With 5 isolated and filtered outlet banks and connectivity for cable boxes, LAN, telephones and DSL modems, this power conditioner ensures that your home theater system and other electronic components remain protected from voltage fluctuation.
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Posted by: StlBlues from: Rochester NY on
Using this for a component rack that's in a corner, away from TV & front speakers. Have Denon AVR-3311CI, Sony BluRay, CD Jukebox, Cable Box, Zone 2 Yamaha Receiver, and Network Switch plugged in to the 5300. Also run cable coax and ethernet thru it straight from the source, so no back-door risk.
Quite confident that protection is good, based on the build quality and all reviews I read before buying this. "Level and Stage" ratings seemed a bit more marketing-related than real world, but nonetheless...
So that leaves the age-old question about improved performance. I've always been skeptical and figured that people saw/heard what they wanted to see/hear when they spent their money on new toys, I know I do sometimes.
Well, I can assure you that (at least for audio) there is a definite improvement, noticed it right away -- more clarity, bass is cleaner and tighter, both for 2-channel music and movie surround sound (Def Tech 7004's, CLR 2002, SM350's) . Surprisingly, also noticed significant depth with Polk Atrium speakers on the patio, never expected that...
Because of my setup, with the TV using a separate power conditioner, I can't really judge the full extent of video improvements, but I did notice ever-so-slightly sharper BluRay, CATV and Netflix picture -- might be my imagination, but makes sense if it's receiving cleaner source material from receiver, bluray player and cable box. I use a 16' Monster 1000 HDMI cable.
I'm so impressed with this unit that I'm strongly considering getting another one, or maybe a 5100, just for the TV/Def Tech 7004's.
24 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Excellent Surge Protector
Posted by: vlstech from: jacksonville, fl on
Brought this unit 4 years ago, my home was hit with some type of surge the unit protected my big screen, blu ray player, a/v unit, cd changer and sat. receiver. Called the manufacture in CA a new one is on the way at a much reduce cost.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Posted by: thetuna from: Boston, MA on
This device has given me the peace of mind about any or all power surge issues and the outstanding quality it will give your HDTV. The change from a cheaper radioshack power surge protecter to this has made my HDTV look like it is supposed to look and my Pioneer surround sound like it is supposed to. There is no more grain on my screen and no hissing from speakers. Yes it is expensive, but if you have at least $3-$4k invested in your home theatre system then you should protect it and get the best quality possible out of it. Let your systems reach their potential
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Excellent power conditioner
Posted by: Jest79 from: New York on
The Panamax 5300 is a great product. When I got it out of the box it felt really solid, I knew right away I had purchased something of high quality.
I plugged to it my tv , bose v20, blue ray, cable box, ps3 and xbox 360. I noticed the tv looked a bit sharper with less noise when watching cable.
The front lights are able to dim but not completely turn off. The front outlet is very handy, I charge my ipad and iphone on it.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
The unit to get when you buy pricy HT equipment
Posted by: Barback from: Milwaukee, WI on
When I was shopping at Best Buy a sales associate explained the differences very well using a noise detector, which lets you hear electrical distortion. He let me use the detector just so I knew there was no funny business and I tried it on just a standard surge protector and it let out a static like sound. Then I moved to a monster surge protector, which was an improvement but I still go some of that static. From there I tried some other surge protectors and a couple monster power conditioners until I got to this Panamax and realized absolute silence coming from the device. He then showed me the difference on a tv and you could tell without the panamax the picture seemed somewhat grainy, and then after he hooked it up to the panamax the picture looked much more fluid. Another great thing is that this is one piece of technology you won't have to update and it has a lifetime warranty.
17 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Incredible device ...
Posted by: EricY from: Denver,CO on
I initially balked at the price..but this little device solved numerous issues in my system. No more fuzz in my tv....crystal clear music....simply amazing .......and worth every penny
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great peace of mind and better than Monster
Posted by: recruiter89 from: Boston, MA on
I researched several Power Conditioners prior to making the choice on this one. First off, Best Buy has all of these and unless you are an authorized retailer of Panamax, they will not honor their warranty protection of your home theater. Amazon however is not an authorized seller and sells through third parties which does not qualify for the extended protection. It costs a bit more through Best Buy but at least you know you are purchasing from an authorized dealer.
The unit is quite large and resembles a stereo amplifier and can blend in nicely to any home theater set up. If you are expecting detailed directions of how to set this up, there are none, but the putlets on this are labeled pretty well and all it takes is to plug it into a wall outlet and start plugging in your components. What you will notice, the front of this until has two round windows displaying amps and actually is reading power coming in. Plus you can run your audio system through the high voltage outlets and it separates the sound so as not to interrupt your other systems from speaker distortion etc. I compared this to the Monster units and there is no comparison. Monster makes fine power strips, but for my new Sony 4K TV, I would not trust a measly Monster power strip to protect something this valuable. Once plugged into this unit, it takes over and manages your power intake and protects your systems and is always on monitoring. This unit is a bit pricey but I would not expect anything less to protect my high end equipment.
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great power conditioner
Posted by: BJH75 from: St. Louis, MO on
I originally bought this power conditioner to attempt to eliminate a loud buzz in a Samsung plasma tv. It didn't fix the buzzing issue, but I liked how this power conditioner looked in my media cabinet and that it had enough outlets for all my devices, so I kept it. I was overdue for a high quality power conditioner/surge protector for the thousands of dollars of equipment running through it.
I did notice one improvement right away. I used to get a popping sound in my powered subwoofer when I would turn on/off the ceiling fan on the same circuit. This power conditioner has eliminated that.
My only regret is that I didn't buy a Panamax model with a battery back-up. I have a separate UPS just for my Tivo to keep it from cycling power in brief power outages. Would be nice to have everything on one power unit.
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Best Surge Protector/Conditioner
Posted by: Jammers567 from: Oxnard Ca on
I love this power conditioner! I know it's more than what I need but I had to have it. I actually tested several and I saw a difference. I have a 65" panasonic V10 series plasma, Definitive Technology 7.1 sound system, Harman Kardon receiver (which will soon be replaced by a pioneer elite), an XBOX 360, Panasonic Blu Ray, HD Cable box, Harmon Kardon cd player, and more...and it does the job protecting all these components. I didn't see a huge difference in the picture when there's movement, but you definitely see it on still shots. I love the USB port in the front which I use to charge our ipods and mp3 players, and the extra outlet to hook up my laptop. it has plenty of outlets which worked well for us.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Amazing performance for the value
Posted by: VRSPRNG from: Medina, Washington on
Seriously? Don't even bother questioning this unit over any other power center and line conditioner. This is for the new enthusiast or veteran audiophile. It contains a usb and Ethernet connection for gamers. It also has multiple light settings within its led display for brightness. A true 500 usd value. The blue display looks sexy and totally cleans up all video and audio noise. Great value. I strongly suggest this unit.