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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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    But why would you want to?!
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    Good question! 'Cos my CDP arrived with a power cord with a US plug attached and I would prefer to use it with a UK mains plug rather than via a US-UK adapter.
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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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    Seems like pointless fannying to me. Just plug the sucker in (with a normal cable) and have done with it.
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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.

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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!

    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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    Yes the rubber topped plug was the MK as I recall.

    I didn't know you could get the Furutech from Merlin cables for £40 so that's useful to know.

    The big clear bodied thing is by Clipsal and it's a "water/splashproof" connector used in wet environments, hence the huge diameter of the body and locking ring. I found the maximumum diameter of cable that will go though is around 16mm and that is a really tight fit. Even after removing the ring and filing down the remaining shoulders it still overlaps adjacent sockets on a power strip so I much prefer the Furutech even though it is nearly 3 times the price of the Clipsal.

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    Tiggs - Followed up your suggestion with Merlin and they should do the trick. Thanks for the advice
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    Effem, i have seen on ebay some lewden industrial 13 amp plugs, that have a drop down cable outlet and are advertised as being able to take large cables and appears a lot slimmer than the clipsal. If you want a link, let me know and I will look around for it.

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    Furatech stuff is good quality but stupidly expensive unless you're loaded.

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