Panamax MR5100 Power Management System

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Panamax MR5100 Home Theater Power Management System Up Close

Panamax MR5100 - Triple View
to of the front and rear views of the Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

To start of this review and photo presentation of the Panamax MR5100 Home Theater Power Management System is a total look of the unit. The top image shows the unit from the front with its attach heavy-duty eight foot three prong power cord. The middle image shows a front view of the unit in operation, and the bottom view shows a view of the entire rear panel of the MR5100.

The features of the Panamax MR5100 include:

1. Linear Level 4 Filtration feature improves picture and sound by eliminating noise, pops, and hum across the entire AC bandwidth.

2. Three Isolated AC Outlet Banks. Isolating outlet banks from one another prevents noise interference between components.

3. Four High Current Outlets for equipment with high power demands, such as amplifiers and powered subwoofers.

4. USB Charger connection included on the front panel for mp3 players, iPods, cell phones, and other compatible portable devices.

5. 2 Pairs of RF coaxial in/out connections (products equipment from surges going through cable/antenna sources).

6. 1 Pair Ethernet/LAN in/out connection, 1 pair Telco (telephone) in/out connections (provides protection from surges going through network or phone cables).

7. Digital Volt Meter monitors the voltage supplying home theater components.

8. The MR5100 protects against blown fuses and potentially damaging speaker thump by powering outlets on and off in sequence.

9. Total number of AC outlets: 11. 4 are always on, 2 standard switched outlets, 4 additional switched high-current outlets, 1 Front mounted always on convenience outlet.

10. AVM (Auto Voltage Monitor) protects against over/under voltage by disconnecting power and reconnects when safe power returns.

11. Dimensions 17 in. W x 12.1 in. D x 3.5 in H, (4 in. Including feet), Weight 13.5 lbs.

Proceed to through the remaining photos in this presentation for a closer look at the features and connections of the Panamax MR5100. At the end of the photo series, I will have final comments on the setup and use of the MR5100.

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Panamax MR5100 - Front View Left Side

Panamax MR5100 - Front View Left Side
Photo of the front view of the left side of the Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a closer look at the left side of the Panamax MR5100 front panel, which shows the power button and LED power indicators for each bank of active outlets. If all is well, the indicator emits a blue glow.

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Panamax MR5100 - AVM LED Status Display Close-up

Panamax MR5100 - AVM LED Status Display Close-up
Panamax MR5100 - AVM LED Status Display Close-up. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the AVM (Automatic Voltage Monitor) Display, located in the center of the Panamax MR5100'd front panel. This monitor displays the incoming voltage and also warns if the voltage is too high or too low. This is indicated by the unsafe voltage indicator that is represented by the "lightning" icon located just to the right of the actual voltage number readout. 120 volts is optimum but can vary. An unsafe voltage would be below 90 or above 142.

Also, just below the unsafe voltage indicator is the Line Fault Indicator. If this indicator lights up, that means that something is not wired or grounded correctly. If this occurs turn off and disconnect the MR5100 from the AC powerline - You may need to contact an electrician to troubleshoot the problem.

Also, the button that is located on the left side of the AVM display dims or increases (in several steps) the light of the LED voltage readout, as well as all the other front panel indicators. Being able to dim the display and indicators is very helpful, as if they look to bright in a darkened room, it can be distracting. You can even turn the display off is your desire, but if you do that, you will need to turn it on check the voltage readout and outlet status.

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Panamax MR5100 - Front View Right Side

Panamax MR5100 - Front View Right Side
Photo of the Front View of the right side Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is an extreme close-up view of the right side of the Panamax MR5100's front panel.

There are several connections including a USB charging port for portable digital devices such as iPods, media players, and cell phones. There is also a convenience AC power receptacle, which comes in handy for plugging temporary use devices.

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Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - Left Side

Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - Left Side
Photo of the left side rear view of the Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is on the left side of the Panamax MR5100's rear panel.

Starting on top is the built-in Circuit Breaker (15 amps), Ground Lug (for any devices that need external grounding), and built-in, non-detachable, heavy duty AC power cord.

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Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - AC Outlet Connections

Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - AC Outlet Connections
Photo of the AC Outlet Connections provided on the Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the all of the AC outlets provided on the Panamax MR5100.

The outlets are grouped in screen sections.

Beginning on the left is the High Current power outlets (designated as Outlet Bank 3). These four are designed to be using with components that pull in lots of current and output high wattages, such as amplifiers, home theater receivers, and powered subwoofers. For added benefit, these outlets are electrically isolated from the rest of the outlets shown to avoid current fluctuations and noise interference when turned on/off or are in use.

Moving to the right of the High Current outlets are the Switched Outlets (designated as Outlet Bank 2). This bank of outlets is only active when the front panel power switch is turned on.

Moving to the right side of this photo are the Unswitched AC Outlets (designated as Outlet Bank 1), which are always active unless there is fault condition, such as excessive under or overvoltage in the power line. Also, in the center of the outlet group is a small indicator light that glows red when these outlets are active.

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Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - Coax and LAN Connections

Panamax MR5100 - Rear View - Coax and LAN Connections
Photo of the Coax and LAN Connections provided on the Panamax MR5100. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

In addition to providing protection and filtering for AC Power, the Panamax MR5100 also provides protection and filtering for coaxial cable, LAN/Ethernet, and Phone connections.

From left to right, are three is a set of LAN (Ethernet) connections, and below that, a set of standard line-line telephone cable connection terminals.

Move to the top right are two sets of antenna/cable/satellite cable connection terminals.

In addition to providing protection and filtering for AC Power, the Panamax MR5100 also provides protection and filtering for coaxial cable, LAN/Ethernet, and Phone connections.

From left to right, are three is a set of LAN (Ethernet) connections, and below that, a set of standard line-line telephone cable connection terminals.

Moving to the top right are two sets of antenna/cable/satellite cable connection terminals.

Final Take:

The Panamax MR5100 provides an easy way to organize the power connections for all your home theater components, as well as monitor voltage fluctuations, as well as unnatural power surges and dips.

On the positive side, it is great to be able to connect all power cords of your home theater components to a central device, and then just have one power cord connected to the wall outlet. This definitely helps with all the surge protector clutter that can occur.

The AVM (Automatic Voltage Monitor) does, indeed display the incoming voltage. I found that own my wall voltage output ranged from a low of 116 volts to a high of 120 volts.

Also, the power isolation feature eliminates or reduces interference between components. Intermittent audible switching and other noises and hum through the loudspeakers and subwoofer, were subdued or eliminated with the MR5100.

Another feature that is a nice touch is the front panel USB charging port. This can be used to charge iPods or similar devices, such as some rechargeable 3D glasses.

However, although the MR5100 provides AC noise reduction, surge protection, and voltage monitoring, it does not provide voltage regulation. In other words, the voltage that comes in from you wall AC outlet is what goes to your components. The MR5100 does not up-step or down-step the voltage level to maintain a constant 120 volt flow through its own AC outlets. All it can do is automatically shut off, when abnormal voltage fluctuations are detected, and remains off until normal voltage flow is detected again. Also, in case of a power interruption, there is no temporary battery backup provided.

For central power connectivity, voltage monitoring, and surge protection, the Panamax MR5100 is a home theater add-on that is worth considering.

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