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Panamax - 11-Outlet Surge Protector - Black

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Safeguard your A/V components from power surges with this Panamax MR5100 surge protector, which features a 2025-joule rating and 11 outlets to protect against power spikes. The 10' cable enables flexible placement.



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$353.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • Panamax 11-Outlet Surge Protector
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (140 out of 146)

Features


2025-joule rating

Absorbs a high amount of energy to adequately protect your equipment and prolong the life of the unit.

11 surge-protected outlets

Protect the equipment in your home theater setup.

Line protection

Shields equipment from electrical surges that travel over antenna, cable, satellite, telephone and network lines.

10' power cable

Along with a low-profile design for easy room placement.

Level 4 linear EMI/RFI noise filtration

Protects against interference.

Automatic Voltage Monitoring (AVM)

Along with a voltage and safe power indicator and an unsafe voltage indicator to let you keep an eye on your connected equipment.

USB port

Makes it easy to charge compatible devices.

Panamax $5,000,000 lifetime equipment guarantee.


Overall customer rating

4.8
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not a Power Strip!

    Posted
    JimITGuy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    If you are going to drop a ton of money on a home entertainment system then don't con yourself into believing that a simple power strip will protect your investment. Now, will better power protection and conditioner products make the blacks blacker and the whites whiter on your new 75" flat screen? I personally think that is a bunch of marketing BS. But I do believe that having a power sentry standing guard over my sweet sweet system is a wise move. Recently, I replaced my home theater receiver and subwoofer with something more substantial. I currently own a Panamax PM-5300 protecting this investment and have been quit satisfied with it's performance. However, I found myself with an opportunity to build out a much needed second entertainment system for another room. Knowing that I was only interested in 2.1 stereo sound for this new system I quickly came to realize that I didn't need another PM-5300. So I chose the MR-5100. The main reason I chose this item over the PM is because the PM only has two high current plugs where the MR-5100 has four. My plan is to go dual subs with the stereo, simply because I can, which means I need three high current plugs; one for each sub and one for the receiver. The MR-5100 fits easily into my old JVC stereo rack from the 1990's. All of the ports are clearly marked as either always on or switched. I do switch off the power to my equipment when not in use to negate the added expense associated with vampire power draws. The front facing switch is convenient for this task. It also brings the different ports online in a mindful manner. Instead of simply delivering full power to all ports simultaneous, the MR-5100 will deliver power to the switched ports in a phased approach that ensure that the high current products get what they need first and then bring everything else online. The same is true for turn off. The front voltage gauge is a nice to have but not required. This can be dimmed or completely turned off. I also like the front facing power port. This port has proven very convenient for those times that I'm using a tablet, cell phone, laptop or some other device for streaming music. The port allows me to perform these activities while not drawing on the battery. This way, when I'm done streaming, my tablet or other device is ready to keep serving me. The alternative is to draw power directly from the wall. I get the added benefit of the power protection while my precious portable device is juicing up and serving me. I know that there are much better, and more expensive products on the market, but this item does server the needs of my small stereo system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice A/V improvements

    Posted
    AVGuy
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I did a ton of research before buying into improvements the 5100 would make. From what I found Panamax improved the specs since this model hit the market. It's basically the 5400 now with less inputs and visual monitoring. Nobody can tell you how much or little this product will improve your A/V equipment because they can't account for how clean the electricity in your home is. Many factors could cause issues. What I found was after hooking this up to my Samsung HU8550, Denon receiver and TiVo was it improved a few things. My audio was the biggest jump. A good amount of surround sound that got muffled or barely came through are now much cleaner and smoother sounding. Clearly in my case the receiver wasn't getting the proper juice that it needed to reach its full potential. I made sure to watch a movie I knew the audio inside and out so to say I was surprised once those effects started up would be an understatement. From the video end I'd have to say slightly improved. There is less digital noise on sporting events. Certain channels I knew if the game was on I needed to turn on the digital noise/MPEG smoothers in the tv options. Since installing the 5100 that hasn't been the case. I can't comment on the actual surge protection to this point but from what I've read this unit will take a beating and Panamax will give a replacement if it couldn't handle the surge. I lost a Pioneer Kuro plasma due to an electrical surge that went on all day while I was working. My cheapo surge surpresor was still active when I got home and my tv was fried, power supply and main board. An investment like this is like adding an extended warranty with the added benefit of carrying over as you upgrade your A/V equipment in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product for sure

    Posted
    Jose

    I think this is a great product, I noticed a huge improvement in sound quality for sure, the surround doesn’t seem muffled like it did before. I didn’t know how much I was missing until I connected all my equipment to this thing. You can’t go wrong with this unit. The slight hissing that you’d hear when your receiver is cranked up during silent scenes in a movie is gone! I The only thing that bothers me like really bothers me, is the fact of the screen being so bright. That’s why I’m giving it a 4 star. Panamax should have knew better then that! I mean come on now. The default setting for brightness should be the one next to the lowest, and it should only get dimmer from their. Also, you should have a option of the screen and lights having a auto off after say 15-20 minuets of no current draw. Or leaving it on permanently. Those two things would make it perfect, absolutely perfect. Overall I think it’s a good product for sure. The equipment I have is LG 65 SJ9500 - shud 4k tv Yamaha rx-a1070- receiver Oppo UDP-203- bluray Panamax MR5100 (of course) Klipsch RF-15 x2 Klipsch RC-52 x1 Klipsch RS-25x2 Klipsch RW-10 x1 Sure it’s not their newest line, but I can tell you one thing it sounds just as good and the remodeled versions! Not to mention it is all ceramatallic drivers including the sub. If you have a home theater you care about buy this Panamax.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs power to protect power

