- Sep 8, 2021
Where I live you plug every way you want.I don't think that is fair to be honest.
It's a 20 year old product. Regulations change.
Plenty of HiFi in 60s, 70s and 80s, was fitted with what we now call "death caps"- capacitors neutral to chassis earth for RFI and especially with old US two pin plugs where they can be rotated, a failed cap (shorted) means a live chassis. Which equals the "death" part.
You might think, well, in Australia with our non rotatable plugs, that shouldn't be a problem. But it is. In the 1970s and into the 1980s, much universal voltage gear was imported here, the plugs cut off and the voltage switch adjusted. Sent out the door, not only by the importers, but by HiFi stores. Thing was, most two wire mains leads were black and not marked with a white polarity stripe. Some had the ridge down one side, but 'techs' and importers rarely considered polarity on a two pin mains lead.
I've lost count of the number of Death Caps (not the mushrooms) I have seen and removed. Or cleaned up the collateral damage.
An old analog electronic crossover I had could raise your hair if hooked up the opposite way,had 80V in the case when I measured it (low amps of course,but still).