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Panamax M8-AV-PRO

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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by Ralph Graves
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The Panamax M8-AV-PRO shields your audio/video system from harmful spikes and surges in your home's AC power. It also filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic noise that can keep your audio/video system from looking and sounding its best.

Protection for a variety of inputs, plus expansion options

Panamax m8-0av-pro power line conditioner

The M8-AV-PRO has eight outlets separated into two isolated filter banks to reduce the possibility of interference between components. One bank of four outlets is designed for equipment with higher current demands, such as home theater receivers and powered subwoofers. The other bank of outlets protects the rest of your gear.

You also get three sets of protected coaxial input/output jacks for your cable TV and antenna feeds, plus one input/output for your telephone or Ethernet connection. The M8-AV-PRO's versatile design lets you protect even more components by adding optional Panamax modules.

The MOD-SPKP protects outdoor speakers or keypad or other control lines, while the MOD-DBSTV provides more protection for components with coaxial connections, like additional satellite receivers or cable boxes.

Quick reaction time saves your gear

When a power spike hits, the M8-AV-PRO reacts in less than a nanosecond, breaking the connection to protect your equipment. When the AC voltage returns to a safe level, the Panamax automatically reconnects power.

Highlights:

  • total of 8 protected AC power outlets in two isolated banks
  • includes 4 high-current outlets for receivers, amps, and powered subs
  • 2 sets of coaxial input/output jacks
  • 1 set of phone line and Ethernet input/output jacks
  • 12-volt trigger input for high-current outlets
  • LED overvoltage and power status indicators
  • 8-foot power cord with right-angle plug
  • 1875-joule surge protection
  • UL 1449 Rating: 500V
  • response time: less than 1 nanosecond
  • wall-mountable (mounting hardware and brackets included)
  • 12-1/16"W x 1-13/16"H x 5"D
  • weight: 3.5 lbs.
  • lifetime $5,000,000 connected equipment warranty (covers equipment damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to properly installed Panamax surge protector); valid only in the United States and Canada
  • lifetime product warranty
 

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Features and Specs
Type
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Strip
Total AC Outlets
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8
High-Current Outlets
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4
USB Connections
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None
RF-EMI Filtering
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Yes
Joule Rating
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1875
Powerline Network Compatible
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No
Connected Equipment Guarantee
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$5,000,000
Width (inches)
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12-1/8
Height (inches)
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1-13/16
Depth (inches)
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5
Weight (pounds)
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3.5
Parts Warranty
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Lifetime
Labor Warranty
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Lifetime
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Surge protector with attached 8.25' power cord (terminated by a right-angle 3-prong AC plug)
  • 42" Coax (RG-59) cable (terminated by screw-on F-type connectors)
  • 3 Mounting screws
  • 3 Drywall anchors
  • 3 Spacer eyelets
  • Installation Instructions (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty and Connected Equipment Policy Information

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Features
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Panamax M8-AV-PRO Surge Protector features 8 AC outlets controlled by the unit's power switch. The M8-AV-PRO also provides protection for coaxial and telephone connections. It is recommended to work with your High Definition TV. In addition, this surge protector is equipped with 4 diagnostic LEDs. The LEDs indicate Power On/Protection OK, Ground OK, Unsafe Voltage, and DC Trigger.

8 AC Outlets: The 8 AC outlets provide power protection with transformer spacing between outlets.

Noise Isolation: The M8-AV-PRO features two isolated outlet banks to eliminate cross-contamination between components. Outlets 1-4 (on the top of the unit) feature "Balanced Double L" filtration, and are isolated from Outlets 5-8  (on the side of the unit), designed for high current equipment like amplifiers and powered subwoofers. Any noise created by an A/V component in one bank cannot contaminate the power to the equipment plugged into the other outlet bank.

AVM (Automatic Voltage Monitoring): The M8-AV-PRO utilizes an AVM (Automatic Voltage Monitoring) system to protect your connected equipment against prolonged over/under voltages by disconnecting the power when unsafe voltages are detected, and reconnecting it when safe power returns. The M8-AV-PRO will protect your A/V system from catastrophic surges.

Cleaning/Filtration: Common symptoms of "dirty" power include loss of detail, hisses, hums, and visual artifacts. The Power Cleaning and Premium Filtration circuits help your A/V equipment perform to its full capability by eliminating line noise inherent in household current. The result is improved picture and sound quality.

Power Cord: The surge protector features an attached 8 ft power cord with a right-angle, 45-degree offset three-prong plug. The

Telephone/LAN Protection: The M8-AV-PRO has two RJ-45 jacks for use with telephone and LAN lines. The RJ-45 jacks are designed to accept both standard telephone modular plugs, as well as the larger RJ-45 plugs found on Ethernet cables and LAN lines. The unit will protect connected equipment from electrical surges that travel over telephone and network lines.

Note: The telephone/LAN protection circuits operate in one direction only. The jacks are clearly marked "Equipment" and "Line" to help you avoid connecting them incorrectly.

Coax/Satellite Protection: The unit has two separate in/out pairs of coaxial connectors designed to protect your connected equipment from electrical surges that travel over Cable, Satellite, and Antenna lines. The coaxial connectors are bi-directional, so you may connect your equipment into either jack.

12-Volt DC Signal: In addition to surge protection, the M8-AV-PRO has a 3.5mm input for a 12-volt DC signal. When a 12-volt DC signal is received from a source component, the high-current outlets (outlets 5-8) will be turned on. Power to these four outlets is turned off when the DC voltage signal is no longer being received.

