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Panamax SP8-AV Power line conditioner and surge protector

Item # 299SP8AV

Guard your home theatre system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations with the Panamax SP8-AV.

Guard your home theatre system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations with the Panamax SP8-AV.

Item # 299SP8AV

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About the Panamax SP8-AV

Ralph Graves
Guard your home theatre system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations with the Panamax SP8-AV. This surge suppressor also filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic interference that can degrade your system's performance.

Guard your home theatre system against harmful spikes and power fluctuations with the Panamax SP8-AV. This surge suppressor also filters out the RF (radio frequency) and electromagnetic interference that can degrade your system's performance.

The SP8-AV comes with eight outlets, each conveniently spaced to allow for bulky transformers. A set of coaxial input/output jacks protects your cable, antenna, or digital satellite TV connections. There's also a protected telephone line input/output.

The surge suppressor reacts in less than a nanosecond during a spike, breaking the connection to keep your equipment safe. The 6-ft. power cord's right-angle plug hugs the wall, for an easy fit behind a chair or sofa.


Product highlights:

  • 8 protected AC power outlets
  • Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry
  • EMI/RFI noise filtering for clean power
  • 1 set of coaxial RF input/output connectors for cable TV or antenna connections
  • 1 set of phone line input/output jacks
  • 6-ft. power cord with right-angle plug
  • 1125-joule protection
  • response time: less than 1 nanosecond
  • 11-7/16"W x 1-13/16"H x 4-15/16"D
  • warranty: lifetime on SP8-AV
  • lifetime $50,000 connected equipment warranty (covers equipment damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to properly installed Panamax surge protector); valid only in the United States and Canada
  • MFR # SP8-AV

What's in the box:

  • Surge protector with attached 6' power cord
  • Installation Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet (English/Spanish/French)

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More details on the Panamax SP8-AV

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Features & specs

Type Strip
Total AC Outlets 8
Total Current Capacity 15
High-Current Outlets None
USB Connections None
Coaxial RF Jacks Yes
Line Conditioning Yes
Joule Rating 1125
Powerline Network Compatible No
Connected Equipment Guarantee $50,000
Width (inches) 11-7/16
Height (inches) 1-13/16
Depth (inches) 4-15/16
Weight (pounds) 3
Parts Warranty Lifetime
Labor Warranty Lifetime

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Connections, Controls and Indicators


Overview: The Panamax SP8-AV Surge Protector features 8 AC outlets controlled by the unit's power switch. The SP-AV also provides protection for coaxial and telephone connections. In addition, this surge protector is equipped with 2 diagnostic LEDs.

Surge Protection: The Panamax SP8AV eliminates voltage irregularities and protects your AV system from catastrophic surges. 

Lifetime $50,000 Connected Equipment Warranty: Panamax will replace or repair equipment that is damaged by an AC or signal line surge while connected to a properly installed Panamax surge protector (up to $50,000).

8 AC Outlets: The 8 AC outlets provide power protection with transformer spacing between outlets.

Power Cord: The surge protector features an attached 6 ft power cord with a right-angle, 45-degree offset three-prong plug.

Connections, Controls and Indicators

AC Outlets:

  • Bank 1: The four AC outlets along the top (numbered 1 to 4)
  • Bank 2: The four AC outlets along the side (numbered 5 to 8)


  • Ant/CATV: Coaxial line input and output (gold-plated, threaded, female F-Connectors)
  • Telephone: One telephone line input and telephone output (RJ-11 connection)


  • On/Off Switch: Turns all the outlets On and Off


  • Power On/Protection OK: Green LED, indicates the surge protector is functioning properly and all equipment is protected
  • Ground OK: Green LED, indicates the wall outlet is properly wired and grounded

AC Power Specifications:

