thanks to the heads-up by ck, we discovered that many UK-made power cords which are attached with US-plug (export models, as demanded by some audiophiles in countries like malaysia) have negligently configured the pins in the UK fashion, meaning that the manufacturer didn't not reverse the Live and Neutral pins!
the problem is indeed a very serious one. audiophiles in malaysia use a mixture of UK and US plug and generally they are confused about the L and N pin configuration. even local electricians don't know the difference.
it also shows that british power cords manufacturer pay scant regard to US plug configuration, eventho' they export their power cords with US plug connected.
this results in wrong polarity, which causes poor imaging, focus, transparency and the overall tonality would suffer.
readers, please be careful the next time you buy a power cord. make sure you use the multimeter to check the polarity.
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