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Stephen Swaffer:
I second Brian and Scott.  The problem is most people look at grounds and neutrals as "the same" since they are connected together.  A couple of thoughts:

1.  IF this is a (properly wired) subpanel, the grounds and neutrals will be separate in the panel-connected at the main service panel.  Still connected, right?  Yes, but consider if there is 1/10 ohm resistance on the neutral wire back to the main panel and 20 amps unbalanced current flowing-that works out to a 2 volt voltage drop (working as an electrician, I expect to see this voltage drop-it is routine)-if your amp is connected to a mixer/source that is properly grounded, you potentially have 2 volts AC hum on your subs-which will amplify that nicely.

2.  Heating and cooling of connections is a major source of connections "going bad".  Code does not allow "objectionable" current on grounding conductors so they never have a heat/cool cycle to work things loose.  It is far more likely to have a less than ideal connection on a neutral than on a ground.  If you connect the frame of your Powersoft to that neutral and there is an issue with that neutral, the frame of your amp will be raised to a voltage potential that could be hazardous.

Yes it will work-until it doesn't and in this case "not working" would be hazardous to people and equipment.  Is it worth the risk?

Jonathan Johnson:
Stick a wet shirt on the Powersoft, and if anyone asks...

"But, Mr. Inspector, that's not a power amplifier, it's a clothes dryer and falls under the exception provided in NEC 250.140!"

(The above is an attempt at humor. Not a serious suggestion. The exception is ONLY for ranges, cooktops, ovens, and clothes dryers.)

In the event that this receptacle is provisioned through a subpanel (where neutral and ground are NOT bonded) rather than a service entrance (where neutral and ground ARE bonded), a failure of the neutral connection upstream of the subpanel could energize the chassis (and, potentially, connected devices) for the amplifier.

That is, if the neutral fails, the return path for current for other devices provisioned through the subpanel would then be through the neutral-aka-ground to the chassis of the Powersoft and (possibly) other devices connected through the shield of an interconnect cable. This could cause an overcurrent in those shields that overheats them, and poses a shock hazard to personnel.

If the receptacle is provisioned directly from a service entrance, then the only differences from a properly wired NEMA 6-50 (250V 50A 2-pole w/g) are the form factor of the prongs and the color of the conductors.


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