I thought that thoughtful MTA electricians left these exposed boxes in subway walls so that individuals low on hope could tap in. But it turned out that this is simply a product of HOPE Electrical Products Co., Inc.
I recently learned that there is such a thing as “hospital grade” electric outlets and plugs. Apparently they are slightly more robust and have stronger, springier contacts that keep power cords from unplugging. Here’s an example of a Hubbel brand 20 amp outlet (that’s why it has a T-shaped slot) and surge protection (that’s what the light is for, I guess).
The prices range from 8 to 70 bucks per outlet. Of course audiophiles could not pass by such highly priced electrical components.
Greg Graff writes in this Usenet post:
“I was stunned at what a hospital grade electrical connection could do in my system. Much tighter/deeper base (which is saying something for the WATTS), larger/deeper soundstage, fuller midrange, and a sigificant increase in dimensionality. ”
That’s nice, Greg. But some are a bit more skeptical :
“Personally, I use the hospital grade plugs on almost everything, because I used to work at a technician at a medical center and salvaged several dozen plugs off surplus equipment. I strongly recommend them if you don’t pay anything for them. I doubt they’ve improved the sonic quality of my fridge, though…”
I wrote about audiophiles before in my article Brilliant Pebbles, Lost Marbles or The Proud Audiophile.