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Power cord I need to replace the power cord. The new cord I've bought gives me a choice of positive or negative polarity. Which setting should I use? Thanks.

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The power cord is
Input: 120V, 60 Hz.
Output: 9V AC, 400 mA.

So , there is no need to worry about Polarity here. Just make sure , the output voltage is around 9V. DC input is ok. since there is bridge rectifier inside.

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