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Does what it's suppose to
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 6-ft. power cord's right-angle plug hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind a chair or sofa.
Does what it's suppose to
Daniel, Defiance, OH
Average Customer Review(s):
Does what it's suppose to
Used to think that the scratchy noise when adjusting the volume knob on my vintage Nikko audio receiver was just due to its age. I've had it for almost 30 years now. When I recently upgraded from just a normal surge protector to the Panamax SP8-AV, the noise was completely removed and the overall sound quality improved. Actually, I don't think it has sounded better. I think it is worth the extra money especially to keep vintage equipment up and running with cleaner sound plus the surge protection all of the time. I also like the space saving design, you can prop it up vertically along the side without any outlets along the baseboard and save space. Will probably get another unit to protect my computer.
Pros: Improves audio quality, space saving design
Just started using the unit. Sound and picture on moderately priced home theater system has improve noticeably.
It works fine, but when I turned on the power switch a spark shot out of one of the outlets on the strip. It was so fast I am not sure what one, but everything is working fine and the house has not burned to the ground.
Pros: Seems to work great AFTER I powered it up. When I turned on the power switch a spark came out of one of the strip outlets.
Cons: See Pros.
Good product performs as advertised.
A little pricey, but this has every feature you could need.
Pros: Has everything you could need
Excellent product out of the box. Easy to setup and hopefully will aide me in protecting our WiFi unit from Florida's lighting storms! Another outstanding product sold by Crutchfield, a company you can depend on in all sales and services!
I have had Panamax surge protectors and have only had one go bad. Maybe it did it's job and protected the items attached to it. This is what it's job is. That is why I continue to use Panamax products. FYI the replacement Panamax protector that replaced the blown one has been in service for 20 yrs with no issues.
Pros: Solid looking unit
Cons: none at this time
Great power strip. Wish I'd ordered 2 more!
Pros: Does what it's supposed to
Plugged in the coax and the picture on my TV has never been sharper. Also like the warranty on equipment. Highly recommended!
The box states that it can be hung up but the unit does not have anyway to hang it. Other then that I like the unit now just have to wait for the power surge to see if they work
Panamax products came highly recommended to me by more than one high-end audio salon owner/audio engineer. I have one for my flat-screen and one plug-in for one of my Sonos players and they have been functioning for three years now. I have one for my main audio system. I got this one for a thermoelectric wine cooler, Christmas tree lights, and whatever else we need to plug in to that outlet. The product is solid on the outside, but what matters is the "guts." That's what you're paying for. Not only are cheap surge protectors useless when you really need them, but some of them can actually be dangerous--fire hazards. Not something to cheap out on.
I started assembling a home stereo system after years of running secondhand equipment. I listen to quite a bit of radio, both FM and AM, and the reception from my Adcom tuner was quite weak and stifled by static that I assumed was due to not having a roof-mounted antenna. I was both aware of interference in electrical current and the possibility of destructive power surges which led me to shop for some means of protection that could solve both issues. The SP8-AV just arrived today. I've plugged-in my components during the noisiest time of day for radio reception to find my signal clear and lacking static, no matter where I walk through my apartment (sometimes standing in the kitchen during the evening hours would produce the worst noise). I highly recommend this surge protector.
Pros: Price and performance
I like how the plugs are near the floor makes it easy to slide the unit and the plugs under a cabinet. As far as improving sound quality or picture quality I can't tell but I'm not that level of expert.
This came highly recommended. It seemed to improve the quality of the picture on tv. Was very impressed with lifetime warranty, plus the coverage if something did go wrong and caused damage to my computer 0r tv. Well worth the money. Haven't had any power surges since I purchased it, so I can't really comment on how well it does on that matter.
Pros: Love all the outlets
Cons: Bigger than I expected. But it does lay flat on the floor.
In use for 2 weeks. No way of telling if the surge protector works (no bad weather). Picture seems to be a bit better. I like the way the outlets are split. Makes it easy to use all of them. Will monitor and update if necessary.
Great product,before installing this surge protector,my tv screen had a little bit of noise on it,like a fuzzy static,now that problem doesn't exist...good job...
Pros: All good
It was time to replace my old surge protector (it's recommended my many to replace a surge protector after a few years) and I've read lots of good things about Panamax. I love how the outlets zig zag across the unit to allow for varying sizes of plugs which prevent one from being covered up from a larger plug.
I bought this a few years ago while living across the street from a power company substation. Spring thunderstorms would frequently strike the substation and send a surge into the grid. After a ballast in a florescent lamp blew apart in a surge, I decided to get a good protector, quickly. Crutchfield filled the need without delay. I installed it just before the next storm. Before even hearing the crack of thunder as the lightning struck, the Panamax SP8-AV shut down, protecting my home theater system.
