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Panamax - 11-Outlet Surge Protector - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not a Power Strip!

    Posted
    JimITGuy
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    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
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs power to protect power

    Posted
    Karmenrider637
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    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: 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: 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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Does not improve picture quality!

    Posted
    CRP19
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    I bought the MR5100 with its Level 4 filtration expecting it to improve the picture quality on my OLED LG TV. It made no difference in reducing the considerable noise such as grainy background scenes on my 4k discs. Cable did seem a little better with the MR5100 compared to power straight out of the wall, but it was far from the "wow" improvement factor. I have considered trying the 5300, but I decided against it because its filtration abilities are basically the same as the 5100 and doubt it would provide any improvement to my picture. I'll keep the MR5100 for its protective abilities, especially considering the good price match I received for this product at Best Buy, where staff and service is second to none. On the basis of picture improvement, I would not recommend this product. I only recommend it for protecting your devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate, but poor design and guidance

    Posted
    Heidi
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great power conditioner and surge suppressor

    Posted
    Rav7ks
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    I have purchsed 2 other panamex power conditioner/surge suppressors before and have been very satisfied with them- the first one I bought back in 2007 still is working well. I notice no flickering of the TV during lightning storms and having the equiment protected with this device gives me a peace of mind. I wanted to upgrade to a newer model to help support a projector, receiver, amplifier, 2 subs and 2 blu ray players as well as a video processor. The MR-5100 is one of the latest out by Panamex and has stage 4 filtration for cleaner power. In addtion, this does help with a slight improvement in picture and sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with 5100

    Posted
    Albaby
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    I bought this so that I could move the 4300 to another TV. II also needed the straight plug in cable and longer extension for where my units were in relation to the outlet. I realized that I also needed the extra space on the outlets on the Panamax. The power bricks come in larger sizes and offset plugs and it never seems to fit right where it partially covers the next outlet on the surge banks. Have not seen any issues with it turning off to protect but we have not had a lot of power issues in the last few years. This is a good upgrade to my new 4k Samsung JS6500 and Denon 2200. I really like that you can dim the front display and do have a tendency to watch the power level but not a real issue. Pricey but very happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it!

    Posted
    ToddC
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    If you have invested thousands of dollars in your electronics you really need this level of protection. Panama has been around for a very long time and has a well deserved and earned reputation for quality! This is the first time I've bought one and I'm very happy with the build quality. Spacing of the outlets is generous with filtering for digital and analog sources alike. This can be a big plus for people with delicate turntables and phono cartridges or just high end digital equipment. Match all this with their warranty and it's a bargain!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what its supposed to do

    Posted
    AVjunkie1
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    Protects your gear and does it in an effecient, stylish & practical way. I.e. no clunky power strip behind your rig. This component piece makes power cord management a breeze. It’s a full size component, so make sure you have the room for it on your stand / rack. Eliminates speaker popping & hiss, television & cable noise. It filters everything. This replaces a bulky Monster power strip that died during a surge. (did its job, but no reset) Purchased the Panamax after reading nothing but glowing reviews about it and its predecessor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Peace of Mind

    Posted
    AlanB
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    After making some serious upgrades to my sound system I felt it was also time to make upgrades to my systems protection. Did a lot of research but still had several questions on what was best for my needs. My thanks to Rod in the Magnolia dept of the Henrietta store for taking the time to answer my questions and explain the benefits of power management. I felt that the MR5100 model would suit my needs & give me peace of mind while protecting my components... plus I got it on sale! Looks cool too with sold build quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Price Matched

    Posted
    BestDeals
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    I bought Panamax - 11-Outlet Surge Protector - Black from best buy few months back. There are no issues with this unit since the purchase, there were few power outages, thunderstorms in my area but no impact to the electronics. Best customer service was great, this unit was price matched with Amazon. Sales manager had little trouble price matching it because of the system issues but finally was able to work around it. He not particularly happy because the system would not allow, but the BestBuy.com website claimed this item was guaranteed price match so he honored it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great for home theater setup

    Posted
    mmh64
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    With a new TV and home theater for my bedroom, I needed a power conditioner/protection device for the TV, receiver, Blu-Ray, cable box, turntable, and subwoofer, plus a laptop. The separate power banks made this easy, and with 11 outlets it has all I need. I like the voltage monitoring but usually turn off the display. We have experienced several power outages and surges, with no equipment issues at all. Protecting all my AV equipment is the main reason for this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Power Center

    Posted
    TheBestBuyGuy
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    Every home theater is an investment of some sort. When using this device as recommended by the manufacture, it provides complete protection for all my devices whether it be from surge, brown outs and inconsistent(dirty). Note: if you plug all your devices into this, but fail to use this device to in line with your cable provider, you may be at risk still if lightning was to strike and come down that line. Bring your cable into the Panamax before it goes to your internet and/or cable box!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bright Lights

    Posted
    Nash
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    I got a new entertainment system, TV, DVD, Sound bar and I wanted to protect it. This box makes me fell better but the front light is so bright that when I watch TV and lower the lights in the room it is distracting. Also the cord of one piece of kit being plugged in goes down from the prongs and is very hard and because the plugs are very close together it will not fit on the top and leave room for another plug, and on the bottom it lifts the box up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I trust this product to protect

    Posted
    AnalyticalMind
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    I have an earlier Panamax surge protector model (12 years old) that I have trusted to protect my home theater equipment and it has not failed to do its job over those years. I recently added this model to handle a new man cave addition and there was no hesitation on my part to have this equipment as an integral component of my setup. I highly recommend you invest a few dollars more to protect your equipment with any of the Panamax surge protectors

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality, lots of outlets

    Posted
    MastiffMom
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    We bought this due to its reputation. We live in a rural area where we have power outages often. Have lost TV's with power strip protectors and needed to do better. Had a Monster brand once and it hummed so loud. This unit is quiet and looks nice. I like the plug on the front for quick easy access to power. The only negative is the light on the front. I wish you could dim it or turn it off. It is VERY bright and lights up the room when everything is turned off.

    I would recommend this to a friend