I was in Best Buy this weekend and in their Magnolia store they have the Yamaha A-1030 for $899 which is $200 off normal price. If you're OK with previous years model Crutchfield has the 1020 for $699. For the lower end of your price range the Onkyo NR626 would meet your requirements however reviews are somewhat mixed.
At the very upper end of your price range, look into the Denon X4000. Without using an external amp, you will be limited to 5.1 in the main zone and 2.0 in the second zone, but not with the same source at the same time. Check out the main denon thread for tons of questions and answers that is almost always on the first page here.
Thanks for the input. I haven't completed my reading yet but I've narrowed it down to the
Yamaha A-1030 or A-1020 &
Denon X-3000 & X-4000
I know I'll have to exceed my budget of $900 to get the Denon X-4000 so I'm trying to determine if it is worth it.
I use Sonos for streaming purposes so all of the features related to streaming don't matter to me. As I mentioned before I would prefer a phono connection built in and be able to send digital video & sound to Zone 2 while maintaining my 5.1 Surround Sound in the primary viewing area. I believe all the above systems will provide these.
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