If you must have a multizone controller, than the McIntosh CR-12 multizone controller is the best you can get for under $500. When it lights up, it is the absolutely coolest thing you will see from a multizone controller. It will control up to 4 zones. All light bulbs are working but like any light bulb, they will go out over time (for now, they all work fine but no guarantee when they might go out). Fortunately, the bulbs are cheap and easy to replace. The CR-12 can also be used as a preamp. You just need to choose which ZONE output you want to hook the amp to and you would have a “pre/power” combo that is as good sounding as any other mid-range pre/power combo. It has analog inputs for eight audio/video source units.
This unit is a very well cared for unit. Just minor scuff marks here and there on the chassis cover and the aluminum side panel frame. Glass faceplate is perfect with no bubbles or cracks. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack it for safe shipping. Original remote included.