  • Initial Clamping Level: 200 Volts Peak, 141 Volts RMS
  • UL 1449 Suppression Rating: 330 Volts
  • Protection Modes: L-N, L-G, N-G
  • Maximum Current Rating: 15A (1800 W)
  • EMI/RFI Noise Filtration: 45 dB (100kHz to 1 MHz)
  • Response Time: Less than 1 nanosecond
  • Single Pulse Energy Dissipation: 1125 Joules
  • Peak Impulse Current: 60,000 amperes

Telephone and Cable Satellite Circuit Specifications:

  • Telephone Clamping Level: 260 Volts
  • Capacitance: 30pf (approx)
  • Suppression Modes: Metallic and Longitudinal
  • Wires Protected: 2 wires (3, 4)
  • Ant/CATV Clamping Level: 75 Volts
  • Frequency Range: 0 MHz-2.2 GHz
  • Insertion Loss: Less than 1 dB

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7 questions already asked

Can I plug my 200 watt receiver, cd player, equalizer and 400 watt klipsch subwoofer?
boogie  Aug 19, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Carlito, and thank you for your question. As long as the total amount of current your equipment does not exceed 15 amps, you can have all 4 of your components connected.
hogan  Aug 19, 2023 (Staff)
Can you use this on refrigerators?
cecil  Jul 25, 2021
4 answers
I bought this unit to use for my TV and related electronics. So I can't confirm it works for refrigerators and/or other appliances. I would suggest going online to look up the service manual on the Panamax Corp. website, or give them a call. Good luck!
gary  Jul 25, 2021
I don't see why not. 110v
grant  Jul 25, 2021
No! A refrigerator should always be plugged directly into its own wall socket! This could potentially be very dangerous to have multiple items sharing a power strip with a refrigerator!!!
mitchell  Jul 25, 2021
I don't know for sure.. Crutchfield service center phone help is very good on this stuff. You must check your refrigerator specs and they will give you the best advice they can find. Personally, my refrigerator is directly wired to a circuit breaker and I have never thought about a surge protector for that. This may not be effective but it is all I do so far. I use this Panamax for cable box, lap top, phone protection and when I charge devices. I think it is very effective for TV, cable box and other devices in your audio-visual set-up. Those were the things that I have seen in my life that are the most vulnerable to surges. I am no expert.
nelson n  Jul 25, 2021
Will this protect a/v equipment when using a portable generator for power?
david  Jun 27, 2021
1 answer
I seriously doubt it would protect equipment running on a generator. Best to contact manufacturer.
ben  Jun 27, 2021
Please let me the distance between each outlet and between the end outlets and the raised ridge. I have one plug that's just over 3" (sideways), one just under 3" (sideways), and one that's 2" (upright/up/down). Plus 4 regular plugs. I'd love them all to fit. Will they? Thank you.
monica  Feb 14, 2021
1 answer
It sounds like your power cords will fit into this, but I do not have the measurements you ask for to confirm it. I could not find them in our information or on Panamax's website. I recommend contacting them by calling 800-472-5555 to see if they can supply those measurements to confirm
jason  Mar 03, 2021 (Staff)
Can I put a UPS after this power conditioner with no ill effects?
mark  Aug 30, 2020
2 answers
I have no idea. You may want to ask Crutchfield tech support.
william  Sep 12, 2020
Not recommended, look into daisy chaining and the risks.
adam  Sep 10, 2020
I'm looking to upgrade the power protection in my headphone setup. I would be connecting a Schiit Mani preamp to this, which is prone to RF interference. From what I've read, connecting a braided ground strap from the phono ground to the power conditioner will help. My question is, if I were to try that with this Panamax, where would I even connect the strap on it?
ryan  May 19, 2018
3 answers
I am sorry I have no idea..
savannah c  Jun 03, 2018
Unfortunately I do not know the answer to your question. My connections are pretty much standard with receiver and other devices.
don  Jun 03, 2018
I am more than satisfied with the panamax, but I amafraid I cannot answer the question. Sorry.
vincent  Jun 03, 2018

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