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Panamax SP8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

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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.

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.

Product Highlights:

  • 8 protected AC power outlets
  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • EMI/RFI noise filtering for clean power
  • 1 set of coaxial RF input/output connectors for cable TV or antenna connections
  • 1 set of phone line input/output jacks
  • 6-ft. 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

What's in the Box:

  • Surge protector with attached 6' power cord
  • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet (English/Spanish/French)

A little pricey, but this has every feature you could need.

Linda, Manning, SC


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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)


  • Ant/CATV: Coaxial line input and output (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 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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If you use power strips at home, upgrade to this one immediately

Written by Zak Billmeier, Video Producer, 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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Why did you buy this?

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 $$$$ my ro have it gone or blown in a flash. Plus crutch shipsfast.and 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 ]
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: [ 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 ]

2 questions already asked

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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