I know this is a long post but I urge you to perservere. There's nothing like a bit of shadenfreuder to cheer you up on a Monday morning. Finally my shiny new Amex with the 6 months interest free comes through so I head down to a dealer in Boston to buy my long awaited RSX-1056. Giddy as a school boy I bring it home, connect a source a my speakers, turn it on and BANG!!!! Fortunately, the dealer is open on Sundays so I give them a ring and they offer to do a straight swap, so far everybody thinks that it's just a bad bit of electronics. So, cut to Sunday afternoon, I plug the amp in with no source and no speakers and it powers up with no sound and light show so I unplug it, wire up the speakers and a source and turn it back on. Guess what? So, I go out and get an electronic tester find that there is a short in my new speakers. Well darn it says I, only in not so many words. The position now is that there probably is a 'persona non gratis' bill up in the only Rotel dealer in Boston with the face of Phill 'amp killer' Jones on it (This is not literally true). They refund my money but wouldn't offer to replace it or sell me anything else. I got the distinct impression that I wasn't welcome. So now I'm stuck with my home theater dreams in tatters. I'm left with three questions. 1) Are there no fuses or protection circuits in these things. The short was there from power on so shouldn't a fuse blow before the electronics go up in a sheet of flame? 2) Are Rotel amps just not so robust? Should I look for a better protected amp? My wife now thinks I shouldn't get onw on the grounds that, 'they blow up when you look at them funny.' 3) If I do replace it, where the hell am I gonna get it from? Obviously, this last question is a bit difficult to answer since the only rotel dealer in Boston is not at home to Mr amp killer. Your's Frustrated The phantom electronics fryer Edited to correct model number. I'de managed to upgrade my amp without spending any money. I've edited slightly to avoid any inexactness in describing my dealings with the dealer. I don't want to be accused of bad mouthing anybody.