Well, since we have this fancy new forum, why not use it. I'm going to be setting up a home theater system in my house soon; I have my big screen and my room's pre-wired with two outputs in the front of the room, 2 in the back. So, it's basically pre-wired for a 5.1 setup. (I don't want anything more than 5.1 in my home theater room, extra channels are overkill and a marketing ploy to get you to upgrade unnecessarily.)
Also in this prewiring output panel are two speaker wires that run out to my deck. So, what I want to do is hook up a home theater unit that will do two things: Support my 5.1 setup in the main room, and control the two speakers out on my deck. I'm not even sure if this is possible, but I sure would like it to be. Ieally, I'd be able to switch between sources and outputs, so that I could either watch TV, send music out from my TV (Music Choice on cable), or even play a CD out on the deck while watching TV in the home theater room. Is there a device that even makes this possible? Would a 7.1 system be able to accomplish this? I'm trying to keep my cost below $400 for the receiver, and I'll worry about the speakers later. So, suggestions?