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by Ralph Graves
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Guard your home theater system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations with the Panamax SP8-AV. This surge suppressor also filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic interference that can degrade your system's performance.

The SP8-AV comes with eight outlets, each conveniently spaced to allow for bulky transformers. A set of coaxial input/output jacks protects your cable, antenna, or digital satellite TV connections. There's also a protected telephone line input/output.

The surge suppressor reacts in less than a nanosecond during a spike, breaking the connection to keep your equipment safe. The six-foot power cord's right-angle plug hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind a chair or sofa.

Highlights:

  • 8 protected AC power outlets
  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • EMI/RFI noise filtering for clean power
  • 1 set of coaxial input/output connectors for cable TV or antenna connections
  • 1 set of phone line input/output jacks
  • 6-foot power cord with right-angle plug
  • 1125-joule protection
  • response time: less than 1 nanosecond
  • 11-7/16"W x 1-13/16"H x 4-15/16"D
  • warranty: lifetime on SP8-AV
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • lifetime $50,000 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
 

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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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$50,000
Width (inches)
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11-7/16
Height (inches)
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1-13/16
Depth (inches)
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4-15/16
Weight (pounds)
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3
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
  • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet (English/Spanish/French)

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Features
Connections, Controls and Indicators
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Panamax SP8-AV Surge Protector features 8 AC outlets controlled by the unit's power switch. The SP-AV also provides protection for coaxial and telephone connections. In addition, this surge protector is equipped with 2 diagnostic LEDs.

Surge Protection: The Panamax SP8AV eliminates voltage irregularities and protects your AV system from catastrophic surges. 

Lifetime $50,000 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 $50,000).

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.

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:

  • Ant/CATV: Coaxial line input and output (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 Power Specifications:

  • Initial Clamping Level: 200 Volts Peak, 141 Volts RMS
  • UL 1449 Suppression Rating: 330 Volts
  • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
  • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800 W)
  • EMI/RFI Noise Filtration: 45 dB (100kHz to 1 MHz)
  • Response Time: Less than 1 nanosecond
  • Single Pulse Energy Dissipation: 1125 Joules
  • Peak Impulse Current: 60,000 amperes

Telephone and Cable Satellite Circuit Specifications:

  • Telephone Clamping Level: 260 Volts
  • Capacitance: 30pf (approx)
  • Suppression Modes: Metallic and Longitudinal
  • Wires Protected: 2 wires (3, 4)
  • Ant/CATV Clamping Level: 75 Volts
  • Frequency Range: 0 MHz-2.2 GHz
  • Insertion Loss: Less than 1 dB
 

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Comment by Zak Billmeier Staff Writer - Creative,

If you use power strips at home, upgrade to this one immediately

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 11/4/2013 1:59:00 PM

Like many people, I had a hidden mass of wires behind my entertainment center where everything plugs in — my TV, Blu-ray player, Nuforce Dia amp, and powered TV antenna were plugged into the type of power strip/surge protector you can get anywhere for 7 bucks. Not a great idea. So I upgraded to the Panamax SP8-AV, mostly for safety's sake but also to address a nagging problem in my setup.

The problem: the NuForce Dia amp was crackling whenever I switched inputs. I have re-purposed an old Airport Express to serve as an AirPlay® hub for the Dia, but I heard a loud electronic crack every time I switched to that input. The solution? The SP8-AV. No more crackling noise. Panamax outlets are protected and feature noise filtering, eliminating interference between components. And if lightning strikes, I know my TV and everything else will be safe (even guaranteed by Panamax).

Even if you're not experiencing electrical interference like I was, you owe it to your gear to keep it safe. After all you've invested in it, a little protection goes a long way. I can't believe I waited as long as I did, and now I have these deployed in other areas of my home.

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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By troys, Columbia,mo on Monday, March 03, 2014
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Plenty of outlets to use and seems well designed.
Pros:
You need to use something to protect your investment.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By Ron, North Fork, Ca on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Works as promised.
Pros:
Everything plugged into one location
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By Ted, Lake Monticello, Virginia on Thursday, December 26, 2013
 
I purchased this with my new Samsung LED TV for surge protection for it and other entertainment electronics I have installed near by. It has functioned perfectly so far. Thankfully, I've not needed the surge protection yet, but feel a lot more secure knowing I have it. I understand the manufacturer provides additional coverage if connected devices are damaged by a surge.
Pros:
Includes protection for the coax cable TV connection as well as the power cords. The installation technician reminded me that with out the coax protection, I would be vulnerable to lightning strikes even if the power cords were protected. Thanks for the heads-up warning!
Cons:
Can't think of any.
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By Hogan, Brevard, NC on Monday, December 23, 2013
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I purchased this Panamax along with my Samsung Flat Screet TV as protection for that unit and other peripherals. It appears to be a heavy duty, well built piece of equipment.
Pros:
No shortage of connection outlets.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

good product

Written By Jake, Cedar Lake, IN on Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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works very well. plenty of space for larger plugs. does not interfere at all with tv reception. Only thing I recommend is buying double sided mounting tapes because there are no mounting holes to hang it by screws.
Pros:
plenty of space for plugs, tv & telephone protection, long cord
Cons:
no mounting holes for screws
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By bjw, Richmond, KY on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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I bought this power strip with my new Samsung TV and it is a good accessory to use with the TV and my satellite receiver. The overall design make it stable after all the components are plugged in. I recommend this power strip for use with any electronic product.
Pros:
Easy to use.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Worked as it should

