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Hey Everyone,

I'm fairly beginner when it comes to complexed A/V, did a bunch of searches and can't find an exact solution. Hoping some one could help me, would be greatly appreciated!

Goal:
Setup multi-zone speaker system for the following areas

(Speakers already mounted and wire ready to be plugged in)
1) Patio (2 Polk Atriums)
2) Kitchen (1 6 1/2' in ceiling speaker)
3) Living Room (2 6 1/2' in ceiling speaker)

5 Total Speakers


Additional Goals:
-Patio will have TV outside, so would like to use A/V receiver as the only receiver instead of standard amp/stereo receiver
-Receiver must have airplay capability (looking into Yamaha V5 or V6 series)
-Run a cd player through the setup (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004NQU4YY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Don't need different music or volume in the different zones, just to be able to turn a zone off when not needed (ie. Patio in the winter).

Additional Notes:
-Have Impedence Matching Volume controls in all 3 areas to control volume (already mounted and ready to be plugged in)


Initial thoughts:

I was thinking to use the following setup but not sure if it is the best route or will be loud enough and reliable.

-Yamaha V573 as the main receiver - due to needing to work with the TV outside
-OSD Audio ISS6 6 Zone Speaker Selector - to switch between zones. Yamaha receiver has only 2 zones so need an option to switch between 3 different speaker setups. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001YIKP1G/ref=gno_cart_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
-Route the "Zone B" from the receiver to the speaker selector, then run the speaker cables/impedence matching volume controls into the speaker selector.

I'm trying to avoid having to buy 2 amps and just using 1 high powered a/v receiver. Want the volume to be loud enough and think it can considering its only running 5 total speakers but need some feedback as to if this will work and be reliable.

Questions:
1) Will this setup be reliable long term and not put too much strain on the receiver?
2) Will this be loud enough to power 5 total speakers (2 outdoor, 3 6.5' indoor ceiling)?
3) What type of A/V receiver would be best for this setup? Wattage? Functionality
4) Do I need a "Zone B" or "Zone 2" Receiver if I'm using speaker selectors? Or can i get away with a single zone receiver like the Denon E400?
5) Because I have 3 Zones (living room, kitchen, patio) is a 2 Zone receiver pointless?
6) Any recommendations for a quality reasonably priced speaker selector?
7) What do you feel would be the best setup considering the budget below?

My budget to complete this setup is about $600 total (for cd player, receiver, speaker selector)

Thanks for your help everyone!

Cheers,
Jay
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