Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
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Depending on the number of sources you want, that would determine whether to use the 16 or the 8. But, you can bridge the zones to have 200w/ch to each speaker which you would need the 16 to accomplish hooking up all the speakers you want. You can also use the Web UI like an app to control the zones.
I sense that you already have this equipment but do you have Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection? The Bluesound system could work very well for you. Their streamers and speakers work and sound great. They are portable and would allow you an infinite music source like Qobuz or Tidal and you can get an external hard drive for all your CD's and there is one analog connection so you can attach a pre-amp. Just something to think about.
By using the fixed output of the Rogue into the Yamaha, you will have independent volume control of the Yamaha with the other 2 sets of speakers being driven by it. Using the variable preout of the Rogue, the Yamaha will be dependent on the volume setting of the Rogue. This simple daisy chaining idea would best be served, ime, by using the fixed output of the Rogue.
@cio52 Thanks! Yes I've definitely considered this, however in my new home I may only have one centralized place for all the hifi equipment with in-wall speaker wire going around.
@mrdecibel TY this was the confirmation I was looking for - it seemed self-evident but I wanted to confirm. I think the Tube Stage of the Rogue would add it's Tubey color to the Yamaha as well, no?