a simple & cheap HTIB won't do you justice.
As a long time lurker, I hope you've read our admonitions for investing enough for long term satisfaction. Doesn't have to be extravagant by any means. Yes, make that a priority during the new home rush when some free cash is flowing. The cash flowing definitely does come to a screaching halt.
Well, perhaps you want to wait later this year for a competent receiver with HDMI 1.3 capabilities. The number of zones capable within a receiver is directly proportional to price. Actually, you don't need a top of the line, but perhaps a modest supplementary amp due to the large number (six) of speaker pairs.
Without getting overly involved some local help should get you set up with as many zones as you want. Probably need need some additional switching. My receiver zones (an overkill one) are for three independent things at once, though I presume you will mostly want just to repeat stereo throughout several rooms.
Let us know how you will proceed.
Long time lurker, first time poster.
Recently moved into my new house and I'm struggling to figure out how to set everything up. During construction I had the house wired for sound with speakers installed in each room. Each room has separate speaker inputs located on a central panel in my media room. In total there are 6 speaker input pairs
What kind of receiver can I use on this system? I was originally considering just getting a cheap HTIB system, but I don't think there will be enough connections for all my speakers.
I also want to hook my HD cable and 46" Aquos into this system so I'd like something with HDMI capabilities.