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UK Mains Plugs

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Does anybody know who makes UK plugs which can accept an 18mm power cable which contains 6 cores - each core being about 2-2.5 mm diameter - with each pin taking 2 cores? There are some large body Clipsals which can just about take the main cable - with a bit of persuasion! - but whose pins only have a hole large enough for one of the cores. And because of the design, it's not easy to drill the holes any larger.

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Righto. Can you change the mains lead for something sensible? ;-)

I think you're gonna have problems - as far as I can see, all that the likes of Farnell & RS stock is standard 13A plugs. The MK catalogue doesn't appear to have anything, either...

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That's the ultimate fallback. But having spent a large amount of my hard earned dosh already, I'd rather not just go there yet.

Thanks for checking the Farnell and RS catalogues. Do you know where I can get access to the MK catalogue? The manufacturers of the cables (Audience) apparently fit a MK 13amp plug for sale in the UK - MK part no #09977 - but that might be a US number

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Just buy a us mains filter I use 2 anaudio magic stealth and a shunyata hydra 4 both are superb or buy a extension block which willhas us sockets check audiogon or ebay us for ideas otherwise place a wanted ad on hififorsale etc see what you get offered? :)

A cdp dont need high curent though so the cable may be wasted unless it's sheilded well or summat ?

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Oliver wrote:

That's the ultimate fallback. But having spent a large amount of my hard earned dosh already, I'd rather not just go there yet.

Thanks for checking the Farnell and RS catalogues. Do you know where I can get access to the MK catalogue? The manufacturers of the cables (Audience) apparently fit a MK 13amp plug for sale in the UK - MK part no #09977 - but that might be a US number

http://www.mkelectric.co.uk/products/index.asp

bit hard to navigate, but basically if you look around, they have PDFs of each range catalogue.

You could also try dropping in to your local electrical wholesalers (not B&Q) and asking them.

Cheers,

Pete

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Oliver wrote:

Does anybody know who makes UK plugs which can accept an 18mm power cable which contains 6 cores - each core being about 2-2.5 mm diameter - with each pin taking 2 cores? There are some large body Clipsals which can just about take the main cable - with a bit of persuasion! - but whose pins only have a hole large enough for one of the cores. And because of the design, it's not easy to drill the holes any larger.

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Hell's bells! :shock:

How much current does the CD player draw then? Must be a very odd design. :?

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Hi Fi For Sale have a large bodied UK plug which again has small entry holes on the conductor pins. Made of a nasty rubbery substance and doesn't have much room inside itso I would give it a miss.

The only UK plug I know of that can accept a large diameter cable and large conductor gauges is theFurutech FI-I363which are not cheap. Found a seller on ebay that does them for around £55.00

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Hell's bells indeed! I've no idea about the design ... technical stuff is beyond my understanding. ButI work on the basis, it's there for a purpose

Was that a typoaboutthe price, Effem? Nope, found the very thing on ebay. More hell's bells. I never knew plugs could be so expensive! They're only a couple of quid in B&Q. Mind you, T&E only costs a quid a metre

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Withe regards to the furutech mains plug, try: www.merlincables.com where they are £40.00 = £5.00 postage, but thats still £10.00 less than £55.00!, personally I don't see anything with us-uk adaptors, although the ones you can get for £3.00 - £5.00 are a bit naff, but £10.00 - £20.00 will buy you a decent cryo treated adaptor available in either in-line form (plug sticking out the front), or the outlet on the bottom of the plug so the cable drops down. For these type of adaptors try either: www.vhaudio.com or www.takefiveaudio.com. Another option would be to obtain a good quality basic power lead, look up volex on: www.audiogon.com as one of their leads seems to be very highly rated and said to be comparable to big money leads!, and is only about £10.00, I am sure it can be had with a uk moulded plug fitted but am not 100% sure. Also if you swap the us lead for a uk lead it may be worth checking the polarity of the inlet socket as us plugs are wired differently to uk plugs.

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On the subject of the mk plug audience fit to the uk powerchord, its a waste of money the toughplug and safety plug are way overrated and overpriced, and better can be had for less money ie, the standard duraplug at £2.00 odd or permaplug at about £1.30 odd.

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Oliver. A couple of years ago I bought some MK 13A plugs that were not supposed to be used for domestic use. I think it was because they had a soft rubber cover (which pulls off quite easily) and the cable entry was through the back and not the bottom. You could get quite a sizeable cable in the plug, but the holes to connect the cable are normal size. I got around this by drilling out the holes and soldering the wires in place. I don't know if MK still make them. I have seen some similar plugs that have a transparent cover on the back. I have one available if you are interested.

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Puffin - Iguess they are the ones which Effem refers to and doesn't recommend.Hifi for sale sell them on their site.And i'll be taking the advice of our resident expert.

I also suspect that the clear backed one you have is a Clipsal. I have a couple of those but the rear entry (oo er missus) just ain'twide enough for my purpose without further surgerynor willthe pins accept two conductors!

Which leads on to 'There's a hole in my bucket .....

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