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Panamax MAX® 5500 ACRegenerator

A/V power protection and line conditioniing

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by Tom Mathew
Panamax

If you've spent the time and money to put together a truly stunning A/V system, you need state-of-the-art noise filtration and power protection to ensure your gear is operating at peak performance. Panamax has been in the power protection business for over 25 years, and their MAX 5500 ACRegenerator is one of their most advanced power systems ever. For discriminating audiophiles, it can be the difference between a great system and the perfect system!

Line conditioning is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. That's why the MAX 5500 features AC outlets that are designed for specific types of A/V gear. The four switchable outlets for digital source components (like DVD and CD players) are fed through the True Isolation Transformer, so you'll get clean, regenerated power that is completely isolated from the source as well as all other outlets. The two delayed outlets are for high-current gear like amplifiers and subwoofers, providing filtered power without limiting the available current. And the four Always-On outlets utilize Panamax's "Balanced Double L" circuitry to virtually eliminate EMI/RF interference — ideal for analog components like VCRs and TVs. There's even a single front-panel AC outlet that lets you quickly connect a temporary component, like a video game system or camcorder.

You can also adjust the unit's delay settings to start up and shut down individual components sequentially, which helps eliminate the annoying, and potentially damaging, "thumps" that occur when all your components are powered on or off at once.

Of course, the MAX 5500 is also an advanced surge protector that reacts within a nanosecond (a billionth of a second!) to stop power surges dead in their tracks. Also, Panamax's unique SurgeGate Plus™ circuitry detects a prolonged over- or under-voltage condition and disconnects the equipment. When the power returns to a safe level, the Max 5500 then automatically reconnects the power. The advanced circuitry even protects the unit itself! Panamax's SignalPerfect™ technology adds signal protection for four coax lines (2 DBS and 2 antenna/cable) and one telephone line.

The handsome front panel includes an analog voltmeter and ammeter (both backlit with dimmers) and an array of LED indicators, so if your MAX 5500 detects a problem, you'll know about it. And a detachable lamp arm provides convenient and stylish lighting for your A/V gear.

Panamax backs up the MAX 5500 with a 3-year warranty and a lifetime, $5 million connected equipment guarantee.

Details:

  • 11 AC outlets — four selectable (always-on, or switched with 10-second or 30-second turn-off delay); two switched with selectable turn-on delay (0, 10, or 30 seconds); five always-on, including one always-on front-panel outlet
  • surge and over- and under-voltage protection
  • DC voltage trigger input and pass-through output
  • sequential startup and shutdown capability with adjustable delay settings
  • two sets F-type in/out coax connections (for cable TV or antenna)
  • two sets DBS in/out coax connections
  • one RJ-11 phone line in/out path
  • backlit, analog line voltmeter and ammeter with On/Off dimmer switch
  • convenient detachable lamp with dimmer control
  • LED indicators for "Ground OK", "Line Fault", and "Unsafe Voltage" warn you of wiring and power problems
  • LED status indicators for switched outlets and DC voltage trigger
  • maximum current rating 15 amps/1800 watts
  • can be rack-mounted using optional kits; two kits needed due to this model's double rack-space height
  • 17"W x 4-1/16"H x 14-3/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • $5 million lifetime connected equipment warranty
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  • Max 5500 ACRegenerator
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Four 4' RG-6 coaxial cables
  • 5' RJ-11 telephone cord
  • 1 Convenience lamp with 5W halogen bulb
  • 4 Metal rack ears
  • 16 Machine screws
  • 16 Plastic washers
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

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Specifications

Features

Tri-Power Filtration System: Four AC outlets are for digital source components and are completely isolated from the rest of the system. Four more outlets use separate "balanced double L" filtration circuits to eliminate EMI/RFI noise. Two delayed turn-on outlets provide clean, filtered power without limiting the current available to the connected equipment.

SurgeGate Plus Circuitry: The exclusive SurgeGate Plus Circuitry is a "power monitoring" system that protects AC equipment against prolonged over-voltages and under-voltages. In the event of a prolonged over-voltage or under-voltage, the SurgeGate Plus Circuitry will disconnect power to the connected equipment, then automatically reconnect it once power has returned to a safe level.

SignalPerfect Circuitry: Gold-plated connectors and shielded SignalPerfect Circuitry provide the best protection possible for standard cable TV. For the telephone line, SignalPerfect Circuitry provides optimized signal line surge protection ensuring a clean, clear connection. SignalPerfect Circuitry has auto-resetting phone line protection and is DSL ready.

Protect or Disconnect Circuitry: In the event of a catastrophic surge, such as lightning, the Protect or Disconnect Circuitry completely disconnects power to all connected equipment.

Voltmeter: The backlit Voltmeter monitors the incoming voltage from the wall receptacle and provides a visual representation of the available power. The Voltmeter is always on and indicates the incoming line voltage even during an unsafe voltage condition.

Ammeter: The Ammeter measures the amount of current being drawn by the connected equipment and the MAX 5500. The MAX 5500 does use a small amount of power and its current is included. The Ammeter needle will fluctuate as music or movie soundtracks call upon the amplifiers to reproduce thunderous bass notes. During an unsafe voltage condition, the Ammeter will continue measuring the amount of current being drawn by the MAX 5500, but since all of the connected equipment has been disconnected by the SurgeGate Plus circuitry, the needle will be only slightly above zero.

Meter Light Knob: A Meter Light knob to the left of the Ammeter allows you to adjust the brightness level of the Ammeter and Voltmeter backlighting from full intensity to completely off.

