The Panamax MB1500 protects your audio/video gear three ways. First, it guards against harmful spikes and surges that can damage equipment with either one catastrophic strike, or the cumulative damage that can compromise delicate electronics over time. The MB1500 also maintains outgoing power at a consistent, optimal level, ensuring the best possible picture and sound from your gear. But what sets the MB1500 apart from most power conditioners is its massive built-in uninterruptible power supply (UPS). When a blackout or brownout hits, the Panamax instantly switches over to battery power — with enough capacity to keep you going through brief power interruptions, or to give you time to shut down your system in the proper sequence.
Plenty of connections for your equipment
The MB1500 gives you a total of eight outlets for protecting your audio/video gear. Four "critical load" outlets take priority over the other four — useful for connecting components that benefit the most from battery backup. That would include hard-drive-based components like DVRs and media servers. It's also ideal for a home theater PC. Panamax included a serial port for connecting to a PC, allowing the MB1500 to send a command to the PC that closes all programs and safely shuts it down when the power goes out.
The benefits of battery backup
The MB1500's battery-based uninterruptible power supply will provide peace of mind to owners of home theaters — especially projector-based systems. During a power interruption, the Panamax's battery power will keep a projector's cooling fan engaged, which allows the bulb to cool down properly. Panamax also included a pair of outputs for IR flashers, so that you can program the unit to send out shutdown or standby commands to IR-controllable components. And besides the protection aspect, the battery backup offers serious convenience value. For example, it can allow your DVR to finish recording a program, and prevent critical equipment from losing setup configuration or other stored data. The MB1500 uses Panamax's largest UPS battery, and provides true sine wave output, to improve compatibility with computer products.
Clean, consistent power for high-performance audio/video gear
The MB1500 features Panamax's tried-and-true Automatic Voltage Monitoring circuitry, which constantly monitors the incoming line voltage. If it senses unsafe voltage conditions such as momentary spikes, it automatically disconnects power to your equipment, protecting it from damage. High-performance audio gear can be especially fussy when it comes to AC power, and the MB1500 addresses that with voltage regulation, which maintains outgoing AC power within an optimal voltage range for your components. Panamax's exclusive LiFT (Linear Filtration Technology) filters noise evenly across the entire frequency band, removing the harmonic noise that can keep high-performance equipment from performing at its peak.