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I've read thru several threads here, but I can't find the answers to my questions. So, here goes....
I'm replacing a Sony 5.1 receiver that I've had for about 10 years. The biggest reason for the replacement is that the Sony pre-dates HDMI inputs, so switching things on the TV usually requires 3 different remotes and a multi-step process. Also, I'm remodeling my back yard and I want to add speakers outside.
Here are the parameters I'm dealing with:
Price Range: $400 or so.
Availability: Best Buy is my first choice, but I'm not shy to order from Amazon, Crutchfield, J&R, etc.
Inputs: At least 4 HDMI inputs.
Output: 1 HDMI.
Network: Yes, preferably wifi.
Speakers: 5.1 in the main room, plus the two outside speakers.
iPod, iPad: Don't care. I have Android.
I don't plan on listening to a different source outside, but I do want to be able to shut the outside speakers off (can't wire in parallel with the fronts). Also, I don't want to go through the hassle of a separate amp for the outside speakers. A salesman at Best Buy tried to explain how to connect the second set of speakers to a 7.1 system, but he wouldn't tell me if they would be always on.
Thanks for your input.