I need a receiver that can do multiroom, but it doesn't have to be that powerful or that great. HDMI isn't necessary. It just needs standard stuff: component inputs, dolby digital/dts, etc.
I'd like to keep it as close to $100 as possible, though that may not be reasonable. If that's not realistic, what are some of the cheapest ones available? I was looking through receivers and it seems like multiroom isn't as common a feature as I originally thought.
Here's my situation: My aunt wants to have speakers for 3 rooms in her apartment. I don't want to hook up the speakers to the surrounds and surround-backs and then use a 6-channel stereo mode (duplicating the fronts to the surrounds) because something might happen with a setting and my aunt would be confused. So, I think the best option would be to get a multi-room receiver and hook it up to a speaker-switcher of some kind. I'm not sure if the speaker-switcher would be any easier, though. What do you think?
If I go with the multi-room + speaker-switcher combo, I would only use the fronts and the multi-room speakers. I wouldn't use the surrounds. This Denon AVR-486
is the best and cheapest multiroom I've found so far. I don't know about the seller though.
What are some options I have?