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    Join Date: Oct 2013

    Location: Wrexham

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    I'm Darren.

    Default Budget Schuko Plug Recommendations

    Looking for recommendations for a budget Schuko Plug, say upto ~25. Anyone have any suggestions or plugs they're looking to move on?
    Darren.

    Turn Table. Garrard 401, Reso Mat, 2 Tier Slate Plinth, DIY Hadcock GH242, Nick G modded Lentek, Denon DL-103.
    CDP/BDP/DAC. Oppo 105D. Cassette Deck Technics RS-AZ7.
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    Front Speakers. Celestion Ditton 44. Centre Speaker. B&O Beovox 5700. Surround Speakers. Celestion UL8 Rear Speakers Celestion Ditton 11.
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    Join Date: Oct 2012

    Location: The Black Country

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    I'm Alan.

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    Hi Darren, I have a few Schuko plugs you can have, pm your address and i'll get then in the post to you.

    Cheers, Alan

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    Join Date: Oct 2013

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    I'm Darren.

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    You're a Gentleman
    Darren.

    Turn Table. Garrard 401, Reso Mat, 2 Tier Slate Plinth, DIY Hadcock GH242, Nick G modded Lentek, Denon DL-103.
    CDP/BDP/DAC. Oppo 105D. Cassette Deck Technics RS-AZ7.
    Pre Amps. Croft Super Micro 2 / Oppo 105D. Power Amps Quad 405 Mono Blocks / Nakamichi AVP1. Interconnects Klotz MC5000, MS Audio.
    Front Speakers. Celestion Ditton 44. Centre Speaker. B&O Beovox 5700. Surround Speakers. Celestion UL8 Rear Speakers Celestion Ditton 11.
    Rack. Mana Acoustics.
    Gallery. http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...-of-the-70%92s

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    Join Date: Oct 2013

    Location: Wrexham

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    I'm Darren.

    Default Bals to it!?!

    Whilst my thanks goes to Alan for sending me plugs from his own personal stash, it was obvious from the moment they arrived they were not going to work with my wire (2.5mm) or my earth arrangement (shield to earth)

    In the absence of a better idea, I ordered some Martin Kaiser Schukos. I've not wired many Schuko plugs, but I really didn't get on with the Kaisers, maybe it's me and my choice of wire but I couldn't get a satisfactory connection to earth which was audibly and visually apparent upon testing.

    Going back to the drawing board and searching further afield I came across the Bals 73 series plugs which seems moderately popular in Germany. A search for Bals 7372 will show this plug commonly assembled with Lapp wire and a Watt Gate IEC, so surely it has some merits? I became aware of the Bals after seeing this (http://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/revi...tors-compared/) and so ordered a couple of Bals 73's for pretty much the same price as the Kaisers.

    The difference between the two is significant, not only is the Bals a joy to terminate, but it actually feels like a plug! In all testing so far (all of 4 plugs ) this has been the best Schuko I have used by a very large margin. My system feels more powerful and faster with greater focus and lower back ground noise and distortion with this plug fitted.

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    As a budget plug I'm very happy with the Bals 73 and it makes me wonder what benefits increasing the budget could yield? If anyone has any other recommendations please share them.
    Darren.

    Turn Table. Garrard 401, Reso Mat, 2 Tier Slate Plinth, DIY Hadcock GH242, Nick G modded Lentek, Denon DL-103.
    CDP/BDP/DAC. Oppo 105D. Cassette Deck Technics RS-AZ7.
    Pre Amps. Croft Super Micro 2 / Oppo 105D. Power Amps Quad 405 Mono Blocks / Nakamichi AVP1. Interconnects Klotz MC5000, MS Audio.
    Front Speakers. Celestion Ditton 44. Centre Speaker. B&O Beovox 5700. Surround Speakers. Celestion UL8 Rear Speakers Celestion Ditton 11.
    Rack. Mana Acoustics.
    Gallery. http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...-of-the-70%92s

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