Hey gang. New update. Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone. So I had Reality Cable make me a short set of speaker cables with pins on on end, thinking I could use them on the spring loaded terminals on the Sony. Turned out to be a dumb idea, as I ended up breaking the terminals, as the barely open. At best you could insert tinned 14 wire in them. Well I guess now I will get to try an upgrade, so ordered a generic set of real binding post from Parts Express. But knowing it my take forever to find the time to install, I bought an Onkyo TS-8020 from BB. Similar if not better specs and again a linear PS and discrete transistor amps. But it had real binding post.....albeit, the really crappy consumer grade ones really meant for banana plugs. As per the above post, I thought well maybe it's the same amp with a different name. I really like the design of the Onkyo, real physical knobs for the tone and balance controls.
So are they the same amps made in same Malaysian factory in a different case? Sorry, NO. Not even close in sound. This amp barely gets the job done. It is distinctly mid fi. Despite having better posted specs it runs out of gas pretty quickly. Everything sounds much more compressed. I don't hate it, but it does not come close to the Sony for sound.
Hopefully I can successfully install the binding post on the Sony, but it will be tricky as these modern amps don't use P to P wiring. I'll have to completely disassemble the chassis to figure out the contact point.
Sorry for the long winded ramble. But for me, the Sony is a true Cheap and Cheerful champ. I should have stayed with that idea and accepted that part of being C & C is using 'lamp' cord speaker wire.