Power Protection through Self-Destruction

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DaleB, Aug 3, 2001.

  1. DaleB

    DaleB Stunt Coordinator

    Jul 23, 2000
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    I recently purchased a Panamax 1000+ for my system. I chose the Panny primarily because it had built-in delays for power application, using your receiver or preamp as the reference component. I wanted it to power up an amp on delay following the preamp power up.
    Then I began to realize this 'conditioner' does a lot more smart things than the likes of the Monsters, Tripp-Lites, APCs, etc.
    It really works to control the application of AC to your equipment. One way it does this is to remove all AC input to your equipment, when it's turned off. Of course, there are outlets to maintain power to devices that need to be in standby, or have clocks (VCR's) etc.
    It's hardly profound but makes a lot of sense to have sensitive equipment disconnected when not in use.
    It also does the same should the line voltage go below 85v or above 132v. Plus it monitors the actual line voltage with an LED meter, and you will wonder how you did without that for so many years.
    This approach is quite a bit more sophisticated than just wiring a bunch of MOVs and other circuitry on a circuit board, although has that too for transient and noise supression.
    The ad on their website includes a short film comparing competitive devices with the Panamax, when subjecting a load to a line overvoltage (not a 'transient').
    The other devices allow overvoltage through to the light bulb load while the Panamax literally removes all the power, then proceeds to smoke as it self-destructs.
    (Makes one wonder if it might catch fire!)
    If nothing else, it's good for a couple minutes of scaled down entertainment. www.panamax.com
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Aug 5, 1999
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