Sequential Startup/Shutdown: Complex audio/video systems may be susceptible to voltage transients generated internally at start-up/shutdown if all of the equipment is powered on or off at the same time. This can cause speaker "thumps", which can damage your speakers. The MAX 5500 is designed to eliminate these transients by providing a "start-up" delay for the High-Current outlets and a "shutdown" delay for the switched Isolation Transformer Outlets.

Filtered Outlet Banks 1 & 2: Four outlets (two banks/two outlets per bank) are fed through separate "Balanced, Double L" noise filtration circuits. These circuits are designed to eliminate the noise contamination of the AC power that is most detrimental to the performance of analog or video components like stereo receivers, VCRs or televisions. The two dedicated filters are carefully engineered to provide power filtration and inter-component noise isolation for both common-mode (line/neutral-to-ground) and normal mode (line-to-neutral) EMI/RFI. This means that high-frequency interference will be drastically reduced not only from the incoming power but also from equipment plugged into the other outlet banks, regardless of what "mode" it occurs in. Even equipment with ungrounded, 2-blade plugs, receives clean power.

Isolation Transformer Outlet Bank (Isolated Outlets): Four outlets are fed power through the heart of the MAX 5500, the Isolation Transformer. These outlets should be used for digital components such as DVD players, CD players, etc. Pure, clean power is obtained by using the isolation transformer to regenerate the AC current. The power from a typical wall outlet is contaminated with electromagnetic (EMI) and radio frequency (RFI) interference (noise) picked up by the power lines between the power utility's generating plant and the wall outlet. This contaminated power feeds the isolation transformer's primary winding and is regenerated (through electromagnetic induction) as clean power on the isolated secondary winding. Together, these outlets can be set as Always-On or with a turn-off delay of either 10 or 30 seconds to prevent speaker "thump".

High-Current Outlet Bank: The two high-current outlets allow amplifiers and powered subwoofers to work to their full potential. The High-Current Outlet Bank provides clean, filtered power to amplifiers but has no current-limiting components to impede performance. The high-current outlets are designed with a turn-on delay option of 0, 10 or 30 seconds. The 3-position, High-Current Outlets Turn-On Switch on the back of the MAX 5500 is used to select the desired time delay. When a delay is selected, the high-current outlets will turn on after the isolated outlets and turn off before the isolated outlets (if they are not set to Always-On).

Convenience Outlet: A single outlet on the front panel of the MAX 5500 provides an easy-to-reach power source for components like video game systems and camcorders. The convenience outlet not only provides superior surge suppression, but also taps into one of the Balanced Double L Filter Circuits to provide clean power for your sensitive electronic equipment. This outlet is an Always-On outlet and will continually supply a steady source of power for your connected equipment.

Voltage Sense Trigger: This feature provides an On/Of trigger for the MAX 5500 using a 12VDC remote control signal. Many components such as pre-amplifiers and receivers have a 12VDC trigger built in, and will transmit a constant power signal when turned on and in use. This power signal will initiate the startup or shutdown sequence of the MAX 5500's switched outlets. The MAX 5500 Voltage Sense Trigger input uses a standard 1/8" mini-plug jack.

Circuit Breakers: There are two separate circuit breakers on the back panel of the MAX 5500. The main circuit breaker will trip only if the total current draw exceeds the maximum current rating (15A). There is also a 4 Amp circuit breaker to protect the 500 VA Isolation Transformer and its circuitry.

$5,000,000 Lifetime Connected Equipment Warranty: Panamax will replace, pay to replace at fair market value, or pay to repair, up to $5,000,000 of equipment that is damaged by an AC surge while connected to a properly installed Panamax surge protector, if the surge protector shows signs of surge damage or is operating outside of design specifications. For coverage conditions and information on how to make a claim, please see the warranty sheet.

Status Indicators: The MAX 5500 has the following status LEDs on the front panel: switched outlets, voltage trigger, ground ok, line fault, and unsafe voltage.

Convenience Lamp: The convenience lamp included with the MAX 5500 plugs into an industry standard XLR receptacle on the front panel. The lamp is approximately 14" in length and will bend to provide illumination for other audio/video equipment. A dimmer control is located next to the receptacle. When the knob is turned completely to the left, the lamp is in its OFF state. Turning the knob to the right will turn the light ON and increase the brightness. In the event of an unsafe voltage condition, the SurgeGate Plus circuitry takes over and the lamp will be shut off until power returns to normal.

Specifications

AC Circuit:

  • Filtered Outlet Banks: 55dB (100kHz-1MHz)
  • Isolation Transformer Outlets: 120dB (100kHz-1MHz)
  • High-Current Outlets: 50dB (100kHz-1MHz)
  • UL 1449 Surge Suppression Rating: 330V
  • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
  • Initial Clamping Level: 200V peak, 141V RMS
  • Response Time: under 1 nanosecond
  • Joule Rating: 2325 Joules
  • Peak Impulse Current: 91,000A
  • Line Voltage: 120VAC
  • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800 watts)
  • Over-voltage Shutoff Threshold: 132V
  • Under-voltage Shutoff Threshold: 90V

DC Trigger:

  • Voltage and Polarity: 12VDC, bi-directional
  • Current Requirement: 30mA

Satellite Circuit:

  • Clamping Level: 27V
  • Attenuation: <1dB from 950MHz-2.2GHz

ANT/CATV Circuit:

  • Clamping Level: 0.7V
  • Attenuation: <1dB from 50MHz-950MHz

Telephone Circuit:

  • Clamping Level: 260V
  • Capacitance: approximately 30pf
  • Suppression Modes: metallic and longitudinal
 
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