I apologize in advance if this isn't the right forum, but I can't quite figure out where to start...
I bought my Denon 4311 last year in part because I could have a full home theater in my basement and had another complete zone that I could use for setting up outdoors when I was ready. Well, its that time.
The problem is my requirements may have changed!
I now see the need/value in having three different sets of speakers outside. While they would be reasonable close to each other, there could be reasons to listen to music in the screen room, while I was cooking, or when sitting in the hot tub. That sounds a lot like three additional zones.
However, I can not really see a need for them to be playing different music. I am willing to not have independent volume control - simply on/off for each would suffice.
I was thinking about a switch, that supported remote control (with an app???? on my iPhone, iPad??) that would allow me to use my second zone, but choose which speakers were actually used.
I wondered about investing in the Sonos gear, but that seems like overkill and I would be compromising the sound quality of my 4311.
In my dream use case we'd be sitting outside, choosing music in a jukebox fashion adding songs to play while I was cooking having a beverage. Then, maybe we'd move to the eating area and move the music with us, by turning off one set of speakers and the second set on. Then, later to the hot tub, with the third set.
Of course, I'd want to be able to have all three sets on when more people are over.