Power Switch/Circuit Breaker: The M8-AV-PRO has an On/Off Power Switch and Circuit Breaker. In addition to turning on and off the 8 AC outlets, the circuit breaker disconnects the AC power from the connected equipment when the amp rating for the unit (15 Amps) has been exceeded.

Add-on Signal Line Modules: If your connected equipment has more signal lines that can be protected by the base unit alone, you can add on optional Panamax signal line modules. The MOD-DBSTV (item # 299MODDBST) is for Satellite, CATV, and Cable Modems, while the MOD-SPKP (299MODSPKP) is for Outdoor Speakers and Control Lines.

Mounting: The M8-AV-PRO Surge Protector can be placed on the floor, on a shelf, or inside a cabinet. The M8-AV-PRO can also be wall-mounted using the integrated wall-mount brackets, key-hole slots, and supplied hardware.

Lifetime $5,000,000 Connected Equipment Warranty: Panamax will replace or repair equipment that is damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to a properly installed Panamax surge protector (up to $5,000,000).

Specifications

  • AC Specifications:
    • Auto-resetting Overvoltage Shutoff: 144V +/-8V
    • Auto-resetting Undervoltage Shutoff: 90V +/-6V
    • Line Voltage: 120VAC, 50/60Hz
    • Initial Clamping Level: 200V Peak, 141V RMS,
    • Voltage Protection Rating (UL1449 3rd Edition, 3000A): 500V
    • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
    • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800W)
    • EMI/RFI Noise Filtration: 53dB (100kHz-1MHz)
    • Response Time: <1ns
    • Single Pulse Energy: 1875 Joules
    • Peak Impulse Current: 65,000 A
  • LAN Protection:
    • Compatibility: 10/100bT
    • Clamping Level: 7V
    • Suppression Modes: Differential & Common Ground
    • Wires Protected: Pins 1, 2, 3, & 6
    • Connectors: RJ-45 shared with Telco
  • Telco Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 260V
    • Capacitance: 30 pf (approximate)
    • Suppression Mode: Metallic and Longitudinal
    • Wire Protected: 2-wire, 1-pair (4, 5)
    • Connectors: RJ-45 Shared with LAN (compatible with RJ-11)
  • Universal Cable/Satellite Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 75V
    • Frequency Range: 5MHz-2GHz
    • Insertion Loss: <0.5dB
    • Connections: Female "F"-type, gold-plated
 
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5 out of 5

M8-AV-PRO

Written By JEfF m, Billsville on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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Best inexpensive high voltage protection . heavier than the M8-AV ,which to me says better protection and a $ 5,000,000 protection guarantee. How can you go wrong for the price .
Pros:
reassurance
Cons:
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Bill E., Ny ny on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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The unit comes with an eight foot cord which was perfect for my stereo location which was far from an outlet. The system truly sounds better. There is silence when no sound is coming on a track mp noise . Am going to use the CATV and coax connectors too when my new sat antenna comes in. Nice compact unit hides easily behind and under my audio cabinet .
Pros:
Good value, features, and performance
Cons:
May not be the best for high end equipment
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4 out of 5

Solid hardware but pricy

Written By PR, Hummelstown, PA on Monday, October 08, 2012
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I purchased this after finally setting up a starter home AV system networked with 2k worth audio equipment and similarly priced TV as I thought it made sense to protect my now pricey system with more than the $10 surge protector strips I used to use. The construction is solid and all my power cords fit in, as well as my ethernet, and coax. Having never had any issues with power in the past or issues with the cheap-o strips, I can't say that the Panamax has added anything more than piece of mind. There really hasn't been any change in my audio or video quality after connecting everything to the Panamax, but my equipment may not be of high enough quality to notice line noise anyway. I took away one star as I'm not convinced the price is justified, though uses with electrical issues in the past may easily say otherwise.
Pros:
Solid construction, looks like it would live up to the advertised job
Cons:
Pricey
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Solved A Big Problem

Written By DH, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, July 16, 2012
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I have a new stereo rig that includes a tubed pre-amp, and when I installed it on the same rack as my TV and cable box, I was getting a very loud hum through the stereo. I'm no electrician but I knew it was interference between the pre-amp and the cable box,. This Panamax unit solved the problem - no more hum! It was worth the price to me to be able to hear the stereo in all of its glory.
Pros:
All of my gear plugged into the same unit
Cons:
Pricey but worth it
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5 out of 5

Panamax M8-AV-Pro

Written By Gary, Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, June 23, 2012
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I could not believe the difference in the streaming and picture quality improvement in my system. My wife thought I bought a new TV without telling her. The clarity and lack of tells were amazing on the same equipment.
Pros:
8 plugs, 2 sets of LAN and Coax inputs, flat wall plug, thin profile and EZ to mount.
Cons:
Price initially, But based on improvements to my system and the warranty protection against surge damage, a bargain.
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4 out of 5

Panamax M8 AV PRO

Written By Nicholas, Long Island ,New York on Friday, February 04, 2011
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I have had the Panamax M8-AV PRO surge for about 6 weeks or so.

The sound from music Cd and Sacd music playing has a cleaner and better defined audible clarity. However, I still get a humming sound from my Sony ES4300 receiver
that is irritating. This is probably the nature of this receiver's electronic circuits.

In conclusion, I am glad I bought the product.


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5 out of 5

Product As Described

Written By M., Boston, MA on Monday, November 29, 2010
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Requested pre-sales support to select item as the surround system was experiencing a
hum in the speakers. Definitely an upgrade, albeit expensive from the surge protector in
use although worth the peace-of-mind. Connections for Receiver, DirecTV, phone etc
quick installation. Hum not corrected indicating defect in receiver - first experience with
Crutchfield customer advisor quickly dismissing follow-up support request.
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