I need a receiver that will service my downstairs speakers (2 sets in main room , 1 set in studio and 1 set for TV) I have Klipsch SS-1 (400 watts peak power), and Bose #161 (10-100 watts/ch, rated 4-8 ohms). I have a Pioneer elite CD recorder and would like a phono input. Does surround sound allow you to turn off certain pairs of speakers? Looks to me like Pioneer Elite, Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha and Kenwood all have good quality for under $1000. Any suggestions?
If I'm not misunderstanding it sounds like you are needing 3 zones. Here's is a thread that lists most of the new recievers and tells you how many zones you can configure.