Product Review (January 2004) - Panamax

Panamax has been serving the needs of consumers for over two decades with their power conditioning units. Their MAX® product line has traditionally offered reasonably priced products geared for A/V enthusiasts. We've covered several of their MAX® line conditioners in the past and have always felt they offered great performance for the dollar. Recently, they've introduced the new MAX® 4200 Light that not only provides 9 switched and protected outlets, but also includes a light bar on the front panel to illuminate equipment mounted inside of a 19" rack system. The acrylic light-rod is located in the middle of front panel and turns, allowing the user to direct light as much as 3 feet up or down. Even the color of the light can be changed (White, Blue, Green or Aqua Color Light) by simply pressing the color button. We found the white light to provide the best illumination. An on/off/dimmer switch is provided to control the light output. The MAX® 4200 Light is built in a sturdy housing that can be easily rack mounted using Panamax's rack mount ears.

The MAX® 4200 Light provides eight outlets on the rear of the unit and one on the front. The outlets are all controlled by a single on/off switch on the front panel. There's also a 15-amp resetable circuit breaker located on the rear of the unit. The 9-foot power cord provides adequate length for long power runs. Full EMI/RFI noise filtration and the Protect or Disconnect Circuitry is an integral part of this product providing noise and surge protection. Panamax offers their $5,000,000 Connected Equipment Protection Policy (see their documentation) for products meeting their connection requirements. In addition, the unit comes with a 3 year product warranty that protects again manufacturer design, material, or workmanship defects.

The Panamax MAX® 4200 is a nice addition to a crowded rack that may need a light source. The eight additional outlets on the rear of the unit as well as the one on the front panel makes the product very functional. Best of all the MAX® 4200 is reasonable priced with an MSRP of less than $200 and with the
$5,000,000 Connected Equipment Guarantee, you can be sure your equipment will be well protected.

- Kevin Nakano

Review System

Projector: Epson PowerLite™ LCD Home Theater Projector
Da-Lite 92" Cinema Contour Frame with High Contrast Cinema Vision Screen
Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box #1: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with DVI
Set-top Box #2: RCA DTC100 HDTV/DSS Satellite Receiver
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
DVI Cable: Monster Cable M Series M500DVI DVI-D Cable
Video Generator: Sencore VP300 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Video Signal Analyzer: Sencore VSA794 NTSC Video Signal Analyzer
Color Analyzer: Sencore CP5000 Multi-Display Color Analyzer

Review at a glance

Panamax MAX® LIGHT 4200

AC Specifications
Protect or Disconnect Circuitry Yes
Thermal Fusing Yes
Catastrophic Surge Circuit Yes
Single Pulse Energy Dissipation 1350 Joules
Spike Capacity 52,000A
EMI/RFI Noise Filtration 50dB (99.7%)
Line Voltage 120VAC, 50/60 Hz
Clamping Level (TVSS Voltage) 330V
Initial Clamping Level 141V RMS/200V Peak
Protection Modes L-N, N-G, L-G
Maximum Current Rating 15A (1800W)
Response Time <1ns

Product Features
Number of Outlets 9
Always On Outlets 0
Switched Outlets 9
Cord Length 9 ft.
Connectors Right Angle
Depth 6.5"
Width 16.86"
Height 1.75"
Weight 6.8 lbs.

Product Warranty Length 3 Years
Connected Equipment Policy Length Lifetime
Connected Equipment Policy Amount $5,000,000
Lightning Protection Yes

Panamax, Inc.
1690 Corporate Circle
Petaluma, CA. 94952

Phone: 800-472-5555

Source: Manufacture Supplied
Part #: ML4200

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