Starting from scratch. Thoughts on home audio/video
First off, I'm an old guy. In reviewing the various threads, I found myself mystified by the huge number of acronyms that I couldn't understand, so please try to keep them to a minimum.
I recently built a new house. I want to set up a decent surround sound system for my home theater that will also work well as a home stereo. The only component I have is the TV, which is a new 70" Samsung 1080p. True, it's not 4K, but at my age I couldn't tell the difference.
My budget: I'd like to stay below $2500 for everything (the component(s) and speakers), although it's a bit of a moving target and could go up a bit.
Wish list: 1) I have Apple products, so something that can communicate with my iPhone, iPad and/or Mac, if that's an option. 2) I'd like to have two zones, so I can put future speakers on my patio and be able to listen to something other than what's being played inside the house. 3) In addition to the TV, I'll hook up a blue ray player and a cd player. 4) 7.1, 7.2? I'd like input on those versus 5.1. 5) Online music and/or video options? Don't know much about this, input is appreciated 6) The speakers I will want will either be in-ceiling/in-wall or mounted to the ceiling and walls. I understand that limits options and quality, but I prefer the clean look and, more importantly, that's what my wife wants. Happy wife, happy life.
My experience: I've installed a Bose system that was 5.1 from years back and four in-ceiling speakers that use a Harman Kardon receiver. My business has a Pioneer receiver with two zones that I installed for my employees. I can install the basics, but I am far from the expertise of those on this forum.
Bottom line: I'd like input about receivers first and foremost. Ideas on speakers and other components is a bonus, but the electronics pushing the power is where I need the most help given my lack of expertise. Thanks in advance.