1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

MK Toughplugs - are they different to all the other plugs?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by Timmy C, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Timmy C

    Timmy C
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Messages:
    4,397
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +200
    I've been reading a lot about peoples mains cable diy efforts and have notice a lot of people mention MK Toughplugs. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if these are in anyway better than the standard plug I may find in my local Sainsburys. A toughplug in B&Q is over £3 whereas a plug in Sainsburys is a little over 50p! £3 isn't a fortune but I don't see the point in buying them if they aren't going to make a difference!

    If anyone knows about these things then please let me know as I'm considering puting together a cable soon.

    Cheers
     
  2. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    I think you have just answered your own question my friend...... In that case you might as well use the freebie lead that came with the plasma!
     
  3. Timmy C

    Timmy C
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Messages:
    4,397
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +200
    Have I?

    Are you saying the plugs don't make any difference or the cable itself won't make a difference? I've had a quick demo of my friends expensive ready made mains cables and there's no doubt in my mind they changed the sound but my question is does the plug on the end of it have any effect or is it the cable itself. If the plug has an effect then will an MK plug be better than a Woolies plug at 1/5th the price as they all have the same shape pins and appear to be made from the same stuff?
     
  4. hornydragon

    hornydragon
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2001
    Messages:
    28,293
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Somewhere near the M4 most of the time......
    Ratings:
    +1,215
    the point of a mains cable upgrade is just that, I am currently on the fence on this but if your gonna make one do it properly and get the £3 plug.
     
  5. Londondecca

    Londondecca
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2003
    Messages:
    2,080
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Ratings:
    +96
    I am suspicious about the worth of a mains plug but for £3 it is simply not a big deal. I would recommend cleaning all the connectors though.
     
  6. Hefner

    Hefner
    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2004
    Messages:
    52
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Leeds
    Ratings:
    +1
    I'm pretty sure it's easier to get wider cable into a toughplug.

    Makes it easier when making up a decent cable.
     
  7. Timmy C

    Timmy C
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Messages:
    4,397
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +200
    Now that makes sense. I can understand paying the extra if it makes putting the cable together easier or if it makes a better connection possible. I just didn't see the point if they were as good as plugs less than half the price!
     
  8. inzaman

    inzaman
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2002
    Messages:
    7,883
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    136
    Location:
    Derby
    Ratings:
    +935
    I'd agree with Hefner, when i made my twisted snakes the tough plug had just enough room to insert the numerous cables into the relevant slots, a cheaper plug just wouldnt have had the space.
    They really are quite easy to work with as well due to this fact, HTH.
     
  9. Timmy C

    Timmy C
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2003
    Messages:
    4,397
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    86
    Ratings:
    +200
    Toughplugs it is then! I'm off to B&Q!
     
  10. jrrs1

    jrrs1
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    One reccomendation i was always told about was to clean the brass pins on the plug with 'brasso' until they shine like mad, brass is easy to oxidise in the atmosphere (assuming there brass that is) :D

    I guess the next argument is ... brass vs steel vs etv etc :confused:
    i open the debate 'metals and their conductability'.... ( just joking) :clap:


    Chere John
     
  11. mo

    mo
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2000
    Messages:
    769
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    london,england
    Ratings:
    +23
    on your tv ,chop off the cheap plastic mouldy plug and replace it with a mk one.
    go on, tell me that you cant see a differance.
    and that my friend will answer your question!
     
  12. simonali

    simonali
    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2004
    Messages:
    61
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Ratings:
    +1
    Go on, invalidate your warranty! :nono:

    MK tough plugs have binding posts for the electrical connections. This is why they are regarded as being better than standard and nothing to do with pin material etc.
     
  13. Peridot

    Peridot
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2004
    Messages:
    2,913
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    106
    Location:
    Newport, South Wales
    Ratings:
    +285
    Toughplughs haven't got binding posts, MK safety plugs have (not that it matters) :lesson:

    Changing the plug on your telly won't invalidate the warranty ...

    Nor will it make any difference to the picture or sound quality

    Spend a bit more time enjoying whatever AV kit you have and less time worrying about its mains connection :boring:

    ______________________________________
    Dermot
     

Share This Page

Loading...