I have an interesting question about a possible future power cord upgrade.
All of the aftermarket upgrade power cords I have seen are three-wire grounding types. Many are shielded as well, to prevent noise pickup, and also to prevent interference generated in the connected component from being radiated from the cord.
Using a shielded power cord on a digital component makes at least some sense to me.
I recently ordered (but haven't yet recieved) a new Marantz SA-11S1 SACD player. This component has an IEC type socket that will accept most aftermarket cords, but the connector has only two pins, for hot and neutral.
No big deal, right? The cord shield is probably connected at the "wall socket" end anyway.
BUT... I plug my components into an MIT "Z-Center" power line conditioner.
One of the outlets in the Z-Center, the one I usually use for my CD player, is isolated, using two large isolation transformers. The isolated outlet is floating ground; the ground pin of this outlet is not connected! In this connection scheme the power cord's ground wire and shield would be completely unconnected.
Given this scenario, Is there a way to utilize the power cord shield?
I could probably use one of those "cheater plug" adaptors and connect the ground wire somewhere else in the system, but where would be the best location?
Could it be dangerous to connect the ground wire in an isolated outlet?
Has anyone either used a similar system, or had similar experience?