Yamaha A-S801 - horrible experience


I've read many good reviews of the Yamaha gear that I thought I'd give the A-S801 a try.  Through Accessories4less.com, it was only $650 and had a return policy, so there was little to lose.  I took the unit out of the box and set it in my rack.  I noticed the that the speaker selector button had come off during shipping.  I hunted through the box and found it under a layer of cardboard.  Not a good start.

I tried to hook up my speaker cables and found out that it wouldn't take spades.  The plastic guide has such a narrow opening that there is no way to fit an average sized spade through it.  I tried to put one end of the spade in it and tighten down, but the weight of the speaker cables made the binding posts sag quite a bit.  They have a very flimsy connection to the chassis, and I was afraid that I would rip them off completely.  I found some old bare wire cables, and hooked them up.  

I put on a Lucinda Williams song and it sounded ok.  A little thin, but it wasn't warmed up.  I wanted to see how piano sounded, so I put on a Thelonious Monk album.  Here's exactly how it sounded:  pop, hiss, crackle, silence.  The amp died on the second song I played.

I know that every company has the occasional defective unit, but there were so many things wrong with this amp that it was comical.  Just a warning that if you have speaker cables with solid spades, the unit will not be usable.  I certainly won't try another Yamaha product after this.  Live and learn.


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Stereo5 said it perfectly. Beat me to the punch. 
I an sure your experience was horrible. I doubt that Yamaha was the cause. Take it back to Accessories4less and ask for your money back. If it was packed properly, nothing should have come off. If refurbished properly, nothing should have failed. The A-S0801 is a great, but small amp.
You fail to detail what speakers and speaker cable you used and what digital/analogue input was used. A title "Yamaha A-S801 - horrible experience" is bound to draw many to read, however after the short post lacking in information makes me wonder what was at fault.

@ troutchoker - there is no need for personal attacks.  I don't know how my "stupidity" is related to poor build quality and amp failure.  There was no way for me to know about the poor quality of the speaker binding posts and the exact width of the opening for spades unit I got the unit and tried to hook it up.  And Accessories4less is a factory certified reseller for many quality audio products. I've bought several items from them over the years, and I've never had a problem.  They will, of course, allow me to return the defective item for a refund.  My problem is not with them but with the very poor quality of the unit compared to other integrated amps in its price range.    
I don't understand how yamaha gets all the love with audiophiles and I never hear any for emotiva. I have emotiva separates for less money than the yamaha a-s 801 and it sounds great and is well constructed.
Not sure why anyone would purchase a Yamaha.  You are better off waiting for a couple of years and then spend $3,000 for something decent.