I need a receiver system that can connect speakers in the living room and an adjacent room.
I'm already getting the following:
In the living room:
2x KEF IQ90 Tower Speakers
1x Sunfire-SDS12 300-Watt 12" Dual Driver Subwoofer
In an adjacent bedroom:
1x GLA-55 (2.1 speaker pair from Harman Kardon)
1x smaller subwoofer (undecided)
I'd like to be able to send the same music/sound to all these speakers simulateneously. In other words, I'd like to synchronize the music in the living room with the music in the bedroom. I want to avoid buying 2 receivers. Can I just buy one receiver and connect the living room and the bedroom speakers to it? Do I need a special kind of receiver - like a multi-zone receiver?
Or, could I incorporate AirPlay? For example, I could get an AirPort Express or AppleTv in the bedroom, and connect the 2.1 GLA speakers to it. And then, I could get another AppleTV and output it to the receiver, which then outputs it to the larger living room tower speakers and sub. And then I'd be able to play from my ITunes and have it send the music to both AirPlay devices simulateneously.
First, Wouldn't there be some delay between the two, or would they synchronize exactly? Second, am I only limited to what's in my iTunes? What if I wanted to get a deejay and he had to "plug in" his own deejaying equipment/software and play, would he NOT be able to connect with these AirPlay systems since he's not using iTunes? In that case, this AirPlay set up would not work, correct? Is there another way that it could work?
It looks like the Airplay/AppleTv set up would have too many limitations (Apple iTunes only), so I would need a multi-zone receiver, right? Would any of these receivers fulfill my purposes? I'm looking at the Denon AVR 1713 particularly. Would that work for my set up? Are there other good ones from this list that would work:
Denon DRA-397 AM/FM/FM Multi-Source/Zone Stereo Receiver - $280
Denon DRA-697CI AM/FM/FM Stereo Multi-Source/Zone Receiver - $415
Denon AVR-1713 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Receiver with AirPlay - $365
Harman Kardon AVR 2600 7.1-Channel Audio/Video Receiver - 65 Watt x 7 - $435
Harman Kardon AVR 1650 5.1 Channel AVR Receiver - 95 Watts per Channel - $315
Onkyo USA TX-NR515B 7.2 Channel A/V Surround Receiver with Powered Zone 2 - $395
Onkyo USA TX-NR414B 5.1 Channel A/V Surround Receiver with Zone 2 Line Out - $330
Yamaha RX-V573BL 7.1CH Network 115W AV Reciever, Cinema DSP 3D Surround, Airplay, Ipod/Ip - $345
P.S. I'd like to pick from this list because I get club discounts on these products. But, if this list is very limited and you really recommend another receiver for similar price, then I'm open to it as well. Thanks.