It gets into "zones" very fast. I'd call the outside a zone.
2. Do any at http://www.cnet.com/au/topics/av-receivers/best-av-receivers/ have the second zone and your ipod/phone support?
3. For control outside. This may be tough as we would need either a RF based controller (check each model), an app on the pod/phone, or many a Logitech Harmony Hub.
Find a prospective receiver in item 2 to start.
Ok, let's start by me not being electronically saavy. I know that I need a receiver, however not sure what kind. It is needed actually to control my outside wired speakers and would like it to be able to have some type of connectivity for possibly an iPOD or iPhone, in addition to a wireless remote. It would be located inside my home, but I would like to be able to have a control outside. Can anyone offer some suggestions?