I have pre-wiring for 5.1 in my living room and 6 more points for my whole home audio throughout the house (2 points on that same level, 2 more points in the basement and two out back for the future deck).
All the points terminate near where my future receiver will go (all in one spot)
Can one receiver double as my whole-home audio source and my 5.1 source? I'd be willing to spend up to $1k for a receiver/source. If not, then what does everyone suggest? Thanks!
Get an AV receiver with audio output and hook it up to a distribution amplifier.
A distribution amplifier allows you to run multiple speaker pairs. It improves the sound quality by adding an amplifier to the mix. This will give you more volume control at different locations. Distribution amplifiers range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the number of channels, power output and sophistication of the controls. If you only plan to have one source and one volume control throughout your entire house, you can get by with a much less expensive distribution amp. If you want to control the volume in every zone separately..., it can get quite elaborate.