Originally Posted by R Harkness Question for the more electrically literate:
I need to place my projector as close to my back wall as possible. That was easy with my RS20 since all the connections were on the side. But now with the connections on the back of the RS55, cords are getting in the way. The worst offendor is the power cord at this point.
I'd like to replace the power cord with a right-angle power cord, to save room. Is there any technical problem in replacing the manufacturer's AC cable with a new one?
I'm looking at this cable here:http://www.infinitecables.com/pop/pw-105r3.htm
Alternately, this cable from Tributaries:http://www.accessories4less.com/make...rd-12ft/1.html
But I'd prefer the first one if it would be ok, since it's a local pick up and cheaper.
For digital video displays (panels or projectors), you don't need to spend much on the power cord... they all work the same and image quality is not affected in any way by a "good" power cord over an inexpensive, but well-made power cord. If Monoprice.com has a 90 degree angle IEC power cord with the right wire gauge (14 or 16 will be fine for a projector) and the cord is $5 or so... that's all you really need to spend. There's no technical reason you can't replace the manufacturer's power cord. There's NOTHING special about the cord that comes in the box. In fact, they probably pay $1 or less for the power cords in the box.
The thing about power cords... if you are going to get a longer power cord, you probably want the wire gauge size to be larger than the gauge size of the original (shorter) power cord. So if the original power cord is 16 gauge and is 6 feet long and you want a 12-foot power cord, you should get a 12 gauge or 14 gauge power cord. (lower gauge numbers indicate larger wire sizes).
If the power cord will be the same length as the original power cord, the wire gauge can be the same as the gauge in the original power cord. There's nothing wrong with using a larger wire gauge in a power cord of the same length as the original but it won't help anything either. Usually, you'll pay a little more for larger wire gauge power cords.
I just looked at Monoprice.com... a 10-foot 16 gauge power cord with right angle adapter for the connector on the back of the projector is $3.53... that's all you need, their item number is 7681. You can spend more on a power cord, but you won't accomplish anything except spending more money. Power cords for digital video displays just don't affect image quality in any way... as long as the wire gauge in the cord is large enough. The Monoprice.com power cords come in 3, 6, 10, or 15-foot lengths with slightly different prices. Wire gauges are 14, 16, or 18. I'd use 14 if you need a 15-foot power cord and 16-gauge (AWG on the monoprice website instead of "gauge") for a 6-foot or 10-foot power cord. If you only need a 3-foot power cord, 18 gauge would be fine.