MAX® 4400 A/V Line Conditioner
Panamax offers a wide range of products to serve the needs of consumers seeking reliable power conditioning for their A/V components. The company has recently introduced a new product that handles more current than conventional power conditioners. The new MAX® 4400 is designed to work with a 20-amp power outlet and provide up to nine receptacles with the same current rating. One nice advantage is the unit accepts standard AC plugs while still accommodating the higher current 20-amp components. The same SurgeGate Plus™ circuitry is used with the MAX® 4400 that is found in the more expensive MAX® products. Front panel indicators show status for Switched Outlets, Voltage Trigger, Ground OK and Unsafe Voltage. A convenient 3-prong outlet (20-amp compatible) is also provided on the front panel for temporary AC power connections. The Switched Outlets button is used to manually switch the outlets on the rear panel. If a black faceplate is not you're first preference, Panamax offers an optional silver faceplate that matches many of the today's new A/V products.
The rear panel has eight outlets available that work with either 15 or 20-amp AC plugs. A separate ground terminal is provided on the unit as an option for connecting the chassis to a solid earth ground. There's also a 20-amp resetable circuit breaker. The delay switch (0 or 10 seconds) determines the time from the trigger to the activation of the switched outlets. The 3.5mm DC sense input connection allows the unit to be remotely triggered from another device. We connected the MAX® 4400 to our Parasound AVC-2500u A/V controller for testing purposes. One item to note is the unit does require a 20-amp receptacle at the end of the 11.5 foot power cord.
MOVs (Metal Oxide Varistors) are used in several places inside of the MAX® 4400 to clamp transient voltages that can damage electronics. These devices are commonly used in the industry for surge suppression. The build quality of the MAX® 4400 interior is consistent with other Panamax products we've seen.
While we didn't observe or hear any improvement in our system using this product, we certainly felt better about having our expensive components protected with the MAX® 4400. Products such as this offer consumers insurance on their costly A/V systems. Benefits vary depending on where one lives. However, it's a small price to pay ($299 retail) and you can certainly sleep better at night.
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Panamax MAX® 4400
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