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Panamax PM8-AV

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by Ralph Graves
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The Panamax PM8-AV shields your home theater system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations. It also filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic interference that can degrade your system's performance.

The power protector comes with eight AC outlets, conveniently spaced to allow for bulky transformers. Two sets of coaxial input/output jacks protect your cable, antenna, or digital satellite TV connections. There's also a protected telephone line input/output.

The PM8-AV reacts in less than a nanosecond during a spike, breaking the connection to protect your equipment. The six-foot power cord has a right-angle plug that hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind your audio/video cabinet.

Highlights:

  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • total of 8 protected AC power outlets
  • 2 sets of coaxial inputs and outputs
  • 1 set of phone line input/output jacks
  • 6-foot power cord with right-angle plug
  • 1125-joule surge protection
  • UL 1449 Rating: 500V
  • response time: less than 1 nanosecond
  • includes 41" RG-59 coaxial cable
  • 12"-1/8"W x 1-13/16"H x 4-15/16"D
  • lifetime $100,000 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
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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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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None
USB Connections
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None
RF-EMI Filtering
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Yes
Joule Rating
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1125
Powerline Network Compatible
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No
Connected Equipment Guarantee
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$100,000
Width (inches)
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12-1/8
Height (inches)
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1-3/16
Depth (inches)
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4-15/16
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?

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  • Surge protector with attached 6' power cord
  • 41" Coax (RG-59) cable
  • 3 Mounting screws
  • 3 Drywall anchors
  • 3 Spacer eyelets
  • Installation Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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Features
Connections, Controls, and Indicators
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Panamax PM8-AV Surge Protector features 8 AC outlets controlled by the unit's power switch. The PM8-AV also provides protection for coaxial and telephone connections. In addition, this surge protector is equipped with 2 diagnostic LEDs.

Surge Protection: The Panamax PM8-AV eliminates voltage irregularities and protects your AV system from catastrophic surges. 

Lifetime $100,000 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 $100,000).

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

Power Cord: The surge protector features an attached 6 ft power cord with a right-angle, 45-degree offset three-prong plug.

Mounting: The Panamax PM8-AV Surge Protector can be placed on the floor, on a shelf, or inside a cabinet. The PM-8AV can also be wall-mounted using the integrated wall-mount brackets and key-hole slots.

Connections, Controls, and Indicators

AC Outlets:

  • Bank 1: The four AC outlets along the top (numbered 1 to 4).
  • Bank 2: The four AC outlets along the side (numbered 5 to 8).

Input/Output:

  • SAT/CATV: 2 Coaxial line inputs and 2 coaxial line outputs (gold-plated, threaded, female F-Connectors).
  • Telephone: One telephone line input and telephone output (RJ-11 connection).

Controls:

  • On/Off Switch: Turns all the outlets On and Off.

Indicators:

  • Power On/Protection OK: Green LED, indicates the surge protector is functioning properly and all equipment is protected.
  • Ground OK: Green LED, indicates the wall outlet is properly wired and grounded.

Specifications

  • AC Specification:
    • 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: 45dB (100kHz-1MHz)
    • Response Time: <1ns
    • Single Pulse Energy: 1125 Joules
    • Peak Impulse Current: 52,000 A
  • Telco Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 260V
    • Capacitance: 30 pf (approximate)
    • Suppression Mode: Metallic and Longitudinal
    • Wire Protected: 2-wire, 1-pair (3,4)
    • Connectors: RJ-11
  • Universal Cable/Satellite Protection:
    • Clamping Level: 75V
    • Frequency Range: 0MHz-2.2GHz
    • Insertion Loss: <0.5dB
    • Connections: Female "F"-type, gold-plated
 
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PM8-AV

Written By Eddie, punta gorda florida on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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LIVING IN THE LIGHTING CAPITAL OF AMERICA, I KNEW IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO PURCHASE A GOOD SURGE PROTECTOR. SIX YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A PANAMAX, AND AFTER MANY LIGHTING STORMS, MY SONY BRAVIA NEVER GOT DAMAGED. WHEN I RECENTLY PURCHASED A NEW FLAT PANEL FOR OUR BEDROOM , I PURCHASED ANOTHER PANAMAX PM8-AV FOR THERE. I FIGURED IT DID NOT FAIL ME THE FIRST TIME, SO STICK WITH WHAT WORKS.
Pros:
FITS ALL OF MY ELECTRONICS, HAS A GREAT WARRANTY (HOPEFULLY IT WIL NEVER HAVE TO BE USED). PRICE RANGE WAS ABOUT AVERAGE COMPARED TO OTHER SURGE PROTECTORS.
Cons:
BACK MOUNTING HOLE , WOULD BE BETTER IF IT WAS A TAB LIKE THE FRONT TWO.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Product

Written By LanceB, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Very reliable product. There was a storm a while ago and the surge protector did its job. It powered down until the voltage was stable and I was amazed. Thank god I have this product protecting all of my AV gear and I feel confident it won't let me down. Also the picture quality did improve for anybody wondering about that part. Theres warranty on all the gear that you plug in as well.
Pros:
Safe and very reliable
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Panamax PM8-AV

Written By LY, Ben Lomond, CA on Friday, September 03, 2010
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Great product, easy set-up. Can't believe the difference it made in the picture
quality on my HDTV! And I feel that my electronics are safe. Plan to purchase
another one.
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1 question already asked

I have heard that you should use two separate power centers for home theater systems; one for audio and one for video. Is this true? [ Brett  Dec 26, 2013 ]
3 answers
  • Ive never heard this. My primary concern is momentary lapses of power and surges. Ive used surge protectors for many years, on a couple of occaisions Ive had a surge protector blown out, but even then it protected my equipment. [ ANDREW J   Dec 28, 2013 ]
  • I have always used just one. I have had no problems at all. [ MARC   Dec 28, 2013 ]
  • If you go with a lesser quality power center then maybe you would need two. I use this for a 50" Panasonic plasma, a Yamaha receiver, Marantz CD/DVD, and an Infiniti sub. Nothing but clean, clear power from this unit! Highly recommended. [ ANTHONY J   Dec 27, 2013 ]

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