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Panamax PM8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

Item # 299PM8AV

The Panamax PM8-AV shields your home theater system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations.

The Panamax PM8-AV shields your home theater system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations.

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About the Panamax PM8-AV

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 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 6-ft. power cord has a right-angle plug that hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind your audio/video cabinet.


Product highlights:

  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • total of 8 protected AC power outlets with EMI/RFI noise filtering
  • 2 sets of coaxial RF input/output jacks (for cable, antenna, or satellite TV)
  • 1 set of phone line input/output jacks
  • 6-ft. 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 on the PM8-AV
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PM8-AV

What's in the box:

  • 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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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).


  • 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).


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


  • 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.


  • 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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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
Recommended by Mike [ Gary  Jul 18, 2018 ]
I have used this item in the past and they protected my equipment and then they needed repair which was accomplished without any problems. Panamax stands by their warranty with great service!!!! [ RICHARD  May 29, 2018 ]
Oliver helped to me to decide. [ Monette  May 17, 2018 ]
Very satisfied with Panamax surge protection. [ JAMES E  Feb 03, 2018 ]
Recommend by Colt for my set-up [ DAVID  Oct 05, 2017 ]
recomendation [ TONY  Aug 17, 2017 ]
Recommended by your salesman. [ Janet  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Just had 2 tvs, 2 sat receivers, a router & spa fried by lightning. My cousin told me about this, and the protection that comes with it. [ Thomas  Oct 17, 2016 ]
I needed a good surge protector that I could wall mount in a cabinet. [ Nathan  Sep 26, 2016 ]
I want excellent power surge/spike protection without paying a fortune, this item fits perfectly [ Gregory  Apr 18, 2016 ]
Recommended by electrical contractor and Crutchfield Technician. [ Jackie  Mar 29, 2016 ]
Small size for smaller HT systems and fits in small spaces like cabinets without taking up much room. Plenty of outlets and has telephone line and cable/satellite line surge suppression too. Plus Panamax is a leader in quality low cost surge suppressors. And don't forget it's from Crutchfield afterall. The best internet dealer for all your electronics needs and great customer service! [ FRANCIS E  Feb 19, 2016 ]
I told the tech what I was looking for in surge protection for my equipment and this was the one he recommended. [ Walton  Jan 14, 2016 ]

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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  • lifetime $5,000,000 connected equipment warranty