What sort of plug is this?

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No idea what it's called but I've got a connector block with four of them from the early 90s and it's a great space saver in the second system (y)
 
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It’s called a conblock connector.
It’s a miniature mains plug and socket arrangement.
Not sure how compliant it is depending where you are.
Certainly wouldn’t put it anywhere near the Hi Fi.:eek:
 
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No idea what it's called but I've got a connector block with four of them from the early 90s and it's a great space saver in the second system (y)
I'm not sure they ever had a proper name, but that's exactly the use for them: a compact multi-way extension block.
 
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It's probably not modern compliant, but it is to British Standard. The design means the earth pin connects before the others. The non-compliant bit is that the sockets aren't shuttered. IIRC, the socket is part shrouded, so the pins are covered when they're live and not fully inserted, so safe enough.
 
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We sold them by the bucket-load in Peter Jones and John Lewis in the Radio & Television department where I ran the dem rooms in the early 90's. The advantage being size, but not particularly safe, given that it relied upon people's abilities in adhering toward carefully preparing the wire-stripping to correct lengths, twisting and folding back the copper strands and ensuring the cable clamp was gripping sufficiently the outer flex. The plugs themselves could sometimes slide out of the block. Nasty, plus no fuses, but I suppose that's a plus for elevating it to audiophile status now. Is there going to be a run on these now then?!
 

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We sold them by the bucket-load in Peter Jones and John Lewis in the Radio & Television department where I ran the dem rooms in the early 90's. The advantage being size, but not particularly safe, given that it relied upon people's abilities in adhering toward carefully preparing the wire-stripping to correct lengths, twisting and folding back the copper strands and ensuring the cable clamp was gripping sufficiently the outer flex. The plugs themselves could sometimes slide out of the block. Nasty, plus no fuses, but I suppose that's a plus for elevating it to audiophile status now. Is there going to be a run on these now then?!
I guesss they're not ideal for more challenged DIYers, but they seem safe enough to me for light use. The lack of fuse in the plug is a bit of a non-issue since there's a 5 amp fuse in the conn-block itself I recall, and the illustrated one seems to have a 6 amp rating printed on it (not sure mine has that rating in truth). Certainly not a high current solution, the pins aren't too large, and maybe best consigned to the dustbin of history for the reasons you give, but I'm glad I've got one - the wiring is tight enough in the second system and if I had a proper 13A extension socket there's be no room for the amp!
 

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I remember those from back in the 90s. I then completely forgot about them, but they occured to me a couple of years back as being a great space-saving solution for hifi system, so went I looking, but they didn't seem to be available anymore. It's a shame that no-one has come up with an up-to-date compliant version.
 

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