My parents are building a house and they are completely helpless when it comes to technology. I am usually able to help them, but I am not very knowledgeable about home theater and audio setups.
Just as a precursor, they are by no means audiophiles and in fact my father hates surround sound when watching TV or movies.
As of now my basic plan for their setup is:
TV audio (living room): A high quality sound bar with a sub
Music: 3 zones, all connected to one source, must have Apple AirPlay.
Zone 1: living room/kitchen. either 4 or 6 in ceiling speakers (my mother prefers the built in look).
Zone 2: outdoor deck area. 2 speakers
Zone 3: roof top deck. 2 speakers
The reasoning for the separate TV audio and music is so someone can watch TV (w/ sound bar) while music is playing on the deck. Plus my father would not like the TV sound coming from the ceiling anyway.
The goal is to be able to play all three zones at once, or select one or two of the zones to be playing.
As for an amp/receiver, I am really lost.
-Should I get a full A/V receiver that has AirPlay built in (i.e. Yamaha RX-V475 5.1-Channel Network AV Receiver ) and use something like 'SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 Input 4 Output' or 'Russound 4 pr
. Speaker Selector, Single Source SS-4.2' , even though they will never use any of the visual components of the receiver... seems like overkill
Or do I just need an amp that is AirPlay compatible/ maybe use an Apple AirPort Express.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions. I know that using a sound bar and in ceiling speakers are never recommended, but my for my parents needs I think they are more than fine. Also they do not want to spend a ton of money on this setup, so trying to stay cost effective.