Not at the $300-$600 range. Never seen one. However, you will be able to get 3 zones for far less than 5k. TX-SR805 MSRP $999 Est Shipping date mid to late June. Can you wait a couple of months? It looks to be VERY loaded for the price. Found this here:
*Full A/V Processing via HDMI 1.3a with Upconversion (3 in 1 out)
*HDMI Deep Color Capable (36bit)
*Component Video Upconversion and HDTV-Capable (100 MHZ) Video Switching (3 in 1 out)
*WRAT/ Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry/ Non-Scaling Configuration/ A-Form Listening Mode Memory/ RI
*Audyssey MultEQ XT Room Acoustics Correction
*7.1 Multichannel Inputs for PCM Delivery of Hi-Def Audio Sources
*DOLBY Decoder - PLIIx, DD, DD-EX, TrueHD
*DTS Decoder - DTS, ES, NEO6, 96/24, HD Master Audio
*THX Ultra2 Certified
*Burr-Brown 192/24-bit DAC on all Channels (TI Architecture (PCM1796))
*S-Video (6 in 1 out)
*Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) 3/3; OUT (OPT) 1
*Composite (6 in 1 out)
*Powered Zone 2 with Balance Volume and tone control
*Powered Zone 3
For $400 more outside of your budget, you should be future-proofed for a while. Also your Composite, S-Video, Component connections can be converted to HDMI. (Not necessarily upscaled). Do not see details which are upscaled, but I imagine at LEAST the components are, since Faroudja is on board.
I would like to set up a surround sound system (5 speaker) in my family room and also connect 2 speakers in my kitchen and 2 speakers outside. I would like to have the option of playing 3 different things in the family room, kitchen, and outisde. What options are there for me? I have only been able to find 2 zone receivers for the $300 - $600 range. The guys at Best Buy and Circuit City say the only thing that could do this is a $5000 receiver. I find this hard to believe. Is there anything that can do this?
As far as a wattage, I don't need much. I am not going to be raising the roof, just want to here good sound quality.