Pros: Excellent surge supression, small size, ample plug spacing.
If you care about your equipment, this is a sound investment. The warranty that protects your investment in the event of failure is worth it alone, nevermind the clean power it will send to your setup. No brainer.
Fairly expensive, but good design. Has eight outlets and able to plug lots of things into it.
Pros: Lots of outlets. Flat plug for wall outlet.
Cons: Somewhat pricey.
Works as advertised.
this item is a good piece to acquire if you have multiple units to plug up- I don't have lots of wall outlets so it's a great choice for me -it's not too bulky and seems to be able to handle the extra electrical components which I could not plug directly
Pros: easy to use- a good value for the price paid
Cons: no cons to list
Plug in and its ready to go.
Pros: Easy to connect and use
Cons: None at this time
Great power strip!! Provides electricity evenly to all my components.
Very pleased with the Panamax surge protector I recently purchased. It was just what we wanted to protect all of our equipment.
Pros: Plenty of room for all of my equipment
Unit works as it should hopefully I would never have to test its limits, but living in Florida this unit is a must.
Pros: good size and decent amount of outlet
Cons: I wish it had more joules of protection.
Everything works as expected. I purchased this through Crutchfield due to them being a authorized online retailer. (Warranty not valid unless purchased through same)
Pros: Excellent warranty. Has more than enough outlets for my home theater system. Shipping was fast. Very satisfied with this purchased.
Cons: None at this time
This crackling and static that I initially heard was completely eliminated using this extension. My advisor at Crutchfield recommended this when I purchased my receiver and he was right on the mark.
Pros: Works perfectly
Haven't had a reason to see if it works yet, but it appears to be made well.
Pros: Adequate outlets for our needs
After one of my amplifiers blew on my Definite Technology BP7006s, I started researching via Crutchfield and other sources what would be the best option to orevent this happening. This product, once set up, helped me to grounding issues . For the price point I dont think you will get a much better deal. Also buy from Crutchfield instead of other unauthorized retailers if you want the warranty to not be voided.
Pros: Easy to set up Warranty Multi angle to allow multiple odd shaped plugs Coaxial protection
Cons: Only 8 spots for plugs Pricey if you dont have nicer electronics plugged in Missing features for audiophiles that more expensive products have
This surge protector appears to be well made. I hope I never need it to function as designed, but I'm confident it will do the job should I need it.
love the number of outlets !
Excellent product, good price
A bit pricey, but works well and is good insurance for electronic equipment
Pros: easy to use and provides good protection
An excellent product and a good value. I am one very satisfied customer.
Pros: 5 stars
Cons: Haven't found any.
Panamax has been around for years. Have several in my home. NEVER had any problems with outages. Btw where I live a cat can cross the street and my power will go off. You pay heavy money to get a good system. Protect it with one of the best.
Pros: piece of mind protection
Excellent for my office equipment
Excellent product at great price. No problems. Easy installation and user friendly.
Pros: Price for quality product
Panamax is known for its high quality surge protector and this item is no exception.
Pros: Multiple outlets, protection for phone lines as well as cable.
Unit looks well made. Hopefully, it's doing it's job. Shortly after installation of the Panamax, my CD player went out. Hard to tell if the unit had anything to do with this, since the player was > 10 years old. Could be coincidental.
Pros: Solid construction, long power cord, plenty of outlets
Cons: On/off switch is on the end and not visible from above. Strange design.
Too bad I did not have this before lightning fried my previous system
After my Monster surge protector started buzzing, I went looking for something to replace it. I found it at Crutchfield with the Panamax. It has plenty of outlets for all of my devices, a long cord, and the coax protector. It has everything I need with a reasonable price tag. Hopefully, the unit will live up to its reputation.
Pros: Plenty of outlets, reasonable price, long cord, and coax filter and protection.
Cons: None so far.
Works well. Easy to connect several devices and vey good for handling "bricks" without covering up other outlets.
Pros: Good quality and value.
This product did just what I wanted. I was able to eliminate some three way plugs and extension cords. Very accepting of transformers with out blocking other plug in slots. The surge protection specifications are what I was looking for.
Pros: space saver and equipment protector
Does what it says. Protection from electrical surges plus decent noise suppression.
Pros: Price, quality, space to plug in eight peripherals.
Works just fine, seems well made
Pros: heavier than previous one, lots of plug ins, like the filter capacity
Great product and does what I need it to do.
Pros: Easy to use
We are very happy with the surge protector.
Pros: We had forgotten to purchase a surge protector before Crutchfield installers came to hook up our TV. They had one on their truck and they went ahead and installed it so everything worked out great!
