Originally Posted by mphfrom77
aKa DaSHiznit - I looked at your ht setup...looks pretty sharp and clean. I guess I could research it but I thought I go ahead and ask you about your panamax. What is it, how do you use it and how do you like it?
That Panamax is the M4300-PM its the lowest in the their line. It is a power conditioner/surge protector. You plug all of your equipment into the back of it and plug it into the wall. It had stage 2 power cleaning that is supposed to make sure your equipment gets good power. It is supposed to give you better picture and sound but I don't know about that. You would have to research dirty power cause I don't know enough myself to explain it to you.
It also monitors the incoming voltage and if it drops to low or raises to high it will shut off and of course is supposed to protect you from any surges. As you go higher up in the line you get more protection, more outlets on the back and higher stages of power cleaning among a few other features they add on for a premium. As you can see I do not really have anything crazy to protect, my receiver only puts out 65 or 70w a channel and the sub is only a 150w. Now say you had 2 giant 1000w subs a whole rack of av equipment, and a receiver that was 7.2 and pumped out over 100w per channel. You may need to go with one of the bigger, higher end power conditioners that have a higher level of joules protection. Again you may want to research it as it is too much to explain really.
I went with the 4300 cause it was the smallest and the higher end models were all over a foot deep. The 4300 is $300 at best buy so they aren't cheap and I was lucky to have my buddy get it for me for under $100. I could have go the the 5100 that is $400 for only $40 more but again had 3 reasons why I didn't.
1) Size the 5100 was over a foot deep
2) Didn't need the extra Outlets(5100 has 11 - 4300 has 9) nor the extra protection. If you look at my setup I was all bang for the buck all the way around and completely budget but I love it and it compares very favorably to my buddy's polk Tsi setup that he spent much much more on.
3) The 4300 has 8 outlets on the back one on the front. 4 are high current for Receivers, Subs, Amps, etc...The other 4 are Linear TV, DVD, DVR, etc...So I got my TV, 360, PS3, and DVR in one set of 4 and my receiver, F-12 and soon to be the 2nd F-12 in the high current set of 4. The 5100 and higher models all only offer 2 high current outlets for some reason, I am sure you could use the others if need be but I just liked the idea the 4300 had 4 of them considering I wanted to add a 2nd sub.