Rigid outlets for Heavy cables

Many fans of high end power cables end up with very heavy cables plugged into very tight outlets in less than new outlet boxes. Whatever your choices in outlets and cables are you may find that you already have loose or recessed outlet problem, or are worried about the tabs on the outlet and drywall not lasting for many insertion cycles.

If you’ve ever replaced an old outlet with a fresh hospital grade outlet and felt it get mushy or make crackling sounds (from the drywall breaking) when you tried to insert your fresh cable you know what I’m talking about, or if you have some outlets which are proud of the face and some which are recessed this post is for you.

Hubbell makes a wall plate called Flush-Fit ($8 for 3)which is available from Amazon or Lowe’s (probably others).

I also use these little plastic screw spacers in some situations, where the metal plates won’t fit or for plain old light switches and outlets where I’m not expecting heavy duty use or where I have multiple outlets / switches in a single box. They are surprisingly effective and available at almost any hardware store.

I’ve used both while re-doing all the outlets and switches in and out of my home. I can recommend them from personal experience. Also, they make your outlets and switches look fresh because of the clean flush-fit result.


Idk, naim swears that their intentionally loose iec sockets on their equipment sound better...


I appreciate the effort but no, I didn't buy one. In addition to looking "funky" as Eric described it, it also looked heavy. 

If you have $100, you can still purchase the Sonore Power Cord Support or the Shunyata - Cable Cradle Wall Plate.  Audiophiles have spent more on stupider stuff so maybe not such a bad deal.

I have a spare one of the 3D printed duplex cable support plates that I am not using if you want to buy it. 

Thanks for the topic, erik_squires...

I have had excellent experience with a version of Furutech's GTX-D (R) receptacle and GTX Wall Plate for several years now.  Their non-magnetic Stainless Steel Conductor Spring System "keeps a firm grip yet won't damage male connector blades or their plated surfaces."  This has proven precisely so, the mechanism remaining buttery smooth, yet grips solidly.  Yes, there is substantial initial cost, but, amortized over time and adding great sound were well worth it.  I elect to purchase through The Cable Company to avoid black market goods and also take advantage of their "frequent flyer program" savings.  I suppose one must qualify...I've no business affiliation with either company other than the purchase of their goods. 

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