I always use Panamax products
Plenty of outlets to use and seems well designed.
Pros: You need to use something to protect your investment.
Works as promised.
Pros: Everything plugged into one location
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Very convenite, many outlets great surge protecter
Nice unit at a decent price.
Pros: Price Design
Cons: Could use a couple more outlets
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Total AC Outlets||8|
|Powerline Network Compatible||No|
|Connected Equipment Guarantee||$50,000|
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.
AC Power Specifications:
Telephone and Cable Satellite Circuit Specifications:
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to satisfy need to protect both cable and electrical surges from damaging equipment [ David Jan 05, 2019 ]
I chose this based on the knowledge article on your site for this type of product. [ brian Dec 30, 2018 ]
Good review fits purpose [ J Dec 27, 2018 ]
I want to protect my gear without using a "cheap" product. [ Nathan D. Dec 20, 2018 ]
Some one stole mine while moving & had to buy another. [ JOHN Dec 07, 2018 ]
This product saved my audio equipment during a power surge episode...it performed incredibly well! [ JOHN R Dec 05, 2018 ]
History with brand and also a quality product at a great price. [ Bryan Nov 18, 2018 ]
Panaxax is the best. I have the big conditioner and works perfect [ Gary Nov 15, 2018 ]
I reviewed it on your website and I wanted to better protect my TV that I bought from you last year. [ BEN Nov 14, 2018 ]
The Panamax SP8-AV was recommended by my advisor. Expensive audio products need protection. [ Mark R. Nov 05, 2018 ]
Price and quality equipment [ Stanley Nov 04, 2018 ]
Crutchfield website. Seemed like good features for price [ James Nov 04, 2018 ]
Looks like exactly what I need for my home Yamaha Receiver! And because it's from Crutchfields - a name I can trust! [ John Elliott Nov 02, 2018 ]
Seems like a cost-effective solution for surge protection and power conditioning. [ Brett Oct 16, 2018 ]
After speaking with the very helpful Quinn at Crutchfield and after reading reviews about Panamax on other websites, Panamax is an excellent manufacturer and their products work. I just lost a powered sub-woofer on a M*****r surge protector and had to replace it, not cheap. So I am now replacing all my surge protectors with Panamax. [ JEFFREY M Sep 28, 2018 ]
recommended by advisor since I had a lightning strike that blew out my previous receiver. [ Mark Sep 24, 2018 ]
I chose this item because it offered both surge protection and power conditioning. Furthermore, it had protection for cable signal wire. [ E Sep 01, 2018 ]
Price, design and will protect my fish tank pumps, lights and filter system adequately [ Donald M. Aug 23, 2018 ]
Scott the technician recommended it for our Marantz Stereo system [ SUSAN Jul 30, 2018 ]
I have a Panamax wall outlet for my plasma screen and a Panamax M5100-PM surge protector for my home theater. I trust the brand and this will fit the intended space very well. Price was excellent. It has more outlets than I'll be using initially but it will be located in an area where additional electronics will most likely be added in the future. [ JUSTIN Jul 14, 2018 ]
Have one, needed another. [ cindy Jul 06, 2018 ]
It looked really good. [ Andrew May 29, 2018 ]
The item was recommended by the expert advisor. [ Dana May 28, 2018 ]
Power Conditioner and surge protection in one device. [ James May 25, 2018 ]
Recommended by the guy I "chatted" with yesterday. I don't remember his name. Allision helped me today but not with choosing the item but I was looking for a better price in the outlet. And warranty questions. Item is supposed to be good with handling power outages. [ MARC O Apr 24, 2018 ]
After doing some research about how to further protect my electronics which have become quite expensive these days, I knew from previous experience with your company I would be guided in the right direction. There are so many products online claiming to have the perfect product and now adays you can't trust everything you read. [ Renee Apr 10, 2018 ]
Quality, price and recommendation [ F Mar 25, 2018 ]
Reviews and information from the website. The information video on how to pick surge protection was nice. [ Alan Mar 01, 2018 ]
Price point [ Jason Feb 13, 2018 ]
Tim advised me that this is a quality product that doesn't cost too much. [ Eric Feb 07, 2018 ]
go one for the new install and thank you Ray for the help [ Sherman Dec 28, 2017 ]
Because it's a Panamax and because Crutchfield is the Seller! [ Ulrich Dec 15, 2017 ]
I have owned this item before and it worked great. Gave the one I had to my Mom to protect her TV so pickup up another surge protector. [ William Dec 04, 2017 ]
It was suggested to me [ Cosette Nov 16, 2017 ]