    Posted
    Karmenrider637
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This review is from my personal experience and will be different from most reviews here as it may be helpful to others like me other than a pointless review. First off the unit looks good visually, does that mean it does what it claims, I dont know, I've never used the features. Unit does not have a stand by mode so its always on. But you can turn off the voltage meter or dim them down as well as 2 other banks. The filter system seems to work but probably not a significant change. If you have audio equipment over a few thousand dollars and would like to try it, it's probably worth a try for what it sells for. Will it help protect your gear, I hope it does. Just be sure to read the restrictions from Panamax. I can not comment that it works great like others as its features is not to turn things on, yet off. And I'm sure no one is buying this so it looks nice with their other units. In conclusion if you want something that you can hope it protects your thousand dollars equipment, give it a try . Especially if its on sale and best buy has the best prices and service, availability. Otherwise, I think you can get away with their cheaper models, same coverage. Would I recommend this to a friend, maybe and if I ever experience a situation. Only bought it because it was on sale plus I rather take a few hundred dollars chance over $10k of equipment. Martin logan xt 60 front Martin logan xt 50 center Martin logan motion 15 rears Pioneer elite sc 89 Martin logan dynamo 1k Samsung 65" lcd old but was 5900.99 in its time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far so good with Pananax protective ring!

    Posted
    AdamD
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I've lost a AVR, DTV HD-DVR, 2 routers and a switch in total on separate occasions last year due to power / lightning surges. I've since added a MR5100 (home theater - HDTV, AVR, Bluray, DTV Genie, Laptop & switch), M4LT-EXs (router, NAS, PC & switch) and MD2-Cs (cable modem, switch, HDTV & DTV receiver) to create a Panamax protective ring around my wired (CAT6) network and connected equipment. I've NOT had any issue since I've integrated the Panamax equipment. I researched and called Panamax a handful of times. They answered most of my questions immediately on the phone and consulted their engineers on one occasion then called me back. I've found cheaper vendors online, but Best Buy (Magnolia - AUTHORIZED DEALER) was able to match the reasonable prices from *that river in South America*. The key is to purchase from an authorized dealer and create a overall protective ring so you will NOT void the connected equipment warranty from Panamax. In total, I've spent as much as I would've on an extended warranty for my TV alone. However, I feel that all of my connected equipment are better protected this way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate, but poor design and guidance

    Posted
    Heidi
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We bought with LG OLED TV for TV, TDS cable box, Stereo and speakers. I think power protection is a good buy and this works. Design is confusing, only 4 power plug ins are "on" all the time. That is 1st bank. Design is so that you turn on your system and there is a delay for banks 2 (2 plugs) and 3 (4 plugs), I think. Well TDS power internet and cable DVR so we want that on all the time. TV has great sound so we want to be able to turn on without stereo. So only thing we want delayed on is subwoofer which we plugged into bank 3. We plugged TV, receiver, playstation into bank 1 along with old power strip. And plugged TDS cable box, wifi etc. into power strip. For the price it should work better for our needs. And is there any reason to filter internet through this?? Who knows. Inadequate manual that is 2 pages of safety - don't pour water on this surge protector! don't suffocate child with plastic bag! OK. And same non information online. Why spend money to design and market this thing and not educate buyers or listen to feedback of how real people use it? A similar simpler design would be better for us.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Protector

    Posted
    sherryw
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this product after gradually upgrading my 2-channel stereo system components. I have always used surge protectors but after gradually investing in new components that are bordering on high-end, I wanted something more than just a normal high-joule surge protector. This product fits the bill - it is easily hooked up, has plenty of outlets, and the display is very easy to read. I have not experienced any type of major electronic event so I can't attest to whether it does what they claim, but I still feel safer having a higher level of protection for my audio gear. I currently have a Cambridge Audio Azur DAC, Azur streamer, and Azur integrated amp connected as well as a Marantz CD changer, TEAC cassette deck, Pro-Ject turntable, Bluesound streamer, Sonos Connect, and an AV switch. All are stable and seem much more "noiseless" when operating which I attribute to the power conditioning aspect of this protector. I am very happy with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice all around 'power strip'

    Posted
    Revenoor
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I use the two units as glorified power strips and they work fine for that. I have had zero issues using in this mode. What I would change: Get rid of all connections except power sockets so they could be spread out more to accommodate the wall wart type connections. Incorporate variable dimming control rather than step to match other components. Design in hard locks so that when voltage drops below "x" or increases above "x" the unit must be manually turned back on. Allow a full OFF switch to all outlets. Yes, I know that this would raise the price but I needed these functions as my APC unit died and I could not find and devices locally that would offered the above. Clerks had zero knowledge. I would recommend this for use IF you know what you need and what the limitations are.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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