Product Review (December 2008)
Panamax MAX In-Wall (MIW) XT
Power Management Extender

By Kevin Nakano


Panamax is well known for its advanced power management units that provide sophisticated protection for A/V components. The company also offers a line of in-wall solutions and has recently introduced the MIW XT product. There is no doubt that flat panels have dramatically increased in popularity and with that comes a need for a neat, clean, code compliant installation that looks professional. The Panamax In-Wall products do just that and depending on your needs, they have several options available. Best of all, Panamax extends the Connected Equipment Policy to remote equipment when used with other Panamax/Furman Power Management components.

The MIW XT includes both the inlet and outlet plates for a smooth and easy installation. The user will need to provide the in-wall power wire (Romex type) since this can vary in length and gauge depending on the run length. This is available at most hardware stores. The ultra-thin profile of the MIW XT allows equipment to hang less than one inch from the wall thanks to the specially designed plug. Both plates accommodate the optional MIW Signal Line Modules available from Panamax/Furman. These modules fit securely into the assembly making it easy to connect standard analog cables. The inlet plate features a clip that keeps the IEC plug from pulling out of the connector. We plugged our MIW XT into a Panamax MAX® 7500-PRO Power Management unit.

Installation
Installation is simple and the product is compatible with most standard electrical boxes. The most difficult part is running the wires in existing homes where insulation and fire blocks sometimes get in the way when trying to pull wires through the walls. Obviously, it is easiest to install before the drywall is put in. The high quality design of the MIW XT system includes wall plates (metal) and boxes that are CSA Certified for a code compliant installation. Each outlet receptacle has built-in EMI/RFI noise filtration. The product also includes a 3-year Product Warranty that ensures that Panamax will repair or replace any defective product during this period.

Conclusion
The Panamax MIW XT In-Wall system provides customers with an aesthetically pleasing alternative to unsightly cabling exiting the flat panel display hanging on the wall. In addition, the ultra-low profile design allows displays to hang less than one inch from the wall adding to the elegance of the newer breed of thinner models. For those looking to impress their significant other with a clean installation, you will definitely score points with this system. Panamax has engineered their In-Wall products to work seamlessly with their other Panamax power management units and extends its warranty to those products connected to them. With a modest retail price of $149.95 (street price less than $100), the MIW XT In-Wall system is a terrific bargain with a great benefit.

- Kevin Nakano




OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Display: Mitsubishi LT-52148 Full 1080p 120Hz High-Definition LCD Display
Preamplifier/Processor: 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
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI 1.3
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T4 Controller
HDMI Video Switcher: Radiient Technologies Select-4 HDMI Video Switcher
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


Panamax MAX IN-WALL™

POWER MANAGEMENT EXTENDER SYSTEM

AC Power
AC Outlets, Total 1
Line Voltage 120V, 60Hz
Total Current Capacity 15A

IEC Power Inlet Cord
Length 6 ft.
Connectors IEC 320-C13 and NEMA 5-15R

Flat Plug AC Power Cord
Length 11 inches
Connectors NEMA 5-15P and NEMA 5-15R

Power Inlet Faceplate
AC Connector IEC 320-C14
Signal Line Protection not included, modules sold seperately.

Power Outlet Faceplate
AC Connector NEMA 5-15
Noise Filtration Level 1
Signal Line Protection not included, modules sold seperately.

General
Product Warranty Three Years

 
User's Manual
Product Datasheet
Installation Guide


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

Phone: 707-283-5900 or 800-472-5555
Fax: 707-283-5901
Website: http://www.panamax.com/ or http://www.furmansound.com

Model: MIW-XT
Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $149.95

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