Multi-room speakers and amps - 'high end' vs 'low end'
Hi everyone, I've been a member for 8 years and never posted, I wonder if that's a record?
With an upcoming house purchase/remodel I'm thinking about adding in-ceiling speakers in some parts of the house. My previous house had a system comprising Rotel RMB-1506 amps and Bowers & Wilkins CCM665 speakers with Apple Airport Expresses providing the audio via AirPlay.
It looks like I can hop online now and buy the same kit at $1000/amp and $400/pair but do I need to?
I can get an Audiosource amp for ~$130 and a pair of 6.5" Klipsch or Polk Audio speakers for under $150.
Based on a 3 room setup (max with the RMB-1506) it would be $2200 for Rotel + B&W vs <$1000 for an Audiosource + Klipsch/Polk setup, and with the latter I can add additional rooms/zones for under $300.
So my question to people far more knowledgeable than me is whether there is any benefit (except vanity) to the Rotel/B&W setup, for what is ostensibly 'background' music from a streaming service like Apple Music?
Thanks in advance!