Heard several horror stories about people losing their expensive entertainment systems and not being covered by insurance. Don't want to take that chance. Additionally, this unit has signal conditioning capability which should prove helpful. [ Peter Nov 01, 2017 ]
To provide protection and clean power to high end musical equipment. [ Matthew Oct 27, 2017 ]
Like the design, offset plugs and warranty. [ Gary Oct 23, 2017 ]
I picked this item to protect my home entertainment equipment: TV, Audio, Network Router, BluRay and DVD players from power related problems and to protect the cable TV input. [ Jeffrey Oct 10, 2017 ]
My old surge protector allowed my 3 items, including my klipsch soundbar, to get zapped. So I'm upgrading to something more robust. [ Jesse Sep 15, 2017 ]
I like the color [ jason Aug 25, 2017 ]
Last audio system ruined by ground lightning strike. [ Mark Jul 19, 2017 ]
When I called to if tech support could help with a hum on my old Bose Companion 3, the tech suggested a surge suppressor with a line level conditioner when I plugged the unit directly in to the wall and the hum was louder. I checked your site and found this one as reasonably priced, and also learned that the warranty is only in effect when purchased from a certified retailer. It was a no-brainer for me. I hope it gets rid of the hum!!!! [ Mare May 23, 2017 ]
For surge protection for a sound system [ Thomas May 03, 2017 ]
Originally thought I would buy the much more expensive surge protector that incorporates line conditioning, but a little research convinced me that I did not need the conditioning feature. [ Jack Mar 03, 2017 ]
Needed a new surge protector [ Cecil Feb 14, 2017 ]
Offers line conditioning/filtering AND is a great surge protector [ David Dec 29, 2016 ]
Recommended by a friend [ DANNY Dec 06, 2016 ]
recommended [ MARY E Nov 28, 2016 ]
Recommended by many audiophiles and friends. Great value for what is minimally required without extra bells, whistles. [ BRADLEY Nov 28, 2016 ]
Recommended by technical staff. [ Tyler Nov 28, 2016 ]
Based on reviews and pricing [ SHERYL Nov 28, 2016 ]
Recommendation of rep. [ Ted Nov 21, 2016 ]
I have invested a lot lately on my home system and I wanted some good protection against electrical noise and the simple fact I wanted A offset plug on my power supply. Already installed a in wall protection system and this outlet has what I need for everything I am working on. [ david Nov 20, 2016 ]
I have a lot of $$$$invested.in my audio.equipment. ro have it gone or blown in a flash. Plus crutch shipsfast.and panamax.is great quality. [ Valachovic Nov 15, 2016 ]
Quality and price point. [ Michael Nov 09, 2016 ]
to help protect my gear and condition my power [ dhaval Nov 04, 2016 ]
SUGGESTION OF ADVISOR [ NICK A Oct 15, 2016 ]
Goof reviews online for this brand. [ Don Sep 15, 2016 ]
This was sold as part of a bundle offered for sale when buying a new receiver. I did not need/want the third part of your bundle the Logitech universal remote but I DID NEED the first two - HDMI Cables and Surge Protector - so I liked the surge protector because it's got not only 8 protected 110 volt outlets but protected phone line and coaxial TV lines, plus filtering of RF Noise not to mention 45 + 5 STAR reviews!! Also lifetime warranty (plus $50K insurance also lifetime) sounds well made! [ Don Sep 06, 2016 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield expert. [ James Aug 14, 2016 ]
Top seller. [ ALAN Jul 21, 2016 ]
Excellent reviews and the price was right for me. [ Leonard Jul 06, 2016 ]
needed it for my computer [ WILLIAM Jul 02, 2016 ]
Features and reviews. [ JERRY Jun 30, 2016 ]
This is a very good product. [ Jose Jun 17, 2016 ]
Based on the reviews, i thought this would be a good option to protect my equipment. [ Guest Jun 01, 2016 ]
Dolly recommended it! Dolly's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=131 [ Chris May 02, 2016 ]
I needed more than 6 outlets and wanted some spacing as well. The Coax feature was good as well [ Chris Mar 01, 2016 ]
Excellent protection, super affordable, outstanding warranty, and equipment replacement if it fails, which it never does. [ Thomas J. Jan 12, 2016 ]
The other user comments helped me decide on this particular surge protector/noise cleaner for our television system. [ Patricia Jan 07, 2016 ]
Its simple I needed the protection [ Scott Dec 04, 2015 ]
No slots on the back. [ Louise Jun 15, 2018 ]
I am sorry I have no idea.. [ SAVANNAH C Jun 03, 2018 ]
Unfortunately I do not know the answer to your question. My connections are pretty much standard with receiver and other devices. [ Don Jun 03, 2018 ]
I am more than satisfied with the panamax, but I amafraid I cannot answer the question. Sorry. [ VINCENT Jun 03, 2018 ]
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