the Denon 4311 and am very happy with it. Trying to keep the op near $800 budget. The pioneer vsx-33 goes for under $700 from amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Elite-VSX-33-A...1776724&sr=8-1

And here is a stereo amp to run zone 3 for $100.

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=302-601

Total $800 and does evereything you need.

I paid about $1450 shipped for the 4311 one year ago. It has held it's value well. The replacement model will cost double that! Onkyo will always be cheaper, but has a bad reputation lately. Yamaha puts out a decent product, but funky in a few ways. Pioneer is just decent, but does multizone better than the other brands in a few important ways.
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Yamaha aventage 2010 can do what you like but will be a tad bit over budget. Yamaha 1010x may fit the bill.
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Thanks for all the help, I will take a look at the suggestions and let you know how it goes.
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