Originally Posted by Gunny Fitz
Bought a new Denon 2113 today for a smoking deal ($449) at Best Buy today and was "highly advised" thru what was clearly the classic upsell technique, to protect my equipment by something better than my current old Monster Powerstrip.
Despite the cool look to this thing and much cleaner arrangement of hooking up all power cables, what true benefit does this component provide me? Was told that Panamax pays out in full for any component that suffers failure or damage, and has a great reputation for doing so. Has ANYONE out there experienced a power surge or something which fried any components and been taken care of by Panamax?
I would love to hear the true benefits of this item and if the $249 was worth it in the long run. Appreciate anything you can give me on inside scoop on this and exactly what the damn thing does for me. Is it just a glorified powerstrip in disguise?
Well, first, you probably don't need it. If you've got a good surge protector, you're fine. Spending $250 for "insurance" on a $500 AVR - you'll be better off putting that money away for an upgrade later.
The Panamax units and ones like them are doing more than a simple surge protector (filters, etc.), so it's not a 'rip off', but if you're not having any power-line-related problems, it's probably not going to make much of a difference, either. Assuming you have a decent surge protector (and many name brands have similar protection warranties).
That said, they are excellent power protection devices, and I have one in my rack.
I haven't had anything fried (or have a Panamax unit "take the bullet"), but I did have a nifty experience with one years ago. I was sitting in my family room in early summer with the windows open, reading a book, without any of the A/V gear turned on. I heard the distinct "clunk" of a relay/breaker tripping coming from my A/V stack across the room - and had enough time to look over, see the LEDs on the Panamax unit all off, and think "what the hell?", when Boom! from outside comes the noise of a transformer blowing - probably a block or two away.
A few seconds later, "click" goes the Panamax and the LEDs come back on... So it definitely did it's job that day.