What were they thinking about??

The plug at the end of the power cord on the crossover for my Infinity Beta speakers has only two prongs. Both prongs are the same size and are not polarized. I sometimes get an annoying thump when I touch my rack or another piece of equipment on the rack.

Is there a way to retroactively have the power cord have some sort of polarization or grounding? Sorry, I know nothing about electricity and wiring...but it seems this shouldn't be too hard to do for a skilled person that repairs audio equipt. Does anyone have any suggestions how this can be fixed? Any recommendations for a place near Los Angeles, CA that I can take the unit for a power cord update?

How could they not at least polarize the plug or put some kind of grounding in the plug??
Mitch, the plug is probably polarized although they didn't use the wide-blade-narrow-blade convention in those days. If you look at the cord itself (I assume it's zip cord) you will see that one side of the cord has ridges on it and the other side is smooth. The plug blade that corresponds to the ridged side of the cord is neutral and should go into the wide slot of the outlet.

However, I'm not sure plug orientation, or the lack of a grounded AC cord is what's causing the "thump" you describe. That sounds more like static discharge built up as you walk across the carpet and going to ground through your rack or equipment when you touch it. And the "thump" is the RFI created by the discharge.

Achieving noise-free ground pathways through your system is a lot of science and sometimes a little art (when the science doesn't get you all the way there ;--)

My system is dead quiet, but in winter, when the humidity is low, if I touch the tonearm before first touching something that's grounded (like a preamp knob) I get a huge "snap" through my speakers.

Just turn the plug around, plug it in the other way, see if that helps.
Hey Nsgarch With the dry winters in Arizona I get a lot of static too. Have you ever tried spraying Static Guard on the floor in front of your system. The fumes are bad for about an hour, but it works great.
Hifidreams -- I'll try that! Thanks. I do go around barefoot alot. Hope it's not toxic.