Hi all,\n\nI am putting together the various components for my theater room. So far, I have a purchased the Epson 2250 and 120 inch silver ticket screen.\n\nI now need to get my audio equipment. My requirements are 7.2. I would also like to have 2 zones. My theater room will be 5.2 but I ran two more speaker wires out to the pool room as well, so that I could listen to music the same time somebody is watching TV if I wanted to (if I am misunderstanding zones and how they work, please let me know). I was hoping to be around $700 but don’t really want to go higher than 1000 ( for the receiver). . I’m curious as to what you guys think is the best for this budget. Also, what are the best quality brands for audio receiver these days? I did not have the best experience with my previous Onkyo surround sound system....\n\nI also don’t want to break the bank with my speakers but don’t want something too cheap at the same time. So if there’s any recommendations on this as well, I would highly appreciate it. I will be mounting my front and back speakers to corner of ceiling.\n\nAs I’m starting to poke around I found:\nSony STR-DN1080 and Denon AVR-S960H\n\nnot sure if these are ok? I REALLY like the thought of using Alexa to control the Denon. \ntks.