Protecting your investment while maximizing performance is what customers expect from today's power distribution products. Audio and home theater systems require a variety of power needs that go well beyond the simple power strip and these new breed of power conditioners offer consumers a wide range of useful features while still protecting components from possible damage from the incoming power. We have used Panamax MAX products for years to protect our electronics and have been very satisfied. Their $5,000,000 Connected Equipment Protection Policy is the best in the industry and provides consumers with the confidence they need for their large investment in electronic components. The latest MAX® 5500 ACRegenerator from Panamax goes well beyond any of their previous products. Build quality is certainly a notch above previous MAX power conditioners. The front panel is attractive with analog meters instead of the row of LEDs used in their earlier designs. The two analog meters monitor line voltage and current and have a pleasant adjustable (optional off) orange/amber backlight. Status indicators are provided for Switched Outlets, Voltage Trigger, Ground OK, Line Fault, and Unsafe Voltage conditions. There's also an XLR connector for the 5-Watt goose-neck light provided with the unit. This comes in very handy in a home theater setting when a variable light source is needed in the dark. The top of the chassis has a schematic diagram detailing each of the filter blocks, relays and connections on the back of the unit, which comes in handy when connecting components. Panamax has also placed a single outlet on the right side of the front panel for quick power needs. This was a great idea and we've used this numerous times for powering devices such as camcorders and laptops. It's been so useful in our setup that it's hard to imagine life without it.
The SurgeGate Plus Circuitry protects components connected to the MAX® 5500 by preventing any of the outlets from getting voltage outside the 90V to 134V range for an extended period of time. Protection is also provided between Line/Neutral, Neutral/Ground and Line/Ground. The main circuit breaker is set to trip at 15 amps. There's also a 4 amp breaker to protect the toroid transformer used with the isolated outlets. This is why the isolated outlets should not be used for power amplifiers. Doing so will most likely cause the 4 amp breaker to trip.
Separate gold-plated F-connectors on the back panel support cable television as well as DSS. Cable TV (including terrestrial HDTV) operates in the 50MHz to 950MHz range. The clamping threshold for cable inputs is set at 0.7V, well above the level of the modulated video signal. The pass-through bandwidth for the satellite inputs range from 950MHz to 2.2GHz with a loss of less than 1dB in signal level. The clamping circuitry for the satellite inputs is set at 27V to handle the 13 and 18 volt control voltages used for the LNB. Finally, there is also a protected phone line (RJ-11) connection on the MAX® 5500. Essentially they've included everything to protect your entire DSS setup from Mother Nature's fury. We were also happy to see a detachable power cord. So many heavy products lack this feature making it difficult for the user during installation.
The MAX® 5500 has a 12VDC trigger input and output for remote triggering from a master controller. We used our Parasound AVC-2500u Preamp/processor to control the triggering of the MAX® 5500. Separate three position slide switches on the back of the unit sets the delay control for the high-current and isolated outputs. The high current switched outlets can be set to 0, 10 or 30 second turn-on delays while the isolated outlets can be set to 0, 10 or 30 second turn-off delays. The high current outlet are designed to turn on after the isolated outlets and turn off before them.
latest MAX® 5500 ACRegenerator meets the demand of the consumer by providing
a product capable of protecting the whole electronic system. The legacy features
of the earlier MAX® products are retained in this current design. The addition
of the toroidal transformer for the isolated outputs improves performance, but
does add cost to the design. In our opinion, the features, build quality, price
and warranty make the MAX® 5500 a tough act to beat.
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