Hi all. Long time two-channel guy here getting into multi-channel. Basically I'm building a new house and need some advice on how to power both a 5.1ch surround system and home audio system. We are pre-wiring for the 5.1 in the family room and then will have 2 in-ceiling speakers in three other rooms on the same floor (6 channels). So I need to power 11 channels in total.
My first thought was to buy a 7.1ch reciever to handle the surround system and all the processing. Then run the pre-out to external power amp for the other rooms. I can't seem to find a multi-channel power amp that will accept only the pre-out set of single-ended connections to run all 6 channels. They all have a separate RCA for each channel. Does something like that exist or would I be better off just buying two recievers and linking them????
I'd like to able to watch tv/movies in the one room and listen to music at same time in the other rooms so need dual source reciever. Also want to be able to run music through everything.
Thanks for any advice!