Written By NHS, Shepherdstown WV on Monday, August 12, 2013
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I just bought a second one, because it worked as it was supposed to. The entire neighborhood suffered a severe power surge....many items in the houses were damaged. My protector saved my TV, stereo and related items...sacrificed itself for the cause, hence I bought another one to replace the first.
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By ALEX, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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this is very handy product. It did serve my purpose. The surge protector has 8 outlets giving me a lot of options to protect my audio/video and computers years to come. The Panamax SP8-AV is well built giving me full confidence.
Pros:
definitely easy to plug equipment Plenty outlets to plug ins
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By Anonymous, Haverhill Ma. on Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Very convenite, many outlets great surge protecter
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By JoeR, Pittsburgh,PA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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Nice unit at a decent price.
Pros:
Price Design
Cons:
Could use a couple more outlets
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By simon, md on Friday, May 24, 2013
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A+
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4 out of 5

Nice Piece

Written By Richie, Orlando, FL on Monday, May 06, 2013
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I read all the reiviews on this and other Panamax Surge Protectors before I purchased. I shopped local stores AND online, and not only was this one the best price, it also had the correct number of outlets - not too many - and the spread-out layout was nice too. I'm very pleased with it so far, but like so many others have said, I hope I never have to find out how well it works, or how the warranty is.
Pros:
Nice layout, receptacles not too close together like some that I've seen.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

good quality protection

Written By KS, Steamboat Springs, CO on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Does what it says it does, no problems.
Pros:
110V plug-ins on two sides is a plus for cable organization
Cons:
a darker color, even as an option, would be nice to help hide unit
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP-AV

Written By Joe, So. California on Saturday, March 23, 2013
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Checked with a place out here on the West Coast. Price was less but when you added the S+H plus the tax, price was about the same, so why not just go with Crutchfield.
Pros:
8 outlets, 6 being used now.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Panamax sp8-av

Written By marty44, va beach on Thursday, February 21, 2013
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I like the way the receiptials were place to allow for a wort and how it cleared up things.
Pros:
so far doing what it's designed to do.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Panamax SP8 AV

Written By Lorenzo, Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, July 16, 2012
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I bought this item with a 46 inch television. I trust the Panamax name. I had lightning take out my Onkyo receiver so I feel better having this power surge connected to the television.
Pros:
Peace of mind.
Cons:
None yet...
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5 out of 5

A must have if you have electrical interference

Written By Stephanie, Delaware on Monday, July 09, 2012
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We had electrical interference that would cause horizontal lines to appear on the TV at different times of the day. The TV and cable box and lines were all checked. The solution pointed to getting a surge protector with line conditioning. Once we installed the Panamax SP8-AV - problem solved!
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3 out of 5

Panamax SP8-AV

Written By BillS, Chicago on Monday, July 02, 2012
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Bought a couple months ago based on Crutchfield recommendation as a basic surge protector for an older system that I am replacing with new components and more advanced power conditioning / protection. No issues with the Panamax unit, but recently searched on the product and found it cheaper online. Lesson learned to comparison shop!
Pros:
Product provides basic surge protection
Cons:
Crutchfield pricing
1 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Eliminates noise in radio

Written By Campspringsjohn, Melbourne, Ky on Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Just got it yesterday, and plugged it in to my stereo. I could tell right away how much noise was eliminated from the AM side of my stereo. Before when someone turned the TV on, if I had the radio on AM, the stereo would pop and make a buzzing noise. Not any more!!
Pros:
Great price. A lot of plugs for all of your stereo/media connections.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Panamax Surge Protector

Written By Sean, Michigan on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Well it looks pretty heavy duty and the option to plug in on top or on the side is nice but what's the best feature of this is that it comes with an equipment warranty for what's plugged into it, I hope never to have to use it because it will probalby lead to a hassle with the company of course but having lost one receiver and PC to a power surge, I'm looking to have a high quality power protector that will sacrifice itself for my equipment.
Pros:
Equipment connected warranty, plenty of plug ins and if you're in a tight spot you can plug in on the side instead of on top
Cons:
None that I can see yet.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Surge protector

Written By Brad, Clermont, Fl. on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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I received this product free when I purchased the Panamax M4300-PM. Again this is a great product to protect your investment on your home stereo equipment. In my opinion this is the best brand on the market.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Protection

Written By RR, Tahoe City, CA on Sunday, October 17, 2010
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Haven't had the acid test yet but we live in an electrically active mountain
area. Lots of outlets so you can put all your components in one protector
unit. A little large for sharing shelf space with other units but beats two
separate surge protectors.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Zapped

Written By Anonymous, Allentown, PA on Tuesday, July 27, 2010
 
Suggested to me by advisor Niles as best bang for the buck, he wasn't wrong. A few days ago my area was hit by a hugh thunderstorm, a transformer down the street was hit, this protector did it's job as I was dumb enough to have my TV on to check how bad the storm was going to be and how long it would last. Two Thumbs up.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Choice

Written By John, MAhopac, NY on Thursday, May 21, 2009
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A great recommendation by my advisor. Offset plugs make it more usable than others. Flat profile plug on extra long power cord make it versatile. Need a means to allow it to hang on a wall. Otherwise a good value.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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