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Hi,


I've recently remodeled our house and now I'm in the market to update my electronics. I have a very small den where I wish to add surround sound and as importantly want to have quality audio in three other locations (gaming is not of interest, audio, tv, and movies only). From the little research I've done, it looks like I'm going to need a multi-zone AVR. It is important that the other rooms can select from any input. From what I've read since it is such a small den, if I choose a 7.1 avr and only implement 5.1, I have the remaing channel as a "zone" (I gather the buzzword is a "powered zone". I do not want to add an external amp. I've looked at Onkyo, Pioneer, Denon, etc.....


Please see the attached diagram that I hope explains what I plan on implementing.........suggestions are welcome.


Thanks in advance,


Frank

 

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Looks to me like you'd be a good canidate to get something like Breathe Audio whole house distribution. It'd require more than just an amp and some speakers for sure (as would any multi-zone system) like, keypads to select tuning, source, etc. Some even have 1/8" jacks on them for ipods and such. They can get expensive, but can also stay within your price range, and grow them as the need comes. PREWIRE for everything.
If you think you're going to only have 2 speakers in a room, wire for 4. You never know.



SmartHome sells the setups for around $600 for a 4-zone setup, as does best buy apparently, but i've never seen them there.


As for a true multi-zone receiver, (opposed to 2-zone which is more common) there just is not a whole lot that will meet your needs in that price range.
 
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