I know nothing about audio, which is why I'm asking for ideas; but also please try not to talk over my head when it comes to terminology.
Here's my set up; the missing link being a receiver of some sort:
I'm putting a pair of TC80i's in my family room and a pair in my kitchen for solid (both rooms approx 15x20), but not life changing music only. Additionally, I am going to put a pair of atrium 55s out on my back deck. All of this will be connected to a receiver of some sort, which will be connected to a Sonance iPort. I want to walk into my kitchen, dock my iPod, and BLAMO>>>tune-age. I need the music to be nice, but not so nice an audio enthusiast would crap their pants. Also, I need to be able to crank it up to a reasonable volume to allow for drunken dance parties.
Here's the catch...I need be able to turn off each room individually; therefore have any possible combination of the 3 zones able to be played. AND...I need to do this for $300 TOPS...if I can spend less it's a bonus.
What receiver do I get and can I use a speaker selector to increase the number of outputs? Or do I absolutely need a pricier multi amp?