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Can someone ID this power cable (and tell me where to buy one?)

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August 21, 2013 11:30:36 AM

It's a standard USA two-prong plug. I posted a picture of the other end here:

These came with my Acoustic Research Powered Partner desktop speakers from a while back, and were also included with the same speakers when they were rereleased under the Advent name a few years back. I need a new one; can anyone tell me where I can find these? The closest thing are those cords with the "figure 8" interface that doesn't work with these speakers...

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August 21, 2013 11:44:22 AM

Hmmm, this looks like a fairly common appliance-style cord, or even one such as what an electric razor would use. Accordingly, an appliance-repair shop may have them, or be able to order them.
August 21, 2013 11:54:58 AM

Onus said:
Hmmm, this looks like a fairly common appliance-style cord, or even one such as what an electric razor would use. Accordingly, an appliance-repair shop may have them, or be able to order them.


Thanks. Please let me know if you have any more leads - I couldn't find this on Amazon or Monoprice!
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August 21, 2013 12:03:41 PM

I don't know if a site like www.mouser.com has power cords or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.
August 21, 2013 2:08:19 PM

Onus said:
I don't know if a site like www.mouser.com has power cords or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do.


The plot thickens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEC_60320#Appliance_Couple...

Although it's a little hard to tell from the pic I posted, the connector is squared off on one end and round on the other. The shape is closest to the C1/C2 standard as seen on the Wikipedia page, with the exception of the C1/C2 standard being rounded on both ends, but I get the impression that a C1/C2 cord would not be electrically compatible with these speakers, given that C1/C2 is predominantly used for electric razors - it seems more like a C7/C8, although the shapes make it incompatible. I tried looking on the website you linked to but can't seem to find a cord with this connector shape - will try checking the support website for Acoustic Research, although I'm not confident I'll be able to find much information given that the company's been bought out and the product in question discontinued a long time ago.

Thanks again for your help, and any other insights are greatly appreciated!
August 21, 2013 2:17:24 PM

Depending on how adventurous you are, you could always open the speaker case, remove the jack, and solder a new AC cord to where the jack was. Pay attention to polarity, otherwise it's conceivable that you'd introduce a 60Hz hum into your audio. You could knot the cord inside the cabinet to provide for strain relief.

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August 21, 2013 2:21:29 PM
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It does look like a C7/C8 though, with the specific shortcoming they mention. And yes, polarity matters.
August 21, 2013 3:07:29 PM

Thanks for the advice, this sounds like a job for my local tech repair wizard. I have two sets of these speakers, so I still have three more cables like this one. I figure my next step is to take a speaker and cable pair down to him and see if he can find/make a replacement or do what you said in the worst case scenario. Who knew this type of cable was so rare, I must have just tossed it at some point without thinking about it.
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