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.