I just bought a new house and I will be moving to my new place in 1 week.
this new place has multiroom speaker system (ceiling) with wall volume control (in each room) through out the house.
I have a few questions on how to get a good receiver without having to overpay since I will build a dedicated HT system on my basement later on.
I have this panasonic home theater system that I basically use as an extension of my TV speaker. http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/SC-PT770
I basically use as 3:1 and connect to my TV via optic cable, and if I am watching TV or bluray I just turn this HT on and put on digital input.
I would like to continue to use it for the same purpose on my new home.
1. I understand I need a speaker selector to connect my multi room speakers. Like this, correct?http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-109995-4-Channel-Speaker-Selector/dp/B00DIGD604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402232782&sr=8-1&keywords=speaker+selector
My question is: which device should I buy to connect this speaker selector?
I was checking the yamaha 375 (http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-RX-V375-R-5-1-Channel-Refurbished-Receiver/dp/B00IO8JGA0/ref=cm_cd_al_qh_dp_i
). I would connect my bluray, comcast box to this receiver via HDMI. If I do that, I can continue to output sound to my HT panasonic speakers as long as I have the TV connected to the HT via optical cable (the way it is set up right now), right?
2. Now, how I would connect the speaker selector to the yamaha receiver? If you look at the back, there is no specific slots for speaker wires apart from the 5 ones for a 5.1 system (front speakers, center and surround). Should I connect the speaker selector to the front speaker slot? If I do that, how I would output the sound to the ceiling speaker if I want to watch TV or bluray? I guess I would just to turn on/off on the speaker selector?
3. If I decide to add 3 speakers (2 front and 1 center) later on to function as a sound bar to my tv (replacing my old HT panasonic), Would I still be able to do that knowing that I already used 2 slots for the speaker selector? Would I connect them on the center and surround slots, even If I am not using as a surround?
4. I have no plans on doing 5.1 surround on my living room. I just want to connect my multi room speakers(via speaker selector) and maybe add another set of speakers (2 or 3) in the future to work as a soundbar to my TV. Having that in mind, is the yamaha 375 a good option or should I buy something else? what would you recommend? I know there are receivers with zone 2 that I could connect my speaker selector, but do I need that since I have no plans to do surround sound? If a buy a stereo receiver I won't be able to connect my bluray or comcast to it, but would have to connect to my TV and more wires would be visible.
really appreciate your time. thank you!!