My configuration is 5.1 in the family room, two more speakers in the adjoining kitchen (there is open space between the family room and the kitchen) and two speakers on the deck.
I would like the deck to be separate zone so that I can play separate music on those speakers. The music would mostly be internet radio, or airplay from my phone. I know some receivers have only analog input to the second zone. Is the airplay considered analog signal?
For the main zone, I want to have the option where for the most part the system would operate in 5.1 mode (family room only) when watching tv, etc, but be able to turn on the kitchen speakers and have a 7.1 zone. The same signal would be played on all speakers.
Which receiver would accommodate this set up? Would it be something like the Onkyo 616 that has 3 zones? The budget is $500 or so.