Hello i am not a big bose fan, but i dont detest them either like some other people on this forum. my neighbor recently bought the bose lifestyle (-15, i think) for ~$3800 incl tax. while he was showing it to me he mentioned that it was the only system which let him control source, volume etc in 4 zones independantly. most other systems have only A/B switch which has to be changed manually. i agree that the system is expensive, but you get a nice integrated package for that. 5.1 setup in living room (with bose speakers) a cd/dvd player with 6 cassete changer in lv rm power supply strips that drive speakers in all zones - he has it configured for garage, bedroom and backyard. (speakers in other zones are non-bose purchased separately) best of all, an rf touchscreen remote that will let you control all this from one device that even my wife can understand (v. important!). i dont recall if lv room is also considered a zone. if not, then counting lv room that would make it 5 zones ! according to him this in the only system that he found that does this while still being simple enough that wife can use it too and i am inclined to agree. any ideas on how can this be accomplished cheaper while not requiring a graduate degree to setup and operate the system ? thanks. regards, avinash.