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    Default Using a switched outlet on a vintage receiver

    I would like to plug a newer CD player into the switched outlet on a vintage receiver but the CD plug has a wider prong and the receiver will not accept it. Is there a preferred adapter for this type of situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy Runnin View Post
    I would like to plug a newer CD player into the switched outlet on a vintage receiver but the CD plug has a wider prong and the receiver will not accept it. Is there a preferred adapter for this type of situation?
    It's called a wall outlet. Chances are a cheater plug will also have the polarized plug also.

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    A file can change the shape of the polarized plug easy enough
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    As a rule of thumb never use the plugs in the back of a vintage reciever for obvious reasons ( old,vintage may not be up to snuff ect.) . Use a surge resistor and plug everything into that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zane77 View Post
    A file can change the shape of the polarized plug easy enough
    Seconded. I would not recommend it for lighting and power-transformerless equipment, where the neutral side may be connected to the metal case, but on gear like a CD player it is fine to file down the wider prong. The current draw of the average CD player is at most about 250mA-300mA at 120V, and not an issue being powered from a switched outlet of a vintage receiver.
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    Personally I wouldn't do it, and over 40 years in Audio have never seen anyone do it either.

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    I have filed polarized plugs down also. I haven't experienced any problems.

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    I used to run a extension cord off a switched outlet to multiple things operate small stuff like a cd player turntable etc just make sure you dont take a lot of power from that plug most are marked and if you use only one item at a time you should be safe ,
    the polerized plug was added for safety

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